Daily Incident Log – 06/26/2020

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06/26/2020 -

Forsyth County fire departments face critical volunteer shortages 

Two Forsyth County fire departments have been identified as "at-risk" when it comes to recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. Fire chiefs in Lewisville and Rural Hall hope a grant program will help attract new recruits. "We knew we were looking for a large diverse group of people, one of the questions we had was how do we target those people? How do we identify those people?" Lewisville Fire Chief Darin Needham said. The North Carolina Association of Fire Chiefs, funded by Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), will help provide targeted research in 12 communities across the state, and workshops to boost involvement. "We're truly neighbors helping neighbors, and without those volunteers, we would cease to function, there would be nobody to respond," Needham said.  



Rally for first responders planned in Lexington 

A local firefighter has organized a rally in Lexington on Saturday to show support for police and other first responders. Mitch Garmer is a full-time firefighter for the City of Winston-Salem and a volunteer fireman for the Churchland Volunteer Fire Department. He said he wanted to organize a public demonstration to show police, firefighters, EMTs and other first responders that they are appreciated for the work they do on a daily basis and to recognize the challenges they have faced recently. "This is to support law enforcement and all first responders," Garmer said. "It all really started with social media. I was sitting around and a bunch of police officers and first responders were posting videos and comments on how hard it is to be in law enforcement right now, and all the struggles they are going through."  


Charleston Police investigate vandalism at Charleston 9 firefighter memorial 

The Charleston Police and Fire Departments will hold a news conference Friday afternoon about vandalism discovered early Friday morning at the memorial site for nine city of Charleston firefighters killed in a 2007 furniture store fire. That news conference is scheduled to begin at 12:30 p.m. Fire Chief Dan Curia and members of the Charleston Police Department will be present, according to the fire department. A police officer stopped at the Charleston 9 Memorial park, located at 1807 Savannah Highway at approximately 1:40 a.m. when he noticed debris in the median. The officer found an American flag draped over a cross along with several smaller flags scattered around, an incident report states. The officer then noticed the nine PVC pipe memorial crosses at the park had been ripped out of the ground and broken.  


Two expensive ,lifesaving AEDs stolen in Bluffton 

Two expensive, lifesaving pieces of Bluffton Fire equipment were recently stolen. Broken glass and two missing AEDs. Unfortunately, that's the scene at both M.C. Riley Park and the Bluffton Skate Park. Those AEDs come with a price tag of about $1,300 each. "You can see where, if we had to replace a lot of these, the fire district, you know, it's not something that we have funds sitting around all the time that we can go out and replace these," says Capt. Randy Hunter of the Bluffton Township Fire District. More importantly, these AED's are lifesaving machines meant to help in emergency situations. "Every second counts, especially when you're talking about a cardiac arrest. If you can get in there, the AED, you know, especially the public accessible AEDs, they are designed for someone who has no training at all," says Hunter.  


Firefighters douse blaze at Anderson County scrap yard 

Anderson County firefighters spent part of their afternoon battling a fire at a scrap yard on Gossett Street Thursday afternoon. Viewers shared photos of huge plumes of smoke in the area. Dispatchers said no injuries had been reported. Capt. Bruce Reeves with AFD says they responded around 3:50 p.m. to the scrap yard, spending four hours at the CMC Recycling facility. The fire was contained to one area. Fires are not uncommon at the metal recycling facility. "Fires this size, it's few and far in between. We do have some smaller fires occasionally; they do have things on site here because it's happened in the past. They do have a water truck here, they do keep things wet down enough to where they can kind of keep it under control. This time with the wind it was on and the severity of the fire, they notified us pretty fast." Reeves told us.  


Crash in Oconee County sends driver, 8-year-old passenger to hospital in helicopter 

South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating a collision that unfolded in Oconee County Thursday evening. According to SCHP, the collision happened around 9:50 p.m. along SC-11, near Ridgecrest Road. Troopers with the South Carolina Highway patrol tell us the crash involved two vehicles. Highway patrol says a 1993 Ford Pickup was carrying a man and 8-year-old child when it was struck in the rear by a 2002 Chevy pickup, knocking it off the road, causing it to flip. Highway patrol says the driver of the Chevy was not on scene when help arrived, having already fled on foot, leaving the vehicle behind. Troopers say both the adult and 8-year-old child were transported to Greenville Memorial by helicopter. We're told they were suffering from non-life threatening injuries. Seneca FD responded to the scene with Westminster Fire as well.  



Courtesy of Daily Dispatch.
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