Georgia Fire Academy plans to update its training for firefighters around the state. The academy chose five people from different fire departments to help develop the new curriculum. Capt. Robert Kitchings has been with the Hinesville Fire Department for 15 years. As the department's training captain, leading, helping and supporting new firefighters are nothing new. Now, Capt. Kitchings can do that on a much larger scale. The academy, located just northwest of Macon, trains hundreds of new firefighters every year. Kitchings was recently chosen to help develop that curriculum, serving on the curriculum committee. Although the basics of firefighting haven't changed, Kitchings said strategies and tactics continue to evolve, and it's important new firefighters are taught to how to keep themselves and their communities safe. The captain described his new responsibilities as a "real honor."