FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Posted November 21, 2014
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 21, 2014
Contact:          NAME: Lanier Swafford
                        TITLE: Chairman, Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council                   
                             PHONE: (678) 776-4436
                        EMAIL : lswafford@dawsoncounty.org
 
Gordon Henderson named Executive Director of Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training
Longtime Rome Fire Chief and former Chairman for the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council Gordon Henderson, was named Executive Director of GFSTC on November 19, 2014. Henderson takes over as Executive Director from Lyn Pardue, who retired in July of 2014. He recently announced his retirement from Rome effective December 31st and will begin his new role January 2nd.  In his duties as Executive Director, Henderson will be responsible for working with Council and staff to assure minimum compliance according to OCGA Title 25, manage certifications, and collaborate with state and local officials, fire chiefs, and members of appendant fire service organizations.
            Henderson’s fire service career began in Rome in 1975. During that time, he served as a firefighter, engineer, company officer, training officer, and chief officer. He is a member of the Georgia State Firefighter’s Association and served as President from 2000-2002. In addition, he is a member of the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs where he served as a District Vice President for several years, as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and the National Fire Protection Association. Since July 2004, Henderson has been a member of and is the current Secretary for the National Fire Protection Association’s National Professional Qualifications for Firefighters 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1005 Committees and since 1994, he has served as a      Principle Member of the National Fire Protection Association’s National Professional Qualifications for Firefighters 1001, 1002, 1003 and 1005 Committees.
            Henderson is a state certified firefighter and holds a BS in Human Resources from Columbia Southern University. He has attended numerous training classes concerning the fire service and management throughout his career. Henderson and his wife Dawn have two adult children and reside in Armuchee, Georgia.
 
 

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Council Meeting November 19, 2014

Posted November 12, 2014
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 1:00 pm.  The meeting will be held in the LRC at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia. 

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Council Meeting November 3, 2014

Posted October 30, 2014
THE GEORGIA FIREFIGHTER STANDARDS AND TRAINING COUNCIL WILL MEET ON MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2014 AT 9:00 VIA A CONFERENCE CALL.  THE PUBLIC ACCESS POINT TO JOIN THE MEETING WILL BE AT THE GFSTC OFFICE, LOCATED AT 1000 INDIAN SPRINGS DRIVE, FORSYTH, GA 31029.  THE ONLY AGENDA ITEM WILL BE EXCUCTIVE SESSION FOR THE PURPOSE OF DISCUSSING THE GFSTC EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR POSITION. 

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Council Meeting September 19, 2014 REVISED

Posted September 10, 2014
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Friday, September 19, 2014, 10:30 am.  The meeting will be held at the Macon Centreplex - Edgar H. Wilson Convention Center, Macon, Georgia, Ballroom at the 2014 Georgia Fire Service Conference.

Agenda items to include: Curriculum Package for the 2014 Basic Firefighter Training Program

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Council Meeting August 28, 2014 Revised

Posted August 21, 2014
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Thursday, August 28, 2014 at 10 am.  The meeting will be held in the training room of the State Fire Marshal's Office, Suite 916 of the West Tower of the Floyd Building across the street from the Georgia State Capital.  The Floyd building is located at 2 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia  30334.

Agenda items to include:
Executive Director Candidate interviews

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GFSTC MOVES INTO NEW OFFICES

Posted August 15, 2014
GFSTC MOVES INTO NEW OFFICES

The Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council staff has moved into new offices at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  Council offices are now located in room 204, which is located on the second floor of the main building overlooking the courtyard outside the dining hall.
 
To reach the new offices, cross the main lobby to the hall on the left-hand side of the registration desk.  Take the elevator to the second floor, exiting the elevator to the left.  Go through the double doors to Room 204.
 
Come see us. We are open for business as usual.

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GFSTC Moving

Posted August 1, 2014
WE ARE MOVING
 
The Georgia Firefighter Standards Training and Council offices will be moving to the second floor of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center on Monday, August 4.  Everything in our current location is being broken down and moved.  
 
We anticipate being back in operation on a limited basis on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5-6 while the office is put back together.
 
Please be patient during our move.

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Lyn Pardue - Retirement

Posted July 1, 2014
Congratulations Lyn Pardue, Executive Director of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council. Lyn retired from the great state of Georgia with more than 26 years of cumulative service AND he has served more than 40 years in the fire service. THANK YOU Lyn for your dedication!

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COUNCIL TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S POSITION

Posted July 1, 2014
Following the retirement of Executive Director Lyn Pardue, the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is accepting applications for the position. Please click the following link for instructions on how to apply. ​

Executive Director Job Description

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Council meeting POSTPONED

Posted June 9, 2014
NOTICE - The June 10, 2014 scheduled meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council has been POSTPONED.  The date for the next meeting will be June 24, 2014 @ 9:00 am and will be held in the LRC (old library).

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