Valdosta Daily Times

Local News

March 23, 2014

Lake Park Fire Department shows off new trucks, renovations

VALDOSTA — The Lake Park Fire Department held an open house Saturday to invite the public to view two new fire trucks and renovations made to the station house.

Fire Chief David Brown passed out hamburgers and hot dogs while visitors toured the newly renovation firehouse that features new floors, fresh paint and furniture donated from Moody Air Force Base.

“Most of the material and time to put this together was donated, and we really appreciated that,” said Brown.

In addition to the new look, the firehouse is now home to two new fire engines. The trucks were made available through SPLOST funds after the city council determined that the department needed new equipment. The station now houses a large pump engine truck and what is known as a mini-pumper vehicle, which is designed for quick response to isolated incidents like vehicle accidents.

“The mini-pumper is used for brush fires, and it also has rescue equipment like the jaws a life,” said Brown. “The big one is more for structure fires. Whenever there’s a call, these two will be the first

 ones out of the station.”

The larger truck also allows the fire department to increase their response time. The larger cabin allows firefighters to put on gear while on route to a call. It also allows for more equipment to be brought to the scene.

“We had a lot of equipment on the floor of the station house that we couldn’t fit on the truck. The new truck has room for all of that equipment and allows us to take it with us. So, we’ll have it at the scene instead of having to go back to the station if we need it.”

The larger engine will also has a wench and light towers, equipment Brown said the Lake Park has never had before. The vehicle will also serve as an on-site recovery room for firefighters and victims who need to cool down.

“Both of these trucks have air conditioning, and we haven’t had that before,” said Brown. “It’s already hot in south Georgia, and when we have a hot structure fire we need a recovery room for people to cool off.”

Chief Brown said the new vehicle are a long term investment in the safety of Lake Park citizens.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpg SGMC hires three cardiovascular surgeons

    South Georgia Medical Center has hired three cardiovascular surgeons, according to the hospital Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Moody firefighter 2.jpg Moody firefighter feeds burning passion for food

    He can bust down a burning door and save lives from a flaming inferno. If the kitchen survives, he might whip up some elegant blackened salmon.

    July 31, 2014 3 Photos

  • vpd accreditation.jpg VPD receives national reaccreditation

    The Valdosta Police Department received reaccreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies and is ready to file for accreditation for the regional crime lab.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fussell Tire & Service to expand into new facility

    An existing business will open a new facility and expand its operations, according to the Valdosta-Lowndes County Development Authority Wednesday.

    July 31, 2014

  • Brown Johnson Solis Cardiovascular Surgeons.jpeg Cardiac, Vascular, Thoracic & Endovascular Surgeons Join South Georgia Medical Center

    The three surgeons will operate a full-time medical practice and professional office named the SGMC CardioVascular Institute.  The medical office, which is located in Suite 230 of the Professional Building which is adjacent to SGMC, will be open 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • 140729-Gas_Leak002.jpg Roadway closed after second gas line break

    For a second day in a row, workers from Valdosta’s Utilities Department struck a natural gas service line causing a leak that shut down a portion of Forrest Street, officials said.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • dump truck arrest photo.jpg Deputies nab stolen dump truck suspects

    The search for suspected dump truck thieves ended Tuesday afternoon with the arrest of two men in the same area officials searched extensively Monday.

    July 30, 2014 2 Photos

  • Bears sighted on Baytree

    A pair of bear sightings along Baytree Road this week could indicate a growing black bear population in Lowndes County.

    July 30, 2014

  • Johnson family files second suit against school

    Two months after filing a civil suit against Lowndes County Schools, Kendrick Johnson’s parents have filed a second suit against the school system which again claims that negligence and bullying led to their son’s death.

    July 30, 2014

  • Teachers Harvest

    With students and teachers returning to the classroom in the coming days, the need for school supplies is at the top of numerous priority lists. For teachers, this often means spending their money to ensure classrooms are fully stocked.

    July 30, 2014

Top News
Poll

Do you agree with the millage rate increases?

Yes. We need to maintain services
No. Services should have been cut.
     View Results