Head-on crash closes U.S. Route 76 in Young Harris

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Young Harris accident

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – A two-vehicle accident occurred shortly after 1 pm. Monday, March 9, on U.S. Route 76 in the vicinity of Brasstown Valley Resort near Equani Spa. According to Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland, two victims from the head-on collision were airlifted to Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville; one victim from the scene of the crash and the second victim from the Towns County Fire Station 2 landing zone in Young Harris.

Each vehicle involved in the collision contained a single occupant. Both victims were listed in serious condition.

As of 4 pm, traffic on Highway 76 was closed to motorists as Georgia State Patrol investigated the accident and a reenactment scene was staged.

UPDATE: According to Towns County 911, Highway 76 reopened to traffic at 4:15 pm.

The March 9 crash marks the fourth accident to occur in Towns County since Feb. 28.

 

Towns County Fire & Rescue Incident Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Incident Report

2/19/20 -2/25/20

 

2/19/20

4 Medical Calls

2 Public Assist

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents

1 Chimney Fire

 

2/20/20

 1 Medical Call

1 Cancelled En Route

3 Fire Alarm

 

2/21/20

3 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

 

 2/22/20

2 Medical Call

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Controlled Burn

 

2/23/20

2 Medical Call

1 Assist Other

1 Controlled Burn

 

2/24/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Public Assist

 

2/25/20

6 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

2/12/20 – 2/18/20

 

2/12/20

3 Medical Calls

 

2/13/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1 False Alarm

 

2/14/20

6 Medical Calls

2 Landing Zones

 

2/15/20

5 Medical Call

3 Cancelled En Route

 

 

2/16/20

2 Medical Call

2 Landing Zones

 

2/17/20

3 Medical Calls

2 Assist Other

 

2/18/20

2 Medical Call

1 Public Assist

1 False Alarm

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

2/5/20 – 2/11/20

 

2/5/20

3 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

2/6/20

2 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

2/7/20

7 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Assist Other

1 False Alarm

2/8/20

7  Public Assist

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents

1 Medical Call

2 Cancelled En Route

1 False Call

2/9/20

4 Cancelled En Route

1 Medical Call

1 Controlled Burn

2/10/20

3 Medical Calls

3 Cancelled En Route

2/11/20

1 Medical Call

1 Public Assist

2 Cancelled En Route

 

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

1/22/20 -1/28/20

 

1/22/20

1 Medical call

1 Brush Fire

1/23/20

6 Medical Calls

1 False Call

1 Controlled Burn

1/24/20

3 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1/25/20

1 Medical Call

1/26/20

3 Medical Calls

1/27/20

3 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1/28/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

Devastated victim praises Towns County Fire & Rescue’s response

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – Sunday afternoon’s bright, blue sky and unseasonably warm weather seemed to contradict the tragedy that occurred just 15-hours before in the peaceful village of Enchanted Valley RV Resort. FYN arrived at the park to take photographs of the aftermath of a structure fire that shamelessly destroyed three homes during the midnight hour of Feb. 2, unprepared to come face-to-face with the fire’s heartbroken victim.

Hiawasseee fire

Photo courtesy of Towns County Fire and Rescue

Click to read: Overnight fire destroys multiple homes in RV park

Mike Wages, an older gentleman who relocated to Towns County from the Gwinnett-area in 2002, sat alone in his pick-up truck, staring at what remained of his full-time home as he awaited the arrival of the American Red Cross. As Wages fought tears from his kind, blue eyes, the displaced homeowner offered details on the dreadful night before.

“I was asleep, had fallen asleep watching Westerns, and woke up around midnight to the smell of smoke. I was having trouble breathing…I was able to get out, but I lost everything I had. I have never felt such pain…This is all I have,” Wages said, pointing to a small heap of crumpled clothes beside him in the passenger seat.

Wages quickly regained his composure and turned the conversation to the first responders who battled the blaze. “I want the firefighters and paramedics to know how thankful I am. They did a wonderful job. It could have been so much worse.”

Enchanted Valley RV fire

Three homes were destroyed in the Feb. 2 blaze, two of which were unoccupied.

Several of Wages’ neighbors sat on a concrete bench in front of the charred structures, despondently gazing at what little remained, and likewise requested that FYN publicly extend their gratitude for Towns County Fire and Rescue’s skilled response. Firefighters arrived shortly after midnight to find the three homes engulfed in flames, quickly acting to extinguish the blaze and preventing wider spread damage to the tightly-quartered mobile homes.

Windy conditions lent to the escalation of the fire, Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland told FYN earlier in the day. “The firefighters did a tremendous job,” Copeland said. “They performed a quick knockdown, working the hot spots to avoid rekindling, and the fire was contained.” The fire was ruled accidental.

Wages said that he, fortunately, holds homeowner’s insurance and plans to rebuild.

Feature Image: What remains of Wages’ home.

UPDATED: Overnight fire destroys multiple homes in RV park

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Hiawasseee fire

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – An overnight fire destroyed three camper homes in the Enchanted Valley RV Resort, Saturday, Feb. 2. Towns County Fire and Rescue were dispatched to the scene at approximately midnight.

No injuries were reported.

Enchanted Valley RV Resort

Enchanted Valley RV Resort

“The firefighters sure did do a great job at saving the other campers, especially under those really windy conditions. Great job,” Erica Roach wrote Saturday morning on social media. “The fire destroyed three campers but those three were affected before the fire department got in.”

Enchanted Valley RV Resort is located off of State Route 75 South, the highway leading to Helen, GA.

FYN is awaiting further information from Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland at this time. An update will be provided as details emerge.

UPDATED: Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland stated Saturday afternoon that the overnight fire originated in a middle trailer, igniting the units on each side of the camper of origin. A fourth RV sustained minimal damage.

A male resident was reported asleep at the time that the fire began, exiting the residence unscathed. Copeland said that the fire was ruled accidental. “The firefighters did a tremendous job. They performed a quick knockdown, working the hot spots to avoid rekindling, and the fire was contained,” Copeland told FYN, adding that windy conditions contributed to the spread of the blaze.

Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

1/15/20 -1/21/20

 

1/15/20

2 Medical  Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Public Assist

1/16/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Controlled Burn

1 Cancelled En Route

1/17/20

5 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

2 Landing Zones

1/18/20

7 Medical Calls

1 False Fire Alarm

1/19/20

5 Medical Calls

1 False Call

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Landing Zone

1/20/20

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Medical call

1 Elevator call

1False Fire Alarm

1/21/20

2 Medical Calls

1 False Call

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

1/8/20 – 1/14/20

 

1/8/20

1 Medical Call

1 Landing Zone

1 Structure Fire

1/9/20

7 Medical Calls

2 Public Assist

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Vehicle Fire

1 Controlled Burn

1/10/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

1/11/20

7 Medical Calls

11 Assist Other

1 False Alarm

1/12/20

1 Assist Other

1 Cancelled En Route

1/13/19

8 Medical Calls

1/14/20

1 Medical Call

1 Assist Other

1 Cancelled En Route

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

1/1/20 – 1/7/20

 

1/1/20

2 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1/2/20

2 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Assist Other

1/3/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1/4/20

3 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 False Alarm

 1/5/20

4 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

2 Cancelled En Route

1/6/19

4 Medical Calls

2 Landing Zone

1 Assist Other

1/7/20

1 Medical Call

1 Landing Zone

1 Public Assist

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Towns County Fire Rescue

Weekly Report

12/18/19-12/24/19

 

12/18/19

2 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

12/19/19

2 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

1 False Call

12/20/19

3 Medical Calls

2 Landing Zones

12/21/19

4 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Landing Zone

12/22/19

No Calls

 12/23/19

4 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Landing Zone

12/24/19

5 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 False Call

Towns County Fire & Rescue Incident Report

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Towns County Fire Rescue

Weekly Report

12/11/19 – 12/17/19

12/11/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Public Assist

1 Landing Zone

1 Cancelled En Route

12/12/19

3 Medical Calls

12/13/19

4 Medical Calls

2 Smoke Investigations

12/14/19

4 Medical Calls

3 Landing Zones

1 Smoke Investigation

12/15/19

7 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

1 Cancelled En Route

1 Assist Other

12/16/19

6 Medical Calls

1 Structure Fire

12/17/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Fire Alarm

1 Electrical Fire

Towns County Fire and Rescue Incident Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

12/4/19 -12/10/19

 

12/4/19

5 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

12/5/19

6 Medical Calls

3 Cancelled En Route

1 False Alarm

12/6/19

7 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

12/7/19

5 Medical Calls

12/8/19

2 Medical Calls

12/9/19

2 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

12/10/19

1 Medical Call

2 Cancelled En Route

Towns County Fire & Rescue Incident Report

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Towns County Fire & Rescue

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11/27/19 – 12/4/19

11/27/19

4 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

11/28/19

6 Medical Calls

3 Landing Zones

1 Illegal Burn

11/29/19

4 Medical Calls

2 Landing Zones

11/30/19

5 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Public Assist

12/1/19

3 Cancelled En Route

2 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

12/2/19

3 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En route

12/3/19

5 Medical Calls

2 Controlled Burns

Fire Department signs agreement with Georgia Forestry Commission

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HIAWASSEE, GA. – Towns County Fire and Rescue entered into an annual agreement with the Georgia Forestry Commission last week during a special-called meeting at the county courthouse. Each agency mutually agreed to provide support for fire prevention programs which will increase the public awareness of the hazards and destruction of fire and serve to make the objectives of the memorandum possible.

The Georgia Forestry Commission will dispatch a crew to any known forest, brush, or grass fire, or to any fires of unknown nature. The commission will cooperate with the county emergency structure by responding to wildland fires as dispatched. Towns County Fire & Rescue will additionally dispatch a crew to any known structure fire, wildland fire, or any fire of unknown nature. Upon arrival at the scene, the Georgia Forestry Commission will provide command and control for wildland fire suppression and will coordinate with Towns County Fire & Rescue for protection of life and property threatened by a wildland fire. The state agency will immediately advise the county department of any burning or threatened structure within the area.

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Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland

Towns County Fire & Rescue will provide command and control for structural fire suppression and will cooperate with the Georgia Forestry Commission for protection of life and property threatened by structural fires. The fire department will immediately advise the state division of any burning or threatened natural cover fuels within the area and request and/or provide assistance as needed. This agreement in no way restricts either agency from taking action in an emergency situation to save lives and property regardless of the nature of a fire, either wildland or structural.

When both agencies are at the same fire, overall command and control of the incident shall lie with the agency concerned most directly with what is burning. If both woods and structures are on fire simultaneously, each agency shall endeavor to initiate unified command and provide support to each other to ensure shared resources are used effectively, public and firefighter safety, and efficient incident stability. All fire organizations involved should endeavor to accomplish wildland fire certifications and provide wildland fire personal protective equipment for firefighters who are subject to respond to wildland fires. Only the Georgia Forestry Commission can authorize the use of backfires. The intended use of state personnel and equipment is to provide protection/suppression relative only to wildland fires; i.e. grass, forested lands, brush, and trees. State fire personnel are not trained, nor do they possess sufficient personal protective equipment to allow them to function in environments other than those listed above.

Each agency agreed to attend, participate, and assist in the other agency’s training program. The authority having jurisdiction will be responsible to ensure that all persons participating in training and wildland or structural fire suppression activities meet established qualifications and are properly equipped 

Citizens urged to practice fire safety as holidays draw near

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Fire Safety

HIAWASSEE, Ga. – The holiday season is quickly approaching, and while it is important to enjoy this time of year, it is crucial to keep fire safety in mind. The American Red Cross, in conjunction with Towns County Fire and Rescue, will be visiting local residences to install free smoke detectors on Tuesday, Nov. 12. Citizens in need of the no-charge service should call 706-896-2090 to schedule a time for installation.

Additionally, Agent Kimberly Farner of Kim Farner Agency has partnered with Georgia Arson Control to urge the citizens of Towns County to be aware of the possible hazards that are involved with seasonal decorations.holiday safety

“The holiday season can be filled with family, friends, and good food, but let’s also keep safety in mind while enjoying this time of year,” Farner encouraged. Farner offered the following tips to ensure a safe holiday:

  • When purchasing a tree, check the tree for freshness. A dry tree is highly flammable. Use this test: hold a branch about six inches from the tip, and pull your hand toward the tip, allowing the branch to slip through your fingers. If the tree is fresh, very few green needles will come off. Also, lift the tree off the ground and tap the trunk on the ground. Again, very few needles should fall off.
  • Before placing the tree in a stand designed not to tip over, cut about six inches off the trunk of the tree and soak the base of the tree in a bucket of water overnight.
  • The tree stand should be designed to hold plenty of water and should be checked daily.
  • Do not place the tree or natural garland near a fireplace, furnace vents, television, or other heat sources.
  • Consider having a live tree with a root ball that can be replanted after the holidays. A live tree is less flammable than a cut tree but still requires watering.
  • Buy lights labeled by a recognized testing laboratory and check annually for frayed or damaged cords. On Christmas trees, use small lights that stay cool to the touch or LED lights which also save energy.
  • For outside decorations, use only outdoor lights. Never use indoor lights outside.
  • Don’t overload electrical outlets with multiple plug adaptors or power taps. Use caution with extension cords; make sure they’re placed where they won’t trip anyone. Avoid running extension cords under carpets or rugs.
  • Make sure candles are a safe distance from the tree, curtains, furniture, and other flammable objects. Use large base candles or protect candles in a globe. Don’t leave candles unattended. Keep children and pets away from lit candles.

The Georgia Arson Control Program, Inc. (GAC) was formed in January of 1979 by property and casualty insurers writing business in Georgia.  GAC, with the cooperation of the Commissioner, Georgia Department of Insurance and Safety Fire, and state/local law enforcement agencies established an ARSON HOTLINE 1-800-282-5804. A reward fund of up to $10,000 was initiated from which monetary rewards are given to individuals who come forward with information that results in the arrest and conviction of those responsible for arson and/or fraud.

 

 

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