Georgia News

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

DeKalb Firefighters hurt after truck crashes on the way to fire

PHOTO: Three firefighters are at Grady Hospital Monday night after they were hurt on their way to a fire. DeKalb County Fire and Rescue confirmed to Channel 2 Action News that the truck they were driving in wrecked en route to a scene on Flat Shoals Road at around 9:30 p.m. Channel 2's Michael Seiden arrived at the scene before the Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 where he saw the firetruck flipped on its side We've been told the firefighters are being treated for non-life threatening injuries.
WSB AM-750 & FM-95.5

Woman found dead among piles of belongings after fire at condemned Hall County apartment

A woman was found dead Monday morning after a fire ripped through and destroyed a Hall County apartment that was condemned just days before. The woman’s belongings were spilling out of the apartment, which might have helped fuel the fire, Channel 2 Action News reported. A Bible, wrapping paper and a shoe were among the numerous items found near the front door of the Candler Street home. The fire started about 4:30 a.m., authorities said. When responders arrived at the Candler Square Apartments, they noticed visible smoke and flames. Authorities said the fire was so hot that it caused a sliding glass door at the apartment to shatter. “As personnel were beginning to make their interior fire attack, the balcony sliding glass door burst,” Gainesville fire department spokesman Keith Smith told
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Family loses home in fire in Walton County

A fire overnight displaced a family of four in Walton County. Firefighters from Walton County Fire Rescue were called to 2361 Bobway Trail at 11:06 p.m. Sunday. That’s northwest of Between. Upon arrival, the first firefighters found the house fully involved in fire. The home was a total loss, Battalion Chief Craig League said. Two adults and two children were displaced. League said the cause was not determined, and investigators were expected to return to the scene Monday morning. Loganville Fire Department also responded to the call.
Monroe Walton Tribune

Cherokee Fire House donated to Gilmer County

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services donated the department's Fire Safety House earlier this month to the Gilmer County Fire Department. When Cherokee County consolidated with the Canton Fire Department, the fire department was able to obtain the city's Fire Safety House. According to Chad Arp, Cherokee County Fire Marshal and former Fire Educator, "Canton's Fire Safety House was a newer model than the one the county had, plus, it had a new style design for class seating and it's all on one level, too. It has been repaired, painted and new graphic lettering has been applied." Once the changes and repairs were complete, Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, began searching for a new home for the old Fire Safety House.
Canton-Sixes Patch

Fire that leaves 40 displaced in Augusta investigated as arson

40 people are out of a home after a fire tore through an Augusta apartment complex Monday night. Augusta Fire and EMA says 11 people had to be rescued from the third floor of the Heritage apartment complex, located off Jackson Road. Investigators tell News 12 they smelled an accelerant in the building, so they are treating it as an Arson investigation. We headed to the scene of the fire Tuesday to check out the damage. Although the outside doesn't look too bad, the inside of the building is unlivable.
WRDW-TV News 12 Augusta

Milton Fire-Rescue and Police Departments utilize grant funding to purchase new equipment

Milton Police Department and Fire-Rescue Department acquire additional equipment through grants from the Milton First Responders Foundation. According to a news release, "approximately $6,000 worth of equipment has been purchased" through the grant funding. The equipment aims to promote "efficiency in the field and further protects the health of Milton's public safety personnel." Milton First Responders Foundation, or MFRF, is a 501(c)3 is a board comprised of civic and business leaders who serve on a volunteer basis to provide support to the Milton Police and Fire employees and their families. "MFRF is another great example of our citizens coming together to support their own," said Mayor Joe Lockwood. "Several of our board members come from a long line of first responders and we know first-hand the sacrifices that public safety personnel make in service to the community," said Pinto.
Rome News-Tribune

Monday, March 25, 2019

Atlanta fire department turns to high schools for recruits

On a mild spring day, Cory Pippen suits up in firefighter’s gear outside Therrell High School as he prepares to climb Atlanta fire Truck 25. No, he’s not putting out a fire or saving someone from a burning building, but with the help of the Atlanta Fire Department, he is one step closer to a dream he’s had since he was a child: being a firefighter.Pippen is one of 19 students enrolled in Essentials of Fire and Emergency Services, a class offered to Therrell High School students as part of AFD’s Delayed Entry program — a recruiting tool for the department currently short about 200 firefighters.The high school course, which has been in the works since 2017, is being piloted at Therrell but will expand to all Atlanta public high schools in the 2020-2021 school year, Atlanta Public Schools spokesman Seth Coleman said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Firefighters rescue dogs from Marietta apartment fire

Nearly 20 families have lost their home after a raging fire at an apartment complex in Marietta. Firefighters were called to The Gallery apartments on Franklin Gateway just before 6 p.m. Saturday. While firefighting and rescue operations were taking place, there was a structural collapse that temporarily threatened the safety of the crews, officials said. Shortly after the partial collapse, two separate residents notified fire personnel that their dogs were still trapped inside. "The first thing out my mind is my dog - that's my family," Lino Weverson said. "It's a really awful day because we just scream, 'Please get our dog, get our dog.' They broke the window, but it's scary," Jordana Castro said.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Fire in Bleckley County destroys shop

The Bleckley County Fire Department responded to a shop fire off of Red Dog Farm Road Saturday afternoon, according to their Facebook post. When they got on scene, the shop was fully engulfed, according to Fire Chief Matt Kelley. He said, the shop was separate from the house, and no one was injured. At this time, he believes the cause of the fire was a parked mower. The structure is considered a total loss.
WGXA-TV Fox 24 Macon

Macon-Bibb firefighters host annual pink pancake breakfast

The best way to start your morning off is with pancakes. Saturday morning, hundreds came out for the 35th Annual Pink Pancake breakfast. Macon-Bibb County Fire Department hosted the event. All proceeds go towards the American Cancer Society. Fire Chief Marvin Riggins says they used gallons of pancake batter to make thousands of pancakes for friends and families.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

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