Inmates could staff fire stations in Ga. county

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Posted: Oct 10, 2011 8:01 AM
Inmates could staff fire stations in Ga. county

Officials in southeast Georgia are considering a money-saving program that would put inmates in fire stations.

The Florida Times-Union reports ( that the program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses in Camden County.

Officials say the inmates would respond to all emergencies _ including residential fires _ alongside traditional firefighters.

The inmates would have no guard, but would be monitored by a surveillance system and by the traditional firefighters, who would undergo training to guard the inmates. Authorities say one traditional firefighter with correctional training can supervise up to three inmates.

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Authorities say the inmate firefighter program could save the county more than $500,000 a year by some estimates. Inmates charged with crimes such as drug offenses and thefts would be eligible.


Information from: The Florida Times-Union,