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Fire rookie learns the ropes quickly
Hall County firefighter joins station crew in first week on job
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The new guy gets the garbage detail. Robert Patterson takes the fire station’s trash to a nearby collection center Saturday on East Crescent Drive. - photo by NAT GURLEY
Robert Patterson has only been a firefighter for a few days, though you wouldn’t know it by his resolute instinct when the alarms signaling an emergency rang through the station around 11:30 a.m. Saturday. In a matter of seconds, Patterson and the rest of his Hall County firefighting crew were in ambulance and engine, racing northbound on Old Cornelia Highway/U.S. 129, sirens blaring, to the scene of a reported unresponsive male in a home. The call punctuated an otherwise calm morning at Station 7, which headquarters the Northern Battalion, housing fire engines, rescue engines, ambulances, the Georgia Regional Hazmat Team and a back-up Marine Rescue Boat.Even in hours when call volume is low, there’s always work to be done.