Daily Incident Log – May 4th 2020

North Carolina and South Carolina Fire Incidents

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05/04/2020 -

Asheville Fire Fighters Association pushing for a higher minimum wage 

Fire fighters in Asheville are rallying for higher wages. The Asheville Fire Fighters Association says the city has raised minimum wage to 15 dollars an hour for all 13 hundred city employees, except for 77 fire fighters. Scott Mullins, engine company captain for the Asheville Fire Department and president of the association, says new hires at the station make just under 12 dollars an hour. He's now asking the city and mayor to start paying 15 dollars for all workers, including fire fighters. "Just what we do every day, it's a dangerous job and for the city to not show value in our fire fighters is just insulting and extremely disappointing," Mullins said. He says fire fighters work 56 hours a week and believes that is why the city has not raised their minimum wage.  



Fire destroys home in Corolla; two firefighters treated for heat exhaustion 

A fire destroyed a house in Carova Beach on Sunday morning. A family was able to evacuate but their dog is missing and presumed dead in the fire, officials said. The call came in at about 7:25 a.m. in the 1600 block of Sandpiper Road. Crews found a three-story beach house fully engulfed with fire. Fire officials said the remoteness of the location was a challenge with no local water supply, requiring them to use four-wheel-drive trucks and to bring their own water supply. Two firefighters were treated on the scene for heat exhaustion and a couple of scrapes. The house is a total loss. The cause is under investigation. Units responding were the Carova Beach Volunteer Fire Department, the Corolla Fire Department, and the Currituck County Fire Department.  


Body of missing boater recovered on Lake Norman 

Emergency crews located the body of a man in his mid-40s on Lake Norman Sunday, according to Officer Lee with North Carolina Wildlife. The man went missing on Lake Norman Sunday just before 2 p.m. Authorities said the man was tubing and did not have a life vest on when he disappeared from the water. No one else from the boat got into the water, emergency crews said. A fireboat from Station 2 Denver Fire Department, as well as the Huntersville, Cornelius, and Sherrills Ford Fire Departments, responded Sunday afternoon. Lake goers were advised to steer clear of the area as crews searched before the grim discovery. The name of the victim has not yet been released. No other information was immediately provided.  


Wake Forest house fire hospitalizes resident, injures firefighter 

A Wake Forest resident is in the hospital and a firefighter was also injured in a house fire on Reagan Lane. The resident suffered burn injuries after significant flames engulfed 6212 Reagan Lane. Officials transported the resident to UNC hospital in Chapel Hill. The firefighter did not go to the hospital, and officials say he will be fine. The Wake County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause of the fire.  


Charlotte Water Department produces hand sanitizer for city employees on front lines 

The city of Charlotte wants to make sure hundreds of city employees working on the front lines, from first responders to sanitation workers, are safe. But with the increased demand for hand sanitizer, it has been hard to come by. "Like most organizations, we were having a struggle finding hand sanitizer product for our employees," Charlotte Water Director David Czerr said. Luckily for the city of Charlotte, experts in the Charlotte Water Department quickly figured out how to produce hand sanitizer. Czerr said 30 gallons of hand sanitizer have been produced so far, enough to fill 500 bottles. The hand sanitizer has been provided to firefighters, solid waste employees and employees with Charlotte Department of Transportation, he said.  




Former Indian Land Fire Captain Named Lancaster County Fire Marshal 

Former Indian Land Fire Captain Mike Magette has been named the county's new fire marshal after working as deputy fire marshal for more than a year. Magette said the job has been hectic since December, when former Fire Marshal Russell Rogers left for a job on Hilton Head Island. "There's a lot of work that still needs to be done," Magette said. "But I want to try to make the county as safe as possible." One of the projects implemented when Magette first started the job alongside Rogers was routine maintenance inspections of existing buildings. Previously only focusing on new construction, the duo turned their attention to existing businesses around the county, many of which had never had a fire inspection. "That part of the process has halted until we hire a new deputy fire marshal," Magette said.  


Crews in Pickens County respond to waterfall rescue, lost hikers 

State parks and other outdoor amenities reopened this weekend across South Carolina. It turned into a dangerous weekend for some hikers in the S.C. mountains. Around 12:58 p.m. Sunday, Pickens County E-911 center received a call in reference to an injured person, who had fallen from the top of a waterfall. Fire, Rescue and EMS crews were dispatched to Twin Falls, along with the Pickens County Emergency Response Team, to assist with the rescue. Twin Falls is located in Sunset, SC, just off of Waterfalls Road. Crews were encountered with a large amount of visitors in the area, along with a hike to the waterfall from the parking area, and treacherous conditions at the base of the waterfall. The Pickens County Emergency Response Team responded with water rescue, rope rescue and medical equipment to aid in the rescue.  


Horry County Fire Rescue responds to two separate accidents with entrapment and injuries 

Horry County Fire Rescue crews responded to two separate motor vehicle accidents with entrapment and injuries Sunday evening. Social media posts from HCFR on Facebook and Twitter say both calls were dispatched at 6:55 p.m. In one accident, five people were transported to the hospital with injuries, following a two-vehicle accident at Jordanville Road and Pisgah Church Road, according to the posts. In the other accident, one person self-extricated from a single-vehicle rollover accident at 4686 Old Reaves Ferry Road. Crews took that person to the hospital. HCFR says all injuries are believed to be non-life threatening. HCFR asked people to avoid the area as HCFR crews and South Carolina Highway Patrol crews worked on the calls.  


Columbia company donates 6,000 gallons of hand sanitizer to essential workers 

When workers are on the front line, they rarely have the time to step away to wash their hands dozens of times a day. That's why hand sanitizer is crucial to helping them stay safe. But while nurse Carla McKenzie said hospitals have enough soap and other disinfecting solutions, getting hand sanitizer at work or in the stores is hit-or-miss. "It's not enough, we can't find them," McKenzie said. Firefighters, law enforcement officials and first responders echoed what McKenzie was seeing in hospitals. They say they get a lot of donations and sometimes shipments come in, but it goes just as fast as it comes into their buildings. "We're trying our best to make sure we keep hand sanitizer, but you know….It's just kind of hard to find right now," Columbia Fire Chief Aubrey Jenkins said.  


Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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