Inmates conducting fire trainingThe Georgia Department of Corrections operates eighteen fire stations in State facilities while four county prisons operate fire stations within their facilities. Seven boot camps and probation detention centers have trained wildfire teams who assist the Georgia Forestry Commission on wildfires in the North Georgia Mountains. At full staffing over 220 offenders are assigned to the offender firefighter program.

Inmates conducting fire trainingThe Georgia legislature amended Title 25 OCGA in order to permit former offenders to be hired and certified as career firefighters. Offenders in the program receive training in hazardous materials, vehicle extrication, and structural fire control. GDC fire stations service portable fire extinguishers for all facilities.

Inmates conducting fire training GDC fire stations respond to over 3000 calls annually in communities across the state. They also assist other State Agencies in natural disasters and declared emergencies.