Georgia News

Friday, June 22, 2018

Morgan County considers change to fire dept. call response policy

The Morgan County Fire and Rescue (MCFR) may be scaling back call responses in an effort to “maximize efficiency and minimize wasted resources,” according to County Manager Adam Mestres. County leaders are exploring ways to reduce the number of medical calls to which the MCFR typically responds. According to Mestres, the fire department currently responds to all “Priority 1” calls and some “Priority 2” calls that come through Morgan County Dispatch. However, the classification system is broad enough that calls that do not always warrant the fire department to respond, says Mestres. “What ends up happening is you have the fire department responding to some calls where they are not needed and showing up to medical situations that EMS (Emergency Medical Services) can handle on their own,” explained Mestres. “The fire department is not busier because of an increased volume in fire calls but because now they are answering more medical calls.”
Morgan County Citizen

Valdosta State University students help firefighters monitor heat stress

Students at Valdosta State University are helping to make the duties of local firefighters a little bit safer. Students in the Exercise Physiology program are moving out of the classroom and in to the fire working with the Valdosta and Lowndes County Fire Departments as crews go through fire training. The students measure heart rate and core body temperature before, during and after the firefighters go through training. The goal is to better understand and assess how they respond to the heat and stress of battling flames. "Understand their individual responses to this very hard work, and to allow them a new way and new idea going forward of how to keep our firefighters safe," said Dr. Serina McEntire professor at VSU.

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Retired Fire Chief reflects on his 40 years with the Moultrie Fire Department

Kenny Hannon was a member of the Moultrie Fire Department for 40 years and fire chief for 28 of those years. Now, he has retired and has time to reflect on what has been a great career. Hannon joined the Moultrie Fire Department in 1978 as a firefighter. After that he didn’t look back, getting promotions and recognition for his outstanding work. He worked his way up the ladder and eventually became fire chief in 1990. As fire chief, Hannon accomplished a slew of things — getting more than $863,000 in grant funds to help the fire department get new equipment, assisting law enforcement in solving the arson-murder Chastain case, a case that originally took place in 1979 and was re-opened in 1989, foiling a $300,000 insurance fraud scheme and being named the Georgia Fire Chief Of the Year in 2011.
Moultrie Observer

Crews put out apartment fire in Albany

Firefighters were on the scene of an apartment fire in Albany early Thursday morning. The fire happened around 5:30 in the 600 block of Tift Avenue. Battalion Chief Keith Ambrose said 14 firefighters responded to the fire and that the fire was contained within minutes. The apartments are Albany Housing Authority units. Ambrose said the fire started near bagged up debris on the front porch and spread into the apartment. The fire was contained to the front of the home. No injuries have been reported at this time. Ambrose said no one was home at the time.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Macon-Bibb Fire Department to get new gear

The Macon-Bibb County Fire Department is getting new gear. Tuesday night, county commissioners approved an almost quarter of a million-dollar proposal towards new equipment for the Macon-Bibb Fire Department. The resolution authorizes the money to come out of the 2018 SPLOST fund. Javier Pina has served at the Macon-Bibb Fire Department for a year and a half. Every time he has to put on a uniform and hop in a fire truck, he says it's an adrenaline rush, but there is also a concern for the safety of their equipment. “With the new gear, you have to be right there to be burned, but with the old gear, you can feel it more,” said Pina.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Home arson investigation underway in South Macon

An overnight fire in south Macon has prompted an arson investigation. Fire crews say the call came in around 12: 30 a.m. Thursday at a vacant home in the 900 block of West Ormond Terrace, just off Houston Avenue. Battalion Chief Ronnie Napier tells WGXA News that the home was vacant, but not unoccupied and the fire department is investigating the fire as an arson. No injuries were reported. West Ormond Terrace is in the same general area of six other arson related fires over the past two months.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

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