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Georgia Firefighters Rescue Unconscious Couple from House Fire

Man and woman pulled from fire near Lawrenceville
MIKE MORRIS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published Friday, August 23, 2013

Two people were pulled unconscious from a burning home near Lawrenceville early Thursday, Gwinnett County fire officials said.

The fire broke out before 4:30 a.m. in a single-story house on Lester Road.

Gwinnett fire Capt. Tommy Rutledge said a passer-by reported the fire but did not know whether anyone was inside the house.

"The caller knocked at the door, but got no response," Rutledge said in an email.

When firefighters arrived less than five minutes later, they found the garage of the wood frame and brick house in flames.

Rutledge said an "older man and woman were found unresponsive by firefighters during the primary search and were removed from the burning home."

Both were taken to Gwinnett Medical Center with advanced life support measures in progress.

Their identities and conditions were not immediately available.

Rutledge said the home and a vehicle inside the garage were total losses.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

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USFA: Georgia On-Duty Death

Sims was found deceased while on duty in the fire station
USFA Published Wednesday, June 19, 2013

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Katrina Simms, 24, of the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department on June 18, 2013.

Firefighter Sims was found deceased while on duty in the fire station. Investigation into the circumstances related to the death is underway by authorities.

To date, 41 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013.  Year-to-date and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://apps.usfa.fema.gov/firefighter-fatalities/fatalityData/statistics

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.
 

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USFA: Georgia On-Duty Death

Firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Nutt collapsed
USFA Published Friday, March 8, 2013

The U.S. Fire Administration has announced the official on-duty death of Firefighter Engineer Lonnie Nutt, 49, of the Marietta Fire Department on March 7, 2013.

The Marietta Fire Department was responding to a motor vehicle accident.  Firefighter Engineer Nutt was the driver of the apparatus accompanied by two other firefighters.  After arriving on the scene, the firefighters were performing aid to the injured motorist when Firefighter Engineer Nutt collapsed.  Aid was immediately given and Firefighter Engineer Nutt was rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.  The cause of death is still to be determined.

Tribute is being paid to Firefighter Engineer Lonnie Nutt at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/

To date, 11 firefighter fatalities have been reported to USFA in 2013. Year-to-date monthly and annual USFA firefighter fatality reports are posted online at http://www.usfa.fema.gov/fireservice/fatalities/statistics/ff_stats.shtm

Fatality status is provisional and may change as USFA contacts State Fire Marshals to verify fatality incident information.

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Georgia Firefighters Win Appeal in Test-Cheating Case

Ruling stems from lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, contending fire chiefs had given the test's contents to their favored firefighters before they took the exams
Bill Rankin; Staff Published Thursday, February 7, 2013

Four lieutenants who were demoted were denied due process, court says.

A Georgia Supreme Court ruling on Monday cleared four Atlanta firefighters who had been found to be "probable cheaters" on their promotional exams, attorneys for the men said.

Lts. Carlos Barham, William Edwards, Royce Turner and Derrick Dabney had appealed a decision by a Fulton County judge that subjected them to demotion.

"Our clients really feel vindicated, and they're just as thrilled as we are," said Cheryl Legare, one of the firefighters' lawyers. "The court recognized that a shadow had been cast on all of the lieutenants who had been accused of cheating."

The ruling stems from allegations brought by three other firefighters who led a class-action lawsuit against the city of Atlanta, contending fire chiefs had given the test's contents to their favored firefighters before they took the exams. A Fulton jury, after hearing evidence, found that the exams were tainted. The city is appealing.

After the trial, Superior Court Judge Kelly Lee issued a permanent injunction with instructions for how the city must conduct a re-test.

Lee said that all firefighters who scored 84 or higher on the first exam would be ineligible for promotion if their re-test score was two standard deviations lower than their first test score. Lee also said any firefighters who scored 90 or better on the first exam would immediately have their promotions revoked.

The four lieutenants, all of whom scored better than 90 on the first test, appealed. "The jury was never asked to find who cheated --- just whether there was cheating," said Atlanta lawyer Steven Wolfe, who also represents the four men.

Justice Hugh Thompson, writing for a unanimous court, agreed that the four lieutenants were denied due process and cannot be treated differently than the others who took the test.

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Smoke from Fire Fills Sky Near Atlanta Airport

Blaze was reported at a vacant building once used as a training facility for firefighters
Published Thursday, December 13, 2012

ATLANTA (AP) —An abandoned government building erupted into flames early Thursday near Atlanta's airport, with smoke filling the sky as jets approached the runway.

A spokeswoman for Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport says there were no flight delays as a result. Spokeswoman Myrna White says the airport's operations team was closely monitoring the situation.

Fire officials say the blaze was reported at a vacant building once used as a training facility for firefighters. There were no immediate reports of any injuries.

Hartsfield-Jackson, which is located south of downtown Atlanta, is the world's busiest airport.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports the fire was burning as early as 5:30 am., and that firefighters were taking a defensive posture in battling the blaze. It was unclear late Thursday morning if the fire had been brought under control.
 

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