Georgia News

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Shift Commander Receives Fire Chief Certification

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services Shift Commander, Ryan McElwee, recently received his Fire Chief Certification at the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs Spring Executive Session in Savannah, GA on April 10th . In order for an applicant to receive the certification, they must meet four pre-requisites including holding a Georgia Firefighter Stands and Training Council State Certification in at least one of the current fire service certifications and serving as a minimum of a Battalion Chief or Division Supervisor. According to McElwee, "This certification is earned based on a points system reflecting a combination of education, experience, and years of service.
Canton-Sixes Patch

Update: Arrest in fatal Clayton County horse fire; officials say blaze was retaliation over domestic incident

An arrest has been made in a Clayton County horse fire that killed 24 horses. Fire officials announced Wednesday morning that Jonathan Espinoza-Vazquez, 23, has been charged with one count of arson and one count of aggravated cruelty to animals. The charges stem from an April 4 stable fire that killed 24 out of the 25 horses that were in the stable. Clayton County Fire Chief Landry Merkison said the fire was started in retaliation over some sort of domestic incident. Investigators got a tip from Clayton County police and Crime Stoppers Greater Atlanta, who alleged Espinoza-Vasquez set the fire in retaliation toward the property's owner.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Piece of $69 million grant likely to be used for Dougherty County storm shelters

Sunday's confirmed tornado in Southwest Georgia was brief but whipped up potentially deadly 95 mile-per-hour winds. According to Albany's Assistant Fire Chief Eugene Anderson, 100 mile-per-hour winds can hurl a two-by-four through four double-sided pieces of Sheetrock, and then keep traveling. After last year's devastating storms, the Department of Housing and Urban Development has allocated a $64.9 million Community Development Block Grant for South and Middle Georgia. Dougherty County leaders believe the federal grant money will be allocated toward paying for the construction of storm shelters.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Follow-up: Woman could face a dozen charges of arson in fire that damaged 20 Paulding County homes

The woman accused of setting fire to the home she was losing in a divorce was in court Tuesday in Paulding County. Channel 2’s Rikki Klaus was in court where Adrienne Satterly did not show much emotion during the hearing. Satterly is accused of being under the influence of drugs and alcohol on February 18 when police said she set fire to a pile of mattresses in her former Hiram home on Rosemont Court. The fire grew massive, quickly spreading on a windy morning to neighbors’ homes. In court Tuesday, Hiram Police Detective Sgt. Mike Wilson took the stand and recounted what he saw the day of the fire.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Cobb County Fire welcomes largest class of new recruits since 1990

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

ATC partnership will add volunteer firefighters to Sylvester Fire Department

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

Tifton firefighters learn how to approach victims of child sexual abuse

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

Douglas Fire Department receives grant for new equipment

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

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