Fannin County EMA/EMS Report for September 8, 2019 thru September 14, 2019

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Fannin County EMA/EMS

Director Robert Graham

20 Station Ridge

Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513

706-632-1958

Fax 706-632-8003

 

 

September 8, 2019 thru September 14, 2019 Responses

 

M1:   36

M3:   12

M4:   30

M11: 28

 

Gilmer EMS: 1

Polk EMS: 2

 

Total: 109

Includes 13 out of town transfers

 

Law:          351

Fire:           8

Rescue:    39

 

Total Emergency Calls:      459

 

Total Incoming Phone Calls (911 and Admin): 985

 

 

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New Fire Station Completed and Ready to Assist Citizens of Fannin County

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Fire Station

Blue Ridge, Ga – The new Fire Station/Public Safety Complex reached completion after two years of effort with an open house scheduled for Aug. 30.

EMA Director Robert Graham presented aerial shots of the finished facility to the commissioners during the Aug. 13, 2019 meeting.

“We intentionally did not take any pictures of the inside because we want everyone to come out on Aug. 30 and see the facility for themselves,” said Graham.

The dedication starts at 11 a.m., and visitors can tour the public safety complex while munching on some refreshments.

“The building is something that Fannin County should really be proud of. It should serve the county well for years to come. We did finish up the back part of the building,” stated Graham.

Fire Station

Aerial shots of the complex courtesy of Fannin EMA.

“Unfortunately, Earl, I was not able to keep it under $200,000. It ended up being $200,869.02.”
However, the last bid from contractors was $439,000, so the county did it for around $200,000 cheaper than expected.

“It’s really pleasing to see what we all thought was true when we received the last bids, said Post One Commissioner Earl Johnson, “We saved $239,000 to build out the back spot. The money can carry on in other places and help in places where we need it.”

Graham thanked all the subcontractors who participated in completing the building.

The entire cost of the building ended up being $4,134,462.83 and paid upfront with taxpayer funds. The county owes nothing on the building.

“All the volunteers and employees are very proud of the facility, and I hope the citizens of Fannin County are too,” commented Graham.

The construction of the fire station resulted from a collaborative effort from everyone involved from previous commissioners to all EMS/EMA employees. Graham sought out opinions from everyone to ensure Fannin had the best facility possible for the future.

“When we did a reevaluation and redesign to keep the effectiveness of the fire station, you got input from everybody that works in your command,” said Chairman Stan Helton, “Their suggestions were extremely valuable to making this work.”

Fire Station

Direct Overhead shot from Fannin EMA.

Post Two Glenn Patterson also commended Graham and his department for the new fire station.

“It has been a long process,” said Johnson, “The good thing is we can go over there and touch everything. The taxpayers have something that they can touch and see, and know that they don’t owe a dime on it.”

The open house will be on Friday, Aug 30 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 2/10 – 2/16

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

February 10, 2019 thru February 16, 2019 Responses
M1: 31
M3: 6
M4: 20
M11: 29
Total: 86
Law: 350
Fire: 4
Rescue: 19
Total Emergency Calls: 441

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report 1/13 – 1/19

Fannin County EMA/EMS

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

Please see the EMS totals below. 911 totals are not available at this time.
M-1: 37
M-3: 11
M-4: 24
M-11: 27

Total: 99

Fannin County Fire Department upgrades life saving equipment

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Blue Ridge, Ga. – “I would like to say at this time, thanks to the public for the donations, and the taxpayers here in the county that are taking care of us,” Fannin County Fire Chief Larry Thomas spoke to the Board of Commissioners (BOC) on Tuesday about the purchase of new equipment for the department.

The Fannin County Fire Department will see an upgrade to their life-saving hydraulic extraction tools, better known as the Jaws of Life.

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An example of Jaws of Life being used for extrication.

Thomas informed the BOC that volunteer firefighters had voted late in 2018 to use money from their donation account to purchase the new equipment: “The volunteers, in one of our volunteer meetings, voted to go ahead and start upgrading the Jaws of Life, the extrication tools that we carry on some of our vehicles.”

After researching pricing, the fire department chose to go with Hurst to provide this new equipment. Hurst now provides a battery operated version of this tool that can be operated by a single person.

This upgrade will save time for local rescuers who are often put in situations where every minute matters.

“Before, in the beginning, way back, it took two people to use a set of jaws,” Thomas said explaining the importance of the equipment upgrade.
The total price for three new sets of Jaws of Life would come to approximately $60,000. Thomas explained that his department had already put $17,000 towards this total with the intention of applying another $7,300 in the near future.

Although the fire department has enough funds available in the donation account, Thomas stated that they would like to finance the remaining amount of approximately $35,000 as to not deplete all monies currently in the donation account.

In order finance this remaining balance, Fannin County would need to “cosign” for the loan, as most banks cannot loan to volunteer groups.

Post 1 Commissioner Earl Johnson asked for clarification on the terms of the loan being sought, to which Thomas replied that they would be seeking a three year repayment period.

Although the loan terms would be set for three years, Thomas stated, “We’re hoping to pay it off next year” and pointed to the history the department has with paying off any loan debt before the loan fully matures.

“I think it’s a great thing really,” Fannin County Chairman Stan Helton expressed his opinion before the vote. “I appreciate the volunteers and the money they have brought in to pay for equipment that is going to serve the public.”

The three commissioners voted in favor of signing off on a loan for the fire department, and bringing this life saving upgrade to the county.

 

 

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Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report for 11/25 – 12/1

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

Director Robert Graham
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga. 30513
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

November 25, 2018 thru December 1, 2018 Responses
M1: 29
M3: 8
M4: 27
M11: 22
Gilmer EMS: 1
Total: 87
Law: 344
Fire: 5
Rescue: 25
Total Emergency Calls: 460

Total Calls: 1322

Fannin County EMA/EMS Weekly Report from 11/18 – 11/24

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS

By: Director Robert Graham
706-632-1958
Fax 706-632-8003

November 18, 2018 thru November 24, 2018 Responses
M1: 39
M3: 6
M4: 26
M11: 28
Total: 99
Law: 306
Fire: 6
Rescue: 31
Total Emergency Calls: 435

Total Calls: 1168

EMS/ EMA Weekly Call Report for 11/4 – 11/10

Fannin County EMA/EMS
Fannin County EMA/EMS
Below is a report for EMS calls for last week.  Total 911 calls, fire and law enforcement totals are not available at this time.
Med 1 – 35
Med 11-24
Med 3 – 23
Med 4 – 27
Mutual Aid – 2
Total      111
Provided by:
Robert Graham, GaAdvCEM
Director
Fannin County EMA
181 Church St.
Blue Ridge, Ga 30513
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