Georgia News

Friday, June 11, 2021

Grill Stolen From Decatur County Firefighters Found At Florida Restaurant

Three years after being stolen from volunteer firefighters in Decatur County, Georgia, a homemade grill and smoker worth thousands of dollars was found at a Jamaican restaurant in Sarasota. Investigators from Georgia were able to eventually track down the grill to Florida and worked with Sarasota police to get it home. Investigator Terry Phillips with the Decatur County Sheriff's Office and Capt. Sam Hughes with Decatur County Fire & Rescue coordinated with Sarasota police Detective Dominic Harris to pick up the beloved smoker. They made the trek to retrieve it Wednesday. "That was quite a trip," Phillips said. "I am very surprised that we got it back." Decatur County Fire Chief Charlie McCann also can't believe the grill made its way back to his volunteers with the Mt. Pleasant Volunteer Fire Department.
Sarasota Patch

Gwinnett County: Pink fire truck used to bring smiles to those battling illnesses in need of some support

VIDEO: A nonprofit that has poured a lot of love into the community is now in need of some help. Michael and Kenya Sayles are the founders of the Gwinnett County chapter of Pink Heals. They bring a pink fire truck to visit people who are battling illnesses to cheer them up and show their support. "Primarily we end up seeing cancer patients. We take the truck and we go visit. We get in connection with their friends, their family. We take it and we surprise them at their house," Michael Sayles said. "And then each person goes up to the cancer patient, obviously not during COVID times, and gives them a hug and tells them they support them. They just feel so loved," Kenya Sayles said. The parade of friends, family, local first responders help show support during what can feel like an isolating time.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

Fire crews did not detect hazardous material from spill in Atlanta

Fire officials responded to an incident involving a spill at Loring Drive and Deering Road NW on Thursday. Battalion Chief Jason Wozniak, with Atlanta Fire Rescue, said crews in hazmat suits could not detect any hazardous materials in the air or in liquid form from the area. One person, authorities said, experienced a non-life-threatening injury. The person had eye irritation and drove to the hospital before fire officials responded to the incident. The incident temporarily impacted traffic, but now streets are opening back up.
WXIA-TV NBC 11 Atlanta

Henry County Fire Department receives mattress donation

Henry County Fire Department has received a donation of 150 mattresses and frames from Zinus Mattress company. Youn Jae Lee, Zinus chairman and CEO, announced the donation Tuesday. “I am proud to know that our fire stations will soon be equipped with Zinus products and believe that our firefighters will certainly be able to rest easier, especially knowing that the mattresses they use are made right here in Henry County,” said Henry County Board of Commissioners Chair Carlotta Harrell. Zinus announced plans in August of 2020 to retrofit a former distribution center in Henry County to serve as its first North American advanced manufacturing facility.
Henry Herald

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Savannah Fire Department opens new station in the Highlands

VIDEO: After 11 years of operating out of a temporary trailer fire station, Savannah Fire has opened a permanent one in the Highlands area. Savannah Fire officials, city leaders and residents of the Highlands celebrated the grand opening of Station 14 Wednesday morning with a hose-uncoupling ceremony, which is the fire department's version of a ribbon-cutting. “Our first district Highlands neighbors and our Savannah firefighters deserve this permeant state-of-the-art facility to protect our families, to protect our neighbors and homes in this neighborhood, and to be served to the best of the city’s ability,” said Savannah Mayor Van Johnson. The Highlands are located near Pooler. The area is one of the fastest-growing communities in Savannah, according to Johnson, which is one of the reasons city leaders chose to use $3.8 million of Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) to fund the new station.
WTGS-TV Fox 28 Hardeeville

Fire crews respond to 2 abandoned structure fires in Savannah

It was all hands on deck for firefighters battling two different abandoned building fires Wednesday night in Chatham County. Chatham Emergency Services got a call that flames and smoke were coming from a building off ACL Boulevard just before 8 p.m. Twenty-one Chatham firefighters, along with crews from Savannah Fire, responded. Chatham EMS says an abandoned building caught fire. Crews also dealt with live power lines sparking on the ground. Then around 11:30 p.m., Chatham County Police say an abandoned house caught fire on Gerrard Avenue. Several fire crews had to respond to help put out the blaze. No injuries were reported in either of these incidents. The cause of both fires is under investigation.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Cars being salvaged for scrap metal catch on fire at Vienna business

Vienna Fire Department responded to a commercial fire on Shiloh Road. The department says that when they arrived to the scene at around 4:00 p.m. they discovered multiple vehicles on fire. They say the vehicles were being salvaged for scrap metal at the business. The firefighters used hand lines and ground monitors to help extinguish the fire. Personnel at the business also helped by offering aid with heavy equipment they own.
WGXA-TV Fox/ABC 24 Macon

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