“Public Safety Training Building Breaks Ground”
Riverdale, Ga.- On Monday, April 22, 2019 Clayton County Fire & Emergency Services broke ground on their new public safety training building.
The new building was approved by the Commissioners during the March 5, 2019 Board of Commissioners meeting. This Public Safety Training Building is a Fire Facilities structure that will accommodate both fire and police training. It spans 73’ long and stands 40’ high. It offers three sections including a one-story burn room, a two-story residential section, and a four-story fire training tower.
As a live fire training structure it will provide conditions similar to actual fire calls: searing heat, smoke filled halls and rooms, and multiple floors where victims may be in need of rescue. It will be able to provide this environment, but in a controlled fashion, with advanced heat monitoring systems to alert training officers to excessive heat, and a smoke evacuation system to quickly cool and clear the structure if needed. As a law enforcement training structure it is also set up for hostage drills and flash bang scenarios, shot gun door breaching, active shooter, building entry, helicopter skid drills, rappelling, and simunition rooms. An added bonus to this Public Safety Training Building is that it will allow police and fire to train together for scenarios that may include tactical medics or active shooters.
Riverdale, Ga – On 9/26/16 Clayton County Fire and Emergency Services received the Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating of 1. Fire Chief / EMA Director Landry Merkison shared the good news at the Board of Commissioner’s Meeting held on 10/18/16. ISO ratings are issued on a scale of 1-10 with 1 being the best level of protection and 10 being no formal protection. Less than 2% of fire departments in the country and in the state of Georgia hold a rating of 1.
ISO’s rating schedule evaluates the fire department, emergency communications, water supply, and community risk reduction. The rating plays a very important role in the decisions insurance companies make affecting the pricing of property insurance. The citizens and businesses of unincorporated Clayton County, along with the cities of Lovejoy, Jonesboro, and Lake City, will now have access to the lowest insurance rates in the country. New businesses seeking to relocate can come to Clayton County knowing that their investment, and their employees will be protected by one of the best systems of fire, water, and communications in the country. Our homeowners can seek a reduction in their insurance premiums rewarding them for their support of Fire Protection in Clayton County.
For more information please contact Battalion Chief Laura Richardson.