Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:20 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:20:52 GMT
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believesMore >>
The Lee County Sheriff's Department is now working with the Albany Crime stoppers. The Lee County Sheriff's Department asked to join the Albany Crime-stoppers program. The Sheriff's Department believes it will be a helpful tool in closing some cases.
Wednesday, May 22 2013 8:08 PM EDT2013-05-23 00:08:36 GMT
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongingsMore >>
How would you save your pets life if a tornado touched down here in South Georgia? Tuesday's tornado ripped through Oklahoma taking 24 lives, and today families are still searching for their belongings and pets that were lost during the storm More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
June 6, 2008
Decatur County-- When the call comes in, they head out. "We have a certain number of people who will respond to the fire station to pick up the fire trucks, and we have others who will go directly to the scene," explains Captain Dub Cason of the Volunteer Fire Station in Recovery.
Volunteer firefighters never know when or where it will be, or even how much it will cost them. "The county takes care of all the fuel costs as far as for the fuel for the emergency vehicles itself," says Decatur County Fire Chief Charlie McCann. But, Cason adds, "In so far as our individual vehicles and all, we pay for our own."
For structure fires, Decatur County Fire & Rescue, the only paid station in the county responds and also calls in the 3 closest volunteer units. But as one of the largest counties in the state, it's a lot of territory to be covered. "We could run as far as 20 miles in one direction. And yes it does cause a problem for some of them," says Captain Charlie Harrell of the Volunteer Fire Station in Kendrick.
Veteran firefighters say as long as they can remember, gas prices have never been an issue for them. "Not until probably the last 6 months," says Harrell. And if things continue this way, they say it could create a real problem. "You may have volunteers that may not be able to go," says McCann.
Now some are asking for help from the county. Harrell says, "We have talked to Chief McCann some of us have mentioned this to him, I believe he has mentioned it to some of the county commissioners." But McCann says they may not be in a position to offer much help. "It's taking an effect on the county also. It's not just the fire service it's all the county departments."
They'll likely need to find their own fuel conservation methods to keep volunteers coming. One gas-saving idea some units are trying out is to have more volunteers meet at the station and ride to the fire together on the engine instead of going directly to the scene.