Fire department ready for worst

by Wes Mayer


Newnan firefighters Thomas Ramey and Jamie Pike check out tire chains which will be used if the city streets become extremely icy. 

The Newnan Fire Department was getting all its equipment and supplies ready Tuesday morning for the possible ice storm expected to hit the north Georgia area.

“Some trucks have automatic chains,” said Battalion Chief Stephen Brown, “but we are also manually putting chains on tires. We are making sure everything is fueled, and all of our chainsaws are fueled and ready to work.”

Any trucks purchased by the fire department after 2002 have automatic chains set up as part of their suspension system, said Newnan Fire Chief David Whitley. Whitley said flipping a switch will cause the chains to spin and cover the tires — these automatic chains were very useful during the snowstorm that came through Coweta County a couple of weeks ago.

“It’s a great thing to have,” Whitley said, “even though we may only use them once or twice a year.”

The fire department was also setting up its mobile camper at Fire Station 3 on Temple Avenue, Brown said. The camper is designed as a rehab trailer that can be transported to any location for any agency in the county. The camper runs on generators and has heat, coffee, Gatorade and other supplies to help firefighters, officers or any other public safety workers get out of the elements.

Whitley said it looks like the worst of the ice will be on Wednesday and Thursday.

“I’m expecting some ice,” Whitley said. “Maybe half an inch or more. I hope not, but from what I’ve been seeing, it looks like it.”

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