• Smoke Detectors Available
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    Junes 5, 2015

    Free Smoke Detectors Available

    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue


    Most people don’t realize that fire claims nearly 4,000 lives a year across the United States.  More than 75% of these deaths occur in the homes where we live.  Recent studies indicate that smoke alarms are present in 46% of all homes nationwide.  However, 65% of fire related deaths have occurred in homes with no smoke alarms present or those that were not operational.


    With that being said, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue and its members are launching a program to assist residents within Jones County that are unable to afford a smoke detector in their home.  Jones County Fire Chief and EMA Director Don Graham said that a grant was obtain through Tri-County EMC Operation Roundup Program, generous donations by Ace Hardware of Gray and Jones County Fire Rescue Fund.  Graham said 400 First Alert Smoke & Fire Alarms have been purchased and will be available upon request.  Residents should make a formal request by calling Jones County EMA Office at 478-986-6672 Monday thru Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Residents making a request should be able to produce an address, contact name and phone number.  One free smoke detector (per floor) will be installed at no charge by Jones County Firefighters Monday thru Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Before installation is complete the resident(s) or homeowner(s) will be required to sign a waiver that will require them to take full responsibility of maintaining and ownership of the detector.


    In 2015 alone, Jones County Department of Fire Rescue have already responded to more than a dozen structure fires in Jones County.  Chief Graham said that over half of these structures involved residential dwellings.  Out of the six dwelling fires, two of them had smoke detectors.  Graham added, the residential dwellings that had smoke detectors paid off big time by saving five lives.  These lives were well documented that a single smoke detector saved a family of four and a family of one.  These two families each were alerted quickly by a functional smoke detector while they were asleep and were able to escape harm’s way.  Smoke detectors truly save lives, Graham said.

    Chief Graham said that while our fire personnel are installing your smoke detector(s), our personnel will be glad to assist with friendly advice regarding smoke detectors and any other fire safety concerns.


    Don Graham, Fire Chief



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  • New Fire Station Open
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    Jones County Department of Fire Rescue recently opened a brand new fire station in southern Jones County.  The new Fire Station #11 is located at 116 Griswoldville Industrial Boulevard off of Highway 57.  Open house and dedication will be announced soon.

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    Come to Old Clinton and take a step back in time on May 2 & 3, 2015, when re-enactors from the Southeast recreate the Battles of Sunshine Church, which took place in July of 1864, and Griswoldville, which took place in November of 1864 during Sherman’s March to the Sea.

    Beneath a windblown battle flag, tents will spring up on grassy fields in the town. Soldiers from grizzled veterans to beardless recruits, both blue and gray, will gather. As in July and November of 1864, the rattle of musketry and the rolling thunder of cannons will shake windows in old homes.HISTORY SCHEDULE

    The McCarthy-Pope House, circa 1809, the oldest house existing house in Clinton, will be open for tour. Ladies of the Confederacy will have the house furnished and decorated in the era of the War Between the States. Miss Annie’s Store, which will be set up as an 1800’s mercantile establishment, will also house a display of a wide variety of war relics, a prize winning exhibit of Griswold pistol parts, a beautiful example of a finished Griswold pistol, a Burnside carbine, other war weapons, and authentic Confederate currency.

    The 16th Georgia will again sponsor rapid fire as well as ultimate soldier/U.S. & C.S. authenticity contests and unit drill competition this year.The entire event takes place in the Old Clinton Historic District, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. Self-guided walking tour information will be available, and guided tours are available by pre-reservation.

    Crafts of the era will be demonstrated; “modern” arts and crafts will also be available for purchase; and “modern” as well as food of the period will be served.

    Saturday’s program will conclude at 8:05 P.M. with the 16th Georgia, Company G, Jackson Rifles, CSA conducting a memorial service in the Old Clinton Cemetery to honor Clinton’s Confederate dead.

    Gates open at 9:00 A.M. Battle at 2:05 each day. Admission/Contribution each day: Adults – $5; Students 18 and under $3; Children under 6 – Free. Memorial service – Free.

    Clinton is located 12 miles NE of Macon, 1-½ miles SE of Gray, one block west off US Hwy 129. For more information contact Earlene Hamilton at 478-986-6383 or the Jones County-Gray Chamber of Commerce & Visitor’s Center at 478-986-1123.


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  • Tornados Peak in March Through May
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    March marks the start of a three-month active tornado season in the Southeast.  Now is the time to Prepare, Plan and Stay informed.  For more information go to 

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  • Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries This Weekend
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    Jones County Fire Chief Don Graham is reminding everyone to change the batteries in all smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors in their homes when changing their clocks this weekend.  We spring our clocks ahead, so take a few minutes out of your day to do something that could very well save the lives of your loved ones.

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  • Accidental Litter……
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    Cover It Up!!


    Did you know that almost 80% of all litter that you see is ACCIDENTAL? The majority of the littering is caused by unsecured loads. Ever see anyone with loose trash in the back of a pickup? Guaranteed, you probably saw it again later, on the side of the road. One of the biggest problems with litter is the lack of knowledge. When using a truck to haul trash, make sure it is covered appropriately. If not you will be paying for it later, one way or the other.



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  • Smoke Alarms Save Lives
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    If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out.  Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half.  Almost two-thirds of home fire deaths resulted from fires in home with no smoke alarms or no working smoke alarms.

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  • CodeRED Weather Warning System
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    Jones County offers a unique product that will automatically send telephone messages to residents in the path of severe weather.  Click on the CodeRED banner and sign up today.

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  • Put A Freeze On Winter Fires
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    Keep fire safety in mind when heating your home in the winter months.  December, January, and February are the leading months for home heating fires.  Overall, heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires and home fire deaths in the United States.  In 2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 53,600 reported U.S. home fires, with associated loses of 400 civilian deaths, 1,520 civilian injuries, and $893 million in direct property damage.  These fires accounted for 14% of all reported home fires.

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Gray, Georgia 31032-1359
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