New Asheboro fire chief takes oath; key presented
The City of Asheboro's newest fire chief took his Oath of Office during the Asheboro City Council meeting on Thursday. Chief Willie Summers was joined by family members as he was formally welcomed by Asheboro Fire Department staff, City Manager John Ogburn and Mayor David Smith. Also in attendance were firefighters from Charlotte, where Summers most recently served as Battalion Chief. "He joins us from the Charlotte Fire Department where he has 32 years of experience," Ogburn said. "Halfway through the interviewing process, we all put our books down and said, ‘We need to hire this man.' He was our number one choice. "He brings a wealth of experience," Ogburn added. Summers holds degrees from Wayne State University, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and Grand Canyon University. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer program.
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Veteran Dallas firefighter reflects on road back from heart attack
Helping others in their time of desperate need has been a tradition for the Withers family of Dallas for decades. Earl Withers was a founding member and chief of the Dallas Volunteer Fire Department. Earl Withers Jr., now chief of the Dallas Rescue Squad, has served with that agency for more than 45 years. And Earl Withers III, 45, has been an EMT, a rescue squad staffer, and, for the past 21 years, a full-time member of the Gastonia Fire Department, where he now holds the rank of captain. "It all goes back to my granddaddy," said Withers, as we talked over steaming cups of black coffee on a quiet morning at Gastonia Station 4 on Armstrong Park Road. "He would help anybody and everybody. He didn't talk about what he did, he just did it." Withers pauses a moment to reflect before continuing. "I guess it's just in my blood to help people," he said, with no trace of hubris. "I would not have wanted to follow any other career path. This is what I was born to do."
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Aiken County recruits graduate state fire academy
The South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation's South Carolina Fire Academy graduated 19 recruits from its eight-week firefighter candidate school in Columbia. The keynote speaker was Chief Brandon Shirley with Keowee Fire District. The firefighters from nine fire departments across the state, two from Patrick Air Force Base (Ascension Island), and one open enrollment, underwent a 320-hour training program of classroom and hands-on firefighting skills development. "This challenging eight-week program requires commitment, passion and dedication," Fire Academy Superintendent Dennis Ray said. "These recruits have successfully worked together as a team, performed extensive hands-on training with live fires, and passed intensive practical skills evaluations and written tests to meet the National Fire Protection Association standards," he said.
Charleston: Firefighters respond to single-vehicle crash involving church van
Crews responded to a crash involving a church van Monday morning on Highway 17. A Twitter post from the Awendaw-McClellanville Fire District states it was a single vehicle crash across from the Sewee Outpost on Highway 17 at Fifteen Mile Landing. Markings on the side of the van indicate it belongs to St. Michael AME Church in Georgetown. No injuries were reported and firefighters say the driver was not found at the scene. The crash closed one southbound lane of the highway early Monday morning while the van was towed away from the scene.
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Tractor trailer collision blocks one lane on I-95 in Colleton County
A collision involving two tractor trailers has closed a northbound lane of I-95 in Colleton County. The crash happened near mile marker 68, according to a Twitter post from Colleton County Fire-Rescue. That's near the exit for Highway 61. Debris was covering one lane, but traffic was moving without delay, firefighters said. No injuries were reported.
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Fort Jackson Fire Department puts on carnival for National Fire Prevention Week
The Fort Jackson Fired Department introduced people to National Fire Prevention week through a carnival. In its fifth year, attendees were treated to games, a rock wall, bounce houses, live music, and firehouse station tours, all of it in an effort to keep not only adults safe but kids as well. "This year's theme is look, listen and learn. It has to do with looking for fire hazards in your home. Listening for the fire alarms so that you know when to evacuate and then learning about fire safety so, put on a carnival every year just to educate the public and get everybody ready for fire prevention week. Teaching the kids is the biggest part of our job is teaching the kids so they can teach their parents," said Fort Jackson Fire Department Assistant Chief Doug Christensen. Organizers say they expected about 500 to one thousand people at the event Saturday. After Saturday's event, Fort Jackson Fire Department officials say they will continue to educate the public during fire prevention week in several ways including carrying out fire drills in larger buildings.
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