Thursday, May 23 2013 11:57 AM EDT2013-05-23 15:57:54 GMT
Thomasville-Thomas County Humane Society Volunteer Lacey Williams and WALB's Stephen Abel drew the winning raffle ticket late Wednesday afternoon for a $100 gas card donated by Harold Jackson and PetroleumMore >>
A group of volunteers raised a total of $640 by selling the raffle tickets. The money will be used to fight animal cruelty through education and awareness.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 10:01 AM EDT2013-05-23 14:01:10 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 >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 9:00 AM EDT2013-05-23 13:00:09 GMT
ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Labor announced today that metro Albany's unemployment rate declined to 8.6 percent in April, down three-tenths of a percentage point from 8.9 percent in March. TheMore >>
The unemployment rate in the Southwest Georgia region declined to 8.2 percent in April, down two-tenths of a percentage point from 8.4 percent in March. The rate was 8.8 percent in April a year ago.More >>
Thursday, May 23 2013 7:30 AM EDT2013-05-23 11:30:38 GMT
Dougherty County Police believe a pair of convenience store smash and grabs may be the work of the same two men. The first smash and grab happened around 2:20 am at the Pit Stop convenience store atMore >>
Dougherty County Police believe two men are behind a smash and grab and a break in at two convenience stores within four miles of each other.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:26 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:26:38 GMT
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year. AAA says the average gas price in Georgia right now is about $3.46 a gallon. That'sMore >>
If you're traveling this Memorial Day Weekend, you may notice you're paying about the same at the pump as last year.More >>
August 08, 2005
Thomasville-- Four rookie firefighters are learning how to handle the Thomasville Fire Department's increasing number of emergency calls.
When rookie firefighter Ryan Burton goes to work from now on, he knows he won't just be carrying hoses, he'll also be carrying tradition. "My Dad's a volunteer firefighter, been around it all my life. It's just something I've always wanted to do, help the community," he says.
Monday was Burton's first day of training. "You train on everything that you possibly can to better yourself and to better the whole department," he says.
Leading the rookies is veteran firefighter, training officer Captain Tim Connell. "My job is to prepare them to get on the trucks," says Connell.
Connell's job is also to prepare the rookies for Thomasville's standards, which are much higher than other cities its size. Thomasville requires that its firefighters are trained a step above the minimum certification. "NPQ1 just gives more advanced techniques. The mod one is just a basic firefighter," says Connell.
Each of the rookies are additions to the fire department, not replacements. That's because as Thomasville grows, so do the number of emergencies. "We're trying to hire on new guys, trying to get more certifications in, more trucks, more rescue equipment. We're just trying to build for the future," says Connell.
That's a future the Captain and his new rookies have confidence in, thanks to the training beforehand. "When the state comes down to check us off, they'll be able to perform," says Connell. "The biggest thing with me is getting that first working fire under my belt," adds Burton. That's a possibility when the newest members of Thomasville's bravest start their first shift next week.
The TFD is also adding mobile data terminals to its trucks this year. That technology helps with dispatching and is rarely seen in cities of Thomasville's size.