November was a very busy month for public safety in Barrow County. Communication officers with Barrow County Emergency Services answered over 3,300 emergency calls during the month. Of these calls, 592 required assistance from fire and EMS personnel. The calls included one multi-family fire situation, 11 single family fire/situations, 61 motor vehicle collisions, five vehicle fires and 25 fire alarms. Other calls fielded by local firefighters included five gas leaks, five woods fires and a report of a possible airplane crash. Barrow County fire and emergency services personnel responded to a total of 478 medical calls.
The department added a new firefighter to its ranks on Nov. 24 and two more are in the final hiring stages, according to Interim Chief John Skinner.
“When they complete this process they will start working with the department. This will help us in filling open positions within the Department,” Skinner said.
There are also eight applicants in the final stages of the hiring process to fill open slots on the part time list. Once the applicants have completed the hiring process, they will be available to work shifts to help keep department apparatus staffed.
In other department news, the new Barrow County Emergency Services Headquarters is nearing completion. Furniture has arrived and is being assembled. Appliances for the fire station side of the building are expected to arrive soon. A clean-up crew is on site and is working to prepare the station. Still remaining is landscaping work, sidewalk installation and touch up paint and sanding.
“It is down to just some minor work to be completed,” Skinner explained. “Crews are working hard to complete the work.”
Skinner expects the headquarters will be finished early in 2010.
Skinner has also been working very closely with the Barrow County Board of Commissioners to keep them updated on the activities of the department.
“Barrow County Emergency Services and all Barrow County Commissioners are working together as a team,” Skinner said. “We all have a common goal in providing the best service to the citizens while keeping an ever watchful eye on the funds provided for this service.“