Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA

Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA

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- Union County Quarantine Unit - Cases 2020
Union County 911 - 90Day "Virus Observation Cases" For:
Mother Teresa Virus
Cov-19
Fly Infestation Virus
Looks like an Excellent stop on the Chiropractor office last night. Great job!!!!!
Just want to say thank you to all of you. My son and granddaughters live in Blairsville which is 150 miles from where I live. There have been a time or two that y’all have been called to his house for medical assistance. Y’all are great, took care of it and calmed everyone down. Thank you so much for the care you provide to my family there and to all who live in Union County.
is there a location that can be linked to the recent (last 5 days) virus patients. most of us must go out for essentials, if we had some guidance on where not to go, it could only help.

or are they the evacuees from other places????
I really appreciate all the good updates you provide on the Covid-19 situation. However, would you please get rid of that horrid picture/drawing of the virus. I shudder each time I see it.
I understand with the focus on C19 but do we not have impending weather that may need focus!
Thank you for keeping us up to date....on the county by county report of Corona Virus...is there a special time of day the reports are released?
Question : There is a rumor that is now going around that there is in fact ( 2 Confirmed Cases of the Corvid-19 Virus) In Union County.. But that information is being withheld from us the citizens because the 2 infected are NOT Union County
residents but are here in our county? . Is this true? ** Im going to tag additional members of our community to this post as I think its important we all hear the answer, especially if this is just a rumor. If its not as citizens Im sure we will be looking for explanations and who made that decision to keep that information from our community.
**Caution**
Power line came down at Meeks Park/College, happened about 5:30 right in front of us, officer was thankfully right in front of us too! But power lines were going across 515 both sides because of it! Be careful y’all!
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Ready Georgia 01/04/2023

Ready Georgia

The Winter Storm
The past weather event, with its extremely cold temperatures and small amount of snow, has kept Union County public safety very busy. Winter weather is a common occurrence in our mountain community. However, a winter system with extremely low temperatures is something that we do not experience often.
The winter storm was first presented to Union County Emergency Management Agency (UCEMA) a few days prior to the drop in temperatures. This is the preparation phase of any event where public safety evaluates the potential situation and begins contacting resources that may be used to respond. The presentation focused on the extremely cold temperatures, the wind speeds, the wind chill factors, and the extended amount of time that the area would be below freezing temperatures.
UCEMA, fire department, and E911 Communication Center were communicating with community partners and making preparations. Community partners included local and state government, Georgia Emergency Management, utility companies, private organizations, volunteer organizations, and other public safety agencies on the local and state levels. We were preparing for an increase in call volume, winter operations, and coordination of resources to assist the public as needed. Power outages and the Wind Chill Warnings were our greatest concerns.
The winter storm presented a multitude of issues and emergencies. The fire department responded to six structure fires, six other fires, 21 medical calls, and four water flow/fire alarms from December 22nd to December 26th. The structure fires were significant building fires requiring multiple firefighters and apparatus. There were several homes that caught fire and the others were outbuildings or garages. Most of the alarms were “water flow” alarms on sprinklered buildings. These were, for the most part, burst sprinkler pipes that caused water leaks and the water flow alarms. The burst pipes caused significant water damage.
The utilities were having issues as well. The increase in demand for power throughout the entire southeast caused TVA to implement power conservation measures. The water companies were experiencing outages and reduced water pressures due to possible residential leaks and burst water pipes.
Winter weather is something that we must all be aware of and prepared for. Although public safety and utilities respond to these emergencies and issues, it is still everyone’s responsibility to be aware of the weather, the potential problems that it may cause, and to prepare themselves, their family, and their homes. For more information, please visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia. Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Ready Georgia Launched in January 2008, Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign supported by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) aimed at motivating Georgians to take action to prepare for a disaster.

01/03/2023

The US National Weather Service Peachtree City Georgia has issued a tornado watch for all of Fayette County.

The watch will continue until 9PM tonight.

Here are the differences between a tornado watch and a tornado warning:

01/03/2023

Know where to go if a tornado warning is issued for your location!

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/29/2022

Fire Department Management

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Captain Justin Blanchard and Sergeant Patrick Schmidt on their completion of the 80-hour Fire Department Management course.

This course introduced the job requirements of a Company Officer for Fire and Emergency Services. Which included governmental theory, human resource management, administrative functions, policy/procedures, fire prevention, risk management, information management, firefighter near miss case studies, incident operations, and post incident analysis.
With the competition of this course, Captain Justin Blanchard and Sergeant Patrick Schmidt has completed all requirements for their National ProBoard Certification for National Professional Qualifications (NPQ) Fire Officer II.

“Leadership is essential in any organization. We are fortunate to have dedicated firefighters and officers who are willing to take these classes in order to provide the needed leadership in our department,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.

Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/29/2022

Tactical Emergency Casualty Care
The fire department is responsible for responding to many types of emergencies. Each firefighter must be familiar with each of these emergencies and attend training in order to better respond. Unfortunately, an active shooter event is one of those possible emergencies. An active shooter event is a high profile, multi-casualty event that requires special training. To better prepare for an active shooter event, Union County Fire Department hosted a Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) class for firefighters and local public safety emergency responders.
The TECC course teaches responders how to respond to and care for patients in a civilian tactical environment such as an active shooter event. The students were a diverse group of people who may be responding to or dealing with tactical or active shooter events. These included law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical responders, nurses, educators, managers, leaders, and many more.
Developed by NAEMT’s Prehospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) Committee, the Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (TECC) is based on the guidelines from the Committee on Tactical Emergency Casualty Care (Co-TECC) and the Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) program. TECC uses lessons learned from our military and applies them to the civilian world of tactical medicine.
This three day, 24-hour course covers topics designed to decrease preventable death in the tactical situation. Topics include hemorrhage control; surgical airway control and needle decompression; strategies for treating wounded responders in threatening environments; caring for pediatric patients; and techniques for dragging and carrying victims to safety.
The course also provided training on how to operate on an emergency scene. Students were taught the responsibilities and tactics of contact teams, rescue task force teams, triage teams, collection points, and command. Students were placed in these roles during several realistic scenarios to better reinforce their training. Some students were taken out of their field and comfort zone to be placed in different roles in order to better understand the different points of view. However, the main focus of the training was to operate as a rescue task force and to treat the victims.
The TECC class was sponsored and coordinated with our Region B Healthcare Coalition which covers northeast Georgia. Union County Fire Department would like to thank Region B for the class and Valkyries Austere Medical Solutions for the great instruction and helping us be better prepared for these types of emergencies. Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/28/2022

Incident Safety Officer

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Sergeant Jonathan Fortenberry and Firefighter Warren Cole on their completion of the 16-hour Incident Safety Officer course.
This 16-hour course examines the Safety Officer's role at emergency responses. A specific focus on operations within an Incident Command System (ICS) as a Safety Officer. Response to all-hazardous types of situations is emphasized.
“Fighting fire has never been known as a safe occupation. We are proud of Sergeant Jonathan Fortenberry and Firefighter Warren Cole for furthering their education and learning techniques to make our job as safe as possible,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

12/22/2022

Georgia State Parks are opening warming stations for the public for the incoming freezing temperatures this weekend. ParkPass fees will be waived for those using warming stations. To find a full list of warming stations and their availability, visit gastateparks.org/Alerts.

Timeline photos 12/22/2022

Timeline photos

Se espera que un evento de clima frío de alto impacto comience el jueves por la noche hasta el sábado. Se esperan temperaturas muy frías, ráfagas de viento y valores negativos de sensación térmica en el norte y centro de Georgia. 🥶 ¡Ahora es el momento de prepararse!

12/22/2022

*Make sure the pipes in your house are protected from freezing.

*Remove your water hoses and cover the spigots.

*If you have a sprinkler system still running make sure it is not scheduled to run while
the temperatures are below freezing.

*Open vanity and cabinet doors so that warm air can reach the pipes underneath your
sinks.

*Allow your faucets and bathrooms to run with a stream no larger than a pencil lead

*Wrap any pipes you have access to.

12/22/2022

Acting Officer In Charge

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Warren Cole on his completion of the 32-hour Acting Officer in Charge course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC).
This 32-hour course is intended for the firefighter who is ready to take on the responsibility and training necessary to become a Fire Company Officer. The student was required to demonstrate basic operational functions to include incident size-up and risk management at the lowest level. The benefit of the training is that it gives students an understanding of the operational requirements of the line supervisor/company officer. Fire Department and EMS Fusion, Firefighter Safety and Readiness, Smoke Dynamics, and Building Construction considerations are just a few of the items discussed in the course delivery.
“Firefighters often take a leadership role on incidents. We are proud of Firefighter Warren Cole for furthering his education on incident operations and leadership,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

12/21/2022

⚠️ The Wind Chill Watch has been upgraded to a Wind Chill Warning for northern Georgia and a Wind Chill Advisory for the rest of N and central Georgia! 🥶 Make sure to practice the cold weather safety tips outlined in the graphic below! 👇

12/21/2022

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Peachtree City GA
255 PM EST Wed Dec 21 2022

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Including the cities of Calhoun, Dahlonega, and Cleveland

WIND CHILL WARNING IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT THURSDAY NIGHT TO NOON EST SATURDAY...

* WHAT...Dangerously cold wind chills expected. Wind chills as
low as 20 below zero.

* WHERE...Portions of north central, northeast and northwest
Georgia.

* WHEN...From midnight Thursday night to noon EST Saturday.

* IMPACTS...The cold wind chills could cause frostbite on
exposed skin in as little as 30 minutes.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Temperatures are expected to rapidly begin dropping into the teens and single digits behind an arctic front on Friday. Lows in the single digits are expected Saturday
morning. In addition, windy conditions are anticipated with
northwest winds of 15 to 20 mph with frequent gusts of 30 to 40
mph likely. Higher gusts are possible at elevations above 2000 feet.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

If you are traveling by car during this time, keep your phone
charged, pack extra clothes and blankets and bring extra food in
case you become stranded. Bring your pets inside and provide
adequate shelter for livestock. Winterize your outside faucets and
pipes before the cold temperatures arrive. Leave your inside
faucets dripping hot and cold water during prolonged periods where temperatures do not rise above freezing. Avoid outside activities if possible. If you have to go outside dress warmly in coats, gloves and hats.

12/21/2022

Friday morning through Monday morning temps are forecasted to be below freezing for an extended amount of time! 🥶 Check out the graphic below to see how many hours below freezing your area may experience and some cold weather safety tips to follow! 👇

12/21/2022

Acting Officer In Charge

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Sergeant Austin Denton on his completion of the 32-hour Acting Officer in Charge course at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center (GPSTC).
This 32-hour course is intended for the firefighter who is ready to take on the responsibility and training necessary to become a Fire Company Officer. The student was required to demonstrate basic operational functions to include incident size-up and risk management at the lowest level. The benefit of the training is that it gives students an understanding of the operational requirements of the line supervisor/company officer. Fire Department and EMS Fusion, Firefighter Safety and Readiness, Smoke Dynamics, and Building Construction considerations are just a few of the items discussed in the course delivery.
“Sergeants often take a leadership role on many incidents. We are proud of Sergeant Austin Denton for furthering his education on incident operations and leadership,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

12/20/2022

According to the National Weather Service, we'll be seeing below freezing temperatures going into the weekend. Here are some ways to prepare for the approaching weather. For more information, visit https://gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/storms-disasters/winter.

National Weather Service 12/20/2022

National Weather Service

FREEZING DRIZZLE AND ISOLATED FLURRIES MAY AFFECT SOUTHEASTERN TOWNS...NORTHERN LUMPKIN...SOUTHEASTERN GILMER...NORTHERN WHITE...NORTH CENTRAL DAWSON...SOUTHERN UNION AND SOUTHEASTERN FANNIN COUNTIES Special Weather Statement issued December 20 at 6:48AM EST by NWS Peachtree City GA At 642 AM EST, an area of possible freezing drizzle was located over the Notheastern Georgia Mountains.

Locations impacted include...
Suches, Whitley Gap Shelter, Blue Mountain Shelter, Brasstown Bald, Woods Hole Shelter, Low Gap Shelter, Springer Mountain Shelter, Len Foote Hike Inn, Owltown, Vogel State Park, Black Gap Shelter, Stover Creek Shelter, Hawk Mountain Shelter, Blood Mountain Shelter and Gooch Mountain Shelter.

Impacts from this area of freezing drizzle will be confined to elevations above approximately above 2000 feet in elevation.

The freezing drizzle may quickly coat surfaces and elevated roadways with a thin layer of ice that may be undetectable. Please use extreme caution, especially on bridges, overpasses and around curves. Allow plenty of stopping distance and avoid braking suddenly.

National Weather Service In Hawaii, a strong Kona Low will bring mountain snow and high winds to the Big Island, and potential for severe storms and heavy rain. Bitter Arctic Air and wind chills will spread across the mountains and Plains. Heavy mountain snow and low elevation snow in the Northwest, a wintry mix into the Pl...

12/20/2022

Traveling this week for the holidays? It's always useful to have an emergency supply kit in your car when traveling! 🚗

Photos from Union County Recreation Department's post 12/12/2022

Photos from Union County Recreation Department's post

12/09/2022

Although Winter Weather Preparedness Week is coming to a close, you can stay informed and up-to-date on local severe winter weather info with the . https://www.weather.gov/.

Photos from Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters's post 12/08/2022

Photos from Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters's post

12/08/2022

Driving in a winter storm can be dangerous and scary if you aren’t educated on how to handle yourself behind the wheel. Learn what to do while driving in the snow or on ice. Be sure to have a portable Ready kit in your car. Be cautious on the road during and after a winter storm, minimize your travel and postpone non-essential trips.

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/07/2022

Decision Making for Initial Company Operations
and
Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighters Travis Gibson and Adam Plott on their completion of the 16-hour Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (D.M.I.C.O.) course and the 16-hour Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (S.T.I.C.O.) course.
The16-hour Decision Making for Initial Company Operations (D.M.I.C.O.) course is designed to develop the decision-making skills needed by Company Officers (CO's) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. All activities and scenarios used in this course are based on structure fires. With the real possibility of being the first to arrive at an incident, the CO’s initial decisions will have an impact throughout the entire incident. It is vital that CO's be able to make good management decisions that have a favorable impact on the eventual outcome.
The 16-hour Strategy and Tactics for Initial Company Operations (S.T.I.C.O.) course is designed to develop the management skills needed by Company Officers (CO's) to accomplish assigned tactics at structure fires. Students completing this course will be able to explain the purpose and use of the Communications Model and the Quick Access Pre-fire Plan (QAP) in tactical operations at fire incidents; define the relationship between incident priorities, strategy, tactics, and implementation in the Command Sequence.
“We are proud of Firefighters Travis Gibson and Adam Plott for putting forth the effort to further their leadership education in order to better serve their community,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Ready Georgia 12/07/2022

Ready Georgia

Winter Weather Preparedness Week
The only constant in Georgia’s weather is its unpredictability, especially in the mountains. Instead of having four seasons, we have about 16. Temperatures and weather patterns can vary greatly in just a matter of days, sometimes hours. We take most of these changes in stride but when winter weather hits, the freezing temperatures and the associated affects such as snow and ice can have a major impact. Union County Emergency Management Agency/Fire Department is partnering with the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency, to encourage all residents to participate in this year’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week.

Winter Weather Preparedness Week, from December 5-9, was created to raise awareness of winter weather hazards and reinforce understanding of winter weather terminology. Throughout the week, Union County EMA and GEMA/HS will provide information to assist Georgia residents in preparing for winter weather.

Each day concentrates on a different aspect of winter weather. The focus for Monday, Dec. 5 will be “Winter Weather in Georgia” where we learn about winter weather hazards that can impact the state of Georgia and especially our mountain area. Tuesday’s focus will be “Winter Weather Terminology” where we learn about the winter weather "alerts" (watches, warnings and advisories) and what each of them mean. These are very important to keep us aware of what is happening or may happen in the near future.

The focus for Wednesday, Dec. 7 is “Winter Weather Preparation Tips.” This focus is extremely important. Here we learn how to best prepare for winter weather events by putting together a "Ready Kit" and making a plan before winter weather strikes. Thursday, Dec. 8 will focus on Winter Weather Driving Tips/Safety. Mountain roads can be dangerous during winter weather. Drivers should learn "best practices" for driving (if necessary) in winter weather conditions and how to pack a mobile "Ready Kit" just in case. On Friday, Dec. 9, we will look at the Winter Weather Outlook for 2022-23 season and discover resources for learning where and how to stay informed of weather forecasts.

Winter weather in our area can be diverse and unpredictable. Weather conditions can change rapidly and may even be different from one area to another. It is everyone’s responsibility to be aware and to be prepared. Winter Weather Preparedness Week is a great way to learn about winter weather and how to better prepare for it. For more information, please visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia. Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Ready Georgia Launched in January 2008, Ready Georgia is a statewide campaign supported by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency/Homeland Security (GEMA/HS) aimed at motivating Georgians to take action to prepare for a disaster.

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/07/2022

Today we’ll take a look at a few winter weather tips. Whether you are on the road or at home, here are a few tips to keep you and your loved ones safe. Be sure to prepare a Ready kit and have it handy in case you lose power. For more tips, visit gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 12/06/2022

Hazardous Materials Operations testing. UCFD firefighters, most of which are from Class 105, have completed the Hazardous Materials Awareness and Operations class conducted over the last several weeks. Here they are performing the skills testing. They had finished the written test earlier that morning. We are thankful and proud of the dedication of these firefighters.

12/06/2022

Today we’re focusing on knowing winter weather terminology. From “winter storm watch” to “winter storm warning,” become familiar with all of the terms, so you may know how to respond in case of inclement weather. Learn more by visiting gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia.

12/05/2022

Today kicks off Winter Weather Preparedness Week! Winter weather will soon be upon us, so now is the time to prepare. Consider taking time to participate in this year’s Winter Weather Preparedness Week this week, to learn about potential inclement winter weather and how you can protect you and your loved ones. You can learn more at gema.georgia.gov/plan-prepare/ready-georgia.

12/01/2022

Practical Fire Ground Hydraulics

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Adam Plott on his completion of the 16-hour Practical Fire Ground Hydraulics course.
This 16-hour course is designed to train pump operators in the basic level of fire ground hydraulics. Students study the basic principles of determining fire flows and pressures and will learn a clipboard hydraulics system eliminating most of the mathematical calculations involved in this task.
“Operating fire apparatus and pumping water is a major aspect of our job. We are proud of Firefighter Adam Plott for taking the time to further his education and to learn these valuable skills,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Photos from Union County Fire/Rescue & EMA's post 11/30/2022

UCFD responded to an early morning structure fire at approximately 2 am this morning. Smoke detectors alerted the residents. The quick actions of the homeowner helped control the fire until the fire department arrived to extinguish the blaze. Moderate damage to the home. Firefighters from Stations 1, 2, 3, and 4 responded. Great job!!!

11/30/2022

Preparation for Initial Company Operations

Union County Fire Department would like to congratulate Firefighter Travis Gibson on his completion of the 16-hour Preparation for Initial Company Operations course.
This 16-hour course is designed to develop a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of a Company Officer in preparing their company for incident operations. In addition, this course is designed to clarify the transition from firefighter to Company Officer and the new roles relating to leadership and safety.
“No organization can operate effectively without leadership. We are proud of Firefighter Travis Gibson for furthering his education and learning these leadership skills,” said Union County Fire Chief David Dyer.
Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

Photos from Union County Primary School's post 11/30/2022

Photos from Union County Primary School's post

11/30/2022

Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support
Trauma. It is a word that most are familiar with. We have heard it in conversations usually talking about emotional or physical trauma. To the fire department and ambulance service, trauma means injuries. These injuries can be caused by many different mechanisms; most involve accidents ranging from simple falls to motor vehicle accidents. Although our primary job is fire, we respond to many medically related calls and of course, some of those are trauma calls.
Trauma is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “trauma is the leading cause of death for children and adults under age 44.” For this reason, it is important for firefighters to have the knowledge and skills to be able to assess and treat multi-trauma patients.
Recently, firefighters of Union County Fire Department were able to attend a class specifically designed for pre-hospital providers on the subject of trauma. The class is called Pre-Hospital Trauma Life Support (PHTLS) and is one of many classes provided by the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). The course provided the most up to date information and the national treatments standards for the various types of trauma. NAEMT states the goal of the course is to “improve the quality of trauma care and decrease mortality.”
The course involved several days of lecture including subjects on the Physiology of life and death; Scene assessment; Patient assessment; Airway; Breathing, ventilation and oxygenation; Circulation, hemorrhage and shock; and Patients with disabilities. The class reviewed the mechanisms for the different types of trauma and correct treatment for each. The skills portion of the class provided scenarios and realistic patient simulations.
The course not only provides the knowledge and skills to properly treat a trauma patient but it also explains the sequential order of treatment that gives a multi-trauma patient a greater chance of surviving. This sequence prioritizes certain treatments before others and stresses the need for rapid transport of a trauma patient to a trauma center.
Medical and trauma calls make up a significant percentage of responses from the fire department. Completing this trauma course provided a great refresher on trauma and the various treatments. It also provided the most up to date information that enables firefighters to better respond to these types of emergencies. Union County Fire Department ~Our Family Protecting Your Family~

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