Ty Hayman, chief ranger for the Georgia Forestry Commission in the Chatham and North Bryan area is a volunteer fire fighter in his spare time.
Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in this area?
I was born in Florida, but moved to the Claxton and Evans County area when I was in the 5th grade. I’ve been here for a while now.
What do you like about living in the area?
I like the people. I’ve worked in a lot of counties, and Pembroke and Richmond Hill are very community oriented with a lot of different things going on at different times of the year.
How long have you been with the Georgia Forestry Commission?
I’ve been chief ranger of this area for five years, but have been with the state in the forestry commission for 21 years.
What’s the most exciting part of your job with the Georgia Forestry Commission?
Fighting the fires. I don’t wish for bad luck to come to anyone, of course, but the fires are very exciting. I like being able to take a chaos situation and gain control of it. It’s a challenge.
One of the best parts of the job is working with and meeting a lot of people. I love meeting people. I’ve traveled to many places, including Idaho, Montana, Texas, Nevada, California, Oregon, Florida and Mississippi to help out other fire departments when they’ve needed it, and it’s always interesting meeting people from those places. I’ve met some real characters.
What do you like to do in your spare time?
I like to go camping with my wife Jennifer and our three children, Zach, 16, Kristian 13, and Savanna 3, every chance we can.