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There are many things that the Georgia Public Safety Fire Investigator's Association can help you the public safety fire investigator with.  We can help you network with leaders in the field of fire investigations, keep you informed with the latest trends in fire/arson investigations, and help provide you with training to keep your skills and certifications up to date.  

The GPSFIA is a Georgia Non-Profit Corporation and is a  501(c)(3) Organization.  

The GPSFIA is not a chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators (IAAI) but we do support the educational programs provided by both the IAAI and the Georgia Fire Investigator's Association.

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about GPSFIA:

The goal of the Georgia Public Safety Fire Investigator’s Association is to promote the free exchange of intelligence and information sharing among fire, police, and other public safety fire investigators.  

The GPSFIA will encourage through training and education the development of new laws, codes, and policies that will aid public fire investigators in the arrest and prosecution of individuals suspected of committing arson crimes.

Also the GPSFIA seeks to promote the development of fire and arson prevention programs, proper fire investigation of fire related incidents, and applying other related investigative techniques through progressive programs of education, public relations, research and investigator certification.




Michael Crosby -  State Fire Marshal - President


Steve Pate - Douglas County Fire - Vice President


Michael Hale - UGA- Secretary/Treasurer


Donna Dingler - South Fulton - Training/Education


Al Daniels - Athens Clarke County - SGT At Arms


Wade Crider - Past President



Mickey Hunt - State Fire Marshal - Eastern Region


Tony Pritchett - State Fire Marshal - NW Region


Brian Smith - Sate Fire Marshal - NE Region


Tracy Childers - Dublin Fire - Central Region


Stephan Hutchins - Statesboro Fire - SE Region


Walt Shaw - ATF - Southern Region






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Alan Wade Crider was a founding member and the first President of the Georgia Public Safety Fire Investigator’s Association. Wade worked diligently in the development of the association by-laws and established the association as a 501-c3 which gives the association a not-for-profit business and tax exemption. He was also one of the organizers of all the Association’s conferences until his untimely death.
To respect Wade and his contributions to this organization and the State of Georgia, the Board of Directors have had the honor of developing the Wade Crider Scholarship. The Board of Directors made this decision shortly after Wade’s passing and wanted the organization to honor a man that has brought so much to the field of public fire investigations.
To apply for the scholarship, applicants must submit a one-page essay titled “Why I want to attend the Georgia Public Safety Fire Investigators Seminar”.  In the essay, the applicant must describe why they would like to attend the seminar and what they think they can take back to their department from the seminar. The essay must include the applicant’s name, organization, and all contact information. Essays may be submitted via email to gapsfia@gmail.com or US postal service to PO Box 84, Athens, GA 30603.The essay must be submitted on or before January 1st by 12:00 PM. Anything submitted after that time will not be considered. The recipient will be informed by no later than March 1.
The winner of the scholarship will be provided a free seminar registration and lodging at the seminar. All travel and food expenses are the responsibility of the recipient. 
Once all essays are submitted the Board of Directors will review the essays and award the first scholarship at the 2020 seminar. If you do not win this year, you will be eligible to submit another essay next year. The winning essay will not be eligible to win again for 3 years. 


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