Vance County's commissioners, fire department personnel to discuss service change proposal
The Vance County Fire Department got another reprieve this week when the County Commissioners agreed to hold a long work session to talk over the merits of a proposed reorganization of the county fire service. Coming at the urging of Commissioner Leo Kelly, the move means it'll be at least a couple of more weeks before county leaders decide what to do with a proposal to break up the department's staff and re-assign its members to two volunteer fire departments. It also came after County Manager Jordan McMillen, Vance County Fire Chief Chris Wright and other staffers of the county Fire Department voiced misgivings about the plan. Disbanding the county department "is going backwards, not moving forward," Wright said, adding that he believes the fire service does need changes but that the strategy proposed by the volunteer-firefighter-dominated county Fire Commission is the wrong approach.
Home engulfed by fire in Gaston County
Units from multiple fire departments around Gaston County were dispatched to a house fire on Tuesday evening after a home caught fire around 8:00 p.m. 24 firefighters battled the blaze off of Carson Dr. for 30 minutes before it could be contained. Fortunately, no one was home at the time of the fire and no injuries have been reported. The Gaston County Fire Marshall's Office initiated an investigation into the fire in order to determine its origins and the damages to the home and declared that the fire had been started accidentally in their preliminary findings.
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After the fire: Helping Charlotte firefighters cope with tragedy
The devastation that can come from a fire often weighs heavy on those first responders who come to put it out. "Every firefighter who has a family can be affected by that. you have a child; you bring out a child. You're a human being who has emotions attached to that," Charlotte Fire Battalion Chief Andrew Starnes said. The first week of the year alone was tragic, with a fire on Academy St. claiming the life of a mother and her two children. "You're doing the best you can in the middle of the situation you didn't cause. You can't own that tragedy because if you do it will eat you up from the inside out." Chief Starnes says he learned that the hard way. "Back in 2010, my wife politely informed me that I was not handling things the right way." He got the help and counseling he needed, then he decided to help his brothers and sisters facing the same struggles in the Charlotte Fire Department. "So you're looking at peer support - individual to individual - we are similar rank or role. I'm not a counselor. We're trained in active listening skills and trained by two outside third party organizations that give them credibility."
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City of Salisbury & Salisbury Fire Department donate fire engine to Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
From Rowan-Cabarrus Community College: Even in the 21st century, fire safety and protection is still a critical component of keeping the public safe. Training these first responders is a critical part of the Rowan-Cabarrus Community College mission and the City of Salisbury just made that easier. Salisbury Fire Department recently donated a fire truck to the College for use in its fire training programs. "The donation of this fire truck is significant. It'll put us in a much better place, enhancing our program dramatically," said Roger McDaniel, director of fire & emergency services for Rowan-Cabarrus. Division manager David Morris presented the donation on behalf of Salisbury Fire Chief Bob Parnell at a recent Board of Trustees meeting. "This is a small token of our appreciation for all of the support Rowan-Cabarrus Community College has provided us over the years," said Morris.
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Burton Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Maichel praised for helping save a life at Disney World
Burton Fire Battalion Chief Matthew Maichel, a 20 year veteran of the Burton Fire District, was on vacation last week at Disney World with his family. As he stood at the gates waiting for them to open, he heard a woman screaming for help. Maichel found a man unresponsive and in cardiac arrest with bystanders starting CPR. He assisted with CPR until Disney World's EMS crews arrived. Maichel said the man periodically regained a pulse and a low level of consciousness before going pulseless again. However, he had a steady pulse again before EMS crews transported the man. Maichel said the experience is a great reminder of the importance of learning CPR and availability of Automated External Defibrillators. "Performing adequate CPR is exhausting, but there were many bystanders on scene who were properly trained, and that allowed us to apply continuous compressions to his heart to keep his body perfused.
Early morning fire destroys home in Anderson
Wednesday, firefighters with the Anderson Fire Department responded to the scene of a structure fire. The fire happened at a home located at 1409 Evergreen Street. Right now we're told there aren't any injuries and according to dispatch the scene is still active. We'll update with more information as it becomes available.
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Woman dies in house fire
A 51-year-old woman died during a house fire Sunday night, according to Horry County Coroner Robert Edge. Edge identified the woman as Linda A. Butler from Conway and said she died from the injuries sustained in the house fire. Kelly Moore with Horry County says firefighters began battling the blaze at 3:51 p.m. at Basswood Court in Conway. "By knocking the fire down and searching they did find one victim," said Horry County Fire Chief Joey Tanner. "We want people to make sure they understand to be safe in their homes. Know the ins and outs of your home and have your smoke detectors working. Plus in the cold weather don't be heating in properly and to be careful in their own home." Edge added he does not believe foul play was involved.