• BSFD Leadership Changes

    Last night at the Bethany Salem Fire Department Business meeting, leadership changes were voted on by the membership. Former Chief Al Godin resigned as he has retired and spending more time in Florida with his wife and working on his golf game.

    Kristy Easterwood, who has been with Bethany Salem since she was a “young’un” was selected as chief of Bethany Salem Fire Department. While she is the first female chief, she has been active and been the “behind the scenes” operation of the department for some time. Congratulations!

    One that has been with the department since the “get go”, and still being ‘the chief’ even when he resigned three years ago, Tim Prather will assist the department as Assistant Chief of Administration

    One of the core members from the “class of 2004″ Keith Moses will be the Assistant Chief of Operations.

    Congratulations for all three and best wishes for a successful tenure.

  • Fundraising Campaign

    As most of you know, our main fundraiser is the Miss Georgia Marble Festival Beauty Pageant, this year will be held 20 September at Pickens High School. (more details on the side)

    We also have pressing needs as it relates to our extrication equipment that we need to repair and maybe replace depending on scope of repairs. For this, we have started a “fundly campaign”
    This allows us to collect funds for our fire department on a secure website. We have quite a bit of equipment that need repair or replacement needed to provide service for our community.
    You can also see other details on our donations page.

    Our goal is $10,000.00 If each person in our service area contributed $4.00 we would be well on our way to meet this goal.

    Thank You,

  • Wildfire Risk Assesment Portal

    For those that are in our “hilly areas” below is a portal developed to provide information on possible risk for wildfires, there are several different criteria available, including surface fuels, ignition levels and wildland urban interface. We will also be placing a link in our Sites Links


  • Breaking News!

    Bethany Salem Fire Department was advised today by ISO that our rating has improved (gone down) to a 5/5y effective 1 September 2014.

    The class 5 is for those within 1000′ of a water source. The 5y will be for those within 5 miles of the fire station with no water.

    Nearly, 3500 households will benefit from this increased rating.

    At this time, those that reside in the Salcoa Highlands area of the district will not see a reduction in their ISO rating, but with projects including a new fire station near the area that will be built from SPLOST, this will help in future ISO ratings.

    We thank the Volunteer firefighters and staff who spent numerous days and hours to ensure a successful ISO review.


  • Burn Ban now in effect

    Georgia’s Open Burning Ban

    May – September Burn Ban Boosts Air Quality
    04.25.13 GFC News Release

    When is the burning ban in effect?
    The burning ban is in effect from May 1 through September 30 each year.


    What counties are under the burning ban?
    The following counties are under the burning ban:

    Banks, Barrow, Bartow, Bibb, Butts, Carroll, Catoosa, Chattooga, Cherokee, Clarke, Clayton, Cobb, Columbia, Coweta, Crawford, Dawson, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Floyd, Forsyth, Fulton, Gordon, Gwinnett, Hall, Haralson, Heard, Henry, Houston, Jackson, Jasper, Jones, Lamar, Lumpkin, Madison, Meriwether, Monroe, Morgan, Newton, Oconee, Paulding, Peach, Pickens, Pike, Polk, Putnam, Richmond, Rockdale, Spalding, Troup, Twiggs, Upson, Walker and Walton.

    Who is responsible for the burning ban?
    The open burning ban is under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Environmental Protection Division (EPD), Air Protection Branch.

    Why is the burning ban needed?
    The Georgia EPD imposes a ban on outdoor burning to comply with Federal Clean Air Regulations.  During the summer months in Georgia, the ozone in the air we breathe can reach unhealthy levels.  The Georgia EPD has identified open burning as a significant contributor of the pollutants that form ozone.  Consequently, open burning in metro Atlanta and larger counties must be restricted during the summer months.


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