Georgia News

Friday, August 12, 2022

’Powdery substance’ found in letter at Cobb County courthouse not a threat, officials say

The Cobb County courthouse has fully reopened and returned to normal operations after police investigated a "suspicious item" on Thursday afternoon. A spokesperson for the Marietta Fire Department says emergency crews responded to the courthouse complex shortly after midday. Fire officials said an employee was opening a letter when a "powdery substance" was seen. Streets around the buildings were shut down to allow for rescue crews to respond. Most courtrooms were still accessible, but the immediate area was cleared. Officials were able to test the substance quickly and found it to be benign. Since no hazards were found, the courthouse returned to normal operations. The incident remains under investigation.
WAGA-TV FOX 5 Atlanta

South Georgia lightning strike fires spark concerns about safety

VIDEO: South Georgians are seeing more lightning strike incidents as the weather recently has involved a lot of thunderstorms. The most recent incident reported was a lightning bolt that struck a home in Albany which caused the home to catch fire. Albany Fire responded to the house fire call on the 600 block of West 2nd Avenue Wednesday afternoon. Rubin Jordan, assistant fire chief of Albany Fire Department, said these calls are not rare. “It’s not like every house is getting struck, but that chance is there. It’s not a lot, but it’s enough for us to be vigilant,” Jordan said. In his 30 years with the Albany Fire Department, Jordan said he expects about 3 calls for fires caused by lightning. He said that number can vary from year to year.

Paulding deputies awarded medal of merit for entering burning building to locate children

Two Paulding County Sheriff’s Office deputies were awarded the second highest honor that can be bestowed upon a deputy. Corporal Jamie Winkles and Deputy Joshua Bishop were presented with the Medal of Merit by Sheriff Gary Gulledge at the beginning of the Aug. 9 Paulding County Board of Commissioners meeting for the heroic acts they performed during a call on June 24. Corporal Winkles and Deputy Bishop, while assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division, risked their own personal safety when they voluntarily entered a burning home to locate several injured children along with an armed female suspect who had stabbed multiple children. When they were overcome with smoke, they exited the home and appropriated two oxygen tanks and masks from firefighters who were already on scene.
West Georgia Neighbor

Thursday, August 11, 2022

Gilmer Fire Chief Kauffman becomes Chief Fire Officer

More than just a reversal of words, going from Fire Chief to Chief Fire Officer is an international credential that only chief officers serving at or above the level of battalion chief can achieve. Gilmer Fire Chief Daniel Kauffman, serving at the top level of Gilmer Fire, has joined these ranks this month as he completed the designation process on August 2, 2022. An international designation, only 1,755 Chief Fire Officers (CFO) exist worldwide, with 66 in the state of Georgia. The program is a part of the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE), a not-for-profit 501(c) (3) corporation that helps high-performing fire departments and emergency services professionals in their efforts to continuously improve.
Fetch Your News

Fire crews putting out fire at Pearl’s Saltwater Grille in Savannah

PHOTOS: Pearl’s Saltwater Grille caught fire early Thursday morning. The La Roche Avenue restaurant is still standing, but there is significant damage. Fire Chief James Vickers for the Chatham Emergency Services says they got a fire alarm from the kitchen around 12:17 a.m. Fire crews were on scene three minutes later. “We hit what we call the second alarm, that’s like five engines, two trucks, command safety, quite a few chief officers were here. We also called the haul caul manpower so that was about 10 more people so we may have about 30 to 40 people out here,” Chief Vickers said. “It’s a little tough because the roofing is metal and it’s over the fire so we’re just trying to hit around it. That’s why it’s taking so long.”
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

Thousands of gallons of tar, diesel spill out of flipped tanker in Cherokee County

Thousands of gallons of tar and diesel and thousands of pounds of sand filled a Cherokee County road on Wednesday morning. Cherokee County hazardous materials teams were called out a massive spill in front of the historic Tate House on Hwy. 53. When they arrived, a tanker-trailer had flipped and started spilling the hot tar it was carrying, as well as the diesel in its tank. Pickens County Fire and Rescue crews were able to pull the driver out of the tanker before hazmat teams got there. Crews were able to quickly stop the diesel leak before it contaminated anything other than the road. The tar was flowing into a roadside culvert and a nearby pasture. By the time crews were able to stop it, officials estimate between 3,000 and 5,000 gallons of tar had spilled out. It’s unclear what damage was done to the culvert and pasture.
WSB-TV ABC 2 Atlanta

Annual cleanup of St. Catherines Island in Liberty County to begin weeks after wildfires burned 2,000+ acres

This past June, wildfires on St. Catherine’s Island in Liberty County burned around 2,200 acres. Now, members of the Liberty County community are planning their annual cleanup of the beaches on the island. Staff members at Keep Liberty Beautiful say the recent fires on St. Catherine’s Island make their annual cleanup even more important this year. Georgia Forestry officials say lightning sparked multiple fires that burned around 2,200 acres on the island. The fires burned for days before finally being put out on July 5. Now, Keep Liberty Beautiful will head over to the island in September for their yearly cleanup. Executive Director Dr. Karen Bell says the beaches weren’t impacted directly by the fire, but Keep Liberty Beautiful is lending an extra hand wherever it’s needed.
WTOC-TV CBS 11 Savannah

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