Tuesday, May 21 2013 10:57 AM EDT2013-05-21 14:57:23 GMT
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County. Carroll died after being shot on April 28 at the residence of Samples' ex-wife. Carroll drove himself to the hospital,More >>
Blake Samples, 34, is charged with the murder of Dusty Carroll in Colquitt County.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 8:07 AM EDT2013-05-21 12:07:49 GMT
The American Red Cross is working with Oklahoma officials and have been all night to help clean up the devastation and ensure victims of these monstrous tornadoes get the help they need. They're alsoMore >>
The Red Cross holds blood drives, CPR classes and says there are many ways for folks to lend a hand throughout the year but now, for disasters like this, the organization says the best way to help is through donations.More >>
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 >>
November 21, 2006
Albany -- The Albany Fire Department will start a new hiring and training program in January. Trainees will be able to earn a salary while they learn to become a certified firefighter.
The Albany Fire Department should have 151 certified firefighters on the job, but today there are nine open positions they can't fill.
That could be a safety issue during a big fire, so Chief James Carswell is starting a new firefighter trainee position to fill that gap. A trainee will be a 12 week temporary job that pays the employee to train as a firefighter eight hours a day. Chief James Carswell said "when they come out of the 12 week process, they'll not only have their state certification, but they will also be familiar with our equipment. And we can put them right on the back of the truck and be at that point productive members of our department."
Carswell said the trainee will start earning a salary of about 25-thousand dollars a year. When they become certified it goes up to 31 thousand.
He says age or gender is not an issue, as long as you can pass the background check and do the job. Firefighters have to be team players, able to do mechanical work under pressure.
But Carswell says this is a good opportunity for people wanting a special job to get their foot in the door. Carswell "usually it has something to do with wanting to give back to the community. It's a nice feeling to be able to help somebody when they are in need. None of us expect to get rich doing it. "
Anyone interested in the firefighter trainee job can apply on line at the Albany City web site, or at the human resources office.