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Fire Marshals Keep Businesses Safe Downtown

Fire Marshal Richard Griffin. Fire Marshal Richard Griffin.
Assistant special agent Ron Huckaby with the Alcohol and Tobacco Law Enforcement Agency. Assistant special agent Ron Huckaby with the Alcohol and Tobacco Law Enforcement Agency.

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The lines were long downtown at local bars but employees were knew how many people they were letting in.

"He's showing 150, I don't necessarily agree with that number," said Savannah Fire Marshal Richard Griffin. "I think it's going to be higher."

Fire marshal Richard Griffin took no chances this Saint Patrick's Day. He made sure to have a plan to get people out safely if an emergency was to occur. Making sure exits were open and local pubs weren't too crowded.

"I have 185, they're still coming," said Griffin. "I'm not buying that number."

And if he didn't buy it, he was sure to let you know.

"Staff counts, oh staff counts, you have to count the staff," yelled Griffin over loud music. "Add 20 to that number, that's not bad for this early in the night, really need to get that count back up there, ok?"

But just because a bar passed fire marshall Griffin's inspection didn't mean it would pass the Georgia Department of Revenues.

Assistant special agent Ron Huckaby, with the Alcohol and Tobacco Law Enforcement Agency, also inspected downtown bars and pubs making sure everyone followed the rules. And particularly enforcing the no underage drinking law.

"How are you doing," said Huckaby to a suspected minor. "Do you happen to have some ID on you?"

You never know when they're coming so you just better be ready when they do.

"We haven't seen a whole lot of underage drinking in the clubs," he said. "So far everything has been pretty good."

Reported by: Christy Hutchings, chutchings@wtoc.com

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