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Forsyth County Fire Department Recognizes and Promotes Personnel, Welcomes New Firefighter

Forsyth County Fire Department Recognizes and Promotes Personnel, Welcomes New Firefighter
Personnel receive awards for life-saving actions In a ceremony held Friday, March 15, the Forsyth County Fire Department presented awards, promoted 18 personnel and swore in a new firefighter. Family, friends and Fire Department staff attended the ceremony held in the Forsyth County Administration Building. Awards were presented to personnel in the first portion of the ceremony. 12 Life Saved awards were presented to Fire Department personnel in recognition of outstanding actions over the past several years.  “The Life Saved Awards are an opportunity for the Fire Department to highlight the decisive and extraordinary efforts of our personnel that directly led to ...

Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Changing Clocks

Replace Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Changing Clocks
Use daylight saving time as a reminder to replace alarm batteries   March 10, marks the start of daylight-saving time and the Forsyth County Fire Department encourages residents to take this opportunity to change the batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms.    “We highly recommend changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide alarms every six to twelve months, so it makes sense to change the batteries when changing clocks for daylight-saving time,” said Division Chief Jason Shivers. “Simply taking a few minutes twice a year to replace batteries and test alarms could be a life saver for families.” Prior to replacing alarm ...

Forsyth County Fire Department Opens Fire Safety Poster Contest to Third Graders

Forsyth County Fire Department Opens Fire Safety Poster Contest to Third Graders
Local students encouraged to participate in ninth annual contest The Forsyth County Fire Department invites all local third grade students to share their artistic talents while promoting a commitment to fire safety by participating in the eighth annual Forsyth County Fire Safety Poster Contest. The Fire Safety Poster Contest is open to all third-grade students in Forsyth County public, private and homeschools. The posters should reflect one of the following themes:   - ‘Two Ways Out’ – Always know two ways out of a location - ‘Firefighters Are Our Friends’ – Don’t be scared of firefighters in gear           - ‘Get Low and Go’ – ...

VIDEO: Barry Head Sworn in as Forsyth County’s Fourth Fire Chief

VIDEO: Barry Head Sworn in as Forsyth County’s Fourth Fire Chief
Fire Chief Barry Head was sworn in as Forsyth County’s fourth fire chief during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 17. Head had previously been serving as interim fire chief since being appointed to the position by County Manager Eric Johnson on Oct. 17, 2018 following the retirement of Chief Danny Bowman. “During his time as interim chief, Barry Head has shown that he will make an excellent Fire Chief going forward. He brings the operational experience and leadership qualities that are important for someone in this role,” said County Manager Eric Johnson. “The Forsyth County Fire Department has very good ...

Head to be Sworn In as Fire Chief

Head to be Sworn In as Fire Chief
Interim Fire Chief Barry Head will be sworn in as Forsyth County’s fourth fire chief during a ceremony on Thursday, Jan. 17. Head has been serving as interim fire chief since being appointed to the position by County Manager Eric Johnson on Oct. 17, 2018 following the retirement of Chief Danny Bowman. “During his time as interim chief, Barry Head has shown that he will make an excellent Fire Chief going forward. He brings the operational experience and leadership qualities that are important for someone in this role,” said County Manager Eric Johnson. “The Forsyth County Fire Department has very ...

Registration Open for Forsyth County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy

Registration Open for Forsyth County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy
Free hands-on program educates residents about fire services Now in its sixth year, the 10-week Forsyth County Fire Department Citizens’ Fire Academy offers participants an inside look at the profession of firefighting. Forsyth County residents interested in participating are invited to register for the upcoming program.  “The academy is truly a unique chance for citizens to get a behind-the-scenes look at their fire department and the services that we provide to protect them each day,” said Interim Fire Chief Barry Head. “Not only will participants get a hands-on learning experience, but they also will get to interact with first responders.” The Citizens’ ...

Forsyth County Fire Department Begins Aerial's House Toy Collection

Forsyth County Fire Department Begins Aerial's House Toy Collection
The Forsyth County Fire Department is asking for residents' help in making the holiday season brighter for children in need with the annual Aerial's House toy collection. The initiative gets its name from the piece of equipment which is used by the Fire Department known as an aerial ladder truck.   This year is the 16th year of our Aerial's House Program, and it has become a staple of the firefighter outreach program during the holiday season," Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said.  "It has been a joy to watch the growth of community support for this ...

Change Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Setting Your Clocks

Change Batteries in Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarms When Setting Your Clocks
Time change is a helpful reminder to replace batteries The Forsyth County Fire Department reminds residents to change the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide alarms when they set their clocks back an hour this Sunday, Nov. 4.  The Forsyth County Fire Department suggests that if the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are serviceable, they should be changed every six to twelve months. Prior to replacing the batteries, review the recommendations provided by the unit’s manufacturer, and replace the units themselves every seven to ten years. It’s also important to test the alarms at least once a ...

Trunk or Treat Safety Event to be Held October 20 at Cumming Fairgrounds

Trunk or Treat Safety Event to be Held October 20 at Cumming Fairgrounds
Safety event in its ninth year Local families are invited to the county’s ninth annual Trunk or Treat Safety Event. The family-friendly event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, October 20 at the Cumming Fairgrounds (235 Castleberry Road).   “During this time of the year, the Forsyth County Fire Department provides as much education as possible to the public about staying safe during Halloween activities such as trick-or-treating,” said Fire Chief Danny Bowman. “With Trunk or Treat, we can provide a fun event for children while also sharing important safety information with them and their families.” The purpose of ...

Head Named Interim Fire Chief

Head Named Interim Fire Chief
County Manager Eric Johnson has appointed Division Chief Barry Head to serve as interim fire chief effective Oct. 17, following the retirement of Fire Chief Danny Bowman.  Bowman is retiring Oct. 16, after 50 years in fire services. Bowman has been with Forsyth County since 2001. Chief Head has protected Forsyth County for over 25 years. He began his service in 1990 as a dispatcher in the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office. While there, he was promoted three times, achieving the rank of sergeant. In 1997, he transferred to the Fire Department as a fire inspector.   In 1999, Head moved from fire ...

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