The Henry County Board of Commissioners issued a proclamation recognizing the 40th anniversary of the department at the April 15 regular commission meeting.
The proclamation detailed the beginnings of the fire department, founded in 1974 and made up entirely of volunteers, showing its growth to what it is today, a professional fire department that provides fire protection and state-of-the-art emergency medical services for about 210,000 citizens.
After the proclamation was read, Fire Chief Bill Lacy took an opportunity to recognize former and current fire department employees, as well as several past fire chiefs and officers.
“The Henry County Fire Department has come a long way in the past 40 years,” Lacy said. “From our origin with a small group of dedicated volunteers with scant resources to a dedicated we have grown to meet the ever changing needs of Henry County and, as the county grows, changes and matures, the Henry County Fire Department will do likewise to meet the needs of our citizens.”
A reception was held prior to the commission meeting and attended by some of the earliest members of the departments. The proclamation, presented by Chairman Tommy Smith, read in part, “The mission to provide outstanding professional service through education, prevention, emergency aid and community relations will continue to be a benchmark of the dedicated men and women of the Henry County Fire Department.
“Be it proclaimed by the Henry County Board of Commissioners that the month of April 2014 marks the 40th anniversary of the creation of the Henry County Fire Department, and the board recognizes four decades of exemplary service and congratulates the many dedicated volunteers and career professionals who created the foundation on which the Henry County Fire Department operates today.”
For more information on the department, please visit www.henrycounty-ga.org/fire.