Fraudulent firefighter support fund soliciting donations

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy forwarded an alert from the Georgia State Firefighters Association (GSFA) and the Georgia Association of Fire Chiefs that states they have become aware of individuals who are contacting departments claiming they are raising funds for Firefighter Support Funds.

The individuals have been unwilling to provide details about the organization and the purpose of the donations, when asked. The group is not affiliated with any department in Georgia. This fraudulent activity has been reported to the Georgia Secretary of State’s Office.

If you receive calls from this organization, please do not give them any information and notify either the GSFA or GAFC.

 

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New 9-1-1 system will bring White County into 21st century

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CLEVELAND, Ga. –  This new 9-1-1 phone system will bring us into the 21st century, Public Safety Director David Murphy told White County commissioners during the work session on Monday.

The new age system Murphy was describing is an AT&T product that comes with a price tag of a little more than $222,000, but it has several features that could be critically important to those in need of emergency services.

First, it allows the caller’s location to be pinpointed even if the caller doesn’t know where he or she is. That is critical in White County where first responders are often called upon to locate lost or injured hikers remote and rugged terrain.

Next the system will accept text messages. That feature can save a life in a situation when someone has broken into a home, the occupant is forced to hide and is afraid to speak. Instead of communicating by voice, they can test the 9-1-1 message.

Murphy says the new system is a critical need.

“The current equipment was installed in 2007 and has outlived its usefulness,” Murphy told commissioners Monday. “Also the company it was purchased from is no longer in business and portions of it no longer work.”

This new equipment will meet the requirements coming down from the Federal Communications Commission that 9-1-1 systems be able to provide access by different forms of media.

The cost of the system, which includes software for recording 9-1-1 calls, was approved in the 2019 budget and will be paid for with revenue from the special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST).

 

 

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Commissioners discussed a new 9-1-1 phone system during a three-hour work session Monday

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Board of Commissioners discussed a number of key issues during Monday’s work session, including the purchase of a new 9-1-1 phone system, the possible creation of a committee to draft a historic preservation protection plan and bids received for a maintenance and operation contract for the transfer station as well as replacement compactor for the convenience center.

Commissioners do not typically vote on issues during a work session. Instead, they are placed on the agenda for the next voting session which will be Oct. 1.

Public Safety Director David Murphy presented the results of a request for proposal (RFP). After review of the bids received, staff recommended the contract be awarded to AT&T for a total amount of $222,298 which is approximately $38,0000 less than what was encumbered in the 2018 budget to be paid for by special purpose local option sales tax (SPLOST) revenue.

Murphy said the current system was installed in 2007 and has outlived its usefulness and the company that sold it is no longer in business. The new system, which includes electronic equipment, computer equipment and software that will allow the 9-1-1 center to pinpoint the caller’s location which could save first responders valuable time if someone is injured in a remote location and don’t know where they are.

John Erbele asked the board to consider creation a committee charged with drafting a county-wide historic preservation protection plan and map overlay. Erbele said White County is a very special place and it will be even more special 20 years from now if such a plan is adopted.

Commissioners have received a number of citizen complaints about the transfer station so they have been considering awarding the maintenance and operation contract to a different vendor. When the bids came in, however – Advanced Disposal, which holds the current contract – was the lowest bidder.

Staff recommended awarding the contract to Advanced Disposal, but with some additional requirements aimed at cleaning up the site.

There was also a discussion about vacation rentals by owner (VRBO). County Manager Michael Melton pointed out that a number of property owners who rent their houses out to tourists are not paying the hotel/motel tax or sales tax which they are required to pay.

There were three public hearings. One was a request from Jon Steven Neal for a conditional use permit to operate a rent-by-owner property on 1.18 acres at 253 Enota Drive in Sautee Nacoochee. Another was a request by Jeremy McAfee to redistrict 7.10 acres at 2779 Tesnatee Gap Valley Road to C-2 Highway Business District. The property now houses a automotive body shop. McAfee wants to expand the building to house other businesses. Neither of those public hearing attracted any opposition.

However, Michael Clark’s request for a conditional use permit at 5058 Helen Highway in Sautee Nacoochee to operate a “place of worship” did draw opposition from an adjacent property owner who said the building lacks adequate parking space and septic system.

Commissioners also reviewed bids for the contract to operate the transfer station. Three bids were received and the current provider Advanced Disposal was the lowest bidder with a proposed tipping fee of $49.75 per ton, a 12 percent increase of the current fee.

 

 

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White County Fire Services receives $2,500 grant

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Public Safety Director David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga. – FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers, presented White County Public Safety Director David Murphy with a check for $2,500 last week to help fire service respond to emergency situations.

The award will be used to assist with pre-fire planning to efficiently collect and track data related to local community buildings.

Because fire continues to be the leading cause of property damage worldwide, during the past 40 years FM Global has contributed millions of dollars in fire prevention grants to fire service organizations around the globe. Locally, the company has awarded grants to a number of Georgia-based organizations.

“At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable,” said Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program. “Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve.”

To learn more about FM Global’s Fire Prevention Grant Program and other resources for the fire service,  visit www.fmglobal.com/fireservice. Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners.

 

 

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Fire destroys mobile home on Wooten Road

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters, along with automatic aid from the city of Cleveland and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade, fought a mobile home fire on Wooten Road in the south part of the county for nearly three hours this morning.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said the fire was reported around 5 a.m. and the mobile home was approximately 50 percent involved when firefighters arrived.

“Thankfully all occupants were out of the home,” Murphy said in an email.  The occupants said they smelled smoke and saw fire in the home and ran out.  It is unknown at this time if there were smoke alarms in the home.

Firefighters quickly extinguished the fire, but the home sustained extensive loss and the heat damaged three vehicles.

The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants, three adults and two small children.

 

 

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‘Active shooter’ training exercise at White County Middle School April 4

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CLEVELAND, Ga . — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy wants the public to be aware that an “active shooter training” exercise will take place at White County Middle School on Wednesday, April 4, from 7 a.m. until noon.

This is a joint exercise by the school system, Cleveland Police Department, White County Sheriff’s Office, White County Public Safety, Cleveland Fire Department and the Georgia Emergency Management-Homeland Security Agency.

Murphy said the exercise will evaluate the plans for both the system and first responders in the event an actual situation should occur. This exercise will include volunteer students and faculty from White County Schools and Truett – McConnell University.

The public should be aware of the increased presence of personnel on this date and not be alarmed as this is only an exercise of emergency response plans.

School systems and public safety personnel all across Georgia have conducted these exercises for some time, but the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that killed 17 students and faculty Feb. 14, has led to a heightened awareness of the importance of such exercises.

 

 

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Fire destroys school superintendent’s home

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – Fire destroyed the Teal Mountain Drive family home of White County School Superintendent Jeff Wilson shortly after noon Monday.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said the house is a complete loss, but no one was at home and no injuries were reported.

White County responded with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland Fire Department. Flames were visible when the first units arrived on the scene.

Murphy said it is believed that the fire was accidental, but state fire investigator Brian Smith was called to determine the cause of the fire.

The Bridge Church in Cleveland has established a fund to help the family. An online donation can be made at www.thebridgeonline.securegive.com and all proceeds collected will go directly to the family, with no administrative fees deducted.

For more information, visit The Bridge Church’s Facebook page or website.

 

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White County after-the-storm assessment

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Public Safety Dir. David Murphy

CLEVELAND, Ga.—White County Public Safety Director David Murphy provided an after-the-storm assessment, following last week’s inclement weather.

“I don’t know if drivers realized the effects of the snow melt, causing a layer of ice under the snow,” Murphy said. “Salt and pre-treatment causing the melt, with temperatures being so cold, it froze as a layer of ice.  You cannot scrape ice off the roadway. This particular snow was dry in comparison to the snow back in December.  The snow was more like pellets than flakes and most likely contributed to the quick freeze into an ice layer.”

Murphy reported more than 25 motor vehicle accidents. Some included multiple vehicles, but only minor injuries were reported and none required transport to hospitals. There were also 14 reports of vehicles that could not move due to icy conditions.

Road closures included the west side of Westmoreland Road, Town Creek Road, Hwy. 129 south between Industrial Drive and Collins Road, Hwy. 115 east between the Habersham County line and Hwy. 254.

The White County School system was closed on Wednesday and Thursday due to icy conditions and wind chill advisories. Government offices were closed and delayed openings due to icy conditions.

White County Public Works Department pre-treated bridges and problem areas while spreading over 150 tons of material in response to icy conditions. All county fire stations were manned from late Tuesday through Wednesday afternoon.

Murphy added that no power outages were reported, no requests were made for made for comfort shelters and no fires were reported during the period.

 

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