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The Douglas County Board of Commissioners voted to pass a resolution to rename the Douglas County Fire/EMS Department Training Complex in memory of L. Wayne Arrington, the founding Chief of the Douglas County Fire Department. The Board of Commissioners unanimously voted to pass the resolution at the legislative meeting on Tuesday, March 20, 2018.
Douglas County Fire Chief Scott Spencer presented the proclamation to the Board of Commissioners with Chief Arrington’s widow, Mrs. Dale Arrington, standing beside him. Chief Spencer said, “It was a great honor because Chief Arrington was a friend and mentor to me.” Right before the reading of the proclamation, Spencer invited anyone in the room whoever was associated with Chief Arrington to stand, and a large contingent of family, friends, and people who worked for him, stood. Chief Spencer said, “That’s just a testament to the number of lives he touched.”
The resolution provided historical details of Fire Chief Arrington. In 1964, Arrington served as a Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain and the Assistant Fire Chief of the Lithia Springs Volunteer Fire Department. Arrington was newly married to his wife Dale and working full time at Lockheed while volunteering at nights and weekends for this department.
In 1974, while working as an electrical inspector for Douglas County, the Douglas County Board of Commissioners appointed Arrington as Acting Fire Chief for the newly created Douglas County Fire Department and directed him to plan, develop and implement a fire protection program for the entire unincorporated areas of Douglas County.
Arrington was responsible for providing fire protection for the communities of Lithia Springs, Winston, Bill Arp, and Fairplay once construction of the fire station was completed. He purchased necessary apparatus, equipment and the hiring of 12 full-time employees and 100 volunteers.
In 1977, Chief Arrington was appointed Fire Chief full time and directed construction, equipping and staffing of three additional fire stations. He was instrumental in the formation of one of the 1st Regional Hazardous Materials Team in the State, consisting of Douglas County, Cobb County, City of Douglasville and City of Marietta Fire Departments.
Chief Arrington was responsible for the hiring and mentoring of many of the current Firefighters, EMT’s and Paramedics, who are now in positions of leadership with the Douglas County Fire Department and in other departments in the State.