Ball Ground Volunteer Fire Department
Ball Ground Business & Community Association has named the Ball Ground Volunteer Fire Department the Member of the Quarter for the 1st Quarter of 2018. We celebrate with Mike Smith and all of the other dedicated and wonderful firefighters this award and express our appreciation to them for their diligent efforts to serve our Community and keep us all safe. For those who may not know the history of this organization Mike has provided a snapshot for us:
The Ball Ground Volunteer Fire Department was founded in the 1950's by a group of concerned citizens to protect the lives and property of their friends and neighbors. The BGVFD was the second volunteer station in Cherokee County to have a two way radio. They were the first to have a pull station. This would activate the siren, bringing all volunteers to the station. Volunteers work with career members of the Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services. All members receive training in fire suppression to NFPA standards as well as First Responder medical training.
BGVFD volunteers were dispatched to over 800 incidents in 2017, including fires, medical emergencies, rescues, hazardous conditions, vehicle accidents, and other incidents. Our territory is south on Hwy. 5 to Green Dr., north on Hwy. 5 to the Pickens County line, east on Hwy. 372 to Hogan Pond Lane and west on Howell Bridge Rd. to Hornage Rd. The volunteers receive hands on training on a weekly basis throughout the year. Their training is to equip them to save lives and protect property of the people they serve. We currently have 25 members with the department.