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Fire experts set to meet in Albany


By weeks' end, over 500 fire fighters and fire chiefs will have spent multiple days in Albany as part of the Georgia Joint Fire Conference, which is being held in the Albany Civic Center.

Things begin with a "pre-conference" Tuesday, and then the event shifts into high gear on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, when as many as 300 fire chiefs, and up to 500 firefighters gather for firefighter competitions.

Most of these professionals will also gather for Albany's 9/11 ceremonies at the Veterans Amphitheater, adjacent to the Civic Center.

The State Fire Fighters and the State Fire Chiefs Associations are separate organizations, and this is the first time since 1961 the State Firefighters Association has met in Albany.

As civic center crews begin the set-up for the meetings, Albany Fire Chief James Carswell told WALB that he wants to shows his peers that they can have a great conference in Albany, at a fraction of the cost of many other venues across Georgia.

"For the most part this one is actually a learn to learn. So it's teaching us to go back and learn over again. Rethink. How we approach things in the fire service," said Carswell.

The conference will include a 9/11 remembrance ceremony Wednesday at 6:30 at Veteran's Park. It will conclude Friday night with a firefighter competition at the civic center. More than 500 firefighters are expected to compete.

The meeting will have an economic impact of more than $220,000.


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