Responsibilities & Training
306 E. Cherry St.
Ph: (912) 384-4815
Ph: (912) 384-3302
Fx: (912) xxx-xxxx
Emergency Ph: 9-1-1
24 hours a day
7 days a week
The City of Douglas Fire Department is responsible for providing an efficient and effective delivery of fire and emergency services within the city limits.
Douglas is the home of the Region Eight Haz-Mat Team. All firefighters receive 240 hours of training per year. We operate three fire stations and have a current Insurance Services Organization
(ISO) rating of three.
Our amenities include a:
- Burn building
- Pit for spill fires
- Pit for training a pump operator
- Training tower
- Two-story smokehouse
Our units consist of:
- One front-line pumper
- One mobile command unit
- One rescue truck
- Two front-line quints
- Two haz-mat response units
- Two reserve pumper trucks
Smoke Detector Program
We apologize for any inconvienence, but, the free smoke detectors that were offered through the Smoke Detection Program, are no longer available.
Please call 912-384-4815, to schedule fire inspections.
WINTER FIRE SAFETY TIPS
The City of Douglas Fire Department would like to remind everyone that winter is the time of year that more fires are prevalent. Winter weather that interrupts electrical service will cause people to turn to alternative heating sources and will contribute to the increased risk of fire in winter. Holiday decorations also contribute to the increase of fire hazards during the winter months.
“Winter fires are preventable and the City of Douglas hopes that these tips will be helpful and citizens will use them to keep their family safe from fire during the upcoming months,” says Douglas Fire Chief Larry Wilson.
As you prepare for the winter and holiday celebrations, keep these fire safety tips in mind:
When cooking in the kitchen, be sure to not cook with loose clothing or long sleeves that may catch fire. Do not leave the stove unattended.
- Space heaters need space; keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet away. Do not use the stove as a heater.
- Use caution with holiday decorations and whenever possible, choose those made with flame-resistant, flame-retardant or non-combustible materials. Purchase only lights and electrical decorations bearing the name of an independent testing lab, and follow the manufacturer's instructions for installation and maintenance.
- Do not overload extension cords. Connect no more than three strands of push-in bulbs and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Always unplug lights before replacing light bulbs or fuses. Don't mount lights in any way that can damage the cord's wire insulation (i.e., using clips, not nails).
- Keep a watchful eye on children in the kitchen and when they are around the Christmas tree and do not let them play with the wiring or lights. Keep children and pets away from light strings and electrical decorations.
- Turn off all light strings and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.
- Any string of lights with worn, frayed or broken cords or loose bulb connections should not be used. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and extend their life.
- Never use lit candles to decorate a tree, and make sure any lit candles in the room are placed well away from tree branches.
- Try to keep live trees as moist as possible by giving them plenty of water daily. Place your tree in a sturdy tree stand designed not to tip over. Safely dispose of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are highly flammable and should not be left in a house or garage, or placed against the house.
- Make sure the tree is at least three feet (one meter) away from any heat source, such as fireplaces and radiators. Try to position the tree near an outlet so that cords are not running long distances. Do not place the tree where it may block exits.
- Store matches and lighters up high, out of reach, preferably in a locked cabinet.
- Before lighting a fire in the fireplace, make sure the fireplace and chimney has been properly inspected.
- Keep your dryer lint-free, clear of any debris that may spark a fire. Don’t leave the home with clothes in the dryer.
- For children who are home alone, make sure they have been taught preventive safety measures.
To find out more about Fire Safety, please contact the Douglas Fire Department at (912)384-4815.
DOUGLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT PROMOTES FIREFIGHTERS GASQUE AND WIGGINS TO CAPTAIN
Photo 1 – Chief Larry Wilson congratulates Captain Curtis Gasque
Photo 2 – Chief Larry Wilson congratulates Captain Scott Wiggins
Firefighters Curtis Gasque and Scott Wiggins have been promoted to the rank of Captain in the Douglas Fire Department. As Captain, both firemen will command a shift at the DFD, as well as, mentor and lead firefighters. “With their job knowledge, experience and training, these two new Captains will help lead the department into a positive future,” says Chief Wilson. For more information, please contact the Douglas Fire Department at 912-384-4815.
FIREFIGHTER ROBERT BEECHER BECOMES FIRST DOUGLAS FIREMAN TO EARN GEORGIA SMOKE DIVER CERTIFICATION
(L-R): Capt. Curtis Gasque (Shift Commander), Chief Larry Wilson, Engineer Robert Beecher (GSD #982), and Captain Bryson Lott (Training Officer)
On February 3, 2017, Douglas Fire Department Engineer Robert Beecher completed a grueling, 6 day, 60 hour training course to earn the prestigious title of a certified Georgia Smoke Diver #982. After completing a qualification course, Beecher was accepted into the Georgia Smoke Diver program. The Georgia Smoke Diver program is a physically and mentally demanding class, which has an attrition rate of about 50%. Developed in 1978, the Georgia Smoke Diver program has only certified 986 firefighters. Fire Engineer Beecher is the first from Douglas Fire Department to earn this certification.
“Beecher has spent numerous hours mentally preparing and training to achieve this goal,” says Chief Larry Wilson. “I, along with the entire Douglas Fire Department, congratulate Engineer Beecher for receiving this grand accomplishment.”
The mission of the Georgia Smoke Divers program is “to prevent death and injury by training firefighters to be adaptable and to develop critical decision making skills in high stress environments.” Firefighters who wish to compete to earn the chance to become certified, must have previously mastered Firefighter II level knowledge, skills and abilities, as well as be in top physical condition. Because of the prestige and the mission of the program, firefighters from all over the United States come to Georgia to see if they too can make it as one of the best in the nation. For more information about the Georgia Smoke Diver course, http://www.georgiasmokediver.com.
DOUGLAS FIREFIGHTER LEE CLEMENTS RECIEVES FIRE INSTRUCTOR 1 CERTIFICATION FROM THE GEORGIA FIRE ACADEMY
(L-R): Act. Lt. Marq Roberts, Captain Bryson Lott, Engineer Lee Clements (Instructor 1), Chief Larry Wilson, Act. Capt. Curtis Gasque
In January 2017, Engineer Lee Clements, of the Douglas Fire Department, received Fire Instructor 1 certification from the Georgia Fire Academy. The Fire Instructor I course is designed to prepare candidates to demonstrate the knowledge and ability to conduct instruction from prepared materials.
“I am proud to see Engineer Clements receive this certification,” says Fire Chief Larry Wilson. “Our firefighters are constantly training and motivating themselves to stay up to date and become better firemen so they can serve the citizens of Douglas and Coffee County to the best of their abilities.”
Training in this course included the characteristics of a good instructor, the role of the instructor in the fire service, summary of the psychology of learning, procedures for planning and presenting the instruction, and evaluation and testing techniques. Also included are instructional planning and development, methods and techniques, materials and aids, and evaluation/testing.
The Georgia Fire Academy, which was founded in 1975, oversees all training—both basic and advanced—for career and volunteer firefighters in the state of Georgia. As a division within Georgia Public Safety Training Center, the Fire Academy operates out of the main campus in Forsyth, Georgia and conducts training at offsite locations by request.
DOUGLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT VIAL OF LIFE PROGRAM
The Douglas Fire Department would like to encourage citizens to participate in the Vial of Life Program. The Vial of Life program is a smart way to have medical information on hand during emergencies.
A Vial of Life Emergency Information Form will list medical information such as current medications, emergency contact, recent surgeries, procedures to avoid, allergies, and more medical information. The form should be folded with a rubber band around it for easy removal, inserted into a medicine bottle and placed in the refrigerator at your home on the top shelf. Affix a decal on the outside of the refrigerator so that emergency responders will see the decal and know your medical information is in the vial in the refrigerator. It is also a good idea to place a second vial of life in the glove compartment of your vehicle and affix a decal to the outside of the glove compartment door in case of a traffic accident.
The Douglas Fire Department’s Vial of Life program is sponsored by the Medicine Cabinet. For more information about the Vial of Life program, call 912-384-4815.
FIREWORKS SAFETY AND HB 110
The State of Georgia has enacted a new fireworks law, HB 110, just in time for the 4th of July celebrations. The City of Douglas Fire and Police Department would like to encourage citizens to practice safety with fireworks and would like to make the public aware of a few facts about this new law.
For all information in HB 110, please visit http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20152016/HB/110.
DOUGLAS FIRE DEPARTMENT AND NFPA ISSUES FIRE SAFETY TIPS FOR CHILDREN
SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING TIP LINE
If you see something, say something....call the anonymous tip line at 912-260-3600 or email
CRIME TIPS for Homeowners, Businesses and Vehicles
NEW APPLICANTS FOR POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENT - 1ST PHASE LETTER
As a condition of employment with the City of Douglas Public Safety Departments, all CERTIFIED and NON-CERTIFIED candidates are required to present a sealed Compass Test transcript and participate in a physical agility assessment. The cost of the Compass Test is your responsibility. Please contact Wiregrass Georgia Technical College or the certified testing site of your choice to determine testing dates and times and also let the certified testing facility administrator know you will be required to take the Reading, Writing, and Numerical portions of the test. You must bring the SEALED test results with you to the physical agility assessment when notified.
Certified persons may apply year round at the Human Resource Department located at 224 E. Bryan Street.
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