Chief Mewborn Speaks to Public Safety Class
Chief Mewborn Speaks to Public Safety Class
Posted on 03/03/2015
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On behalf of the Elbert County Fire Department,  Chief Rick Mewborn recently made a presentation to the Intro to Public Safety class at ECCHS. 

Chief  Mewborn shared with students from two classes - the Intro to Public Safety Class and Casey Freeman's advanced metal working class, the benefits and procedures of becoming a volunteer firefighter in Elbert County.  Chief Mewborn explained that volunteer firefighters in Georgia are eligible for a pension, providing that they meet specific requirements "as high school students, a retirement pension may not be an issue to you yet, but trust me, someday it will be" he said.  Mewborn also briefly went over the training requirements for volunteer firefighters.  Anyone who can will be eighteen years old as of finishing the course, pass a physical and drug test can go through the Basic Firefighting Training program, which is a 345 hour class taught right here in Elbert County.  The class takes about 6 months to complete, with costs covered by the fire department.  Elbert County Firefighter course instructors are certified by the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth, GA. 

Chief Mewborn also brought tools of the trade with him to the class from turn out gear to self contained breathing apparatus, an infrared camera and more for the students to handle and use. 

ECCHS would like to thank Chief Mewborn for his time and willingness to speak to these students.