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Friday, August 22, 2014
Fayetteville house fire sends one to hospital    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A fire this morning at a home in the Hollywood Heights subdivision sent one woman to the hospital, fire officials said. Firefighters were sent to a home on the 900 block of Wayside Road around 8:16 a.m. When they arrived, smoke was showing from the home and two people were inside, Assistant Fire Chief Richard Bradshaw said in a release. A 79-year-old woman and a 48-year-old man were removed from the home. The woman was treated for smoke inhalation at the scene and taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center, the release said. The man was checked out and appeared to be OK, Bradshaw said. The fire, which was contained to the kitchen area, was out but the structure was full of smoke. The cause of the fire is under investigation. No damage estimates were immediately available.
Fayetteville Observer

Pinehurst Fire Department earns Life Safety Achievement Award    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Pinehurst Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2013 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals Fire Research and Education Foundation (NASFM Foundation) in partnership with Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company. The award was announced by Butch Browning, president of the NASFM Foundation. "The heroic efforts of our local fire service aren't limited to rushing into burning buildings to save families. They also present educational information to local schools and other community groups to make sure people know how to respond to fires and how to prevent them in the first place," said Alan Clark, assistant vice president of Special Investigations for Grinnell Mutual. "The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year." Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. [Fire Department] is one of 143 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2013 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year.
Southern Pines Pilot

Honoring heroes at Roanoke Rapids Fire Department    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Ten Roanoke Rapids firefighters were recognized at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Members retiring after 30 years of service were honored in a ceremony by Fire Chief Stacy Coggins. Battalion Chief Billy Allen and Firefighter Donny Gums were given their helmets and badges, and presented with plaques thanking them for their service. Promotions went to Caylin Burrell, from firefighter to engineer; Tim Gray, engineer to lieutenant; and Kevin Hawkins, lieutenant to battalion chief. Aaron Pike was newly hired and immediately promoted from firefighter to engineer, Coggins said. New hires are Darrell Miles, Jared Lynch, Ramah Long and Matt Dubé.
Roanoke Rapids Herald

Rutherford County: Preparing for a worst-case scenario    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Across the nation in big cities and small towns alike, residents have witnessed tragedy unfold on many school campuses. In order to continue making emergency planning exercises a key part of law enforcement efforts to enhance campus safety, the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office coordinated an emergency training exercise at East Rutherford High School Wednesday morning. Planning for the exercise began several months ago and involved local and surrounding law enforcement, emergency response agencies and emergency management personnel. Nearly 160 officers, firefighters and emergency services staff members participated in Wednesday's drill...From law enforcement to firefighters to EMS personnel, response agencies learn valuable lessons during an emergency training exercise. "This training gives us needed practice with fire and EMS professionals in an effort to do our jobs together. We all do our jobs well individually but we need to know how to work with each other and rely on each other when we have an emergency," Francis said. "We can learn from any hiccups or hindrances that happen to us and learn from those going into the future. We hope that we never have to face one of these emergencies but we certainly need to train to be prepared." "This training has shown us the realization that we need more practice working with different agencies to better respond to an emergency like this," added Spindale Fire Chief Jamie Guillermo.
Digital Courier (Forest City)

Thursday, August 21, 2014
High Point: Man shocked to death while renovating building   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A 50-year-old man who was a member of a building renovation crew was electrocuted on Wednesday. Firefighters arrived to 210 Gatewood Ave. about 3:20 p.m. and found the man unconscious at the back of a crawlspace under the building, officials said. Rescue personnel worked to pull the man from the tangles of pipes and electric wire. It took about 25 minutes to free the unconscious man, whom police confirmed later died from the shock. The man was part of a work crew doing renovations to the building, said High Point Fire Department Deputy Chief Tim Wright at the scene. Another worker, the deceased’s son-in-law, was with him beneath the crawlspace when he was electrocuted. His son-in-law tried to move him but got shocked in the process. He went inside and turned off power to the building and called 911, police said. “They’d been contracted to move pipes from under the business,” said High Point police Lt. Vincent Harris. “He hit a light bulb under there and got electrocuted. He was sweating, and it was damp under there.”
WXII-TV NBC 12 Piedmont

Blaze destroys mobile home near Vanceboro   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Vanceboro woman lost her home when it was destroyed by fire late Wednesday morning. The mobile home, located at 165 Spring Meadows Road, was gutted by the 11:30 a.m. fire. The singlewide home was owned by Frank Belfance, but was occupied by his daughter Leslie Belfance and her two dogs. She was not home during the fire, and the dogs were not injured. Members of the rural community took action to help when the fire began. Crystal Carter, a neighbor, said: “I was feeding my dogs and ... a lady hollered at me that the trailer was on fire.” She went into the backyard of the burning mobile home to get a dog that was in the back yard. Two other neighbors, Derek Hayden and Cornelius Lewis, were riding a bicycle and a moped in the area when they heard someone shout that the trailer was on fire. Hayden said the two kicked in the front door and shouted to make sure no one was home. “By the time we got to there, the glass on the screen door was all black” from the heat, Hayden said. Lewis added that he saw fire in the living room.
New Bern Sun Journal

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