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Reserve firefighter program put on hold

...who passed the process was hired," James said.Currently, the department employs 310 firefighters, including battalion chiefs. That number will increase in 2015 when more recruits finish their training. Seventeen started fire school Nov...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-06/reserve-firefighter-program-
Rants & Raves

...close-knit family. RANT IS FOR Augusta Fire Chief Chris James for not showing up for the retirement dinners for the two battalion chiefs, Tommy Whitener and James Freeman. WAL-MART KEEPS building but they don't double coupons and they don't give...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-11-14/rants-raves-0
Fitness plan for Augusta firefighters taking shape

...physical before starting the program."When we started this they were apprehensive and had 9,000 questions," Battalion Chief James Freeman said.Capt. Charlie Coleman agreed that some older firefighters believed the new mandate was a way...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/crime-courts/2014-09-26/fitness-plan-augusta-f
Columbia County house destroyed by fire as family escapes

...shooting through the roof of the house at in the 4000 block of Clifden Avenue, according to Columbia County Fire Battalion Chief Anthony Lovett.Lovett said it took firefighters about 20 minutes to contain the blaze. They were able to save a child's...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-07-08/columbia-county-house-destroy
Divers recover body of truck driver in Augusta Canal

...Response unit and officials from the state Department of Natural Resources aided in the search. Wayne Taylor, the battalion chief of the Richmond County Fire Department, said rescuers used underwater sonar technology to find the body.The tractor-trailer...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-26/divers-recover-body-truck-dr
Carpet store fire ties up Washington Road traffic

...warehouse of the business caught fire, damaging the rear of the building, according to Augusta-Richmond County Battalion Chief Bryan McFeely.The fire ? which remains under investigation ? took about 25 minutes to contain."I haven't...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-06-26/carpet-store-fire-ties-washin
Heat hospitalizes 4 at SC school

...at the time. The four students were treated and released from the hospital later in the day. Burton Fire District Battalion Chief Debra Lewis says a belt on an air conditioner melted and a light malfunctioned in a classroom. There was no fire...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-09-05/heat-hospitalizes-4-sc-schoo
Evans woman, 78, escapes house fire unharmed

...exact cause is under investigation, according to Battalion Chief Danny Kuhlmann.Firefighters had no accessible fire...fire using trucks."That's not a problem," said Battalion Chief Jimmie Paschal. "We train for that."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-09-16/evans-woman-78-escapes-house-
Problems fighting Atlanta chemical fire

...didn't detect toxic fumes, experts say chemicals are most likely to escape when a fire first starts. Cobb County Battalion Chief Scott Demkowski says, "We honestly don't know what chemicals were released." In addition, the newspaper along...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-06-02/problems-fighting-atlanta-ch
Richmond County fire sends one to hospital

...Millworks) building on High land Avenue, but other than that it didn't hurt any structures," said Bryan McFeely, a battalion chief with the Augusta Fire Department. "We were able to contain the fire before it reached any other (houses or buildings...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2014-04-03/richmond-county-fire-sends-on