Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
December 1, 2003
Valdosta - Firefighter training is stepping up a notch in one South Georgia town. The Valdosta Fire Department received a $35,000 grant that it's using to boost physical fitness and improve overall job performance. "It's going to enhance our endurance, improve our job performance, and we'll be able to handle the stress of being a firefighter better," said Chief J. D. Rice.
The department is using the grant to buy a fitness facility and equipment. Chief J.D. Rice says this is the most important requirement for a firefighter. "You're going from a dead standstill to full of adrenaline in a matter of seconds, and being physically fit improves your response time and the overall way we fight fires," said Rice.
When full of water, the firefighters' hose weighs almost 150 pounds. That's why its so important that they be physically fit to carry the heavy load. "You're lifting ladders, pulling hoses, wearing a suit that weighs about 65 pounds, and if you're not working out every day, you can't handle it," said Jon Yeargin, Firefighter.
Chief Rice says the improvement in job performance will be obvious. "Our citizens are going to appreciate what we do, because they'll see the direct result of us being physically fit," said Rice.
A result that could be the difference between life and death.