Towns County Fire and Rescue Activity Report

Incident Report, News
Towns County Fire Department

Towns County Fire and Rescue Incident Report –

5/21/18 – 6/3/18

 

5/21

  • Medical Assist – 1
  • Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) – 1

5/22

  • Medical Assist – 3
  • Fire Alarm – 1

5/23

  • Medical Assist – 3

5/24

  • Medical Assist – 3
  • MVA – 2

5/25

  • Medical Assist – 2
  • Public Service – 1

5/26

  • Medical Assist – 1
  • Public Service – 1

5/27

  • Medical Assist – 3
  • Propane Leak – 1

5/28

  • Medical Assist – 7
  • Fire Alarm – 1
  • Assist Other Agency – 1

5/29

  • Medical Assist – 1
  • MVA – 1
  • Power Line Down – 1

5/30

  • Medical Assist – 6
  • Flood Evacuation – 1
  • Fire Alarm – 1

5/31

  • Medical Assist – 2
  • MVA – 1
  • Controlled Burn – 1

6/1

  • Medical Assist – 1
  • MVA – 2
  • Public Service – 1

6/2

  • Medical Assist – 1
  • Search for Missing Person – 1

6/3

  • Medical Assist – 2
  • MVA – 1
  • Controlled Burn – 1

 

 

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Robin H. Webb

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Resort evacuated overnight, Highway 75 south suffers erosion

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Highway 75 South

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Heavy rainfall from subtropical storm Alberto resulted in the flooding of Enchanted Valley RV Resort, located off Highway 75 south, during the early morning hours of Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Towns County first responders arrived on scene to assist in evacuation efforts. The mobile home park borders the Hiawassee River.

Towns County CodeRed emergency alert system began notifying residents of impending danger shortly before midnight Tuesday, May 29.

Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland told FetchYourNews he has never seen water rise to such levels so rapidly.

Enchanted Valley RV Resort

“The water was waist high in some areas, and I am 6 foot 3. I’ve never seen water run so fast,” Copeland said. “We cut off power as a safety precaution, and evacuated between ten to a dozen people.” Copeland said some residents were walked out while others were evacuated via a county vehicle. Approximately 30 residents were sheltered at Macedonia Baptist Church and Towns County Recreation Center overnight. Electricity was restored to the area at approximately 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, May 30.

Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) has reported that Highway 75 south, north of Helen, between Robertstown and Unicoi Gap, is currently closed to traffic due to erosion from the recent rainfall.  Motorists are being diverted to a detoured route while road crews repair the damage.

Abundant moisture will remain across the area today with periods of showers and thunderstorms. Additional rainfall of one to 1.5 inches is expected, with higher amounts in localized areas. Some of these amounts could fall within a short period of time. Creek and river levels are already above average, and it will not take much additional rainfall to cause levels to rise above bank height. High waters may not recede until well after the rain has ended. A flood watch remains in effect until further notice.

 

 

[Feature photo: Highway 76 south, credit Georgia DOT]

[Enchanted Valley RV Park, credit Ella Whelchel]

 

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Robin H. Webb

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New fire station to be built in Young Harris

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YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – A new fire station is in the future for Towns County Fire and Rescue in Young Harris, with a bid package offered on the project as of today.

“We’re going to build a firehouse in Young Harris,” Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw stated. “Originally, I wanted to use detainee labor to build it complete, everything. We can’t do that.”

Bradshaw explained that after consulting with Towns County Building Inspector John Paul Peoples, the commissioner learned that 17-foot high walls, and 14-foot doors, are necessary for construction. The initial construction will involve professionals, with detainees joining in the effort thereafter.

“What we are going to do is put a bid package together,” Bradshaw explained. “We’re going to put a metal building out for bid. Not the slab, not the plumbing right now, because we’re going to contract most of that out ourselves to try and save money. Then, of course, we’ll take the best bid when the bids come in, to see who’s most qualified, learn their history.

“Then after that, we will use detainee labor to go in and frame the walls for the bathroom, the front office, and then we are going to have like a day-room,” Bradshaw continued. “We are going to build the building with the future in mind that if we ever had a full-time fire department that there would be a shower there with a bathroom, and then a room with a bed, and stuff like that. It’s a lot cheaper to try and do it now than add on later.”

Commissioner Bradshaw said the county has yet to set a due date for placed bids, but hopes to announce the bids at his July 17 meeting.

“This fire house is going to be a drive-through. It will have two bay doors on the back, big garage doors, and two on the front so that you can drive all the way through. The fire trucks will sit in there bumper-to-bumper, and in case of an emergency, they just hit the button, raise the door, and out they go,” Bradshaw added.

The Young Harris fire station will be built on state Route 66, approximately 1.25 miles from U.S. Highway 76. The current station is located in the former Electric Membership Corporation (EMC) building, a few blocks west of Young Harris College.

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Robin H. Webb

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Suspect arrested for arson and burglary

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Austin James Shook

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – During the early morning hours of Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 23, a structure fire was reported at a residence located on Glassy Mountain Road in Bald Mountain Park.  The residence was not occupied at the time of the fire.  Upon further investigation, it was determined that the residence was burglarized prior to the start of the fire.

Towns County Sheriff’s Investigators executed a search warrant at a suspect’s residence located near the scene of the fire and burglary, recovering evidence related to the crime.  Sheriff’s Investigators arrested Austin James Shook, 19, of Hiawassee, Georgia, charging him with two counts of burglary in the first degree, one count of possession of burglary tool, and one count of arson in the first degree.

The investigation is active and ongoing at this time.  As the investigation proceeds, additional charges are likely.

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Robin H. Webb

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Towns County Fire and Rescue Incident Report

Incident Report, News
Towns County Fire Rescue

 Towns County Fire and Rescue Incident Report : 9/25 – 10/1

9/25/17  

Medical assist (5)

Controlled burn (1)

MVA (1)

9/26/17 

Medical assist (9)

Landing zone (1)

9/27/17 

Medical assist (1)

9/28/17 

Medical assist (10)

MVA (2)

Assist other agency (1)

Public service (1)

9/29/17   

Medical assist (4)

MVA (1)

9/30/17  

Medical assist (1)

Landing zone (1)

10/01/17

Medical assist (2)

Landing zone (2)

Fire alarm (2)

 

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Towns County Fire and Rescue Incident Report: 8/28-9/10

Incident Report
Towns County Fire Rescue

Incident Report provided by Towns County Fire and Rescue:

8/28/17

Medical assist (3)
Assist other agency (1)
Fire alarm (1)

8/29/17

Medical assist (4)
Landing zone (1)
Assist other agency (1)
Public service (1)

8/30/17

Medical assist (5)

8/31/17

Medical assist (5)
Public service (1)
Fire alarm (1)

9/1/17

Medical assist (3)
Landing zone (1)
Unauthorized burning (1)

9/2/17

Medical assist (3)
MVA (1)
Landing zone (1)
Fire alarm (1)
Public service (1)
No incident found on arrival (1)

9/3/17

Medical assist (3)
MVA (3)
No incident found on arrival (1)

9/4/17

Medical assist (4)
MVA (1)
Landing zone (1)

9/5/17

Medical assist (2)
MVA (2)
Public service (1)
Controlled burn (1)

9/6/17

Medical assist (2)

9/7/17

Medical assist (3)
Fire alarm (1)

9/8/17

Medical assist (3)
Fire alarm (1)

9/9/17

Medical assist (3)
MVA (1)
Fire alarm (1)

9/10/17

Medical assist (6)
Landing zone (1)

Author

Robin H. Webb

Robin can be reached by dialing 706-970-8491 or contacted via email at Robin@FetchYourNews.com

Towns County Fire Rescue Incident Report: 8/21-8/27

Incident Report
Towns County Fire Rescue

Towns County Fire and Rescue Weekly Incident Report

 

8/21/17

Medical assist (8)
Fire alarm (1)
Assist other agency (1)
Public service (1)
No incident found on arrival (1)

 

8/22/17

Medical assist (4)
Landing zone (1)
Controlled burn (1)
Public service (1)

 

8/23/17

Medical assist (7)
Landing zone (1)
Controlled burn (1)
Public service (1)

 

8/24/17

Fire alarm (2)
Medical assist (1)
Assist other agency (1)

 

8/25/17

Medical assist (4)
Fire alarm (1)
Vehicle fire (1)

 

8/26/17

Medical assist (3)

 

8/27/17

Medical assist (4)

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Robin H. Webb

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Burglary Suspect Apprehended After Lake Pursuit

Press Release
Nathan Brice Garrett

Hiawassee Police Department

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Robin H. Webb

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