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Milton Fire Department Creates Community Paramedicine Program

(Alpharetta Patch) – Chronic diseases affect more than 149 million Americans and that number is expected to grow to as many as 171 million by the year 2030, with many of those having multiple conditions, according to the Partnership to Fight Chronic Disease.

Finding ways to improve health outcomes for those individuals benefits the entire community through improved quality of life and reduced medical costs associated with chronic disease state management.

The Milton Fire-Rescue Department’s new Community Paramedicine Program, the first of its kind in North Fulton, is just one unique way that the department is working to improve the health of Milton residents and promote public safety and education at no cost to citizens. Milton’s program will take a novel approach to this healthcare model by pairing the department’s focus on community outreach and education with its numerous life safety initiatives.

The city notes it’s committed to finding new ways to improve the quality of life for residents and this new program is one of the many ways it can work towards that goal.

The Community Paramedicine Program officially launches Dec. 1. Following the program’s soft launch during Hurricane Irma, the program already boasts 27 program participants and Milton’s Fire Chief Robert Edgar is confident that this number will continue to grow as more residents and area healthcare providers learn about the city’s new program.

Firefighters from around country show up to fight Georgia wildfires

(11 Alive) – North Georgia’s wildfires have left little room for holiday relaxation for the men and women from all around the country fighting them.


But that doesn’t mean that crews would be denied the chance to sit down to a quick break and a warm Thanksgiving meal.


The Rough Ridge and Rock Mountain fires in north Georgia are now a combined 46,000 acres in size and counting.  While the fire didn’t stop for Thanksgiving, the community did – to say thank you.


Day after day, they battle the fire, the rough conditions, the steep terrain and the long hours. Thanksgiving day was more of the same.


“That’s hard and I realize that and our families give up a lot for you to be here to help out the people here,” Command Noel Livingston said. “So thank you for doing that and thank you to the folks back home for allowing you to be here.”

Livingston, who oversees U.S. Forest Service Incident Command, commended the Rock Mountain firefighters at the morning’s daily briefing – and the Rabun community as well.


They spent the last two days thanking the crews who are working to keep them safe.


And a hot plate of food and simple thank you can go a long way.


“The local community prepared it and donated all of it,” one fire official said.


“Thank you guys for everything,” another said.


Hundreds of men and women from here in Georgia and all over the country were fed, Thursday.

Henry County Fire Rescue Dog Trapped at Bottom of Well

MCDONOUGH, Ga. — Firefighters saved the life of an elderly dog after he somehow fell down a 40-foot-deep well in McDonough, Georgia, according to county officials.


The yellow Labrador retriever named Bama was “desperately trying to keep [his] head above water,” when animal control officers found him on Monday afternoon, according to a post on the Henry County Animal Care and Control Department’s Facebook page.


The officers “realized that an extraction of this sort was beyond [their] capabilities,” so they immediately contacted the Henry County Fire Department for help, said a spokesperson for the county’s animal care and control department.


“We affectionately call them the ‘Batman Department’ because they have all the ‘cool toys’ and specialized equipment for situations like this that animal control departments don’t have,” the spokesperson told ABC News.


The fire department’s Technical Rescue Team shortly arrived on the scene and worked for over three hours to rescue Bama, according to Capt. Michael Black, public information officer for the Henry County Fire Department.


The rescue team first pumped oxygen down the 40-foot-deep well before lowering a firefighter to get Bama back up, Black told ABC News today.

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