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Fire Chief

Captain Stan Jones
Fire Chief
Brenda Nishiyama “Nish” Willis

Brenda Nishiyama “Nish” Willis began her fire service career in 1977. She currently serves as Henry County’s new Fire Chief. She most recently served the citizens of Riverdale, Georgia as their Fire Chief, having held the post since 2012.

In the Atlanta Fire-Rescue Department, Chief Willis distinguished herself as a highly motivated, career-oriented firefighter who accepted any challenge placed before her. She was one of the first 20 female firefighters hired by the Atlanta Fire Department, and she was the first female to serve on the department’s prestigious hazardous materials and technical rescue unit. She served as the Deputy Chief of Airport Operations the last year of her career with Atlanta Fire Rescue Department.

Chief Willis has a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration. She is an adjunct faculty member with the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland and is called to teach classes throughout the United States. Chief Willis was an adjunct instructor at Dekalb Technical College and is a certified fire instructor at the Georgia State Fire Academy.

Chief Willis is currently involved in numerous charitable organizations that lend aid to area communities. She has enjoyed a tremendous amount of respect and success in her personal life as well as the professional organizations in which she is involved. She looks forward to continuing her career and setting the pace for men, women and future leaders of the Fire Profession.

Our Mission

The mission of the Henry County Fire Department is to provide safe, professional service through education, prevention, emergency services, and community relations.

Open Burning Ordinance

You may download the Open Burning Ordinance in PDF format.

For more information on the Outdoor Burn Ban visit the Georgia Forestry Commission website.

Fire Section

Captain Stan Jones
Captain Stan Jones
Operations/Fire Section

The Fire Section of the Operations Division is under the direction of Captain Stan Jones. Captain Jones has been with the department since May of 1982. Captain Jones began serving in this position in August of 2006.

Fire Section serves unincorporated Henry County and cities of Stockbridge, Hampton and Locust Grove, with 13 Engine Apparatus, 1 Quint Apparatus, 2 Ladders and 2 Squads for firefighting operations, supplemented with EMS ambulances.

Fire Section responds to all Fires, Rescues (extrications), and Special Operational commitments (Hazmat, Confined Space, Trench Rescue and Dive Rescues). Fire Section promotes and disseminates progressive equipment and tactics for Henry County’s growing needs in changes from rural to suburban housing. Fire Section also supplements City of McDonough Fire Department with an ongoing automatic aid agreement.

The Fire Section in conjunction with EMS, have implemented and maintained 11 Advanced Life Support (ALS) First Responder Engine Apparatus to supplement the ever increasing call volume of EMS providing the community with the highest level of first responder care available at this time. All fire apparatus have been upgraded to 5 large diameter hose, to better supply water on the ever increasing larger residence and business. Safety has also been added to all fire apparatus with Cab-Over Mirrors, for drivers to better see and not have as many blind spots on the large apparatus. (Both of these projects were funded by Grants.)

EMS Section

Henry County Fire Department provides emergency medical service coverage for all of Henry County utilizing 11 Advanced Life Support (ALS) ambulances, 1 ALS Quick Response Unit, 11 ALS fire apparatus, 2 Basic Life Support Basic Life Support (BLS) fire apparatus, and a host of first responders. In addition Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI), the EMS Billing Department, and the Bike Team.

Henry County Fire Department sends a medical response to all requests for medical care and other calls in which the need may arise such as hazardous materials and structure fires. All HCFD response personnel are required to have an Emergency Medical Technician Intermediate (EMT-I) certification at a minimum. HCFD is staffed with over 100 members licensed as paramedics.

Fire Prevention Division

The Fire Prevention Division is responsible for organizing, designing, and implementing fire, safety, and accessibility codes and fire prevention programs for the citizens of Henry County and the employees of Henry County Fire Department.

Public Information & Fire Safety Education

This position is responsible for developing and/or implementing fire prevention programs and other work that is related to reducing injuries and losses related to fires. This person will teach, plan, speak, and coordinate fire safety education activities to the fire department and other county fire departments. When necessary, this person may perform duties such as assisting firefighters by driving, firefighting, pump operation, apparatus operation and other fire or emergency medical functions.

Henry County Fire Department is very fortunate to house a state of the art theater in the upstairs of Station #3, located on Highway 42 in Stockbridge.

To schedule the Fire Department for an event or presentation, or even request a smoke alarm, please complete the following forms and email the completed form to us.

  • Online Event Request Form ( Word | PDF )
  • Online Smoke Alarm Request Form ( Word | PDF )

Division Chief of Prevention

Deputy Chief of Prevention

This position is responsible for overseeing and managing the Prevention Division and also serves as Fire Marshal and performs the duties of a commanding officer when necessary.

Like many others, Chief Kelley is also a native of Henry County and a second-generation firefighter. He is following in the footsteps of his father and his brother who were firemen for the City of Morrow and Henry County. Chief Kelley started as a volunteer firefighter for Henry County in 1982 before becoming employed with Henry County Fire Department in 1983. Chief Kelley has come up through the ranks of the department starting out as a Firefighter / EMT then to Firefighter / Paramedic. In 1996 he began serving in the office of the Fire Marshal as an Inspector/Investigator, later to be promoted to Lieutenant Inspector/ Investigator. In 2000, Chief Kelley took the position of Fire Marshal overseeing the Prevention Division.

Some goals the Fire Marshall has for his Division includes:

  • To expedite the plan review and inspection process on all new buildings helping the businesses coming into the county.
  • To contribute to the reduction of Arson on the county level as well as the state level.


New Construction Inspections

Henry County Fire DepartmentCaptain Dale Hutchison currently supervises the New Construction Inspection, which is responsible for handling plan reviews and conducting inspections, on new buildings. Their primary responsibility is to ensure the life safety of all new buildings in the County. The New Construction Inspection is staffed with 2 Lieutenant/ Inspectors, and 1 Lieutenant/Plan Reviewer. The New Construction Inspection is very actively involved with development efforts in the county. Personnel in the New Construction Inspection regularly participate in due-diligence meetings, on-site consultations, pre-review meetings, and work hand-in-hand with other county development agencies such as the building department, tax commissioner, planning & zoning, and the county’s water authority. All certified Fire Inspectors are members of the Georgia Fire Inspectors Association, and the International Building Code Council.

Existing Inspections Investigations/Arson Unit

Henry County Fire DepartmentCaptain Ron Reagan, who was newly promoted this last year, currently supervises the Existing Inspections and Investigations, which is responsible for inspecting all existing buildings and investigating the cause and origin of fires which may be suspicious in nature, high-dollar loss, or a fire which the cause cannot be determined. If there is a situation where criminal acts are involved the scene is considered the responsibility of the fire departments and the investigator of that scene handles the case in its entirety from the fire scene to the courtroom. The Existing Inspections and Investigations works closely with the law enforcement elements in the county, such as the county Police Department, Sheriff’s Department and the District Attorney’s Office (for both adult and juvenile courts). Investigators also work closely with Insurance companies and their respective investigators, and when needed provide assistance to the State Fire Marshal’s Office. The Existing Inspections and Investigations is staffed with 4 Lieutenant/Inspectors. In addition, the Fire Marshal and 5 of the Inspection Branch personnel are cross-trained, and certified as Fire Investigators. The Fire Marshal and both Captains are also certified police officers, allowing them to apply for search and arrest warrants. All the division’s certified investigators are members of the Georgia Fire Investigators Association and the International Fire Investigators Association. The Fire Marshal and both Captains also are members of the Metro Arson Task Force (headed by the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco & Firearms). Captain Reagan was also instrumental in the creation of the County’s Juvenile Fire-setter Program. Once juveniles are identified, the investigator works in conjunction with Fire Safety Educators, juvenile court officials and mental health professionals, to provide counseling and treatment.

Assistant Chief of Training

Luther Phillips
Assistant Chief of Training

The Training Division, under the direction of the Training Chief, conducts and coordinates all department training activities including but not limited to recruit training, fire suppression, emergency medical, technical rescue, officer development and other training programs as necessary to meet established state and federal mandates each year. The division is responsible for ensuring that all department members meet the requirements as set forth by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Insurance Services Office (ISO), Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training, Georgia Department of Human Resources, and the internal requirements by the Fire Department.

This position is responsible for organizing, designing, implementing, and managing training and employee development programs for the Henry County Fire Department. This position may also serve as a Command or General Staff Officer when necessary on incident scenes. Listed are some of the major duties of this position: developing training goals and objectives in conjunction with Fire Department Senior Staff; organizes and develops training programs for Firefighters and EMTS; provides new recruits with an orientation program and is responsible for conducting and administering all training requirements and programs, including the operation of an assessment center for prospective recruits; Assists the Division Chief of Operations by providing FF/EMTs and FF/Paramedics with training courses and by assisting them in preparing for certification and re-certification requirements; Ensures all Fire/EMS personnel are properly certified by maintaining employee training/certification files and provides monthly reports to the Deputy Chief, and performs related work as required.

The goal of the Henry County Fire Department Training Division is to provide the highest quality training, instruction, and educational support to our members. This is intended to prepare our department to serve our community in the most efficient and effective means possible, and to ensure the safety of our citizens and personnel.

The Training Division is responsible for the following:

  • Processing applications for new employees.
  • Testing, interviewing and hiring new employees.
  • Conducting recruit school for new employees
  • Conducting EMT school for new employees.
  • Developing a continuing education plan for all personnel
  • Conducting Paramedic school.
  • Providing “Academy Style” classes for continued education, to teach new skills, and to assist each employee with career development.
  • Conducting Promotional processes for competitive rank positions.

Simply, we are mandated to make sure our personnel are trained. Georgia Firefighters Standards and Training Council and Georgia Department of EMS both require that we obtain a certain amount of training on an annual basis so that our personnel remain competent in their assigned certified positions. Above that minimum, it is a goal of the Henry County Fire Department to adhere to the training requirements set forth by the Insurance Service Office. In addition to Fire and EMS requirements there are several other competencies that require yearly training. Those include but are not limited to Basic Mandate Law Enforcement (LE), Hazardous Material, Tech Rescue, Dive Operations, and several others. These requirements are accomplished by:

  • Providing a Continued Annual Training plan for yearly training.
  • Encouraging individual and company training every shift.
  • Hosting and delivering developmental classes for our personnel
  • Keeping abreast of all training requirements.
  • Maintaining for reference, a Master Course File of classes instructed within the HCFD.
  • Maintaining complete comprehensive training records.
  • Delivering the most meaningful and realistic training possible while ensuring personal safety.

Paramedic Instructor

This position is primarily responsible for coordinating and presenting our in house EMT and Paramedic program. Amy McCullough is responsible for supervision of personnel assigned to training activities. In addition, she assists in instructing on-duty personnel in both basic and advanced EMS skills.

Amy McCullough
Paramedic Instructor

Training Facilities

The Training Division offices are located at 664 Industrial Blvd. This facility hosts the offices for the Division Chief, Administrative Assistant, and the Training Captains. We have three class rooms available at this facility as well as a library, conference room, and a personnel training file room. Also located at 664 Industrial Blvd is our training ground. This area is approximately 1 acre devoted to the “hands on” training of our personnel. On these grounds is a drill tower, class “A” burn building, confined space simulator, SCBA maze, and props for Liquid Petroleum (LP) training. The Paramedic / EMS Instructor’s office was located at Station 5 on Elm Street in Hampton until mid 2010. At that location we have a class room, conference room and a supply area for EMS training. The Division will continue to support the classroom at Station 5 as well as the classrooms located at Station 10 on Upchurch Rd and at Station 11 on Flat Rock Rd. These classrooms are located in the second floor of the facilities and are used throughout the year by our personnel for in service classes as well as Academy classes.

The Henry County Fire Department Paramedic Program is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (www.caahep.org) upon the recommendation of the Committee on Accreditation of Educational Programs for the Emergency Medical Services Professions (CoAEMSP) (www.coaemsp.org)

Explorer Post 190

The purpose behind the Explorer Post is to provide young men and women the opportunity to learn and experience the fire service. This is accomplished by holding weekly meetings in which participants learn about the many facets of the fire dept. While attending these meetings participants receive training much like a firefighter who attends "Rookie School". Most of the training is hands-on; however there is some time spent in the classroom learning from presentations, videos and books. The goal of the members of Post 190 is to earn the privilege of a ride-along where they can learn about the “Daily in the Life of a Firefighter. Explorers who have earned ride-along privileges can respond to calls and assist at emergency scenes.


Henry County Explorer Post 190 was chartered through the Boy Scouts of America in October 2004.

Membership Requirements

There is actually very little required to become a member of Post 190, but there is a lot to getting the most out of your membership within this post. The biggest and most important factor in making this an enjoyable experience, for everyone, is participation.


There are a few requirements once becoming a member that must be followed:

  • Must attend 80% + of the meetings
  • Must maintain a "C" average in school, with all passing grades
  • Must follow all rules set by the Post
  • Must present report card to the Post advisors
  • Must be properly dressed at all functions
  • Must be 14 but not yet 21
  • $15.00 registration fee

Post 190 has one open enrollment period per year, in August. If you are interested in becoming a member, please visit www.post190.com regularly, so that you can be updated as to what date open enrollment is. In order to be considered for membership, you MUST attend an open enrollment night. New members will not be considered between these periods. This ensures all members are on the same training level, as well as ensure a fair opportunity for new members to join.


Meetings are currently held every Monday in McDonough. Special events and meetings are scheduled occasionally.

To Earn Riding Privileges
  • Complete all check-offs. This will be explained once becoming a member.
  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Have CPR certification.
  • Pass a 100 question, multiple choice test covering materials that has been covered at meetings. Tests are taken from 4th Ed Essentials manual.
  • Attend at least 3 months of regular meetings with an 80% attendance rate.

After You Have Earned Riding Privileges

  • Continue to attend meetings and have an active role in training newer members.
  • Maintain an 80% attendance rate at meetings.
  • Maintain passing grades in school.
  • Continue to expand ones knowledge of the fire service.

Annual Activity:

Each year Post 190 participates in several annual competitions. They have developed and hope to continue a rich tradition of success bringing home over 50 individual and team awards since 2008. Since October of 2009, Henry County Fire Post 190 has been the host for the Henry Explorer Expo. The event has seen tremendous growth each year and continues to grow attracting participants from as far away as Texas in 2012.

Questions or comments?
Please email: snuffmc@gmail.com or visit the Henry County Fire Department Explorer Post 190 page on Facebook.

Honor Guard

It is the mission of the Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard to honor Fire service members, both past and present, and the United States of America with the highest degree of professionalism, dedication, loyalty, and dignity possible.


Honor Guard Coordinator:

  • Member of the HCFD designated by the Chief
  • Keeps Chief notified of any upcoming activities and ensures all guard members are kept abreast of meetings and details.
  • Keeps a current list of Support Personnel and Guard Members with phone numbers and addresses.
  • Communicates with family members, funeral directors, and event coordinators in order to facilitate details and activities.
  • Assist in acquirement of needed uniforms, supplies and other logistical items through budgeting and donations.
  • Maintains and revises guidelines and operational procedures.

Assistant Coordinator:

  • Member of the HCFD designated by the Chief
  • Responsible for recruitment and orientation of new members
  • Assist with in service training as well as helping member’s train for upcoming events.
  • Shall be responsible for surveying area prior to detail in order to arrange placement of personnel and apparatus.
  • Assist Coordinator with any and all assigned duties.

Shift Coordinator:

  • Is a volunteered position approved by the Honor Guard Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.
  • Responsible for notification of assigned Guard members to advise them of meetings, funerals, training classes, and special duties.
  • Shall be supplied with a current Guard contact list and keep an open line of communication with the HG Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.
  • Shall ensure all members have the proper uniforms.
  • Shall plan and present training to assigned personnel.
  • Assist HG Coordinator and Assistant Coordinator.

The Henry County Fire Department Honor Guard was formed in 1997. Currently consists of twenty-one Guard Members and multiple support service members. The Guard is comprised of Henry County Firefighters and exists to honor the lives, the courage, and the sacrifice of America’s public safety and military professionals.


All members of the HCFD Honor Guard must adhere to the following:

  • Must attend at least 35% of HG activities. The HG Coordinator will review a member’s participation every six months.
  • If unable to attend an event the member shall notify his/her shift coordinator at least twelve hours prior to the scheduled event.
  • Members will acknowledge that uniforms are property of the Henry County Fire Department and shall maintain a clean, neatly pressed, and properly fitted uniform.
  • All members are required to adhere to the Personal Appearance Standard #6.09 located in the Henry County Fire Department Policy Manual.
  • Failure to comply with these rules can result in the removal of the member from the Honor Guard.


The Henry County Honor Guard honors fallen public safety professionals and military veterans. Training and services provided are done on a voluntary basis by members of the Fire Department. The Honor Guard responds to many service requests for funerals, parades, and other various venues for flag presentations each year. The Henry County Honor Guard has also been selected three consecutive years to lead in the honors and flag presentation at the Georgia Public Safety Training Centers’ September 11th Memorial Ceremony. In addition the Honor Guard has attended The National Fallen Firefighter’s Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland for the last two years.


Membership to the Honor Guard is open to any member of Henry County Fire Department. In order to become a member of the Honor Guard, personnel shall submit a letter of interest to the HG Coordinator through the Fire Department Chain of Command.

The HG Coordinator will keep a list of people wanting to join the Guard. It should be understood that membership in the Guard is voluntary. By joining the Guard the Member agrees to purchase basic uniform items through his/her regular uniform allotment.

Three of the most important contributions to having a successful Honor Guard are:

  • Participation
  • Dedication
  • Dependability

Fire Service employees are encouraged to carefully consider each of these three items before making the commitment to being a member of the Honor Guard. Commitment is defined as a pledge or promise. Once the commitment is made the member must follow through.

Questions or comments?
Please email: Chief Ike McConnell or call (770) 288-6615.

The Henry County Fire Department was started in 1974. Since that year the Henry County Fire Department has grown significantly and continues to grow. With growth in our future, the Henry County Fire Department offers excellent employment opportunities to qualified individuals on a non-discriminatory basis.

The Henry County Fire Department provides fire protection and emergency services to a population of over 193,000 residents over 331 square miles.

The Henry County Fire Department is continuously accepting applications for employment at the Henry County Administration Building located at 140 Henry Parkway, McDonough, GA 30253.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Must be a United States Citizen
  • Must be at least 18 years of age
  • Must have a high school diploma or GED
  • Must possess a valid Driver’s License
  • Must not have a Felony Record-this will be checked
  • Must have a good driving record (less than 10 pts.)
  • Should be in good physical condition.

Preferred Qualifications

  • NPQ Firefighter II
  • EMT-I or Paramedic
  • Associate Degree, Bachelor Degree, Fire Science
    Degree, and / or Other Related Degrees
  • Positive Work Record

Beginning salaries are as follows:

  • Firefighter I: $30,764.24
  • Firefighter II: $33,644.00
  • Firefighter/EMT-I: $37,963.54
  • Firefighter/Paramedic: $39,403.63
  • Paramedic Support Firefighter: $39,403.63


  • Health / Dental Insurance
  • Life Insurance
  • Disability Insurance
  • Accidental Insurance
  • Retirement
  • Paid Vacation and Sick Leave
  • 9 Paid Holidays per year
  • Uniform Allowance
  • Annual Physical
  • In-house EMT and Paramedic Programs

2016 Annual Report

This report is viewable as a PDF here.Adobe Acorbat


You may also down past annual reports below:

Citizen Fire Academy

The Citizens’ Fire Academy is an eight-week program designed to educate and inform citizens about fire and emergency services achieving a greater understanding of the inner workings of the Henry County Fire Department. The academy will be eight weeks in length, one night per week, on Thursdays from 6:00 P.M. until 9:00 P.M. Classes will be held at Henry County Fire Headquarters located at 110 South Zack Hinton Parkway in McDonough. The instruction includes practical demonstrations that all participants are encouraged to participate in. However, because of the voluntary nature of the program, physical limitations of applicants will not be considered a reason for exclusion from the academy.

The goal of the Citizens’ Fire Academy is to:

  • Provide residents a basic understanding of the tactics and strategies of firefighting and rescue operations.
  • Provide a greater understanding of the services the Henry County Fire Department is able to provide.
  • Encourage academy participants to return to their families and neighborhoods and share their experiences. This will provide more safety conscious and informed citizens.
  • Provide an enjoyable, interactive atmosphere in which fire department members and citizens can share information and concerns.

It is imperative that all participants understand that the Citizens’ Fire Academy is intended to be an informative experience to provide insight into how the fire department functions and what services they provide. It is not intended to train participants as firefighters or assistants at any fires. It is not the Academy’s intent to train participants to a level where it is safe for him/her to involve themselves in any firefighting activity.

How the Citizens’ Fire Academy Benefits Residents:

  • Citizens and the Fire Department have an opportunity to work closely together
  • Open lines of communication between community residents and their Fire Department are enhanced
  • Citizens gain the ability to make informed decisions regarding controversial fire prevention issues they may face in their communities
  • Citizen involvement with their local community and Fire Department is enhanced
  • Citizens gain a better understanding of how their Fire Department works and develop a more safety conscious and informed community.
  • Citizens become aware of the problems facing their Fire Department.

We hope the graduates of the Citizens’ Fire Academy become more aware and better informed about how the Fire Department operates, and will encourage friends, coworkers and families to join the Henry County Fire Department in this rewarding program.

Academy Schedule

The Academy will begin on Thursday, March 17, 2016 and run for eight weeks, ending on May 12, 2016. (no class on April 7th). Classes are held on Thursday evenings from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

  • Week 1: Fire Department Overview
  • Week 2: Tour of Emergency Communications
  • Week 3: Fire Behavior & Fire Extinguishers
  • Week 4: Hose/SCBA/Search and Rescue
  • Week 5: Fire Safety Education
  • Week 6: EMS Training
  • Week 7: Extrication and Technical Rescue Overview /Tools and Equipment
  • Week 8: Final Class/ Questions and Answers/ Graduation

Entrance Requirements

Potential candidates for the Citizens’ Fire Academy must meet the following criteria:

  • Minimum age of 18
  • Live in Henry County
  • No prior felony arrests
  • No misdemeanor arrests within six months of the application
  • Complete and return the signed application.

Selection Procedure

The Citizens’ Fire Academy students are selected by the Citizens’ Fire Academy (CFA) Committee through an application process. Class sizes are limited to sixteen students per session. All other applicants will be placed on a waiting list and will be contacted as vacancies become available.

For more information on the Citizens’ Fire Academy, please contact (770) 288-6620. Download and print the application by clicking here.

Fax the completed forms to (770)288-6776 or email jlaster@co.henry.ga.us.

  • ADDRESS OR SUITE NUMBER NOT POSTED: Applicable Code: Section 505.1, 2006 International Fire Code New and existing buildings shall have approved address numbers, building numbers or approved building identification place in a position that is plainly legible and visible from the street or road fronting the property. These numbers shall be Arabic numeral or alphabet letters. Numbers shall be a minimum of 4 inches high with a minimum stroke width of 0.5 inch.
  • EXPOSED WIRING: Applicable Code: Section 605.6, 2006 International Fire Code Open junction boxes and open-wiring splices shall be prohibited. Approved covers shall be provided for all switch and electrical outlet boxes.
  • HYDRANT OBSTRUCTED: County Ordinance Sec. 3-4-107.1. Obstructing fire hydrants. It shall be unlawful for any person to place building materials within fifteen (15) feet of a cistern or fire hydrant, or do any other act which would obstruct approaches to fire hydrants or cisterns by any member of the fire department. No person shall put any post or installation or structure nearer than twenty-four (24) inches to any fire hydrant. (Ord. No. 92-10, 12-1-92) Editor's note: Ordinance No. 92-10, adopted Dec. 1, 1992, added § 3-4-108. Inasmuch as there existed a § 3-4-108, the editor has included the new provisions as § 3-4-107.1. Applicable Code: Section 508.5.5, 2006 International Fire Code A 3-foot clear space shall be maintained around the circumference of fire hydrants except as otherwise required or approved.
  • FIRE DEPARTMENT CONNECTION NOT VISIBLE TO APPARATUS OR OBSTRUCTED: Applicable Code: Section 912.2.2, 2006 International Fire Code On existing buildings, wherever the fire department connection is not visible to approaching fire apparatus, the fire department connection shall be indicated by an approved sign mounted on the street front or on the side of the building. Such sign shall have the letters “FDC” at least 6 inches high and words in letters at least 2 inches high or an arrow to indicate the location. All such signs shall be subject to the approval of the fire code official. 912.3 Immediate access to fire department connections shall be maintained at all times and without obstruction by fences, bushes, trees, walls or any other object for a minimum of 3 feet.
  • COMPRESSED GAS CYLINDER NOT SECURED: Applicable Code: Section 3003.5.3, 2006 International Fire Code Compressed gas containers, cylinders and tanks shall be secured to prevent falling caused by contact, vibration or seismic activity.
  • STORAGE WITHIN 30 INCHES OF ELECTRICAL PANELS: Applicable Code: Section 605.3, 2006 International Fire Code A working space of not less than 30 inches in width, 36 inches in depth and 78 inches in height shall be provided in front of electrical service equipment. Where the electrical service equipment is wider than 30 inches, the working space shall not be less than the width of the equipment. No storage of any materials shall be located within the designated working space.
  • EXTENSION CORDS USED AS PERMANENT WIRING: Applicable Code: Section 605.5, 2006 International Fire Code Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be a substitute for permanent wiring. Extension cords and flexible cords shall not be affixed to structures, extended through walls, ceilings or floors, or under doors or floor coverings, nor shall such cords be subject to environmental damage or physical impact. Extension cords shall be used only with portable appliances.
  • KNOX BOX or KNOX SWITCH NEEDED: Applicable Code: Section 506.1, 2006 International Fire Code Where access to or within a structure or an area is restricted because of secured openings or where immediate access is necessary for life-saving or fire-fighting purposes, the fire code official is authorized to require a key box to be installed in an approved location. The key box shall be of an approved type and shall contain keys to gain necessary access as required by the fire code official. 506.1.1 An approved lock shall be on gates or similar barriers when required by the fire code official.
  • NO SUPPLY OF SPARE SPRINKLER HEADS: Applicable Code: Section, NFPA 25, 2002 ed. A supply of spare sprinklers (never fewer than six) shall be maintained on the premises so that any sprinklers that have operated or been damaged in any way can be promptly replaced. Section The sprinklers shall correspond to the types and temperature ratings of the sprinklers in the property. A minimum of two sprinklers of each type and temperature rating installed shall be provided. Section The sprinklers shall be kept in a cabinet located where the temperature in which they are subjected will at no time exceed 100 F.
  • NO SPECIAL WRENCH AVAILABLE: Applicable Code: Section, NFPA 25, 2002 ed. A special sprinkler wrench shall be provided and kept in the cabinet to be used in the removal and installation of sprinklers. One sprinkler wrench shall be provided for each type of sprinkler installed.
  • SPRINKLERS BLOCKED BY STORAGE: Applicable Code: Section, NFPA 25, 2002 edition Unacceptable obstructions to spray patterns shall be corrected. Section A- Obstructions to spray patterns include continuous or non continuous obstructions less than or equal to 18 in. below the sprinkler deflector that prevent the pattern from fully developing.
  • EXTINGUISHERS OUT OF DATE: Applicable Code: Section 7.1.2, NFPA 10, 2002 ed. The procedure for inspection and maintenance of fire extinguishers varies considerably. Minimal knowledge is necessary to perform a monthly "quick check" or inspection in order to follow the inspection procedure as outlined in Section 7.2. A trained person who has undergone the instructions necessary to reliably perform maintenance and has the manufacturer's service manual shall service the fire extinguishers not more than 1 year apart, as outlined in Section 7.3.
  • EXIT BLOCKED: Applicable Code: Section, 2000 Life Safety Code Means of egress shall be continuously maintained free of all obstructions or impediments to full instant use in the case of fire or other emergency.
  • MULTIPLE LOCKS ON EXIT DOORS: Applicable Code: Section, 2000 Life Safety Code A latch or other fastening device on a door shall be provided with a releasing device having an obvious method of operation under all lighting conditions. The releasing mechanism for any latch shall be located not less than 34 in. (86 cm) and not more than 48 in. (122 cm) above the finished floor. Doors shall be open able with not more than one releasing operation.
  • FIRE ALARM SYSTEM SHUTDOWN: Section, 2000 Life Safety Code Where a required fire alarm system is out of service for more than 4 hours in a 24-hr period, the authority having jurisdiction shall be notified, and the building shall be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all parties left unprotected by the shutdown until the fire alarm system has been returned to service.
  • SPRINKLER SYSTEM SHUTDOWN: Section 9.7.6, 2000 Life Safety Code Where a required automatic sprinkler system is out of service for more than 4 hours in a 24-hr period, the authority having jurisdiction shall be notified, and the building shall be evacuated or an approved fire watch shall be provided for all parties left unprotected by the shutdown until the sprinkler system has been returned to service. Sprinkler impairment procedure shall comply with NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Base Fire Protection Systems.
  • Personal Care Home Guidelines All applicants for personal care homes will need to notify Henry County Fire Department, regarding inspections and fire sprinkler system installations. All personal care home applicants within the RA zoning district of unincorporated Henry County that has more than two (2) guest/patients and that are not related by blood will need to have an approved NFPA 13R sprinkler system installed. Personal Care Homes and similar uses will need to contact the Henry County Fire Department for a fire inspection (770) 288-6600.

Many of the schools in Henry County, as well as outside the county, bring their children to the theater on field trips for fire safety education. The numbers of children that are being taught fire safety education in the county, at either their facility or ours, is tremendous. In the education section of prevention, the main goal is to remember, “If we respond to it, we need to prevent it!”

The Office of Insurance and Safety Fire Commissioner held the 23rd Annual Life, Fire & Safety Awards Luncheon at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, Georgia.

The awards luncheon recognizes individuals and organizations that excel in fire safety areas of education and fire prevention. Winners of the statewide fire safety contest are also recognized for their outstanding achievements in essay writing and artwork.

Henry County had five students chosen to receive awards at this year’s luncheon. Henry County Fire Chief Bill Lacy was present to congratulate the winners. “These students are incredibly creative,” said Chief Lacy.  “They took a very serious topic, fire safety, and presented it in innovative ways.”

Fire Safety Tips Calendar Winner – September 2016
Cecelia McCarthy 4th grade Wesley Lakes Elementary School

1st Place Fire Safety Essay Winner
Brendan Carroll – 10th grade WoodLand High School - View Essay Here

2nd Place Fire Safety Essay Winner
Ryan Landers – 10th grade Woodland High School

Third Place Essay Winner – Damian Ekpoudom – 10th grade Woodland HS
Third Place Essay Winner – Mariah Truitt – 12th grade Woodland HS


History of Fire Prevention Week

Commemorating a Conflagration

Text Box: Plan ahead  Since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls.Fire Prevention Week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire, the tragic 1871 conflagration that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, destroyed more than 17,400 structures and burned more than 2,000 acres. The fire began on October 8, but continued into and did most of its damage on October 9, 1871.

According to popular legend, the fire broke out after a cow - belonging to Mrs. Catherine O'Leary - kicked over a lamp, setting first the barn, then the whole city on fire. Chances are you've heard some version of this story yourself; people have been blaming the Great Chicago Fire on the cow and Mrs. O'Leary, for more than 130 years. But recent research by Chicago historian Robert Cromie has helped to debunk this version of events.

The 'Moo' Myth

Like any good story, the 'case of the cow' has some truth to it. The great fire almost certainly started near the barn where Mrs. O'Leary kept her five milking cows. But there is no proof that O'Leary was in the barn when the fire broke out - or that a jumpy cow sparked the blaze. Mrs. O'Leary herself swore that she'd been in bed early that night, and that the cows were also tucked in for the evening.

But if a cow wasn't to blame for the huge fire, what was? Over the years, journalists and historians have offered plenty of theories. Some blamed the blaze on a couple of neighborhood boys who were near the barn sneaking cigarettes. Others believed that a neighbor of the O'Leary's may have started the fire. Some people have speculated that a fiery meteorite may have fallen to earth on October 8, starting several fires that day - in Michigan and Wisconsin, as well as in Chicago.

The Biggest Blaze That Week

While the Great Chicago Fire was the best-known blaze to start during this fiery two-day stretch, it wasn't the biggest. That distinction goes to the Peshtigo Fire, the most devastating forest fire in American history. The fire, which also occurred on October 8th, 1871, and roared through Northeast Wisconsin, burning down 16 towns, killing 1,152 people, and scorching 1.2 million acres before it ended.

Historical accounts of the fire say that the blaze began when several railroad workers clearing land for tracks unintentionally started a brush fire. Before long, the fast-moving flames were whipping through the area 'like a tornado,' some survivors said. It was the small town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin that suffered the worst damage. Within an hour, the entire town had been destroyed.

Fight Decades of Fire Prevention

Those who survived the Chicago and Peshtigo fires never forgot what they'd been through; both blazes produced countless tales of bravery and heroism. But the fires also changed the way that firefighters and public officials thought about fire safety. On the 40th anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire, the Fire Marshals Association of North America (today known as the International Fire Marshals Association), decided that the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire should henceforth be observed not with festivities, but in a way that would keep the public informed about the importance of fire prevention. The commemoration grew incrementally official over the years.

In 1920, President Woodrow Wilson issued the first National Fire Prevention Day proclamation, and since 1922, Fire Prevention Week has been observed on the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 falls. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation proclaiming a national observance during that week every year since 1925.

Below you will find helpful information regarding fire safety, fire prevention, etc.

After The Fire "Before the Fire"
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After The Fire "After the Fire"
PDF | English

After The Fire "Despues del Incendio"
PDF | Espanol

After The Fire

Arson Video
Watch an important video, by the Georgia Insurance Information Service, regarding rewards for arson information in Henry County.

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Sensational Kudos

Sensational Kudos
The Henry County Fire Department announces their 2008 Sensational Kudos. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open this file.

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Helpful Links

Henry County Fire Station

Fire Station #1
664 Industrial Blvd
McDonough, GA 30253


Fire Station #2
35 Frances Ward Drive
Locust Grove, GA 30248

Fire Station #3
3030 Highway 42
McDonough, GA 30281
Fire Station #4
1092 Keys Ferry Road
McDonough, GA 30252-6103
Fire Station #5
10 Elm Street
Hampton, GA 30228
Fire Station #6
680 Fairview Road
Ellenwood, GA 30294-2628
Fire Station #7
1800 Highway 155 North
McDonough, GA 30252
Fire Station #8
103 Vincent Ave
Stockbridge, GA 30281-5054
Fire Station #9
122 Rock Quarry Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Fire Station #10
1059 Upchurch Road
McDonough, GA 30252
Fire Station #11
792 Flat Rock Road
Stockbridge, GA 30281
Fire Station #12
1123 Old Jackson Road
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Fire Station #13
2815 Highway 20 East
McDonough, GA 30252

Coming Soon

1875 Hampton-Locust Grove Rd.
Locust Grove, GA 30248
Fire Station #15
325 North Mt. Carmel Rd.
Hampton, GA 30228

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1575 Kelley Town Rd.
McDonough, GA 30252

2017 Statistics

Quarterly Report 2017


1st Quarter 2nd Quarter 3rd Quarter 4th Quarter YTD
Number of Emergency Fire Responses 1,300 1,504     2,804
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS 4,617 4,566     9,183
Total Emergency Responses 5,917 6,070     11,987
Average Response Times for Fire Calls 9:44 9:00     9:17
Average Response Times for EMS Calls 9:00 9:00     8:8
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 4,815 5,284     10,099
Number of Patients Transported by EMS 3,410 3,732     7,142


Number of Existing Building Inspections 1,820 1,940     3,760
Number of New Construction Inspections 205 160     365
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 50 40     90
Number of Plan Reviews 128 181     309

February 2017

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1251 1548
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 615 458
Number of New Construction Inspections 74 48
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 18 35
Number of Plan Reviews 48 77

January 2017

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1791 1604
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 642 290
Number of New Construction Inspections 64 38
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 14 28

2016 Statistics

April 2016

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1680 1623
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 505 557
Number of New Construction Inspections 59 45
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 34 34
Number of Plan Reviews 63 51

March 2016

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1725 1635
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 466 444
Number of New Construction Inspections 72 107
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 37 27
Number of Plan Reviews 63 26

February 2016

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1547 1335
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 458 472
Number of New Construction Inspections 48 29
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 35 26
Number of Plan Reviews 77 26

January 2016

Current Month
Same Period a Year Ago
Number of Emergency Fire Responses
Number of Emergency Responses by EMS
Total Emergency Responses
Average Response Times for Fire Calls
Average Response Times for EMS Calls
Number of Patient Contacts Made by EMS 1604 1537
Number of Patients Transported by EMS
Number of Existing Building Inspections 290 399
Number of New Construction Inspections 38 107
Number of Pre-Construction Meetings 28 22
Number of Plan Reviews 78 42
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