The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is proud to announce the groundbreaking ceremony of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory, a new state-of-the-art firefighting training facility. The laboratory will be located on the main campus, at 1000 Indian Springs Drive, Forsyth, Georgia.

This project is a culmination of two years of planning and represents a unique public/private partnership. Recognizing the need to address the significant educational challenges in the area of specialized fire protection systems, the Georgia Fire Academy, the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office, the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers, and the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association established a task force of community stakeholders to address these issues.

Since 2010, this task force has worked diligently to create a positive, innovative educational atmosphere at the Training Center. As these efforts progressed, it became evident that the existing facilities could not adequately house these various programs that are aiming to change the educational environment of the Georgia Fire Service. The new 2,400 square foot George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory, funded through a state bond package, will fulfill this need.

The facility will house numerous programs, sponsored by various associations and equipment dealers. These programs include, but are not limited to, fully functional fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, specialized fire protection systems, HVAC systems and other related fire protection equipment. These programs will provide Georgia Fire Service students with the opportunity to view, touch, and operate real fire protection systems. This hands-on, technical training will provide the firefighter with the knowledge and skills needed to operate in the environments of all buildings, whether of the past, present, or future.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be held on location, at 1:00 pm on Monday, April 21, 2014. Speakers will include Georgia Public Safety Training Center Director Tim Bearden, Georgia State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garris, and Georgia Insurance and Fire Safety Commissioner Ralph Hudgens.

Contact: Keith Howard, Assistant Director, Georgia Public Safety Training Center

PH: (478) 993-4416

Email: [email protected]

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