Fire Rescue News

In celebration of nationwide EMS Week, May 20-26, which honors all EMS workers, National EMS is giving back to the four communities they serve by providing life-saving Automatic External Defibrillators (AED) to the Fire and First Responders who cover their areas.

Chief Operating Officer Benny Atkins said that National EMS has donated twelve AEDs to the Fire and First Responder units in the four counties served by National EMS, which includes Rockdale, Morgan, Athens-Clarke, and Oconee Counties. “This is our time to show our appreciation to our dedicated First Responders who serve with our staff each day on the medical front lines,” Atkins said.

The theme for this year’s EMS Week is “Stronger Together”, which recognizes the strong collaboration that EMS has with all of their First Responders. Atkins said that National EMS recognizes the important contributions of our First Responder partners and are very proud to provide them with these life-saving devices during EMS Week.

“EMS is a small part of a big team, and we are really stronger when we all work as a team,” Atkins said.

The American Heart Association encourages early recognition, early CPR, and early AED, which is the only effective treatment for restoring heart rhythm following a cardiac arrest. The AEDs, which cost approximately $1,400 each, are a standard for First Responders, and will provide lifesaving time since the first three to five minutes of a sudden cardiac arrest are very critical to the survival of a patient who is having a heart attack.

“Our staff of EMTs and Paramedics value our First Responders, who work as a team to provide the best possible prehospital care for our communities,” Atkins said.

The photograph (left to right) includes: Ed Carson (EMT-I), Robby Atkins (Director of Operations), EMA Director C.J. Worden, Commissioner Bubber Wilkes, EMA/EMS Coordinator Karla Hulsey, and Chad Harrell (Paramedic).

AED to Oconee 2018

During the week of February 18-24, four members of Oconee County Fire Rescue attended courses at the National Fire Academy located in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  These courses will assist the fire rescue personnel to be better prepared for emergencies in Oconee County. The Oconee County Fire Rescue members that attended were (pictured left to right) Dusty Powell, Ward Burke, Cliff Threadgill, and Paul Thaxton.

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                                                                                                OCONEE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS
                                                                                              COMPLETE FIREFIGHTER I COURSE


Oconee County Fire Department proudly announces the completion of 220 hours of Firefighter I training by five Oconee County Volunteer Firefighters, one Old Salem Volunteer Firefighter, and one Winterville Volunteer Firefighter.  The following men and women unselfishly dedicated many hours away from their families and friends to participate in this course in order to better serve their communities:

Tony Hall - Station 1, Watkinsville
Jamie Stephens – Station 1, Watkinsville
Michael Eddy - Station 4, Dark Corner
Joe Durante – Station 6, North High Shoals
Beau Tolbert – Station 6, North High Shoals
Scott Sears - Old Salem FD
Dylan Smith – Winterville FD

The 220-hour course, equivalent to the same basic essentials of firefighting taught in paid fire departments, began January 4, 2018.  The instructor, retired Battalion Chief David Smith from Athens-Clarke County Fire Department, held training every third night and some Saturdays through June 9, 2018.  After extensive classroom and hands-on training, the volunteers participated in a 9-hour live burn at the Athens-Clarke County Fire Training Center. The course concluded with the National Professional Qualification (NPQ) written test and the NPQ skills test administered by the Georgia Fire Academy.

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