Georgia News

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

$2M to go toward new fire trucks in Albany

Albany City Commissioners unanimously approved on Tuesday to spend more than $2 million for new fire trucks for the Albany Fire Department. The overall cost to purchase two new aerial ladder trucks is $2,091,992. That price takes into account money the city would receive back from selling an older truck currently in the fleet. Interim Fire Chief Sebon Burns said these trucks would be made to the department's specification. He said the lifespan for fire trucks is around 10 to 15 years, and some of theirs have now met that. "We're very excited for these new trucks," he said. "It's been a long process, and it'll actually be a long process to get them here because they've got to build them.
WFXL-TV Fox 31 My

Sumter Fire and Emergency Services donates $3K to firefighters for thermal image camera

Lee County Firefighters will now be able to quickly locate people in a house fire or in the dark with some new technology. Sumter EMC made presented a $3,000 check to the Fire and Emergency Services (EMS) of Lee County. Staff showed the board of commissioners the new thermal image camera they were able to buy with those funds. The camera heat signature mechanism helps firefighters find victims in a fire or lost in the woods at night. The device has already been put to good use helping the firefighters locate a fire that was inside of the wall which allowed them to put it out quickly.
WTVM-TV News 9 Columbus

Peach County couple battles blazes together

Alan Whittington started fighting fires a long time ago. He says his first official day was August 3rd, 1984, but that wasn't his first time on a call. "I was running calls before then, but I was not 18 years age, so I could not legally be a firefighter," he says. But almost two decades ago, he got a new colleague. "Alan and I started dating and I started going on calls with him," said Tiffany Whittington. "I learned that I was not a very good watcher. I wanted to get in there and help and do stuff, and all the guys were very encouraging for me to do that." She became a volunteer firefighter with the Peach County Fire Department, just like her then-boyfriend Alan.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

First Deputy will be interim replacement after Atlanta fire chief retires

When Atlanta Fire Chief Joel Baker retires Thursday, the department’s second in command and head of operations will temporarily take the helm. First Deputy Chief Randall Slaughter will serve as interim fire chief. Slaughter, a graduate of the Atlanta Public Schools system, said he was “honored and humbled” that Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms “placed her trust” in him for the position. When Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport lost power after a fire in December, Slaughter took over from the airport’s fire chief as head of the incident command center. “In my 28 years, I’ve never seen a fire this intense down in a tunnel area,” he said at the time.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Camden County fire chief resigns, Kingsland fire chief will oversee

Seven days after an Action News Jax investigation into accusations of safety concerns, the Camden County Fire Rescue chief has stepped down. In a letter to all Camden County Fire Rescue employees, Chief Mark Crews said, "I regret to inform you that I am resigning from my position as Chief of Camden County Fire Rescue. I feel that my leadership has become a distraction to the great work this department does." On Monday night, the city of Kingsland approved the plan for Kingsland Fire Chief Terry Smith to oversee Camden County Fire Rescue. “Fire trucks get old. They wear out. It’s our responsibility to keep them running for the men and women running them,” Smith said.
Action News Jax

North Fulton city considering $4M upgrade of firefighting vehicles

Sandy Springs fire chief Keith Sanders wants to update his department’s fleet of trucks. In a presentation to the city council on Feb. 6, the chief explained that the department needs trucks that are smaller, lighter, newer and equipped with the latest technology. Updating the fleet could cost the city about $4 million, but Sanders said in the long run, the upgrade will save the city money. The fire department wants to buy five vehicles from Wisconsin-based Pierce Manufacturing Inc. which would cost a quoted $4,462,805.82.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Flovilla firefighters honored for boot drive collections

The Flovilla Fire Department is celebrating a milestone — collecting the most money, per capita, in donations to the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation boot drive. The department was recognized Feb. 6 at the Georgia state Capitol on Firefighters Recognition Day. Firefighters with the department collected an average of $1,370 per firefighter during the Give Burns the Boot campaign in 2017. The Butts County Fire Department was also recognized for collecting the second most per capita in donations, at more than $631 per firefighter. The Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation performs fire safety and prevention education, supports medical facilities and assists burn survivors in recovery.
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