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 >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 11:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 03:20:46 GMT
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear. Rangers expect a large number of boaters all weekend. They say they will strictlyMore >>
Looks like will have great weather for Memorial Day weekend and DNR Rangers are preparing for big crowds on Lake Blackshear.More >>
October 2, 2007
Albany -- The Albany Fire Department has nearly a dozen opening for full time firefighters, and are urging people to apply. The Fire Department does not want half of the population to think they could not do the job.
Even though most people think firefighting is a job just for men, Albany is looking for more women to join their ranks.
Pam Fletcher has been an Albany Firefighter for almost 8 years, and recommends it for women looking for a career, because, "it's a good job, it's a great job," she says.
Fletcher had been a secretary at a school for 12 years, when she decided to follow a dream of becoming a firefighter. "we help the public. We're everyone's hero. We're the all in all. I love the job," Fletcher said.
The Albany Fire Department has 11 openings for full time firefighters now, and are seeking new trainees. And they want to have women apply, as well as men.
Deputy Chief David Eddins said, "this has been looked at as a male dominated profession, but no longer is that the case. This is for men and women."
Women and men firefighters do the same job, are highly trained to use power equipment to fight fires and rescue people in emergency situations. Fletcher admits it is a physical job at times, but she says women can do it as well as a man, because they all work as a team. "I wouldn't tell any female that they could not do it. If it's something you want bad enough and it's your dream to do it, you can do it."
The Albany Fire Department currently has five on line female firefighters, but wants more to make their ranks more a model of the city. "If we are going to serve our community whole, then we need to have the input of everyone and the eyes of everyone, because everyone sees things in a different way," Eddins said.
Pam Fletcher says she thinks firefighting is the best job in the world, and says women can do that job, because she is living proof.
Applicants who are accepted get 12 weeks of training, and if they pass, become state certified firefighters.