Firefighters workshop schedule announced

By Ed Brock

Three free workshops are planned for next week to educate local fire departments about the 2004 Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

The grant program is administered by the Department of Homeland Security's Office for Domestic Preparedness. Rural, urban and suburban fire departments can receive grants from the program to improve effectiveness of fire fighting operations, for firefighter health and safety programs, new fire fighting equipment, emergency medical services programs and fire prevention and safety programs, according to U.S. Rep. David Scott, D-Georgia.

The purpose of the workshops is to teach representatives from Georgia fire departments about the program and the grant application process.

The first workshop will be held Feb. 17 at the Savannah Fire Department headquarters at E. Oglethorpe Avenue from 6 to 8 p.m.

On Feb. 18 the next workshop will be held at the Public Safety Training Center at 1000 Indian Springs Drive in Forsyth from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The final workshop will be held Feb. 19 in Gainesville at the Hall County Fire Training Center at 2801 Allen Creed Road from 4 to 6:30 p.m.

Riverdale Fire Chief Billy Hayes said representatives from his department would probably attend one of the seminars.

"Any time there's an opportunity for additional learning, we want to be a part of it," Hayes said.

Call (404) 656-2064 to reserve a space at one of the forums but walk-ins will be accepted.