Saturday, May 25 2013 8:43 PM EDT2013-05-26 00:43:55 GMT
A Turner County man is now in custody after he had a standoff with deputies for about two hours Saturday evening. Sheriff Andy Hester says deputies were called to the home of Ricky Nelson on CoverdaleMore >>
A man had a standoff with Turner County deputies for about two hours Saturday evening.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 6:27 PM EDT2013-05-25 22:27:57 GMT
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event. This may seem like a regularMore >>
Supporters of a 6-year-old Albany boy battling a serious brain disorder are coming together once more to help with his medical bills. This time, with a Vegas style event.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 4:52 PM EDT2013-05-25 20:52:02 GMT
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times. It happened around 3:15pm Saturday, near the 1500 block of U.S. Highway 19. Officials say John Earley wasMore >>
A woman is recovering after her SUV was struck by another vehicle, flipping it several times.More >>
Saturday, May 25 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-25 11:30:07 GMT
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, P. E. announced some road closures Thursday morning. Beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, the following streets will be closed for the Spring Fest and SBMore >>
Albany Engineer K. Bruce Maples, announced some road closures beginning at 6:00 A.M., Saturday, May 25, 2013, in downtown Albany.More >>
Friday, May 24 2013 10:55 PM EDT2013-05-25 02:55:46 GMT
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest. You can sample more than 20 types of beer SaturdayMore >>
Not going out of town for Memorial Day? Don't worry, the Albany Panthers want to make sure you have a good weekend as they host their first ever beer fest.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Firefighters from across Middle and South Georgia came to Albany Monday to learn how to battle ethanol fires. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of the bio-fuel are shipped out of the ethanol plant in Mitchell County daily, and Firefighters need special training and equipment to extinguish ethanol if it catches fire.
GEMA organized this first training session on ethanol fires in Georgia. 60 firefighters from Milledgeville to Valdosta are attending the two day training.
They trained on railroad cars and tanker trucks that haul the liquid bio-fuel, made mostly from corn. Ethanol burns almost invisibly, without flames or smoke. Water will not extinguish it.
One of the GEMA instruction team, Tommy Johnson of Akron Brass Company, said "It mixes in with your water, or anything else that's there. So if you don't put a protective barrier on it, then it just reignites itself because of the vapors."
Firefighters have to put a special foam on top of burning ethanol to extinguish it. The First United Ethanol plant in Mitchell County produces 290,000 gallons of ethanol a day, most of which is trucked across South Georgia. That's why GEMA says it is vital that firefighters now how to handle the fire hazard in case of a spill.