25 additional first responders have been officially welcomed to the Savannah Fire Department. After six months of recruit school, Savannah Fire Department has what Chief Wayne Ifill said is the most highly certified firefighter class in department history.
"In the past, the other classes came out firefighter 1, firefighter 2, hazmat awareness, hazmat operations, and within the last three years we started added EMT to that class. Well, this class received that and an additional certification of hazmat technician," Ifill said. Ifill said this is pivotal as COVID-19 continues to affect the community and first responders are in higher demand.
"Even though we’re helping to combat COVID, we’re also being faced with it ourselves, so when we have personnel who are under our own COVID protocols, we have someone else now that can take their place and continue to deliver the proper service to this community," he said.
WTGS-TV FOX 28 Hardeeville
Macon-Bibb firefighters were at the scene of a house fire in south Bibb County early Sunday morning.
Macon-Bibb Fire Captain Billy Daniels says it happened around 1:30 a.m. at a home in the 6300-block of Hawkinsville Road.
Daniels says the homeowner was out of town and no one else was inside.
He says they had to fight flames in two rooms and they rolled two ladder trucks to the scene. One lane of traffic was blocked on Houston Road until about 6 a.m.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon
Like many businesses, Coweta County Fire Rescue is encountering its own staffing shortage. Pressure from the COVID-19 pandemic and the growing population of Coweta County has CCFR recruiting and expanding its staff. CCFR Chief Robby Flanagan said the department currently has 29 positions open. Coweta County’s proposed 2022 budget includes 27 additional positions. According to Flanagan, filling the vacancies will take several years, but the new positions were created to accommodate the growth of the county. However, Flanagan said CCFR is competing with other nearby departments to fill similar vacancies. “We know there is going to be additional growth, and the hiring process will be something Coweta County will make a priority for the next several years,” he said.