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Fire, EMS rescue resident from house fire

A resident trapped inside a house on fire was safe Friday after the actions of two Bartow County firefighters and an EMS paramedic.

In a departmental email, Bartow County Fire Department Deputy Chief Dwayne Jamison said stations 10, 7 and 2 responded to the Hall Station Road home Friday morning to find a bed-ridden invalid unable to escape.

Bartow County EMS Capt. Brandon Duncan was first on scene, confirming heavy fire showing and the entrapment.

With Duncan’s assistance, firefighters Scott Silvers and Peter Quezada entered the home and rescued the resident. Quezada also rescued one of the family’s pets.
The two made a quick knockdown of the fire before engines 7 and 2 and service truck 10 arrived to assist with water supply and overhaul.

Saying he was “proud of the professionalism” demonstrated Friday, Jamison notified County Commissioner Steve Taylor, County Administrator Peter Olson, Fire Chief Craig Millsap and EMS Director Kevin Garren of the “meritorious actions of our employees.”

“The actions of these firefighters demonstrate the results of their hard work, training and dedication to serving the citizens of Bartow County. I believe that we have some of the best firefighters in the state of Georgia working here at the Bartow County Fire Department,” Jamison said. “The department and the county commissioner have put a lot of effort into improving our service delivery, training and insurance rating here in the county. The results show in improved ISO ratings and the job performance from our employees. Not only did they rescue the victim, but they made a great stop on the fire and limited the damage to the home.”

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