In a recent interview, the man credited with saving more than 1,200 lives in the U.S. fires department has said he’s not ready to step down.
He’s now running for re-election in Georgia.
The man, who was named a firefighter by the fire department in 2013, said he was excited to take over in January after a short tenure.
“I’m excited to be a firefighter again,” the man said in the interview.
But he added, “I’m not ready.
I don’t have time.
I’m not there yet.”
He said he’d be “shocked” if he didn’t win re-elections next year.
In January, the former firefighter, who’s currently a political candidate for the Georgia state Senate, made a series of inflammatory comments about President Donald Trump.
After a viral video of him calling the president a “fascist” went viral, he was fired.
Since then, the Georgia Fire and Rescue Commission has taken the unprecedented step of banning him from the department.
Last week, he took the unprecedented decision to quit the firefighting department and campaign for the state Senate seat he held until last year.
He has not returned calls seeking comment.
Atlanta’s first fire chief was fired in 2014.
Firefighter Dan Mather was fired from the Atlanta Police Department in 2015 after he called the police department’s chief a “f***ing idiot.”
Mather is running in a special election to replace former Fire Chief James C. Scott.
On Sunday, Mather made an unusual announcement: He would not be seeking re-elected.
Mavic, the first-ever firefighting robot, is shown here being tested by firefighters in New York in 2014.(AP: Mark Lennihan) In a press conference on Monday, the fire chief also announced that he will not seek re-impeachment of former Mayor Kasim Reed.
That decision was based on Reed’s decision to resign from office earlier this year amid an investigation into allegations of misconduct by former firefighters.
Reed has denied wrongdoing and said he is the victim of a political attack.
A state Senate committee has also voted to impeach Reed.