According to reports, on Friday, August 5, 2022, at approximately 10:49 p.m., Bartow County Fire and Emergency Services were dispatched to what was originally dispatched as a public assist.  Upon arrival, crews were met by Bartow County Sheriff’s Office units and learned that a man had fallen 20 feet down a storm drain.  BCFES Squad 1 was able to lower a rope down to the victim.  The rope rescue system allowed crews to safely remove the patient. Once removed, patient care was turned over to Metro Ambulance Services. According to a press release, the extent of the patient’s injuries is unknown.


Earlier in the same evening, crews were dispatched to 42 Dodson Road, Cartersville for a residential structure fire. The caller said lightning had struck his porch and he smelled smoke. Fire crews arrived on the scene and did not find any smoke or flames showing. The residence was checked with a thermal imaging camera inside and out, there were no signs of fire or smoke. The homeowner was advised to call back if they smelled smoke or had any other issues.