Ga. county 911 center, ambulances destroyed in fire
The fire put Jeff Davis County 911 and ambulance services out of commission until other counties stepped in to provide coverage
By Laura French
JEFF DAVIS COUNTY, Ga. — A fire destroyed a Georgia county 911 center and multiple ambulances on Saturday, temporarily cutting off services to the area.
The blaze caused heavy damage to the Jeff Davis County 911 Center, which also houses emergency management and EMS operations in the county, according to WJCL. Due to the damage, all county ambulances and 911 services went out of commission, with neighboring counties soon stepping in to provide coverage.
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp visited the facility on Sunday morning to view the damage, tweeting, "My thanks to the local officials in surrounding counties who have stepped up to help. Thanks to them, 911 and ambulance services have been restored. Great collaboration between state, local, and regional partners!"
Marty and I toured the damage at the Jeff Davis EMA center this morning with Sheriff Bohannon after a fire knocked out their ambulances and 911 service last night. @GeorgiaEMAHS has established a mobile command center to work with locals and bring services back online. #JDStrong pic.twitter.com/8jYKCSzDTp— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) January 31, 2021
Jeff Davis County Administrator Oakley G. Perry released a statement after the blaze, thanking Appling, Bacon and Coffee County officials for taking over 911 and ambulance operations.
Officials said three firefighters sustained minor injuries while battling the blaze, according to News Now Georgia. The cause of the fire is under investigation.