During the G-8 Summit in Sea Island, Ga., the Glynn County Fire Department was tasked with providing emergency services for potentially thousands of visitors. In addition to the delegates from many nations and their support staff, other visitors included public safety personnel, logistics personnel and protestors.
Over an 11-month period of planning for this international event, many questions were asked and the answers to these questions could not be firmly answered until the G-8 Summit actually happened. With this certainty, we were forced to plan for the worst....
A call went out to our fellow firefighters within the state of Georgia. Fire departments and personnel across Georgia stepped up and offered the resources required for this major undertaking.
Through the efforts of our fellow firefighters, the fire protection required for the G-8 Summit was provided. Personnel from the Glynn County Fire Department and many other fire departments came together and an unbelievable unity quickly developed. This unity was made possible by the character, pride and professionalism within each person who has chosen to become a firefighter.
The various fire departments that assisted with the G-8 Summit should be very proud of their personnel. Each person demonstrated, through their actions and dedication, true professionalism as firefighters. This dedication to service resulted in the successful completion of providing fire protection and assistance to every person in the area.
The success that Glynn County Fire Department achieved during the G-8 Summit would not have been possible without the assistance and dedication of the Martinez Fire Department and its personnel.
The assistance provided by the Martinez Fire Department really cannot be properly measured in words. I would like to thank Chief Doug Cooper and his department.
Chief A.L. Thomas
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