Thomasville Fire Rescue recently announced the completion of renovations to Station Two, located at 1750 South Pinetree Boulevard. To celebrate the newly renovated facility, TFR will be hosting an Open House for the community on October 17th from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
During the renovation of Station Two, a new air conditioning unit and duct work were installed, damaged ceiling tiles were replaced and electrical lines in the overhead lighting system were repaired. The renovation also included the installation of a Plymovent System, for which the City received a grant from the Firefighter Cancer Initiative. “Hazardous vehicle exhaust emissions in a fire station are a significant cancer health risk, so it is very important to eliminate this hazard from fire stations,” said Fire Chief Chris Bowman. “This system helps create a safer environment for fire personnel.”
Fire Station Two serves not only as TFR’s training facility, but is also recognized as a state training facility as well. “Station two has been recognized as a Bluecard Training facility and was the first in the state of Georgia to achieve this distinction,” said Chris Bowman, Fire Chief. “This means that our local fire station is an incident command training site that is recognized nationally and internationally by the fire service. It is endorsed by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFF), the Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), and the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).”
The Open House will include tours of the station, training facilities, burn building, maze and fire tower. Attendees will also enjoy grilled hamburgers and hotdogs and a bouncy house for the kids. During the event, citizens can also sign up for free smoke alarm installations, participate in fire prevention demonstrations, and tour fire vehicles. “We want the community to experience not only the updated facility, but also the vehicles we drive to each scene and the training grounds our staff use to ensure we are always prepared in the event of a fire,” said Assistant Fire Chief Tim Connell.
For more information on the Open House, the installation of free smoke alarms in your home, or for other fire prevention tips, please call Thomasville Fire Rescue at 229-227-4099.