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 Georgia 

SPARTAN

Firefighter 

1 Day / 24 Hour Firefighting Course

 

Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter

Our History

The Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course was started in Douglas in 2018. The class was written to be an “in-house” class, but once others outside of the Douglas Fire Department heard about it, interest in the class grew and we opened the class up to outside agencies. The course is a 1 day/24 hour class that was written for newer firefighters to expand their basic skills while learning that they can push themselves, both mentally and physically, past their own expectations and still succeed on an emergency scene. The class stresses physical and mental preparedness, firefighter survival, interior search and rescue, and live fire during the class. The class size is held to a maximum of 12 students because of the class structure. Each graduating SPARTAN receives a SPARTAN number and is eligible to come back and help teach within the program. 
Although the class was written by Douglas Fire Department instructors and is hosted at the Douglas Fire Department Training Facility, the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course is a stand alone program with a SPARTAN Council consisting of 8 firefighters from throughout the state. Each class is funded through SPARTAN dues and donations. Each instructor teaches the class free of charge and actually pays dues for the opportunity to help with the program. The class is entirely free to the students. The Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course has been approved for 24 hours of continuing education by the Georgia Firefighter Standards and Training Council.
The first class was held on March 24, 2018 and consisted of 8 students and 7 instructors, all from the Douglas Fire Department. The Douglas Fire Department hosts 2 SPARTAN classes a year. We have graduates from throughout the State of Georgia and have even branched out into Alabama, Tennessee and South Carolina.

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SPARTAN Council

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Bryson Lott

Chief Instructor

SPARTAN #1 - Douglas Fire
Captain Lott is a 25 year veteran of the fire service and is the Training Officer at the Douglas Fire Department. He is an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy where he serves as a lead instructor for many of the classes offered at the academy. Bryson wrote the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course with the help of fellow instructors from the City of Douglas Fire Department. Captain Lott serves as the Chief Instructor for the program.

Dale "Peanut" Merritt

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #2 - Douglas Fire
Captain Merritt is a 32 year veteran of the fire service. He currently serves as a Shift Commander with the Douglas Fire Department. Peanut has served as an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy and he was instrumental with developing the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course. Captain Merritt serves as the Live Fire Coordinator for the program.

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Scott Wiggins

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #3 - Douglas Fire
Captain Wiggins is a 20 year veteran in the fire service. He currently serves as a Shift Commander with the Douglas Fire Department. Scott was instrumental in the development of the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course. Captain Wiggins serves as the Lead Instructor over Firefighter Survival in the program.

Robert Beecher

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #5 - Douglas Fire
Robert is a 15 year veteran of the fire service. He currently serves as a company officer with the Douglas Fire Department. Beecher is a graduate of Georgia Smoke Diver, Tennessee Smoke Diver, and F.L.A.M.E.S. Beecher also serves as an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy. He was a key player in the development of the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course and serves as the Lead Instructor of the program's physical training section.

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Vince Walls

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #18 - Perry Fire 
Walls is a 12 year veteran of the fire service. He currently works as a Firefighter with Perry Fire & Emergency Services. Vince serves as an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy where he is a lead instructor for many classes. In 2018, Walls was named the Georgia Firefighter of the Year. He is a graduate of the Georgia Guardian class and Tennessee Smoke Diver. Vince is also a graduate of the first SPARTAN class offered to outside agencies (Class 19-1). Firefighter Walls serves as the Lead Instructor over candidate and instructor safety and compliance for the program.

Robert Brackett

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #19 - Forest Park Fire
Chief Brackett is a 45 year veteran in the fire service. He retired from Forest Park Fire Department in 2020 as a Battalion Chief. Robert is an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy where he serves as a lead instructor for many classes. Chief is a legend in the Georgia Fire Service that garners respect from all who know him. He is a graduate of the first SPARTAN class offered to outside agencies (Class 19-1). Robert was 61 years young when he graduated the course. Chief Brackett serves as the Fire Boss (lead fire set coordinator) and photographer for the program.

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John Boyd

Council Instructor

SPARTAN #25 - Columbia County Fire
Boyd is a 24 year veteran of the fire service. He currently serves as a Lieutenant in Columbia County Fire Department's Training Division. John is an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy where he serves as a lead instructor for many of classes. He is a graduate of the first SPARTAN class offered to outside agencies (Class 19-1). Lieutenant Boyd serves as the Lead Instructor over medical for the Georgia SPARTAN Firefighter Course.

Marcus Taylor

Council Advisor/Instructor

SPARTAN #23 - Newton County Fire
Taylor is a 17 year veteran of the fire service. He is currently assigned as a Captain in the Training Division for Newton County Fire. Marcus is an Adjunct Instructor with the Georgia Fire Academy where he is a lead instructor for many classes. Taylor also has prior military service in the Army. He is a graduate of the first SPARTAN class offered to outside agencies (Class 19-1). Captain Taylor serves as an advisor to the the SPARTAN Council and Lead Instructor over Search & Rescue for the program.

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SPARTAN Instructors

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Bryson Lott #1

Chief Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Dale "Peanut" Merritt #2

Council Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Scott Wiggins #3

Council Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Robert Beecher #5

Council Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Vince Walls #18

Council Instructor

Perry Fire Department

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Robert Brackett #19

Council Instructor

Forest Park Fire Department

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John Boyd #25

Council Instructor

Columbia County Fire Department

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Marcus Taylor #23

Council Instructor

Newton County Fire Department

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Lee Clements #8

Lead Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Morgan Merritt #10

Lead Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Wade Carver #11

Lead Instructor

Douglas Fire Department

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Dana Carver #15

Instructor/Logistics

Douglas Fire Department

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Sal Carrillo #20

Lead Instructor

College Park Fire Department

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Chris Coogle #30

Lead Instructor

Americus Fire Department

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Chris Thomas #35

Lead Instructor

Tifton Fire Department

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Richard Bue Jr. #38

Lead Instructor

Brunswick Fire Department

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Joe Petranto #39

Lead Instructor

Newton County Fire Department

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Cass Harris #52

Lead Instructor

Gilmer County Fire Department

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Casey Wright #6

Instructor/Logistics

Douglas Fire Department

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Jonathan Wright #14

Instructor/Logistics

Douglas Fire Department

 

Contact

Douglas Fire Department Training Facility
1212 Pope Dr.
Douglas, GA 31533