Chief Ryan Cole

Past President

Skyland Fire & Rescue

Ryan Cole, is the Chief of Skyland Fire Rescue, an 82-member combination department in Western North Carolina. He has been a student of the fire service for over 20 years, working in all of the positions within the organization. 


Ryan has worked as the fire rescue coordinator at AB Tech Community College and has taught for colleges and companies throughout North Carolina and the eastern United States. 


Ryan started his journey in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter at Reems Creek Fire Department and also was a member of Ranlo Fire Department while attending college. 


Currently he holds an A.A.S in Fire Protection from Central Piedmont Community College, credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer from CPSE and a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer.


After going through the leadership positions, Ryan proudly served as the president of the Western North Carolina Association of Firefighters in 2009.



Skyland Fire & Rescue

P. O. Box 640

9 Miller Road

Asheville, NC 28776


Office: (828) 684-6421 

Fax: (828) 684-1010

Home: (828) 681-8461

Cell: (828) 674-6986



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