Training for tragedy: WNC's first responders, planners prepare for worst
Behind the scenes and with the hope the instruction never gets put to use, emergency workers have trained for years for tragedies like the one in Las Vegas. As mass shootings have increased, so has the training for dealing with them. "We realize the world is getting to be a crazy place and any kind of new measures that are out there we put to use," said Matt Buchanan, general manager at the WNC Agricultural Center, which hosts the annual Mountain State Fair. The fair has beefed up security measures over the years, Buchanan said. "I go to a lot of different seminars that have training classes, and we stay abreast of any types of new technology and protocols to implement into our daily operations," he said.
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North Carolina fallen firefighters to be honored at National Memorial service
Captain Bradley Steven Long, age 28, of the Sherrills-Ford-Terrell Fire and Rescue, will be one of nine fallen firefighters to be honored at the 36th Annual National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service. These nine died in the line of duty from North Carolina. Long died on June 6, 2016 while diving at Lake Norman to recover the body of a man who had drowned the previous day. These nine are among the 75 firefighters who died in 2016 and 20 firefighters who died in previous years who will be remembered at the official national service at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Md. on Oct. 8.
Charlotte firefighters rescue man having medical emergency atop billboard
One person was taken to the hospital following a high-angle rescue in southwest Charlotte Monday morning. The incident occurred in the 11560 block of Texland Drive. The Charlotte Fire Department tweeted about the incident around 11:38 a.m. Firefighters said one person was rescued after having a "medical emergency" on a billboard. The person was rescued within 20 minutes, firefighters say. It is unclear why the person was on the billboard. No other information was released.
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Home damaged by fire in Harkers Island
A fire destroyed a home in Harkers Island on Sunday afternoon, according to Carteret County Emergency Services. The fire happened at 765 Island Road in a single-wide mobile home. The call came in around 3:17 p.m. after a neighbor of the home noticed flames coming out of the north kitchen window, according to CCES. Samuel Willis, the owner, said a family member stayed there overnight but left around 7:30 a.m. Electricity service was connected to the home, which was under renovation. Nobody was living there. After an investigation, it ws determined the origin came from the kitchen section of the home, in an area of a portable air conditioner unit, which was reported to have been operating.
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Couchton Assitant Fire Chief Remains in Critical Condition After He Collapsed During the 9/11 Silent Walk
The firefighter who collapsed during the 9/11 Silent Walk this weekend is still in critical condition. The organizer of that walk said Assistant Chief Greg Bailey collapsed on Sunday. We have learned he has been with the Couchton Fire Department in Aiken County for 42-years. Officials say he suffered cardiac arrest but was revived before arriving at MUSC. "Right now the family is just asking for prayers right now. We just want to remain hopeful and keep him in our prayers," said Tain Griffieth, event organizer. "He is in critical condition but is beginning to stabilize."
Seven adults, two children displaced following house fire in Hopkins
The Columbia Fire Department says a house in Hopkins was destroyed by fire Tuesday morning. Firefighters were called to the home in the 1700 block of Pincushion Road, off Black Swamp Road. The fire department sent this tweet just before 9 a.m. Tuesday: Firefighters say there were no injuries. Nine people were displaced: seven adults and two kids. The cause of the fire was determined to be electrical in nature. A vehicle also was destroyed.
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Duncan firefighter accused of breaking into car, stealing gun, SLED says
A volunteer firefighter has been arrested and charged with several crimes, according to SLED. 25-year-old Creighton Robinson Frost is accused of breaking into a truck and stealing gun last week, SLED says. He has been charged with carbreaking, petit larceny, and four counts of obtaining property by false pretenses. According to arrest warrants, Frost fraudulently obtained a signature and/or property from four local pawn shops. Frost was a volunteer firefighter with Duncan Fire Department but has stepped down since his arrest. Frost was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center on Friday.
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Charleston restaurant closed after early morning fire
A popular Charleston restaurant will be closed Tuesday following a fire that damaged the building. The Charleston County Dispatch Center says they received a call at 3:30 Tuesday morning reporting a fire at Swig & Swine. Swig & Swine in the 1200 block of Savannah Highway will be closed Tuesday, but no major damage to the building was reported. The Charleston Fire Department says in a press release on Facebook they have determined the fire was primarily contained to a small building attached to the back of the restaurant. Investigators have determined the fire started near a smoker in the attached building.
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