Georgia News

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Dawson County promotes two to division chief roles

Dawson County Emergency Services recently announced the promotions of Captain Jeff Bailey to Division Chief of Fire Marshal and Firefighter/Paramedic Robby Lee to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. The process consisted of interviews with recommendations from fire chiefs across the north Georgia area, according to a recent press release. Bailey has more than 20 years of experience in Dawson County as a volunteer and career firefighter, the release states. Lee is a 12-year veteran with Dawson County. “As the fire chief in Dawson County, I look forward to both of these chief officers getting started in their new roles,” said DCES Director Danny Thompson. “The experience they both bring in their respective disciplines will make our Dawson County one of the safest. The commitment that both of these chiefs have is second to none. Please welcome me in congratulating both of these leaders on their promotions.”
Dawson Community News

Statesboro Fire Department seeks help for ailing firefighter

Firefighters in Statesboro are asking for help with the family of one of their own. Jeffrey Flake has been a fire inspector with the Statesboro Department for several years in two spans. He suffered a stroke and developed meningitis while he was recuperating from recent surgery. His family established a GoFundMe account to help cover some of the medical expenses. "We spend many hours together, in many cases, on and off the job," said Chief Tim Grams with the Statesboro Fire Department. "So when somebody's in need or fallen on tough times, we try to be there to be there and support them as much as we can."
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Augusta: Commissioners vote to move forward with application for EMS Zone Provider

On Tuesday, Augusta-Richmond County Commissioners heard from Augusta Fire Chief Chris James on the city's proposal to become Richmond County's emergency ambulance service zone provider. Leaders approved creating the application to become the zone provider, which allows the City to set response times, how calls are dispatched, and cost for ambulance rides. "If the City of Augusta is awarded the zone it can set response times, standards that will assure the proper number of ambulances are in service, to provide adequate response times to the citizens," says Chief Chris James. The City will find out if this is approved this fall. Chief James says is approved, this will not raise taxes next year to pay for the ambulance service.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Regional council to study Dunwoody EMS problems

Dunwoody got what it wanted Thursday when the Region 3 Emergency Medical Services Council convened at city hall. The council voted without opposition to set up an ad hoc committee to study Dunwoody’s declaration of an “EMS Emergency,” the service in the city from American Medical Response and DeKalb County’s contract with AMR to provide ambulance service. The discussion and vote followed a detailed presentation by city officials. City Manager Eric Linton described “a contract designed for failure.” “Beyond the basic facts of a flawed contract,” he said, “DeKalb leadership has done nothing to address these concerns. This contract should have been cancelled by the county years ago and a new more realistic contract approved in its place.” Linton proposed that Dunwoody be allowed to break off from the county’s ambulance provider and create its own ambulance zone.
Dunwoody Crier

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Lee County Fire and Rescue to get live fire training facility

Lee County Fire and Rescue will soon have a live fire training facility to help train firefighters, with an obstacle course for firefighters to simulate real-life situations. Lee County Fire and Rescue Chief David Forrester said the building should have a 30-year lifespan, because it will be made of certain kinds of metals that don't easily burn. They will be able to do all the fire and rescue trainings inside and outside the building. The blueprint of the three-story facility shows one of the doors on the main floor is a forced entry bolt door. The second story has a room that they can change the layout to make it like a maze, and the third floor will have a repel tower. There will be wooden materials burned and it will house all the props that are needed. "The biggest asset of this to the citizens of Lee County will be looking at lowering their ISO rating.

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