Firefighters have dangerous and important jobs. They must also face unbelievable danger in burning buildings, rescuing people and animals and trying to keep onlookers safe while doing so. Both men and women can become firefighters in Georgia, as long as they measure up to difficult physical and mental standards imposed by the state.
The Sandersville Fire Department firefighters maintain a rigorous training schedule under the direction of Captain Darrell Lanier, the Fire Department's Training Officer and a State Certified Fire Instructor. All volunteer firefighters are state registered volunteer firefighters or higher. All career firefighters are Firefighter I certified.
Training is conducted on first and third Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at the Sandersville Firehouse. On an annual basis, the Department covers all training objectives required by the Georgia Firefighter Standards & Training Council.
Candidates for firefighting training must be at least 18 years old, be in good physical condition as determined by a medical examination, possess a high school diploma or G.E.D., have no felony convictions within 10 years of the date of employment or appointment, and have good moral character as determined by an investigation under the procedure approved by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council. Those who meet those standards are then required to take the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council's approved physical agility test and a series of specialized training courses.
Additional training and re-certifications completed:
- GEMA Rescue Specialist
- GEMA Vehicle Extrication
- Haz-Mat Operations & Technician
- CPR First Aid
- Medical First Responder
- Various other classes and courses