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New crew of Albany firefighters going to help fight wildfires

May 18, 2007

Albany -- Another six Albany firefighters left this morning to fight the wildfires in Southeast Georgia. Six Albany firefighters returned from Fargo Thursday night, and replacement volunteers left Friday morning.

Albany began supporting firefighters there three weeks ago through GEMA's mutual aid agreement.

Jonathan Arnette just returned from Southeast Georgia and admits the efforts to put out the devastating wildfires is not going well.  Arnette said "the fire is very hot. Every time you turn around it's jumping their main breaks, starting spot fires. That's really the biggest problem, in it being dry also."

GEMA requested that Albany supply firefighters and trucks to help fight the wildfires near Waycross at least through the end of June.

Because the area has been declared a federal disaster area, FEMA is reimbursing the city for the cost of the firefighters and equipment. Enough firefighters have volunteered for the duty that none would have to go twice.

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