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Teri Best

Chief Communication Officer

Theresa Best (Teri) began her career in public safety in 1991 when she became a Georgia Basic EMT. She continued her training obtaining certifications such as Nationally Registered Paramedic, National Professional Qualifications Firefighter II, Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Dispatcher, and is a graduate of the Communications Center Managers’ Course and Critical Care Paramedic. She has worked in field positions as a Firefighter/Paramedic and worked her way up through the ranks as a field supervisor. She moved into the administrative side of Fire and EMS in 2008 and performed as the QA/QI officer. She assumed the lead position for the emergency communications center for the fire/ems service in her home state of Georgia when their director retired. She is very proud of her three children, her eldest son is a paramedic in Atlanta, Georgia who is attending nursing school and will be continuing on to medical school. Her only daughter is a Firefighter/EMT back in Savannah for the service with which Teri also served, and her youngest son is a Nuclear Submariner in the United States Navy. With an empty nest and after 16 years with her company she has ventured to East Texas with her husband, Michael, who is a retired Chief Master Sergeant with the Georgia Air National Guard. Together with their two pups, they now reside in Longview.