Sept 9th 2019

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09/09/2019 -

Fire department in Wilson adds special operations team

Seven out of 101 Wilson Fire/Rescue Services personnel recently were selected for the new special operations team that will take point on serious rescue operations in the future. "When there is a trench rescue, whoever is dispatched will arrive on scene and assess what resources are needed," said Deputy Chief Michael Sumner. "Once it is determined it is a full-blown rescue operation, the special operations team will be called, and the off-duty members will be activated. The team will manage the situation, which will allow us to put the engine company back in service." All firefighters already receive training in various rescue operations, but the special ops team's goal is for members to receive advanced training and become the go-to experts in operations involving trench or high-angle rescues, vehicle extrication and acts of violence.  



Gastonia firefighters return from Dorian relief efforts

A group of Gastonia firefighters has returned home after providing assistance in communities affected by Hurricane Dorian. Gastonia Fire Dept. Capt. Brandon Workman, engineer Lucas Rollins, and firefighters Shane Stephens and Lee Huffman departed to the eastern North Carolina coast on Sunday, Sept. 4 as part of the state hurricane response. They provided assistance for two days at local fire departments in Carteret County; the Newport Fire Department in Newport and the Otway Volunteer Fire Department in Beaufort. Most of the firefighters at these departments were volunteers or part-time firefighters who worked full time in the bigger cities. "A lot of those guys were paid firemen in the bigger cities and they had to go back to those big cities to man those stations," Workman said. "So they didn't have anybody left to really run calls, so we filled in there and handled the calls for those two different smaller departments."  


Fire from cooking damages apartment building in Durham

A fire started by a resident cooking food resulted in some damage to the first and second floors of an apartment building in Durham on Saturday. In a press release from the City of Durham Fire Department, Acting Division Chief Leon Thomas said they got a call at 5:10 p.m. to a structure fire in the 100 block of East Cornwallis Road. Firefighters arrived and found a two-story apartment building with smoke visible from the front door. The fire was under control quickly, but there was damage to the kitchen cabinets and smoke damage on the two floors. No residents of firefighters were injured. Two adult dogs and three puppies were removed from the home. The puppies were given breathing assistance. All the dogs survived and were returned to their owner. The American Red Cross was assisting those in need.  


Dorian's Floodwaters Trapped Hundreds In The Outer Banks Until Boat Rescuers Arrived

Theresa Ray lives in a small house on 4-foot stilts in the low-lying marshlands of Ocracoke Island, what many consider the gem of North Carolina's Outer Banks. On Friday, as she was making ramen noodles in her kitchen, Ray heard what sounded like a fleet of trucks barreling straight toward her. "I'm looking out my window and you just see this 3-foot wall of water, and it's only 3 feet, but it still like keeps rushing in more and more," she said. "It keeps coming." It was Hurricane Dorian making landfall in the Outer Banks, bringing galloping winds that pushed water surging through Ocracoke Island. "I got my dog and some jugs of water and some Pop-Tarts and we headed upstairs," she said. Ray and hundreds of other islanders were stuck in their attics as several feet of water continually rose.  

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Morganton: Local gym, firefighters to honor Sept. 11 with memorial stair climb

On the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, a local gym and area firefighters will play a fitting tribute to the 412 emergency workers — including 343 firefighters — who were among 2,977 total people killed that day. All day on Wednesday, Morganton's Workout Anytime will host its third annual 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb in remembrance and honor of all the first responders who climbed the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001. Local firefighters from six area departments will suit up and climb 110 flights of stairs on the gym's Stairmaster machines. The public, including both members and non-members of the gym, is invited to stop by and climb, as well, using weighted vests and uniforms.  




Fire in the hurricane: Suddenly, a son loses his parents in Mount Pleasant

It was about 4 a.m. Thursday and the wind howled through the trees in the leafy Sweetgrass neighborhood in Mount Pleasant. The rain pelted the windows on the northeast side of the two-story house on Horseshoe Bend. Hurricane Dorian was intensifying. Linda Caston, 74, was upstairs in bed. She had been coping with health issues and her husband, 81-year-old Donnie Caston, was taking care of her. Possibly he was downstairs in a chair when, at 4:15 a.m., an explosion cracked open the rear of the house and set it afire. Thick black smoke quickly filled the space and billowed upstairs. Donnie Caston, an athletic man who loved the outdoors, couldn't get to the telephone, so he dashed out the front door and across the street to ask his neighbor to call 911. Then he ran right back into the burning house.  


Officials: One rescued from Anderson house fire that likely began in kitchen

Anderson firefighters battled a blaze that unfolded late Friday night, keeping crews on scene into the early hours of Saturday morning. Dispatch confirmed to FOX Carolina the fire was reported just before 11 p.m. at a home on Tribble Street. Both Anderson city police and firefighters responded to the scene. Officials say police were the first to arrive, and say they heard someone yelling in distress from the back of the structure. Firefighters, who arrived shortly after police, went into "rescue mode" and got crews inside to look for any other potential victims. At the back of the home, firefighters found one person trying to get out of a window. With assistance from firefighters, they were able to get the resident out. He was treated and transported by MedShore, who was on scene assisting.  


Remembering 911: Greenville firefighters, police and citizens climb 110 stories

A total of 150 climbers, more than a thousand steps, one mission. The Greenville City 9/11 memorial stair climb is organized through the national fallen firefighters foundation. Advertisement It's the third year firefighters climbed with their gear up Greenville's landmark building five times - the equivalent of the 110 stories of the world trade center. "We encourage (firefighters) to wear full turn-out gear, air packs," said Thomas Tardo, a firefighter with Greenville City, "And whenever you climb it, you kind of look up and realize, you know, you're tired, just look down at your ID badge, your memorial badge and realize why you're doing it. And that kind of gives you that extra push." The climb is a way to remember the police, fire and EMS workers who lost their lives working to save others after the 2001 terror attack in New York City.  


Horry County: Fire at former Freestyle Park still under investigation

Horry County Fire Rescue continues to investigate a fire at the former Hard Rock Park early Friday morning, agency spokesman Tony Casey said. HCFR responded to 211 George Bishop Parkway around 5:20 a.m. for the commercial structure fire at the property. Crews had the blaze under control within about 30 minutes. Casey said the fire was in a former ticket booth area near where one of the entrances to the park used to be. As of Friday afternoon, there was no indication the fire was suspicious. No injuries were reported. Emergency personnel responded June 30 to a fire at the site that authorities investigated as arson. The blaze was a debris fire that crews were able to put out quickly. An HCFR investigator said a preliminary investigation indicated two fires had been set "that were not of an accidental ignition," according to a police report.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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