The Georgia Fallen Firefighters Foundation has embarked on a project to create a Caisson available to honor Georgia’s Fire Service members by providing transportation for their “Final Alarm”.
The 2003 Spartan Gladiator pumper was donated to the Foundation by DeKalb County Fire & Rescue and is being converted for exclusive use as a caisson.
Diversifield Electronics, Whelen and West Chatham Warning Devices have all come on-board to donate products and time to the project.
The conversion will include removal of the tank and reconfiguring the hose bed to accommodate a pneumatic lift to accommodate a casket. Once that’s completed the truck will be repainted and all new electronics installed.
While the project is off and running there are still many ways for interested parties or organizations to assist or donate to this project. Please contact us for more information on ways to help.
"Lighting the Way"
The days, weeks and months following a LODD are some of the darkest times for both the family and the department of a lost firefighter. Finding your way out of this darkness can be difficult and painful. The Foundation was created to assist both individual family members and the fire department family by providing programs and services that begin the very first day and extend through the funeral and beyond. The goal of the Foundation is to provide the pathway out of the darkness, in essence the Foundation is “lighting the way” to recovery.
Since the inception in 2009, the Georgia Local Assistance State Team (L.A.S.T.) has assisted LODD surviving family members receive $4,725,033.60
in State and Federal benefits. and currently is assisting in $878,620.00
in active benefit applications.