Zebulon adds 2 new firetrucks to service
The Zebulon Fire Department has two new firetrucks this week — a $1.7 million investment department leaders said was necessary to maintain safety and cost efficiency. The new trucks are an engine and a ladder truck. The engine is replacing a 22-year-old engine that has outlived its useful life of 20 years, Chief Chris Perry said. The ladder truck is replacing a 32-year-old model, which has also surpassed its useful life, according to Perry. The trucks were bought by the town of Zebulon with some financial assistance from the county. The ladder truck arrived last week, and the engine on Monday. After a period of training with the new trucks, they will go into service later this month. The replacements will reduce money spent on maintenance, will be more reliable and include better safety features than the older models, Perry said.
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Fayetteville firefighters go all out for a 3-year-old super fan
VIDEO: Fayetteville firefighters helped make a dream come true for a special little girl who's their biggest fan. Firefighters rolled out the red carpet for 3-year-old Nezha. The toddler, who was born three and a half months premature, is proving to be a fighter herself through all of her struggles, including 28 different surgeries She spent her first year of life in the NICU and now only weighs 18 pounds. Nezha absolutely loves fire trucks and members of the Fayetteville Fire Department enjoyed being able to make her day with a personalized tour. They even clicked on the lights and sirens on one of the red fire engines just for Nezha. She also got her own cake fire engine to take home.
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Pender County wildfire burning since April is contained, Forest Service says
VIDEO: The NC Forest Service confirmed Thursday a fire burning for weeks in Pender County is fully contained and being monitored. Fire officials have finally completed their work suppressing the last remnants of the Squires Timber Fire and are currently monitoring the area to ensure the fire doesn't flare up again. The eight acre wildfire began on April 29 when a debris fire began burning out of control, according to the NC Forest Service. The fire escalated more recently after the Cape Fear area suffered excruciating hot, dry conditions. "About three acres of the wildfire were in a Carolina bay with heavy organic soils which made for challenging control as the fire burned as much as two feet deep," a post from the NC Forest Service noted.
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Springs Road crash in Hickory claims man; accident under investigation
An elderly man died from his injuries following a Thursday morning car crash on Springs Road NE, according to Hickory Police Sgt. D. Hatley. Police are withholding the name of the deceased until family is notified. He was driving out of BB&T bank when his Chevrolet sedan was struck on its driver side by a Honda Pilot SUV traveling northeast on Springs Road NE near 18th Street Drive NE. The SUV driver's injuries were not severe, Hatley said. Police directed traffic around the scene for several hours. The road was later reopened, Hatley said. Hatley said Hickory Police Department's collision reconstruction unit is still investigating the accident.
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One killed in Georgetown County house fire
One person was killed in a house fire Friday morning in Georgetown County. According to Georgetown County Fire Assistant Chief Tony Hucks, the blaze happened around 12:45 a.m. at 163 Annie Village Road. When firefighters arrived, flames were coming through the roof, according to Hucks. He added it took more than three hours to knock down the fire and conduct a search of the home. Firefighters then located an older man who was deceased, Hucks said. As of 10:30 a.m. Friday, the chief said it is hard to tell where and how the fire started due to the extent of the damage. The South Carolina State Law Enforcement Division is assisting in the investigation as protocol because there was a fatality.
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Burton firefighters to receive new medical training
The Burton Fire District is adding new certifications that will make them different from any other district in northern Beaufort County. A mid-year data analysis shows that over half of the Burton Fire District's emergency responses are medical emergencies. Because of this, the District is implementing a new program that will train all firefighters to become Advanced Emergency Medical Technicians, which will increase what they are able to do to treat people in the field. The firefighters will undergo six months of training in the ER and classroom to gain the new certification this year. "So, we're upgrading 17 of our firefighters to Emergency Medical Technicians, and hopefully, we're going to have five more paramedics staffed in our stations, and what that will allow us to do is when we go on an emergency vehicle call - whether it's an accident or a shooting or just an emergency medical situation - our firefighters will be able to start more advanced skills and treatment in the field, bring in the patient a little bit more relieved, but also stabilize them, and hopefully we'll give them better outcomes in the long run," said Captain Daniel Byrne, Burton Fire District, Fire Marshal.
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Duck Tales: Horry County Fire crews rescue ducklings from storm drain
PHOTOS: Horry County Fire Rescue crews have quite the tale of a rescue to tell, a duck tale that is. Chief Brian Archibald, Capt. Dennis Picard and firefighter/EMT Cesar Leal Diaz were called Thursday to the area of Spice Hill Lane in the Socastee area for seven ducklings that were stuck in a storm drain and separated from their parents. The caller was worried about potential rain in the forecast and causing trouble for the ducklings. Crews were able to get the little ones out of the drain and reunite them with their parents in a nearby retaining pond.
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