Office of Insurance and Safety Fire CommissionerRalph T. Hudgens
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On Monday April 21, Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens participated in the Georgia Public Safety Training Center groundbreaking ceremony of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory. The new state-of-the-art firefighting training laboratory will be located on the main campus, in Forsyth, Georgia.

The project is a culmination of two years of planning and represents a unique public/private partnership. Recognizing the need to address the significant educational challenges in the area of specialized fire protection systems, Commissioner Hudgens’ office the Georgia Fire Academy, the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers, and the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association established a task force of community stakeholders to address these issues.

The facility will house numerous programs, sponsored by various associations and equipment dealers. These programs include, but are not limited to, fully functional fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, specialized fire protection systems, HVAC systems and other related fire protection equipment. These programs will provide Georgia Fire Service students with the opportunity to view, touch, and operate real fire protection systems. This hands-on, technical training will provide the firefighter with the knowledge and skills needed to operate in the environments of all buildings, whether of the past, present, or future.

The Laboratory is being named after George Lainer, a former employee of Hudgens’ Fire Marshal’s office who worked 50-years in the fire service. Lainer passed away in February 2014.

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