In 1991, a law was passed to require any business, person, partnership, organization, association, corporation, or individual, in the business of installing, altering, inspecting, repairing, recharging, servicing, maintaining, or testing fire suppression systems or in the business of inspecting, repairing, recharging, servicing, maintaining, or testing portable fire extinguishers or special hazard fire suppression systems to obtain a license from the Safety Fire Commissioner.
Through the Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s web site, you will be able to search for a particular business to see if they have obtained a valid license for this year. You may also search by valid zip code for a particular area. You may also view all businesses that have a current licenses issued to them. In seeking a servicing company, please verify that they are licensed for the type of service you need performed such as servicing of kitchen restaurant fire protection systems, special hazard systems or portable fire extinguishers.
Note: The provisions of this chapter do not apply to fire chiefs, fire marshals, fire inspectors, or insurance company inspectors with regard to the routine visual inspection of pre-engineered fire suppression systems or portable fire extinguishers. In addition, the provisions of this chapter do not apply to any firm that engages only in the routine visual inspection of fire suppression systems or portable fire extinguishers owned by the firm and installed on property under the control of said firm.
Click here to search Georgia Insurance Commissioner’s web site for licensed companies.
Effective August 30, 2010, the Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Fire Safety Division changed the address for mailing in filings with payments.
DO NOT MAIL PAYMENT OF FEES TO Fire Safety Division, USE THE ADDRESS BELOW.
Georgia Department of Insurance
Fire Safety Division
P.O. Box 935136
Atlanta, GA 31193-5136
Customer who send payments via overnight should use the following address:
Georgia Department of Insurance-Fire Safety Division
3585 Atlanta Avenue
Hapeville, GA 30354
I would like to thank each and every one of you that attended the 2009 GAFSED Conference and Trade Show. The Friday and Saturday training sessions were well attended with almost 300 technicians trained. Look for more of these training opportunities in the future as together we work for a safer Georgia. For some, it was your first time to meet and hear from our State Fire Marshal Alan Shuman and Assistant State Fire Marshal Dwayne Garriss. We in Georgia are truly fortunate to have these two gentlemen serving the citizens of Georgia.
On October 27, 2009 the GAFSED board received an e-mail from Dwayne that at the International Fire Code hearings the committee voted in favor of NASFM proposal F94, thus deleting the existing exception eliminating portable fire extinguishers in new and existing Group A, B and E occupancies if they are equipped with quick response sprinklers throughout. The proposal was made by President Alan Shuman through the Model Codes Committee of the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM). Also at this hearing they defeated another proposal that would have eliminated portable fire extinguishers in R - 2 occupancies containing sleeping units or more than two dwelling units where the occupants are primarily permanent in nature. These include apartments, non transient boarding houses, time share properties, convents, dormitories, fraternities and sororities, hotels and motels, live/work units and monasteries.
Imagine these buildings without portable fire extinguishers to use as a first line of defense if a fire breaks out. Try to calculate the potential loss of life and property. Try to imagine our businesses without these revenue sources, either new sales or service.
The work of Alan, Dwayne and the State Fire Marshal's (SFM) office goes unnoticed, unless it is time to renew our licenses and permits. But we are very fortunate to have them as a resource in leading the charge fighting for us in the fire protection industry and also the citizens of Georgia and the entire United States of America. I wish that there was a way for them to truly get the recognition they deserve even though that is not why they do what they do.
If given a chance, please let them know that you appreciate what they do for all of us. It is truly an honor for GAFSED to be able to partner with the State Fire Marshal's office to maker Georgia safer for those who live and/or work here.
Yours in fire safety,