Lights and Sirens

Kids get behind the scenes look in Fayette Co. Fire Camp

Fayette County Fire/EMS Lt. Donnie Davis uses CPR dummies to teach chest compression techniques to Fire Camp participants. Photo/John Munford.

More than a dozen children got a behind the scenes look at the Fayette County Fire Department during the first-ever “fire camp” last week.

The 16 participants ages 8 to 14 also got a lesson on CPR using practice mannequins and were shown how to use an AED (automatic external defibrillator) for cardiac emergencies.

Starting with an unconscious person on the ground, the group was taught to first see if the victim is just asleep or disoriented. The idea is to startle them with loud noise, and if they don’t respond, send someone to call 911. Read More»

Fayetteville’s Junior Police Academy cadets get in shape

Fayetteville’s Junior Police Academy cadets get in shape

Members of the recently completed Fayetteville Junior Police Academy did their part each morning to get ready and in shape for the day’s activities by doing a bit of physical training. Photo/Special.

Man dies trapped under overturned golf cart

The body of an elderly Fayette County man was discovered near his home early Monday afternoon pinned under a golf cart.

Frank Vines, 88, of 110 Scott Boulevard near the intersection of Tyrone and Ellison roads, was later pronounced dead, officials said.

Neighbors discovered the cart, which had gone down a ravine into a wooded area, and reported it to 911, officials said. EMS officials said Vines did not have any visible injuries, but he may have suffered from a medical problem that led to him being incapacitated, according to law enforcement officials. Read More»

1 PTC man dies, 1 injured in lightning strike

Peachtree City resident Burnette Hayes died after an apparent lightning strike Friday afternoon at the Battery Way boat ramp on Lake Peachtree. A second man regained consciousness while emergency crews were at the scene. Read More»

Fryer blaze shutters S. F’ville Wendy’s for 2 weeks

An early morning fire at the Wendy’s restaurant in south Fayetteville Tuesday has resulted in the store being closed for interior repairs, a company spokesperson said.

The fire was started by a fry cooker that caught fire, and firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze, said Wendy’s spokesman Denny Lynch.

The restaurant, located off Ga. Highway 85 south at the Summit Point shopping center, was closed at the time and no one was inside when the fire occurred, Lynch said.

The store, which was damaged by the smoke from the fire, is expected to be closed about two weeks, Lynch said.

Behind the big booms, light show on 4th, plenty of work

Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics shows the “cake” firework box at left, one of 10 that comprised the grand finale for Peachtree City’s annual July 4 fireworks show last week. Photo/John Munford.

As the rain left the area in plenty of time, there was again much to enjoy about Peachtree City’s annual fireworks display July 4th.

But there’s plenty of work done in advance to make sure the show goes off smoothly, according to Shawn Hardy of Liberty Pyrotechnics.

The display was actually prepared several days in advance, with security staying on-site 24 hours a day until after the big show.

It took two days to set up the show, working 12 hours a day in the 100-degree temperatures. Read More»

UPDATED: Resident jumps 2 floors to escape N. Fayette fire

A resident escaped the flames by jumping from a second-floor window and required hospital treatment. FIrefighters were chased from the burning home by flames and resorted to aerial hosing of the badly damaged home. Photo/John Munford.

UPDATED for print — Fire heavily damaged a north Fayette home Monday afternoon, forcing the home’s occupant to jump from a second floor window to avoid the mounting flames, fire officials said.

The fire at 118 Windmeadow Way in the Stillbrook Estates subdivision caused heavy damage on the interior, eating through the roof, much of the second floor and extending to the first floor.

Fire officials determined that a candle on the ground floor of the home somehow started the blaze. Read More»

Security system false alarms about to get costly in F’ville

Get ready to pay a fine for a false alarm from your security system if you live in Fayetteville.

Starting Monday, July 16, Fayetteville will begin enforcing its false alarm ordinance.

“Alarm users will be billed for false alarm activations which occur on, or after this date,” according to Detective Mike Whitlow of the Fayetteville Police Department. “Alarm users who have not registered their alarms will also be fined if they have an alarm activation and there is no current registration on file for that user.” Read More»

F’ville PD honors its 5th class of Citizens Police Academy graduates

Participants in the 5th Annual Fayetteville Citizens Police Academy got their graduation certificates last month after completing the 12-week course that gave them an overview of the department’s roles and functions. Photo/Special.

The Fayetteville Police Department last month completed yet another Citizens Police Academy. Now in its fifth year, the 2012 class consisted of 11 of Fayetteville’s citizens.

Department spokesman Steve Crawshaw said the academy was hosted in an effort to increase the community involvement with the Fayetteville Police Department and offer insight into the services provided.  Read More»

Feeling like a firefighter

Feeling like a firefighter

The Public Safety Expo at Drake Field in Peachtree City on July 4 gave visitors a good sense of what police officers and firefighters do and what equipment they use. The annual Water Battle took place in the afternoon and afterwards children got to hold the hose as it sprayed out gallons of water. Also making appearances at the event were Hawk 1, the Sheriff’s Department helicopter, one of the Peachtree City Police Department’s new motorcycles and a fire truck. Photo/Michael Boylan.

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