Georgia News

Friday, November 16, 2018

Monroe County SPLOST budgets for new EMS and patrol vehicles

At the Emergency Management Center and Fire Department, Matt Perry, Monroe County EMA director and Fire Chief, says many of their vehicles are more than 15 years old. "In the last 5 to 7 years, we've seen about a 30 to 35 percent increase in the demand for our service alone," says Perry. The Monroe County SPLOST budgets $2 million for emergency response vehicles. Perry explains when they look at the budget, they brainstorm. "Where can we save money, where can we put the money to make the most good and then see the biggest return on our taxpayer investment?" To spread out the budget as much as possible, they take the backs of old trucks and refurbish them, then attach them to the fronts of newer trucks. That way, they can put as many emergency response vehicles out on the road as possible.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Crisp County honors memory of Fire Chief Jonathan Windham

Crisp County is mourning after losing one of their leaders, Fire Chief Jonathan Windham, earlier this week. Earlier this year, FOX 31 interviewed Chief Windham and shared his incredible story of how he survived a pulmonary embolism in 2009. Windham had been fighting sickness for the past several weeks and was awaiting a heart transplant. FOX 31 talked to people in the community who say Windham will be remembered for his positive attitude and love for the area. Crisp County Sheriff Billy Hancock has worked alongside Fire Chief Jonathan Windham for more than 20 years and says it was normal for him to see the Chief every single day.
WFXL-TV Fox 31 My

Boot Drive By Cherokee Firefighters Raises Over $5K

Firefighters with Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services collected $5,336.68 during this year's annual boot drive for "Give Burns The Boot," a fundraising effort for the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation, the fire department announced. In a statement from Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services, Fire Educator Beth Elder said that among the activities made possible by Boot Drive proceeds is Camp Oo-U-La®, Georgia's only camp held exclusively for burn-injured children. "The camp, paid for entirely by the Georgia Burn Foundation, allows the campers one week a year in which they can live without society's cruel comments and stares and just be kids," Elder said.
Canton-Sixes Patch

Thursday, November 15, 2018

New Carroll County Fire Chief Announced

Carroll County Commission Chairman Marty Smith is proud to announce the appointment of Chief Tim Padgett as Carroll County Fire Rescue’s new Fire Chief effective November 14, 2018. He will, also, continue to serve as the County’s Emergency Management Director Chief Tim Padgett Chief Padgett is a native of Villa Rica, Georgia graduating from Villa Rica High School in 1982. He began his career in fire and emergency services as a Junior Firefighter with what was then the Carroll County Fire Department and Civil Defense. After graduating High School, he became a fulltime firefighter and quickly advanced in the department by being promoted thru out the ranks of Fire Rescue and Emergency Management. In 1990, he was promoted to Fire Inspector/Deputy Director of Emergency Management. In 1993, he was promoted to Division Fire chief and the Director of Emergency Management.
Gradick Communications

Savannah Fire investigating after building catches fire at corner of E. Wayne, Lincoln St.

Savannah Fire is investigating after a multi-story building caught fire at the corner of E. Wayne and Lincoln streets, Wednesday night. Flames and smoke were visible when crews got to the scene. Firefighters were seen coming in and out of a third floor door. The blaze forced portions of the road to be shut down just east of Calhoun Square. It is unclear what caused the fire, as details are still limited at this time. Stay with WTOC for updates.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Lee County Fire/EMS hands out honors

Four individuals were recognized for exemplary service to Lee County by Lee County Fire and EMS Chief David Forrester at the Lee County Board of Commission meeting on Tuesday. “Every year in public safety, the Exchange Club picks a firefighter and paramedic of the year in all of the surrounding counties,” Forrester said. Selected for honors by their peers were Jonathan Sangster, who was awarded Firefighter of the Year, and Wendy O’Lear, who was chosen as Paramedic of the Year. “I’ll tell you a little but about Jonathan,” Forrester said. “I’ve known him all his life. I got involved with him in the fire service. At an early age, Jonathan came to work for us in Lee County.”
Albany Herald

Forsyth firefighters launch ‘Aerial’s House’ toy drive

The Forsyth County Fire Department invites residents to brighten the holidays of needy children by donating to the annual Aerial’s House toy collection. The initiative is named for a firefighting apparatus, the aerial ladder truck. “This year is the 16th year of our Aerial’s House program, and it has become a staple of the firefighter outreach program during the holiday season,” Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers said. “It has been a joy to watch the growth of community support for this program each year.” New, unwrapped toys for children, ages newborn to 18 years old, can be dropped off through Dec. 15 at any Forsyth County fire station or the Fire Department headquarters at 3520 Settingdown Road.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Paulding firefighters help deliver baby in early morning hours at Yorkville market

Paulding County firefighters Jacob Nunnery and Jared Brackett helped deliver baby Mercy H. recently at the Yorkville Market gas pumps in west Paulding, the fire department reported on its Facebook page. The firefighters are part of Rescue 7’s crew which helped deliver the bab Nov. 6 at 12:30 a.m., "Congratulations to the family and great job Paulding County firefighters Jacob Nunnery and Jared Brackett!" the department posted on the page.
Marietta Daily Journal

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