911 House Numbers

Bainbridge-Decatur County Marshal’s Office is requesting all property owners/residents to be in compliance with City Of Bainbridge Code Sec. 14-2 subsection (a) House Numbering; Residential and Commercial Buildings. 911 house numbers are very important to emergency personal. If your property is not properly marked, it makes it very difficult for emergency personal to locate the property during an emergency.

911 sign

Fire Hydrant Flushing & Testing

Bainbridge Public Safety, in conjunction with the Bainbridge Water Department, will be conducting Fire Hydrant Flushing and Testing beginning Friday, February 12, 2016. The process of periodically “flushing” fire hydrants is an important preventative maintenance activity to insure the integrity of the water system and deliver the highest quality water to our customers. As a result of hydrant flushing, residents in the immediate area may experience temporary discoloration of their water. This discoloration is harmless and generally consists of precipitates which do not affect the safety of water consumption. if you notice that your water is discolored, you can resolve this issue by running all water faucets inside your home until the water clears. If the water does not clear in a reasonable amount of time, please contact Public Services at 229-248-2014.

Also, Public Safety needs a clear 36″ area around all fire hydrants in order to connect fire hoses to put out fires. Crews will be clearing a 36″ area around all fire hydrants. We ask that if you have planted flowers or placed other items around the hydrants to please remove them and keep the area around the hydrant clear.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Carter New Public Safety Director

The City of Bainbridge announced this morning that Interim Public Safety Director Jerry Carter has been retained as the City’s new permanent Public Safety Director. According to City Manager Chris Hobby, “Jerry has done a tremendous job as the City’s interim Director, more than meeting the expectations that were established when he was appointed on March 19. As we began to consider a search for a permanent Director, it became obvious that we already had our man.”

Director Carter has had a long association with the City of Bainbridge, first being employed on May 30, 1977 as a patrolman. Director Carter would eventually rise to the rank of Patrol Commander within the Bainbridge Public Safety Department before electing to retire on September 1, 2014 seemingly ending a 37 year career with the city. However, in March of 2015, Director Carter was called out of retirement to take over command of the department after the resignation of former Director Eric Miller. Director Carter becomes the City’s fourth Public Safety Director following Director James “Jabo” Duke, Director Larry Funderburke, and Director Eric Miller. Director Carter is the first African American to lead the department which has 53 employees and an annual budget of 3.7 million dollars.

Jerry Carter

Caregiver Professional Fire Safety Training Coming Soon!

Bainbridge Public Safety will be offering the State of Georgia Fire Marshal’s Caregiver

Professional Fire Safety Training on the following dates:

 March 18, 2015 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

March 26, 2015 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

March 30, 2015 – 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

 Classes are FREE, and will be held in the Training Room of Bainbridge Public Safety Headquarters, located at 510 East Louise Street in Bainbridge, Georgia.

 Space is limited to 20 students per class.

 Please contact Bainbridge Public Safety at 229-248-2038 to register.



It is the purpose of this course to provide the adults working with occupants in “group day-care homes”, “day-care centers”, administrators, directors, operators, all staff of Group I-1 and Group R-4 assisted living communities, assisted living facilities, community living arrangements, memory care units, personal care homes, and residential board and care homes with basic information about fire safety so they may provide the occupants of their facility with at least a minimum level of protection from fire, and the potential risks associated with fire.

To realistically reduce the number of fires, injuries, deaths, and property losses associated with fire, a measurable change in the attitudes and behaviors related to fire risks and safety measures must occur.

Course Description

This course is intended for persons responsible for the care, welfare, and safety of occupants in a caregiver facility. The course is required to be attended by care givers in “group day care homes”, “day care centers”, and for administrators, directors, operators, and all staff of Group I-1 and Group R-4 assisted living communities, assisted living facilities, community living arrangements, memory care units, personal care homes, and residential board and care homes.

This limited application is based on the provisions of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated (O.C.G.A.), Chapter 25, Title 2 that designates the building types and or uses that fall under the jurisdiction of the Georgia Safety Fire Commissioner’s State Fire Marshal’s Office. The designations are located in O.C.G.A. 25-2-13(b)(1)(I).

It’s Time to Change the Batteries in Your Smoke Detector

As daylight savings time approaches on March 9, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department wants to remind residents to make another change that could save their lives – changing the batteries in their smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.


To save lives and prevent needless injuries, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department has joined the “Change Your Clock, Change Your Battery” campaign. The program urges all Americans to adopt a simple, lifesaving habit: changing smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when changing clocks to daylight savings time.


The peak time for home fire fatalities is between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. when most families are sleeping. Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths. A working smoke alarm can give your family the extra seconds you need to get out of a home fire safely.


In addition, the Bainbridge Public Safety Department recommends residents use the “extra” hour they save from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, planning “two ways out” and practicing escape routes with the entire family.


Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.

Bainbridge Public Safety Arrests Juvenile Arsonist

On Sunday, January 19, Bainbridge Public Safety arrested a 14 year old Bainbridge resident in connection with a string of arsons.

Around 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, BPS responded to a call of a fire behind the old K-Mart building.  When they arrived, officers found numerous tires on fire.  They quickly put the fire out.  During the fire, a young black male approached officers telling them that he saw two boys dressed in black set the fire.

As officers were leaving the scene, they noticed another fire next on Broughton Street next to the radio tower.  There, they found card board boxes and a city rapid rail trash can on fire.

Officer Terry Pait got in his car to begin searching for the two males that the witness from earlier had identified, when he saw a fully involved fire in a dumpster next to Harvey’s. 

During the dumpster fire, while patrolling the area, Officer John Walker spotted a young black male dressed in all black behind Badcock furniture.  Walker stopped his car to talk to the boy, and noticed that it was the same one that had approached the officers earlier.  He told the young man that he wanted to talk to him, and the young man began running.  After a short foot chase, Walker arrested the young man.

The juvenile has been charged with one count of first degree arson and one count of third degree arson, both felonies. He was also charged with two counts of engaging in certain activities relating to the use of fires and ignited objects, a misdemeanor.  He is currently being held in an RYDC until his court date on February 7.