Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services is bringing on an unusually large class of new recruits.
Some 52 new recruits from across the U.S. began 42 weeks of intense training last week, after which they will officially become Cobb County firefighters. The typical class has between 20 and 30 recruits. When these new trainees are finished, the department will have 699 firefighters.
Their recruit class will tie for the largest in department history with the class of 1990 — coincidentally, the same class current Fire Chief Randy Crider graduated from. Crider said the new recruits joining the ranks will allow 21 firefighters to staff the planned Station No. 29 in the Galleria area, which the department hopes to open next fall.
Marietta Daily Journal
The city of Sylvester took a step forward Friday with a program that will add volunteer staff to its fire department and benefit local college students.
Fire science students at Albany Technical College graduate with the national firefighter's certification they need, but not the state certification.
The partnership between the Sylvester Fire Department and ATC will put the students or graduates who get their national certification to work at the Sylvester Fire Department. They'll work as volunteers and get some experience, plus the chief will help them get their state certification.
The Sylvester City Council approved the partnership in its regular meeting on Friday.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany
In the last year, the city of Tifton has seen over 600 cases of child abuse.
Now, Tifton's fire department wants to change that.
Monday was all about making sure firefighters knew the best way to approach victims of child abuse. Darkness to Light's program the Stewards of Children is a child sexual abuse training program.
It gives information on knowing the signs of child sexual abuse and prevention tips. The firefighters were given an interactive workbook that goes step by step on working with children.
Billy Jones of the Patticake House conducted Monday's training.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus
The City of Douglas Fire Department received a $3,500 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers.
Representatives from FM Global presented the grant award to Douglas Fire Chief Larry Wilson.
The department has purchased iPads to track fire information accurately within the department. They will also be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to community buildings.
"Through education efforts, we believe the majority of fires can be preventable," said Larry Wilson, Douglas Fire Chief. "With the additional financial support from FM Global, this grant will help our Fire Department provide accurate reporting and prevention awareness."
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah