Improved New Hanover County fire response ratings helps homeowners save
New Hanover County homeowners may save as much as $1,000 a year on insurance premiums beginning this summer, a windfall that is largely the result of a controversial move to consolidate the area's volunteer fire departments under one agency, county fire officials said. The savings, rolling down the pipeline for some time, have been billed as a potential boon to homeowners grappling with economic hardship and come as county firefighters explore ways of improving emergency response to not only fires but medical emergencies as well.
(WILMINGTON MORNING STAR)
Follow-up: Charlotte firefighters prone to dehydration, exhaustion during summer months
Two Charlotte firefighters were rushed to the hospital Tuesday morning while putting out a fire in South Charlotte. It happened at an abandoned home off South Boulevard. The veteran firefighters are OK but suffered from dehydration. With temperatures in the 90s expected for the rest of the week, the department is taking extra precautions to help keep everyone safe.
(NEWS 14 CAROLINA - SANDHILLS)
Red Oak Rural Community Volunteer Firefighter Recovering From Successful Liver Transplant
Ray Brooks of Greenville has been fighting fires for the Red Oak Rural Community Fire Department for a dozen years, but he's been fighting a serious illness for his entire life. Brooks contracted Hepatitis C when he was a baby but did not discover it until he was an adult while donating blood. He had his first liver transplant in 2006. Unfortunately, it wasn't enough. Medications Brooks has taken to fight the virus have not been successful, even with the liver transplant six years ago.
(WITN-TV NBC 7 GREENVILLE)
Follow-up: Smoke persists as crews contain Croatan wildfire
Firefighters have built a containment line around a wildfire in a North Carolina national forest that has burned nearly 21,250 acres. U.S. Forest Service spokesman Donald Simon said Tuesday the line should stop the fire in the Croatan National Forest from spreading. He says officials hope firefighters can knock back the flames and have the fire under control soon.
(KINSTON FREE PRESS)
Related: Croatan National Forest wildfire grows to 21,000 acres
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Car slams through house, trapping Anderson County neighbor
Two people were sent to the hospital late Tuesday night after a woman slammed her car into her Anderson County neighbor's house, investigators said. According to troopers, the driver backed out of the driveway across the street and went through a yard and into the home on Rolling Green Road off of Old Williamston Road.
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Charleston firefighters quickly put out flames on steps of home
Investigators are trying to figure out what started a house fire in downtown Charleston early Wednesday morning. Charleston firefighters quickly put out the flames at the home at 37 America Street. It happened around 1:30 a.m. Investigators tell us it was on the steps leading up to the second story, near the door.
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House overrides Haley veto of fire equipment
Gov. Nikki Haley has vetoed a bill providing new, safer equipment to fight wildfires for South Carolina's forestry agency through insurance premium taxes. But the House voted 108-2 Tuesday to override her veto. The bill provides an estimated $15 million over four years by designating about 2 percent of insurance premium taxes to the Forestry Commission for equipment.
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