FoCo Fire Department looking to hire more firefighters as county grows

Justine Lookenott
A Forsyth County Fire Department fire truckPhoto byJustine Lookenott

(Forsyth County, GA) The Forsyth County Fire Department (FCFD) is looking to hire more firefighters as the county’s population continues to grow.

During a Board of Commissioner’s (BOC) Work Session meeting on March 7, commissioners gave their approval for the FCFD to apply for over $3.9 million in funds from the Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Program Grant from the Federal Emergency Agency (FEMA).

The grant would allow the FCFD to hire 12 additional firefighters and would pay their salary for three years.

Division Chief of Technical Services and Public Information Officer Jason Shivers said the goal is to increase their staffing rates in response to the growing number of calls they receive due to the county’s growth.

“The more people that move into the county, the busier we become,” Shivers said. “…The population [is] growing continuously, thus creating much more of a call volume than we've had in the years past.”

While the grant is competitive, he said they have received it in the past and should know around this fall if they will get it again.

The item was given final approval during the BOC regular meeting on March 16.

To watch the full March 7 BOC Work Session meeting, go to

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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