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Firefighters begin pre-fire incident plans for local businesses
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    Statesboro Firefighters will soon begin conducting Pre-Fire Incident Plans, Statesboro Public Safety Director Wendell Turner said.
    “A pre-fire incident plan is a systematic method of gathering and recording facts for the purpose of problem identification, analysis and information retrieval,” he said. “These plans are not inspections of your business or occupancy. They are to help firefighters gain better knowledge of your building in the event of an emergency.”
    Just like a football team must practice and learn plays, so do firefighters.
    “Firefighters use pre-fire incident planning as practice,” Turner said.  “They look at everything in your building that could possibly cause a danger for firefighters or the public in an emergency. They take what systems are in place and formulate a game plan for if the unthinkable was to ever happen in your building.”
    Statesboro firefighters will soon be calling to schedule appointments for the pre-fire incident planning meeting. 
    “The plans are not intended to interrupt the business in any way, so we will work with the building owners to schedule a time that would least likely hinder business,” Turner said. “The plans are free and are only for our benefit as firefighters as well as the building owner and occupants.
    “Cooperation is sincerely appreciated as this will make the Statesboro Fire Department response more timely, efficient and safer for all involved should an incident occur,” he said.

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