March 25th 2020

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03/25/2020 -

Person County: Firefighters will limit call responses until virus passes 

The coronavirus pandemic has claimed another victim. Firefighters in Person County will temporarily stop responding to most of the first responder medical calls they normally take as they try to limit their exposure to other people during the coronavirus pandemic. That decision was made last Thursday during a meeting between Emergency Management Director Doug Young, EMS director Greg White, Roxboro fire chief Kenneth Torain and Wayne Wrenn, the president of the Person County Fire Chief's Association, which represents the volunteer fire departments in the county. The decision applies to all the volunteer departments in the county as well as Roxboro's Fire Department, which includes both paid staff and volunteers. Limiting the calls firefighters will respond to means EMS had to shift work schedules for its employees to add additional manpower to each shift. EMS workers will now work 24 hours, followed by 24 hours off.  



Mount Olive Mobile Home Burns 

PHOTOS: Tuesday afternoon, firefighters from Indian Springs, Pricetown, and Mount Olive, along with Wayne County EMS Station 1, were dispatched to a possible working structure fire on the 3800 block on Emmaus Church Road. As firefighters arrived on the scene, they spotted flames coming from the rear of the single story double-wide mobile home. Using several attack lines, firefighters were able to quickly knock down the blaze. The blaze was believed to be suspicious in nature, and fire officials called for assistance from the Fire Marshal's office and the Wayne County Sheriff Office. Firefighters remained on the scene making sure that all of the hot spots were out.  


Old Fort manufacturer shifts to making face shields, masks for first responders 

One of McDowell County's newest and most innovative manufacturers is pivoting its production to make protective equipment that will be used by first responders during the coronavirus pandemic. Last year, Kitsbow, a leading manufacturer of cycling apparel and accessories, moved its operations from the San Francisco bay area to Old Fort and created new jobs here. Using materials from all over the world, Kitsbow makes jerseys, jackets, hoodies, shorts, gloves, socks, ankle and knee warmers, caps and water bottles for cycling enthusiasts. But with the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, Kitsbow has changed its production to make personal protective equipment (PPE) that will be used by first responders. The company is now making both reusable masks and face shields for paramedics and health care workers.  


1 dies, 2 hurt in Greenhorn Road wreck 

The driver of a Chevrolet S-10 pickup died and two people in a Ford F-150 pickup were injured in a head-on collision on the eastern end of Greenhorn Road about four miles north of Ronda about 4:50 p.m. Tuesday. The driver of the Ford was trapped in the wreckage. The wreck occurred just east of the intersection of Cockerham and Greenhorn roads and about three-quarters of a mile west of Greenhorn and Austin-Little Mountain roads. The incident occurred in the Austin Fire District. Responding were Austin Fire and Rescue, Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Shepherds Crossroads Fire Department, Wilkes Rescue Squad, Wilkes Emergency Medical Services and N.C. Highway Patrol. Both pickups were total losses. Traffic was blocked both ways on two-lane Greenhorn Road for over two hours.  


Empty house in Dobson destroyed by fire 

An abandoned house south of Dobson caught fire in the early morning house of Tuesday, destroying the residence. The house was located at 7096 U.S. 601, which is just up the hill from The Depot Restaurant at Cody Creek. John Shelton, director of Surry County Emergency Services, said 911 received a call about the fire at 4:35 a.m. Central Surry Volunteer Fire Department was the primary on the call, said Assistant Fire Chief Robby Cook. Coming to provide assistance were the volunteer departments from CC Camp, Jot-Em-Down and South Surry. Cook said there were about 40 people on the scene with about nine fire trucks, but the house was a total loss. The Dobson Fire Department came in to assist with cleanup, Cook added. The assistant chief said the department reached out to the homeowner, who had recently purchased the property.  




Investigation underway after massive fire breaks out at popular Conway restaurant 

The Conway Fire Department was called to a fire at a popular restaurant in the downtown Conway area. Firefighters responded to the blaze around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday at Joey's Riverwalk Grille on Laurel Street. The restaurant is near the Horry County Government Center. Firefighters arrived to see heavy flames shooting out of the restaurant. No injuries have been reported. Horry County Fire Rescue helped to fight the fire. The fire is now under control and firefighters are investigating what caused the fire.  


Firetruck overturns on Hard Scrabble Road while responding to call 

Four firefighters suffered minor injuries when their firetruck overturned Tuesday afternoon. It happened on Hard Scrabble Road near Lake Carolina Boulevard as the firefighters were responding to a call, the fire chief confirmed. The truck involved was Engine 34. The four firefighters on the truck at the time were all taken to the hospital to be evaluated. They had minor injuries, officials said. The cause of the crash is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol.  


J.R. Haney named Fire Chief of Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire 

The Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire District Board of Directors met Monday, March 23 by teleconference due to the COVID-19 virus. The organization met to receive an update on COVID-19 preparation from the fire department and to announce the new Fire Chief. It was announced that Interim Fire Chief J.R. Haney will take over that role. The Board of Directors said that they met around two weeks ago and over the course of two nights interviewed multiple candidates, one from as far as Turkey. Chief Haney has been with the fire district since 2002 when he started as a part-time paramedic. He was hired as a full-time firefighter/paramedic one year later. He was promoted to Engineer in 2006, EMS Captain in 2010 and has been the Assistant Fire Chief since 2012.  


DHEC to provide locations of confirmed coronavirus cases by zip code, provide first responders with priority testing 

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control will begin providing the locations of confirmed coronavirus cases by zip code and first responders with priority testing. DHEC Director Richard K. Toomey made the announcement of both changes in a letter to the president and executive director of the SC Association of Counties after they sent a letter to Governor McMaster on Tuesday.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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