Georgia News

Monday, October 14, 2019

Stephens County responders train for the unthinkable

Emergency personnel in Stephens County practiced their response to a disaster last week, saying they hope they never face a similar situation. Taking advantage of a teacher workday Tuesday, leaders utilized a scenario that an EF-4 tornado struck, resulting in the collapse of a back hallway of Stephens County Meddle School, more than a dozen injuries and two fatalities, said Stephens County Emergency Management Agency Director Danielle Rhodes. Units from Stephens County Sheriff’s Office, Carnes Creek Station 2, Stephens County Emergency Medical Services, Stephens County Emergency Management Agency and Toccoa Fire Department responded to the reported structural collapse in that portion of the building.

’Without them, we just couldn’t function:’ Laurens County Fire Department needs volunteers

VIDEO: The Laurens County Fire Department, like many rural fire departments, desperately needs volunteers. A class of volunteer firefighter candidates at the Laurens County Fire Department took one step closer to their goal Saturday. "It's a great opportunity to just work for my community," said Cleveland Wiley, a volunteer candidate. The group began their day running two miles at Southern Pines Regional Park. Then they drove out to the burn building where they practiced a variety of skills required to be a firefighter. Activities included dragging a hose, climbing stairs and ladders, hoisting and carrying equipment, forcing their way into a building, and dragging out victims. In this case, they used training dummies. "This right is here is prepping me up for the real world of becoming a fireman," Wiley said.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

Friday, October 11, 2019

East Point firefighter teach children about fire safety

National Fire Safety Prevention Week is in full swing. Firefighters with the city of East Point spent the day helping kids learn about fire safety. Thursday, dozens of kids came out to the department's annual Be Cool About Fire Safety Program. Firefighters used puppets to teach children how important it is to prepared for a fire. "We want to bring them in and teach them about fire safety all the do's and don'ts when it comes to what you can and can't do when dealing with fire," said Chief Corey Thornton, city of East Point Fire Department. The department also hopes kids will take what they learned Thursday and share it with their parents, making sure they are prepared.
WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News

Jeff Hogan, former Johns Creek Fire Chief, steps down as state fire marshal

Jeff Hogan, a former Johns Creek Fire Chief who was appointed as Georgia’s state fire marshal in January, has stepped down from the position after less than 10 months. A spokesperson with the Georgia Department of Insurance said Hogan stepped down about two weeks ago after a conversation with Insurance Commissioner John F. King. The Insurance Commissioner’s office released a statement regarding his resignation. “Commissioner King recently sat down with Fire Marshal Jeff Hogan to discuss the future of the department and both agreed that it was for the best for Mr. Hogan to step down from his position as we take the department in a new direction,” the statement said. “We wish him the best in his future endeavors.”
Gwinnett Daily Post

Update: Drivers take detours on day 2 of train derailment clean up in Houston County

The cleanup continues a little over 24 hours after a train derailed along the Georgia 247 Spur in Houston County. Norfolk Southern crews were on scene clearing the damage and making repairs to the train tracks. The Georgia Department of Transportation closed the highway for the next couple of days. Houston County Fire Chief Christopher Stoner is asking of drivers to be patient after the Norfolk Southern train derailment on Wednesday afternoon. Just before the Georgia 247 Spur, drivers are meeting road closed signs while crews are cleaning up the mess. "It kind of threw me off. It made me think of a place where I used to live where there was a real bad train derailment," Advanced Disposal employee Rick Lynch said.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

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