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.
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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