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Over the last two weeks the CCFES Training Division has been conducting live fire search and rescue classes for our curr...
01/14/2021

Over the last two weeks the CCFES Training Division has been conducting live fire search and rescue classes for our current recruit class. The personnel in this picture give countless hours of their time to make sure the recruits are getting the best training possible. Many of them report back to duty when the classes conclude.

Over the last two weeks the CCFES Training Division has been conducting live fire search and rescue classes for our current recruit class. The personnel in this picture give countless hours of their time to make sure the recruits are getting the best training possible. Many of them report back to duty when the classes conclude.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
11/05/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Forty-seven new fire recruits graduated from firefighter recruit school during ceremonies held Saturday at the Woodstock First Baptist Church. The event began with an invocation by Fire Chaplain, Don Williams, followed by the presentation of colors by the Cherokee County Fire Explorer Post #469 and the singing of the national anthem by Jedidiah Martin.

Before the presentation of the certificates of completion, a slideshow was shown and gifts were presented to some of the fire training officers by class spokespersons, Anthony Ciorba and Kelsey Millsaps.

Four special achievement awards were presented to three members of the recruit class. The W. Clark Waters' Jr. Honor Graduate Award was presented to Tyler Russell. The award was named on behalf of Clark Waters, a Cherokee County firefighter, who passed away in 2004. The recipient of the Pinnacle Award for striving to "reach the top" due to dedication and hard-work in the firefighter recruit school class was presented to Beau Witcher. The Star of Life Award in honor of Dr. Jill Mabley, who is currently the Medical Director for the fire department, was presented to Alex Hart and Kevin McArthur was presented with the Academic Award.

Assistant Fire Chief, Eddie Robinson, came forward and congratulated the new recruits and welcomed them to the Cherokee County Fire family. Cherokee County Fire Chief, Tim Prather, came to the podium to say a few words then asked the recruits to stand for the firefighter oath and the presentation of their certificates of completion.

Those recruits receiving certificates were: Conner Bourn, Matthew Brooks, Desmond Chavarria, Anthony Ciorba, Aubrey Clark, Asheton Collins, Amanda DeWoody, Tate Dill, Bonn Ellerbee, Jonathan Escobar, Jeffery Garrett, Joseph Gates, Alfonso Gavina, Evan Groet, William Hamby, Alex Hart, Matthew Hickey, Cameron Hubbard, Chance Huffschmidt, Christopher LaFontaine, Ryan Laughridge, Jonathan Laurich, Henry Le, Trenton Mackey, Brian Magill, Sean Markham, Kevin McArthur, Kelsey Millsaps, Tyler Morgan, Matthew Mosely, Jacob Murphy, Grant Newton, Nevin O’Hearn, Austin Owen, Tyler Russell, David Scalf, Christopher Shorts, Caleb Smalley, Benjamin Smith, Lucas Vasquez, Timothy Vickery, Scott Ward, Alex Weaver, Heath Weekly, Mason Williams, Beau Witcher, and Michael Zuchegno.

Congratulations to the new graduates!

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
07/29/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

The latest group of fire recruits were at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center last week to learn more about two of the fire department’s most basic tools, the fire hose and ladder.

According to Sgt. Chris Martin, one of the training coordinators, “The recruits are learning the basics today like hose management, hose dragging, connecting hoses to a fire hydrant and raising ladders.”

Approximately 25 fire recruits were going through the exercises last week as they continue their training to become a full-time firefighter.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
07/25/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire Recruits spent the day last Friday to help Habitat for Humanity build a new home. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.

According to fire recruit, Beau Witcher, “We are given the opportunity to do community service as a part of the recruit program. So, we looked at different areas throughout the county in which we could help and one of those was Habitat for Humanity, so we decided to give them a call.”

David Young, Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity said, “Two weeks ago last Tuesday, my director did not have a day this week for volunteers and I needed some to help with the paint and siding. My mother has this thing of when she prays, miracles happen and I inherited that from her and I told the director that I was going to pray about this. Thirty minutes after I left the office, the director called and said the recruits had called her to volunteer.” The recruits worked to finish putting the siding on the home which is 1280 square foot in size and will be a 3 bedroom and 2 baths home.

Young praised the recruits for the work they done that day. “They were awesome. They listened very well and called me “sir” all day and I loved that. They were great and I would have them any time, any day,” he added.

The Cherokee Fire Recruits who worked on the home were; Scott Brooks, Desmond Chavarria, Anthony Ciorba, Asheton Collins, Amanda DeWoody, Joseph Gates, Matthew Hickey, Cameron Hubbard, Chance Huffschmidt, Chris Lafontaine, Ryan Laughridge, Jonathan Laurich, Jacob Murphy, Neven O’Hearn, Austin Owen, David Scalf, Caleb Smalley, Scott Ward, Alex Weaver, Mason Williams, Beau Witcher, Michael Zuchegn and Ryan Crump.

The home, which is located on Lusk Court Road off Highway 20, is being built for a family of four from West Africa. The home will have its official dedication on August 10th.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
06/25/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire Recruits spent the day last Friday to help Habitat for Humanity build a new home. Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit organization that helps families build and improve places to call home.

According to fire recruit, Beau Witcher, “We are given the opportunity to do community service as a part of the recruit program. So, we looked at different areas throughout the county in which we could help and one of those was Habitat for Humanity, so we decided to give them a call.”

David Young, Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity said, “Two weeks ago last Tuesday, my director did not have a day this week for volunteers and I needed some to help with the paint and siding. My mother has this thing of when she prays, miracles happen and I inherited that from her and I told the director that I was going to pray about this. Thirty minutes after I left the office, the director called and said the recruits had called her to volunteer.” The recruits worked to finish putting the siding on the home which is 1280 square foot in size and will be a 3 bedroom and 2 baths home.

Young praised the recruits for the work they done that day. “They were awesome. They listened very well and called me “sir” all day and I loved that. They were great and I would have them any time, any day,” he added.

The Cherokee Fire Recruits who worked on the home were; Scott Brooks, Desmond Chavarria, Anthony Ciorba, Asheton Collins, Amanda DeWoody, Joseph Gates, Matthew Hickey, Cameron Hubbard, Chance Huffschmidt, Chris Lafontaine, Ryan Laughridge, Jonathan Laurich, Jacob Murphy, Neven O’Hearn, Austin Owen, David Scalf, Caleb Smalley, Scott Ward, Alex Weaver, Mason Williams, Beau Witcher, Michael Zuchegn and Ryan Crump.

The home, which is located on Lusk Court Road off Highway 20, is being built for a family of four from West Africa. The home will have its official dedication on August 10th.

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
05/24/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Firefighters are dedicated to come to a person’s aid during a time of emergency. However, when the call came out to help one of their own, they took action.

Logan Droke, a 17 year old senior at Creekview High School and a former Cherokee County Fire Explorer is currently battling leukemia for the 4th time since 2011. He is also the son of Cherokee County Firefighter, Randall Droke, who works at Fire Station #1 located off Bells Ferry Road.

Logan was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL) in 2011 when he was 9 years old. The cancer went into remission, but came back in 2015 and went into remission again and came back again last summer. His doctors decided to have him undergo CAR-T Therapy. This is a type of treatment in which a patient's cells are changed in the laboratory so they will attack cancerous cells. Logan began feeling better after this therapy and experienced eight months of a somewhat normal life for a teen. Unfortunately, Logan’s cancer resurfaced again. His doctors began chemotherapy and are urgently looking into trial treatment options which may include traveling to another state for treatment.

Unfortunately, in December of 2018, Logan’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. Because it was caught early and treated swiftly, she is now doing well, but still has to undergo some additional surgery. The family at home also consists of three other school-aged children and an insulin-dependent grandparent who also needs care.

Logan is definitely a fighter and he expressed his thoughts by saying this in a recent essay he had written, “Throughout my life I have always known my dad to be a hard worker and if he really wanted to do something he would do his best to make it happen. When my dad started the process to become a firefighter I was amazed. I always knew he was going to make it in, but the amount of effort he put in was just the greatest thing I have been able to witness my dad do. He was 45 years old when he decided to make this career change (the oldest guy in his training class) while working another job at the same time as his training. He would train all day, come home and study, do his other job, take care of us and start all over the next day. Watching him never give up and never complain has helped me in my fight against my cancer. 'Whatever it takes' is the motto that my dad has passed down to me. When he puts his mind to it, my father has to finish whatever he has started. Quitting and giving up is never an option for him. While my dad was going through his training to become a firefighter, my cancer came back. There have been many months of treatment and hospital stays, but I know because of my dad’s example and having him at my side that I will never give up, I will fight hard and do whatever it takes.”

In order to help the family with medical expenses, firefighters from neighboring Cobb County recently sold wallets that were handmade by the Droke family at the Metro Atlanta Firefighters Conference (MAFFC). Representatives from the conference and Battalion Chiefs from the Cobb County Fire Department stopped by Station #1 on Wednesday night and presented the proceeds from the sale that totaled over $3,200.
Firefighters from all over the country have sent short videos to Logan encouraging him to stay strong. According to Lt. Brady Cornelison, a Cherokee County firefighter at Station #1, “He (Logan) has had get well wishes from fire departments throughout the state, plus, he has also heard from departments in Las Vegas, Florida, Texas and New Jersey, too.”

Cornelison also started a Go Fund Me account to help the Droke family with medical expenses. If you would like to help the family, please go to www.gofundme.com and search for “The Droke Family” in order to make a donation.

Logan is currently in Scottish Rite Hospital, however, he plans to attend his high school graduation next Friday night at Woodstock First Baptist Church.

05/17/2019

CCFES Recruit Class 2019-01 showing love for Logan Droke and the Droke family during Logan’s battle! Keep up the fight!

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
03/26/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

COME BE A PART OF OUR TEAM!
The application process for new firefighter recruits for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services is now open. Applicants can fill out an application by going to the following link: https://munisweb.cherokeega.com/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

Applicants must possess a current State of Georgia AEMT, EMT-I or Paramedic license or possess a current license as an AEMT or Paramedic through National Registry. Qualified candidates must also be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid driver’s license and must follow application directions.

All correspondence regarding our hiring process will be through email. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
03/26/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

COME BE A PART OF OUR TEAM!
The application process for new firefighter recruits for Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services is now open. Applicants can fill out an application by going to the following link: https://munisweb.cherokeega.com/MSS/employmentopportunities/default.aspx

Applicants must possess a current State of Georgia AEMT, EMT-I or Paramedic license or possess a current license as an AEMT or Paramedic through National Registry. Qualified candidates must also be 18 years or older with a high school diploma or equivalent, possess a valid driver’s license and must follow application directions.

All correspondence regarding our hiring process will be through email. Please direct any questions to [email protected].

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
02/16/2019

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

About 50 people, including Cherokee County firefighters and about 25 paramedic recruits, participated in a class that is being held today at the fire training center, located just south of Holly Springs.

Several instructors from Kennestone-Wellstar Hospital are teaching the students on subjects like trauma care, emergency burn care, cardiogenic shock and new innovations in stroke care. The 4 hour class is to keep our firefighters up-to-date on the latest technology so they will be better prepared in helping our citizens in a time of need.

According to EMS Chief, Danny West,“Emergency medical skills are one of the most important tools in our industry and it's critical that they be developed to the highest level possible.”

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
12/14/2018

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services will be hosting a “Stuff A Squad” event at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, located at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, this Saturday, December 15th between 3PM and 7PM.

The event is open to the public and will benefit the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Attendees are asked to bring gift donations to help fill the interior of a squad (ambulance). Unwrapped gifts for boys age 10-18 and monetary donations are appreciated for admission to the event. For those unable to attend the event, gift donations can be made at any Cherokee County Fire station until December 14th. All gift donations will be brought to the event.

According to Leslie Sullivan, coordinator of the event, “I visited Goshen Valley’s Canton office earlier this year as part of a community program I was involved in. After learning more about the organization, I became very interested in finding ways I could do more to help their cause.”

The event will also feature photo opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday activities and fire trucks will also be on display!

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services
11/22/2018

Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services

Cherokee County Fire & Emergency Services will be hosting a “Stuff A Squad” event at the Cherokee County Fire Training Center, located at 3985 Holly Springs Parkway, on Saturday, December 15th between 3PM and 7PM.

The event is open to the public and will benefit the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch. Attendees are asked to bring gift donations to help fill the interior of a squad (ambulance). Unwrapped gifts for boys age 10-18 and monetary donations are appreciated for admission to the event. For those unable to attend the event, gift donations can be made at any Cherokee County Fire station Monday-Friday 9am-7pm November 15- Dec 14th. All gift donations will be brought to the event.

According to Leslie Sullivan, coordinator of the event, “I visited Goshen Valley’s Canton office earlier this year as part of a community program I was involved in. After learning more about the organization, I became very interested in finding ways I could do more to help their cause.”

The event will also feature photo opportunities with Santa Claus, holiday activities and fire trucks will also be on display!

Some of the items that the organization is looking for include Nerf guns, RC cars, earbuds, speakers, instruments, music equipment, bikes, video games, skateboards, TV's, tablets, lava lamps, diffusers, essentials oils, music players, soccer balls, footballs, basketballs, baseballs, baseball bats, baseball gloves, art sets, oil pastels, shading pencils, sketch pads, adult coloring books and colored marker/pen sets. Any and all donations will be greatly appreciated.

The Goshen Valley Foundation was established in 1998 after God moved on the hearts of the Blend family to donate their ranch property as a way to care for foster children. Through the leadership of founder John Blend, in 2001 the Goshen Valley Boys Ranch was created to care for young men in foster care. Over the past 16 years Goshen Valley has expanded and now has three programs, Goshen Valley Boys Ranch, Goshen New Beginnings and Goshen Homes. Each program has a unique focus and ministry to foster children in Georgia. The Goshen Valley Boys Ranch is located in the Salacoa Valley near Waleska, Georgia.

For additional information, contact Leslie Sullivan at [email protected]

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