Daily Incident Log - 6/6/2012

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06/06/2012 -


Pitt County Upgrading Cardiac Arrest Responses

Statistics show sometimes it can take up to 18 minutes or more for an EMS squad to get to you if you go into cardiac arrest. That's 18 minutes you simply can't afford. For years the role of a firefighter was simply to fight fires. But that's all changing. "We don't just respond to fire calls and car fires and haz ard mitigations and things like that, we respond to all types of emergencies," said Red Oak Assistant Fire Chief, Chad Singleton.



Former Roper Fire Chief Critically Injured In Wreck

The former fire chief of Roper in Washington County is fighting for his life after a head-on collision. The Highway Patrol says 69-year-old Charles Hassell of Roper, the former fire chief there, was critically injured in an accident on NC 32 near US 64 Tuesday. Troopers say charges are pending against 16-year-old Corson Buckman of Washington. Buckman was heade d west on NC 32 in his Nissan Xterra SUV around 4 p.m. Tuesday, when he came upon a car stopped on the highway to turn left into a business.


Emergency crews rescue man who was pinned after crash between Lincolnton and Gastonia

Emergency crews worked to free a man whose arm was pinned under his Chevy Blazer, after he flipped it off Highway 321, near mile marker 20, between Lincolnton and Gastonia. "An extrication like this, on the highway -- it keeps us on our toes," said South Fork firefighter John Dancoff. Fire crews from several departments, along with paramedics on the scene, helped lift the car off the victim's arm. Once his arm was freed, the man was pulled out of the car and sent to Carolina


Weddington a step closer to its own fire district

The town of Weddington is one step closer to having its own fire district. Town leaders sent a letter to Union County Commissioners letting them know about the change. Instead of homeowners paying the $100 flat rate to the county, they would pay an extra 2-cent property tax.


Eight McDowell fire department awarded state grants

Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin recently handed out $8,717,495.18 worth of grants to 644 volunteer fire departments across the state, including eight in McDowell County. The Volunteer Fire Department Fund, administered by the N.C. Office of State Fire Marshal, was created by the General Assembly in 1988 to provide dollar -for-dollar matching grants to assist volunteer fire departments with the purchase of equipment and capital expenditures. The maximum annual award amount is $30,000 per applicant.



Dorchester County: Co-workers remember fellow firefighter killed in truck accident

Firefighters are remembering one of their own who died in an early-morning wreck in Dorchester County on Tuesday. Dorchester County Coroner Chris Nisbet identified the driver as 23-year-old Ross T. Reeves, a member of the Summerville Fire Department and Fire Chief at Cattle Cre ek Volunteer Fire Department. South Carolina Highway Patrol officials said Reeves was driving his F-150 pickup on Wire Road around 12:30 a.m. when he ran off the road and hit an embankment and several trees before flipping.


Benefit ride set for Fair Bluff firefighters injured in Horry County crash

Officials are organizing a benefit ride to assist two Fair Bluff, N.C., firefighters, who were injured in a vehicle crash while they were responding to an Horry County woods fire, according to authorities. The ride is set for 2 p.m. June 24 and will include two stops in Horry County, and prizes from drawings and raffles. The ride will begin at the Fair Bluff Fire and Rescue station in Fair Bluff, N.C., stop at the Horry County Fire Rescue office in the M.L. Brown Building in Conway and then end at Calli Baker's Firehouse Bar and Grill, which is off of S.C. 22 near North Myrtle Beach.


'Enraged' meth lab fire witness claims Goose Creek blaze could have been prevented

Angry and fearing for their safety. Witnesses to a meth lab fire say that's how they're feeling five days after a blaze claimed three lives at Pine Harbour Apartments in Goose Creek. One resident believes the fire may have even been preventable. "A lot of people are enraged," said a witness of the fire wishing to remain an onymous. "They really are. They're not happy and I'm one of them."


State forestry officials show off new wildfire equipment

South Carolina Forestry officials are heading to the Statehouse to show off their newest equipment to fight wildfires. The agency will display two of its new closed-cab fire suppression units Wednesday to Gov. Nikki Haley and other state leaders.


Some sunscreens are highly flammable

Sunscreen is used to protect people from harmful rays but some of the popular products are highly flammable. Firefighters warn users to read their labels because many might not realize sun block and a barbeque grill could be a recipe for disaster. One man in Boston, MA, found out the hard way after he was badly burned after spraying on sunscreen, he walked over to a grill and caught fire.


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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