Georgia Firefighters Lack Tools for Wildfires, Hazardous Materials

Georgia firefighters say they are feeling the negative effects of the current economic crisis and lack some key equipment, according to a national survey of firefighters.

The survey identified the top three challenges facing Georgia fire departments today:

The national study, sponsored by Fireman’s Fund Insurance Co., attracted nearly 9,500 fire departments, including 203 in Georgia.

The 50 participating departments in the Atlanta metro area also reported facing key issues:

Georgia Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner John Oxendine, who is running for governor, said adequate funding is needed to keep communities safe.

“This study is extremely valuable for both its depth and scope – one that effectively shows the needs of today’s fire service in communities across the country and particularly here in Georgia,” he said.