Georgia News

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Bibb Co. fire department investigating south Macon incident as arson

Bibb County firefighters responded to a house fire on Buena Vista Ave. in south Macon Monday evening. There are three boarded up buildings at the address, but only one caught fire. Battalion chief Ronnie Napier said the fire department is investigating this case as arson. He said it's a vacant home, and no one was hurt in the fire. Napier said fire crews put out the fire in just a few minutes. The structure suffered heavy fire damage, including a caved in roof, and is considered to be a total loss.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Fire breaks out in aisle of Decatur Family Dollar store

A Decatur Family Dollar is closed after one of the aisles caught fire early Monday morning. Four people were taken to a hospital for minor injuries and smoke inhalation. No one was burned, fire investigators say. Channel 2’s Christian Jennings was there as the parking lot of the store located at Glenwood Road and Columbia Drive was taped off. DeKalb County firefighters said they got to the scene around 8:45 a.m. Monday. The store had not been open long when an employee noticed the flames and called 911. Investigators are looking into what sparked the fire. Capt. Dion Bentley with DeKalb County Fire described what firefighters faced when they first pulled up.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Follow Up: Gold Cross, city of Augusta leaders battle over EMS service

Gold Cross currently handles ambulance service in Richmond County, but last week a committee suggested exploring other options. By opening the “zone”, as they call it, other EMS companies could take over if it’s approved. But Gold Cross has been responding to those calls for five years. The City of Augusta is heading the fight against Gold Cross services. Augusta Fire Chief Chris James explains. “The fuel behind all this is that the city voted to get the zone. They used to be the zone provider and the city wants the responsibility of being able to set standards,” explained James.
WRDW-TV News 12 Augusta

Augusta Fire Department holds first Fire Explorer Program interest meeting

An interest meeting for Augusta's first Fire Explorer Program is happening next week. It's an early opportunity for children to know if this is a job they'll like in the future. There will be a live vehicle fire demonstration, fire trucks and the first 100 people will get free food. The fire department is looking for girls and boys between 14 and 20 to apply. "It gives them a first-hand look, they'll be able to participate in ride-alongs, participate in community service events, give them the opportunity to be out in the community and be able to operate somewhat in a firefighter type of atmosphere," said Michael Meyers, Augusta Fire Department spokesperson.
WFXG-FOX 54 Augusta

Valdosta Fire Department Responds to Structure Fire on Baytree Road

The Valdosta Fire Department responded to a structure fire at 1309 Baytree Road early Sunday Morning. The call came in around 12:24 a.m. The first fire unit arrived and reported heavy smoke and flames visible from the rear of the building and the roof area. Fire units on the scene made an aggressive fire attack while conducting primary and secondary searches. Crews had the fire under control by 12:56 a.m. The building was unoccupied at the time of the fire. Georgia Power personnel secured the electrical utilities, and VFD personnel secured the water utilities. There were no injuries reported. The fire cause is currently under investigation.

Firefighters battle flames, South Georgia heat

It feels like the dog days of summer are already here, so how do firefighters stay safe while working in the South Georgia heat? Some firefighters were on the clock on Monday, but something was different. They were wearing shorts. "We're doing an exercise and testing hoes,” Jeremy Bullington, Albany Fire Department, said. Even without the full gear on, they were drenched with sweat from being outside in the heat. Imagine what it would be like wearing the full gear while fighting flames.
WFXL-TV Fox 31 My

Monday, June 18, 2018

Cuthbert gets first female firefighter

Cuthbert, Georgia has its first ever female firefighter. According to PIO Cpt. Marlon Coleman, it took 12 weeks for Victoria Prince to get certified and graduate from the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in Forsyth. “I like to help people. Even if I can’t give, I like to help. I feel like if me just being around somebody just to listen to a conversation or whatever they are going through then that’s a good start. I felt like the fire department would be the best choice for me,” says Prince. Coleman also adds that Prince is a people person and the community of Cuthbert is excited to see a female firefighter join the team.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Savannah citizens speaking out against fire fee after discount deadline reached

The deadline to get your applications in for the Savannah Fire Fee discount is officially over. The city is working to finalize the fire fee proposal by next week, but citizens and elected officials alike are saying we should call this fire fee what it is. "I mean, we are taxing our citizens out of this community." "It's an undue tax on the church. It is a tax. They can call it fee, but it's a tax." Mayor Eddie DeLoach proposed to cut the fee in half over a week ago. Even Alderman Van Johnson says the decrease will not change how the fee affects Savannah renters. "The discounts apply to the homeowner and not to the tenant. For us, that is a significant issue. The majority of individuals that live in our community - those who are on fixed incomes, those who are poor, those who are students - they don't own homes. They rent," Alderman Johnson said.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Investigators still don’t know cause of Dougherty Co. trailer fire

An arson investigator and Dougherty County Police are looking into why a trailer went up in flames at Creekside RV Park on Hancock Road. "Only thing I heard was a boom and my first reaction was to come out and see what happened," said James Law who lives in the area. Just steps away from his home, James Law says he saw something he'd never forget. "That's something I don't even want to relive again, I don't wanna see that again." Dougherty County Police and Albany Fire responded to a trailer on fire around 5:45 Sunday afternoon. "On arrival, we found a travel trailer fully involved. As we arrived we laid an inch to a three-quarter line for attack and we advised at that time that there was a person who had gotten hurt," said Battalion Chief James Ambrose.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Families displaced after apartment fire in Augusta

About 13 people are without a home after an early morning apartment fire in Augusta. The Red Cross is helping those who are displaced. Firefighters were called to The Enclave Apartments on River Ridge Drive after 2 a.m. Saturday. The fire department tells FOX 54 six apartments are damaged. One apartment is damaged because of the fire. The others have water damage. No one was hurt. Tenants say they believe the fire started because of electrical problems, but the exact cause remains under investigation.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Reinhardt University Provides Training Opportunity For Local Firefighters

The Cobb Residence Hall, originally built in 1969, served a new purpose this week after housing 72 men each year for nearly 50 years. Before the residence hall is demolished next Monday, Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services personnel used it to train for unique situations they rarely have the ability to practice. "Reinhardt is pleased to partner with Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and offer one of our oldest facilities, Cobb Hall, for fire rescue training. Cobb provides a rare opportunity to train in a building with stairs and an elevator," said Reinhardt University President Dr. Kina S. Mallard. "Cobb Hall will become Cobb Parking this fall when Reinhardt opens a new 184-bed residence hall." The first floor of Cobb Hall was used for an advanced hose-line stretch, using the long hallways to train for a skill they frequently use in the field but rarely have an opportunity to practice.
Canton-Sixes Patch

Car careens into Macon restaurant as cook is working in the kitchen

At the first light of dawn Monday, Larry Slocumb was already preparing lunch at Anderson's Diner. At about 6 a.m. Slocumb was startled by a loud noise. "I was in the kitchen cooking and I just heard a big, loud, bam," Slocumb said. "I thought someone was at the door but there was no one at the door, so finally I went to the front and saw the car out there right up against the building." Bibb County sheriff's deputies report Levi Calhoun, 30, of Macon, suffered a medical seizure as he was headed north in the 3700 block of Pio Nono Avenue.

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