Ashe County Dealing with Outdated Dispatch Tech
On Oct. 21, 2016, the unthinkable become a reality for emergency personnel and firefighters countywide. The communication system that links these vital players together temporarily collapsed due to technical difficulties. The airwaves were virtually silent and county law enforcement, firefighters and paramedics found themselves in an extremely vulnerable and unnerving situation. Absent any cop jargon and rescue calls, the channel was simply filled by a shrilling void.
Gastonia firefighter pulls off awesome gender reveal with fire truck
With dozens of friends and family gathered to see the Mother's Day surprise, Brandon Crank with the Gastonia Fire Department released the nozzle to a brightly colored flow of water from a fire truck. Brandon and his wife, Tiffany, planned the big surprise to reveal the gender of their second child due October 3. The only thing was: neither parent knew what color the water would be. Tiffany's sister and Brandon's co-worker were the only ones that knew the gender of the baby. A tough secret to keep, but totally worth it to see the parent's reactions. "I was 95 percent sure it was a boy," Tiffany said. "I just knew that water was going to come out blue."
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Jacksonville high school students earn fire-fighting, emergency medical credentials during vehicle crash scenario
A vehicle crash scenario offered some high school students the opportunity to learn about programs that'll help them earn fire-fighting and emergency medical credentials. It took place Monday at 9 a.m. at Southwest High School in Jacksonville. It was preceded with a safety brief and last about two hours. The vehicle crash scenario centered on a vehicle running across school property and hitting several solid objects before it comes to a stop. Heavily damaged, it's occupied by a 56-year-old man and an infant baby in a car seat.
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Morganton: EMS, fire and police agencies hosting annual "EMS Public Safety Day"
In honor of National Emergency Medical Services Week, several EMS, police and fire departments are hosting their fifth annual "EMS Public Safety Day" in hopes that it will inform the public of their specific duties and make a positive connection with the community. The event will be held in the parking lot of Lowes Hardware in Morganton on May 24 from 3-7 p.m. National EMS Week is being recognized during May 21-27. The event is free and there will be activities for children and adults. The community sometimes only sees police, firefighters and the EMS when they are responding to medical emergencies, crimes, vehicle wrecks or fires.
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25 people displaced by Spartanburg apartment building fire
Emergency management officials in Spartanburg County said 25 people were forced out of their homes when an apartment building caught fire early Tuesday morning. The fire broke out just after midnight at Valley Creek Apartments on Fairforest Road. According to Captain Derrick Miller of the Westview-Fairforest Fire Department, the call came in at 12:02 a.m. Tuesday. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found smoke coming from the second floor of one building. That floor is a total loss, according to Captain Miller.
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Duncan Chapel Fire Department raising money for firefighter with gravely ill infant
An Upstate fire department is working together to help one of their own who is dealing with a gravely ill infant. The Duncan Chapel Fire Department said one of their firefighters has a two-week-old daughter who is in critical condition and is being transferred to the Childrens Hospital in Atlanta for advanced care. Her name is Braelyn and she has an infection that has caused her to become very sick, according to a post by the fire department. Being that the family will need to pay for lodging and food while in Atlanta, the fire department decided to raise donations to help with the financial burden.
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Firefighter: Man hit by train, killed on Spartanburg railroad tracks
Firefighters said a man was struck by a train and killed on a railroad bridge in Spartanburg Tuesday morning. Dispatchers said they received a call just after 6:30 a.m. about a person on railroad tracks near the 500 block of Daniel Morgan Avenue. Police and emergency responders requested the coroner after arriving at the scene. A firefighter at the scene said a man was on the tracks for some reason and the train engineer attempted to stop the the train with the emergency break. The train, however, could not stop in time and struck the man.
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Follow Up: Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire uses drones for missing children, water rescue calls
Over the weekend, the Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District used an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), better known as a drone, to help find a missing child. "We were given a large span to cover," said Captain Jerry Howerton. "We were able to cover it without any kind of issues. We set up a grid search with the drone." The boy walked from Seaside Elementary School to Glenns Bay Road Friday afternoon. "We had six guys going through the woods trying to trample through a lot of brush to find him," said Capt. Howerton.
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