Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:57 GMT
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana. Deputies responded to a complaint at Jose Sanchez's house on Highway 129 North Friday. AuthoritiesMore >>
A Lowndes County man is behind bars after deputies uncovered nearly half a million dollars of marijuana.
Saturday, May 18 2013 11:42 PM EDT2013-05-19 03:42:03 GMT
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff. It was the first annual pigs in the park event, put on by the Georgia Narcotics Officer'sMore >>
Hundreds of people came out to Lake Blackshear Saturday to support law enforcement and the Crisp County Sheriff.More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 9:47 PM EDT2013-05-19 01:47:12 GMT
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks. Police say they responded to the Dollar General on West Jackson Street around 9:15pm Friday. EmployeesMore >>
Thomasville Police are looking for two men who attempted to rob a store, scaring customers and clerks.
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:59 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:59:02 GMT
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. Authorities say it happened around 11pm Friday near the 3900 block of Radium Springs Road. PoliceMore >>
Dougherty County police are searching for a motorist who hit a pedestrian and then fled the scene. More >>
Saturday, May 18 2013 6:58 PM EDT2013-05-18 22:58:50 GMT
It's graduation time for high schools in Dougherty County and students are ready to embark on their next journey. 230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High SchoolMore >>
230 graduates received their high school diplomas from Westover Comprehensive High School this Saturday morning.More >>
ALBANY, GA (WALB) - In recent weeks Albany Firefighters have been training with their rescue boat. Now with Tropical Storm Fay possibly bearing down on South Georgia, that fire rescue boat could be called on to help flood victims.
Albany Firefighters are undergoing fire rescue boat training this summer, taking the jet boat on Lake Chehaw and the Flint River.
Captain Daniel Potter said "different crews are going to be operating this boat at different times. So we have to make sure everyone has a good understanding of the vehicle. What it's limitations are, and what it can do."
That training has now taken on extra importance, as firefighters watch Tropical Storm Fay, which is predicted to bring huge amounts of rainfall over South Georgia this weekend. Firefighters who used boats to rescue flood victims in 1994 and 1998 designed this 125 horsepower jet boat.
Chief James Carswell said "When we looked at that we put a committee together that experienced all those events, so they could say what kind of features in a boat we would like to have, to make that job easier. This boat is a product of that."
Firefighters have used lessons learned from 1994 to begin preparations in case Fay creates flooding problems.
Potter said "We are already pre-planning. Calling in off duty firefighters. We're making sure out reserve rescue boats are operational. They'll be taking them out today to run them, to make sure everything is OK. Just training and being ready for it is far superior to what it was in the past."
The Fire Rescue Boat has GPS and sonar equipment that has pre-plotted the waterways in Dougherty County, so they can reach almost any portion of the Flint River. The boat was used in the search operations two weeks ago when two people drown by Riverfront Park. Now firefighters have it ready in case it's needed for Tropical Storm Fay.
The Albany Fire Department bought this 30-thousand dollar rescue boat two years ago, and train on it annually.