610 Old Phoenix Road
Eatonton, Georgia 31024
Phone: (706) 485-0469
Fax: (706) 485-9793
Shane Hill, Fire Chief
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Station #1 - City – Marion Street – 706-485-2531
Station #2 – Flat Rock – 147 Pea Ridge Road – 706-485-7760
Station #3 - Harmony – 610 Old Phoenix Road – 706-485-7091
Station #4 – Twin Bridges – 561 Twin Bridges Road – 478-968-5550*
Station #5 – Crooked Creek – 160 Crooked Creek Drive – 706-485-2298*
Station #6 - Rockville – 310 Rockville Road – 706-485-4160*
Station #7 – Long Shoals – 111 Crowe Drive – 706-485-8800*
Station #8 - Willard – 277 Hillsboro Road – 706-484-0210*
Station #9 – Rock Eagle – Glades Road*
Station #11 – Sugar Creek – Parks Mill Road – 706-342-0603*
*Volunteer Only Stations
Thank you for your interest in joining Putnam County Fire/Rescue as we strive to deliver comprehensive emergency services to the residents and visitors of Putnam County.
1. Receive Application packet.
2. Meet with appropriate station captain and/or district captain to express need, availability, and expectations of both emergency services as well as potential applicant.
3. Completed application packet to be turned into Putnam County Fire Chief's Office.
4. Once "approved to be processed" status received from Putnam County Fire Chief or his/her designee, then packet will be forwarded to Human Resources.
5. Human Resources will process all necessary paperwork and schedule any follow up necessary with applicant via contact info supplied on application by applicant.
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FLAG RETIREMENT CEREMONY
PCFR held a Flag Retirement Ceremony on Thursday, July 24, 2014. There were Flag history displays, light refreshments and reserved seating for our Veterans! Our guests of Honor were the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign War and Putnam County High School Color Guard. Chief of Retirement was PCFR Chief Hill and Troup 318 Scout Dawson Criscoe.
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PCFR hosts CPR, First Aid, AED, Fire Safety, and Fire Estinguisher classes each month. Contact Mrs. Covington at 706-485-0469 for all matters pertaining to those classes.
PCFR has an active "Friendly Firefighter" program each day. The Public is encouraged to attend. All ages welcome. Contact Mrs. Covington at 706-485-0469 for more information.
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News from our Associations:
OP/ED Smoke Alarms for People who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
By Shane E. Hill, Chief PCFR:
Smoke alarms are an important part of a home fire escape plan. When working properly, they can cut the risk of dying in a home fire in half. For most of us, hearing the "beep – beep – beep" of our home smoke alarm is a clear signal to get out and stay out. But what if you couldn't hear the sound of the smoke alarm?
People who are deaf (those with profound hearing loss) or hard of hearing (those with mild to severe hearing loss) can't rely on sound to alert them to smoke or fire. Because the majority of fatal fires occur when people are sleeping – and because smoke can put people into a deeper sleep – it is important to have the necessary early warning of a fire to ensure that they wake up. Thankfully, there are technologies that appeal to other senses. Smoke alarms are available for people who are deaf which use strobe lights to wake the person. Additionally, you can install vibration equipment – like pillow or bed shakers – which are activated by the sound of the smoke alarm.
Recent research also shows that as people age, their ability to hear high-pitched sounds decreases. People with mild to severe hearing loss can use equipment that emits a mixed, low-pitched sound. This device is activated by the sound of a traditional smoke alarm. The low-pitched sound is more effective than the sound of a smoke alarm for waking people up in all age groups.
While these products use different alert methods, the same general rules for smoke alarms still apply:
Interconnection of smoke alarms is highly recommended; when one smoke alarm sounds, they all do. (This is particularly important in larger or multi-story homes, where the sound from distant smoke alarms may be reduced to the point that it may not be loud enough to provide proper warning, especially for sleeping individuals.) A licensed electrician can install hard-wired multiple-station alarms. Wireless alarms, which manufacturers have more recently begun producing, can be installed by the homeowner.There are two types of smoke alarm technologies – ionization and photoelectric. An ionization smoke alarm is generally more responsive to flaming fires – like a pan fire or the smoke from cooking. A photoelectric alarm is generally more responsive to smoldering fires – like a cigarette, overheated wiring or something hot like a space heater. Install both types of alarms in your home or combination ionization and photoelectric alarms that take advantage of both technologies.Test smoke alarms at least monthly by pushing the test button. If an alarm "chirps," warning the battery is low, replace the battery right away.All smoke alarms, including alarms that use 10-year batteries and those that are hard-wired alarms, should be replaced when they're 10 years old (or sooner) if they do not respond properly when tested.
Unfortunately, many homes in Putnam County, and in communities throughout the U.S., still do not have the appropriate level of smoke alarm protection. Research from the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) shows that roughly two-thirds of home fire deaths happen in homes with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms. About one in five smoke alarm failures was due to dead batteries. That's why Putnam County Fire Rescue is teaming up with the nonprofit National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) during October 9-15, 2011, to let our community know: "It's Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!" As always, the focus of FPW is to prevent home fires. This year, the campaign is also urging people to protect their homes and families with planning and life-saving technology -- like smoke alarms!
The Putnam County Fire Department urges residents, during Fire Prevention Week and the weeks to follow, to support "It's Fire Prevention Week. Protect your Family from Fire!" locally. We strongly encourage all to participate in improving the safety of their homes and families by learning more about the importance of smoke alarms and other ways to protect your home and family from fire.
For more information about fire safety, Putnam County Fire Rescue can be reached at (706) 485-0469 or e-mail. For more information about Fire Prevention Week and smoke alarms, visit NFPA's Web site at www.firepreventionweek.org.
Sincerely, Shane E. Hill, Chief Putnam County Fire Rescue
Fire Prevention Tips:
Smoke Alarm Safety
Smoke alarms can act as a warning to get out of a building when a fire occurs, but they are only effective when working properly. Every home and business should be equipped with smoke alarms that are installed correctly and tested regularly. Please make sure that your smoke alarms are properly installed, connected, and working.
The right way to install smoke alarms:
Install smoke alarms on every level of your home, including the basement, making sure there is an alarm outside every separate sleeping area. New homes are required to have a smoke alarm in every sleeping room and all smoke alarms must be interconnected.Hard-wired smoke alarms operate on your household electrical current. They can be interconnected so that every alarm sounds regardless of the fire's location. This is an advantage in early warning, because it gives occupants extra time to escape if they are in one part of the home and a fire breaks out in another part. Alarms that are hard-wired should have battery backups in case of a power outage, and should be installed by a qualified electrician.If you sleep with bedroom doors closed, have a qualified electrician install interconnected smoke alarms in each room so that when one alarm sounds, they all sound.If you or someone in your home is hearing impaired, consider installing an alarm that combines flashing lights, vibration, and/or sound.Mount smoke alarms high on walls or ceilings (remember, smoke rises). Ceiling-mounted alarms should be installed at least four inches away from the nearest wall; wall-mounted alarms should be installed four to 12 inches away from the ceiling.If you have ceilings that are pitched, install the alarm near the ceiling's highest point.Don't install smoke alarms near windows, doors, or ducts where drafts might interfere with their operation.Never paint smoke alarms. Paint, stickers, or other decorations could keep the alarms from working.
A life-saving test: check your smoke alarms regularly:
Test your smoke alarms once a month, following the manufacturer's instructions. Replace the batteries in your smoke alarm once a year, or as soon as the alarm "chirps" warning that the battery is low. Hint: schedule battery replacements for the same day you change your clocks from daylight savings time to standard time in the fall.Never "borrow" a battery from a smoke alarm. Smoke alarms can't warn you of fire if their batteries are missing or have been disconnected. Don't disable smoke alarms even temporarily. If your smoke alarm is sounding "nuisance alarms," try relocating it farther from kitchens or bathrooms, where cooking fumes and steam can cause the alarm to sound. Regularly vacuuming or dusting your smoke alarms can keep them working properly. Be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Smoke alarms don't last forever. Replace yours once every 10 years. If you can't remember how old the alarm is, then it's probably time for a new one. Consider installing smoke alarms with "long-life" (10-year) batteries. Plan regular fire drills to ensure that everyone knows exactly what to do when the smoke alarm sounds. Hold a drill at night to make sure that sleeping family members awaken at the sound of the alarm. If you are building a new home or remodeling your existing home, consider installing an automatic home fire sprinkler system. Sprinklers and smoke alarms together cut your risk of dying in a home fire by 82 percent – a savings of thousands of lives a year.
* Reproduced from NFPA's Fire Prevention Week Web site, www.firepreventionweek.org. ©2006 NFPA
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