Georgia News

Monday, April 6, 2020

South Fulton Fire Chief Broome Tapped for Georgia Municipal Association Role

Today marks Fire Chief Freddie Broome’s last day with the South Fulton Fire & Rescue Department. After 10 months in the position, he’s been tapped by the Georgia Municipal Association as their new member service consultant serving District 3, the Atlanta metro area. Broome is highly respected throughout the state. He was named Fire Chief of the Year at the 2019 Georgia Fire Service Conference last September and recognized at the State Capitol earlier this year. His career in fire service spans nearly 25 years. “It was an honor to serve the members of the South Fulton Fire & Rescue Department and the great citizens of the City of South Fulton,” said Broome. “Thank you for your support and encouragement.” Since his arrival in South Fulton, Broome has implemented a cancer reduction program and a health and wellness program, including annual firefighter physical exams. He also created the city’s first health and safety officer position.
City of South Fulton Observer

23 families displaced after fire sweeps through DeKalb apartment building

Nearly two dozen families were displaced when a large fire broke out at a DeKalb County apartment complex and damaged a 20-unit building, officials said. The fire broke out at the Belle Vista Apartments on Camelia Lane in Lithonia Saturday evening, according to the American Red Cross of Georgia. DeKalb firefighters arrived at the scene about 6 p.m. and saw heavy flames and smoke coming from a unit on the third floor. Fire officials told the news station the blaze started in one unit and spread to the roof. "Most of the damage was to the roof," DeKalb County fire spokesman Capt. Dion Bentley said. "We had one apartment involved heavily with fire which we were able to take care of that."
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Moultrie city leaders curbing the spread of the coronavirus

There are now more than 30 confirmed cases of the coronavirus in Colquitt County. Firefighters with the Moultrie Fire Department have rigged their self-contained breathing apparatus, or SCBA, to perform like paint sprayers, and Fire Chief Jeff Thibodeau said they’re using them to sanitize City Hall and the fire department. And it’s captured the attention of other fire departments. "We’ll see them do it too. So, what we’re doing in Moultrie is going to make south Georgia, for sure, safer all around,” said Thibodeau. Every day after 5:00 p.m., firefighters are disinfecting high traffic areas. "Always try to do everything we can to keep everybody safe, us and everybody that we’re around that needs help,” said Thibodeau. Thibodeau said each fire station, engineering and utility departments have a sanitation sprayer to keep their facilities clean.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

100 Club donates equipment to Rabun County Fire Department

Rabun County firefighters will be safer when not fighting fires, thanks to a donation from the 100 Club of Rabun County. “Approximately 18 months ago, Rabun County Fire Department was contacted by members of the 100 Club Of Rabun County to see if there was anything needed by firefighters of Rabun County to keep them safer,” said Assistant Chief Justin Upchurch. “We knew there was a need for a heavy duty washing machine, gear extractor and dryer to clean turnout gear used during a fire.” The 100 Club of Rabun County donated funds to Rabun County for the purchase of a gear washer/extractor and dryer, at a cost of about $15,000 including hookups and necessary detergent/cleaning agents. It took several months for everything to come together and have the system completely installed. “It is now up and running perfectly,” Upchurch said.

Moultrie Fire Department orders additional fire truck

The Moultrie Fire Department has just received a new fire truck, to help keep the city safe. Fire Chief Jeff Thibodeau said for a period of time, mechanical issues left the department with just one truck serving the whole community. Thibodeau said with the addition of this truck, they now have a total of five trucks in service: Two fire engines, two ladder trucks, and a rescue truck. Thibodeau said having this amount of equipment can also lower their Insurance Services Office or ‘ISO’ rating. He said now they’ll no longer be left short-handed. “It makes us feel better, knowing that we are equipped with that backup truck anytime that we need it. So, there should be no gap in service, or anything like that, like there was for a short time in the past,” said Thibodeau. Thibodeau said they’ll receive the brand new truck in November.
WALB-TV NBC 10 Albany

Friday, April 3, 2020

Fire destroys Poteet Funeral Home in Augusta

A fire destroyed an Augusta funeral home Thursday afternoon. The Augusta Fire Department responded to the scene and eventually contained the blaze at Poteet Funeral Home on Peach Orchard Road. According to the fire department, two vehicles appear to also have been destroyed by flames. The fire caused south traffic on Peach Orchard Road to be diverted.
The Augusta Chronicle

House, two cars catch on fire in Hall County

Hall County Fire is on the scene of a house fire, where two cars also were on fire Thursday afternoon. According to fire officials, the blaze broke out a mobile home in the 3500 block of Suggs Road off Gillsville Hwy in East Hall County. Fire crews also found two cars were also on fire at the scene. Hall County Fire Services confirmed the fire was knocked down shortly after 1 p.m. Fire crews are working to contain hot spots. Hall County Fire Marshal's Office is investigators are working to learn the cause of the fire.
WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News

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