“Blazing the Way for georgia Fire Safety Dealers”


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


The following 6 Active members were elected by the membership to serve a two year term 2014 these members will be installed at the January 2014 Board meeting.

Merrill Franklin , Swift Fire Protection, Elberton, GA
Daniel Laughlin
, Pro-Tec Fire Protection, Loganville, GA.
Johnny Crawley , Superior Fire Equipment Thompson, GA.
Scott Lewis , American Fire & Safety, Ocala, FL.
Lanny English , Fire Protection Services, Perry, GA.
Chris Hendrix , Hendrix Fire Protection, Statesboro, GA.


The National Fire Protection Associa-tion (NFPA) Standards Council has approved the application of Chris Hendrix of Hendrix Fire Protection in Statesboro to the technical committee made up of manufacturers, enforcement, special experts, installer maintainers, users, consumers and insurance representatives.  Congratulations Chris! The GAFSED Board thanks you for volunteering your time to our industry and association.

James Crawley Named 2011 Georgia Fire Inspector of the year

James CrawleyJames Crawley began his fire service career with the Thomson Fire Department in 1977 as a volunteer firefighter. He completed his Basic Firefighters Diploma, Apparatus Engineer Diploma, and First Class Firefighters Diploma by 1984. He received a degree from Georgia Military College in Business Management in 1985. He worked for the City of Thomson Fire Department as Engineer/Lieutenant from 1980 to 1987. In 1987 he was employed by the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office as inspector and investigator.

During his employment with the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office he has work as fire inspector, fire investigator, fire educator, fire instructor, and building plan reviewer. He currently holds title “Investigation Specialist” with the Georgia State Fire Marshal’s Office while handling duties for special investigations in contractor licensing fire sprinkler contractors, portable fire extinguisher contractors, and fixed fire suppression contractors to ensure compliance with state codes, regulations, and laws. He has worked in the field on special projects as assigned by the office such as the 1996 Olympics, Georgia Dome, Medical College of Georgia construction, UGA construction, served on several grand jury request investigations for local counties, special public assembly overcrowding inspections, and on call instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy in the subject area of fire inspections.

He has been awarded as City of Thomson, “Firefighter of the Year for 1979, 2005, and 2007. He has been awarded as Georgia State, “Firefighter of the Year for 2006. He received his Associate of Fire Science from Georgia Military in 1995. He has served on several boards for the Georgia Fire Academy, Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training, and Georgia Fire Safety Symposium Board. He is currently is on the board or director for the Georgia Fire Inspector Association as the Past-President


The GAFSED Board was happy to have Georgia State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garris in attendance at their January Board meeting. Dwayne gave a brief update of the SFMO to the board. He was happy to report that in September he was approved to add 3 building and 1 hazmat inspectors to staff as well 1 fire investigator and K-9. He has already hired the first inspector; Carl Engleman (previously from South Florida) for the North Georgia region, Dwayne asked that GAFSED please make him feel welcome to Georgia.

Also discussed by Mr. Garriss was the new Life Safety Training Lab being renovated on the campus of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. Under the direction of GPSTC’s new director Tim Bearden the vision is a lab with various life safety systems , i.e. sprinkler risers, kitchen, industrial dc, clean agent, fire alarm, etc. installed to provide  for the “hands on” training of AHJ’s, safety officials and industry professionals. Dwayne stated the need of donations of equipment and labor to make the lab the premier fire lab in the south.

To donate equipment, expertise or time to the lab Contact the SFMO office at: 404-783-7081
or contact the GAFSED Office for more information.
Donations are tax deductible



Atlanta – Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner Ralph Hudgens announced that Dwayne Garriss has been appointed to serve as State Fire Marshal for the State of Georgia.   “I am today announcing that Dwayne Garriss, who has served as Assistant State Fire Marshal for over 17 years, and Acting State Fire Marshal for the past six months, will assume the role of State Fire Marshal,” Hudgens said. “Dwayne is a 22 year veteran of the State Fire Marshal’s Office and is well known and respected by the fire service community and the many stakeholders this office serves. Please join me in congratulating and supporting Dwayne on his new position and role for our organization.”

Office Of Safety Fire Commissioner * Ralph T. Hudgens, Commissioner

To read the entire press release CLICK HERE

Randy Carlisle Will Be Missed

Randy CarlisleRandy Carlisle was a great man and respected by all who knew him.  As one of the founders and current president of GAFSED, he has helped develop GAFSED into one of the best associations of it’s type in the country.  Randy not only had a vision of how to improve our industry, but also had the ability to get things done.  He will be missed more than words can express, and will never be replaced. Randy was an honest, loving, caring and generous man in his community, church, business, this association and most of all to his family. His spirit will forever live on  in GAFSED.

A very heartfelt Thank-You is extended to all of you in GAFSED for all your prayers and concern during Randy’s sudden passing.  For those of you who were part of the 2,000 plus people who waited in line almost four hours on Monday night for visitation; for those of you that attended his funeral on Tuesday; for those of you who sent flowers and traveled hundreds of miles to pay your respects; you will never know how much it meant to Theresa and Cami, Randy’s wife and daughter.  Randy was much more than a boss, he was our friend.  He loved the business he and his dad started over 35 years ago.  He took pride in the work H & R did.  And he was always concerned about doing the right thing.  That’s why he loved GAFSED and devoted so much of his time and talents to it.  You all were part of his extended family.  He always used to say, “doing what’s right isn’t always popular, but doing what’s popular isn’t always right”.  His love for this business and for you was evident every time I heard him in his office typing away on his keyboard comprising an e-mail to send out, or heard him laugh while he was on the phone with one of you.  Man, how he loved to laugh.  We here at H & R will surely miss him, but he wanted to make sure that his business and legacy went on.  We will strive to carry on with the same measure of honesty, knowledge, and concern for our industry as Randy did.  He would expect no less from us… or you.  We look forward to seeing you at Stone Mountain on September 23rd and 24th.  Thanks so much for all your prayers and support,

                                                                           Arnold, and the H & R family .

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Horst, and Mr. Dwayne Garriss

Congratulations to Mr. Carl Horst, Active GAFSED Member and Mr. Dwayne Garriss, Honorary GAFSED Member for the great accomplishments both have made within our industry.  It is an honor to serve alongside both these men. We, as an Association and the fire safety industry will be well represented with the knowledge they will offer to each committee.

NFPA Appoints Carl Horst  
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council voted on October 20, 2010 in San Antonio, TX. to appoint Carl Horst, Vice President of Security Fire Equipment Company, Inc. of Valdosta, Georgia a Principle Member of the Technical Committee for the NFPA 10 Standard for Portable Fire Extinguishers. Carl will represent the Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers (GAFSED) as an Installer/Maintainer (IM) representative. The Technical Committee consists of recognized professionals worldwide that are tasked with the development and revision of the NFPA 10 standard. NFPA develops, publishes, and disseminates more than 300 consensus codes and standards in 7 languages, intended to minimize the possibility and effects of fire and other risks. Virtually every building, process, service, design, and installation in society today around the world is affected by NFPA documents.

Honorary GAFSED Member to Serve as ICC Sectional Director

The Georgia Association of Fire Safety Equipment Dealers (GAFSED) would like to congratulate Georgia Assistant State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss on his recent election as Director for the International Code Council (ICC) in the Sectional Seat of area “F” which includes the southeastern Area Regions VIII and IX with the ICC. Voting took place during the ICC meeting in Charlotte, NC. During October. Special thanks also go out to the voting representatives from Southeastern States and Georgia for voting with confidence for Mr. Garriss.

NAFED/ ICC Certification

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Fire Extinguisher Recalls & Safety Bulletins

Kidde 10 lb. Dry Chemical Fire Extinguishers with Black Zytel® Nylon Valves and Steel Cylinders

Strike First Safety Recall December,  2005

First Alert Extinguishers Recall 2000

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Warning

    This recall involves the Kidde XL Fire Extinguishers with model numbers FX340SC, FX340H, FX340GW, XL5MR, FX210R, FX340SC-2, FX210W, XL2.5TCZ-4, E-340-3 and with manufacture dates between October 2007 and April 2008. “Kidde” and the model number can be found on the label on the front of the extinguisher. The manufacture year is on the bottom of the extinguisher. If your extinguisher is one of the listed model numbers and is marked with the year 07 or 08, contact Kidde to determine if you have a recalled extinguisher.

Click here to read entire USCPSC warning.


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