9 decontaminated after chemical exposure at Wrens home

...from contamination.Anderson said that everyone transported was assessed and released early Tuesday morning.Wrens Fire Chief Robbie Prescott called in the Richmond County Hazardous Materials Team to assist in the investigation."The investigation...

9-11 remembered across Georgia

...are for our public safety agencies here at home and all of our military personnel," said Eddie Robinson, assistant fire chief of Cherokee County Fire and Rescue Services."We want to let them know that we think about them and honor those that...

Public safety officials push for new radio system

...sense," he said. "If we can get SPLOST two years from now, that's great. SPLOST money will pay it off."Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said a system within the city's jurisdiction would cut down on interference caused by trees because of...

Macon brush fire will burn until it rains

...continue to monitor the blaze as there are some homes and buildings nearby. No injuries were reported.Macon-Bibb County Fire Chief James Wallace tells WMAZ-TV that officials aren't sure how the fire started.

Strong California quake causes injuries, damage

...many people are still coming in, DeGier said.Six significant fires, including at a mobile home park, Napa Division Fire Chief Darren Drake said. Four mobile homes have been destroyed and two others damaged, the city said. Several other smaller...

Hearings on Augusta tax increase start today

...such as a recent vote to "equalize" fire department wages continue to threaten efforts to save.As other departments line up for raises, "I think we opened up a Pandora's box when we gave the fire chief that kind of money," he said.

Rants & Raves

...need a new fire safety educator to explain what is going on to the public. I would expect that should be the job of Fire Chief Chris James. The $51,000 salary for this new educator could have been used for some of the firefighters' raises...

Tax protests, goats making news this week

...are leaving at an astonishing rate for higher-paying jobs at other law enforcement agencies.Commissioners approved Fire Chief Chris James' request for raises for his folks last week. The next thing you know, the goats at the city's detention...

Rants & Raves

...taxes on vacant lots and abandoned property? These are the one that are getting a free ride. A RANT FOR THE Augusta fire chief. You talk about all the people who are leaving the department for better pay. Could it be the poor leadership that...

Commission approves fire department salary increase

Augusta Fire Chief Chris James said firefighters in his department can hold their heads a little higher knowing they'll have more in their wallets...