Georgia Governor Nathan Deal is in Albany today, where he will deliver remarks to hundreds of fire fighting professionals at Georgia Fire Service Conference at the Albany Civic Center.
Over 500 fire fighters and fire chiefs are spending most of this week in Albany as part of the Georgia Joint Fire Conference, which is being held in the Civic Center.
Events shifted into high gear Wednesday, and continue Thursday and Friday, when as many as 300 fire chiefs, and up to 500 firefighters gather for firefighter competitions.
These professionals gathered for Albany's 9/11 ceremonies at the Veterans Amphitheater, adjacent to the Civic Center Wednesday evening.
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.
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 meeting will have an economic impact of more than $220,000.
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