the Georgia State Firefighters Association
and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs
Friday March 17, 2017 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Georgia National Fairgrounds and Agricenter
Miller Murphy Howard Building
401 Larry Walker Pkwy (Exits 134 or 135 off I-75)
Perry GA 31069
This biennial equipment show is a one-day event jointly sponsored by the Georgia State Firefighters Association & the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs. In addition to the equipment show, this event also offers the opportunity to take training classes, see exhibitor demonstrations and network with other firefighters from across the state. In 2015, more than 385 firefighters representing over 122 fire departments came to the Georgia Fire & Emergency Services Equipment Show.
- Attendee Registration Form
- Admission to the Georgia Fire & Emergency Services Equipment Show is $15 and includes a t-shirt.
- Lunch and snacks will be available for purchase at the concession stand.
- Individuals who register by February 27 can pick up their ticket and t-shirt at the ‘will call/registration desk’ the day of the show. Tickets will also be sold on-site on the day of the show, but t-shirts will only be available on a first-come, first-served based.
- If you need assistance registering for the event, please contact Beth Brown (GSFA Business Manager) at 770-914-7774 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The following training classes are offered at an additional fee. The charge to attend a class is $10 per class.
Community Risk Reduction
8 a.m. – Noon (4 hour class)
Instructor: Robert Singletary, Warner Robins Fire Department (retired) / GAFC Immediate Past President
In 2015, there were 79 fire deaths in Georgia. Already this year, 94 people have died in fires in Georgia and there are still several cold months ahead where we are more likely to have fires related to heating – the second leading cause of fires in America. GAFC President Dwayne Jamison has created a Fire Prevention Task Force to explore ways to address this problem. Community risk reduction training is one way to get started. This class will cover topics including integrating fire department operations along with fire prevention activities, the role of officers in leading and facilitating the risk reduction process in their jurisdiction, risk based on social and economic issues and much more.
Stress, PTSD and Suicide in the Fire Service
10:00 a.m. – Noon (2 hour class)
Instructor: Keith Pertschi, Lieutenant, Forsyth County Fire Department
Class Description: Participants will explore the combat environment, drawing parallels between fire, EMS and the military and compare and contrast the results of similar trauma experiences by both. This class will highlight the physical, physiologic and mental damage that may occur during and after a call response and the potential for short and long term damage in the form of depression, PTSD and suicide. This presentation stresses in the most positive fashion, the need to break down the barriers to care and to remove the “I’m fine” stigma that exists in every firehouse across the nation.
GSFA Chaplain Sector Orientation
10:00 a.m. – Noon (2 hour class)
Instructor: Ronnie Cowart, Cartersville Fire Department / GSFA Chaplain
During an emergency that requires the use of multiple chaplains, using the support model provided in this course, effectively provide spiritual and emotional support to firefighters, their families and the community in the time of need.
The vintage apparatus display is for departments and individuals that have fire equipment that is older than 25 years. A designated area outside of the exhibit space is designated for the special display. Items may be displayed FREE of charge. Vintage apparatus can be set up the day before the show, Thursday, March 16, but should be in place by 8:00 a.m. on the show date, Friday, March 17. Please complete the Vintage Apparatus Display Registration Form if you intend to participate.