This year will mark the sixth consecutive year the department has hosted this training venue for fire investigators.
County fire investigator and association president Capt. Ron Reagan said in a statement, “It is an honor to host the spring arson seminar here in Henry County again and we look forward to a large participation rate and a successful seminar.”
About 115 investigators from all over the state will assemble at the recreation center Tuesday at 10 a.m. for four full days of information and training.
Opening ceremonies for the seminar will begin at noon with the presentation of colors by the department honor guard and comments delivered by Fire Chief Bill Lacy.
Classes will then kick off with attendees observing a live burn.
In addition, participants will hear from other nationally and internationally certified instructors who are experts in their fields.
Instructors will deliver training on the latest information concerning fire topics including gang-related arson, documenting the fire scene, proper sample labeling, technology, depositions and field operations.
Fire Marshal Joe Kelley offered the county as the host site during the association’s Southeastern seminar in St. Simons Island last year.
It was approved by unanimous vote.
“It has been a huge success each year and we are looking forward to another successful seminar next week,” he said in a statement. “We have simply mentioned our interests and the seminar continues to find its way here and we are honored that it does.”
Members said they liked the county’s hospitality and saved on travel expenses due to its central location.
The seminar benefits for the county are two-fold, said department spokeswoman Capt. Sabrina Puckett.
“One, Henry County investigators obtain very valuable training at no cost to the county and two, the attendees bring revenue to the Henry County community by way of lodging and meals,” she said in a statement.