Georgia News

Thursday, October 17, 2019

1 found dead after fire at NW Atlanta apartment building

Fire crews initially believed all residents of an eight-unit building at the Villas of Hope Apartments had made it out safely. The body was found after a search.“After the guys went in and did a very through search, they did, in fact, discover, we believe, one male in the bedroom of the apartment building, deceased,” Atlanta fire spokesman Sgt. Cortez Stafford said. Stafford said the first engine arrived within three minutes of the 911 call, but they were not aware of any potential entrapment until they got on scene.“There were reports of people and witnesses advising that there was possibly a person inside the home,” he said. The victim has not been identified. It has not been determined whether the fire started in his apartment or somewhere else, Stafford said.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Camden County Fire Rescue adds $1 million in upgrades

Camden County Fire Rescue announced $1 million in upgrades, that includes a new fire engine and a new $600,000 fire house. The upgrades were made possible in part through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. "I am thankful for the leadership of the Camden County Board of Commissioners for their continued investment in public safety and in Camden County Fire Rescue," said Fire Chief Terry Smith. "We are excited to announce the new engine, generators, and Firehouse 18 as examples of our continued commitment to first-rate fire service for the citizens of Camden County." The Camden County Board of Commissioners has received $190,216 to provide six new fixed generators at firehouses throughout unincorporated Camden County.
WJXT- TV 4 News Jax

Cobb County firefighters help rescue horse

VIDEO: Everyone needs a little help getting back on their feet now and then, and that can go for horses as some rescue workers learned this week. Cobb County Fire Department said they responded to a horse in distress in West Cobb. Fire crews worked with the Cobb County Animal Services and Large Animal Rescue to give the horse a hand. They were able to get the horse in a harness and get it back on its feet. It took about a half-hour, but the crews were successful.
WAGA-TV Atlanta MyFox 5 News

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Bibb County employees to get raises in 2020

"Really, since consolidation, except law enforcement, you haven't seen an increase in salaries because we didn't have step increases," said Watkins. The county says a pay scale was implemented in July 2015 led to a 1.5% cost of living adjustment in 2016. That was just a one-time adjustment. "When there's no pressure on, we all think that all of us agree employees -- sheriff's office, firemen, public works employees -- should be paid at the highest we can pay them. It comes down to when the pressure of how to do it hits, hopefully we'll make this something set in stone," said Watkins. Citizen Mike Odom took the podium to say he's happy with the decision, after voicing support for raises for the fire department and sheriff's office in previous meetings.
WMAZ-TV 13 News Bibb

Follow Up: ’It’s God looking down on us:’ Perry first responders save woman’s life right outside station

A woman in Perry is grateful to be alive after first responders offered life-saving support right in front of their fire station. When Cheryl Taibi walked into work on July 29th, her co-worker Jason Poole knew something was wrong. She told him she thought she was having a heart attack. Poole put her in his truck and started driving to the hospital. "We didn’t make it. We ended up in the parking lot at the fire station," he said. Captain Kenneth Genthner said his crew was just sitting down to eat breakfast. "We hear a truck pull up honking the horn. We look out the door and see somebody waving," he said. They knew something was wrong. Poole told Genthner his friend was having a heart attack and they jumped into action.
WMAZ-TV CBS 13 Macon

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