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Ravi Mikel Givens was arrested Tuesday and charged with possession of marijuana with intent to distribute. He is being held in the Dougherty County jail. Givens, who played ball at Westover and StetsonMore >>
Agents say that police responded to the apartment because of a burglar alarm. Officers found the back door broken open and went inside. That's where they detected a strong odor of marijuana, and saw pot in plain view.More >>
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Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus (VPC) in Moultrie. RepresentativesMore >>
Moultrie Technical College unveiled its new $9.5 million, 46,000 square-foot Health Sciences Building Wednesday. The brand new structure is located at the school's Veterans Parkway Campus in Moultrie.More >>
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Albany Humane Society officials say it's one of the worst cases of animal neglect they have seen. Tonight a veterinarian and Humane Society workers are trying to nurse a one-year old lab mix back toMore >>
Albany Humane Society officials and a veterinarian are nursing a dog back to health, after she was nearly starved to death.More >>
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Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration. Party City will open a store at 2709 Dawson Road, near the Albany Mall this August. EconomicMore >>
Work is underway on a big empty retail space in Albany to bring in a new business and a spirit of celebration.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 6:41 PM EDT2013-06-19 22:41:48 GMT
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria. We introduced you to Michael Hobgood last night. His arm was amputated less than twoMore >>
An Albany prosthetist is coming to the rescue to help a Moultrie man who lost his arm to rare flesh eating bacteria.More >>
Ten years after the 9/11 attacks First responders in south Georgia and around the country are better prepared to respond to a major emergency. Agencies learned some tough lessons on 9/11 when first responders had trouble communicating with each other.
But that led to some important improvements that could help protect you during a disaster.
Albany was years ahead of the 9/11 disaster. Floods in 1994 and 1998 and the 1996 Olympics already taught our region important lessons about a lack of communications, but the disaster 10 years ago keeps pushing them to improve.
When terrorists attacked on September 11th, 2001 it expanded the scope of responsibilities for fire fighters and other first responders.
"Years ago when we thought about what would happen in our community everything was pretty much confined to your geographic lines of county lines and so with the attack at 9/11, the hurricanes, we became a regional or national response organization," said Albany Fire Chief James Carswell.
In the last ten years there have been Presidential mandates for more NIMS, or National Incident Management Systems, training which would establish an incident command in the event of a disaster and orders for all first responders to use plain talk.
"We used to talk strictly in 10 codes and that was great because everyone in your own organization knew what the 10 codes represented but a sister agency might not have the same 10 codes so there was a mandate nationwide to go to plain talk," said Carswell.
Albany now has the Cadillac of radio systems, an 800 mega-hertz digital system that continues to receive updates and allows communications as far south as north Florida.
"We have partnered with Thomasville and Crisp County, and what that has done it allows a Sheriff to go pick up someone in north Florida and actually have un-interrupted communications between here and all the way down to Florida," said Deputy EMA Director Jim Vaught.
Every 911 Center in 23 south Georgia counties that make up GEMA region 2 now has a motor bridge system that makes every radio compatible.
" It allows radios that are not normally compatible, and 800 MHz, a VHF, radio to be able to communicate because what it will do is it will take through the 911 center computer system will take those two radios and through a software program bring them together so they can communicate on site within their county," said Vaught.
The Albany Police Department's 'Bat Mobile' is a portable unit that does the same thing, so it could be sent to more remote regions, allowing first responders to communicate and ultimately help save lives.
Chief Carswell also pointed out there are funds allocated in SPLOST VI to update the Albany-Dougherty 911 Center. Some of the equipment in the center is 30 years old.
Albany also has an agreement with the Marine Base to use their communications center if the 911 center goes down.
The CODE RED system also now allows first responders to get critical information to the public more quickly.