Georgia News

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Savannah Fire Rescue extinguishes house fire on Millen Street

On Monday at 11:45 p.m., Savannah Fire Rescue was dispatched to a fire at 235 Millen Street, just off Augusta Avenue. Crews found an abandoned house fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters extinguished the fire and prevented it from spreading to a neighboring home. The abandoned house sustained extensive fire damage. Heat damaged a section of siding on the neighboring home. No one was injured or displaced. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
WSAV-TV NBC 3 Savannah

Last week’s House fire on Northwind Ct. in Columbus deemed accidental

A house fire in north Columbus last week has been deemed an accident. The fire happened Thursday January 10 at a home on Nightwind Court. Columbus Fire Chief Ricky Shores says the fire was caused by combustible material too close to a flame source. According to Columbus Fire officials, the homeowner says he started a fire in the fire place that extended to paper material stacked on the hearth. John Hudgison, director of Columbus Inspections and Code Enforcement, says there have been 16 complaints against the homeowner. The first of the complaints were regarding weeds, solid waste, and junk vehicles back in 2007.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Colquitt County EMS to receive stretchers that load themselves on ambulances

A $43,500 purchase could cut down on the number of calls for firefighters to help load patients into ambulances and cut the time it takes to get them to the hospital. Assisting paramedics in lifting patients makes up a significant number of calls answered by the Moultrie Fire Department -- about 10 percent last year. In 2018, out of 718 total calls firefighters were dispatched solely to provide lifting assistance 76 times. In contrast, there were only 32 fire calls for the year. Another 231 were medical calls, some of which involved lifting. On Tuesday Colquitt County Commission agreed to purchase two self-loading stretchers at a cost of $43,052. That could cut down on calls for firefighters to help with lifting patients into ambulances, but even more important shave time off the time it takes to get patients to the care of doctors, Moultrie Fire Chief Lamar Plymel said. Stretchers themselves are fairly heavy, he said, and when a patient is 200 pounds or more it can be a tough job for two paramedics to get them into the ambulance. In cases where patients are alert they can help get onto the stretcher but not in getting loaded up.
Thomasville Times-Enterprise

Monday, January 14, 2019

2 Walton County firefighters injured in rollover crash while headed to call

A fire truck crashed en route to a medical call Friday morning, injuring two Walton County firefighters, officials said. The rollover crash involving Walton County Fire Rescue Engine 12 occurred about 8:25 a.m. on Hawkins Academy Road, according to the department. Driver Artis Johnson, 50, and firefighter Michael Murray, 21, were taken to Piedmont Walton Hospital in Monroe with moderate injuries, treated and released, the department said. Content Continues Below According to the Georgia State Patrol, which is investigating the crash, the fire truck was turning left “when the passenger side tires left the roadway. The driver overcorrected, crossing the center line.”Johnson again overcorrected, traveled across the roadway, left the roadway, went down an embankment and overturned, according to the agency.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Johns Creek fire chief leaving for state fire marshal’s post

Johns Creek has announced the retirement of Fire Chief Jeff Hogan, who is leaving his city post to accept an appointment as Georgia state fire marshal in February. Hogan began his fire career more than 35 years ago with the Fulton County Fire Department, officials said. After various operations, investigative and supervisory roles, Hogan retired from Fulton to join the newly formed Johns Creek Fire Department in 2008. He was named fire chief there in February 2011. Johns Creek officials credited Hogan with improving the city’s fire protection rating to Class 2, saving citizens more than $6 million in insurance premiums. As state fire marshal, Hogan will manage the Fire Marshal’s Office and oversee building, manufactured housing and hazardous materials inspections, engineering and licensing, officials said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Fire destroys home in Sumter County

Sumter County Fire Rescue battled a fire overnight Saturday that destroyed a family's home. When firefighters arrived at the home on Pryor Cobb Road at around 7:30 p.m., they reported the home was "totally involved with flames showing on all sides" and a live electrical wire. All the people inside were able to get out. Firefighters reported they got the fire under control within 15 minutes of arriving. Sumter County had 30 firefighters on scene. Cleanup lasted until about midnight. Fire Rescue reports that the American Red Cross was notified to help the homeowners.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Forsyth sets swearing-in of new fire chief

Interim Fire Chief Barry Head will be sworn in as Forsyth County’s fourth fire chief at a ceremony Thursday, Jan. 17 officials announced. Head has served as interim chief since Oct. 17, when he was appointed to that post by County Manager Eric Johnson after the retirement of Chief Danny Bowman. The new chief’s swearing-in will take place during the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners meeting, to start at 5 p.m. in the Forsyth Administration Building, 110 E. Main St., Cumming.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Valdosta Fire Department Assistant Fire Chief Graduates from the Executive Fire Officer Program

Valdosta Mayor John Gayle and Valdosta Fire Chief Freddie Broome honored Assistant Chief Brian Boutwell at the January 10, City Council meeting. On December 12, 2018, Boutwell completed the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy’s (NFA) “Executive Fire Officer Program” (EFO) Program. Chief Boutwell is the first member of the Valdosta Fire Department to complete the EFO program. The National Fire Academy’s (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO) is a four-year curriculum that provides Senior Fire Officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) administration. The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with severe or unique problems within communities.
City of Valdosta, GA

Fannin County Fire Department upgrades life saving equipment

“I would like to say at this time, thanks to the public for the donations, and the taxpayers here in the county that are taking care of us,” Fannin County Fire Chief Larry Thomas spoke to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday about the purchase of new equipment for the department. The Fannin County Fire Department will see an upgrade to their life-saving hydraulic extraction tools, better known as the Jaws of Life. Fannin County, Georgia, Board of Commissioners, Chairman, Post 1 Commissioner, Post 2 Commissioner, Fire Chief, Fannin County Fire Department, EMS, EMA, Stan Helton, Earl Johnson, Glenn Patterson, Larry Thomas, HURST, Jaws of Life, Equipment Upgrade, volunteers, public, donations Thomas informed the BOC that volunteer firefighters had voted late in 2018 to use money from their donation account to purchase the new equipment: “The volunteers, in one of our volunteer meetings, voted to go ahead and start upgrading the Jaws of Life, the extrication tools that we carry on some of our vehicles.”
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