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 

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Incident Report

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Towns County Fire Rescue

Weekly Report

10/16/19 -10/22/19

 

 

10/16/19

4 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

 

10/17/19

5 Medical Calls

2 Motor Vehicle Accidents

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Structure Fire

1 Public Assist

1 Landing Zone

 

 10/18/19

3 Medical Calls

3 Assist Other

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Cancelled En Route

 

10/19/19

1 Structure Fire

2 Medical Calls

3 Cancelled En Route

1 Assist Other

 

10/20/19

6 Medical Calls

4 Cancelled En Route

 

10/21/19

4 Medical Calls

3 Cancelled En Route

1 False Fire Alarm

1 Landing Zone

 

 10/22/19

5 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 False Call

1 Landing Zone

 

 

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Towns County Fire & Rescue respond to early morning fire

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – A structure fire occurred during the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 14, at a residence off Bell Gap Road, north of Hiawassee. The call was dispatched to Towns County firefighters at approximately 3:30 a.m.

According to Towns County Fire and Rescue, responding units reported the fire as “fully involved” and spreading toward the wood line. Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) was contacted, notifying the fire department that there was no electricity connected to the residence. Apparatus from Towns County Fire and Rescue Station 1 and Station 4 responded in cooperation with mutual aid from Clay County Fire Department.

Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland stated that the residence was unoccupied at the time of the blaze with no injuries reported. The incident is currently under investigation.

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

Activity Report, News
Towns County Fire Department

Towns County Fire Rescue

Weekly Report

10/2/19 -10/8/19

10/2/19

2 Medical Calls

2 Landing Zones

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Gas Leak

10/3/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Assist other

10/4/19

2 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Landing Zone

1 Controlled Burn

1 Cancelled En Route

10/5/19

2 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

1 False Fire Alarm

1 Cancelled En Route

10/6/19

1 Medical Call

2 Cancelled En Route

10/7/19

3 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Public Assist

10/8/19

1 Medical Call

1 Controlled Burn

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

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Towns County Fire and Rescue

Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

9/25/19 – 10/1/19

9/25/19

5 Medical Calls

9/26/19

7 Medical Calls

9/27/19

7 Medical Calls

2 Cancelled En Route

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

9/28/19

2 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

3 Public Assist.

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 False Alarm

9/29/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

1 Cancelled En Route

9/30/19

7 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

10/1/19

5 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 Search And Rescue

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Young Harris fire station nears completion

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Young Harris Fire Station

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Towns County Commissioner Cliff Bradshaw announced the near-completion of the Young Harris fire station, a project that has been in the works for many months. Bradshaw expects the facility to be operational by November. According to the commissioner, the station will feature an additional landing pad for medical helicopters to transport critical patients for trauma care. Towns County currently has four designated landing sites for air transports, strategically located throughout the area.

The Young Harris fire station is located on State Route 66, approximately 1.25 miles from U.S. Highway 76. The current station is situated in the former Blue Ridge Mountain Electric Membership Corporation (BRMEMC) building, a few blocks west of Young Harris College.

“We’re very excited about it,” Bradshaw told FYN last week. “The new station’s location will also help the fire department’s ISO rating and homeowners’ insurance rates.” An ISO insurance rating, also referred to as a fire score or Public Protection Classification, is a score from 1 to 10 that indicates how well-protected a community is by the local fire department.

Commisioner Bradshaw announced in late December that $130,000 derived from the 2018 Special-Purpose Local-Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) fund would be applied to the construction of the Young Harris fire station. Detainee labor, which did not cost the taxpayers, contributed to a large portion of the labor involved

The project was originally expected to be completed this summer. It was temporarily delayed, however, due to sight plan issues that the Department of Transportation had with road entry placement. Additionally, wet, winter weather was responsible for an inability to properly grade the land.

 

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Towns County Fire & Rescue Activity Report

Activity Report
Towns County Fire Department

Towns County Fire & Rescue

Weekly Report

9/11/19 -9/17/19

9/11/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Public Assist

1 Controlled Burn

9/12/19

5 Medical Calls

1 False Alarm

9/13/19

9 Medical Calls

1 Motor Vehicle Accident

1 False Alarm

9/14/19

4 Motor Vehicle Accidents

2 Medical Calls

1 Landing Zone

9/15/19

1 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

9/16/19

3 Medical Calls

9/17/19

3 Medical Calls

1 Cancelled En Route

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Towns County Fire & Rescue awarded $310K grant

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HIAWASSEE, Ga. – An equipment grant of nearly $310,000 was awarded to Towns County Fire and Rescue to purchase “air packs” for local firefighters, essential gear in the first responders’ arsenal. Towns County Fire Chief Harold Copeland announced that the department received the news from FEMA Friday, Sept. 13. Towns County will match approximately $15,000 to the federal grant, bringing the total amount to an estimated $325,000 in funding.

Firefighters breathe compressed air when using a self-contained breathing apparatus. The cylinder is filled with air using a filter system to obtain the cleanest supply possible. A mask attachment has what is called a “demand valve” which delivers air into the mask during inhalation.

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Towns County Fire Station 1 in Hiawassee.

“It’s what we breathe through,” Copeland said. “It’s what we put on our backs, the harness and the bottles. Back in 2005, we got our first grant for that, then it was about $160,000 to $180,000. So no different than Fords, Chevys, pick-up trucks, then and now, the cost has nearly doubled. And that amount is literally nearly two-thirds of our operating budget.”

Chief Copeland explained that the containers holding the firefighters’ air supply can only be “hydrotested” three times, adding that the department had “already run out of that.”

Towns County Fire and Rescue consists of six stations, storing four air packs per engine for emergency use. “We’re estatic, elated, and very happy,” Copeland said in response to the grant.

Appreciation was expressed to David McDonald,Field Represenative for U.S. Congressman Doug Collns, for assistance in securing the grant. McDonald attended the Sept. 17 courthouse meeting where the funding approval was announced.

 

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