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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 ...

Forsyth County Fire Department to Participate in Car Seat Checkup Event

Forsyth County Fire Department to Participate in Car Seat Checkup Event
Safe Kids Forsyth and the Forsyth County Fire Department are partnering during Child Passenger Safety Week (Sept. 23-29) to help ensure children are riding safely throughout the year. From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, Safe Kids Forsyth will host a free car seat checkup event at Old Navy (2255 Market Pl. Blvd.) in Cumming.  Residents can also schedule an appointment to have their child’s safety seat inspected and installed by a Child Passenger Safety Technician anytime year-round at a participating Forsyth County fire station. Inspections can be scheduled for Tuesdays at Fire Station 2 (4055 Carolene ...

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Homeland Security Grant for Additional Staffing

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Homeland Security Grant for Additional Staffing
Grant to assist in funding the hiring of 12 firefighters  The Forsyth County Fire Department has been awarded a grant from the Department of Homeland Security/FEMA to support the staff cost for a new fire station in the western portion of the county. The Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant has been awarded in the amount of $1,652,080, with the county providing a required cash match contribution of $1,026,968.   The grant will fund the hiring of 12 new firefighters that will be stationed at the new Pittman Rd. fire station that is scheduled to open sometime late next ...

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Grant for Rapid Rescuer Personal Flotation Devices and Rescue Bags

Forsyth County Fire Department Receives Grant for Rapid Rescuer Personal Flotation Devices and Rescue Bags
Grant awarded by Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation The Forsyth County Fire Department will have additional equipment for their rescue personnel, thanks to a grant they received from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation. The $15,561 grant will be used to purchase 75 rapid rescuer personal flotation devices and 45 standard rescue bags.  The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners approved receipt of the award at their August 21, 2018, work session. “With all of the access to water recreation areas we have in Forsyth, we knew that it would be good for our department to have additional rapid rescuer personal flotation devices ...

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