More important than fire fighting itself, in many modern industrial countries is fire prevention. Fire fighters are trained in the basic fire prevention methods and fire companies are assigned inspection and pre-fire planning surveys in which they attempt to prevent or correct unsafe conditions and become familiar with the businesses within their district. LCFR is also charged with the enforcement of all local fire prevention codes and of state fire laws, regulations and standards.
The Lowndes County Fire Rescue Fire Prevention Division directs all fire prevention activities within the unincorporated area in the county. It handles the more technical fire prevention problems, conducts inspections on new and existing businesses, maintains appropriate records, grants permits, investigates the causes of fires, and conducts fire prevention and life safety education programs. All commercial or multiple-dwelling buildings are inspected at regular intervals, and orders are issued for the correction of violations of fire laws. If necessary, court action is taken to compel compliance.
The Fire Prevention Division is also charged with the responsibility of providing fire prevention and life safety education to the general public. We can provide a wide range of fire prevention and public safety education ranging from programs for elementary school age children to fire extinguisher training for small groups. If you are interested in scheduling a presentation for your organization, contact Fire Marshal Lloyd Green or Captain Terry Parsons at 229-671-2730. If possible, try to call at least 1 week in advance.
A Letter from Chief Guyton
The focus this year for Fire Prevention Week is on smoke detectors. Along with having a smoke detector, you should also have a family evacuation plan in place which includes the route to take, how to get on the floor and crawl out, how to check each door to see if it is hot before opening, and having a place to meet once outside.
Once outside call 911 from a cell phone or a neighbor's house, never go back into a burning house. For more information, citizens are encouraged to visit the Fire Prevention Week website.