Chickamauga, GA - Four months after suffering critical burns in a fire that destroyed his Worthington Gap Road home, Rickey Rhodes has been reunited with his family. Rhodes was greeted by family, friends and first responders upon his arrival in Walker County this afternoon. Rhodes had been hospitalized at Vanderbilt Medical Center since December 11, … Continue reading Welcome Home Mr. Rhodes!
Updated on 4/16/20 to reflect a change in the number of homes damaged and designation of the tornado. LaFayette, GA – The Easter Sunday storm that spawned an EF2 tornado in the Center Post community damaged at least 31 homes. Walker County Fire Rescue personnel made the finding during a preliminary damage assessment along a … Continue reading Walker County Fire Rescue Performs Damage Assessment Following Easter Sunday Storms
LaFayette, GA - Walker County Government operations will be reduced to mission critical services, effective Monday, March 23rd. Commissioner Shannon Whitfield made the announcement via the county’s Facebook page, stating it was time for the local community to do more to slow the spread of COVID-19, aka coronavirus. “Because of the slow rollout of testing … Continue reading Walker County Government Reduces Operations to Mission Critical Services in Response to COVID-19
Rock Spring, GA - The Red Cross of Georgia honored Walker County Fire Rescue today for its exemplary partnership to install free smoke alarms that saved eight lives in two recent home fires. It was the most lives saved in Georgia in a single month since the Red Cross Home Fire Campaign began in 2014. … Continue reading Red Cross Honors Walker County Fire Rescue
Updated at 12:00 p.m. - The cause of the fire has been ruled as electrical. The point of origin was the front wall of the living room where the Christmas tree was located. A resident told the Fire Marshal the tree was left on overnight. Walker County Fire Rescue installed three new smoke alarms at … Continue reading Six People Escape Early Morning Fire in Walker County
Walker County Fire Rescue received a call around 1:45 p.m. reporting a structure fire at a commercial/industrial building in Rock Spring near the new industrial park. Upon arriving at MCA Towing, firefighters found the building already engulfed in flames. Those inside the business when the fire started had already escaped safely.
Walker County Fire Rescue has recruited a big name to encourage residents to practice fire safety. Before loading his sleigh, Santa Claus joined Sparky the Fire Dog in a new public service announcement (PSA) to warn the public about how the holiday season can be the most dangerous time of the year.
Rock Spring, GA - Several students have added fire safety to their class schedule this fall. Walker County Fire Rescue and Georgia Northwestern Technical College are partnering with First Alert, along with Campus Firewatch and the Michael H. Minger Foundation, to participate in the third annual Town/Gown Fire Safety Community Service Project. Students and residents … Continue reading Town/Gown Project Improves Community Fire Readiness in Walker County, GA
LaFayette, GA - Walker County Schools will conduct a lockdown drill during Fall Break to review the integration of new technology designed to enhance student safety and improve response times for law enforcement dispatched to schools. The drill will take place at Saddle Ridge Elementary / Middle School during a teacher’s in-service day on October … Continue reading Walker County Schools Integrates “Incident Management System” with E-911 Center to Create A Safer Learning Environment
With the arrival of October, Georgia’s seasonal burn ban, which impacts Walker and 53 other counties, comes to a close. While burning is allowed from October 1st through April 30th, residents need to obtain a permit and be aware of what is legal and illegal to burn.