Fire Rescue News

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.


                                                                                                OCONEE COUNTY FIREFIGHTERS
                                                                                              COMPLETE FIREFIGHTER I COURSE

Oconee County Fire Department proudly announces the completion of 220 hours of Firefighter I training by nine Oconee County Volunteer Firefighters and two Winterville Volunteer Firefighters.  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:

Seth Haller - Station 1, Watkinsville
John Underwood, IV – Station 1, Watkinsville
Hasan Idrees - Station 4, Dark Corner
Cody Jenkins – Station 5, East Oconee
Noah Jenkins – Station 5, East Oconee
Jordan Peck - Station 6, North High Shoals
Justin Kent - Station 7, North Oconee
Emad Ashraf - Station 8, Barber Creek
Trevor Mattox – Station 8, Barber Creek
Madison Gabriel – Winterville FD
Chuck Thornton – Winterville FD

The 220-hour course, equivalent to the same basic essentials of firefighting taught in paid fire departments, began January 3, 2017.  The instructor, retired Battalion Chief David Smith from Athens-Clarke County Fire Department, held training every third night and some Saturdays through June 17, 2017.  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.