Firefighters to practice at amusement park

by AP

AUSTELL, Ga. (AP) — Firefighters from various jurisdictions are planning to spend a day at Six Flags Over Georgia, but they won't be there for fun.

More than 40 firefighters plan to visit the amusement park Wednesday for water rescue drills. The fire departments say swift water emergencies on area rivers and streams are among the most hazardous they face.

The departments say the Thunder River attraction at Six Flags mimics the turbulent conditions that rescuers find in this kind of an emergency.

Firefighters will work on swimming across strong currents, practicing swift water rescue techniques, dealing with obstacles in the water, and learning self-rescue and survival methods.

More Local

Oct. 5 is Voter Registration Deadline

Today (Monday) is the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 3 municipal elections. If you’re already registered to vote, you don&r ... Read More

Man found guilty of child molestation, enticement

A man with two previous arrests for rape was convicted Tuesday of molesting a child. It took a jury only a few hours to convict Randy Hunter ... Read More

Seizure-plagued Grantville woman’s health dramatically improves with CBD

Stacy Wilson has suffered from severe seizures since she was 4 years old. All those years of tonic-clonic (formerly known as “grand ma ... Read More

Piedmont Newnan thwarts talk of urgent care plans

Despite information presented by Piedmont Newnan Hospital executives to Coweta business and industry officials last summer, hospital represe ... Read More

First Coweta recipients of REACH scholarship recognized

Two Coweta eighth graders were recognized by Georgia first lady Sandra Deal, as they became the first recipients in the Coweta County School ... Read More

Emissions scandal affects VW stocks

The U.S. Environmental Protection Division has had the technology to identify citizens falsifying emissions tests for the past 10 years, but ... Read More