Welcome Peggy Willis - Administrative Assistant

Posted June 2, 2016
Peggy comes to us having worked at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center for the last 12 years.  She started work at Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training May 1, 2016.  Please join us in welcoming her to our agency.  She is going to be a great assest to our agency. 

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Council Meeting April 12, 2016

Posted April 5, 2016
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 am.  The meeting will be held at the Savannah Marriott Riverfront, Ballroom D. 



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GFSTC Office Closed April 4, 2016

Posted April 4, 2016
Due to City of Forsyth water main break, our office will be closed today. 

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Called Council Meeting March 28, 2016

Posted March 15, 2016
There will be a called GFSTC Council Webconference Meeting at 8:30 am on March 28, 2016. 

FF2 program
Fire Department Reporting/Non-reporting
GBI letter

To attend this Webconference please follow the directions below:

Participant PIN: 754518
Web Meeting URL: https://web.conferencing.live/go/gfstc01/myconference
Audio Dial-in Number: 866-730-7514 Toll-Free or 916-558-7514 Toll
If you have any questions, please give us a call at 478-993-4521.

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State Certification Requirements Effective January 1, 2016

Posted March 4, 2016
With change sometimes comes confusion.  The addition of the requirement to complete skills for state firefighter certification has caused some confusion.  January 1, 2016, was the effective date for the GFSTC Rules and Regulations.  Anyone who has taken and passed the written exam after December 31, 2015, and has not successfully completed the requirement for skills as stated in 205-1-3-.04 Classifications of Fire Service Personnel in the GFSTC Rules and Regulations must complete skills within 12 months.  We are sorry for any inconvenience that this may cause but it is necessary to comply with the GFSTC Rules and Regulations.  Any questons, please contact GFSTC office.

Gordon Henderson

205-1-3-.04 Classifications of Fire Service Personnel.
(6) State Certified Fire Service Personnel

818 (d) How to become State Certified by Specific Classification:
819 1. State Certified Firefighter:
820 a. A Firefighter will be required to be trained and successfully pass both written and
821 skills testing for the level of Firefighter I and shall complete all requirements to
822 become a State Certified Firefighter within one year of the date of hire to maintain
823 employment and be in compliance with O.C.G.A. Title 25-4-8 & 25-4-9 and Rules
824 & Regulations of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
825 b. The Firefighter shall pass the state certification test as approved by the Council.
826 c. Upon completion of all training and testing requirements, the fire department shall
827 complete a Certification Package and submit a Certification Application or
828 Compliance Request (Short) form for the candidate.

New or Updated forms regarding certifications on the website: 

Updated Certification Package with updated Certification Application - old forms will no longer be accepted
New - Volunteer Application Package - old forms will no longer be accepted
Updated Firefighter 1 and State Certified Firefighter Skills Sheets

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Council Members

Posted February 8, 2016
Governor Deal has made the following changes to the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council effective January 29, 2016. 

Randy Toms, Mayor of Warner Robins - Municipal Government
Chief Steven Wirth, Heard County Emergency Services  (Reappointment)
Chief Jackie Gibbs, Marietta Fire and Emergency Services (Reappointment)

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION Roster Updates per Rules Effective January 1, 2016

Posted January 25, 2016
Regarding New Rules

576  205-1-3-.02 Registration.
577 (1) All active fire service personnel, except civilian personnel, must be registered with GFSTC.
578 (2) All members of any fire department operating in the State of Georgia must be registered with

579 GFSTC immediately upon appointment with the fire department. As of the approval date for
580 this document, within 30 days the fire department shall review its roster and ensure that all
581 personnel are registered in the GFSTC database.
If personnel are already in the database, the
582 department may correct the roster electronically on the GFSTC website or may submit a
583 Candidate Initial Registration form for all members not currently in the GFSTC database. The
584 registration process is not completed until a Registration or Certification Application form is
585 submitted for each individual to GFSTC.
586 (a) The fire department shall verify the status of all fire service personnel on their roster in the
587 GFSTC database as assigned to one of the following categories:
588 1. C - Career Firefighter
589 2. P - Part-Time Firefighter
590 3. V - Volunteer Suppression Firefighter
591 4. S - Volunteer Support Firefighter
592 5. I - Inmate Firefighter
593 6. R - Recruit
594 7. O - Student in Technical College/Private School
595 (b) Initial registration shall be reported using the Candidate Initial Registration form.
596 (c) The Registration process is not complete until the fire department submits a Registration
597 or Certification Application.

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Council Meeting January 12, 2016

Posted January 4, 2016
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 8:30 am.  The meeting will be held in the GFSTC office at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Director Henderson's report
  • GBI - related agency
  • Attorney General's Office - suggest law changes
Elections of Chairman and Vice Chairman of the GFSTC Council

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Posted December 3, 2015
The 2015 Year End Report is now on our website.  It will remain open until last week of February.  We are sorry for the delay. 

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Posted September 25, 2015
The next meeting of the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council is scheduled for Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 8:30 am.  The meeting will be held in the Courtroom at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Under the authority provided by O.C.G.A. § 25-4-7, (1) To promulgate rules and regulations for the administration for the council; the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council will consider for adoption the September 1, 2015 approved proposed Rules and Regulations at a council meeing on November 10, 2015, at 8:30 am in the Court Room on the second floor at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.  This is an open meeting and all interested parties are invited to attend.  The Council has advertised and held two public hearings on the proposed rules amendments, one on July 28, 2015 and with another on September 1, 2015 to include suggested changes by the public in the July 28th hearing.  No changes were made in the September 1, 2015 meeting. 

If there are any questions or if you would like a copy of the proposed rules please visit our webiste or contact us by phone or email.

Director Henderson's report
Appeal Hearing
Discussion with GBI concerning fingerprint documenation

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