Fire Chief Dwight Bennett

In May 2003 Dwight Bennett was tapped to serve as the fire chief of the City of Hahira Fire Department.  Chief Bennett has served 22 years in the fire service.  A service with Lowndes County Fire Rescue, City of Adel Fire Department and served as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia fire academy, Georgia fire commissioners office and GEMA.

He and his wife Dana and children reside in Hahira.  

Chief Bennett has served on numerous state boards and committees within the public safety arena; such as District Rep 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)


Firefighter (Fulltime) Position 
SALARY:               TBD
OPENING DATE:  None at this time
The City of Hahira is seeking a Firefighter for the Fire Department. This position is for a first line engine company responsible for duties on and off of an emergency scene.
(NOTE: These are intended only as illustration of the various types of work performed. The omission of specific duties does not exclude them from the positon.
 ·       Follows operational policies and procedures
·       Assures training and certification requirements are met
·       Completes equipment maintenance tasks and documentation
·       Assists with equipment repairs and maintenance
·       Responds to emergency scenes
·       Cleans equipment, station and grounds
·       Assists with fire prevention for schools, clubs, etc.
·       Will be required to ride and drive fire and rescue vehicles
·       Participate in pre-fire plan activities
·       Work shifts consisting of 24 hours on duty, and 48 hours off duty
·       May be required to work on call shifts as needed
·       Performs related work as assigned
 ·       High school diploma or equivalent
·       Valid State of Georgia driver’s license
·       Complete a criminal background check
·       Pass a complete drug screening
Must possess and maintain for employment:
>   State of Georgia Firefighter Certification from the Ga Firefighters Standards and Training
>   Georgia EMT license (preferred) or a current National Registry EMR (minimum)
>   A valid State of Georgia driver’s license

Submit application and resume to Chief Dwight Bennett, 102 N. Owens Street, Hahira GA 31632, or email attached documents to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Applications can be obtained at Hahira Fire Department or Hahira City Hall 102 South Church Street, Hahira GA 31632 or by clicking here.

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?

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).