Georgia News

Monday, May 23, 2022

Gilmer County: First responders exposed to substance at crash, hospitalized

Authorities say seven northern Georgia first responders have been hospitalized after being exposed to an unknown substance while at a crash. Gilmer County Public Safety Director Keith Kucera says Fire Rescue units were sent to the single-vehicle crash Thursday evening, where the responders found a pickup truck that had hit a tree. The emergency crews treated the two people who were in the truck for trauma-related injuries. Two sheriff’s deputies and five emergency medical services workers suffered exposure symptoms to what authorities called an unknown controlled substance that was in the vehicle. They were all taken to hospitals for treatment and have since been released.
WRBL-TV CBS 3 Columbus

Fire and Rescue respond to Tyrone fire

PHOTO: In a statement provided by Fayette County EMA Captain Michael Singleton: “Just before 1:00 a.m. on 05/22/2022, Fayette County Fire & Emergency Services units were dispatched to 475 Briarwood Rd. in Tyrone on a residential fire. Units responded to the report from a neighbor that a home that was engulfed in fire. Upon arrival units found the structure heavily involved. The residence sustained heavy damage and one firefighter sustained minor injuries and was transported by ambulance for treatment. The garage and kitchen were destroyed with the rest of the structure sustaining heavy smoke and water damage. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing”
Fayette County News

Pickens County Fire Chief Prather recognizes new paramedics

The Pickens County Board of Commissioners met on May 19, 2022. At their meeting, Fire Chief Tim Prather was given the time to recognize two employees who recently received licenses to serve as paramedics. Chairman Stancil also gave a recognition to Pickens County sports teams, and the commissioners voted to fill two positions. During the commissioners’ meeting, Chief Prather recognized firefighters Zachary Robinson and Zachary Licona who recently finished the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Paramedic Program. Prather emphasized the time Licona and Robinson dedicated to becoming licensed paramedics, “I don’t think there’s ever enough said about the paramedic program and what these guys go through. The program itself is about 1200 hours.” He also read a letter of commendation that was presented to both paramedics.

Lowndes County firefighters demo simple machines for students

Fourth-grade students recently learned about simple machines and how they are used daily. Lowndes County Fire Rescue and Dewar Elementary School have been partnering for several years to reinforce the lesson of simple machines. Emily Renfroe, a Dewar teacher, said, “Our fourth graders have been learning about simple machines in science. Today, they received a special visit from the Lowndes County Fire Rescue, who have helped explain the importance of simple machines in their daily duties.” The simple machines are the inclined plane, lever, wedge, wheel and axle, pulley, and screw. Students receive hands-on examples of how these simple machines can be used daily, while having fun with their classmates.
Valdosta Daily Times

Friday, May 20, 2022

Fire destroys home in Milledgeville

PHOTO: More than two dozen firefighters from Milledgeville Fire Rescue Services and Baldwin County Fire Rescue battled intense flames Wednesday night that destroyed a home in the city. The home is located on the 400 block of Forest Street. Milledgeville Fire Rescue Services Battalion Chief Ronald Crooms Jr. said city and county firefighters were called to the scene shortly after 7:30 p.m. When the first firefighters arrived, the home was fully involved. No one was home at the time of the fire. Firefighters battled the raging fire for more than an hour before finally bringing it under control. Fire officials have not released a cause for the fire. Crooms, along with Battalion Chief Joe Taylor, directed firefighters while they fought the fire. Thick, black smoke could be seen for several miles billowing into the skyline around Milledgeville.
The Union-Recorder

Macon-Bibb Fire Department breaks ground on new training facility

The Macon-Bibb Fire Department broke ground on its newest training facility on Thursday. The department held its last burn at the old facility before demolishing it earlier this month. The old site was built 30 years ago and needed repairs throughout the years. The new facility will allow the department to no longer travel far to use other facilities. “I want our chiefs from around the middle Georgia area, any fire department, to know that when we get this facility, our doors are open,” Fire Chief Edwards said. “Bring your firefighters here, train them. Let us make them the best of the best as well, because we’re all in this together. We’re one team.” Construction will start next week. A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place at the Tinker Drive site by the end of the year.
WMGT-TV NBC 41 Macon

Athens family survives house fire

PHOTO: An Athens family survived a late night house fire thanks to working smoke detectors, Athens-Clarke County fire officials say. At 11:43 p.m. on May 18, firefighters were dispatched to a report of a structure fire located on Chesterton Drive. The first unit arrived on the scene at 11:48 p.m. and reported that a two-story wood-frame home had heavy fire involvement along the roofline. The residents of the home had already evacuated the structure and confirmed that all family members and pets were accounted for. Due to heavy fire involvement, and reports of the safety of the residents, the decision was made to perform an exterior attack on the fire with large handheld hose lines. Once crews were able to get a large portion of the fire knocked down, they safely transitioned to an interior fire attack to completely mitigate the emergency.
The Georgia Sun

Warner Robins Fire Department warns of T-shirt sale scam

The Warner Robins Fire Department wants to warn you about an alleged scam involving them and a T-shirt. This is something the fire chief said has never happened before--- a scammer trying to make money off the Warner Robins Fire Department. Starting Tuesday, someone sent text messages to the public about a discounted Warner Robins Fire Department T-shirt. According to the Warner Robins Fire Department Fire Chief Ross Moulton, several people have received the text, but he calls it a scam. "It was really a shock to us to think that somebody would basically stoop to that level and try to use us to their benefit," Moulton said. Chief Moulton asks you not to click on the link or respond. "The Warner Robins Fire Department will not send out a text asking for anything. If there is anything that comes up about us or our needs, it will be posted on our official Facebook page or the city's," Moulton said.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

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