Guest speaker to draw nearly 200 firefighters to Americus
Chief John Ekaitis, Sumter County Fire Department
AMERICUS, GA (WALB) -
Nearly 200 firefighters across the state will get a lesson in modern firefighting during a special program in Americus Saturday.
Dr. David Griffin will speak at South Georgia Technical College about 9 firefighters who died in a Charleston warehouse fire in 2007. The program, hosted by the Sumter County Fire Department, will focus on how old firefighting practices turned a routine call into a tragedy.
Griffin ours the country talking about improving safety for firefighters, but this will be his first visit to Georgia.
"We have people coming from all over the state in the rural, suburban and urban areas, which is a very, very good thing and hopefully with this program with some of the firefighters here in the state of Georgia, we can also have it somewhere else in the state of Georgia, maybe in the northern part," said Chief Ekaitis, Sumter County Fire Department.
Griffin will discuss his book on the fatal fire and show video of the call. Chief Ekaitis said anyone wanting to learn more about firefighting is welcome to attend the program that starts at 8:30 tomorrow morning in the Pope Center.
Ekaitis said Dr. Griffin's book will also be available during the program. He said proceeds benefit the National Fallen Firefighters Fund.