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Fire Investigators Symposium Series Begins in May

Valdosta Fire Department

By Carol A. Gasser Moore

VALDOSTA, Georgia – An inaugural fire investigators symposium has been set by the Valdosta Fire Department (VFD) for Thursday, May 11th at 9:00 a.m. The Lowndes County Emergency Operations Center, 250 Douglas Street will be the symposium’s location.

According to Valdosta City officials, the symposium “aims to provide one of many training and networking opportunities for agencies in fire investigations throughout the state.”

The symposium’s participants will be placed in groups with different scenarios to conduct a mock investigation of a residential structure fire, then present their findings to their peers.

Valdosta Fire Chief Brian Boutwell has expressed, “I am beyond excited to host this event for agencies to come together. This training will enhance the ability of fire investigators to better serve our communities.”

The VFD symposium allows professionals in the field to network, train and practice strategies for awareness and investigations; this is the first of three in South Georgia and seating is limited.

Lt. Dereck Willis (229-333-1835) may be contracted for additional symposium information.

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