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Hideaway Bay hosts Hall Firefighters

By Pamela A. Keene
 
Once a year or so, management at Hideaway Bay Marina invites members of Hall County Fire and Rescue to the marina for staff training, and inspections by fire personnel. 
 
“This is an excellent time for our own staff to brush up on their skills in case of an emergency, and for the fire department to help us make sure we’re prepared in case of any kind of emergency,” said Michael Duling, manager of Hideaway Bay. “We want them to come out and interact with us, to know the property, where the shutoffs for the gas and dock power are located, and generally be familiar with us.” 
 
Personnel from Fire House 8 and Fire House 5 were both on hand for the training. It gave them a chance to run some of their drills related to putting out boat fires and managing rescues. 
 
Duling said that it’s an important time for the staff as well. “Our staff needs to know what to do in any sort of emergency and when the fire personnel and our staff know each other, it will be more smooth to respond effectively.”
 
First-responders also became familiar with the facilities at Fish Tales Restaurant, identifying water sources, system controls and power for the popular restaurant located at Hideaway Bay Marina.
 
“Everyone, including the first responders had a really good time,” Duling said. “But I tell you, I was so impressed with their professionalism and their seriousness about their jobs. They certainly know that what they do is serious and that people’s lives depend on them. We are glad to have this caliber of first responders here in Hall County.”

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