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ATTN: All Power Users


Posted: 02/19/2024

REMINDER!  REMINDER!  REMINDER!

ALL POWER USERS

Due to the changeover to the new website, we ask that you not add any information to the current website between 2/19/2024 and 3/11/2024.

ANY INFORMATION THAT IS ADDED OR EDITED DURING THIS TIME WILL NOT BE SAVED TO THE NEW WEBSITE. 

Please wait to add any information until after March 11, 2024.

We are looking forward to debuting the new website; we ask for your patience and understanding during the changeover period.




2024 FIREWORKS TAX GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!


Posted: 01/30/2024

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council

2024 FIREWORKS TAX GRANT ANNOUNCEMENT!!!

 
Georgia Fire Departments:

This is the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council announcement for the 2024 Fireworks Tax Grants. Please understand that we have a limited amount of money and while all departments are welcome to make application, those departments that demonstrate the most financial and operational need will be the primary consideration in the Grant Review Committee’s and Council’s decision-making process. There is a $25,000.00 limit with a 10% department match.

The Grant application period will open on 1/30/2024 and must be received in the GFSTC office by the close of business, 5:00 PM, on 3/1/2024.  Applications will be accepted electronically. Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered in the 2024 process. The application link is available on our website, on Facebook and will be emailed to the chiefs and training officers.

As part of the grant application, you will be required to upload three documents;
1.) Application Signature Page  
2.) Proof of cancer insurance/statement of benefits 
3.) Copy of a vendor quote, good for 90 days, for the items that you are requesting to purchase.

After the application period is closed, a date will be announced for the Grant Review Committee to meet and make their selections. We will then announce a date for the GFSTC Council Meeting for the final approval of the grant awards by the Council. 

Please ensure that you are up to date in reporting your numbers to the state Fire Marshal's Office. If you are not, you will be ineligible for an award.

Any department that is awarded a grant will need to correctly complete and submit a State of Georgia Vendor Management Form Package and the Grant Affidavit for approval prior to any requisition request. GFSTC will supply the departments with this required form.  

Once again, please have all grant applications correctly completed and submitted online no later than 5:00 PM, 3/1/2024. If you need any assistance or have questions with the application process, please contact GFSTC via the email address whitman@gfstconline.org and we will assist you.

The link to the application guidelines (including application signature page) is here: Complete Application Guidelines: Google for a shared Google folder and here Complete Applications Guidelines: GFSTC Website for the Forms page on our website.

I strongly recommend that you go over the guidelines before filling out the application. When you have done that and gathered the three required documents head on over to the application! GFSTC 2024 Fireworks Tax Grant Application



ANNOUNCEMENT: GFSTC MEETING 2024-02-27 NOTICE: PUBLIC COMMENT AND VOTE ON RULES


Posted: 01/26/2024

1/26/2024
NOTICE
 
Public Comment Session for Proposed Rule Changes
and
GFSTC Meeting
 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on February 27, 2024. It will be held in the Lanier Lab at the Firefighter Training Complex on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus at 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029. This will be a public comment session for proposed GFSTC rule changes with the Council meeting to follow. The public comment session will begin at 10:00 a.m. on February 27, 2024. GFSTC will consider final adoption of proposed amendments to the following Rules & Regulations for the Administration of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council:
 
Chapter 205-1-2-.01                         Chapter 205-1-5-.01
Chapter 205-1-2-.02                         Chapter 205-1-5-.03
Chapter 205-1-2-.03                         Chapter 205-1-5-.04
Chapter 205-1-3-.01                         Chapter 205-1-5-.05
Chapter 205-1-3-.02                         Chapter 205-1-5-.06
Chapter 205-1-3-.03                         Glossary of Terms
Chapter 205-1-3-.04                         Appendix A
Chapter 205-1-4-.07                         Appendix B
                                                         Appendix C
 
SYNOPSIS OF PROPOSED AMENDMENTS TO THE RULES:
 
The purpose of the proposed rule amendments is to continue to ensure a fire safe environment for fire service personnel and citizens. The main features of the proposed amendments include updating and revising minimum equipment and certification requirements for fire departments; revising certification requirements and procedures for various categories of fire service personnel; revising registration methods and requirements for fire departments and fire service personnel; updating and providing procedures and requirements for State Certified fire service personnel to return to fire service after having left; extending the maintenance period for certain test results; adding defined terms and revising the definitions of existing terms used throughout the rules; and removing redundancies and unnecessary or superfluous language.
 
The differences between the existing rules and the proposed rules can be seen by viewing the proposed rule changes themselves, which are in redlined format.
 
The proposed rule changes may be viewed at this link, https://gfstconline.org/User/LoadDocuments?docs=Rules , or by emailing a request to our office at support@gfstconline.org . Citations to authority pursuant to which each rule amendment is proposed can be found at the end of each rule and at O.C.G.A. § 25-4-1 et seq.
 
Interested parties who wish to make comments on the proposed rule changes may do so at a public comment session before GFSTC. The comment session will begin at 10:00 a.m. on February 27, 2024, at the Lanier Lab at the Firefighter Training Complex on the Georgia Public Safety Training Center campus at 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029. The Council will consider final adoption of the proposed rule amendments immediately following the public comment session.
 
Interested parties may also submit written comments by mail to GFSTC, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029 or by email to support@gfstconline.org . To be considered, written comments must be legible and received by GFSTC no later than 5 p.m. on February 26, 2024.
 
THE MEETING AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
  • Opening of the meeting
  • Establishment of quorum
  • Election of Officers
  • Open Public Comment session
  • Close Public comment session
  • Vote to transition into the regular Council Meeting
  • Approval of minutes
  • Agency Update
  • Floor open to Council questions and discussion re: proposed Rule Changes
  • Vote on proposed Rule Changes
  • Adjourn
 
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***POSTPONED*** GFSTC Meeting 1/9/2024


Posted: 01/08/2024

Due to the threat of severe weather throughout the state, the GFSTC meeting scheduled for tomorrow, January 9, 2024 has been postponed. We will let everyone know as soon as another date is set. Everyone stay safe!




Instructions for uploading large numbers of training hours:


Posted: 12/20/2023

Reminder: training hour entry due by 12/31/2023

Instructions for uploading large numbers of training hours:

 
Training hours can be entered by using the “Professional Development Import” which is located on our website https://gfstconline.org/default under Power User. This is a useful tool for managing your department’s training hours. Here is the step by step process to import Professional Development training hours. The one problem associated with failed imports is the accuracy of the import file; if the import file was accurate the process of importing the records was 100% successful. Double check the GFSTC ID number, possible hidden formatting, date, and make sure hours are full numbers, no partials. These are the the most common reasons for import failure.

First, you will create a CSV document. This will be your training hours file. Rows run left to right and columns run top to bottom.

• Enter or download your training data into the CSV program; we use Microsoft Excel.

? The top row is not imported so it must not contain training data.
? The dates must be in this format: mm/dd/yyyy (11/5/2019 or 5/28/2019) Format the column as a date and don’t try to put a zero in before the number, the program will automatically drop it.
? The training hours must be whole numbers, no partial hours are permitted.
? The description field may not contain any commas (,) or semi-colons (;).
? Confirm there are no empty fields or leading blank spaces.
? The data should be added in the following format as a row from left to right. I have included an image of a sample spreadsheet.

? GFSTC ID
? First Name
? Last Name
? Training Type
? Training Date (format as date)
? Training Hours

• Limit your import file to no more than 1,000 records. If there is an import failure it will be easier to isolate and fix the error than if you have to sift through 10,000 records.
• Save your file. Save it to a place that is easy to find, you will need it again in a minute.

Next you will import your actual file to our website.

1. Sign into the website as a department admin (email address and password) and click on Power User, then Professional Development Import.
2. Make sure you double check everything is correct on your import file before proceeding.
3. Click the grey Choose File or Browse button.
4. Select the file you just saved and click open.
5. Once you locate the file click OK.
6. The file name will now appear beside the Choose File button.
7. To begin the import process click Import Training Records.
8. The system will now begin to process each record in the import file. Once completed a display message will show the number of records imported, records that failed (hopefully none!), date, and a batch number.

If any records fail, look through your spreadsheet and double check the GFSTC ID number, possible hidden formatting, date, and make sure hours are full numbers, no partials.

9. IMPORTANT: You must save the batch information, it is recommended you print the screen. If you need the records to be deleted GFSTC will require the batch number to be provided as all training records are managed by the batch number.

10. With the import completed it’s now time to manually spot check the results. Using your import file select a percentage of records and cross check them to the GFSTC Online System to make sure the exact training type, training hours, training date all applied to the correct GFSTC ID.

11. If you find a discrepancy, please make note of the following information and contact the GFSTC at support@gfstconline.org :

a. GFSTC ID
b. Training Date
c. Training Hours
d. Provide us with the import file



ANNOUNCEMENT GEORGIA FIREFIGHTER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL MEETING 1/9/2024


Posted: 12/15/2023

UPDATE:
Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
***This agenda has been edited to add "Fireworks Tax Grant guidelines approval for 2024"***   Under "New Business"


The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
1/9/2024. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 10:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
  • Swearing in of new Council members Duane Lockhart and Terry Smith
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
  • Rules Discussion
  • Fireworks Tax Grant guidelines approval for 2024
ADJOURN

 
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To access the Rules draft and the Fireworks Tax Grant guidelines draft, please visit our website and click on forms, and then the appropriate category.  
 



GFSTC TRAINING HOURS 2023


Posted: 12/05/2023

Chiefs and Training Officers:
Y'all need to sharpen your pencils- It's that time of year again!
 
The deadline for entry of training hours is quickly approaching!

Please, do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute to enter your department's training hours; we don't mind helping but if we receive an abundance of last minute calls it will be nearly impossible to assist everyone.
If you have any questions let our office know.


Training hours must be entered by midnight on 12/31/2023.
If a firefighter does not have the 24 required training hours by 1/1/2024, that firefighter's certification will lapse.




GFSTC PROPOSED RULES 2023


Posted: 11/20/2023

To access the Rules Draft for 2023:

Here is the link to the proposed rules. https://gfstconline.org/User/LoadDocuments?docs=Rules 
As many of you know, links to actual content on our website do not always function well, so you will have to copy and paste this link into your browser. 

Here are alternate instructions to reach them. 

Click the Home button, then Forms, then Rules. 






Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting


Posted: 10/23/2023

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
10/23/2023
 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
11/14/2023. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 10:00 AM in Classroom 114.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
  • Swearing in of new Council members Harvey Cryder and Clint Hodges
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
  • Proposed Rules Discussion
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN
 
 
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Fire Chief/ EMA Director: Twiggs County, GA


Posted: 07/19/2023

Notice of Job Position

Fire Chief/ EMA Director 

Twiggs County, GA 



Under the administrative direction of the County Administrator, the Fire Chief / EMA Director is responsible for the overall direction of the Twiggs County Fire Department. Duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to, management/supervision, developing policies and procedures, developing fiscal and capital budgets, representing the department at public functions, responding to emergencies, performing inspections, providing training, and performing additional tasks as assigned. The incumbent will also coordinate day-to-day emergency management activities with local government officials and department heads and serve as a liaison between Twiggs County and agencies such as GEMA and FEMA. Flexibility to work non-traditional working hours may be required. 


Work is performed standing, stooping, sitting, bending, walking, crouching, lifting and often moving objects weighing more than 50 pounds. The incumbent may be required to work in environments of inclement weather, dirt, noise, grease, and machinery with moving parts. This position is designated as an emergency position that may require attendance at work under all types of emergency conditions. This position requires regular attendance and availability on a 24/7 basis, including holidays. Must be capable. of multitasking while under heavy stress. 

A degree in public administration, fire science, business administration or a closely related field with five years of experience; or any equivalent combination of education, training, and experience which provides the requisite knowledge, skills, and abilities for this job is desired. A minimum of five (5) years' extensive experience in firefighting work of a progressively responsible nature, at least 5 years at a Chief Officer level or equivalent, NFPA 1021 NPQ Fire Officer 4 or equivalent, Georgia EMT or higher certification and accredited classes on Incident Command Systems is desired. Possession of a valid Georgia Driver's License Class F is required. 


If not currently certified, the incumbent must obtain and maintain a Firefighter Certification as specified by Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training as well as NIMS 100, 200,300,400,700,800. The incumbent must also meet the minimum state qualifications to serve as the Emergency Management Director 


NATURE AND SCOPE 

The incumbent is responsible for the management and administration of the Fire Department and the County's Emergency Management Agency. The position serves as a Department Head and reports directly to the County Administrator. The incumbent will indirectly coordinate with local governing authorities, elected officials, local, state, and federal agencies. 

Twiggs County Fire Department is an ISO Class 6 organization providing fire prevention, fire suppression and emergency first response. Serving a population of 8,000+, the department is staffed by a combination of volunteer and paid personnel. The department operates 5-strategically placed stations within the County. 

Email your resume to: tsolomon@twiggscounty.us 

Or mail resume to: 

Human Resources 

Attn: Termila Solomon 

Twiggs County Board of Commissioners 

P.O. Box 202 

Jeffersonville, GA 31044 





***CANCELLED***


Posted: 05/08/2023

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting scheduled for 5/9/2023 has been cancelled.

We will send out a notification when the next meeting is scheduled.



Lowndes County is hiring!


Posted: 04/17/2023

Firefighter/First Responder

Work involves combating, extinguishing, and preventing fires; responding to emergency medical calls, rescue operations, and a variety of non-emergency calls to protect lives and property. Work also involves custodial maintenance of fire station equipment, firefighting apparatus, rescue vehicles, and quarters.

Qualifications

Possession of, or ability to obtain, National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Firefighter I & II Certification, National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Hazmat Awareness & Operations and National Registry Emergency Medical Responder Certification during a 12 week recruit school. Must meet the requirements for State Certification through the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council within 12 months of hire date. High school diploma or GED issued by an accredited institution. Possession of, or ability to readily obtain, a valid driver’s license for the type of vehicle or equipment operated. Ability to meet the current minimum requirements for firefighters operating in the State of Georgia as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association and the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Rules and Regulations.

Miscellaneous Information

Applications can be downloaded from the Lowndes County Website www.lowndescounty.com or picked up and/ or dropped off at the Lowndes County Human Resources Department Completed applications can also be mailed to: LOWNDES COUNTY PERSONNEL OFFICE P.O. Box 1349 Valdosta, GA 31603-1349





2023 Fireworks Tax Grant Awards


Posted: 04/12/2023

Good morning, everyone!

If your department has been awarded, please watch your email for further instructions.

Without further ado, the recipients of the 2023 Fireworks Tax Grants awards are as follows:

Abbeville Fire and Rescue

Alma-Bacon County FD

Bleckley County FD

Bold Spring FD

Broxton VFD

Bryan County Emergency Services

Bulloch County Fire Department

Calhoun County Fire Rescue

Cedar Crossing VFD

Gray (City of)

Monroe (City of)

Cook VFD

Decatur County Fire & Rescue

Evans County Fire & Rescue

Flint Hill FD

Garfield VFD

Gilmer FD

Glade VFD

Glennville (City of)

Grady County VFD

Higgston VFD

Ideal VFD

Irwin County FD

Jasper (City of)

Jones County Fire Rescue

Laurens County Fire Department

Lumpkin VFD

Macon County FD

New Lois VFD

North Dade VFD

Oconee County Fire Rescue

Pelham Fire Department

Pembroke FD

Pierce VFD

Pike County FD

Pine Mountain VFD

Pinehurst FD

Pineview FD

Putnam Co FD

Quitman County VFD

Randolph County Fire Rescue

Screven County

South Dade Fire and Rescue

Springhill VFD

Taliaferro County

Tattnall County FD

Teloga VFD

Thurston VFD

Twin City VFD

Vesta VFD

Ware County Fire and Rescue

Warren County FD

Warrenton (City of)

White County Fire Services

Wrens FD

Wrightsville FD


Again, if your department has been awarded, please watch your email for further instructions.




Special called GFSTC meeting: APPROVAL OF FIREWORKS TAX GRANT SELECTIONS


Posted: 04/11/2023

A special called Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 4/12/2023. The Council Meeting will be held virtually at 10:00 AM.


THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ESTABLISH QUORUM

APPROVAL OF FIREWORKS TAX GRANT SELECTIONS 

ADJOURN

 

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Deadline reminder: GFSTC Fireworks Tax Grant Applications


Posted: 03/28/2023

The link to the application is here. https://forms.gle/hm5S1YTXbRqWMDyx5

All forms may be found in the following shared Google folder Required Forms and Resources and also on our Forms page Required Forms and Resources (requires GFSTC Login ) 



Welcome James Atkins!!


Posted: 03/20/2023

Please welcome James Atkins to the GFSTC team! James resides in Dodge County, Ga with his wife, Rebecca, of 26 years. They have 4 daughters and 1 son. He has have 31 years of experience in the fire service and 26 years of experience in law enforcement. He is currently the volunteer Fire Chief for the city of Chauncey, Ga where he has served his community for the past 19 years. When not working, he enjoys hunting, fishing, camping, and spending time with family and friends. He says that he is looking forward to bringing his knowledge and expertise in public safety to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.




GFSTC Fireworks Tax Grant Announcement 2023


Posted: 03/14/2023


Georgia Fire Departments:

This is the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council announcement for the 2023 Fireworks Tax Grants. The Grant Application period will begin on March 14, 2023 and any application must be received in the GFSTC office by the close of business, 5:00 PM, on April 3, 2023.  Applications will be accepted electronically. Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered in the 2023 process. The link to the application, the policy, items that will take priority, and those items that will not be funded are available on our website, on Facebook and have been emailed to the chiefs and training officers. All forms may be found in the following shared Google folder Required Forms and Resources and also on our Forms page Required Forms and Resources (requires GFSTC Login ) 

Please understand that we have a limited amount of monies and while all departments are welcome to make application, those departments that demonstrate the most financial and operational need will be the primary consideration in the Grant Review Committee’s and Council’s decision-making process. 

Successful applicants shall demonstrate the need for (1) maintaining GFSTC Certificate of Compliance, or (2) maintaining or improving the communities Insurance Services Organization’s (ISO) ratings. 

Departments that did not receive an award in 2022 will be given priority.

There is a $25,000.00 limit with a 10% department match. (e.g. department has an accepted quote for $25,000.00. GFSTC will pay $22,500.00 and department will pay $2,500.00)

We will announce a date for the GFSTC Council Meeting for the final approval of the grant awards by the Council. Any department that is awarded a grant will have to correctly complete and submit a State of Georgia Vendor Management Form for approval prior to any requisition request. Awards recipients shall be responsible for expenditures of the grant and shall provide a completed and signed affidavit. GFSTC will supply the departments with these required forms.  

As part of the grant application, you will be required to upload three documents; an Application Signature Page, proof of cancer insurance/statement of benefits, and a copy of a recent vendor quote for the items that you are requesting to purchase.

The link to the application is here. https://forms.gle/hm5S1YTXbRqWMDyx5

All forms may be found in the following shared Google folder Required Forms and Resources and also on our Forms page Required Forms and Resources (requires GFSTC Login ) 

Once again, please have all grant applications correctly completed and submitted online no later than 5:00 PM, 4/3/2023. If you need any assistance or have questions with the application process, please contact GFSTC via the email address whitman@gfstconline.org and we will assist you.






Council Meeting


Posted: 03/13/2023

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
3/14/2023. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in Classroom 102.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
  • Swearing in of new Council member Mike Wilson, Butts County Fire Chief
 APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS
  • Guardian Center presentation
  • Approval/announcement of FW Tax Grant Application
 ADJOURN
  
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CITY OF CALHOUN FIRE DEPARTMENT JOB TITLE: Chief of Training and Special Operations


Posted: 03/08/2023

CITY OF CALHOUN FIRE DEPARTMENT

JOB TITLE: Chief of Training and Special Operations
DEPARTMENT: Fire Department
REPORTS TO: Deputy Chief
FLSA STATUS: Salary
SUPERVISES: Subordinate personnel as assigned
DATE REVISED/REVIEWED: 03/07/2023

Purpose of Job
Under general direction of the Deputy Fire Chief, manage and oversee the daily operations in the assigned
divisions of the Fire Department for Training and Special Operations. Provides direction and planning for the
operations, growth, and development of assigned divisions. Supervises assigned Fire Department staff. This
position is responsible for the management and delivery of emergency response training, special operations, and
EMS programs for members of the department, other outside agencies, and members of the community. This
position participates in the formulation, determination, and implementation of resources for the assigned areas.

Job Related Requirements
Typical Work Schedule:
40-hour work week, subject to call back 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Work is performed in office and field environments.
May be required to work on holidays.
Regular and predictable attendance is required. 
Must work cooperatively with others. 

Minimum Requirements to Perform Essential Job Functions
? Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of an Associate’s
Degree Fire Science.
? Associate’s Degree in Fire Science or another related field from an accredited university or college with
additional specialized training in fire and/or EMS operations and administration.
? Georgia State Office of EMS Advanced EMT license.
? Georgia State Office of EMS Advanced EMT Instructor Coordinator.
? National Registry of EMTs Advanced EMT certification.
? State of Georgia Class F driver’s license.

? FEMA National Incident Management ICS-100, 200, 300, 400, 700, 800.
? Experience sufficient to thoroughly understand the diverse objectives and functions of the department in
order to direct and coordinate work within the training division.
? Ability to meet current requirements set forth for Fire Instructor 2 by National Fire Protection
Association, Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council, and Insurance Services Office.
? Minimum of ten years of progressively responsible service as a Firefighter/Advanced EMT in a fully
paid fire department with a minimum of 3 to 5 years of middle / senior level supervisory experience in a
Fire Department of equivalent size.
? Basic Life Support Instructor Certification.
? Ability to obtain other certifications required for the job of Training Division Coordinator as specified
by the department.

Preferred Education, Experience, and Certifications
? Knowledge and level of competency commonly associated with the completion of a Bachelor’s Degree
in a course of study related to occupational field.
? State of Georgia Certified Fire Chief Officer Designation
? Five years of progressively responsible experience as a Chief Officer.
? Public Information Officer
? Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Proctor/Monitor and Evaluator

Essential Duties & Responsibilities
The following duties are normal for this position. They are not to be construed as exclusive or all-
inclusive. Other duties may be required and assigned.
? Operates in accordance with the National Incident Management System and the National Response
Framework.
? Oversees human resource management and disciplinary processes for the training division.
? Coordinates with Deputy Chief, Battalion Chief’s / shift commanders and company officers to ensure all
training requirements are satisfied.
? Oversees the development and delivery of training curriculum and programs.
? Maintains training and certification records for all personnel.
? Coordinates promotional efforts of assigned personnel and makes recommendations for advancement.
? Ensures required training and recertification requirements are met for him/herself and others assigned to
the division.
? Represents the department on various boards, committees, and groups as assigned Operates in
accordance with all applicable laws, city policies, departmental SOPs, and SOGs.
? Utilizes departmental chain of command to assure continuity.
? Performs other duties as assigned.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Knowledge of:
? Firefighting techniques
? Firefighting apparatus and equipment
? Documentation procedures and records management systems
? Incident management systems and crew resource management
? City and departmental rules, regulations, policies, and procedures
? City geography, streets, and building construction
? Fire prevention and fire safety education
? First aid and emergency medical care

Skill in:
? Oral and written communication
? Human resource management and leadership
? Responding quickly to changing situations
? Operating and maintaining all assigned equipment required to perform essential job functions
? Performing strenuous tasks under adverse conditions
? Building and vehicular maintenance

Ability to:
? Communicate effectively with supervisors and other staff members
? Use independent judgment in routine and non-routine situations

Guidelines for the position:
? The employee must possess all requisite knowledge and skills to comply with the current editions of
Georgia Firefighters Training and Standards Act, ISO Grading Schedule, Georgia Department of Public
Health EMS, O.C.G.A Title 31, Chapter 11, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001,
Standard for Firefighter Professional Qualifications and NFPA 1041, Standard for Fire Instructor
Professional Qualifications, and all applicable EMS Rules and Regulations and departmental Standard
Operating Procedures.



Best wishes to Ramel Spruill!


Posted: 02/16/2023

Ramel Spruill has been with GFSTC for the last several months and has added much value to our agency. However, Ramel has accepted a new opportunity with another agency and has left GFSTC. We collectively thank him for the contribution he made here at GFSTC and wish him the very best in his new endeavor. I am sure he will continue providing professionalism for the fire service throughout the State of Georgia. Please join us in saying thank you to Ramel and wishing him success!



GFSTC Council Meeting 3/14/2023


Posted: 02/09/2023

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
3/14/2023. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN



Announcement: GFSTC Evaluator Course 3/8/2023


Posted: 01/25/2023

Announcement:

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Evaluator Course

GPSTC Course Number: FFAD23251
Hours: 6.0 Hours
Date: 3/8/2023
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. 
Location: Chatham County Emergency Services, 2009 Grove Point Rd, Savannah, GA 31419

GPSTC link to registration :
https://access.gpstc.org/student/classes/details?gpstcCode=MC2609


Course Description

The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Evaluator course is designed to develop state wide evaluators to assist in the skills assessment for certification testing for fire service personnel. Topics in this course include administrative processes, skills evaluation techniques, observation vs. judgement, and terminology. At the conclusion of this course, the student will be required to shadow skills events under the watch care of a GFSTC designee for final check-off.

Prerequisites

Students must have 5 continuous years in the Fire Service. Students must also hold the certification level being evaluated for at least one (1) year.

Who Should Attend

This course should be attended by NPQ Certified Fire Service Personnel.

Special Notes

The student will be required to submit the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Evaluator Pre-Requisite Form signed by the Fire Department Agency designee prior to attendance. This will include the letter of Recommendation from the Department's Fire Chief or Training Officer.

Please email these documents to gfa@gpstc.org



Please welcome Chris Kozikowski!!


Posted: 01/24/2023

We would like to introduce Chris Kozikowski as the newest member of Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training! Chris comes to us with over 22 dedicated years in the fire service. Throughout his career, he has served in numerous roles, which has given him a well-rounded skill set. Chris has served 8 years in the training division and has been an integral part of certifying many new firefighters, as well as maintaining state certifications for existing members of the fire service. When not at work, Chris enjoys spending time with his wife and son fishing, farming, and visiting the beach. Chris looks forward to using his knowledge and experience to serve the Georgia fire service through Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council. His email is ckozikowski@gfstconline.org - please give him a warm welcome!!!!


National Fire Academy Direct Delivery: Shaping the Future on March 7-8, 2023


Posted: 01/11/2023

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following National Fire Academy Direct Delivery: Shaping the Future on March 7-8, 2023.
This course is designed to assist first and second level supervisors in developing knowledge and skills in contemporary approaches to organizational problem-
solving.

Topics include:
  • Use of creative approaches to identifying trends within their organizations.
  • Applying problem-solving methodologies.
  • The importance and application of continuous improvement within organizations.
  • How to quantify problems and solutions.
  • Factors in organizational and individual resistance to change.
  • Strategies for implementing change.
Target Audience:
  • First and second level supervisors who are upwardly mobile within their organizations and whose department head wishes to prepare them for increased managerial responsibility.
  • Administrative officers who are responsible for significant staff functions within the organization and who report directly to top management.
  • Emergency service workers assigned to positions with decision-making responsibilities.

See attached flyer or use the following link to register:
Shaping the Future

Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy




Brinson Retires


Posted: 12/31/2022

Georgia Fire Service: 

We are writing to inform you all that Britt Brinson retired on 12/31/2022.

We’re grateful for all the contributions that Britt has made during his years here, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing him farewell and wishing him good luck in his future endeavors.

Depending on who your area manager is, please direct all communications you would normally send to him to either Bryan Allen ballen@gfstconline.org , Christina Tipton ctipton@gfstconline.org, Wayne Feller wfeller@gfstconline.org, or David Trussell dtrussell@gfstconline.org.




GFSTC Job Vacancy Announcement


Posted: 12/15/2022

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training 
Job Vacancy Announcement

Job Title: Safety & Complnc Spec 3 (RCP012)
Salary: $59,000.00
Application Period Opens: 12/15/2022
Application Period Ends: Open until Filled
Type: Full-time Position Open to all Qualified Applicants

Duties & Responsibilities:
• Schedule, audit, conduct, and thoroughly document site reviews for assigned departments
• Schedule and administer tests when needed in assigned area
• Within one year, be trained as a GFSTC proctor, monitor and evaluator within 1 year
• Maintain a record of active proctors and monitors in assigned area
• Within one year, be trained in NCIC/GCIC rules for administering background checks
• Be proficient in written and verbal communication, multi-tasking, and computer skills
• Be able and willing to have schedule flexibility, including travel
• Submit reports to Director as requested in a timely manner
• Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications:
• Associate's degree in a related field from an accredited college or university AND One year of related experience
• OR One year of experience at the lower level Safety & Compliance Spec 2 (RCP011) or position equivalent
• OR High school diploma or GED AND three years of related experience
• Georgia driver’s license with clean history
• Ability to work effectively without direct supervision
• Selected candidate is subject to criminal records background check and drug screening
• Microsoft and G-Suite experience is a plus

To Apply:
Submit State of Georgia Application for Employment (completed and signed, with optional resume) to Whitman Stanford whitman@gfstconline.org or mail to 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia 31029. Contact (478) 993-4521 with any questions. All qualified applicants will be considered but may not necessarily receive an interview. Only those applicants selected for interview will be contacted for interview appointment. GFSTC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.



GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 1/10/2023


Posted: 12/09/2022

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting
 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
1/10/2023. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth in the Courtroom at 11:00 AM.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
EXECUTIVE SESSION
ADJOURN

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Coming Active Shooter & Active Attack Training


Posted: 12/07/2022

Good Morning,

 

Working with the Region 5 Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC), the Georgia Public Safety Training Center is hosting the following courses.  These courses are designed to better prepare public safety personnel to respond to Active Shooter /Active Attack situations.  There are 5 different courses being offered, some of which will have multiple deliveries.  Below are the courses and the details for each.  Further can be found in the attached flyers.  

 

HIGH-RISK UNIFIED COMMANDER (HRUC) – 8-HOUR INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS – FOUR OPPORTUNITIES

Multidisciplinary workshops designed to improve integration between law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders during active shooter and intentional mass casualty events. The HRUC program was developed to provide contemporary and realistic strategies, tactics, and related information that front-line supervisors and training officers can use to simultaneously "stop the killing, dying, and crying."

 

Intended Audience: Law enforcement, fire, and EMS command staff, supervisors, training officers - trauma system partners are also welcome

When: Tuesday, January 3rd; Wednesday, January 4th; Thursday, January 5th; and Saturday, January 7th

Where: Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia

Cost: $50.00 – Includes workshop, lunch, and bleeding control kit or comparable IFAK

Registration: www.r5trauma.org or https://www.eventbrite.com/e/high-risk-unified-commander-hruc-tickets-465521656807

 

Special Considerations: Participating organizational representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend the program WITH their local response partners. The same information will be provided each day to enable agencies to send multiple supervisors and training officers. This program is being made available thanks to Georgia Trauma Commission and Regional Trauma System Improvement grant funding.

 

 

TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE (TECC) – 16-HOUR COURSE

NAEMT's TECC course is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma, is consistent with the current guidelines established by the Committee on TECC (Co-TECC), and meets all of the updated National Tactical Emergency Medical Support Competency Domains.

 

Intended Audience: Law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders - trauma system partners are also welcome

When: Tuesday, December 20th through Wednesday, December 21st 

Where: Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia

Cost: $50.00 – Includes workshop, lunch, and bleeding control kit or comparable IFAK

 

Registration: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/R5TECC22 or

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r5trauma-tecc-tickets-472419247687

 

Special Considerations: Participating organizational representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend the program with their local response partners. We will provide working lunch workshops for those participants interested in learning more about becoming TECC and STOP THE BLEED® InstructorsThe NAEMT course registration fee is Georgia Trauma Commission and GEMSA grant funded. 

 

 

TACTICAL EMERGENCY CASUALTY CARE FOR LAW ENFORCEMENT AND FIRST RESPONDERS (TECC - LEO) – 8-HOUR COURSE – TWO OPPORTUNITIES

NAEMT's TECC LEO course is endorsed by the American College of Surgeons Committee on Trauma and is consistent with the current guidelines established by the Committee on TECC (Co-TECC). An 8-hour classroom course specifically designed for law enforcement officers and other first responders and covers materials found in the 16-hour TECC provider course at a level appropriate for first responders and includes interactive lectures, skill stations, and patient simulations

 

Intended Audience: Law enforcement, fire, and EMS responders - trauma system partners are also welcome

When: Tuesday, December 20th through Wednesday, December 21st

Where: Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia

Cost: $50.00 – Includes workshop, lunch, and bleeding control kit or comparable IFAK

 

Registration: HTTPS://TINYURL.COM/R5TECCLEO or

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/r5trauma-tecc-leo-tickets-472402928877

 

Special Considerations: Participating organizational representatives are welcome and encouraged to attend the program with their local response partners. We will provide working lunch workshops for those participants interested in learning more about becoming TECC and STOP THE BLEED® InstructorsThe NAEMT course registration fee is Georgia Trauma Commission and GEMSA grant funded. 

 

 

RESCUE TASK FORCE INSTRUCTOR

The Region 5 RTAC Region 5 Regional Trauma Advisory Committee (RTAC) is seeking to expand its multidisciplinary cadre of qualified Rescue Task Force (RTF) instructors. The RTF course is designed to teach students driving tactics, command and control considerations, essential on-scene functions, as well as reasonable expectations for success during active violence incidents. 

 

Intended Audience: Law enforcement, fire, and EMS supervisors and educators may apply – see the program announcement for qualifications and prerequisites

When: Thursday, January 6th

Where: Georgia Public Safety Training Center, 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia

Cost: NO COST

Apply by December 16thwww.surveymonkey.com/r/2023RescueTaskForceInstructor

 

Special Considerations: Limited capacity. Admission is competitive. Please see the program announcement for qualifications and prerequisites.

 

 

STOP THE BLEED® LIVE ONLINE TRAINING - 1-HOUR WEBINARS - SEVEN OPPORTUNITIES

The STOP THE BLEED® Course is designed for those with little or no medical training who may be called upon to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control before the arrival of Emergency Medical Services (EMS). This 1-hour program is FREE and instructed by highly trained and experienced STOP THE BLEED® educators and trauma providers from Georgia's Trauma System.

 

Intended Audience: Appropriate for all audiences (everyone that bleeds red)

When: Tuesday, January 3rd; Wednesday, January 4th; Thursday, January 5th – Multiple Offerings Each Day

Where: Online

Cost: FREE

 

Registration: www.stopthebleedgeorgia.org or

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/stop-the-bleed-live-online-training-tickets-468892860167


Special Considerations: This webinar series is being hosted by our Trauma System Partners at Ogeechee Technical College. Paramedic Technology Instructor Laura Coleman has graciously agreed to moderate our multidisciplinary team of experienced STOP THE BLEED® educators. Hands-on practice and skills training is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED and necessary to obtain a "full" STOP THE BLEED® certification; These webinars are not intended to replace any planned in-person STOP THE BLEED® courses.


Ike McConnell

Georgia Fire Academy





Thanksgiving Message from GFSTC


Posted: 11/21/2022

This week will pause to participate in what marks 400 years of celebration of Thanksgiving in America. History teaches that the first Thanksgiving was celebrated in Virginia by English settlers in 1619. The purpose was to thank Almighty God for His direction and protection in landing in what would become America – and for the Native Americans who shared food with them to get them through the winter months. Just as the people who were native to this country shared food to help their new neighbors, we at GFSTC are thankful for the firefighters who share their time and their talents to help out Georgia's communities in need - everyday. It is our honor to serve you. 

The members and staff of GFSTC wish each of you a Happy Thanksgiving – and pray that each of you and your families across this great state are safe and blessed throughout the holiday.



Basic Firefighter Graduation Ceremony


Posted: 11/15/2022

Good Afternoon, 

The Fire Academy cordially invites you to attend the Graduation of Basic Firefighter Class 22-5.  Ceremonies will be held in the GPSTC Auditorium beginning at 10:00, Friday, November 18, 2022.   

Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy



Chatham County is Hiring!


Posted: 11/03/2022

Apparatus Operator/Paramedic - ALS Engine (non-transport position)

Chatham Emergency Services is accepting applications for its lateral hire program for the position of Apparatus Operator / Paramedic.  See attached job description for full requirements of the position. Candidates must apply online, and attach copies of documents / minimum certifications at time of application to be considered.  Upon receipt of your complete application, further information regarding the testing process will be sent to the email address provided on your application. The testing process requires successful completion of a written exam, physical agility test, and oral interview. All candidates will be required to conduct and meet the National Fire Protection Associations (NFPA) 1582 medical evaluation and physical fitness requirements.

Position Responsibilities Overview: Apparatus Operator / Paramedic is an advanced-level position responsible for fire prevention, suppression, rescue, ALS emergency medical first response, etc. In addition, the Apparatus Operator / Paramedic is responsible as the driver / operator of an assigned unit(s); assists in company level training; and manages assigned fire apparatus, equipment, and facilities. The Apparatus Operator / Paramedic is a full time position and assigned to a 24 hour on / 48 hours off shift.

Who should apply:  We are searching for an experienced firefighter-paramedic with a passion to make a real difference in the lives of others. Our goal is to cultivate a highly motivated, effective, and diverse workforce to meet the emergency services needs of Chatham County.  If you feel you have what it takes then step up to the challenge and apply today...

Candidates must have a minimum of two years of full-time paid experience as a certified front-line structural firefighter and a minimum of the following licenses and certifications:

NPQ/IFSAC Firefighter 1 and 2

NPQ/IFSAC Hazardous Materials Responder Awareness and Operations Levels

NPQ/IFSAC Apparatus Operator Pumper

NIMS IS 100, IS 200, IS 700, and IS 800

National Registry Paramedic AND/OR Georgia Licensed Paramedic

Class F or equivalent license

Salary will be commensurate with years of experience, licenses, and certifications. Starting salary of candidates meeting the minimum requirements and with successful completion of Apparatus Operator 1 and Paramedic qualifications is $49,832.80. Additional years of paid firefighter experience will receive additional compensation at 0.5% per year up to $68,303.00.


Please note that once your documents are reviewed for candidate eligibility, you will be contacted by the Human Resources Department to schedule testing.


Thank you,


James Vickers, MPA, MA, EFO, CFO, GCEM                                                                           

Fire Chief


Chatham Emergency Services

1399 Dean Forest Road

Savannah, Georgia 31405

Email: jvickers@chathames.org

Office: (912) 354-1011 --- ext. 1101

Cell: (912) 433-5112

Fax:  (912) 354-1294




ANNOUNCEMENT: GFSTC Council Meeting 11/3/2022


Posted: 10/17/2022

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on

11/3/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in Bay A.


THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

 

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ESTABLISH QUORUM 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

AGENCY UPDATE

OLD BUSINESS

Update on “Georgia K9 Accelerant Dog and Handler” certification 

Philip Wilbur Reinstatement 


NEW BUSINESS

ADJOURN



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Please update profiles for new website!


Posted: 10/17/2022

Good afternoon, everyone! 

As we grow closer to launching our new website, please ensure that everyone associated with your department has updated their profiles on the GFSTC website. Having the correct email address is critical, as this will be how they will be contacted to set up their new account. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns, have a great week!

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training



2022 Georgia Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony


Posted: 10/12/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

We cordially invite you to attend the 2022 Georgia Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony scheduled for Friday, October 14, at 11:00 a.m. in the Auditorium at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, located at 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia. 

This year's memorial will honor 16 fallen firefighters.  
  
Please feel free to share with your organization.  

Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy



EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT: Ramel Spruill


Posted: 10/11/2022

EMPLOYEE SPOTLIGHT
I would like to introduce you to our newest team member, Ramel Spruill! Ramel is originally from New York City, but says his heart and soul are from the South, perhaps because his grandparents are from one of the most beautiful Southern cities- the city of Savannah! He is the youngest of six children and was the was the first to move out of his parents’ home and out on his own. He had many learning curves to overcome; the first was preparing for his EMT Basic exam in NYC. He did not know anyone who was an EMT or firefighter, so he did not have a mentor to guide him and he had to walk that journey alone. In doing so, he found a brotherhood like no other. He was no longer alone but now was with many. The fire department has given him and countless others a purpose. He has a beautiful daughter called Livi. In his spare time he enjoys hiking, riding bikes, outdoors, and spending time with his daughter. Ramel has been a public servant since 2002, having worked for Dekalb Fire, Morrow Fire, and Riverdale Fire Service and now GFSTC.



EVALUATOR CLASS!


Posted: 10/11/2022

EVALUATOR CLASS! I am so excited to announce that GFSTC and the Georgia Fire Academy are partnering to deliver the next Evaluator class! It will be held on November the 9th at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA. Please follow the link to register for the class, you will be placed on the waiting list until the prerequisites are confirmed at which point you will be accepted into the class.

The prerequisites are as follows: 1.) Students must have 5 continuous years in the Fire Service. 2.) Students must also hold the certification level being evaluated for at least one (1) year.

https://access.gpstc.org/student/classes/register?courseNumber=FFAD22959






***CANCELLED*** GFSTC Council Meeting


Posted: 10/04/2022

Announcement:

Announcement:

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting scheduled for 

10-4-2022 has been cancelled. We will send out an update when the next meeting is scheduled. Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting scheduled for 10-4-2022 has been cancelled. We will send out an update when the next meeting is scheduled. 





Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting


Posted: 09/26/2022

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
 
 
 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
10/4/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
  • Update on “Georgia K9 Accelerant Dog and Handler” certification
  • Philip Wilbur Reinstatement
 
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN
 
 
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Executive Skills Series at Georgia Fire Academy


Posted: 09/12/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting direct deliveries of the following National Fire Academy Classes in October.  Please use the links to register.  




The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Fire Department Executive


Posted: 08/24/2022

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Fire Department Executive, August 29th
through September 13th, 2022.

Course Description: The Fire Department Executive course is designed to develop the
knowledge and skills necessary for chief fire officers to perform executive functions of the fire
department. Additional topics in this course include dealing with human resources, professional
development, government & community relations, strategic planning, purchasing, training, risk
management, and emergency scene operations. At the conclusion of this course, the student will
be tested by Georgia Firefighter’s Standards and Training Council for certification at the level of
Fire Officer IV.
Target Audience: Chief Officers aspiring to an Executive Level Chief Fire Officer position or
responsibility within a Fire Organization.
Prerequisites: Students must have successfully complete the Fire Administrative Officer course
offered by GPSTC or possess NPQ Pro Board Fire Officer III certification.
Special Note:
Students must provide:
The student will be required to complete a strategic planning project that will coincide with the
GFSTC Fire Officer IV task book. Students must have a working knowledge Microsoft Word
platforms and data collection.
Students will need to provide a personal Laptop with Microsoft Word or compatible software
and thumb drive for this course.
Students will need to bring the following textbook:
IFSTA Chief Officer 4th Edition ISBN: 978-0-87939-644-2
FDE Student Handbook 2022
Use the following link to register:
Fire Department Executive FFAA22570




NFA State Weekend


Posted: 08/24/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

Due to a lack of enrollment from all of the involved states, our NFA State weekend that was scheduled for September has been cancelled.  

Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy



Company Officer Academy in Marietta


Posted: 08/16/2022

To all interested,

Marietta Fire Department and Columbia Southern University are pleased to announce that Pride and Ownership Chiefs Lasky and Salka will be bringing their Company Officer Academy to Marietta. The class will be held in Marietta on Nov 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at 310 Kennestone Hospital Blvd in the auditorium from 9am – 5pm. All 3 days are required attendance for any student you send. This class is limited to 100 students. 2.1 continuing ed units will be issued for full attendance of this class.

 

Cost

Early Bird Rate (ends Oct 2, 2022)

CSU students, Alumni & Learning partners- $175.00

General- $200

 

Standard Rate (starts October 3, 2022)

CSU students, Alumni & Learning partners- $200.00

General- $225.00

 

Follow the link for registration and more information

https://www.columbiasouthern.edu/online-degree/continuing-education/ce-events/company-officer-academy/2022-11-02-company-officer-academy/

If you have any questions, please call Lt Chuck Mindel or Mimi Henning                     

Lt Chuck Mindel

770-794-5476

cmindel@mariettaga.gov

Mimi Henning (Columbia Southern Rep)

Mimi.henning@columbiasouthern.edu

 

Thank You                                                                                                          

Lt Chuck Mindel

Marietta Fire Department

770-794-5476




Council Meeting 8/2/2022


Posted: 08/02/2022

Council Meeting 8/2/2022 

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
8/2/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
Swearing in of new Council member Laura Beth Tucker
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
Fireworks Tax Grants: Review of Guidelines
Vector Solutions/Acadis Update
NEW BUSINESS
Creation of a “Georgia K9 Accelerant Dog and Handler” certification
ADJOURN


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Hasta La Vista, David Cummings!!


Posted: 06/27/2022

Georgia Fire Service: 

I am writing to inform you all that David Cummings is leaving GFSTC on 6/30/2022; he has accepted a position with the Georgia Fire Academy as their Southwest Regional Coordinator for their volunteer programs. 

We’re immensely grateful for all the contributions that David has made during his years here, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing him a fond farewell. We’ll miss him but we’re excited for his next steps and wish him great success on his next venture!

Whitman


After David leaves, depending on who is your area manager, please direct all communications you would normally send to him to either Bryan Allen ballen@gfstconline.org , Wayne Feller wfeller@gfstconline.org , David Trussell dtrussell@gfstconline.org , or Britt Brinson bbrinson@gfstconline.org .





GFSTC Council Meeting 8/2/2022


Posted: 06/23/2022

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
8/2/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN
 
 
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New Compliance Manager for the Northwest Region, Christina Tipton!


Posted: 06/06/2022

We are excited to welcome our new Compliance Manager for Northwest Region, Christina Tipton! Y'all please give her a warm welcome!
She was born and raised in Paulding County and has 10 years in the fire service. Before leaving to pursue other career opportunities, she made it to the rank of Sgt. and says that she is looking forward to serving the Northwest Region for many years to come.



GFA Course Announcement: Hazardous Materials Technician


Posted: 05/25/2022

The Georgia Fire Academy is conducting  a Hazardous Material Technician course starting on June 6, 2022.  We currently have low enrollment and do not want to have to cancel this offering.  

During this 10-day delivery, students will be trained to the minimum training requirements necessary to respond to incidents involving hazardous materials/WMD. Responders to these incidents are expected to perform technically advanced operations to mitigate the emergency. This course is designed to address these requirements and prepare the emergency responder to respond in a safe manner to protect themselves and their community. Topics covered include: identifying hazardous materials/WMD materials and their characteristics and toxic effects if released, PPE selection and use, tactics to confine and contain, as well as decontamination of responders and civilians. 

This offering will be held at the G.P.S.T.C. main campus in Forsyth with the first week conducted June 6th – June 10 th ,  and the second June 13 th – 17th at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Use the following link to register: Haz-Mat Technician



Sponsorships needed for Children’s Burn Camp Event


Posted: 05/16/2022

The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) is excited to announce the return of our annual Children’s Burn Camp Event, scheduled for June 5 - June 10, 2022. (first ‘in-person” Post-COVID)

The camp program offers burn-­injured children and siblings the opportunity to bond and reconnect with friends, both old and new, while enjoying an invigorating splash in a swimming pool, fishing, field games,  or singing goofy songs while roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and so many more activities focused on “fun with a purpose”. Campers also have opportunities to connect via support group sessions with peers who bear the scars of similar experiences (both seen and unseen); enabling them to learn approaches to process feelings through story sharing and in addition to developing coping strategies for dealing with the challenges & obstacles to recovery. As a burn survivor since childhood myself, I can personally speak to the overwhelming difficulties associated with isolation & loneliness.

The average cost to provide this life-changing experience is an estimated $550 per camper, but there is never any costs incurred by families as a result of the generous support of individual donors and charitable giving from local businesses. And I am reaching out to respected companies and potential contributors, to consider becoming a corporate sponsor to help achieve the GFBF mission by providing the vital financial resources needed to help ensure every eligible child can be served this summer. 

We have several sponsorship package options available, for full details please click here; Donations at any support level is sincerely appreciated.  I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to the prospect of your company’s participation.

THANK YOU for your consideration!

Dennis 
Dennis J. Gardin, Executive Director

Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation

2575 Chantilly Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Help, Hope, and Healing Beyond the Burn

www.gfbf.org

Click here to sign up for news and updates




Sponsorships needed


Posted: 05/16/2022

The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) is excited to announce the return of our annual Children’s Burn Camp Event, scheduled for June 5 - June 10, 2022. (first ‘in-person” Post-COVID)

The camp program offers burn-­injured children and siblings the opportunity to bond and reconnect with friends, both old and new, while enjoying an invigorating splash in a swimming pool, fishing, field games,  or singing goofy songs while roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and so many more activities focused on “fun with a purpose”. Campers also have opportunities to connect via support group sessions with peers who bear the scars of similar experiences (both seen and unseen); enabling them to learn approaches to process feelings through story sharing and in addition to developing coping strategies for dealing with the challenges & obstacles to recovery. As a burn survivor since childhood myself, I can personally speak to the overwhelming difficulties associated with isolation & loneliness.

The average cost to provide this life-changing experience is an estimated $550 per camper, but there is never any costs incurred by families as a result of the generous support of individual donors and charitable giving from local businesses. And I am reaching out to respected companies and potential contributors, to consider becoming a corporate sponsor to help achieve the GFBF mission by providing the vital financial resources needed to help ensure every eligible child can be served this summer. 

We have several sponsorship package options available, for full details please click here; Donations at any support level is sincerely appreciated.  I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to the prospect of your company’s participation.

THANK YOU for your consideration!

Dennis 
Dennis J. Gardin, Executive Director

Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation

2575 Chantilly Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Help, Hope, and Healing Beyond the Burn

www.gfbf.org

Click here to sign up for news and updates



GFA Course Announcement - Life Safety Code


Posted: 05/16/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Life Safety Code June 7th through June 9th, 2022  at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Columbus Campus, 3001 Macon Road; Columbus, GA 31906..

This course will provide the student with an introduction and overview of the Life Safety Code and how it applies to fire inspections and code enforcement activities.  Students will review the specific requirements of each section of the code, determine building and fire protection requirements, egress requirements, and apply the code to practical activities based on occupancy and hazard classification.

This course is designed for public safety personnel who will have the primary responsibility of conducting Fire and Life Safety Code Inspections and Fire Service Plans Review.

See attached flyer for further or use the following link to register:

LifeSafety Code - Columbus - June 2022



Sponsorships needed for Children’s Burn Camp Event: Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF)


Posted: 05/16/2022

The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) is excited to announce the return of our annual Children’s Burn Camp Event, scheduled for June 5 - June 10, 2022. (first ‘in-person” Post-COVID)

The camp program offers burn-­injured children and siblings the opportunity to bond and reconnect with friends, both old and new, while enjoying an invigorating splash in a swimming pool, fishing, field games,  or singing goofy songs while roasting marshmallows around a campfire, and so many more activities focused on “fun with a purpose”. Campers also have opportunities to connect via support group sessions with peers who bear the scars of similar experiences (both seen and unseen); enabling them to learn approaches to process feelings through story sharing and in addition to developing coping strategies for dealing with the challenges & obstacles to recovery. As a burn survivor since childhood myself, I can personally speak to the overwhelming difficulties associated with isolation & loneliness.

 The average cost to provide this life-changing experience is an estimated $550 per camper, but there is never any costs incurred by families as a result of the generous support of individual donors and charitable giving from local businesses. And I am reaching out to respected companies and potential contributors, to consider becoming a corporate sponsor to help achieve the GFBF mission by providing the vital financial resources needed to help ensure every eligible child can be served this summer. 

We have several sponsorship package options available, for full details please click here; Donations at any support level is sincerely appreciated.  I welcome any questions you may have and look forward to the prospect of your company’s participation.

THANK YOU for your consideration!

Dennis 
Dennis J. Gardin, Executive Director

Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation

2575 Chantilly Drive, NE Atlanta, GA 30324

Help, Hope, and Healing Beyond the Burn

www.gfbf.org

Click here to sign up for news and updates

 



Fire Service Leaders, Cobb Fire and Emergency Services is hosting Anthony Avillo's Fireground St


Posted: 05/16/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 


Cobb Fire and Emergency Services is hosting Anthony Avillo's Fireground Strategies & Full Contact Leadership Conference in June.  This training is free of charge and will have two offerings.  


For more information or to register, please click here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/311984673557






Georgia Fire Academy Course Announcement - Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction


Posted: 05/05/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following course: Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction on May 31 – June 1, 2022.

This two-day course demonstrates to students nationally recognized principles that, when used appropriately, can lead to community risk-reduction programs that can measure success in local communities. This course will give students the opportunity to explore programs from communities across the United States that have been showcased at Vision 20/20 symposiums. This program demonstrates what nationally recognized organizations identify as examples of “best practices” in community risk reduction.

Target Audience:
  • Fire and emergency services personnel who help develop and deliver fire prevention and community risk-reduction programs.
  • Fire and emergency services staff with an interest in advancing risk-reduction efforts in their community.
  • Allied health and community service personnel who help develop and deliver risk-reduction programs.
There is a pre-course assignment due one week before class that should take about one hour to complete. Students will receive the assignment two-weeks before class.

Use the following link to register:
Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction



Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 5/3/2022


Posted: 04/21/2022

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
5/3/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
  • Rules for the Fireworks Tax Grant Committee
  • Work Sessions
ADJOURN


To Join Virtually: 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86553481169?pwd=T3puZUdMa0s1cEhnYVBlL05SWHJOZz09 Meeting ID: 865 5348 1169 
Passcode: 150779 
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GFSTC 2022 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipient Announcement


Posted: 04/18/2022

IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! 
The GFSTC 2022 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipient Announcement! 


The Council met today and approved 57 recipients with a total award amount of $1,036,997. 
 There were lots of awards for turnout gear, SCBAs and enough hoses to fully encircle Earth 300 times. 

Without further discussion, here are the recipients of the GFSTC 2022 Fireworks Tax Grant awards! 


Alamo Fire  Department
Atkinson County Fire Department 
Brown Springs Volunteer Fire Department
Cedar Creek Fire Department 
Cobbtown Volunteer Fire Department
Crisp County Fire Rescue
Crossroads Volunteer Fire Department
Davisboro Volunteer Fire Department
Dodge County Fire Department
Draneville Volunteer Fire 
Early County Fire Department
East Brooks Volunteer Fire Department
Fairfield Plantation Fire Rescue
Fannin County Fire Department
Flint Hill Fire Department
Glenwood Fire Department
Horse Creek Volunteer Fire Dept.
Irwin County Fire Department
Jacksonville Fire Department
Lake Park Volunteer Fire Department 
Lakeland/Lanier Fire Department
Lamar County Fire and Rescue
Line Fire Department
Meansville Volunteer Fire Department
Milan Volunteer Fire Department
Monroe County Emergency Services
Morgan County Fire Rescue
Mountain Park Volunteer Fire and  Rescue 
Nahunta Volunteer Fire Department Inc.
Northwest Harris VFD
Oakland Fire Rescue
Pinehurst Fire Department
Pineview Volunteer Fire Department
Pitts Fire Rescue
Polk County Volunteer Fire Department
Quitman County Volunteer Fire Department
Raines Crossroad
Seminole County Volunteer Fire Rescue
Springhill Volunteer
Stuckey Volunteer Fire Department
Tazewell Volunteer Fire Department
Tignall Fire Department
Toombs County Fire Department
Towns County Fire Rescue
Trenton/Dade County Fire Department
Treutlen County Fire Department
Twin City Fire Department
Unadilla Fire and Rescue
Wadley Fire Department 
Warthen Volunteer Fire Department
Waverly Hall Fire Department
Wayne County Fire Rescue
Waynesville Volunteer Fire and Rescue  Department
Webster County Fire Department
West Brow Fire & Rescue 
Wilkes County Fire Service
Yatesville Volunteer Fire Department




Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 5/3/2022


Posted: 04/18/2022

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
5/3/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN


To Join Virtually: 

Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86553481169?pwd=T3puZUdMa0s1cEhnYVBlL05SWHJOZz09 Meeting ID: 865 5348 1169 
Passcode: 150779 
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GFSTC SPECIAL CALLED COUNCIL MEETING: FIREWORKS TAX GRANT SELECTION APPROVAL


Posted: 04/06/2022

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 4/18/2022 at 1:00 PM. This meeting will be held virtually.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ESTABLISH QUORUM 

OLD BUSINESS

Fireworks Tax Grant Selection Approval

ADJOURN

To join virtually: 

Please mute your device unless presenting.

Topic: GFSTC FIREWORKS TAX GRANT SELECTION APPROVAL

Time: Apr 18, 2022 1:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)


Join Zoom Meeting

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Meeting ID: 846 0300 8542

Passcode: 637445

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Location and virtual joining update


Posted: 03/31/2022

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting


Location and virtual joining update. 

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 4/5/2022. This meeting has been scheduled as a Work Session and will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth in Tiered Classroom 112 at 11:00 AM.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
  • Fireworks Tax Grants
 ADJOURN
 
 
To join virtually: 
 
Topic: Location and sharing update: GFSTC Council Work Session 4/5/2022
Time: Apr 5, 2022 11:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 891 4352 9554
Passcode: 170523
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GFSTC Work Session 4/5/2022


Posted: 03/18/2022

3/18/2022


The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 4/5/2022. This meeting has been scheduled as a Work Session and will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth in the Pavilion at 11:00 AM.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
NEW BUSINESS
Fireworks Tax Grants

ADJOURN


To join by phone: 

GFSTC Work Session
Tuesday, April 5 · 11:00am – 12:00pm
321-804-6906? PIN: ?963 858 505?#?

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RANDY TOMS NAMED AS GFSTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Posted: 03/01/2022

We welcome Randy Toms as the new GFSTC Executive Director!

Randy Toms served on the Warner Robins Fire Department for 27 years before his retirement in 2012. Randy served as Mayor of Warner Robins in the years 2014-2021. Randy is married to Jane, his wife of 40 years. They have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. Randy also served as Chaplain to the GAFC from 2003 to 2016. He is excited to be back home in the Georgia Fire Service as the Executive Director of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.

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Atlanta Hawks - First Responders Night - March 13


Posted: 02/24/2022

First Responders Night
ATL Hawks vs. IND Pacers | Sunday, March 13th | 7:00pm




Purchase your tickets:
hawkspromos.com/firstresponders

For groups of 10 or more or for tickets to a different game, please contact Ryan Coller
at 
ryan.coller@hawks.com or at 404-878-3714. *Ticket prices and availability are subject to change, so order your tickets today! Ticket prices and availability are subject to change and tickets are mobile only. For information on arena safety, please visit hawks.com/safetyTICKETS WILL SELL OUT!




Training Opportunity: The Functional Fire Company


Posted: 02/23/2022

Cobb Fire has shared this information about an upcoming training opportunity.  This training is open to all local departments.  The training is free, but they ask that you register so they have an accurate headcount. 

 

You may register here:  https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-functional-fire-company-conference-tickets-237519686777.  

 

Please reach out to Chief Hancock at 770-528-5661 or thomas.hancock@cobbcounty.org for more information.




GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 3/1/2022


Posted: 02/18/2022


The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 3/1/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.


THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS

  • Acadis/Website Update
  • Executive Director Update

NEW BUSINESS

EXECUTIVE SESSION

ADJOURN


To join virtually:
Dial 786-607-2331 PIN:
?259 575 164#
Please mute your phones.

 




National Volunteer Fire Council: Health & Safety Training Summit in Orlando- Ju


Posted: 02/17/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 

The National Volunteer Fire Council is hosting the next Health & Safety Training Summit in Orlando on June 24-25. They have asked me to share this with you so that we can make sure as many Georgia firefighters as possible know about the event.   Attached is an article and some social media/website graphics if you would please share with your members.  

To find out more use the following link:  NVFC HEALTH & SAFETY TRAINING SUMMIT 

Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy






DRAFT: GFSTC Proposed Rule Changes


Posted: 02/11/2022

Please see attached file.
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GFSTC 2022 Fireworks Tax Grant Announcement


Posted: 01/27/2022

GFSTC 2022 Fireworks Tax Grant Announcement


January 27, 2022

Georgia Fire Departments:

This is the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council announcement and policy for the 2022 Fireworks Tax Grants. Please understand that we have a limited amount of monies and while all departments are welcome to make application, those departments that demonstrate the most financial and operational need will be the primary consideration in the Grant Review Committee’s and Council’s decision-making process. There is a $25,000.00 limit with a 10% department match.

The Grant Application period will begin on January 27, 2022 and must be received in the GFSTC office by the close of business, 5:00 PM, on February 23, 2022. Applications will be accepted electronically. Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered in the 2022 process. The application link is available on our website, on Facebook and has been emailed to the chiefs and training officers.

Please follow the link the the announcement and application.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeEyUhwI6ZW4IrAqEwC53Dv_ybh99dpRahf4fQtQWrHEFrUhQ/viewform?usp=sf_link

Please  click on attachment for required signature page.

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Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Life Safety Code


Posted: 01/14/2022

Fire Service Leaders, 


The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Life Safety Code February 22nd through February 24th, 2022.  This 3 day course is being held at the at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Tifton Campus, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College (ABAC) 49; 2802 Moore Highway; Tifton, GA 31793-2601

 

This 24-hour course will provide the student with an introduction and overview of the Life Safety Code and how it applies to fire inspections and code enforcement activities.  Students will review the specific requirements of each section of the code, determine building and fire protection requirements, egress requirements, and apply the code to practical activities based on occupancy and hazard classification.

 

This course is designed for public safety personnel who will have the primary responsibility of conducting Fire and Life Safety Code Inspections and Fire Service Plans Review.

 

Please see attached flier for further information or use the following link to register:    Life Safety Code - TIFTON February 2022




2022 Firefighter Recognition Day: Mini Conference & Legislative Appreciation Dinner


Posted: 01/13/2022





Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following course: Residential Sprinkler Plan Review


Posted: 01/12/2022

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following course: Residential Sprinkler Plan Review, February 22-23, 2022.  This course looks at the following as the primary guidance for the approval of residential sprinkler systems:
  • National Fire Protection Association 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems.
  • NFPA 13D, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes.
  • NFPA 13R, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems in Low-Rise Residential Occupancies.
  • International Residential Code Standard P2904.
  • Manufacturer's Data Sheets.
  • The ability to read and interpret the design is an essential element of preventive fire safety.
This course is appropriate for building and fire code officials whose responsibility it is to review and approve residential sprinkler plans. Such officials include fire inspectors, fire marshals, and building code inspectors with at least one year of experience on the job.  Attendees should have an understanding of the history of water-based fire protection systems and methods used to verify hydraulic calculation.

To register use the following link:  Residential Sprinkler Plan Review



Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following course: EMS Functions in ICS


Posted: 01/12/2022

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following course: EMS Functions in ICS on March 15-16, 2022.  In this two-day course, students will practice use of the Incident Command System (ICS) in coordination with other public safety responders.

This course will present scenarios requiring responders to structure their emergency medical services (EMS) resources within the guidance of National Incident Management System ICS, as appropriate to the needs of the different incident types.

The target audience for this course is emergency response personnel with responsibilities to implement the initial EMS functions of an ICS at medium- or large-sized incidents.

To register use the following link:  EMS Functions in ICS



GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 1/11/2022


Posted: 01/07/2022

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
1/11/2022. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in Classroom 104.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
  • OPENING OF THE MEETING
  • SWEARING IN OF CRAIG LANDAULT AS NEWEST GFSTC MEMEBER
  • ESTABLISH QUORUM
  • ELECTION OF OFFICERS
  • APPROVAL OF 2022 MEETING SCHEDULE
  • APPROVAL OF MINUTES
  • AGENCY UPDATE
  • OLD BUSINESS
  1. Rule Change Proposals
  2. Executive Director’s Position
  3. Acadis Update
  •  NEW BUSINESS
  •  EXECUTIVE SESSION
  •  ADJOURN
 
To Join Virtually:
 
GFSTC Council Meeting- Room 104
Tuesday, January 11 · 11:00am – 12:00pm
Google Meet joining info
Dial 760-573-8244 PIN: ?730 639 744#
 
Please mute your phones.

 



STATE CERTIFICATION AND PRO BOARD CERTIFICATION RETEST POLICY


Posted: 12/31/2021

STATE CERTIFICATION AND PRO BOARD CERTIFICATION RETEST POLICY 

Effective date 02-01-2022

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training allows candidates to attempt a certification test up to three (3) times in a 90 day period before having to go through the complete course again. The first attempt is at the initial test location, the first re-test attempt is at the closest regional test center unless approved by GFSTC staff to be at another location, and the 2nd re-test or final attempt must be scheduled at the office of GFSTC in Forsyth. The candidate must wait a minimum of 10 days between each testing opportunity. The Council allows the Executive Director latitude to consider requests for shorter time periods between tests, more especially for basic firefighter certifications, but other certifications may be considered also. This shall be on a case by case basis. A student mastery can be obtained after the second attempt for each level of certification that they were not successful. Complete the mastery request form and email it to GFSTC with the date, candidates name, GFSTC ID number and location of the test. A student mastery is a report on an individual candidate that shows the areas of strengths and weaknesses during a particular written test event. If the candidate does not gain a successful score on the third attempt, he/she must retake the entire course for the exam being attempted. With the exception of the following. 

GEORGIA FIRE ACADEMY SPONSERED END OF COURSE 

Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training allows candidates to retake these specified tests up to three (3) times in a 30 day period in accordance with the policy set forth through the Georgia Fire Academy. The candidate must wait until the GFA instructor can schedule an opportunity to test. Proof of remedial training must be supplied. 


David H. Cummings 
Compliance & Evaluation Manager
Ga. Firefighter Standards And Training
478-993-4516 work
478-262-5536 cell

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HELP WANTED: Henry County Lieutenants' Assessment Process


Posted: 12/13/2021

HELP WANTED:  Henry County Lieutenants' Assessment Process

Good afternoon everyone,

I hope all is well with each of you! I wanted to reach out for help with evaluators. I received some of your names from a previous list of contacts that we have either used, helps to distribute for evaluators from within your department, expressed interest, or can help with requests for evaluators. 

With that being said, Henry County is conducting a lieutenant's promotion process on the 27th and 28th of January 2022.   I need 12 evaluators for each day. I would prefer to have the same evaluators both days to keep consistency. All evaluators should hold the rank of Lieutenant or higher to meet the needs of the process.

Unfortunately, at this time, I will not be about to compensate the evaluator for their time. However, I will be providing them with refreshments, snacks, and lunch for each day. 

Feel free to contact me if you or anyone in your organization is willing to help out with this process. If you have any other questions, please feel free to reach out to me. Thanks for your help and stay safe!

Michael Hicks
Assistant Chief of Training
Henry County Fire Department
Work: 770-288-6614
Cell: 678-898-8986
mhicks@co.henry.ga.us
"Many hands make light work!"



GFSTC Council Meeting 12/14/2021


Posted: 12/10/2021

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 12/14/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom. 

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE: 

OPENING OF THE MEETING 

ESTABLISH QUORUM 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

AGENCY UPDATE 

OLD BUSINESS 

Rule change proposals 

Rule changes to the high school pathway program

Executive Director’s Position

Volunteer Firefighter Curriculum Approval

NEW BUSINESS

Investigator’s Position

ADJOURN 

To Join Virtually: 

GFSTC Council Meeting- Courtroom

Tuesday, December 14 · 11:00am – 12:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Dial 573-559-1847? PIN: ?941 401 805?#??


Please mute your phones.





Server/Website interruption dates


Posted: 12/02/2021

We have some Server/Website interruption dates due to year end maintenance:

12/17/2021 (Friday) The web site will NOT be accessible from 1-5

01/03/2022 (Monday) The web site will NOT be accessible from 8-5




GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 12/14/2021


Posted: 11/19/2021

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 12/14/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom. An updated agenda will be published before the meeting.

 

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE: 

OPENING OF THE MEETING

ESTABLISH QUORUM

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

AGENCY UPDATE

OLD BUSINESS

NEW BUSINESS

 

ADJOURN

 

To Join Virtually:

 

GFSTC Council Meeting- Courtroom

Tuesday, December 14 · 11:00am – 12:00pm

Google Meet joining info

Dial 573-559-1847 PIN: ?941 401 805#

 

Please mute your phones.





New Requirements for state certifications


Posted: 11/18/2021

Effective January 1, 2022 Hazmat Awareness Certification will be required for State Certified Volunteer and State Certified Basic Firefighter. 
Volunteer Support and Suppression will be required to be trained to the level of Hazmat Awareness but not tested. 

Thanks.
David H. Cummings 



GFSTC Policy: 2021-012 Fire Service Personnel Who Have Been Arrested


Posted: 11/09/2021

Please refer to attached PDF.
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GFSTC Policy: 2021-011 Certification of Individuals with Criminal History


Posted: 11/09/2021

Please refer to attached PDF.
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Presentation of The Winecoff Hotel Fire - 75th Anniversary


Posted: 11/08/2021

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the presentation of The Winecoff Hotel Fire - 75th Anniversary 1946-2021 December 7th, 2021.

 

This presentation will discuss the history behind the Winecoff Hotel Fire and how the fire itself changed code requirements in Georgia as it applies to the field of Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement.  This is a one (1) day delivery and will be held December 7th, 2021 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Forsyth Campus - Auditorium 1000 Indian Springs Drive; Forsyth, GA 31029.

 

Use the following link to register or see flyer attached:                                                  

The Winecoff Hotel Fire - 75th Anniversary 1946-2021

 

Ike McConnell




Grant Writing Training Delivered Online - December 9-10, 2021


Posted: 10/26/2021

Grant Writing Training Delivered Online - December 9-10, 2021

Grant Writing USA and our esteemed hosts will present a two-day grant writing training delivered online via Zoom on December 9-10, 2021.  The class will also be available as an on-demand replay for 30 days

This grant writing class covers how to write grant proposals start to finish and how to locate and track relevant grant opportunities.  Beginning and experienced grant writers are encouraged to attend. For this event only, class examples will be geared toward fire and emergency management agencies. 

We are offering all fire and emergency management agencies a special tuition rate of $405, no discount code required.  Groups of 5 or more will receive an additional $50 discount per person.  Discounts for Grant Writing USA alumni are also available.  Please call for details. 

Checks, credit cards, and purchase orders are welcome.  Agencies have 30 days after the training to pay.

Click here for complete details and registration.

If you prefer friendly, personal service:

Grant Writing USA Client Services
800.814.8191 PT
cs@grantwritingusa.com




Required Training Hours 2021


Posted: 10/22/2021

The Council voted 10/22/2021 to keep the 24 training hour requirement in place for 2021. 

Training hours must be entered by midnight on 12/31/2021. 

If a firefighter does not have the 24 required training hours by 1/1/2022, that firefighter's certification will lapse.



Announcement: GFSTC Council Meeting 11/9/2021


Posted: 10/22/2021

Announcement:
Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

 
The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
11/9/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in C-114.


THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 
APPROVAL OF MINUTES 
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
•    Rule change proposals
•    Rule changes to the high school pathway program

NEW BUSINESS
ADJOURN



SPECIAL CALLED COUNCIL MEETING 10-22-2021


Posted: 10/20/2021

The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council has called a special meeting for Friday, 10/22/2021. This meeting will be held virtually at 1:00 PM.
 
THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
 
OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM 

OLD BUSINESS
1.    WEBSITE/DATABASE
2.    TESTING SYSTEM

ADJOURN

Join Virtually:

Special Called Council Meeting-Virtual Only
Friday, October 22 · 1:00 – 2:00pm
Google Meet joining info
650-980-4675? PIN: ?237 076 853?#??

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GFSTC Council Meeting 10/12/2021


Posted: 10/08/2021

10/8/2021

The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
10/12/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in C-102.

THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE: OPENING OF THE MEETING
ESTABLISH QUORUM
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
AGENCY UPDATE
OLD BUSINESS
• Draft/Policy presentation for a vote re: Firefighter Arrest Issues (Brinson and Cummings)
• Presentation of Job Description for Investigator Position (Cummings)
• Review of Volunteer Committee recommendations (Thaxton)
• Review recommendations for consolidating the language for certifications (Thaxton)
• Training hour requirements for 2021 (Black)
• Rule change proposals
• Rule changes to the high school pathway program

NEW BUSINESS
• Philip Wilbur reinstatement request
ADJOURN

To Join Virtually:
347-353-9022 PIN: 623 081 618#
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ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS: GFSTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR


Posted: 09/28/2021


The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is now 
accepting applications for the position of 
Executive Director
Please see attached job description for your reference and dissemination.

State of Georgia application for employment may be accessed here. 

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Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections


Posted: 09/28/2021

Fire Service Leaders, 


The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections  November 30th through December 2nd, 2021.  This is a three (3) day delivery and will be held November 30th through December 2nd, 2021 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Columbus Campus, 3001 Macon Road, Columbus, GA 31906

 

This 24-hour course is designed to prepare company officers, and newly appointed fire prevention and code enforcement personnel, with the ability to conduct a proper fire inspection at the company level, and prepare students who desire to obtain Fire Inspector I certification.   


Use the following link to register or see attached flyer for further:                                 Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections


Ike McConnell
Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy



Website maintenence 9/24/2021


Posted: 09/24/2021

GFSTC website maintenence will begin on Friday, September 24 at 12:00 pm and run to around 8:00 pm. During this period the site will be inaccessible from time to time so we recommend that no one access the web page;  if they do there is a chance any data entered will not be saved in the database. The website should be operational again on Friday after 8:00 pm.



GFA Course Announcement - Wildland


Posted: 09/15/2021

Fire Service Leaders, 

The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following direct delivery courses from the National Fire Academy in October.  The WUI for The Structural Company Officer currently has low student numbers and is in danger of being cancelled. 

October 19-20, 2021 -Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer
This two-day course identifies operational activities and safety concerns for
structural Company Officers (COs) assigned to a wildland urban interface (WUI) incident.
Topics covered include:
  • Introduction to WUI firefighting,
  • Interface environment,
  • Wildland fire behavior,
  • Command and control issues of WUI firefighting.
  • Tactics.

This two-day course is designed to provide students with the essential tools and skills to operate safely in a wildland/urban interface (WUI) incident.
Topics covered include:
    • Interface incidents.
    • Fire behavior.
    • Safety and operational considerations.



    GFSTC Work Session 9/14/2021


    Posted: 09/09/2021

    The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Work Session will be held on 9/14/2021. The Work Session will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

    THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

     OPENING OF THE MEETING

    ESTABLISH QUORUM 

    APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

    AGENCY UPDATE

    OLD BUSINESS

    Firefighter Arrest Issues

    Proposed Rule Changes

    1. Presentation of updated rules by staff

    2. Volunteer Fire Service Personnel (Thaxton)

    NEW BUSINESS

    Presentation of certification/qualification changes 

    ADJOURN


    Please mute your phones.

    Council Work Session: Courtroom

    Tuesday, September 14 · 11:00am – 12:00pm

    Google Meet joining info

    Or dial: ?(US) +1 516-261-2003? PIN: ?272 162 078?#

    More phone numbers: https://tel.meet/zfv-ubfd-kgx?pin=5885170499055





    GFA Course Announcement


    Posted: 09/07/2021

    The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the following direct delivery courses from the National Fire Academy in October: 

    October 19-20, 2021 -Wildland Urban Interface Firefighting for the Structural Company Officer
    This two-day course identifies operational activities and safety concerns for
    structural Company Officers (COs) assigned to a wildland urban interface (WUI) incident.
    Topics covered include:
    • Introduction to WUI firefighting,
    • Interface environment,
    • Wildland fire behavior,
    • Command and control issues of WUI firefighting.
    • Tactics.

    This two-day course is designed to provide students with the essential tools and skills to operate safely in a wildland/urban interface (WUI) incident.
    Topics covered include:
      • Interface incidents.
      • Fire behavior.
      • Safety and operational considerations.




      Fire Service Deaths as Relates to Covid


      Posted: 08/27/2021

      Hello Georgia Fire Chiefs,

      Unfortunately, over the past couple of weeks, we have lost a number of our fellow  Firefighters to this current wave of Covid. Remember that Covid may be a line of duty death, and a family member could receive a benefit that could help these families during this difficult time. Reach out to Dennis Thayer either by email at gafallenfirefighter.org or phone at 678-787-2635, so he can assist the family with the benefits.

      Thanks

      Charles Wasdin
      President, GAFC 





      State Opioid Adapted Response (SOAR) Course


      Posted: 08/16/2021

      Fire Service Leaders, 

      The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) has collaborated with the Georgia Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) to develop hands-on training for public safety personnel titled State Opioid Adapted Response (SOAR). For more information on the training program or to register for the SOAR course please visit the GPSTC website at www.gpstc.org . For more information or to host a SOAR course, please contact CIT Manager Andy Garner at agarner@gpstc.org or (478) 993-6785.




      GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 8/10/2021


      Posted: 08/10/2021

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      8/10/2021 The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS
      • Firefighters with arrests
      • Executive Director’s position

      NEW BUSINESS
      • Consider a rule change to provide clarity to departments using learning
      management systems. (Thaxton)

      ADJOURN

      Google Meet joining info:
      319-553-6476 PIN: 454 726 185#
      Please mute your phones.



      GFSTC Rule Change Requests due August 27, 2021


      Posted: 08/10/2021

      GFSTC Rule Changes 

      Any proposed GFSTC rule change(s) must be submitted for Council consideration by August 27, 2021. Please submit in the following format:

      1.  Provide title of rule change


      2. Cite the Current Rule (Example below)


      205-1-3-0.4 (7) (a) (5) (c) Line 742-745 Reads:

      “Documentation of this training shall include certificates, transcripts, or sign-in sheets. All training documentation shall include the training subject, date, beginning and ending times, description of training, objectives of training, and signatures of students and instructors.”


      3. Provide the desired rule change verbiage (Example below)


      Recommended change:

      “Documentation of this training shall include (insert desired change)."





      Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections


      Posted: 07/20/2021

      Fire Service Leaders, 

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections course September 22nd through September 24th, 2021.  This is a three (3) day delivery and will be held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Savannah Campus (108 Sunshine AvenueSavannah Georgia 31405)

       

      This 24-hour course is designed to prepare company officers, and newly appointed fire prevention/code enforcement personnel, with the ability to conduct a proper fire inspection at the company level, and prepare students who desire to obtain Fire Inspector I certification.   The target audience for this course is the Fire Suppression Company Officer and/or Fire Prevention or Code Enforcement Officer, with limited fire inspection experience, who is responsible for conducting fire and life safety inspections and require basic knowledge of the fire prevention and code enforcement process.

       

      Use the following link to register:                                                                        

       

      Intro to Inspector - September 2021 Savannah Campus







      GFSTC WEBSITE


      Posted: 07/19/2021

      For clarification, the website "gfstc.org" has no affiliation with Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training.  


      Georgia Fire Academy is hosting a Life Safety Code Course


      Posted: 07/15/2021

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting a Life Safety Code course September 21st through September 23rd, 2021. This is a three (3) day delivery and will be held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center – Columbus Campus (3001 Macon Road Columbus, GA 31906) .

      This course will provide the student with an introduction and overview of the Life Safety Code and how it applies to fire inspections and code enforcement activities. Students will review the specific requirements of each section of the code, determine building and fire protection requirements, egress requirements, and apply the code to practical activities based on occupancy and hazard classification.

      This course is designed for public safety personnel who will have the primary responsibility of conducting Fire and Life Safety Code Inspections and Fire Service Plans Review.

      Use the following link to register:

      Life Safety Code - September 2021 Columbus Campus
      https://access.gpstc.org/student/login;jsessionid=FB425743AA216FAEA754805400ADBC80




      EDDIE FARMER


      Posted: 07/14/2021

      We have received word that former GFST Council member Eddie Farmer has passed away. He worked hard for the fire service and his contributions will not be forgotten.


      WORK SESSSION CANCELLED


      Posted: 07/12/2021

      The Council Work Session scheduled for 7/13/2021 has been cancelled. The next meeting will be the scheduled Council Meeting on 8/10/2021 at 11:00 at GPSTC in Forsyth. 



      STEVE WIRTH RETIRING


      Posted: 06/24/2021

      Steve Wirth, former Vice Charmain of the GFSTC, is retiring from the fire service.

      He currently holds the positions of Fire Chief and EMA Director for Heard county.

      Friday, July 2nd will be his last day in office and there will be a change of command ceremony on July 16th at 2:00 PM; Deputy Chief Short will be sworn in as the new Fire Chief / EMA Director at that time.

      We thank him for his service and wish him all the best in his retirement!

       



      GFSTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR HENDERSON RETIRES


      Posted: 06/21/2021


      Chief Gordon Henderson was appointed to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council by Governor Sonny Perdue in 2010. His tenure on the Council included a term as Chairman. He was named Executive Director at GFSTC on November 19, 2014.

      Henderson’s fire service career began in Rome, Georgia in 1975, where he served for 39 years, before retiring in November of 2014. During his career with the Rome Fire Department, he served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Company Officer, Training Officer, Chief Officer and ultimately Fire Chief.

      He is a member of the Georgia State Firefighters' Association and served as President from 2000-2002. In addition, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs where he served as a District Vice President for several years, as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Association.

      Since 1994, Henderson has served as a Principal Member of the National Fire Protection Associations Technical Committee for Fire Fighter Professional Qualifications, which oversees the development of NFPA Standards 1001, 1002, 1003, and 1005. He has been the Secretary for this committee since July 2004.

      Henderson is a State Certified Firefighter and holds a BS in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. He has attended numerous training classes concerning the fire service and management throughout his career. He ended his tenure as Executive Director of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council on June 15, 2021.

      Gordon asked me to tell each of you that his 47 years in the Fire Service has meant a great deal to him. He will be spending time with his family, and I am sure they will be keeping him busy!




      GFSTC Council Meeting 6/8/2021


      Posted: 05/20/2021

      5/20/2021

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 6/8/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.


      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM 

      APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS:

      Decision on status of certifications of firefighters that have been arrested


      NEW BUSINESS:

      Propose rule and definition changes to support High School Firefighter Pathway programs: Duncan

      ADJOURN

      Join by Phone

      Phone Number: 337-704-7865? 

      PIN: 906 466 226#

      Please mute your microphone





      GFSTC Council Meeting: Possible COVID Exposure


      Posted: 05/15/2021


      We have been notified that one of the attendees at the GFSTC meeting held in Forsyth on 5/11/2021 has tested positive for COVID-19. As such, those who attended this meeting may have been exposed to this virus. 

      According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced by an infected person.

      If you experience symptoms of COVID-19 illness, please contact your health care provider. 





      ISFSI – Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires Class


      Posted: 05/14/2021

      Cobb Fire is hosting the ISFSI – Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires Class on June 15th, 2021. They have 40 slots for this class. The ISFSI will only allow 2 personnel from each department. You are welcome to send a couple of instructors from your department. Here are the details.

       

      Cobb Fire Training Academy

      2109 Valor Drive Marietta, GA 30008

       

      Class overview: 8-hours hands-on-training

      Fire Dynamics Lab

      Basement Fire Dollhouse

      Basement Fire Attack with Limited Access

      Water Mapping

      Size-up and Thermal Imaging

      Live Basement Fire Evolutions

      Funded by AFG Fire Prevention and Safety Grants

       

      PRE-REQUISITE: FIRE INSTRUCTOR I

       

      This class is LIMITED TO 2 INSTRUCTORS PER DEPARTMENT. Attendees will need to bring their own PPE and SCBA’s with an extra SCBA bottle.

       

      *PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS A $50 SEAT RESERVATION FEE THAT WILL BE REFUNDED ONCE ATTENDANCE IS VERIFIED. ISFSI RESERVES THE RIGHT TO DONATE THE FEE TO CHARITY IF STUDENT DOES NOT ATTEND THE COURSE.




      GFSTC Council Meeting 5/11/2021


      Posted: 05/06/2021

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council meeting will be held 5/11/2021. This meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM

      APPROVAL OF MINUTES

      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS

      Inmate Committee Update

      NEW BUSINESS

      FFI Validation Presentation (Staff & Validation Committee): (Stowers)

      Rule and definition changes to hold test scores for high school firefighter pathways: (Duncan) 

      Executive Session: (Pritchett)

      ADJOURN

      Join by phone

      Phone Number: 980-288-6582

      PIN: 729 866 543#

      Please mute your microphone.





      GFSTC Special Called Meeting


      Posted: 04/29/2021

      GFSTC Special called meeting

      5/4/2021 2:00 PM


      Agenda:

      Discussion of job description and advertising of position for executive director



      ****************

      Join by phone:

      GFSTC Special Called Meeting Tuesday, May 4 • 2:00 – 3:00 PM Google Meet joining info Video call link: https://meet.google.com/aqt-okzr-ojj Or dial: +1 727-325-2109 PIN: 779 938 993#





      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Special Called Meeting 4/22/2021


      Posted: 04/21/2021

      The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council has called a special meeting for 4/22/2021. This meeting will be held virtually at 2:00 PM.
      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      NEW BUSINESS
      • Letter of intent: Lanier Technical College
      • Discussion regarding GFSTC Executive Director
      ADJOURN
      Join by phone
      Phone Number
      352-973-0354
      PIN: 298 707 651#
      Please mute your phones.





      Regional Meeting Schedule


      Posted: 04/21/2021

      Final round of regional meetings for this Quarter. Please email contact and let them know if you plan to attend.

      May 3rd 7PM.
      Wellston Center
      155 Maple Street
      Warner Robins, GA. 31093
      Contact: Ned Dixon ndixon@wrga.gov

      May 11th 7PM.
      Fayette County Training Center
      110 Volunteer Way
      Fayetteville, GA. 30214
      Contact: Scott Roberts sroberts@fayettecountyga.gov

      May 17th 7PM.
      Lagrange Fire Headquarters
      115 Hill Street
      Lagrange, GA. 30241
      Contact: John Brant jbrant@lagrange-ga.org

      May 24th 7PM.
      Putnam County FD
      117 Putnam Drive
      Eatonton, GA. 31024
      Contact: Thomas McClain tmcclain@putnamcountyga.us

      June 7th 7PM.
      Swainsboro FD
      205 North Green St.
      Swainsboro, GA 30401
      Contact: Michael Strobridge chiefstrobridge@hotmail.com

      David H. Cummings
      Compliance & Evaluation Manager
      Ga. Firefighter Standards And Training



      GFA Offering: State Opioid Adapted Response (SOAR) for Public Safety Responders


      Posted: 04/15/2021

      Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) and the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) have teamed up to offer the State Opioid Adapted Response (SOAR) for Public Safety Responders.

      We have two offerings on April 23 at the Fayette County Sheriff's Office. 
       
      Use on of the following links to register:  
      Fayette County SO (pm)   4/23/21

      This class is approved for CE's through GFSTC as well as GA Office EMS.  




      GFSTC Council Meeting 4/13/2021


      Posted: 04/12/2021

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on

      4/13/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Auditorium.


      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

       

      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM 

      APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS

      Vote on Inmate Committee recommendations re: parole

      What to do with certifications of firefighters that have been arrested


      NEW BUSINESS

      Requirements re: 2021 Training Hours: Thaxton

      Appoint a committee for recommendations for potential accelerant K9 certification: Pritchett

      Office normal operation time frame: Stowers

      Volunteer Suppression Curriculum status: Stowers

      Division Organizational Chart: Stowers

      Five year recertification rule clarification/discussion: Stowers

      Executive Session: Pritchett


      ADJOURN


      Call in information

      Phone Number

      505-445-7680?

      PIN: ?669 611 913#??

      Please mute your phones.

              




      GFA Offering:Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections


      Posted: 04/12/2021



      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles & Practices of Fire Inspections June 1st through June 3rd, 2021.

       

      This 24 hour course is designed to prepare company officers, and newly appointed fire prevention and code enforcement personnel, with the ability to conduct a proper fire inspection at the company level, and prepare students who desire to obtain Fire Inspector I certification.  The target audience for this course is the Fire Suppression Company Officer and/or Fire Prevention or Code Enforcement Officer, with limited fire inspection experience, who is responsible for conducting fire and life safety inspections and require basic knowledge of the fire prevention and code enforcement process.


      Use the following link to register:

       

      Introduction to Fire Inspector: Basic Principles and Practices of Fire Inspections June 2021





      GFA Offering: Initial Fire Investigations: Origin and Cause Determination for Company Office


      Posted: 04/12/2021

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Initial Fire Investigations: Origin and Cause
      Determination for Company Officers June 1   through June 4  , 2021.

      This course will provide suppression personnel and entry-level fire
      investigators initial training and education on the fire service responder's responsibility to
      begin the process of fire investigations.  The target audience for this course is the fire suppression company officer, fire
      service personnel who desire to obtain further training in the determination of the fire origin and
      cause, and fire service personnel who are preparing for career focus in fire investigations.

      Use the following link to register





      Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction


      Posted: 04/08/2021

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the Best Practices in Community Risk
      Reduction course April 26-27, 2021

      This two-day course demonstrates to students nationally recognized principles that, when used appropriately, can lead to community risk-reduction programs that can measure success in local communities. This course will give students the opportunity to explore programs from communities across the United States that have been showcased at Vision 20/20 symposiums.  These programs demonstrate what nationally recognized organizations identify as examples of “best practices” in community risk reduction.

      Use the following link to register: Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction





      Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction


      Posted: 04/08/2021

      Fire Service Leaders,

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting Building Organizational Support for Community Risk Reduction on April 28-29, 2021

      This two-day course is designed to help fire and emergency services learn what community risk reduction is and how to build organizational support for it. This course will address the challenges that fire departments face in shifting their priorities from response to prevention. In many departments, community risk reduction is still considered a low priority. This course will show you how community risk reduction can help you and your department become more of a community player in times of decreased budgets.






      FIVE YEAR POLICY FOR RETURNING FIREFIGHTERS


      Posted: 03/23/2021


      The Council has enacted a new policy for firefighter who return to the Georgia Fire
      Service within less than five years of the date they left the Georgia Fire Service. We
      have been getting questions about when this Council action will take effect. The
      following will be the GFSTC policy to handle someone returning in less than five years:

      1. The effective date would be March 1, 2021.

      2. The returning firefighter would complete a FF1 task book signed by the Fire Chief.
      This would both serve as the chief's letter and allow the firefighter to complete the 24
      hours of training. We would also use this same process, in some cases, for a lapsed
      certification. 

      3. A paid firefighter would have 90 days and a volunteer would have 180 days to
      complete the process from their new hire or appointment date.

      Please let me know questions, or concerns.
      Thanks

      Gordon Henderson
      Executive Director
      Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council




      GFSTC UPCOMING MEETINGS


      Posted: 03/16/2021

      The GFSTC meetings currently scheduled for 2021 are as follows; each will be held at 11:00 AM on the second Tuesday of the following months. Details for each meeting will be published just before the meeting date.

      Council Meetings: April 13, June 8, August 10, October 12, December 14
      Work Sessions: May 11, July 13, September 14, November 9

      Any agenda items will need to be submitted the first Monday of the month.







      GFSTC 2021 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipients


      Posted: 03/09/2021

      IT'S FINALLY HERE!!!! The GFSTC 2021 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipient Announcement! The Council met this morning and approved 41 recipients with a total award amount of $565,550. There were lots of awards for turnout gear, SCBAs and plenty of hoses. Without further discussion, here are the recipients of the GFSTC 2021 Fireworks Tax Grant awards!
      P.S. If you didn't receive an award this year don't give up- keep on trucking and apply again next year!
      Bacon County Fire/EMS
      Ben Hill Volunteer Fire Department
      Bleckley County Fire Department
      Brooks County Fire Department
      Buena Vista Fire Rescue
      Calhoun County Fire/Rescue/EMA
      Deepstep Fire Department
      Donalsonville Fire Rescue
      Gibson/Glascock Volunteer Fire Department
      Gilmer County Fire Rescue
      Grady County Volunteer Fire Department
      Gresston Volunteer Fire Department, Inc.
      Gumlog Fire Department
      Hull Community volunteer fire department
      Jones County Department of Fire Rescue
      Liberty County Fire Services
      Meriwether County Fire & Rescue
      Metter Fire-Rescue
      Mitchell VFD
      New Hope Fire Dept
      North Dade Vol. Fire Department
      Oconee County Fire Rescue
      Philomath VFD
      Pierce County Fire Department
      Remerton Fire Department
      Rock Hill Volunteer Fire Department
      Salem Vol Fire Dept
      Screven County Fire Department
      Shiloh Community Volunteer Fire Dept. (Madison County)
      Sky Valley Volunteer Fire & Rescue
      Spring Creek Volunteer Fire Department
      Sumter County Fire & Rescue
      Taliaferro County Fire Department
      Taylor County VFD
      Thurston Volunteer Fire Department
      Walthourville Fire Department
      Ware County Fire Rescue
      Warren County Fire Department
      Warrenton City Fire Dept
      Washington Fire Department, City of Washington
      Wolfskin VFD
      Congratulations and to those who did receive an award- well, your fun has just begun....stay tuned for an email from me!
      Whitman



      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 3/8/2021


      Posted: 03/08/2021

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting


      3/8/2021
       

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 3/9/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth in the Courtroom at 11:00 AM

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      1. Swearing in of newly appointed member Robbie Horton

      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS
      1. Inmate Committee recommendations
      2. Discussion of Fire Marshal Certification and development of vehicle to allow
      training opportunities and the subsequent upload of training hours for fire
      marshals. This was presented by Nick Dave and Dwayne Garriss at last meeting.

      NEW BUSINESS
      1. Discuss state certification for Certified Accelerant Canine Handler (Pritchett)
      2. Fireworks Tax Grant (Henderson)
      ADJOURN

      Virtual Meeting ID
      meet.google.com/bmq-zgdb-akk
      Phone Number
      (US)+1 262-885-7135
      PIN: 817 642 932#



      Incident Command for Highrise Operations class at GPSTC on May 3-4, 2021.


      Posted: 03/04/2021

      Fire Service Leaders, 

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the Incident Command for
      Highrise Operations class at GPSTC on May 3-4, 2021.

      This  two-day  course  is  designed  to  assist  emergency  response  officers  who  have
      responsibility  for  managing  highrise  incidents.  Course  content  includes  organizing
      resources, developing strategies, and managing tactical operations to protect life and to minimize damage during an incident.

      This is a two-day delivery and will be held – May 3-4, 2021

      See attached for further information or use the following link to register: 

      Ike McConnell
      Division Director, Georgia Fire Academy




      GEORGIA FIRE ACADEMY REGIONAL TRAINING DAY


      Posted: 02/18/2021

      GEORGIA FIRE ACADEMY REGIONAL TRAINING DAY 
      MARCH 6, 2021 HABERSHAM COUNTY
      8:00 AM-6:00 PM
      PLEASE SEE ATTACHMENT FOR FULL DETAILS

      View Attachment

      GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 3/9/2021


      Posted: 02/18/2021

      THE NEXT GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING WILL BE HELD 3/9/2021 AT 11:00 AM. FURTHER DETAILS WILL BE POSTED WHEN AVAILABLE.


      Reminder: GFSTC Regional Meetings


      Posted: 02/05/2021

      Reminder:
      GFSTC Regional Meetings
      All meetings begin at 7:00 PM

      February 2nd 2021 
      McRae Helena FD Headquarters
      181 East Oak St.
      McRae, Ga. 31055
      Contact: Chief Jeff Hardin

       
      February 9th 2021 
      Paulding County Admin Office
      247 Industrial Way North
      Dallas, Ga. 30132
      Contact: Duane Lockhart


      February 15th 2021 
      The Depot
      212 East Broad St.
      Camilla, Ga. 31730
      Meal Served
      Contact : Chief Dean King


      March 18th 2021 
      Oconee County Civic Center
      2661 Hog Mountain Rd.
      Watkinsville, Ga. 30677
      Contact: J. W. Thaxton
       
      David H. Cummings 
      Compliance & Evaluation Manager
      Ga. Firefighter Standards And Training
      478-993-4516 work
      478-262-5536 cell



      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 2/9/2021


      Posted: 01/28/2021

      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 2/9/2021

      1/28/2021

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      2/9/2021. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM in the Courtroom. 
      The call in number is 208-614-2373 PIN: ?296 362 068#? . Please mute your phone or risk being removed form the call.

      Face coverings are mandatory for all attendees.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      1. Swearing in of appointed members Merkison and Duncan.

      ESTABLISH QUORUM 

      APPROVAL OF MINUTES 

      AGENCY UPDATE
      1. Director Henderson

      OLD BUSINESS

      1. Former Inmates Requesting Certification (Director Henderson)
      a) Andrades, John and Daniels, Kenchard (Rusty Hunter, Dawson Fire Chief) 
      2. Discuss and vote on Study Committee Findings re: recertification of fire service members who leave and then return and their requirements for training and testing

      NEW BUSINESS

      1. Discuss continuing current schedule for holding meeting on 2nd Tuesday of odd months at 11:00 AM. (Chairman Pritchett)
      2. Discussion/ potential action on established times to entertain and potentially vote on rule changes and or additions. (Chairman Pritchett)
      3. Discussion/ potential action on any and all proposed rule changes and/or additions from council. (Chairman Pritchett)
      4. Discuss removing notary block on applications. (Director Henderson)
      5. Approve new application forms. (Director Henderson)
      6. Discuss online testing funding and approval (Chairman Pritchett)
      7. Proposed rule changes (Chairman Pritchett)
      8. Website Update from Donald (Chairman Pritchett)


      ADJOURN





      Announcement: 2021 Fireworks Tax Grants


      Posted: 01/25/2021

      Announcement:
      2021 Fireworks Tax Grants

      January 25, 2021

      Georgia Fire Departments:

      This is the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council announcement and policy for the 2021 Fireworks Tax Grants. Please understand that we have a limited amount of monies and while all departments are welcome to make application, those departments that demonstrate the most financial and operational need will be the primary consideration in the Grant Review Committee’s and Council’s decision-making process. There is a $25,000.00 limit with a 10% department match.

      The Grant Application period will begin on January 25, 2021 and must be received in the GFSTC office by the close of business, 5:00 PM, on February 15, 2021. Applications will be accepted electronically. Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered in the 2021 process. The application link is available on our website, on Facebook, and has been emailed to the chiefs and training officers. 

      A date will be announced for the Grant Review Committee to meet. We will announce a date for the GFSTC Council Meeting for the final approval of the grant awards by the Council. Any department that is awarded a grant will have to complete a State of Georgia Vendor Management Form before we can process the requisition for funding. This form will need to be correctly completed and submitted for approval prior to any requisition request. GFSTC will supply the departments with the form and assistance in completing it if necessary. 

      As part of the grant application, you will be required to upload three documents; an Application Signature Page, proof of cancer insurance/statement of benefits, and a copy of a vendor quote good for 6 months for the items that you are requesting to purchase.

      Once again, please have all grant applications correctly completed and submitted online no later than 5:00 PM, February 15, 2021. If you need any assistance or have questions with the application process, please contact GFSTC via the email address whitman@gfstconline.org and we will assist you.

      Gordon Henderson, Director

      **************************************************************************


      Link to Application 



      For assistance,
      visit our website https://management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org

      Signature Page (required document) available by clicking attachment


      View Attachment

      Virtual Job Fair: Chatham EMS


      Posted: 01/13/2021


      View Attachment

      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting **Cancelled**


      Posted: 01/08/2021

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting **Cancelled**


      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting, scheduled for Tuesday 1/12/2021, has been cancelled. 
      We will reschedule at a later date. 
      Stay safe. 



      Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the NFA course Fire Investigations: First Responders


      Posted: 01/07/2021


      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the NFA course Fire Investigations: First Responders February 22-23, 2021.

      This two-day course covers a basic overview of a fire investigation for the first responder. Students will participate in a live lecture that will review the basics of fire
      chemistry and develop an understanding of the role of the first responder in relation to fire suppression and fire investigation.

      The target audience for this course are fire and emergency services personnel who respond to fires or might conduct preliminary investigations into the origin and cause of fires.

      Use the following link to register:



      https://access.gpstc.org/student/classes/register?courseNumber=FFAA21071




      GFSTC Regional Meeting Rescheduled for February 9, 2021


      Posted: 12/29/2020

      Announcement:
      GFSTC Regional Meeting Rescheduled
      The meeting on 
      January 5th, 2021 7PM
      has been
      RESCHEDULED

      It will now be held on
      February 9, 2021
      Paulding County Admin Office
      247 Industrial Way North
      Dallas, Ga. 30132
      Contact: Duane Lockhart




      Christmas Message


      Posted: 12/24/2020

      Christmas 2020 will be like none we have ever experienced. COVID has impacted family gatherings, work and social gatherings, and caused separation at times from those we know and love. Life is different. However, history tells of a Christmas over 2000 years ago that was a night different than ever before. One that changed the world forever.

      From Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training – our Council and staff, we wish each of you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas. For those of you on shift Christmas, we wish you safety and protection. For those of you fortunate enough to be at home, we wish you a day of joy with family and friends. It is our pleasure to serve Georgia’s Fire Service and look forward to a great 2021. Please remember those less fortunate than us and all those protecting our great nation and the communities in which we live and serve.

      May God richly bless you all, your families, and departments.



      Announcement: GFSTC Office Hours and Testing


      Posted: 12/09/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
      Office Hours and Testing

      Due to a recent spike in COVID cases, our office will be closed through January 4, 2021; we will reevaluate and make a further decision at that time. All employees are teleworking and tests are being graded.

      Re: Walk on testing

      Walk on testing at departments is allowed
      *provided that permission has been granted by the host department and that all social distancing guidelines are being observed*. Our office is still closed to walk on testing.

      We are all available via email, if you have questions feel free to call your local Compliance Manager or email our office at support@gfstconline.org. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If it is critical that you meet face to face with one of our staff members, please contact them to make an appointment.

      Everyone take care and stay safe.

      For assistance,
      visit our website management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org

      Your first line of contact for any concerns should be your Compliance Manager in the field.
       
      CONTACTS:

      Bryan Allen - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      ballen@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 678-858-0090

      Britt Brinson - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      bbrinson@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 229-942-3294

      Roxanne Burns - Administrative Assistant
      support@gfstconline.org

      David Cummings - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      cummings@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 478-262-5536

      Wayne Feller - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      wfeller@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 912-253-5751

      Gordon Henderson
      ghenderson@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 706-766-4260

      Mike Hancock - Professional Standards Manager
      mhancock@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 678-859-4329

      Whitman Stanford - Administrative Manager
      whitman@gfstconline.org

      David Trussell - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      dtrussell@gfstconline.org
      Cell: 478-952-2017





      Reminder: Upcoming GFSTC Regional Meetings


      Posted: 11/30/2020

      Edited to add- Habersham will be providing sandwiches, drinks, chips and desert for the meeting tonight.

      Reminder:
      Upcoming GFSTC Regional Meetings
       
      Good Day to All,

      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council will begin holding regional meetings On December 1, 2020 and December 8, 2020. Details are below.

      We encourage all Proctors to attend a meeting to discuss concerns regarding representing and administering tests for GFSTC. We also would like for the departments to have a representative attend in order to discuss any concerns as well.

      December 1st at 6PM
      Habersham County
      201 Campus Drive
      Tallulah Falls, Georgia 30573

      December 8th at 6PM
      Waycross FD
      C.C. McCray City Auditorium
      865 Pendleton St.
      Waycross, Georgia 31501

      There will be more scheduled after the 1st of January if you are unable to attend one of these. 

      David H. Cummings 

      Compliance & Evaluation Manager
      Ga. Firefighter Standards And Training
      478-993-4516 work
      478-262-5536 cell




      Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program Ends Nov 30th, 2020 County Managers/Admins


      Posted: 11/23/2020

      Firefighter Cancer Awareness Incentive Program Ends Nov 30th, 2020
      County Managers/Admins


      https://mailchi.mp/21987ce42cf1/firefighter-cancer-awareness-incentive-program-ends-11302020




      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council to begin holding Regional Meetings


      Posted: 11/09/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
      to begin holding
      Regional Meetings

       
      Good Day to All,

      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council will begin holding regional meetings throughout the state.
      We encourage all Proctors to attend a meeting to discuss concerns regarding representing and administering tests for GFSTC. We also would like for the departments to have a representative attend in order to discuss any concerns as well.

      The first round of meetings are as follows:

      November 10th at 6PM.
      Tift County 
      Tift County EMA
      316 West 2nd St.
      Tifton, Georgia 31794

      November 17th at 6PM.
      Gordon County
      Gordon County Fire-Rescue Headquarters
      218 Public Safety Dr.
      Calhoun, Georgia 30701

      December 1st at 6PM
      Habersham County
      201 Campus Drive
      Tallulah Falls, Georgia 30573

      December 8th at 6PM
      Waycross FD
      C.C. McCray City Auditorium
      865 Pendleton St.
      Waycross, Georgia 31501

      There will be more scheduled after the 1st of January if you are unable to attend one of these. 

      David H. Cummings 

      Compliance & Evaluation Manager
      Ga. Firefighter Standards And Training
      478-993-4516 work
      478-262-5536 cell
      cummings@gfstconline.org



      GFSTC COUNCIL MEETING 11/10/2020


      Posted: 11/09/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 11/10/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM. The meeting will be held in the Courtroom and the call in number for the meeting is +1 551-800-5319 PIN: 114 443 256#. The previous meeting's minutes are attached in draft form.


      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS

      1. Consider a rule change to provide clarity to departments using learning management systems.

      2. GFSTC Evaluator Policy

      3. Website Update Discussion

      ADJOURN


        

        


      View Attachment



      Passing of Don Fryer


      Posted: 11/05/2020

      It is with great regret that we pass on the notification of the passing of Don Fryer on November 3, 2020. His family will hold a private service in Milledgeville on Saturday. Don will be missed by his family and many friends in the fire service. As for me, I will miss his phone calls, advice, and support.

      May God bless Don, his family, and many friends. Rest in peace buddy.

      Gordon Henderson
      Executive Director
      Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council




      Basic Community Risk Reduction Educator Course


      Posted: 10/22/2020

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Basic Community Risk Reduction Educator on October 29, 2020, and there are still a few seats available.  Register today for one day of training packed with resources to assist you in your Community Risk Reduction Efforts 

      This course provides the foundation and resources for volunteer and career firefighters, support personnel, and injury prevention educators to make a positive change in the community by educating on risk reduction topics and offering programs and resources for all communities.

      Target Audience: Any members of the public safety community and other safety advocates.

      This is a one-day delivery and will be held October 29, 2020 at the:

      Macon-Bibb Health Department

      171 Emery Highway

      Macon, GA 31217

       

      Use the following link to register:

      Basic Community Risk Reduction Educator-Macon-Bibb




      GFSTC Office Hours


      Posted: 10/15/2020

      In an attempt to get back to some degree of normalcy, we will reopen the office on 10/19/20. We will continue to stagger work schedules and see people on an appointment only basis. We will also limit exposure, practice safe distancing and other safety guidelines. We will continue to monitor ourselves and those who visit the office. On the 19th we will discuss these safety guidelines. As we all know, we all have people in our lives that we want to protect as much as possible.


      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 11/10/2020


      Posted: 10/09/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       
      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 11/10/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN

        



      Do you like representation and funds for your department? Importance of the 2020 Census Completion


      Posted: 09/17/2020

      Do you like representation and funds for your department?
      Importance of the 2020 Census Completion

       
      Currently, Georgia’s census self-response rate – at 61.2% – is lagging behind many states as well as the national average. Participating in the census is required by law, and it is key to Georgia’s future because response rates determine how billions of dollars in federal funding are directed to states for education, infrastructure, public health, and related areas.
       
      If you are involved in any community organizations, please spread the word to encourage everyone to participate.
       
      HOW TO RESPOND: Georgians can respond to the 2020 Census in one of three ways: online at my2020census.gov, over the phone by calling 844-330-2020, or by filling out and returning the official U.S. Census Bureau mail that you may have received.
       
      Key Facts:
       
      1. The census determines how federal aid is distributed, ensures accurate representation for districts at both the state and federal level, and helps all Georgia communities plan for the future.
      2. Responses help direct billions of dollars in federal funds to local communities for healthcare, emergency and disaster response, education, and infrastructure.
      3. The 2020 U.S. Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States, including non-citizens. No questions about citizenship will appear on the questionnaire.
      4. Many places are Hard-to-Count. Find out if there are H-T-C areas near you: https://census.georgia.gov/census-101/hard-count-populations.
      5. Up-to-date 2020 Census self-response rates for our state, individual counties, and cities can be found here: https://2020census.gov/en/response-rates.html.
       
      More information can be found on Georgia’s official website at https://census.georgia.gov and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram at @gacensus2020.
       




      Course Announcements: Initial Fire Investigations and Introduction to Color and Honor Guard


      Posted: 09/17/2020

      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the first offering of the course Initial Fire Investigations: Origin and Cause Determination for Company Officers, November 9th through November 12th, 2020.

       

      This new GFA course will provide suppression personnel and entry-level fire investigators initial training and education on the fire service responder's responsibility to begin the process of fire investigations.

       

      The target audience for this course is the fire suppression company officer, fire service personnel who desire to obtain further training in the determination of the fire origin and cause, and fire service personnel who are preparing for a career focus in fire investigations.

       

      This is a four (4) day delivery and will be held November 9th through November 12th, 2020 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

                                                                 

      Initial Fire Investigations: Origin and Cause Determination for Company Officers - Nov 2020




      The Georgia Fire Academy is hosting the course Introduction to Color and Honor Guard October 27th through October 29th, 2020.

       

      This class is designed to introduce public safety personnel who are interested in joining a Color/Honor Guard, or are new members of a Color/Honor Guard, to the basic protocols of Color/Honor Guard activities. Topics include organization, uniforms, networking, drill movements, flag handling, and etiquette along with many more procedures and protocols.

       

                                                                  

      Introduction to Color & Guard - October 2020





      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Office Hours


      Posted: 09/14/2020



      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
      Office Hours and Testing

      Following the Governor's statewide Executive order, we will continue to telework until October 10, 2020; we will reevaluate and make a further decision at that time. All employees are teleworking and tests are being graded.

      Re: Walk on testing

      Walk on testing at departments is allowed
      *provided that permission has been granted by the host department and that all social distancing guidelines are being observed*. Our office is still closed to walk on testing.

      We are all available via email, if you have questions feel free to call your local Compliance Manager or email our office at support@gfstconline.org. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If it is critical that you meet face to face with one of our staff members, please contact them to make an appointment.

      Everyone take care and stay safe.

       
      Please do not reply to this email.
      This email was generated automatically and can't accept replies.

      For assistance,
      visit our website management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org



      Good luck, Alan!


      Posted: 09/01/2020

      Things don't feel quite right here at GFSTC today and I've got a touch of the blues. Alan Smith has left GFSTC and he worked his first day on the job as the Chief of Meriwether County Fire and Rescue.
      Most of you know Alan from his position here as Compliance Manager; while all of us are excited for Alan in his new position, we hate to see him leave and will miss him. As a part of the GFSTC team Alan served the departments and firefighters of his region by helping them maintain compliance and certifications so they could better serve the citizens of Georgia. Please help us in congratulating Alan as he moves into the next phase of his service to the citizens of our state. We would like to thank Alan for his dedication and commitment while part of GFSTC and wish him all the best in his future endeavors.
      Everyone stay safe!
      Whitman
      Any of the departments in Alan's region are welcome to contact us for assistance.



      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 9/8/2020


      Posted: 08/17/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting
       
      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      9/8/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

      Call in information is:
      401-592-7045?
      PIN: 190 202 559#
      You must mute your phone.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN




      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Office Hours and Testing 8/10/2020


      Posted: 08/10/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
      Office Hours and Testing

      Following the Governor's statewide Executive order, we will continue to telework until September 10, 2020; we will reevaluate and make a further decision at that time. All employees are teleworking and tests are being graded.

      Re: Walk on testing

      Walk on testing at departments is allowed
      *provided that permission has been granted by the host department and that all social distancing guidelines are being observed*. Our office is still closed to walk on testing.

      We are all available via email, if you have questions feel free to call your local Compliance Manager or email our office at support@gfstconline.org. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. If it is critical that you meet face to face with one of our staff members, please contact them to make an appointment.

      Everyone take care and stay safe.

       
      Please do not reply to this email.
      This email was generated automatically and can't accept replies.

      For assistance,
      visit our website management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org



      Fire Equipment Demo!


      Posted: 08/05/2020

      Cornelia Fire Department

      See attached flyer for details.

      View Attachment

      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Office Hours and Testing


      Posted: 07/28/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council
      Office Hours and Testing

      Following the Governor's statewide Executive order, we will continue to telework until August 11; we will reevaluate and make a further decision at that time. All employees are teleworking and tests are being graded.

      Re: Walk on testing

      Walk on testing at departments is allowed *provided that permission has been granted by the host department and that all social distancing guidelines are being observed*.

      Our office is still closed to walk on testing.

      We are all available via email, if you have questions feel free to call your local Compliance Manager. All numbers and email addresses are available on our website. 

      For more information surrounding Governor Kemp's order as well as COVID related resources, please visit https://www.georgia.org/covid19bizguide



      GFSTC MEETING CANCELLED AND OFFICE CLOSURE


      Posted: 07/13/2020

      Message from Director Henderson:

      Due to unforeseen circumstances, the GFSTC Council meeting scheduled for 7/14/2020 has been cancelled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

      Our office will be closed for the next two weeks, we will tentatively reopen on July 27, 2020.

      We will still be teleworking, please reach out to your local Compliance Manager with questions, their contact information is on the "About Us" section of the website. You can also always email support@gfstconline.org as well. Everyone stay safe.


      CONTACTS:

      Alan Smith - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      asmith@gfstconline.org
      770-304-6610

      Wayne Feller - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      wfeller@gfstconline.org
      912-253-5751

      David Trussell - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      dtrussell@gfstconline.org
      478-952-2017

      Bryan Allen - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      ballen@gfstconline.org
      678-858-0090

      Gordon Henderson
      ghenderson@gfstconline.org
      706-766-4260

      SUPPORT

      support@gfstconline.org





      MORGAN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS FULL-TIME BATTALION CHIEF POSITION


      Posted: 07/13/2020

      MORGAN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
      FULL-TIME BATTALION CHIEF POSITION

      Morgan County is seeking applicants to fill a full-time Battalion Chief position.  Qualifications
      include high school diploma or GED equivalent, Georgia State Certified Firefighter.
      NPQ/IFSAC Firefighter II, EMT - I or above, must be 21 years of age and possess a valid
      Georgia Driver’s license class F or higher. This position works a 24/48-hour shift.  Starting
      Salary is $46,787.76. Please see full Job Description online or with job application from Human
      Resources.  This job is a safety sensitive position that will require a pre-employment drug test, criminal history, and subsequent random drug and alcohol testing. 
      Closing date is 7/31/2020

      Applications can be picked up at:
      Morgan County Board of Commissioners
      150 East Washington Street
      Madison, GA 30650
      Or online at www.morgancountga.gov
       Morgan County is an Equal Opportunity Employer



      GFSTC Virtual Council Meeting July 14, 2020


      Posted: 06/26/2020

      The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      7/14/2020 at 11:00 AM. 
      Due to COVID precautions the Council Meeting will be held virtually.

      The call in information is 

      1 641-632-2250
      PIN: 707 778 898#

      If you would like to call in your phone must be muted.

       
      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      • TBA
      NEW BUSINESS



      NEW COVID TESTING REQUIREMENTS


      Posted: 05/12/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council COVID Testing Requirements


      The following requirements must be met for all testing sites.

      **Monitors will need to schedule a time to pick up tests and receive tests outside of the building to limit exposure; a remote location would be best.

      Monitor/Proctor must wear eye protection or prescription glasses and a protective mask.
       
      A fan to bring fresh air into the room via positive or negative pressure.
       
      Masks will be provided by host department.
       
      Students are strongly advised to wear a protective masks.
       
      NO Walk-ons allowed!
       
      No cell phones allowed in testing area by students.
       
      Hand Sanitizer stationed at doorway must use to enter and to exit and the Monitor/Proctor must
      be provided hand sanitizer for his work space.
       
      Restroom must be stocked with soap, paper towels and disinfectant spray.
       
      Temperature must be taken prior to start of test.
       
      If anyone has a Temperature greater than 100 degrees F, they must leave the testing event immediately.

      Ask the following questions:
       
      Do you have a sore throat?
                 
      Is person presenting active coughing?
                             
      New significant and unexplained fatigue or muscle aches?
                                         
      New loss of taste or smell?
                                         
      Any known recent exposure/contact to Covid-19 patient/person?
                                         
      Chills?  Repeated Shaking?  Headache?
                                         
      Covid-toes (burning or numbness at the tip of toes)?
       
      If yes to any of the above questions send the person to contact their Training Officer for further directions. Separate them from the class.
       
       
       



      GFSTC OFFICE AND TESTING


      Posted: 05/06/2020

      We are tentatively planning to return to the office on May 18th and we will start making decisions at that time re: when to start testing again. We will probably have staggered schedules so your best bet will still be to email instead of calling. As soon as decisions are made on how to conduct testing we will post here and on Facebook and send out an email.



      FEMA GRANT INFORMATION


      Posted: 04/21/2020

      Here's another chance to apply for some grants!

      https://mailchi.mp/f4a70c0d715b/fema-grant-information-safer-grant-and-fire-prevention-safety-grant



      SUSPENSION OF TESTING


      Posted: 04/14/2020



      NOTICE!

      SUSPENSION OF TESTING

      Unfortunately, due to the uncertainly and the concerns surrounding COVID-19,
      all GFSTC testing has been suspended until further notice.

      As soon as we decide to resume testing we will let all of you know.



      Announcement: Decisions from Special Called GFSTC Meeting 4/2020


      Posted: 04/13/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       
      The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council held a Special Called Meeting on April 3, 2020 to discuss the 24 hours of require professional development training for the calendar year 2020. During the meeting the following was voted on and decided by the council:
       
      1. Waive all GFSTC required training hours for 2020.
        1. Training should take place if safely possible and be reported but no adverse action will taken if that does not happen.
        2. The suspension of training hours by GFSTC does not relieve any fire department or firefighter from completing the requirements imposed by the Georgia Firefighter’s Pension Fund or the Insurance Services Organization (ISO).
       
      1. Suspend in-person onsite reviews and any other in-person activities until further notice.
        1. GFSTC will use electronic media to perform functions when feasible.
       
      1. Suspend in-person Council meetings until further notice.
        1. The Council will meet electronically when necessary.


      If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your GFSTC Field Representative or me. The contact information is on the website under the “About Us” page and on the “News” page.
       
      Respectfully,
       
       Gordon Henderson



      Call in number for Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Special Meeting


      Posted: 04/03/2020

      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Special Meeting
      4/3/2020 at 1:00 PM

      This will be a remote/call in meeting

      To join by phone, dial +1 573-362-3136 and enter this PIN: 489 861 635#




      GFSTC MEETING MINUTES 3/10/2020


      Posted: 04/01/2020


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      GFSTC SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 3, 2020


      Posted: 04/01/2020

      GFSTC SPECIAL COUNCIL MEETING APRIL 3, 2020 at 1:00 PM 

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       
      A Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Special Meeting has been called for 4/3/2020 at 1:00 PM. This will be a telework/remote meeting.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS

      • Discuss the possibility of reducing the number of professional development hours require for 2020 due to the requirement for social distancing. 

      ADJOURN
       

      For assistance,
      visit our website https://management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org




      UPDATE: GFSTC and COVID-19


      Posted: 03/19/2020

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council



      UPDATE 
      **********************
      3/19/2020

      Good morning everyone! Unfortunately, due to the concerns surrounding COVID-19, we have had to close our office in Forsyth. I want to make sure that you know while we are not physically in the office we will remain available via email and cell phones and that we will be happy to assist you in any way possible.
      Everyone stay safe!

       
      Good afternoon, 

      Due to the concerns with COVID-19 and in order to comply with directives issued by Governor Kemp,
      /
      GFSTC will suspend testing until March 31, 2020
       

      We 
      will reevaluate the situation at that time.
       
      We have been working in conjunction with GPSTC and GFA and will be testing any classes that they schedule. GFSTC will allow for time extensions on testing if needed.

      Your first line of contact for any concerns should be your Compliance Manager in the field; their contact information is listed below. 
       
      Most staff will be teleworking but we do plan to have one staff member in the office during regular business hours unless something changes. Please send email correspondence to support@gfstconline.org
       
      We hope that everyone will comply with CDC recommendations on preventing the spread of COVID-19. Please follow the link to learn more about this rapidly evolving situation. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

      CONTACTS:

      Alan Smith - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      asmith@gfstconline.org
      770-304-6610

      Wayne Feller - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      wfeller@gfstconline.org
      912-253-5751

      David Trussell - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      dtrussell@gfstconline.org
      478-952-2017

      Bryan Allen - Compliance and Evaluation Manager
      ballen@gfstconline.org
      678-858-0090

      Gordon Henderson
      ghenderson@gfstconline.org
      706-766-4260



      2020 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipients


      Posted: 03/13/2020

      Please extend a big CONGRATULATIONS to this year's Fireworks Tax Grant recipients! We awarded 34 grants totaling just under $500,000.00! We all look forward to seeing the equipment that these departments can now put into operation.

      ANTIOCH VFD
      BOLD SPRING FIRE DEPARTMENT
      BRYAN COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES
      BUTLER FIRE DEPARTMENT
      CEDAR CROSSING VFD
      CHARLTON COUNTY FIRE/RESCUE
      COBBTOWN FIRE DEPARTMENT
      COLLINS FIRE
      COOK COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
      DAVISBORO VFD
      DECATUR COUNTY FIRE & RESCUE
      DOYLE VFD
      FORT PERRY VFD
      GLENWOOD FIRE DEPARTMENT
      HARRISON VFD
      JACKSONVILLE VFD
      JEKYLL ISLAND FIRE DEPARTMENT
      JOHNSON COUNTY FIRE
      LAKE PARK VFD
      LAURENS COUNTY FIRE DEPARTMENT
      LINCOLN PARK VFD
      MILAN VFD
      MONROE COUNTY EMERGENCY SERVICES
      NEESE SANFORD VFD
      NICHOLSON AREA FIRE DEPARTMENT
      NORTH WEST HARRIS VFD
      PEMBROKE VFD
      PERRY FIRE DEPARTMENT
      PITTS FIRE RESCUE
      RAYLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
      SPARKS VFD
      TENNILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
      TOWNS COUNTY FIRE RESCUE
      WAVERLY HALL FIRE DEPARTMENT





      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES January 14, 2020


      Posted: 03/09/2020

      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES January 14, 2020
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      GFSTC Council meeting March 10, 2020 11:00 AM


      Posted: 03/09/2020




      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       
      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      3/10/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth in the Courtroom at 11:00 AM.

      The call in information is +1-415-655-0001 Access code: 644 899 131

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      Approve Support Firefighter Course
      NEW BUSINESS
      GFSTC Rules Clarification
      Greg Kelley reinstatement request
      Approve 2020 Fireworks Tax Grant Recipients
       
      ADJOURN
       

      For assistance,
      visit our website https://management.gfstconline.org  
      or email support@gfstconline.org
      or call 478-993-4521.




      ACTION REQUIRED: Power User Accounts


      Posted: 02/18/2020

      This information is for the Power Users that are still signing in to the website with the "older" usernames.
      If you already sign in with an email address, it's your lucky day and this email does not apply to you!

      If you still sign in with anything that is *not* an email address- well, this Bud's for you. If your username is something like CCVFD or BAfirebreather or georgiasparkstomper or RVF2013  you will need to update your information. On Monday, Feb 24, 2020 we will be shutting down all of the power user accounts that are not email addresses and you will not be able to access your account if you have not updated it.

      If the person you would like to designate as a Power User is currently listed on the FD Update for that is on file with us, you will just need to send us a Web Registration Form for those individuals that you wish to have access to your department records.

      If the person you would like to designate as a Power User is *not* on your FD Update form you will need to submit a new one. This form must be filled out completely and signed by whomever the Fire Chief/Agency Director reports to, i.e. City Manager, County Commissioner, etc.. 
      We will also need a Web Registration Form for those individuals that you wish to have access to your department records..

      Click here for the FD Update Form
      Click here for the Website Registration Form
      Both of these forms are also available on the website (Forms page) and our news page.
      We will also be glad to email you one. If you need any guidance with this process please do not hesitate to call or email us.
      Have a great week!



      Announcement: Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 3/10/2020


      Posted: 02/12/2020

       
      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting


       
      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      3/10/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM. We will send out another email announcing the room and the details for the conference call.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN

       





      Crisp County is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Firefighter.


      Posted: 02/04/2020

      Crisp County Fire Rescue

      Crisp County is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Firefighter.

      Candidates may apply by application at the Board of Commissioners Office, 210 S 7th ST, Cordele, GA 31015 Room 303 or submit resume to mirwin@crispcounty.com.

      ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:
      Responds to emergency calls for fire suppression, medical assistance, hazardous materials incidents, natural disasters, explosions, bomb threats, downed power lines, auto accidents, mass casualty incidents, and other emergency situations; Responds to instructions from from dispatcher; contacts appropriate related agencies as needed; performs general housekeeping and maintenance work associated with maintaining a fire station; operates related equipment.

      DUTIES INCLUDE:
      Provides protection of life and property; Operates firefighting equipment and employ techniques to suppress, control, and extinguish fires; Respond to a variety of emergency calls requiring the administration of first aid and medical treatment such as administering oxygen, resuscitation, CPR, removing victims from danger, etc.; Prepares various records and reports such as incident reports, station log books, fire inspection reports: maintain and repair equipment as needed; maintain upkeep of station and grounds; attend schools and training as directed; other duties as assigned.

      MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:
      At least 18 years of age
      High School diploma or equivalent
      Must be NPQ 1 certified firefighter and Georgia certified firefighter within 1 year of employment
      Possess a VALID Georgia drivers license
      NO felony convictions in the last 10 years
      Must be able to perform ALL functions of responsibility. Must meet the County's physical qualifications; pass background check, medical exams, and drug screen

      A very competitive salary and benefits package will be offered to the successful candidate.

      Applications and resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

      READ:
      Candidates may apply by application at the Board of Commissioners Office, 210 S 7th ST, Cordele, GA 31015 Room 303 or submit resume to mirwin@crispcounty.com.

      Crisp County Board of Commissioners is an Equal Opportunity Employer. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the County will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities and encourages both prospective and current employees to discuss potential accommodations with the employer.

      https://www.indeed.com/m/viewjob…




      TESTING AND EMAIL ADDRESSES


      Posted: 01/28/2020

      OK, everybody…..

      Pick up your phone, sit down at your computer or do whatever it is that you do to get on the internet. Go to the GFSTC website- management.gfstconline.org and sign in and verify that your email address is correct. You will not be able to reserve or confirm a seat for a test without a valid email address; this is especially important now that all test reservations are being made online. You will be unable to receive communications from GFSTC if your email address is absent or incorrect. Chiefs and training officers must have a valid email address as well as they will need to be alerted that there is a reservation that will need to be approved before that reservation is confirmed. Just a little quick housekeeping that will help everyone in the long run! And- if you want to add a good phone number while you are there, you get bonus points!




      GFSTC 2020 Fireworks Tax Grant Announcement


      Posted: 01/17/2020

      Announcement:

      GFSTC 2020 Fireworks Tax Grant Application 

       
      Georgia Fire Departments:

      This is the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council announcement and policy for the 2020 Fireworks Tax Grants. Please understand that we have a limited amount of monies and while all departments are welcome to make application, those departments that demonstrate the most financial and operational need will be the primary consideration in the Grant Review Committee’s and Council’s decision-making process.

      The Grant Application period will begin on January 15, 2020 and must be received in the GFSTC office by the close of business, 5:00 PM, on February 17, 2020. Applications will be accepted electronically. Any applications received after that date and time will not be considered in the 2020 process. A date will be announced for the Grant Review Committee to meet. We will announce a date for the GFSTC Council Meeting for the final approval of the grant awards by the Council. Any department that is awarded a grant will have to complete a State of Georgia Vendor Management Form before we can process the requisition for funding. This form will need to be correctly completed and submitted for approval prior to any requisition request. GFSTC will supply the selected departments with the form and assistance in completing it if necessary. 

      As part of the grant application you will be required to upload three documents; an Application Signature Page, proof of cancer insurance/statement of benefits, and a copy of a vendor quote good for 6 months for the items that you are requesting to purchase. 

      Once again, please have all grant applications correctly completed and submitted online no later than 5:00 PM, February 17, 2020. If you need any assistance or have questions with the application process, please contact the GFSTC office at 478-993-4521 and someone will assist you.

      Gordon Henderson, Director


      LINK TO 2020 FIREWORKS TAX GRANT APPLICATION

      LINK TO APPLICATION SIGNATURE PAGE



      GFSTC 2019 Holiday Schedule


      Posted: 12/20/2019

      Merry Christmas from all of us here at GFSTC to all of you! 

      Holiday Schedule: The GFSTC office will be closed December 24-27 and January 1, 2020.




      NEW rules will go into effect on 1/1/2020


      Posted: 12/19/2019

      NEW rules have been promulgated and will go into effect on 1/1/2020.

      Please click attachment to view.





      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting 1/14/2020


      Posted: 12/19/2019

      Announcement:
      Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting

       
      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on
      1/14/2020. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 11:00 AM.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVAL OF MINUTES
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN

       



      Job Openings: Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services


      Posted: 12/11/2019

      Job Openings:  Gwinnett County Department of Fire and Emergency Services 

      Department of Fire and Emergency Services provides emergency medical services and fire protection to the citizens of Gwinnett County. The Department's mission is to save lives and protect property and we have a prestigious history of doing this with many significant accomplishments. As a valued member of our team, you will assist in the performance of emergency medical treatment, life rescue and basic fire suppression.Learn more about the positions at the links below.

      Firemedic

      Firefighter/Paramedic Trainee

      To apply for a position, please visit http://gwinnettcounty.com 





      Job Announcement: Hall County Fire Services – Deputy Chief of Operations


      Posted: 12/03/2019

      Job Announcement: Hall County Fire Services- Deputy Chief of Operations

      Hall County Fire Services in Gainesville, GA is seeking to fill the Deputy Chief of Operations position to assist the Fire Chief in leading a career department of 370+ members. This leadership position will be responsible for oversight and management of all aspects of Emergency Operations as well as the Emergency Medical Services and Training Divisions. The position will directly supervise 3 Shift Commanders and Division Chiefs of Training and EMS.

      Responsibilities include assistance with planning and directing various activities including administration, budget preparation, fire suppression, training, emergency medical services and may also serve as Acting Fire Chief when assigned.

      EDUCATION & EXPERIENCE

      The ideal candidate for this leadership position must have or obtain the qualifications…

      • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Fire Science, Public Administration or related field.
      • Minimum of ten (10) years of fire service experience in an operational capacity of a career department (Metro-sized department preferred).
      • Minimum of four (4) years supervisory experience in the fire service at a rank of Battalion Chief of higher
      • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

      LICENSES & CERTIFICATIONS

      • State of Georgia Firefighter certification, or NPQ-II or IFSAC Equivalent or obtain within 1 year
      • NFA Executive Fire Officer and/or Chief Fire Officer Designation through CPSE highly desired
      • Previous EMT or Paramedic experience or certification preferred
      • Valid driver’s license and a satisfactory motor vehicle record (MVR)
      • Previous experience in Special Operations i.e. HAZMAT, Dive-Rescue etc. highly desired
      • NPQ Fire Officer III Certification or equivalent or obtain within 2 years
      • ICS-100, 200, 300, 400 & FEMA IS 700, 800
      • OR, an equivalent combination of education and experience sufficient to successfully perform the essential duties of the job.

      The Deputy Chief is a management position with an annual salary of $105,000 to $115,000 (DOQ). The County also offers an extremely attractive benefits package including:

      • 8% County contribution to retirement plus up to 5% additional match on employee 457b program
      • County Paid Medical/Dental/Vision coverage options for employee and eligible dependents
      • Free Employee Health Clinic • County paid Short-Term Disability and employee option to elect Long-Term Disability Insurance
      • County paid Life Insurance (2x salary), and Accidental Death & Dismemberment Insurance
      • Paid Time Off 10 days/1st yr. • Holidays – 9 days per year
      • Take-home department vehicle 
      • Employee Assistance Program 
      • Flexible Spending Account

      Candidates must complete an online application via www.hallcounty.org




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      Chatham Emergency Services is currently searching for a Fire Training Officer


      Posted: 11/19/2019

      Chatham Emergency Services CES is currently searching for a Fire Training Officer. 
      This position holds the rank of a Fire Captain and considered a primary member of the Fire Leadership Team.

      OVERVIEW

      Under the direction of the Fire Chief, the Captain assigned as the Fire Training Officer is responsible for planning, organizing, directing, and coordinating all training activities of the fire department. Duties include but are not limited to implementing annual training priorities, goals, and objectives; curriculum and program development; managing, coordinating, and scheduling the delivery of initial certification training, continuing education and competency evaluations for all fire personnel; conducts classroom, field instructions and drills; maintain training records; respond to emergency incidents as a fire officer; and manages other assigned programs and projects.

      This position is considered part of the CES critical workforce and subject to call back. Functions as the Planning Section Chief during disaster / emergency activation of the CES Incident Management Team.

      MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

      Please reference the attached Full Job Description for minimum and preferred requirements for the position.  


      Application Links:

      Company Website
       
      Indeed




      EVALUATOR UPDATE


      Posted: 11/19/2019

      ATTENTION DEPARTMENTS AND EVALUATORS:

      If you have not been issued an Evaluator ID card you will not be allowed to evaluate after 12/31/2019. The only exception will be for those who are enrolled in an update class from December 2019 through March 2020. You must be enrolled in the class prior to January 1, 2020.

      Upcoming Evaluator Classes: 

      12/3/2019, Ware Co.
      1/18/2020, City Of Hartwell
      2/2020, TBA
      3/3/2020, Cherokee Co.



      Upcoming Class @ Lavonia FD


      Posted: 11/07/2019

      FYI- Upcoming Class @ Lavonia FD


      Hello to all,  
      It is coming up on that time of year where we are preparing for our 10th annual Certified Firefighter Class.  Class will take place at Lavonia Fire Department on Tuesday and Thursday nights, and every other Saturday beginning on Tuesday January 7th at 6PM.   Each student will be given a class schedule and additional paperwork on the first night of class.  Please make sure your students understand the meaning PROMPTNESS and RESPECT, if they do not , they will be asked to leave and not return.  Class starts at 6PM unless other arrangements have been made by that student with Chief O'barr or myself.  Every class is MANDATORY unless Family or Work prohibit.  We do not except excuses so please make sure your students understand this before signing them up.  Please send your students with the following to class:

      -Essentials 6th Edition
      -Their GFSTC ID number.  If they do not have one, please proceed with registering them with Ga. Firefighter Standards and Training Now.  You can send these to me when you respond letting me know who will be attending.
      -Compliant Head to Toe PPE,  Which means all PPE must be in 10 year date range.  
      -Please make sure all bunker properly fits your students. 
      -SCBA with functioning integrated PASS device.  SCBA Cylinder within current hydro date.
      -Please do not send anyone to class with anything less than what is required.  

      This class will begin as a Volunteer Suppression Firefighter Class,  FF1 will be an option if there are enough students in the class that want to obtain this certification, which will include HAZ-MAT Operations and NPQ 1 written testing & NPQ 1 Practical testing.

      --
      "90 Percent Don't Belong, 9 Percent are the go to members of your organization, and THEN THERE IS THAT 1% that are true SERVANTS!!!!    Its your Choice, It only takes 1 Leader & 1 Follower to start a movement, to Change the CULTURE".---------281

      Shane Bentley
      281 Sales & Service
      Municipal Fire Equipment
      164 Stone Bridge Road
      Lavonia GA, 30553
      7067163286



      Deadline for entry of training hours is quickly approaching!


      Posted: 11/07/2019

      Hello everyone!

      It's that time of year again; the deadline for entry of training hours is quickly approaching. Please, do not procrastinate and wait until the last minute to enter your department's training hours. We don't mind helping but if we receive an abundance of last minute calls it will be nearly impossible to assist everyone. If you have any questions let our office know.




      2019 Georgia Fallen Firefighters Memorial


      Posted: 10/18/2019

      2019 Georgia Fallen Firefighters Memorial

      The ceremony will be held Friday October 25, 2019 and will begin at 11:00 in the GPSTC Auditorium. 

      We look forward to seeing you there as we honor Georgia’s fallen.



      Public Hearing for Proposed Rule Changes and GFSTC Meeting 8-20-2019


      Posted: 07/24/2019


      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on 8/20/2019. This will be a public hearing for proposed GFSTC rule changes with the Council meeting to follow. The hearing and meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth at 9:00 AM. A draft of the rule changes is attached below.


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      DRAFT: GFSTC Meeting Minutes 7-9-2019


      Posted: 07/24/2019


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      Upcoming GFSTC Council Meeting July 9, 2019


      Posted: 07/03/2019

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on July 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      AGENCY UPDATE
      (VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER ISSUES)
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN

      GFSTC Meeting will be available via web conference.

      Tuesday, Jul 9, 2019 11:00 am

      To join online:
      Meeting number: 647 012 124
      Password: GFSTC

      https://gpstc.webex.com/gpstc/j.php?MTID=m83c4bd9fe9ea6d3325f8b3ac652de787

      OR

      To join by phone
      +1-415-655-0001 US Toll
      Access code: 647 012 124




      Independence Day Holiday Schedule


      Posted: 07/02/2019

      All of us here at GFSTC are wishing you a very happy Independence Day!!! Our office will be closed on Thursday, July 4th and Friday, July 5th, 2019. We will resume normal operating hours on Monday, July 8th.

      Everyone have a safe and enjoyable holiday weekend!




      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES 5/7/2019


      Posted: 06/28/2019

      See attached PDF, please note that this is a DRAFT until approved by the Council.




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      Upcoming GFSTC Council Meeting July 9, 2019


      Posted: 05/22/2019

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on July 9, 2019 at 11:00 AM. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth.

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM

      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS

      NEW BUSINESS

      ADJOURN

      Agenda items will be updated as they are added and confirmed.






      Roxanne Burns: Administrative Assistant


      Posted: 05/17/2019

      We are excited to welcome Roxanne Burns as our new Administrative Assistant! We are confident that Roxanne will be an excellent match for this position and a strong asset to the GFSTC; stop by and say hello if you are down our way! Please send your forms and applications to her at support@gfstconline.org. 
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      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES 4/11/2019 (Conference Call)


      Posted: 05/02/2019

      See attached PDF from the Fireworks Tax Grant conference call, please note that this is a DRAFT until approved by the Council.



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      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES 4/2/2019 (Listening Session)


      Posted: 05/02/2019

      See attached PDF from the listening session in Savannah. Please note that this is a DRAFT until approved by the Council.




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      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES 3/14/2019


      Posted: 05/02/2019

      See attached PDF, please note that this is a DRAFT until approved by the Council.
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      2019A FIREWORKS TAX GRANT AWARDS ANNOUNCEMENT


      Posted: 04/12/2019

       Congratulations to the following departments! We have awarded a total of 37 grants for the 2019A period.

      Alamo FD

      Atkison County FD

      Calhoun County FR

      Chaserville

      Crisp County

      Deepstep FD

      Donalsonville FD

      Five Area FD

      Gilmer County FRD

      Grady County VFD

      Gresston VFD

      Gumlog FD

      Hancock County VFD

      Lakeland-Lanier FD

      Lamar County FRD

      Louisville FD

      Lumpkin VFD

      Macon County Fire Rescue

      Marvin Yancy VFD

      Patterson VFD

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      GFSTC Conference Call Council Meeting April 11, 2019


      Posted: 04/08/2019

      There will be a GFSTC Conference Call Council Meeting on Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:00 AM.

      Dial-in number: (712) 451-0978
      Access code: 581329

      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM

      OLD BUSINESS

      NEW BUSINESS

      ADJOURN




      Upcoming GFSTC Council Meeting May 7, 2019


      Posted: 04/04/2019

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 9:00 AM. The Council Meeting will be held at GPSTC in Forsyth.


      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM

      AGENCY UPDATE

      OLD BUSINESS

      NEW BUSINESS

      ADJOURN


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      JOB POSTING: ADMINISTRATIVE SUPPORT 2


      Posted: 04/01/2019

      Come work with us! Please see attached document for job description and application instructions.
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      Upcoming GFSTC Council Meeting April 2, 2019


      Posted: 03/29/2019

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on

      Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 4:30, after the regular Chief's business meeting. The Council Meeting will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront in the main meeting room. 

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:

       

      OPENING OF THE MEETING

      ESTABLISH QUORUM

      AGENCY UPDATE

      RECIPROCITY

      TRAINING

      RECEIVE INPUT FROM THE FIRE SERVICE

      OLD BUSINESS

      NEW BUSINESS

      ADJOURN






      Fax Machine Down


      Posted: 03/25/2019

      We are sad to report that our fax machine is DOWN again! Please email, snail mail or hand deliver any documents. If you need to send us a Fireworks Tax Grant Application, it must either be by email or hand delivery in order to meet Friday's deadline. Also, if you are submitting a grant application, make sure you have the one page statement of benefits from your insurance company that has your department name with current dates of coverage listed and the quote for your requested items




      2019A GFSTC Fireworks Tax Grant Application Period Re-opened


      Posted: 03/05/2019

      We are re-opening the Fireworks Tax grant application period from March 5, 2019 through March 29, 2019. The announcement letter and application are attached below and we have also sent out an email to all department chiefs and training officers. Please see the attached document for all guidelines surrounding the application process. We are working with a small window of time so do not delay in submitting your applications. Incomplete applications will not be considered; please read and follow all guidelines carefully.

      For clarification: 

      1. The maximum award per department is $25,000.00.
      2. If you received a grant this year, please do not apply for another. 
      3. If you applied for this year's grant and were not selected you may submit the new application for consideration. 
      4. Funding priorities include those things necessary to improve ISO ratings and achieve or maintain a certificate of compliance for a FD
      5. There will be a 10% match required from each department.
      6. If you submit your application via email, please include "Fireworks Tax Grant 2019A" and your department name in the email subject line.

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      Forms now available on new website!


      Posted: 02/22/2019

      Forms are now available on the new website! 

      1. Sign into your account
      2. In the orange bar across the top click "Home".
      3. A drop down box will appear, click "Forms".
      4. Another drop down will appear and you can select the forms that you need to download.



      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES January 15, 2019


      Posted: 02/14/2019

      DRAFT: GFSTC MEETING MINUTES January 15, 2019

      See attached PDF, please note that this is a DRAFT until approved by the Council.

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      Upcoming Council Meeting March 14, 2019


      Posted: 02/13/2019


      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be held on March 14, 2019 at 9:00 AM at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.


      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
      AGENCY UPDATE
      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN




      New Website Feature! Add existing firefighters and change status


      Posted: 01/24/2019

      Good morning, everyone!

      We have a new feature that has been added to the website; departments can now add and change the status of existing firefighters that are already in the system and have a GFSTC ID #. 

      To add an already existing firefighter to your roster:
      1. Sign in to your departmental account.
      2. On the top right, click Power User. You will select "Add Firefighter to Roster".
      3. You can search by name, GFSTC ID# or last 4 of the Social Security Number. 
      4. When you find the correct firefighter, click the red "Assign to Roster" button.
      5. Are you sure you want to assign to roster?
      6. It will show the ID number; you will need to enter the start date and status and click "Add to Roster".
      7. A confirmation will pop up, click OK.
      8. They will now be added to your roster- you may need to refresh your roster page in order for them to show up.
      To change a firefighter's status:
      1. Follow the above instructions to add them to the roster with their new status. (example: if they are changing from Volunteer Suppression to Career, you would select Career.)
      2. After you do that select the firefighter from your roster and click on the yellow “View” button to the right of their information.
      3. This will take you to the firefighter’s information page; click on their “Department” tab.
      4. Scroll down to “Department History” and under “Actions” click on the yellow “Edit” button.
      5. Click “Edit” beside the previous status you wish to remove.
      6. Enter the end date and click “Update”.



      Council Meeting, January 15, 2019


      Posted: 12/18/2018

      The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council will be January 15, 2019 at 9:00 am in the GFSTC Office at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.
       
      Agenda:
      Opening of the meeting
      Establish Quorum
      Approve minutes of the last meeting
      Agency update
      FO3 and FO4 validations
      HAZA and HAZO validations
      Old business
      New business
      Adjourn

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      Council Meeting, November 1, 2018


      Posted: 10/25/2018

      The next Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Meeting will be Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 9:00am in the Courtroom at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  

      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
      AGENCY UPDATE
      VOTING ON 2019 FIREWORKS TAX GRANTS

      RECIPROCITY
      QUALIFICATIONS FOR TESTING SITES

      OLD BUSINESS
      NEW BUSINESS
      ADJOURN
      THE AGENDA ITEMS WILL BE:
       
      OPENING OF THE MEETING
      ESTABLISH QUORUM
      APPROVE MINUTES OF THE LAST MEETING
      AGENCY UPDATE
      VOTING ON 2019 FIREWORKS TAX GRANTS

      RECIPROCITY
      QUALIFICATIONS FOR TESTING SITES

      OLD BUSINESS