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Fire Chief Dwight Bennett









In May 2003 Dwight Bennett was chosen to serve as the Fire Chief for the City of Hahira.  Chief Bennett has over 22 years in the fire service including service with Lowndes County Fire Rescue, City of Adel Fire Department, adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, Georgia Fire Commissioners Office and Georgia Emergency Management Agency (GEMA).  Chief Bennett has served on numerous state boards and committees within the public safety arena, such as District Representative for the Georgia Firefighters Association. In 2011, he was appointed as Director of the Georgia Mutual Aid Group. He was recently appointed to serve as President on the Executive Board for the Georgia Mutual Aid Group.  Chief Bennett was awarded the prestigious designation of Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Public Safety of Excellence in 2014.

Chief Bennett has been involved in numerous large scale deployments during disasters such as:
  • Recovery Operations in New York in September 2001 
  • Regional Deployment Officer for Rescue Operation during Hurricane Katrina 2005
  • Served as Planning Section Chief during the Waycross Wildfires in 2007

Chief Bennett is a graduate of Columbia Southern University (Fire Science) and resides in Hahira with his wife Dana and children.
 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I request a fire inspection?
Request 24-48 hours in advance by calling (229)794-2830

Is there any cost associated with a fire inspection?
No cost for inspections

Does the Fire Department do residential construction inspections?
No

How do I submit commercial construction plans and how does the plan review process work?
3 Sets of plans are submitted to Valdosta License and Inspections Department, License and Inspections Department then forward a copy to the Fire Department for review and approval. Once plans are approved then a construction permit is issued. An 80% and 100% inspection is required. After the 100% inspection, a certificate of occupancy is issued for a fee of $50.00.

What is the fee for a certificate of occupancy and how long is it good for?
The fee is $50.00 and is good for the life of the building, if the occupancy does not change.

What system testing does the Fire Department witness?
Sprinkler systems, alarm systems, fire pump, and underground piping.

How many sprinkler plans and alarm plans do I need to submit?
Submit 3 sets of sprinkler plans
to the Fire Department. After review and approval, one set will stay with the Fire Department, one set will go to the License and Inspections Department and one set will go to the job site. Submit 1 set of alarm plans to the Fire Department.

How to obtain an incident report?
  • There is a $7.00 administration fee payable at Hahira City Hall.
  • Call (229)794-2830
  • Fire Station - 102 North Owens Street
  •  Hahira Ga.31632

Training Division

Captain David Thompson
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(229) 794-2830
  • Provides courses for 240 hours of education and training of all fire department personnel.
  • Online training
  • Recruit training
  • Medical recertification training
  • Conducts specialized classes for business and industry that relate to firefighting (such as fire extinguisher use).