Daily Incident Logs

N. C.. Daily Incident Log – 5/25/21

Two-alarm fire at Charlotte home; one firefighter injured 

VIDEO: Emergency crews are still on the scene of a two-alarm house fire in Charlotte's Ballantyne area. According to Charlotte Fire, firefighters were called to a fire at a home on High Creek Court, near the intersection with Elmstone Drive near Elmstone Park around 5:30 a.m. When crews got to the home, they saw the roof was engulfed in flames and activated a second alarm. By 6:45, the flames were under control and firefighters were monitoring hotspots. It's unclear if anyone was hurt during the fire. Charlotte Fire tweeted that a team of 50 firefighters was able to put the fire out in just under an hour. One firefighter was treated for minor injuries at the scene by Medic. Charlotte Fire said the people inside the home were able to escape without injury during the fire.  

WCNC-TV NBC 6 CHARLOTTE  

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S. C. Daily Incident Log – 5/25/21

 

Coroner: 88-year-old dies in Moncks Corner house fire 

The Berkeley County Coroner's Office says an 88-year-old man died in his home in a fire early Friday morning. Firefighters found Joseph President, 88, in his President Circle home after they responded to a fire at approximately 12:39 a.m., Coroner George Oliver said. South Carolina Law Enforcement Division investigators are working to determine the cause of an early-morning house fire in Moncks Corner. A neighbor called 911 to report the fire at the home in the 100 block of President Circle, Moncks Corner Fire Chief Robert Gass said. The first firefighters on the scene reported fire and smoke visible from the home, Gass said. Shortly after they arrived a bystander alerted firefighters that President, whom they said lived in the home alone, was unaccounted for. "The fire was so intense that it took a while for us to be able to begin a search," Gass said.  

WIS-TV NBC 10 COLUMBIA  

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Vehicle Extrication: Side Lifts

You arrive on scene to find a passenger vehicle on its side with victims trapped partially under the vehicle. In my opinion, this is one of the most precarious lifting sequences we perform and it can have dire consequences for the victims if we approach it the wrong way. I say this because I have done it the wrong way. Early in my career, I had two calls within a few months of one another that involved this scenario. I attacked both of them with the wrong approach and neither event went the way I would have hoped. Both vehicles were sedans and came to rest on the driver’s side. I will lay out each event and then discuss the valuable lessons I learned and how I applied those lessons moving forward.

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Relevant Tags: Rescue

Have a Little FUN During Rescue Training

While rescue training is serious business, as it should be, it can also be fun, as well as allowing skills to be tested and used in personal and team building capacities. While I do subscribe to “training by the book” to get basic and advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities (KSAs), there is no reason training cannot be exercised in different, fun ways. 

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The Case for Thermal Imaging Training

In researching and training in the area of thermal imaging we continue to see firefighters failing to either deploy or use their thermal imaging camera (TIC) on the fireground, and/or they are not trained on how to properly use it.

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Relevant Tags: Thermal Imaging

Let’s Try First for Civility

Every four years, candidates for the highest office in the land deliver lofty speeches about what they want to do for this country. In addition to laying out ambitious domestic and foreign agendas, they often promise to bring unity to our political system by reaching across the political aisle and working together to solve our nation’s problems. The operative word in these campaign pledges is unity. 

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Relevant Tags: Update from Capitol Hill

2020 — A Year in Review

Hello, my fellow Carolina Fire-Rescue-EMS Journal readers and followers. We all began 2020 with hopes and dreams for an amazing year. I am sure I speak for us all when I say that a pandemic was not how I wanted to remember my year. However, in true public safety fashion, we all adapted, improvised and overcame obstacles we each faced. 

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Keep Fighting the COVID Battle

We have been battling the COVID pandemic for over a year now. We are all tired and ready for this to be over. We will get to the end of this, and I believe the end is in sight. We cannot, however, lose focus on our priorities or the worst of the pandemic might return. Right now, I think of the pandemic like a forest fire which has almost been put out. 

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Relevant Tags: News from North Carolina EMS

The Case for Vaccinations

Monty Python’s comedic riff on the Bubonic Plague of 1348, which killed 25 million people, made us laugh with its “bring out your dead” memes picturing Londoners heaping corpses into wheelbarrows. Throughout all civilizations, pandemics have been feared and dreaded: Smallpox, Whooping Cough, Spanish Flu, Bubonic Plague, TB, Influenza. Remember the 11 confirmed cases of Ebola in the United States in 2016? 

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GPS Fleet Tracking Expedites Emergency Response, Accountability

When every second counts to save lives, dispatchers must immediately locate the medical, fire/rescue, or police vehicle closest to the emergency and the driver must respond as quickly as possible without getting lost or taking detours.

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AFAST-1 Nozzle in Action

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