COVINGTON - Covington Fire Department Deputy Chief David Carter was recently given the Fire Official of the Year award by the Georgia Fire Sprinkler Association at the nonprofit's annual awards luncheon.
Carter was awarded the honor after being nominated and voted on by fellow members of the association for his work promoting and educating the public about the importance of sprinkler systems. The GFSA, which was formed in 1983, has given the award to fire officials for the past 15 years.
"It was a surprise, but it was an honor to be nominated and to get the award for working with sprinkler contractors in my community," he said.
A married father of two children, Carter has worked at the CFD for 14 years and has served as the city's fire marshal for more than three years.
"I used to chase fire trucks when I was a kid," Carter said, explaining the reason he became a firefighter. "It was always fun and exciting."
As fire marshal, Carter is responsible for enforcing the city's codes and ordinances as it relates to sprinkler systems and he works with various contractors overseeing the installation of sprinklers in structures throughout Covington.
Carter said he also feels the award speaks to his accomplishments as a fire official.
"The award is based on promoting sprinkler systems and trying to get the public and community as a whole to install them," he said. "(I) educate people about the insurance savings and about all sprinkler systems as far as the life-saving benefits go."
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