Scott Walter Lewis of Ocala
We are deeply saddened to announce the unexpected passing of Scott Walter Lewis. Scott was a friend to so many in our association as well as a board member and trusted business advisor to the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers (GAFSED) for nearly four years. Scott passed away on Monday, September 19, 2016.
Scott was the General Manager of L & J Fire Equipment, LLC. He enjoyed fishing, being on the water, was an avid Gator fan, and he never missed a workout.
His passionate work increased the standards for the fire and life safety industry in Georgia, Florida and beyond. Scott will be greatly missed by his friends, family and GAFSED alike.
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GAFSED is now an I.C.C Preferred Education Provider
GAFSED is now an I.C.C Preferred Education Provider

NEW 2016 Training Schedule

Pre-Engineered Industrial System (PEI)
Kevin Richards, Kidde/Badger
Thursday October 13th 2016, 8 hours, Marriott Macon City Center
Engineered Fire Suppression Systems-Clean Agents (ESP)
Geoff Zimbelman, Fire Systems, Inc./Lance Harry, Kidde
Thursday October 13th 2016, 8 hours, Marriott Macon City Center
Portable Extinguisher (FEP)
October 14th, 2016 (Friday)
Location: Marriott Macon City Center, Macon GA.
Arnold Harner, Rampart Fire Safety Training

Engineered Systems Training 
Featuring: TBA 

ONLY class for 2016!
October 13th, 2016 (Thursday)
Location: Marriott Macon City Center, Macon GA.

Winners of the 3rd Annual GAFSED / Randy Carlisle Memorial Scholarship

The third annual GAFSED / Randy Carlisle Memorial Scholarship first place prize was awarded Friday night, March 18th, 2016 to Miss Madison Brooks of Monroe Georgia. Madison is the daughter of Brandon and Shelly Brooks of Pro-Tec Fire and Safety in Loganville. Madison is a junior at Georgia College & State University focusing on a degree in pediatric nursing. Her goal is to one day be working at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta in Pediatrics or the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
     Madison had an outstanding essay as well as a stellar letter of reference from one of her high school business education teachers. She also provided the scholarship committee with a long list of Community Service activities that she has been or currently is involved in. For these reasons along with many others the GAFSED / Randy Carlisle Memorial Scholarship Committee along with the GAFSED Board of Directors was proud to donate a check in the amount of $1,500.00 to Madison Brooks to further Madison in her college career. The other two finalists; Justin Franklin of Elberton Georgia and Erika Bowen of Buford Georgia each received a $250.00 scholarship to further their college careers. Justin is associated with Swift Fire Protection of Elberton, and Erika with Exit Pro in Buford.
     These scholarships will be awarded each year to deserving high school seniors or college students who have ties to GAFSED and to our industry here in Georgia. For more details and deadlines for applications check out the scholarship link.
Thanks so much, Arnold Harner (Scholarship Committee).

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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