2005-02-23 / Front Page

Commissioners presented rural fire defense plan

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News Editor


This map shows possible location sites for volunteer fire departments within Jenkins County as noted in the Rural Fire Defense Developmental Plan presented to the Jenkins County Commissioners. (Photograph contributed)This map shows possible location sites for volunteer fire departments within Jenkins County as noted in the Rural Fire Defense Developmental Plan presented to the Jenkins County Commissioners. (Photograph contributed)

A developmental plan to outline procedures for organizing, training, equipping and maintaining a network of volunteer fire departments throughout Jenkins County was presented to the Jenkins County Commissioners for their review during the group’s Thursday, Feb. 17, meeting.

The Rural Fire Developmental Plan was presented by Dwayne Herrington, chief of the Jenkins County Fire Services and Millen Fire Department, and Mike Lane, president of the North Jenkins County Volunteer Fire Department (NJCVFD) Board of Directors. Also, present were Robert Reeves of the Millen Fire Department and Jeff Lewis, chief of the NJCVFD.

Chief Herrington stressed that everything included in the plan was state-mandated, with the exception of the location of the various fire stations. All volunteer fire stations established in Jenkins County would be required to operate under this plan and would require the county’s permission to organize.

The purpose of the plan, as stated in the plan, is to "provide minimum standards for an orderly development of volunteer fire departments in Jenkins County". While the plan does place legal requirements on a volunteer fire department before it is allowed to operate, it does not restrict the efforts of any department to improve its training, apparatus and service. The legal requirements are based upon Georgia law, the National Fire Protection Association Standard 1201 and ISO recommendations.

Lane stated that the primary goal of the plan was to have standardization and uniformity of volunteer fire departments.

"We have gone to great lengths to make sure this was beneficial to everybody," said Lane.

Possible locations of volunteer fire departments were also noted on a map included in the plan. Both Herrington and Lane stressed, however, that the sites were not pre-determined, just suggestions.

The commissioners commended the efforts of everyone involved in developing the plan and stated that they would review it prior to taking any action.


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