Annually since 1989 the GFSA also recognizes the GEORGIA FIRE SPRINKLER OFFICIAL of the Year. This award is presented to the fire official that is a proponent of Automatic Fire Sprinklers and supports and promotes the use thereof. This award is presented at the Annual Life, Fire & Safety Awards Luncheon.
1989 Raymond Hall – Deputy Georgia State Fire Marshal
1990 Norman Koplon – Director of Atlanta Bureau of Buildings
1991 Jerry Grier – Lieutenant, Cobb County Fire Services
1992 Tommy Morgan – Chief of Rockdale County Fire Department
1993 Dave Chamberlain – City of Atlanta Fire Chief
1994 Lee Stewart – City of Brunswick Fire Chief
1995 Dave Hilton – Georgia State Fire Marshal
1996 George Lanier – City of Rome Fire Department
1997 Jackie Gibbs – City of Marietta Fire Chief
1998 Randy Thompson – City of Atlanta Sprinkler Plan Review
1999 Rufus Tipton – Gwinnett County Fire Department
2000 Dwayne Garriss – Assistant Georgia State Fire Marshal
2001 David M. Wall – City of Morrow Fire Chief
2002 Alan Shuman – Georgia State Fire Marshal
2003 David Morris – City of Alpharetta Fire Marshal
2004 Steve Collins – Gwinnett County Captain Fire Planning
2005 Tony Solis – Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services
2006 Tim Satterfield – Dawson County Emergency Services
2007 David Carter – City of Covington Fire Marshal
2008 Jan Ellison – DeKalb County Fire Protection Engineer
2009 Mike Saade – Georgia State Financing Commission Fire Inspector
2010 Stephen Christian – Plan Review Specialist, City of Atlanta Office of Buildings
2011 Keith Bryant – State Fire Marshal’s Office
2012 James “Jimmy” Crawley of the State Fire Marshal’s Office
2013 Paul Piccirilli, Fire Marshal, City of Roswell
The GFSA has funded and operated a mobile fire sprinkler demonstration trailer which accurately demonstrates how fast a fire can develop, and more importantly how quickly a fire sprinkler system can extinguish a fire. On December 15, 2004, a demonstration was broadcast live by FOX 5 news in conjunction with State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine speaking about the need for fire safety during the holiday season. In the observation area of the trailer, a small amount of paper was ignited under a Christmas tree and the flame quickly engulfed the tree. The automatic sprinkler operated within ten seconds and extinguished the flame.
More than 1,500 students, teachers and industry professionals attended the first-ever Georgia Construction CareerExpo April 28-29, 2005 at the Gwinnett County Fairgrounds. GFSA members staffed the presentation booth and explained the benefits of the fire sprinkler industry to many attendees. The demonstration trailer activated nine different times with an average of 25 to 30 observers each time.
The Fire Sprinkler Demonstration trailer is available on a first come first served basis, to any organization wanting to promote fire safety, by contacting the GFSA.
Since 1989 and in cooperation with State Insurance Commissioner John Oxendine, the GFSA has pursued education in the private and public school systems. Each year High School Seniors in Georgia are challenged to write an essay based on a topic which has to do with fire safety and automatic fire sprinkler systems. The GFSA judges the essays and awards annual scholarships totaling $3,250.00 the authors of the top three essays. To date Scholarship awards have totaled more than $57,700.00.