Firefighters Rescue Hiker Who Fell From Top of Raven Cliff Waterfall

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HELICOPTER RESCUE

CLEVELAND, Ga – An unidentified hiker was injured Wednesday when he fell from the top of the waterfall area of Raven Cliff at about 3 p.m.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said in an email that the hiker had gone to the top of the falls where he slipped and fell onto the last ledge before the main drop of the falls (approximately 55 foot vertical drop). White said firefighters from White County’s Stations 2 and 3 with mutual aid from the City of Helen Fire Department and Lee Arrendale Fire Brigade responded to the call and removed the hiker from the falls to an area where Georgia State Patrol aviation using a Bell 429 helicopter with a hoist extracted the hiker and transported him to White County Med 2 where he was further evaluated and then transported to Northeast Georgia Medical Center for treatment.

White said the injuries are believed to be non-life threatening.

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White Co. Firefighters Rescue Lost Hiker

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CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County Public Safety Director David Murphy reported that rescuers from White County Fire, the Department of Natural Resources , White County EMS and Lumpkin County Fire worked for more than four hours to locate a lost hiker on the Tesnatee Gap trailhead near Cow Rock Mountain.

They hiked in about 35 minutes on a snow and ice covered trail before locating the unidentified hiker who, Murphy said, is an avid hiker from Rhode Island. She was not injured, but with the trail covered by snow, the hiker lost her way.

Murphy added the hiker was very glad to see rescuers as the temperature was 24 degrees with wind blowing at 12-15 miles per hour and the sun was going down.

All personnel escorted her down the trail.

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White County Aids Towns Co. in Mountain Rescue

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Public Safety Director David MurphyCLEVELAND, Ga. — One day after rescuing a lost hiker from a snow covered trail in the Cow Rock Mountain area White County firefighters were searching for an injured person on the Appalachian Trail near Unicoi Gap in Towns County.

White County Public Safety Director David Murphy said temperatures were in the teens when the White County rescuers met up with Towns County Fire/EMS at 7:45 p.m. Wednesday.

The City of Helen Fire Department was called in to provide an ATV because the Towns County ATV had mechanical problems.
Once the patient was located, it was determined the injuries were non-life threatening and he was transported by ATV to a waiting Towns County med unit.

White County firefighters terminated the call just after midnight. The patient had non-life threatening injuries; the call lasted 5 hours from the time of initial response to termination of the call.

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Firefighters Battle Blaze on Mount Pleasant

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White County Fire

CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County and the City of Cleveland firefighters were called on to battle a residential blaze on Mount Pleasant Road in northern White County around 10:45 a.m. on Sunday.

When the first units arrived, flames were visible on the front portion of the home. All occupants were outside. Firefighters quickly set up and extinguished the fire. When occupants advised their dog was still inside, firemen entered the home and brought the dog to safety.

Fire personnel checked the area for hot spots and extensions but none were found.

The electrical power was shutoff to the residence by Habersham Electric Membership Coop and the occupants were advised to have an electrician inspect the residence before turning the power back on.

The Red Cross was contacted to assist 3 adults and 4 animals.

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No Injuries in Residential White County Fire

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White County FireCLEVELAND, Ga. — White County and City of Cleveland fire departments responded to a residential fire at 377 Oglethorpe Lane in northern White County Wednesday afternoon.

Upon arrival, firefighters were advised by the residents that they had pulled back the pinning to the mobile home and extinguished the fire with a garden hose.

The residents stated that they had been out of the state and had just returned earlier that morning. As protocol, the county Fire Investigator – Robert Wilkins, was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. After a thorough investigation, Wilkins stated that there was a short in the HVAC system. Firefighters then checked deep underneath the home and discovered residual smoke and removed some insulation so no further ignition would occur.

The residents were advised to keep the power off until the HVAC was repaired and a qualified electrician inspected the home. The property owner was contacted and advised of the situation.

No injuries were reported and the residents declined assistance from the Red Cross.

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No Injuries in White County House Fire

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White County FireCLEVELAND, Ga. — White County and City of Cleveland fire departments responded to a residential fire at 377 Oglethorpe Lane in northern White County Wednesday afternoon.
Upon arrival, firefighters were advised by the residents that they had pulled back the pinning to the mobile home and extinguished the fire with a garden hose.

The residents stated that they had been out of the state and had just returned earlier that morning. As protocol, the county Fire Investigator – Robert Wilkins, was called to the scene to determine the cause of the fire. After a thorough investigation, Wilkins stated that there was a short in the HVAC system.

Firefighters then checked deep underneath the home and discovered residual smoke and removed some insulation so no further ignition would occur.

The residents were advised to keep the power off until the HVAC was repaired and a qualified electrician inspected the home. The property owner was contacted and advised of the situation.
No injuries were reported and the residents declined assistance from the Red Cross.

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Lost Hiker Located and Led to Safety

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Georgia State Patrol Helicopter

WHITE COUNTY, Ga. — White County firefighters. the Georgia State Patrol and U.S. Forest Service were called on to rescue a lost hiker Wednesday evening.

The hiker had driven to US Forest Road 79 (Tray Mountain Road) in northern White County to begin the hike. White County Public Safety Director said he apparently became lost after veering off the path and could not find his way back to his vehicle.

Firefighters were contacted and they called in a Georgia State Patrol helicopter. The lost hiker was able to talk directly to the helicopter crew who guided the to Odis Barron Road in Habersham. U.S. Forest Service Law Enforcement met him and escorted him to safety. He was not injured.

The incident lasted about 3 1/2 hours.

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Firefighters Respond to Chimney Fire

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White County Fire Dept.

CLEVELAND, Ga. — White County firefighters from Stations 2 and 4 and the City of Cleveland responded to a chimney fire Friday morning that extended to the walls of the structure.

Upon arrival, heavy smoke was visible from the exterior of the home and flames and could also be seen coming from the top of the chimney. The occupants had safely evacuated the premises before firefighters arrived.

Firefighters entered the structure and used an extinguisher to try and put the fire out. A roof ladder was then used as the fire extended into the attic area. Once the wall surface was removed, a quick knock down occurred.

The Red Cross was called for the family but no injuries were reported. Firefighters were on scene for about 2 hours.

Fire services would like to remind everyone to have chimneys professionally inspected and cleaned at least once a year.

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