Disaster & Incident Response Framework - 2013Since the Katrina/Rita/Sandy hurricanes and the Indian Ocean/Japan tsunami
disasters, the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs has accelerated support for efforts by
the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the U.S. Fire Administration to assure
that a far better job of organizing and deploying resources to address disasters is
accomplished. The original work of the National Mutual Aid System Task Force and
the advent of the IAFC Intrastate Mutual Aid System (IMUS) have led to the
development of far better planning on the part of state agencies and state associations
devoted to efficiency and effectiveness in responding to and mitigating the effects of
Severe Weather Response Guide - 2013Fire Departments in Georgia serve a vital role during a severe weather emergency by providing
the equipment, skills, and manpower necessary to help return the community to normal
conditions. Georgia is vulnerable to numerous severe weather hazards including floods,
hurricanes, ice storms, thunderstorms, and tornadoes. Severe weather incidents can block
roads, create medical emergencies, disrupt utilities, and release hazardous materials into the
environment. These incidents can occur with little warning and may affect a large geographic
area causing public safety agencies to become overwhelmed
Swift Water Response Guide - 2013 In 2009 a group of disastrous floods affected several counties in northern Georgia, Alabama, and
Tennessee. In Georgia alone, officials estimated the damage cost at $500 million. The flooding in
Georgia damaged 20,000 homes and businesses in 17 counties resulting in 10 deaths. Metro Atlanta
swift water rescue teams saved hundreds of people from their homes, businesses, and cars. Local Fire
Departments responded to hundreds of high-water incidents and were extended to the limits of their
capabilities, equipment, and training. Every community in Georgia has potential for this type of disaster
due to the proximity of warm waters in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Ocean.
Wildfire Response Guide - 2013As a consequence of the 2007 wildfires, local fire departments personnel,
equipment, and resources where exhausted early in the fight. Events of this magnitude may
require the assistance of the Georgia Forestry Commission (GFC). Along with the local fire
departments and GFC, more than 3,300 firefighters were brought in from 44 states and the
efforts cost over $40 million. The fires where eventually contained due to the tireless efforts of
the agencies involved and the arrival more favorable weather conditions.
Georgia Fire Service Annual Report - 2013The information in this report is being provided to help state leaders and the fire service better understand the
fire problem and its long range impact on our state and its people. The injuries, loss of life and property damage
resulting from all fires remains a source of great concern to us all.
I call upon all our citizens to join me in promoting fire safety and fire prevention throughout the year. With your
help, we can reduce fire loss in our state and make it a safer place for everyone.
Fire Services Strategic Plan - 2012Considerable changes have occurred in the Fire Service requiring updated strategy
to meet timely challenges at the local, state and national levels. Financing the Fire
Service has become increasingly competitive with other government delivered
services. We have been successful in resolving many of the challenges presented in
the previous strategic plan; hence it is time to move forward.
The Georgia Fire Service members exhibit a sincere, hard-working motivation to
be the best. I challenge you to participate in reaching the goals and objectives set
forth in this Georgia Fire Service Strategic Plan for 2011.