Atlanta Georgia Firefighters Go To Wrong House, Second Time In One Week, As Another Burns

February 2, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA — For the second time in a week, Atlanta 911 dispatchers sent firefighters to the wrong address.

Fire damaged a house on Howell Drive around 4:15 p.m. Sunday, but CBS Atlanta News learned that firefighters were sent to a location on Harwell Road.

CBS Atlanta obtained the recording of the call.

“Respond to number 66 Harwell Road northwest at Delmar Lane,” a dispatcher said.
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Several minutes later, one of the firefighters corrected the dispatcher, letting her know the fire was on Howell, not Harwell.

“That’s going to be on Howell, Howell Road at Martin Luther King Drive. Working fire, we’ll let you know when we get on the scene,” the firefighter said.

“All units responding to 66 Harwell road, engine nine advised that it’s 66 howell road,” the dispatcher responds.

But five minutes after the first call went out, crews were still trying to clear up the confusion.

“Is that going to be Howell or Harwell?” another firefighter asked.

Fortunately, the two addresses are not far apart. Firefighters saw the smoke and figured out the correct location.

Fire officials said the mix-up did not effect response time.

That was not the case last weekend, when firefighters were sent to the wrong address. A Grant Park home was destroyed by fire.

“I’ve asked for the tapes, so that I can review it,” said Atlanta City Councilman C.T. Martin.

Martin said Sunday that he was still trying to get to the bottom of last weekend’s incident when he learned about this evening’s snafu.

“Do you think the 911 center is a time bomb?” CBS Atlanta’s Joanna Massee asked Martin.

“It’s ticking. Yes, I do,” Martin answered.

Martin blamed the situation on Mayor Shirley Franklin’s furloughs.

CBS Atlanta asked if 911 supervisors are looking into what happened and what’s being done to correct the problem. Officials had no comment.

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Atlanta Firefighters Call In Sick On Superbowl Sunday, Closing 5 Fire Stations

February 2, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – So many Atlanta firefighters called in sick Sunday that five understaffed fire stations closed for the day, according to the city’s fire chief.

Chief Kelvin Cochran told CNN affiliate WGCL that 27 firefighters called in sick, more than double the usual number.

Atlanta fire union President Jim Daws said a hiring freeze and city-imposed work furloughs as the city tries to cut costs have left firefighters “beaten down and run-down.” But Davis said he did not think the situation Sunday was an organized effort.

The Fire Department has been on a four-day work week since December, according to the department’s Web site. The site lists 40 stations in the department.

The fire chief said he did not think firefighters were trying to make a political statement, and he pointed to a possible Super Bowl effect on employees calling in sick.

“Historically, payday weekends and Super Bowl Sunday also contribute to absenteeism,” Cochran told WGCL.

Some residents in areas where fire stations were closed Sunday said they were nervous.

“It’s nothing less than governmental malpractice on the part of Atlanta’s elected officials,” said 26-year-old resident Dan Dean.

A dispatcher with the department said calls had been routine Sunday.

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Atlanta Firefighters Call In Sick On Superbowl Sunday, Closing 5 Fire Stations

February 2, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – So many Atlanta firefighters called in sick Sunday that five understaffed fire stations closed for the day, according to the city’s fire chief.

Chief Kelvin Cochran told CNN affiliate WGCL that 27 firefighters called in sick, more than double the usual number.

Atlanta fire union President Jim Daws said a hiring freeze and city-imposed work furloughs as the city tries to cut costs have left firefighters “beaten down and run-down.” But Davis said he did not think the situation Sunday was an organized effort.

The Fire Department has been on a four-day work week since December, according to the department’s Web site. The site lists 40 stations in the department.

The fire chief said he did not think firefighters were trying to make a political statement, and he pointed to a possible Super Bowl effect on employees calling in sick.

“Historically, payday weekends and Super Bowl Sunday also contribute to absenteeism,” Cochran told WGCL.

Some residents in areas where fire stations were closed Sunday said they were nervous.

“It’s nothing less than governmental malpractice on the part of Atlanta’s elected officials,” said 26-year-old resident Dan Dean.

A dispatcher with the department said calls had been routine Sunday.

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Summerville South Carolina Emergency Workers Evacuate Post Office Over Bomb Smelling Odor, Which Turned Out To Be A Skunk

January 29, 2009

SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – The scene is all clear now, but earlier today the Oakbrook Post Office was blocked off and evacuated by emergency crews after they received a call about a suspicious package.

The call came into the Old Fort Fire Department about 7:30 Wednesday morning from a postal employee. Officials say the package was wrapped in plastic and was giving off a bomb-smelling odor.

They immediately evacuated the post office and several surrounding businesses, but after a few hours of searching there was no bomb to be found. “There was stink. It just stunk. At first you didn’t realize it was a skunk until they guy said ‘I’m expecting a skunk’ and then you’re like, ‘That’s what it was,'” said one fire fighter.

“That’s exactly what it was.”

Apparently, the skunk was being delivered to a taxidermist who later told officials he has animals delivered to his home all the time.

Three weeks ago the same post office had to close because one of the heating units was smoking.

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Summerville South Carolina Emergency Workers Evacuate Post Office Over Bomb Smelling Odor, Which Turned Out To Be A Skunk

January 29, 2009

SUMMERVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA – The scene is all clear now, but earlier today the Oakbrook Post Office was blocked off and evacuated by emergency crews after they received a call about a suspicious package.

The call came into the Old Fort Fire Department about 7:30 Wednesday morning from a postal employee. Officials say the package was wrapped in plastic and was giving off a bomb-smelling odor.

They immediately evacuated the post office and several surrounding businesses, but after a few hours of searching there was no bomb to be found. “There was stink. It just stunk. At first you didn’t realize it was a skunk until they guy said ‘I’m expecting a skunk’ and then you’re like, ‘That’s what it was,'” said one fire fighter.

“That’s exactly what it was.”

Apparently, the skunk was being delivered to a taxidermist who later told officials he has animals delivered to his home all the time.

Three weeks ago the same post office had to close because one of the heating units was smoking.

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Atlanta Georgia Firemen Go To Wrong Address While House Burns Elsewhere

January 28, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – When firefighters responded to a burning home in southeast Atlanta — they went to the wrong address, causing a delay in fighting the flames.

While officials said the first fire vehicle arrived on the scene within six minutes it was a chief’s car and therefore had no firefighting equipment.

A Grant Park community wants answers after neighbors said a home burned while it took several minutes for firefighters to arrive.

No one was hurt in the Saturday night blaze.

Witnesses said that Wilford Reed’s wife called 911 twice but was put on hold.

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Atlanta Georgia Firemen Go To Wrong Address While House Burns Elsewhere

January 28, 2009

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – When firefighters responded to a burning home in southeast Atlanta — they went to the wrong address, causing a delay in fighting the flames.

While officials said the first fire vehicle arrived on the scene within six minutes it was a chief’s car and therefore had no firefighting equipment.

A Grant Park community wants answers after neighbors said a home burned while it took several minutes for firefighters to arrive.

No one was hurt in the Saturday night blaze.

Witnesses said that Wilford Reed’s wife called 911 twice but was put on hold.

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