Fire damages Martinez home suspected of being meth lab

...said. "Mike (Russell) was hollering, 'Call 911!' I could feel the heat in the middle of my yard."Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue Assistant Chief Jim Champion said firefighters put out the fire in two to three minutes.County fire officials...

I-20 wreck hospitalizes truck driver

...into a deep ditch in the median shortly after 2 p.m., authorities said.It took about 30 minutes for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers to pull the man from the overturned vehicle and get him to a helicopter ambulance.He was identified...

Fire destroys Evans home

A fire destroyed an Evans home Wednesday afternoon.Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers were called shortly before 1 p.m. to the house at 4165 Bridlewood Trail, in Bridlewood subdivision off Furys Ferry...

Columbia County honors victims, heroes, of Sept. 11, 2001, attacks

...victims and emergency personnel of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. The clean, metallic clang of the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue bell resounded throughout the park. "Dispatch to FDNY," the fire department dispatcher repeated over the...

Columbia County wrecks stall I-20 traffic

...of the crashes are rear-enders resulting from rubberneckers driving through the area, and personnel from Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue and Gold Cross EMS also are working along the stretch. Information on injuries isn't yet available, Morris...

Gas leak in Columbia County

Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue is on the scene of a natural gas leak on Dewey Drive, off of Highview Drive, off of Belair Road. According to emergency officials, Dewey Drive is temporarily closed. Atlanta Gas Light repair crews are on the way.

Columbia County deputies get digital radio system

...equipment.The system includes sufficient channels for about 1,800 users. All county employees, including Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue workers and county departments such as Roads and Bridges and Water Utility, would use about half of that...

Government takeover planned for Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue

The privately operated Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue is expected to turn over operations to the Columbia County government soon.The department's board of directors voted on the...

Evans woman in critical condition after rescue from fire

...critical condition Thursday night after firefighers rescued her from an Evans housefire earlier in the day.Martinez-Columbia Fire rescue personnel pulled Agatha Murphy from her burning home early Thursday afternoon. She is in critical condition...

Columbia County panel wraps up year

...county's worker's compensation plan. The resolution is part of the county's plan to assume control of the Martinez-Columbia Fire Rescue, which had previously operated as a contracted service.The Board also voted not to renew the contract of...