Georgia News

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.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Man found dead during fire rescue in LaGrange

Police are investigating a death after fire personnel find a man’s body amid a structure fire. On Aug. 11, LaGrange Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 201 N. Lewis St. As firefighters entered a smoke-filled apartment No. 1—where they believe the fire started—they discovered the body of Antivolis Coverson in the bedroom. The victim was taken to West Georgia Medical Center where he was pronounced deceased. The investigation indicates that the fire was not intentional.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Dawson Co. Emergency Services promotes two to Division Chief roles

Dawson County Emergency Services announces the promotions of Captain Jeff Bailey to Division Chief of Fire Marshal and Firefighter/Paramedic Robby Lee to Division Chief of Emergency Medical Services. According to a press release from DCES, the process consisted of interviews with recommendations from fire chiefs across the North Georgia area. Bailey has more than 20 years of experience in Dawson County as a volunteer and career firefighter and Lee is a 12-year veteran with Dawson County.

Centerville man arrested, charged with arson of law enforcement officer’s home

A Centerville man accused of setting fire to the home of two law officers last month was arrested Friday as he walked along a road in Bibb County. James Randall Spensley, 55, was arrested by U.S. marshals for the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force and Bibb sheriff’s deputies. Spensley was charged with arson in connection with a July 27 fire at the home of a Jones County couple, both of whom work in law enforcement, said Jones County Sheriff Butch Reece. The husband, a Jones County sheriff’s deputy, is the assistant administrator of the jail. His wife is a Jasper County sheriff’s investigator. Spensley allegedly was targeting the Jasper County sheriff’s investigator, who had arrested him in connection with a pending case, according to Reece.
Macon Telegraph - Metered Site

Valdosta Firefighter Mark Schulte Named August Employee of the Month

Mark Schulte began his employment with the City of Valdosta Fire Department in July of 2017 and presently holds the position of Firefighter. Firefighters are responsible for responding to emergency incidents and providing fire, rescue, medical, hazmat, and special rescue services to the citizens and community while upholding the City and Fire Department’s mission, vision, and core values. On the morning of May 11, 2018, at approximately 7:30 a.m., Lieutenant Miller, and Firefighter Schulte were sitting in the bay talking. A young lady passed by in front of the bay as if she were searching for something. Instead, she walked back around the front of Engine 2 and asked if they could help her because she “fell in a hole.”
City of Valdosta

Dawson County Fire/Rescue purchases life jackets

The Dawson County Fire Department/EMA recently purchased 26 new Type V rescue life jackets, with the goal of making rescue personnel safer when responding to calls involving water. Fire Chief Danny Thompson said the life jackets are strategically placed in all of the paid apparatuses throughout the county and several staff vehicles, as well. Since Dawson County has 60 shoreline miles on Lake Lanier, five river and numerous creeks and ponds, the life jackets are a necessary for emergency personnel, according to Thompson.

Possible arson burns home in West Macon

A house caught on fire at the corner of Lindwood Drive and Lindsey Drive in Macon Sunday night. According to Macon-Bibb Fire Chief Ronnie Napier the fire is being investigated as a possible arson. Chief Napier says no one was in the home at the time of the fire.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

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