Daily Incident Log - 6/5/2012

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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06/05/2012 -


Matthews uses rewards to attract volunteer firefighters

The tough economy is taking its toll on many volunteer fire departments that are struggling to recruit and keep firefighters. But the town of Matthews has come up with an aggressive way to entice volunteers: by rewarding them. Right now, Matthews Fire and EMS has only nine full-time firefighters. It has 60 vol unteer firefighters, but the department wants 90. One way it's trying to do that is by offering monthly incentives, like meals and cash.



Hendersonville Fire Department to provide enhanced medical response services

Today Chief Dorian Flowers of the Hendersonville Fire Department announced that the Department has achieved certification to begin providing enhanced medical response services to the public. In light of the fact that about 70% of the department's calls for service are medical-related, this represents a significant benefit t o the citizens of Hendersonville.


Wilmington Fire Department purchases thermal imaging cameras

With a donation, the Wilmington Fire Department purchased two thermal imaging cameras to help firefighters find victims trapped in a burning building and spot a fire's origin, among other applications. City fire officials plan on officially announcing the $17,000 donation from the Firehouse Subs Safety Foundation on Tuesday morning at the Fire house Subs restaurant location in front of Independence Mall on Oleander Drive. The presentation is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m.



Haley Names Shane Ray as New State Fire Marshal

Gov. Nikki Haley has named a new state fire marshal to replace outgoing Adolf Zubia. Haley announced Monday that Shane Ray will take over from Zubia on July 31. Ray has been superintendent of the South Carolina Fire Academy for the last seven months. He has 26 years of experience in fire and emergency services.


State fire leaders want to see state sprinkler mandate passed

A mandate in the state's building code for sprinklers in new homes is at a stand still. The state's Building Code Council spent hours debating the code adoption two weeks ago, but with no movement or motion to approve. It means South Carolina remains operating under a 2006 building code.


Driver Charged In Big Rig Crash, Roadway Still Closed in Spartanburg Co.

A roadway reopened about 6:00 a.m. Tuesday morning following a tractor trailer accident in Spartanburg County. Around 5 p.m. on Monday, Allen Cannon was driving a 1999 freightliner tractor trailer when he lost control and overturned at SC-49 near Horseshoe Falls Road in Cross Anchor.


Firefighters: Kid Playing with Lighter Sparked Columbia Blaze

A fire Monday morning at an apartment complex in Columbia has displaced 15 people. Fire crews were dispatched to The Landings at Forest Acres on Covenant Road around 10:40 a.m. Officers say the fire was contained to one building, but a total of eight units were affected.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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