Georgia News

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

86-year-old woman dies in Dalton house fire

The Dalton Fire Department says a house fire claimed the life of an 86-year-old woman Sunday evening. The fire broke out a little after 5:30 p.m. at a home on the 1000 block of Riverbend Road. When firefighters arrived, they were told a woman was inside the bedroom in the back of the house. Firefighters went through a window and found the victim, Ida Bonds, who was already deceased. Investigators do not suspect foul play. A family member told police that the home had been without electricity for about 24 hours and that power had been restored shortly before the fire. The family member began to smell smoke and when he went to the back of the house to check he found that the house was on fire.
WTVC-TV ABC/FOX 9 Chattanooga

Douglas County Accepts $1.2 Million FEMA Grant

Douglas County Government has received over $1 million in Federal Emergency Management grant funds from the Department of Homeland Security, the county announced Tuesday. The money will be used to purchase an aerial ladder truck for the Douglas County Fire & EMS Department, which was destroyed in a 2019 accident. "We are grateful to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for this grant opportunity, and grateful to our citizens for their contributions with the [special-purpose local-option sales tax]," Douglas County Board of Commissioners Chair Dr. Romona Jones said in a news release. "These federal dollars will help our Fire Department to save lives." On Tuesday, the commissioners voted to accept $1,090,909 in FEMA funds.
Douglasville Patch

Saturday was the deadliest day for the COVID-19 pandemic in the state, new numbers show

New numbers from the state show Saturday is now the deadliest day of the COVID-19 pandemic so far. The state reported 191 new COVID-19 deaths. That’s five more than our previous high in February. That brings Georgia’s average of COVID-19 deaths to 103 people every day. But as deaths go up, cases continue to go down across the state. The Georgia Department of Public Health reported 9,490 new COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend. The seven-day average of cases is now at its lowest point in over a month. The numbers come on the same day as the U.S. met another grim milestone: COVID-19 has now killed about as many Americans as the 1918-19 Spanish flu pandemic did — approximately 675,000.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Monday, September 20, 2021

Savannah Fire Department graduates 22 new firefighters, 3 deputy fire marshals

25 additional first responders have been officially welcomed to the Savannah Fire Department. After six months of recruit school, Savannah Fire Department has what Chief Wayne Ifill said is the most highly certified firefighter class in department history. "In the past, the other classes came out firefighter 1, firefighter 2, hazmat awareness, hazmat operations, and within the last three years we started added EMT to that class. Well, this class received that and an additional certification of hazmat technician," Ifill said. Ifill said this is pivotal as COVID-19 continues to affect the community and first responders are in higher demand. "Even though we’re helping to combat COVID, we’re also being faced with it ourselves, so when we have personnel who are under our own COVID protocols, we have someone else now that can take their place and continue to deliver the proper service to this community," he said.
WTGS-TV FOX 28 Hardeeville

Firefighters respond to house fire in south Bibb County

Macon-Bibb firefighters were at the scene of a house fire in south Bibb County early Sunday morning. Macon-Bibb Fire Captain Billy Daniels says it happened around 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 6300-block of Hawkinsville Road. Daniels says the homeowner was out of town and no one else was inside. He says they had to fight flames in two rooms and they rolled two ladder trucks to the scene. One lane of traffic was blocked on Houston Road until about 6 a.m.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Coweta County Fire Rescue aims to fill 56 positions

Like many businesses, Coweta County Fire Rescue is encountering its own staffing shortage. Pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing population of Coweta County has CCFR recruiting and expanding its staff. CCFR Chief Robby Flanagan said the department currently has 29 positions open. Coweta County’s proposed 2022 budget includes 27 additional positions. According to Flanagan, filling the vacancies will take several years, but the new positions were created to accommodate the growth of the county. However, Flanagan said CCFR is competing with other nearby departments to fill similar vacancies. “We know there is going to be additional growth, and the hiring process will be something Coweta County will make a priority for the next several years,” he said.
Newnan Times-Herald

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