Waycross Fire Department Operations

Administration

  • T – 912.287.2937
    F – 912.287.2904

    Fire Chief

    David E. Eddins
  • B Shift Battalion Chief

    James E. Blackburn, Jr.
  • NFIRS Specialist

    Lisa Williams
  • C Shift Battalion Chief

    Randall Miles
  • A Shift Battalion Chief

    James L. Brown, Jr.
  • Fire Marshal

    Matt Hall

FIRE STATIONS

  • Fire Station 1 – Headquarters
    1820 Mary Street, Waycross, 912.287.2937

  • Fire Station 2
    1700 Riverside Avenue, Waycross, 912.287.2975

  • Fire Station 3
    125 Havanna Avenue, Waycross, 912.287.2984

  • Fire Station 4
    701 Haines Avenue, Waycross, 912.287.2996

TRAINING

Training Center

The training officer is responsible for the training of the firefighters. The training officer arranges all firefighters to get a minimum of 240 training hours a year. There is a wide variety of training that is conducted in-house with some outside training at the State Fire Academy. All shift lieutenants are required to be state-certified fire instructors. The training consists of all State, Federal, and OSHA requirements such as: Haz mat, confined space, blood-borne pathogens, etc. Other topics covered include basic firefighting, apparatus engineer driver training, emergency medical care, leadership. All training is outlined to meet or exceed the NFPA requirements.

Training Requirements

The following are the training requirements for the Waycross Fire Department to meet Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council, as well as the Insurance Services Office (ISO) annual training requirements.

New Hires

  • New Hire Firefighters receive a minimum of 240 hours of training in their first year.

Annual Training Requirements for All Certified Firefighters

  • Annual Physical Agility Testing
  • 24 hours of Core Competency Training
  • A minimum of 192 hours company training (ISO)
  • 18 hours of practical drill field hours
  • 6 hours of Hazardous Material Training

Annual Officer Training (in addition to annual certified firefighter training)

  • 12 hours of officer-related training as it relates to structure fires and emergency scenes

Annual Driver Training (in addition to the above)

  • 60 hours of driver-related training for new drivers (first-year drivers)
  • 12 hours of driver-related training

Training Links

Additional Annual Specialized Training Requirements

  • Arson Investigator – 40 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held
  • Fire Safety Educator – 10 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held
  • Fire Inspector – 24 hours in addition to certified firefighter training and rank held

The Waycross Fire Department also requires prerequisite training for promotion eligibility for each rank.

Fire Facts

Based on 2006-2010 annual averages:

  • Unattended cooking was by far the leading contributing factor in home cooking fires.
  • Two-thirds (67%) of home cooking fires started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials.
  • Clothing was the item first ignited in fewer than 1% of these fires, but these incidents accounted for 16% of the cooking fire deaths.
  • Ranges accounted for the largest share (58%) of home cooking fire incidents. Ovens accounted for 16%.
  • Three of every five (57%) reported non-fatal home cooking fire injuries occurred when the victims tried to fight the fire themselves.
  • Frying poses the greatest risk of fire.
  • Thanksgiving is the peak day for home cooking fires.

Source: U.S. Fire Administration

Annual Statistics

Waycross Fire Department Statistics


YEAR Residential
Structure Fires
Commercial
Structure Fires
Wildland, Brush,
Grass Fires
Trash Fires Rescue,
Medical Calls
False
Alarm Calls
Hazardous
Material Calls
1999 57 10 0 13 144 95 61
2000 45 4 0 15 180 125 64
2001 45 8 0 16 231 85 66
2002 49 9 0 12 355 102 63
2003 45 5 1 7 193 142 82
2004 57 9 13 17 299 122 139
2005 36 9 22 17 251 80 93
2006 47 8 35 20 283 86 159
2007 44 10 20 25 326 99 185
2008 56 4 13 12 313 136 213
2009 58 9 17 14 365 124 180
2010 58 12 22 15 356 112 196
2011 55 4 19 13 364 132 164
2012 59 9 6 5 362 136 142
2013 67 4 11 9 355 127 168
2014 64 4 13 6 336 136 206
2015 47 5 11 10 380 140 229