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.

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...

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...

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...

Firefighter pay proposal to go before Augusta Commission

...next week after the public safety committee voted Monday to pass the item on consent.The proposal, drafted by Augusta Fire Chief Chris James, calls for pay increases out of fear the department will continue to lose firefighters to higher-paying...

Dee Griffin hired as Augusta Fire Department's public information officer

...on with the fire department and assure the media is quickly and adequately aware of things that are going on," said Fire Chief Chris James.The position is an expansion of duties previously held by the department's fire safety educator position...

The Way We Were: 1960s Augusta

...wonderful memories!? Patricia Peebles Turner TIME WITH GRANDFATHERMy grandfather, Earnest H. Meads, Augusta's former fire chief, would take me to watch baseball, cheer and eat peanuts. There was a fire station near Allen Park on Walton Way. These...