Clayton agency to host Homeland Security Summit

Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services will host its first Homeland Security Summit Tuesday in Jonesboro.

Geared toward the public safety sector, speakers include Gary Kelley, deputy director of Georgia Emergency Management Agency; Keith Wages, director of Georgia Emergency Management Services; Kelvin Cochran, Atlanta fire chief; Tony Schilling and Pat Carothers of the U.S. Marshal Service; Dr. Alpha Fowler Bryan, district health director of the Clayton County Board of Health; and Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services Chief Jeff Hood.

Clayton fire Battalion Chief Jacque Feilke said the summit will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the S. Truett Cathy Professional Learning Center on Battle Creek Road in Jonesboro.

In other Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services news:

-- Clayton Fire Charities Inc., will be hosting its first golf tournament Friday at Lake Spivey Golf Club, said Feilke.

Registration will be at 10 a.m. with a shotgun start at 11 a.m. Entry fee is $75 per person. The fee is tax-deductible and lunch is included.

Prizes will be given for first, second and third place, and for the longest drive closest to the pin.

To register, contact Anthony Grimaldi at 404-702-4239 or email him at anthony.grimaldi@co.clayton.ga.us.

-- A new recruit class starts Monday, April 16. Recruits will participate in county orientation Friday, April 13.

-- Also on April 16, the Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services will host a Georgia Search and Rescue collapse class. The funding for some of the materials this comes from a grant for GSAR training, said Feilke.

The instructors are local and training will be on the hill behind CCFES headquarters on Ga. 85.

“There will be fire departments participating from all over the region, throughout Georgia,” said Feilke. This is how they train for catastrophic events like the tornadoes that periodically come through Clayton County.”