Inmates could staff fire stations in Georgia

On October 12, 2011, in Jail & Prison, by djeyli

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

The program would put two inmates in each of three existing firehouses in the County.

They say that the inmates would respond to all emergencies alongside traditional firefighters. This includes residential fires.

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.

The officials say that one traditional firefighter with correctional training can supervise up to three inmates.

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. It has not been announced which inmates would be eligible.

Inmates are already used as firefighters in California, where they mostly tackle brush fires.

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