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Catoosa Deputy Fire Chief Receives Certification

14 Receive Certification from Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs

SAVANNAH- On Tuesday, April 10, 2018, Catoosa County Deputy Chief Jim White joined 79 fellow chiefs to receive this certification in Georgia. The Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) awarded the certificate during the 2018 Spring Executive Training Session held in Savannah.

This program is divided into three types of certifications: Georgia Volunteer Fire Chief Certification, Georgia Chief Fire Officer Certification, and Georgia Fire Chief Certification.

“We developed this program to ensure that the fire departments in the state of Georgia have qualified, credentialed, and professional leaders and managers overseeing their departments and personnel.” Said President of GAFC Dwayne Jamison.

Certification applicants self-apply and must meet four pre-requisites including holding a Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council (GFSTC) State Certification in at least one of the current Fire Service Certifications and serving as a minimum of a Battalion Chief or Division Supervisor.

A point system reflective of their years of service, higher education achievement, level of fire officer certifications, recognition for additional credentials, and the completion of the Chief Fire Officer Level 8-hour classes was used to assess the applicants.

Dating back to 1952 and based in GMA’s Atlanta office, GAFC works to advance fire services in Georgia and represents more than 800 Chief Fire Officers statewide.

Denise (Pierce) Burns is a native of Catoosa County. She covers local government.

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