GFA News & Announcements

News from the Georgia Fire Academy

GPSTC Receives New E-One Aerial

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center is receiving a new E-One aerial. The ladder is 75’ in height and will flow 1000 gallons per minute through the nozzle at the end of the ladder. Powered by a 450-horsepower Cummings engine and an Allison transmission, it has a Hale 1500 gallon per minute pump, 500 gallon […]

Firefighter Weekend and Memorial Ceremony held at GPSTC, Sept 9-11

The 14th Annual Firefighter Weekend and Memorial Ceremony were held at the GPSTC September 9-11. Local media was on site to cover the events. http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/firefighters-continue-training-in-forsyth/316507954 http://www.13wmaz.com/news/local/georgia-firefighter-memorial-ceremony/316524475 http://www.macon.com/news/local/article101102067.html

Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs to Host Free Training at the GPSTC

The Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs will be hosting free training in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center’s Auditorium on August 23, 2016. Topics will include EEOC Discrimination and Social Media issues. These topics will be geared towards state, county, and municipal governments. Please note that this is not a GPSTC credit course. Register today […]

Georgia Fire Academy Designs New 75-Foot Ladder Truck

The Georgia Fire Academy is working with FireLine, Inc. and E-One in Ocala, FL to design a new 75-foot ladder truck. This new truck is replacing a 1987 E-One ladder truck that was purchased when the GPSTC first opened. This unit truck will be utilized in several current courses, including Basic Firefighter, Rescue Systems, and […]

Rescue Systems I: Fundamentals of Heavy Rescue, July and August Offerings

Rescue Systems I: Fundamentals of Heavy Rescue is back on the GPSTC training calendar! This scenario-based, hands-on training provides essential skills for responding to a collapse, rescuing persons trapped, and moving heavy objects. Students learn inventive new ways to deploy ladders and other common equipment found on rigs. This course is designed to meet the […]

GFA Chief, Deputy Chiefs Receive Certification from Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs

On Tuesday, April 12, 2016, Georgia Fire Academy Chief David Wall and Deputy Chiefs Mike Byrd and Jeff Dean joined 12 fellow chiefs in the first group certified by the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs (GAFC) during the association’s 2016 Spring Executive Training Session in Savannah. In its first year, the program is divided into […]

Joe Lariscy: 28 Years of Service with the GFA

Joe Lariscy is retiring after 28 years of service with the Georgia Fire Academy. Joe came to work at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center as a full time employee in 1988, just as the Center was starting operations and staffing was increasing. His was one of six positions added to the Fire Academy, then […]

Technical Rescue: Trench Rescue Technician 2016

The Georgia Fire Academy conducted a Trench Rescue Technician course February 29-March 4, 2016. This course was beneficial to those departments that currently operate a trench rescue team or have the possibility of being deployed on a GSAR team. The course served as a general overview of the skills needed to perform as a trench […]

February 2016 NIMS Courses Announced

The Georgia Fire Academy announces three February courses for the NIMS program. These include IS 300: Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents, IS 400: Advanced ICS and the Command and General Staff for Local IMTs. Each course plays an important role of educating public safety personnel to assist local, state and federal agencies in their efforts […]

2016 NFA Firefighter Weekend

Registration is now open for the 2016 NFA Firefighter Weekend, March 19-20, in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Check out the flyer and the registration form for all of the details. Make sure you register before February 5 to ensure your seat!  

GPSTC Participates in 2nd Annual Public Safety Day

The Georgia Public Safety Training Center proudly participated in the 2nd Annual Public Safety Day, hosted by the 2015 Leadership Monroe class. This event was held Saturday, October 24, 2015 from 10:00am – 3:00pm. The day of family fun was dedicated to celebrating Georgia’s public safety employees and Monroe County’s designation as the Public Safety […]

Local Assistance State Team Training

After a line-of-duty death, the family and the department of the fallen have many questions. Be a part of the Local Assistance State Team to provide compassion and guidance to the survivors. The Local Assistance State Team (LAST) Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Assistance and the National […]

Cooper Institute’s Law Enforcement/Fire Service Fitness Specialist Course

The Cooper Institute is back with their first-rate Fitness Specialist course. Police and Fire Instructors of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center are participating in this course that reinforces the need for public safety professionals, who are involved in developing and delivering physical fitness programs in their academy or department, to understand fitness assessments and […]

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events is Back!

Public Safety Personnel: You asked for it and now it’s back. “Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events” will be held at the GPSTC on September 28, 2015. This one-day, eight-hour course includes an overview of the bio-threat, demonstrations of proper donning and doffing of personal protective equipment, and technical decontamination protocols. The course provides students […]

New Online Course Offerings for Firefighters

New Online Course Offerings for Firefighters We are now offering two new online courses for you. Succession: Preparing Candidates For Fire Chief and Incident Planning Process – The Planning P. Succession: Preparing Candidates For Fire Chief This independent online course provides fire service leaders with an overview of succession development strategies. This course provides one […]

NIMS 300 and 400 Course Offerings

The Georgia Fire Academy is pleased to announce several statewide offerings of two NIMS Courses: NIMS – Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents (IS300) and NIMS – Advanced ICS Command and General Staff-Complex Incidents (IS400). NIMS – Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents (IS300) is a 24-hour course that describes the incident and […]

2015 Georgia Firefighter Memorial Ceremony

On Saturday, May 16, 2015, firefighters from across the state came together to honor their fallen brothers at the annual Georgia Firefighter Memorial Ceremony. The honorees were: Antonio Everett Jones – Augusta Fire Department – 2011 Willie James Lacy – Augusta Fire Department – 2004 Christ Swan – Lockheed Martin Fire Department – 2014 Chief […]

Updated Course Schedule for the 13th Annual Firefighter Weekend

Check below for the updated 13th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighters Weekend course schedule. Firefighter Weekend is May 15-17, 2015. All classes listed below will be offered on-campus at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Register through normal on-line registration procedures. Note: Classes not meeting minimum enrollment 30 days prior to start date may be […]

The GFA Announces Seats Available for Georgia State Fire Fighter Weekend Courses

The following courses have seats available for the 13th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighter Weekend. This training event will be held at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center, May 15-17, 2015. Seats are going fast, so register today! Combination and Volunteer Quality Management – FFAA15179 This course is designed to present key information, which will […]

Quarterly GFA Advisory Council Meeting

The Quarterly GFA Advisory Council meeting was held at the Forsyth GPSTC campus on April 14, 2015. The GFA Advisory Council Members in attendance are pictured here, left to right: Jeff Yoder – Training Officer Representative Lee Kirkland – Chief of a Volunteer Department Representative Robert Singletary – President, Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Dean […]

The 2015 GA/NY National Fire Academy Weekend was a huge success!

  The Georgia Fire Academy and the State of New York Fire Prevention and Control hosted the annual State Weekend at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The April 11-12 event was the largest NFA Weekend ever, with 11 courses of instruction and approximately 291 total students – 42 from Georgia! The National Fire […]

From Dirt to Dream: The George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory is off to a great start!

For more information on this exciting project, go to http://www.gpstc.org/firelab/.        

NIMS 402 Goes on the Road

Georgia Fire Academy Director David Wall recently traveled to Summerville Georgia to instruct local government officials from Bartow County on incident command for elected officials. This Executive Briefing for Incident Command gives an overview of what is needed for an extended incident and how the use of incident command can assist local governments in responding […]

13th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighter Weekend

The Georgia Fire Academy invites you to attend the 13th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighters Weekend on May 15-17, 2015. All classes below will be offered on-campus, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Registration must be completed online through www.gpstc.org. Classes not meeting the minimum enrollment 30 days prior to the start date may […]

Child Passenger Safety Activities Survey

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Occupant Protection Task Team is working to obtain a snapshot of the child passenger safety activities being conducted by fire and EMS agencies in Georgia. We are looking for feedback from all levels of involvement – from firefighters to fire chiefs! Please take a moment and fill out this 3-minute […]

April NIMS 300/400 Train-the-Trainer

The Georgia Fire Academy has immediate openings for the April NIMS 300/400 Train-the-Trainer course. Please register ASAP, as seating is limited! NIMS 300/400 Train-the-Trainer Course Length: 40 Hours Course Number: FFAA15127 Start/End Date: 04/27/2015-05/01/2015 This course provides a fundamentals review for NIMS training to public safety instructors on GPSTC processes & procedures, ICS, Unified Command, […]

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events

On February 18, the Georgia Fire Academy hosted the Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events course. This course prepared public safety students with the ability to identify biological threats, protect themselves from those threats, and operate and perform essential protective measures in a biological environment. Students were also given an introduction to types of respiratory […]

Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events

Were you here for the Infectious Disease Summit in November? Did you want more information on Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events? Then register now, while seats are still available! Personal Protective Measures for Biological Events Course Length: 8 Hours Course Number: FFAA15097 Start/End Date: 02/18/2015 This one-day, eight-hour course includes an overview of bio-threat, […]

March NIMS Courses

The Georgia Fire Academy has limited openings in the following NIMS classes: NIMS – ICS 300- Intermediate ICS for Expanding Incidents Course Length: 24 Hours Course Number: FFAA15059 Start/End Date: 03/9/15-03/11/2015 This 24-hour course describes the incident and event management process for supervisors and expanding incidents as prescribed by the Incident Command System (ICS). It […]

2015 GA/NY Firefighter Weekend

It’s that time of year again! The NFA announces the 2015 GA/NY Firefighter Weekend, to be held April 11-12 on their Emmitsburg, Maryland campus. Check out the registration form for all of the details. Make sure you register before February 6 to ensure your seat!

Wanted: Future NIMS Trainers!

The Georgia Fire Academy Division of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center has an upcoming NIMS train-the-trainer course that has a limited number of seats available. NIMS 300/400 Train-The Trainer – FFAA15052 – February 9-13, 2015 This course provides fundamental reviews for NIMS training to public safety instructors on GPSTC processes & procedures, ICS, Unified […]

Command and General Staff for Local IMT’s

Command and General Staff for Local IMT’S is a course set for multidiscipline personnel that will be required to work together as a team to effectively manage an incident or event during the first operational period. This is a 48-hour course that enables students to demonstrate knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the […]

NIMS 300/400 Train-the-Trainer

If you have been selected to instruct NIMS 300 & 400 courses, sign up now for our February 9-13, 2015 NIMS 300/400 Train-the-Trainer course! This course provides training and resources for instructor-certified personnel selected to instruct NIMS 300 & 400 for GPSTC and other state or local agencies in Georgia. To attend this course, you […]

Congratulations to Matt Davis

Matt Davis, Instructor at the Georgia Fire Academy of the GPSTC, recently completed the final course in our intense Fire Officer Series.  The series consists of six courses with a total of 294 hours of training.  Matt is the first GPSTC staff member and one of a small group in the state who have completed […]

FEMA Announces Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop Webinars

Alabama Beats Georgia! You read that right: Alabama beats Georgia in Assistance to Firefighter Grant (AFG) applications and grants awarded…every year. Learn what you can do to put Georgia into the running with FEMA’s Assistance to Firefighters Grant Workshop Webinars on Oct 14th and Oct 15th. These FEMA webinars provide the latest information on AFG […]

Congratulations Mike Byrd and Jeff Dean

Congratulations to the Georgia Fire Academy’s Mike Byrd and Jeff Dean! Both have achieved career milestones. Their achievements are a culmination of many years of professional development, education, experience and service both in the profession and in the community. Mike has earned the Chief Fire Officer Designee (CFOD) status. This designation, as described by the […]

Georgia Firefighter Memorial Service

Forsyth, GA (August 25, 2014) – While all firefighters are heroes, willingly putting themselves in harm’s way so the public remains secure, some firefighters are more than heroes. Those who are more than heroes are those who have paid the ultimate price – their lives. For these men and women, we gather to honor their […]

Georgia State Firefighter Weekend

Forsyth, GA (August 25, 2014) – Georgia Public Safety Training Center Director Tim Bearden and Georgia Fire Academy Division Director David Wall today announced that firefighters from throughout the state will gather on the weekend of September 5 through 7, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth for the 12th Annual Georgia […]

Command & General Staff for Local IMT’s

This is a 48-hour course, to be held at the Roswell/Alpharetta Public Safety Training Center, September 9 through October 3, 2014. This course enables students to demonstrate knowledge of the Incident Command System (ICS) and the Command and General Staff functions as they affect planning and implementation of the ICS for an incident at the […]

First Annual Firefighter Weekend Golf Scramble

The Georgia Fire Academy is excited to announce the First Annual Firefighter Weekend Golf Scramble, to be held at the River Forest Golf Club on September 4, 2014. The tournament is open to public service personnel and their friends and family. Come join us for some tee-time fun! When:  Sept. 4, 2014 Shotgun Start:  10:00 […]

2014 Firefighter Memorial Service

You are cordially invited to attend the 2014 Georgia Firefighter Memorial Service to be held September 6, 2014 at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center Auditorium in Forsyth, GA. Services commence at 11:00am.   With Honor They Served   Sponsored by: Georgia Public Safety Training Center Georgia State Firefighter’s Association Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs […]

The Atlanta Braves Firefighter Appreciation Day

The Atlanta Braves have announced August 17th as their Firefighter Appreciation Day! The Braves will honor firefighters and their families with a pre-game parade and tribute. Outfield Pavilion tickets are $22 and Upper Box tickets are $18. Ticket packages will include a t-shirt and a $5 donation to the Georgia Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation. For additional […]

The 12th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighters Weekend

The Georgia Fire Academy invites you to attend the 12th Annual Georgia State Fire Fighters Weekend on September 5-7. 2014. All classes below will be offered on-campus, at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. Registration must be completed online through www.gpstc.org. Classes not meeting the minimum enrollment 30 days prior to the start date may […]

Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist Course

The Cooper Institute has brought their top-notch Law Enforcement Fitness Specialist course to instructors of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center. This course reinforces the need for law enforcement professionals, who are involved in developing and delivering physical fitness programs in their academy or department, to understand fitness assessments and standards. Topics covered include: Fitness […]

Stress First Aid for Public Safety Officers

On Friday, June 13, 2014, emergency response instructors participated in Georgia’s first Stress First Aid for Public Safety Officers train-the-trainer course. This course, sponsored by Emergency Preparedness, the State Office of EMS, GPSTC, and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, was designed to reduce the risk for stress reactions in Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement personnel. […]

Train-the-Trainer: Child Abuse Intervention & Prevention

Law enforcement, fire, and EMS instructors are invited to attend the Train-the-Trainer program on “Partnerships for Healthy Communities – Child Abuse Intervention & Prevention: A course for pre-hospital providers and law enforcement”. Partnerships for Healthy Communities (PHC) is a three-hour course developed in partnership with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Sandy Springs Fire & Rescue, Alpharetta […]

New Online Firefighter Course

GPSTC announces the release of Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals, a new online course that explores the basic elements of the performance appraisal process for fire department supervisors. This course provides instruction on how to prepare for and conduct work plan sessions, performance evaluations and performance appraisal interviews. Please note that this course is not a […]

Stress First Aid for Public Safety Officers

Cumulative stress of the job is one of the major factors in determining job satisfaction, retaining employees, and evaluating the overall emotional health of the first responder. Stress First Aid for Public Safety Officers, sponsored by Emergency Preparedness, the State Office of EMS, GPSTC, and The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, is a course designed to […]

George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory Groundbreaking Ceremony

The groundbreaking ceremony of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory was held on Monday, April 21, 2014. This facility will be 2,400 square feet of state-of-the-art firefighting training. Training programs, which will include fully functional fire protection equipment, will provide Georgia Fire Service students with the opportunity to view, touch, and operate real fire […]

GPSTC and the Georgia Pipeline Emergency Responders Initiative

On April 10, 2014, Governor Nathan Deal signed a proclamation declaring April to be the National Safe Digging Month in Georgia. The Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC) was represented at the signing by Director Timothy Bearden, Deputy Director Keith Howard, and Georgia Fire Academy Division Director David Wall. As a part of the Georgia […]