Ex-Fire Chief Howard Willis dies

...Chronicle interview.Willis was serving as the Emer gency Management Agen cy director when he was chosen to serve as interim fire chief after Chief Al Gillespie resigned. Later that year, Willis was officially sworn in to the top post.Willis stepped...

80 evacuated from SC assisted living fire

...investigated the blaze. Officials think the fire started on the third floor, but the cause has not been determined. Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins says the fire caused about $1 million in damage.

Howard Willis

Retired Fire Chief & EMA Director AUGUSTA, Ga. - Entered into rest Sunday, June 21, 2015, Mr. Howard "Bubber" Willis, 66, loving husband...

Bull rescued from Georgia well

...m. to help save the bull, who was lodged snugly in a well estimated to be about 15 feet deep and narrow.Milton Fire Chief says workers first used a backhoe to dig a larger opening for the bull to escape through on its own, but the animal...

Augusta taxpayers foot bill for public safety crashes

...In 2014, employees there were found at fault in 21 of 25 accidents, costing the city more than $44,000.Augusta Fire Chief Chris James was found at fault in a Oct. 28 accident in which he rear-ended a personal vehicle while trying to turn...

Absent Augusta Commissioners spur delays in decisions on controversial stormwater utility fee, demolition of historic buildings

...the closed road makes his trek from the door to a vehicle waiting on Broad or Ellis streets a long and difficult one. Fire Chief Chris James said no one he'd contacted knew if the closed roadway was city-owned.

Baltimore unrest brings back memories of Augusta riot 45 years ago

...archives. The May 12 issue of the newspaper estimated that rioters covered a 130-square-block area of Augusta. Fire Chief James G. Fitzgerald told the paper that 51 fires were reported in six hours. Six black men died during the violence...

SC woman rescued from fire

...Herald reports firefighter Luke Caldwell and Charlie Kennedy rescued a 62-year-old woman Monday afternoon. Clover Fire Chief Charlie Love says firefighters from five departments responded to the fire, which took two hours to get under control...

Mayor's power play unites commission against him

...burned up to learn through the media that he wants to hire and fire department heads and appoint the city attorney, fire chief and EMA director, all of whom would answer to him.He also wants a veto over commission decisions and the power of...

Some city departments say lessons were learned from ice storm

...an "incomplete draft" that listed Traffic Engi neering and Solid Waste as the departments in charge.A year later, Fire Chief Chris James says Augusta's Emer gen cy Management Agen cy has overhauled its operations to address the problems it encountered...