Firefighters aid hikers along Appalachian Trail

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WHITE COUNTY, Ga. – White Count Fire Services personnel spent a grueling Sunday delivering aid to three female hikers in two separate incidents near the Low Gap Shelter along the Appalachian Trail.

At 11:30 a.m., firefighters responded to a report of a female hiker suffering from exhaustion and dehydration just a few feet south of the Low Gap Shelter. On arrival, they discovered that it was a female hiker and her daughter.

The daughter tried to make her way to the parking area of Hog Pen but she became distressed about a mile before the parking area.  A team of three firefighters went in to her location and a second team went in to the Low Gap area for the mother.

The mother was located about one mile south of the shelter.  A Department of Natural Resources helicopter was used to lift her out to awaiting fire personnel at 801 Low Gap Road in Union County. She was treated on the scene for dehydration.

The daughter was walked out by the first team to their vehicle.  She was given water and her supplies were carried by fire personnel to her vehicle.  The mother was transported to her daughter’s location after extrication.

While in the process of cleaning up from that event, another call was received to go to Low Gap Shelter for a female with a possible fractured arm.  That patient was lifted by helicopter and then transported by Union General Ambulance to Union General Hospital.

This entire event kept firefighters on these incidents for approximately 10 hours.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said, “I would like to commend, (Cleveland) Chief Norman Alexander and his team along with the 911 dispatch personnel for the quick response and team work in assisting these individuals to safety.”

 

 

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Home on New Bridge Road destroyed by fire

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – A home and outbuilding on New Bridge Road in Cleveland were destroyed by fire Monday afternoon.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said White County Fire Services, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to a report that the outbuilding was possibly hit by lightning during an afternoon rain storm.  The outbuilding was about 15 feet from the main structure with a 250-gallon propane tank close to the outbuilding just about 10 feet from the home.

Upon fire personnel found the outbuilding heavily involved with fire with radiant heat and fire damage to the home. Hose lines were deployed between the building and the home. One fire team made an interior attack on the home.

The fire was quickly extinguished and the State Fire Marshall was called to investigate the true cause.  The home was equipped with working smoke alarms which did alert the family.

The Red Cross was called to assist the occupants of the home.  No injuries were reported.

 

 

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First responders rescue woman whose vehicle capsized on flooded roadway

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – On Thursday, May 31, at approximately 5:30 p.m., White County Fire Services personnel responded to a report of a Hummer-type vehicle travelling on Joe Franklin Road in northern White County that had left the heavily flooded roadway and overturned into Duke’s Creek.  It was also reported that the vehicle had a single occupant who was visiting White County from a southern Georgia county.

Two White County Fire personnel and two White County Sheriff deputies walked the rugged hillside terrain along the overflowing and fast moving waters of Duke’s Creek.  Within 15 minutes, rescue personnel located the female who had exited the vehicle and was holding onto a holly tree, the water was about 4- to 5-feet deep from the flooding.  Rescuers brought the female out of the water and walked her back to the awaiting ambulance for evaluation; the female refused transport.  The entire operation lasted about an hour and a half.

 

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White County Fire Department receives prestigious award

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CLEVELAND, Ga. – The White County Fire Department was awarded the 2018 Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant by the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation (GFBF) in the amount of $1,500 to be used for the purchase of smoke detectors.

The GFBF is a statewide nonprofit organization whose mission is to partner with the fire service and burn care community to provide fire safety and prevention education, support medical facilities and assist burn survivors in their recovery.

The Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant Program was founded in memory of Gwinnett County career firefighter, Brant Chesney, who lost his life December 27, 1996, battling a fire as a volunteer with the Forsyth County Fire Department, and all other fallen firefighters who have lost their lives in the line of duty in the state of Georgia.

Grants awarded under this program are to be used by fire departments in the state of Georgia to develop a new program or enhance an existing public life safety program, dedicated primarily to fire safety and burn prevention education.

The GFBF received over 20 applications this year and awarded funds to six fire departments totaling over $15,000. Funding for the grant and other GFBF programs/services is made possible by the annual “Give Burns the Boot” fundraising campaign — supported by a number of fire departments around the state — as well as individual donations and corporate sponsors.

To learn more about the GFBF, please visit their website at www.gfbf.org or call the office at 404-320-6223.

 

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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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Rental cabin fire believed to be accidental

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SAUTEE, Ga. – A fire that completely destroyed a rental cabin Sunday evening is determined to be accidental.

White County Fire Department was called to the scene around 10 p.m. When the first units arrived, the cabin at 202 Clarice Lane was fully involved.

Occupants of the cabin advised E-911 Dispatch that the side of the cabin was on fire from an outdoor fireplace and extending to the exterior front and side walls. Once fire units arrived on scene, the fire had spread to the interior. Mutual aid was requested from the Habersham Fire Department and the Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade.

Firefighters were on scene for approximately three hours fighting the fire and remained on scene for an additional two hours to ensure the fire did not spread to adjacent rental cabins and homes. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.

The Red Cross was called in for the occupants; however, the management of the rental company assisted the occupants by providing another cabin for the occupants.

State Fire Investigator Brian Smith was called to the scene, and the incident is deemed accidental and is presently under investigation.  It is probable that the outdoor fireplace may have traveled through the flue and in between the walls of the main residence (attached) thus causing the structure to be a total loss.

 

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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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Wednesday’s house fire is being investigated

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White County firefighters battle blaze on Ostrich Drive Wednesday.

CLEVELAND, Ga. – White County firefighters, with automatic aid from the City of Cleveland, responded to a house fire at 238 Ostrich Drive off of Duncan Bridge Road early Wednesday morning.

The 4,000-square-foot house was fully involved when the first units arrived. They quickly confirmed that no one was in the residence and began to knock down the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for more than five hours and reported difficulty with the home’s long, narrow driveway and required assistance in getting the trucks out of the mud.

State Fire Investigator Robi Wilkins was called to the scene, and the incident is presently under investigation.

No injuries were reported as a result of the house fire.

 

 

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