Training Registration
2017 E. E.C. (Credit Hours) Training Registration
October 12th -13th, 2017 at 
Macon Marriott City Center 
 240 Coliseum Drive, Macon GA, 31217

Thursday October 12, 2017
ESP: Engineered Fire Suppression Systems (CO2) With Geoff Zimbelman 8 hours
Friday October 13, 2017
FEP: Fire Extinguisher Portables With Steve Reinholt Ansul
George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory
What was once just a dream of a very passionate and dedicated Georgia Fire Marshal is now not only a reality, but an astounding learning environment for Georgia’s Public Safety Community. Recently, during the forty-sixth Annual Georgia Fire Safety Symposium, the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory was dedicated and officially opened on the campus of Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC). State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss led the ceremonious event, which included remarks from the Director of GPSTC Chris Wigginton, Fire Academy Division Director David Wall, Billy Woods with the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association, Merrill Franklin with the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers and Mrs. Diane Lanier. Mrs. Lanier shared a story of her late husband’s vision and inspiration before the cutting of the “fire hose” signifying the opening.

The lab was named for the late George Lanier because he was in many ways the driving force behind fire prevention and code enforcement in Georgia from 1964 to 2014. Lanier was the first Fire Marshal in Floyd County while serving with the City of Rome Fire Department. After retiring from Rome, Lanier went to work at the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Unfortunately, he lost his battle to cancer just a few months shy of the groundbreaking ceremony of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory held on April 21, 2014. Lanier attended over forty consecutive Georgia Fire Safety Symposiums during his fire service career, and he will be forever remembered for his passion and the driving force for making Georgia safe. Chief Wall remarked, “I am really proud to have a legacy here, from my friend George, who we will always remember.”

The Fire Prevention Lab is a 2,400 square foot state-of-the-art, hands-on, technical firefighting training facility that will provide students with the knowledge and skills to operate in the environment regardless of when they were or will be built. The lab is a project representing a unique public/private partnership of community stakeholders to address the significant educational challenges in the area of specialized fire protection systems. Partners include: the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers, the Georgia Fire Marshal’s Office, the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association, and the Georgia Fire Academy Division of GPSTC. The structure of the laboratory was the only portion of the project funded through the state. All of the equipment and displays as well as their assembly, costing of thousands of dollars, were donated by various companies and associations. The facility will house numerous programs, sponsored by various associations and equipment dealers. The programs include, but are not limited to, fully functional fire sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, specialized fire protection systems, HVAC systems and other related fire protection equipment. Courses will now provide Georgia Fire Service students with the opportunity to view, touch and operate real fire protection systems in the classroom setting.

Another successful annual conference and training!
A big thank you to all of our vendors, partners, and GAFSED Board members for a great event in Macon, GA.

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GAFSED is now an I.C.C Preferred Education Provider
GAFSED is now an I.C.C Preferred Education Provider

Thanks to these associate members and organizations for their support to GAFSED

Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundatio
Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation

GAFSED Presents Plaque of Appreciation to Sherrie Clark

Daniel Laughlin and Cliff Bennett attended Sherrie Clark’s retirement ceremony to express our thanks for her tireless work she has done for the fire safety industry.
Sherrie Clark
In sincere appreciation for your hard work and dedication to our industry, companies, and the people of GAFSED
You have made our industry and the state of Georgia a better place to live and work.

September 1, 2015

The Plaque Reads…

Sherrie Clark  In sincere appreciation for your hard work and dedication to our industry.
Left to Right: Daniel Laughlin, Sherrie Clark, Cliff Bennett
GAFSED Donates to the Georgia firefighters burn foundation
Left to Right: Cliff Bennett, Scott Lewis, Coy Clark, Frank Middleton, Emile Delegram, Johnny Crawley, Merrill Franklin, Geoff Zimbleman, Dwayne Garriss

Presentation of check from GAFSED to the Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation in Augusta

Cindy Howell is again the Administrative Manager for GAFSED. As most members know, Cindy works at Swift Fire Protection and has been an active part of GAFSED for many years. Please contact her should you have questions or need assistance for membership or training at 706-283-8459 or e-mail 
In March of this year in beautiful Savannah GAFSED awarded it’s second annual Randy Carlisle Memorial College Scholarship to Miss Anna Jones of Macon Georgia. This 1,000.00 scholarship is going to help Anna earn her degree at Mercer University. Anna’s father and mother, Jim and Barbara Jones were present on Friday night to receive this award for her. I’m sure Randy would have been proud of this association for not only playing a key role in the leadership of our industry, but also acknowledging the individuals that make GAFSED great.

For a third year now GAFSED has decided to partner with Randy’s legacy in offering an educational scholarship to the owners, employees, their children and grandchildren to be used to help further their education past high school. 2016 will bring an even larger first place award with two additional finalists receiving awards too. We at GAFSED are excited about this opportunity to “Give Back” to those who have made this association the leader in our industry that it is today.
L-R Jim Jones,Barbara Jones, Johnny Crawley GAFSED President
This scholarship will be awarded each year to a deserving high school senior or college student who has ties to GAFSED and to our industry here in Georgia.

Details on the GAFSED / Randy Carlisle Memorial Scholarship can be found by Clicking Here.

Special thanks to:
Scott Lewis
Daniel Laughlin
Arnold Harner: Scholarship Chairman

Merrill Franklin represented GAFSED at the groundbreaking of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory Groundbreaking Ceremony. The groundbreaking ceremony of the George M. Lanier Fire Protection Laboratory was held on Monday, April 21, 2014. This facility will be 2,400 square feet of state-of-the-art firefighting training. Training programs, which will include fully functional fire protection equipment, will provide Georgia Fire Service students with the opportunity to view, touch, and operate real fire protection systems.


The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has completed 2013 revisions of the following Standards pertaining to our industry:
  • NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers 2013
  • NFPA 17 Standard for Pre Engineered Dry Chemical Systems 2013
  • NFPA17A Standard for Pre Engineered Wet Chemical Systems 2013
  • NFPA 96 Standard For Ventilation Control and Fire Protection of Commercial Cooking Operations. 2014
These Standards are available for purchase now in both traditional hard copy, and electronic versions at


The GAFSED Board chose Bobby Agee with the Amerex Corporation, as the 2013 Associate Member of the Year. Bobby was very active in GAFSED in 2013 often traveling from his home in Virginia to attend a GAFSED Quarterly Board meeting ‘s and lend support to our association. The Board thanks Bobby and Amerex for their involvement and support in making 2013 a Successful year.
L-R GAFSED President Daniel Laughlin, State Fire Marshal, GAFSED Honorary Member Dwayne Garriss, Amerex VP Southeast Sales Bobby Agee, Amerex VP Special Hazards GAFSED Honorary Member Craig Voelkert.
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