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Friday, October 31, 2014
New Bern Aldermen order Bettis’ name removed from fire engine    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The New Bern Board of Aldermen voted Tuesday night to remove the name of former Mayor Lee Bettis from the city’s newest fire truck because of recent legal problems that landed him in jail. Alderman Jeffrey Odham made the motion to remove Bettis’ name from the city’s new 2014 Sutphen Quint aerial ladder fire truck. It was seconded by Alderman Pat Schaible and passed 6-1. Alderman Bernard White voted against the motion. Bettis’ name was removed from the fire engine on Wednesday. Odham said in his day job, his company has vehicles with the “How am I driving?” stickers on them and if there is ever a complaint the driver would be called in to discuss it. “Every time I have one of those conversations it is important that I relay to that driver that they are driving a billboard for our organization,” Odham said. “It is a representation of the company I work for.” Odham said in municipalities, he thought there was nothing more visual or representative of a city than a fire truck. “I don’t think there is any need to go into any great detail — anyone who has been watching the news lately knows about the unfortunate events of our past mayor,” Odham said. “…When I think about this vehicle attending great community functions and, most importantly, schools, I don’t think it is appropriate, considering the circumstances, that (the fire truck) bear the name of the former mayor.”
New Bern Sun Journal

Major Triad construction projects causing deadly hazards in Winston-Salem    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Five major ongoing construction projects throughout the Triad continue to cause traffic delays and deadly hazards for drivers. Thursday's deadly accident on U.S. 52 near Rural Hall was another grim testament to the dangers of work zones. Rural Hall asst. fire chief said on the scene Thursday, "Obviously, with so much construction going on in North Carolina, and especially in our area, Winston-Salem, Forsyth County – folks are just not paying attention to the signs. They're just ignoring them, and the reason they're doing that is because they're running 70 miles per hour. They're going past them faster than they can read them, so they just need to slow down. Speed kills and obviously, that's what's happened here." The exact cause of the crash is still under investigation. Three people died and seven people were hurt in the accident, which involved a tractor trailer and five cars. U.S. 52 is the site of two of five Triad construction projects that the NC DOT characterizes as "high profile." One is the U.S. 52 bridge replacement in Forsyth County. DOT has said after five months of construction, crews are taking the "final steps" to open the new U.S. 52 South bridge over Liberty Street in Winston-Salem. DOT said most of the bridge work is complete. But, continued re-paving efforts are causing more lane closures. According to the DOT's website, it plans to have traffic flowing on all lanes of U.S. 52 before Thanksgiving Day.
WFMY-TV CBS 2 Greensboro

Clemmons business damaged by fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Clemmons business was damaged by a fire on Thursday afternoon. Unique Refinishing, located at 6350 Cephis Drive, caught fire around 3:30 p.m. Thursday. One firefighter suffered muscle spasms while he was pulling hoses. He is resting at home. The owner of the business suffered minor burns from the flash fire. The fire was started when static electricity ignited flammable vapors in a paint shop. The damage to the business is estimated at $40,000.

Tractor trailer, vehicle collide at N.C. 152, Faith Road in Rowan County    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Fire officials had to cut off the passenger’s side door in order to remove the driver of a Nissan 350-Z that became lodged underneath an Averitt tractor-trailer this morning. The driver’s name was not immediately available, but he was taken to the hospital by Rowan County EMS. Officials said the vehicles collided around 8:44 a.m. at the intersection of N.C. 152 and Faith Road. It appeared the car and the truck came through the intersection at the same time, the Nissan ran under the trailer, and the truck dragged the car about 75 yards before coming to a stop. Skidmarks could be seen stretching from the intersection to just where the truck stopped. The driver’s side of the car was pressed against the axle and the rear tires of the truck. Firefighters had to remove the driver from the other side. Bystanders say the driver did not appear to have serious injuries and was seen walking around. The driver of the tractor-trailer was still at the crash site, but declined to comment. N.C. Highway Patrol troopers were on the scene, but were not immediately able to provide specific details of the crash. Rockwell Rural Fire Chief Alan Shinn said the driver was not actually pinned in the car, but just could not get out via the driver’s side door. He said traffic was detoured at Holshouser Road and Vera Drive until tow trucks were able to lift the trailer and slide the car from under it. One tow truck picked up the back end of the trailer while another pulled the car from the wreckage onto a flatbed tow truck.
Salisbury Post

Thursday, October 30, 2014
Wilmington Fire Chief sounds off on consolidation project   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Two separate meetings were held to discuss fire department consolidation Wednesday night. The meetings stem from a recent study that looks at combining the Wilmington Fire Department and New Hanover County Fire Rescue. "I want my Wilmington Fire Department to remain what it is," said Cathy Shipton, a Wilmington resident that spoke out at a meeting. "At this point, the word ‘fire authority' is scary," said Owen Wexler, another concerned resident. The concept of a combined "fire authority" did not seem to be popular with the public. "I don't want my city fire department gobbled up or sunk in with some other department," said Shipton citing legal reasons and potential tax conflicts. Kent Greene, Senior Vice President with Emergency Services Consulting International, was in charge of the consolidation study. "They have continued to improve their relationships and work harder together, and we believe it would be the next logical step," Greene said. Greene said a merged department could provide for improved service and more consistent response times from firefighters, however, he said one of the downsides of a merger would be that paying for the new combined city-county department might be difficult. New Hanover County Fire Chief Donnie Hall spoke for both his department and the Wilmington Fire Department in an interview after the meeting.
WSFX-TV Fox Wilmington

Firefighters rescue man from burning home in Greensboro   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A man was pulled to safety by firefighters through a window of a burning home in Greensboro early Thursday. Firefighters responded to the fire at 1406 Tillery Drive around 7:19 a.m. The man suffered minor cuts/burns and smoke inhalation, but is expected to be OK. Officials say the man lived in the home with his wife and a dog. His wife had already left for work. The dog was killed in the blaze. The fire alarm company alerted firefighters then alerted the man’s wife who went straight home from work. “I always said the Lord won’t put more on you than you can bear,” said Betty Mcneill, whose husband was rescued. “So I was glad that my husband got out safe, although my dog died; but we can get another dog, we can’t get another life.” The fire reportedly started in the rear of the home, but the cause is unknown. It does not appear to be suspicious.

Flames burn through Davidson house under construction   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters in Davidson were busy for hours early Thursday morning as they battled raging flames that destroyed a 10,000-square-foot home that was under construction. Fire crews responded to the home on June Washam Road around 2:30 a.m. and found it fully engulfed in fire. According to the assistant fire marshal, nobody was living in the house because it was still under construction. Channel 9 spoke with the home's builders who said the house was two weeks away from being moved into. They also said there was no gas in the house but that it was fully wired. No other homes were evacuated and firefighters said because the home was in a new development that reaching hydrants was not an issue. "It never threatened any of the other structures. The house was a total loss by the time we arrived," said Davidson Deputy Fire Chief Bo Fitzgerald. It took firefighters from several different departments nearly two hours to get the fire under control.
WSOC-TV ABC 9 Charlotte

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