Pallet Consultants of Atlanta donated over 500 pallets to the Forest Park Fire Department for use in live fire training exercises.
Our facility located in Atlanta, Georgia has donated a full truckload of pallets to be used in live fire training by the Forest Park Fire Department. The City of Forest Park is a suburb of Atlanta, and its fire department will use the donation to train and recertify over 60 firefighters and fire training officers to make them more effective in the field.
Pallet Consultants is honored to support local heroes like the firefighters of Forest Park, and we thank them for their service! Every day brave men and women like them risk their lives to protect others and ensure everyone's safety. Our Atlanta location was happy to help its community, and will stay in contact with Forest Park Fire Department and other local fire personnel.
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Helping train a group of 63 firefighters and fire instructors from Forest Park, the pallets will be set inside a purpose-built “burn building” and set ablaze to recreate multiple fire scenarios. In addition to helping train new firefighters, the newly-recertified fire instructors in the group will be able to continue their own fire trainings at the local, county and state level.
The truckload of pallets being unloaded at the Forest Park Fire Department.
We first heard about the need for pallets by the fire department when Forest Park Fire Captain Jon Baker called our Atlanta location asking to purchase pallets. According to Baker, fire departments like his spend all year collecting burn material for training wherever they can. “We spend all year scrounging for pallets. Last year we didn’t have enough pallets and our fire wasn’t as good. We spend all year getting 10-15 pallets at a time. We need at least 200-300 for a good burn. This has been an incredible donation,” Baker said. “They are helping us protect our community and saving lives!”
Firefighters huddle inside the burn building and talk strategy as smoke fills the air.
But facility manager Anthony Buroker wasn't going to charge local heroes for material they need to better train themselves and help save lives. “We’re in a position in which we have something they need, and we appreciate their efforts putting their life on the line for us and other people. We just decided that it’s something we can help with. Morally, we didn’t want to charge them for something that could maybe help save someone’s life. Captain Baker was calling around asking to buy pallets and we said ‘No, we’ll help you’. It’s just the right thing to do,” said Buroker.
The pallets were stacked inside the building and set ablaze to simulate different fire scenarios.
Baker, who is also a fire training officer himself, said he was surprised at the kindness and service he received from the Pallet Consultants Atlanta team after he reached out to them and asked to purchase pallets. “Some of the nicest folks I've ever dealt with and without hesitation they demonstrated how much they care about their community,” said Baker. “Before they knew who I was or what I was calling about, they had already demonstrated incredible customer service. I couldn't rate Pallet Consultants of Atlanta any higher!”
In partnership with DeKalb County, the Forest Park Fire Department is planning to conduct the live burn training June 16, 17 and 18 at the DeKalb County Fire Training Academy in Decatur. Baker also says leftover pallets from the training exercises are likely to be used later in the year for additional firefighting practice.