'Public safety will be our #1 priority': Firefighters get new training academy in Georgia

  • Source: WMAZ-TV CBS/CW+ Macon
  • Published: 01/20/2023 12:00 AM

VIDEO: Did you know Macon-Bibb County has a Class 1-rated fire department? The department says that means you get a better rate on your home insurance. To keep that high standard, first responders need to train constantly, and now they have a state-of-the-art facility where they can work harder to keep you safe. Lieutenant Garin Flanders is pretty proud of the new Macon-Bibb Fire Training Academy. He headed up a committee to get all the seven levels in place. "There were times we were up till 1:00 in the morning," he said. The ten rooms came with a price tag of $3.2 million -- the lion's share of that came from SPLOST money, and the rest from the general fund. It all paid for three burn rooms, "Which are rated up to 1,500 degrees for eight hours," Lt. Flanders explained.


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