cloudy
Saturday August 29th, 2015 11:33PM

White County sets 24-hour fire protection plan in motion

By Dean Dyer WRWH Radio
CLEVELAND - White County soon will have at least two paid firefighters on duty 24 hours a day.<br /> <br /> During an extended meeting that lasted two-1/2 hours Monday afternoon, the White County Board of Commissioners approved adding three additional personnel for the fire department, bringing to 11 the full-time paid staff, and implementing a 24-hour on-duty fire personnel plan. <br /> <br /> White County Public Safety Director David Murphy presented the commissioners with a plan that will enable the county to have personnel on duty around the clock. <br /> <br /> "We will implement that with having two people on duty, 24/48, and then have additional staff on during the day when the call volume is high, and this will provide a greater enhanced level of service for the citizens of White County," Murphy said.<br /> <br /> Murphy said the plan will be implemented Oct. 1, and the firefighters will be housed at the Leaf fire station, located on Duncan Bridge Road. <br /> <br /> Murphy told commissioners that of the current fire facilities that is the best for firefighters to respond in all directions when they're needed.<br /> <br /> Just before commissioners voted to approve, Commissioner Edwin Nix said he could go along with the plan but he wants his district to have a faster response time.<br /> <br /> Nix proposed utilizing the building commissioners were meeting in to provide a more centralized location for the firefighters.<br /> <br /> "I also know that this facility has plenty of room in it and is a better point for that distribution than where he's at, especially if the call comes out on the west side of the county which is in my district," Nix said. <br /> <br /> As part of the approved plan, the county will use the back area of the County Administration Building, which was the former detention center, to house fire trucks and personnel. <br /> <br /> Some renovations will be required, and Murphy said they want to look at an overall design that not only benefit the fire department but have other area in the building made available. <br /> <br /> Murphy said the administration building being located in Cleveland will provide a better location for responding units, and it will help with the ISO fire protection rating and provide additional assistance and credit for the City of Cleveland Fire Department. <br />
© Copyright 2015 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
White County E-SPLOST extension vote set March 17
The White County Board of Education has set in motion a public vote on a sales tax extension.
11:12AM ( 8 months ago )
Authorities issue lookout for burglary suspect in White County
The White County Sheriff
3:25PM ( 8 months ago )
White County student located safely after getting off at the wrong bus stop
White County officials report a happy ending to an incident involving a third grade student at White County Intermediate School. The student was placed on the wrong bus and got off at the wrong location late Tuesday and was the object of a small search.
4:44PM ( 8 months ago )
White County News
Grass fire impacts rush hour traffic on 985
Rush hour traffic on I-985 was slowed by a grass fire Wednesay afternoon with one lane closed while firefighters fought the blaze.
10:19PM ( 7 months ago )
Judge denies motions to move, delay Tsarnaev trial
Lawyers for Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev asked a federal appeals court Wednesday to overturn a judge's decision to not move his upcoming trial out of state.
10:02PM ( 7 months ago )
Sheriff: Man shot 2 on I-85 because he wanted car
A 22-year-old man shot two people who stopped to give him a ride on Interstate 85 in South Carolina on Christmas Eve because he wanted their car to drive to Georgia, a sheriff said Wednesday.
5:21PM ( 7 months ago )
Local/State News
Committee leaves transportation funding to lawmakers
Georgia will have to cover a $1 billion to $1.5 billion transportation funding gap to stay economically competitive, a committee of lawmakers is warning in a report issued Tuesday.
5:36AM ( 7 months ago )
US off war footing at year's end, but wars go on
Taking America off a permanent war footing is proving harder than President Barack Obama may have suggested.
6:13PM ( 7 months ago )
Politics
Falcons sign Julio Jones to 5-year extension
The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.
By The Associated Press
8:46AM ( 9 hours from now )
A man has been sentenced to six years in prison for shooting his stepfather in the eye with a flare gun.
The Athens Banner-Herald (http://bit.ly/1JpkxSX ) reported Saturday that 32-year-old Derek Joseph Wardlaw pleaded guilty to shooting his stepfather.
8:20PM ( 3 hours ago )
Qualifying begins Mon. for city elections
Qualifying begins Monday for city elections across the state, with most of the attention in Hall County centered on the Gainesville election.
1:00PM ( 10 hours ago )
Gainesville considers IGA with Hall Co. for Flat Creek litter trap
Gainesville officials are considering an inter-governmental agreement with Hall County for a litter trap in Flat Creek, which sits in both the city limits of Gainesville and unincorporated Hall County.
12:00PM ( 11 hours ago )