The Fire Prevention Bureau is staffed by State of Georgia Certified Fire Safety Inspectors and Educators who are also State of Georgia Certified Firefighters.
The Fire Prevention Bureau staff has completed training and received certification in the National Fire Protection Association’s Life Safety Code, and continues to attend regular training sessions in order to stay up to date on changes in fire prevention codes and standards. In addition to fire prevention training all inspectors are required to maintain a minimum of 240 hours training annually. All Fire Prevention Bureau Inspectors are members of the Georgia Fire Inspectors Association. The Fire Prevention Bureau staff provides comprehensive inspection and code enforcement of the National Fire Protection Association Codes, International Fire Code, and the Georgia Accessibility Code, as well as the Douglas County Code of Ordinances.
The Fire Prevention Bureau provides a number of inspection and code enforcement services to the citizens of unincorporated Douglas County, as well as those portions of the City of Villa Rica which lie within the topographical boundaries of Douglas County, including, but not limited to:
- Annual inspection for code compliance of all commercial and public buildings, including schools, churches, restaurants, retail establishments, nursing homes, daycare centers, hotels, multi-family dwelling units, etc.
- Plan review and construction inspections of all new commercial and public buildings
- Plan review and inspection of all new residential developments for compliance with rate of flow requirements and placement of fire hydrants to provide adequate fire protection to residents
- Consultation with new business owners and new occupants of commercial structures to insure that all fire and life safety requirements are addressed and maintained
- Inspection of new installation of fuel tanks
- Coordination of efforts with State Fire Marshal’s office for plan review, new construction inspections and annual inspection of facilities which fall under the jurisdiction of the State Fire Marshal’s office, including:
- Buildings or structures 4 or more stories in height
- Buildings 3 or more stories in height designed for multi-family use as residence
- Hotels, motels, dormitories and boarding houses
- Personal care homes subject to licensing requirements of Georgia Department of Human Resources serving more than 6 clients
- Schools of grade 1-12 having more than 15 students in attendance, and all state funded kindergarten programs
- Colleges, universities and vocational-technical schools, health care centers, orphanages, convalescent homes, and assisted living facilities
- Racetracks, stadiums and grandstands
- Places of assembly with an occupant load of 300 or more or with an occupant load of 100 or more if alcoholic beverages are served (theaters, auditoriums, recreational facilities, clubs, taverns, restaurants, etc.)
- Department stores and other retail establishments having a gross floor area of 25,000 square feet on one floor or more than 2 floors open to the public
- All hospitals, jails, nursing homes, ambulatory health care centers, penal institutions
- Group day-care and day-care facilities which are licensed by Georgia Department of Human Resources as follows:
- Group day-care home having 7 to 12 children
- Day-care having more than 12 children
The Fire Prevention Bureau is also responsible for Fire and Life Safety Education in Douglas County. It is the goal of the Fire Prevention Bureau to revitalize the existing program of education and deliver fire and life safety education to the citizens of Douglas County on a regular and ongoing basis.
Services and programs are available to all citizens of Douglas County through regularly scheduled community-wide events, including County Government Week and September Saturdays; Fire Prevention Week; special programs to schools, childcare facilities, senior adult facilities and civic organizations; fire station tours, Fire Safety House training, and other programs.
Programs available include the following:
- Friendly Firefighter
- Stop, Drop & Roll
- Crawl Low Under Smoke
- EDITH (Exit Drills In The Home)
- Senior Adult Safety
- Fire Station Tours
- Fire Safety House Demonstrations.
The Fire Prevention Bureau, in conjunction with dctv23, will provide monthly fire and life safety education spots on dctv23 and the county website.
Organizations interested in obtaining a speaker for a meeting or special event, or who wish to schedule a station tour, may contact us at 770-920-7484 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Please contact us a minimum of 7 days prior to your event, so that we may schedule any necessary station apparatus and equipment to be available. Please bear in mind that we are a working, emergency response agency, and as such, equipment scheduled to be available for an education program is subject to call out on emergency calls at any time prior to or during the event.
Fire Station Tours
Trips to a fire station can be an exciting and educational experience for children of all ages. Douglas County Fire Department routinely schedules “station tours” for civic organizations and school field trips.
During station tours, educational components are geared towards general fire safety, fire drill preparedness and “a day in the life of a firefighter” for younger age groups. Lesson plans have been developed that are age appropriate and are timed specifically to the attention span of the audience. (Lessons can however, be individualized to meet the needs of a specific organization.) Our fire station tours and education are instructed by the Fire Prevention Bureau and/or the station company officer. Typical station tour allotted times are as follows:
Younger age groups are also provided with education resources such as coloring books, sticker badges, and even “fire helmets” to help reinforce the lessons they learn while taking a station tour.
- Ages 4-6: Approximately 15 minutes
- Ages 7-12 Approximately 20-30 minutes
- Ages 13 and up: Approximately 30 minutes
Station tours are scheduled on a first come, first serve basis and are available:
- Tuesday – Thursday from 9am to 7pm
- Friday - 9am to 4pm
- Saturday-Sunday at the discretion of the fire chief
Schedule Your Tour
All classes and demonstrations are scheduled through the Fire Prevention Bureau, which can be contacted at 770-920-7484. This number is a voicemail box that is specifically for scheduling fire safety education events. When leaving a message on this voicemail box, please include the following information:
- Your name and organization you are representing
- A point of contact and telephone number
- The age group and number of children attending
- The date and time you would like to request.
The Fire Prevention Bureau requests a minimum of a 7 day notice to schedule any fire education event. Please allow a one business day turn around for all call backs.
Fire Safety House
The fire safety house is an educational tool used to teach fire prevention and fire survival in an interactive environment. The fire safety house is equipped with a living room, kitchen and bedroom and allows children to practice exiting techniques in a simulated smoke filled environment. The fire safety house is best suited for smaller aged children and does require more time than the traditional fire station tours provided. If your organization is looking to work on exit drills in the home, the fire safety house is for you! Procedures for booking the fire safety house are the same as scheduling a fire department station tour. Contact the Fire Prevention Bureau at 770-920-7484. There is no cost involved in utilizing this valuable resource, and the fire safety house will come to your location.