Higgston Volunteer Fire Department

Higgston Volunteer Fire Department Serving Our Community With Courage, Honor, And A Servent's Heart. - Fire Chief John McLendon.- Assistant Chief Chris McLendon
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The purpose of this site is to educate our community about who we are, what we do and to encourage support. We can't have a volunteer fire department without the community support! We are continually adding new information and features, so check back often. We respond to such things as: structural fires, woods fires, fire alarms, vehicle fires, automobile accidents, emergency medical calls, brush fires. Thanks for checking out our page. God bless

Bringing Back Brotherhood
11/17/2019

Bringing Back Brotherhood

Fight the Fire, Not each other:

In the fire service, we are a collective like none other. We bond together in times of crisis for others or for ourselves and work for the greater good. Yet, how sad is it that many of us are fighting against one another instead of uniting against real opposition.

"I will know that you stand firm in the one Spirit, striving together as one for the faith of the Gospel without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you." Philippians 1:27-28

So why it that some of us today in their passion to share their message are dividing the fire service more than uniting it?

If we would only realize that when we lose sight of the people behind our passion it is then that we are no longer passionate but poisonous.

Perhaps we would be wise to remember the words of our fire service mentors:

“If we lose sight of our identity, then perhaps we will lose sight of what it is we are supposed to stand for.” (Chief Ron Coleman)

Perhaps we should evaluate our methods, our motivations, and most of all our attitude when we go out to share our message. This way, when we encounter opposition we will view it as opportunity to share rather than becoming defensive.

"This is because experienced firefighters will not automatically accept what is being taught as fact but will require well presented information that is clear, concise, and constantly relates back to real experience" John McDonough

No matter our message we must take the time to consider those that we want to receive it. We must be firm in our beliefs: knowledgable, courteous, and well rounded.

So when we encounter opposition we can stand firm and work to share the message working for unity. Always leaving the doorway of discussion open so perhaps those that disagree with us may some day become our close friends and perhaps our greatest allies.

Consider Paul in the Bible as he was the greatest persecutor of the Christian church and went on to write a large part of the New Testament and founding numerous churches.

"The man who formerly persecuted us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy. And they praised God because of me." Galatians 2:23-24

Til then, stand firm, stay true, and be courteous not condemning but always staying focused on the goal of positive change.

God Bless,

Andy J. Starnes
Bringing Back Brotherhood Ministries

11/11/2019
Freeze warning In effect for Central Georgia from  3AM to 9AM Sunday
11/09/2019

Freeze warning In effect for Central Georgia from 3AM to 9AM Sunday

WTOC Dave Turley
11/04/2019

WTOC Dave Turley

Frost Saturday morning? It's possible for inland areas.

11/02/2019
10/31/2019

PSA: Road is back open on Thompson Pond Rd at RT Lane.

10/31/2019

PSA: Wreck on Thompson Pond Rd at RT Lane. One lane open. Please be EXTRA cautious with it raining and very windy. Please slow down and watch out for our firefighters.

Happy Halloween! Here are some safety tips. Enjoy and be safe. 🎃👻🚒
10/31/2019

Happy Halloween! Here are some safety tips. Enjoy and be safe. 🎃👻🚒

To all of our first responders in Montgomery county, thank you for your service. I ask my colleagues to please join me t...
10/28/2019

To all of our first responders in Montgomery county, thank you for your service. I ask my colleagues to please join me today in recognizing October 28, 2019 National First Responder Appreciation Day as we honor first responders for their contributions, sacrifices, and dedication to public service.

10/24/2019
Montgomery County Georgia Emergency Management

Montgomery County Georgia Emergency Management

The fire ban has been lifted. A burn permit is required to burn. Absolutely no household garbage or construction debris is allowed to be burned. Failure to get a permit could result in a $160 fine.

10/22/2019
SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 10:45PM
10/20/2019

SPECIAL WEATHER STATEMENT UNTIL 10:45PM

10/19/2019

In preparation for Tropical Storm Nestor*, Central GA area, starting late tonight and into Saturday, be prepared for possible:
- Isolated thunderstorms
- 40-50 MPH wind gusts
- 2-2.5 inches of rain
- Isolated tornados
Secure all outside items now, don't wait. Stay tuned to local news outlets and social media for updates.

Wind Advisory From Saturday 8:00 AM EDT until Sunday 12:00 AM EDT
10/18/2019

Wind Advisory From Saturday 8:00 AM EDT until Sunday 12:00 AM EDT

10/18/2019

#BREAKING: PTC 16 is now Tropical Storm Nestor, as forecast by the National Hurricane Center.

PTC16 (Potential Tropical Cyclone) in the central Gulf of Mexico continues to slowly organize and is now tropical depres...
10/18/2019

PTC16 (Potential Tropical Cyclone) in the central Gulf of Mexico continues to slowly organize and is now tropical depression Sixteen with the potential of becoming sub-tropical storm (Nestor) later today. Winds are around 60 mph within the core of the main area of convection but not in the circulation. The path of this system will move it toward the NE putting it near the FL panhandle later tonight and then into central GA and SC Saturday afternoon and night. The rain will start in extreme south GA before midnight and in our region of SE GA and Southern SC before daybreak Saturday with moderate to heavy rain during the day into Saturday night and ending before daybreak Sunday morning. This system would also generate strong winds of 30 - 40 mph with stronger gusts within rain squalls (brief periods of heavy rains and strong gusty winds) with possible isolated brief tornadoes.

Odds are increasing that the low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will become a tropical depression or tropical storm in t...
10/17/2019

Odds are increasing that the low pressure in the Gulf of Mexico will become a tropical depression or tropical storm in the next 48 hours as it moves to the northeast. Models showing strong confidence it'll make landfall along the Florida Panhandle and move through South/Central GA Saturday. Widespread - occasionally heavy - rain and an isolated risk of severe weather is in the forecast as Invest 96-L (probably Nestor before it's over) impacts the Gulf Coast & southeast.

Georgia Forestry Commission
10/14/2019

Georgia Forestry Commission

Yes we’ve had a few sprinkles of rain, but NO the drought is not over! Fire danger still high - call before you burn!

If you burn without a permit, the Georgia Forestry Commission will issue you a ticket!
10/11/2019

If you burn without a permit, the Georgia Forestry Commission will issue you a ticket!

10/11/2019

Fire Safety tip
Test Your Smoke Detectors

Smoke detectors can be your first line of defense from harm. Test your smoke detectors once a month, says the NFPA, and change the batteries at least once a year (consider doing this at the beginning or end of daylight saving time). Replace any smoke detectors that are more than 10 years old, says the NFPA. This is also a good time to check that you’re following the NFPA’s recommendations for smoke alarm placement: Install one inside every bedroom, outside each sleeping area and on every floor in your house, including the basement.

Fire Prevention Week is a great time to plan and practice good safety habits — making sure you’re helping to protect your home and family against common fire risks. A little preparation and basic maintenance may help prevent a fire in your home and help ensure you’ll be alerted in case the unexpected happens.

10/09/2019

Fire tip #3
Replace Open-Flame Candles With Flameless Candles

Whether you enjoy a scented candle or are decorating for the holidays, open-flame candles can be a fire hazard. Instead, the NFPA suggests choosing flameless candles, such as battery-operated LED versions. These flameless candles often flicker and sometimes even smell like the real thing.

If you choose to use open-flame candles, the National Candle Association provides the following safety tips:

Keep burning candles within sight. Always blow candles out when you leave the room or go to sleep.
Use sturdy, heat-resistant candle holders that won’t topple easily, and make sure they are large enough to catch dripping wax.
Place candle holders on a stable, heat-resistant surface.
Keep all candles away from anything flammable, such as curtains, bedding, decorations and books.

Higgston Volunteer Fire Department
10/09/2019

Higgston Volunteer Fire Department

Thank God for cool weather
10/09/2019

Thank God for cool weather

10/09/2019

Safety Tip #2
Heat Your Home Safely

As the weather starts to get colder, it’s important to keep your home warm — but do so safely. Consider the following heating safety tips from the NFPA:

Keep anything flammable at least three feet away from heating equipment, including a furnace, space heater, fireplace or wood stove.
Turn space heaters off before leaving a room or going to sleep.
Never leave pets or children unsupervised near a space heater or wooden stove (the NFPA again recommends a 3-foot “kid-free zone”).
Do not use your oven to heat your home.
Also, have your furnace and fireplace, if you have one, cleaned and inspected by a professional before using them this winter.

Check Electrical Cords
About 2,000 fires each year are due to damaged electrical cords, overloaded plugs or short circuits, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Check all your electrical cords for fraying, cracks or other signs of wear, and replace damaged cords or have them professionally repaired. Avoid running extension cords across doorways or under carpeting, says the NFPA. The CPSC also recommends that consumers:

Use extension cords only when necessary and not for an extended period of time.
Avoid overloading outlets and power strips with more plugs than they are intended for.
Use cords labeled “for outdoor use” when using appliances or tools outside.
Purchase and use cords, power strips, etc. that are certified by an independent testing lab (check the label).

10/07/2019

Fire Safety Tip One !!
Use Caution When Cooking

Cooking is the biggest cause of fires and injuries in homes, according to the NFPA. And, of these, unattended cooking is the leading factor. So, stay in the kitchen if you’re frying, boiling, grilling or broiling food, and, if you have to leave — even for a short time — turn off the stove. Remain nearby if you are simmering, baking or roasting, and use a timer to remind you to check the food often.

Other cooking safety tips from the NFPA include:

Stay alert! If you’re sleepy or distracted, don’t use the stove or oven.
Check food regularly.
Keep anything flammable, such as oven mitts, dish towels, wooden utensils or food packaging, away from the cooktop.
Maintain a “kid-free zone” at least three feet around the stove or where any other hot food is being prepared (such as near a slow cooker).

Photos from Higgston Volunteer Fire Department's post
10/07/2019

Photos from Higgston Volunteer Fire Department's post

10/03/2019
He has been found!!!
10/03/2019

He has been found!!!

**UPDATE 11:20PM**
CHILD HAS BEEN LOCATED

The Vidalia Police Department is asking for your helping in locating a missing juvenile.

Ryland Russell is 11-years-old. He was last seen at approximately 7:00 PM today in the area of Sally D. Meadows School on Slayton Drive. Ryland is 5'00" tall and weighs 70lbs.

He was last seen wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Ryland was riding a black and neon green bicycle.

If you have seen Ryland or know his whereabouts, please call the Vidalia Police Department at 912-537-4123.

10/02/2019
09/29/2019
09/26/2019

ATTENTION!!!!! Montgomery County is under a burn ban until further notice. Please do not burn anything until the ban is lifted.

Sorry fall weather fans...mid to upper 90s return to central Georgia this week, and the 6-10 day temperature outlook sho...
09/22/2019

Sorry fall weather fans...mid to upper 90s return to central Georgia this week, and the 6-10 day temperature outlook shows more hot weather to start October.

On Tuesday, September 17, Higgston Fire responded to a brush fire on Joe Hilton Road. acre burnt.
09/19/2019

On Tuesday, September 17, Higgston Fire responded to a brush fire on Joe Hilton Road. acre burnt.

Who's ready for possible upper 50s for Thursday morning!!??  Fall CAN happen in the south! 😊
09/17/2019

Who's ready for possible upper 50s for Thursday morning!!?? Fall CAN happen in the south! 😊

From wtoc. 5PM 9/13 Tropical Advisory: We now have a tropical depression, Tropical Depression 9, with 30mph winds.  It's...
09/13/2019

From wtoc. 5PM 9/13 Tropical Advisory: We now have a tropical depression, Tropical Depression 9, with 30mph winds. It's expected to strengthen through the weekend until moving away and east of the WTOC-TV area into the Atlantic as hurricane next week. The center of circulation remains off the GA/SC coast.

Train Your Probie
09/13/2019

Train Your Probie

#theydoitforfree

Invest 95-L is now a Potential Tropical Cyclone. Basically, the National Hurricane Center is so sure it’s going to devel...
09/12/2019

Invest 95-L is now a Potential Tropical Cyclone. Basically, the National Hurricane Center is so sure it’s going to develop, they’ve gone ahead and issued initial strength, track forecasts. Wet weather, and some pretty heavy rain, are increasingly likely this weekend; especially Sunday and Monday. Invest 95 which is expected to form and head generally NW. Tropical Storm Warnings for parts of the Bahamas. Maybe Watches/Warnings coming to Florida soon. This is just one track, it may change so please keep an eye out.

May we never forget.  Always in our heart ❤ #911 #firefighter
09/11/2019

May we never forget. Always in our heart ❤ #911 #firefighter

Attention: Higgston Fire will be doing a 9/11 Ceremony in the morning. Our lights and sirens will sound off at each of t...
09/11/2019

Attention: Higgston Fire will be doing a 9/11 Ceremony in the morning. Our lights and sirens will sound off at each of the times the tragedy struck, and we will take a moment of silence. If any of our citizens will like to join us please do.

Higgston Volunteer Fire Department
09/10/2019

Higgston Volunteer Fire Department

The Weather Channel
09/10/2019

The Weather Channel

Today, September 10th, is the statistical peak of hurricane season. Keep watching our live coverage for the latest on the tropics.

Heat Advisory in effect from 1 PM to 8 PM EDT Monday
09/09/2019

Heat Advisory in effect from 1 PM to 8 PM EDT Monday

Higgston Fire wants to wish our Firefighter Maddie McLendon a Happy Birthday !!!
09/05/2019

Higgston Fire wants to wish our Firefighter Maddie McLendon a Happy Birthday !!!

Everyone get ready for another heat wave.
09/05/2019

Everyone get ready for another heat wave.

The center of Hurricane Dorian is now crossing over into Georgia Off shore  .  Heaviest rain and strongest winds are hol...
09/04/2019

The center of Hurricane Dorian is now crossing over into Georgia Off shore . Heaviest rain and strongest winds are holding JUST offshore. It will likely pass Savannah around 2am according to news.

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