Rehired Georgia Fire Recruits Laid Off Again DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- Channel 2 Action News has confirmed yet another twist in the on-again, off-again firing of 82 DeKalb County fire recruits. On Wednesday, the 82 recruits were told they were fired, again. A county spokesman told Channel 2's John Bachman that DeKalb County Fire Chief Edward O'Brien needs to cut $7 million from his budget and after first firing the recruits on March 28, the chief thought he had figured out a way to keep them. Turns out, he did not.