North Carolina News

Friday, August 18, 2017

Follow-up: New Charlotte Fire Department chief wants to improve morale

Charlotte has a new interim Fire Chief tonight. Chief Pete Key says he is a people person and will work to unite the department that has been plagued by complaints of low morale. Key will take over the department in a couple of works when the current Chief Jon Hannan retires. Hannan was nearly forced out after he was disciplined for leaking a department document to a news reporter. Hannan's tenure also included the successful lawsuit filed by former department employee Crystal Eschert.
WCNC-TV NBC 6 Charlotte

Winterville volunteer fire station receives grant to compensate volunteers

In Winterville volunteer firefighters will soon be getting paid for their services. The rural fire station is receiving the SAFER grant from FEMA for a $133,000. Treasurer and volunteer firefighter Todd Ausbon said they applied for the grant earlier this year. Now that they have accepted it, he hopes it will serve as an incentive for people to join. “We are going to pay them 12 dollars like I said per fire call. It’s also going to pay them 8 dollars per hour of training they attend to help better themselves and know what to do an dhow to respond to emergencies,” said Ausbon.
WNCT-TV Channel 9

Beulaville and Sarecta Volunteer Fire Departments lower ISO ratings

Duplin County residents could see their insurance premiums go down as much as 30%. Thanks to new fire ISO ratings at two volunteer fire departments. Both Beulaville and Sarecta Volunteer Fire Departments just received new ISO ratings. For the Beulaville department, the rating is now a 5/9E in the East Duplin Fire District and a 3 in the town limits. The new rating was the result of years of training and collaboration with other local departments.
WNCT-TV Channel 9

Kannapolis Fire Receives Sports Injury Training

This week Kannapolis Firefighters received specialized training for how to respond and treat sports injury emergencies. Jim Bazluki, MAEd, LAT, ATC, a member of the North Carolina Athletic Trainers Hall of Fame, and who is on staff with Carolinas Healthcare System – Northeast conducted the three day training for Kannapolis Firefighters and Cabarrus EMS personnel. The Kannapolis Fire Department is onsite at Northwest Cabarrus High School and A.L. Brown High School football games.
Kannapolis, North Carolina

Dog saved, cat dies in Southern Pines house fire

A dog was saved and a cat died in a house fire in Southern Pines Thursday. Emergency responders were dispatched at 3:13 p.m. to a structure fire in the 300 block of Manely Avenue off of May Street. According to Southern Pines Fire Chief Mike Cameron, firefighters found a cat in the house that was unresponsive. Responders were not able to resuscitate the cat. A dog was also located inside of the residence. After coming out into the fresh air and receiving minor medical attention, the dog appeared to be doing well.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Many hope interim fire chief will bring unity to Charlotte department

Charlotte City Manager Marcus Jones chose someone many feel can unite the fire department which has been engulfed in controversy for years. Deputy Chief Pete Key Key joined the Charlotte Fire Department as a firefighter in 1977 and now 40 years later, he’s in charge of its more than 1,200 employees and protecting more than 840,000 citizens. The selection signals a restart for the fire department, which has been dealing with a series of controversies.

Burke County Fire Marshal investigates house fire

The Burke County Fire Marshal’s office is conducting an investigation after a house fire was reported on Poteat Drive on Wednesday. No one was inside the house when it caught fire around 6:30 a.m., but the structure was home to a lot of scattered items. “You name it, it was in there,” Fire Marshal Mike Willis said. But neighbors said multiple people have been inside the house since it was abandoned. Some of those people include workers hired to clean the building for the bank that owns it.
Morganton News Herald

Haywood Community College unveils new public training building

A brand new Public Services Training Facility was unveiled Monday at Haywood Community College. The $5 million facility will host required certification and training courses for firefighters, rescue workers, law enforcement, SWAT teams, emergency medical technicians and prison guards, with sets and props for acting out simulated scenarios. Construction of the building was funded through a combination of a quarter cent sales tax and loan funds.
Smoky Mountain News

Case Farms tanker overturns, spills chicken waste in Hickory

A Case Farms tanker truck overturned at the intersection of Main Avenue NE and Eighth Avenue NE on Tuesday afternoon in Hickory and caused Hickory Fire Department, Hickory Police Department and Catawba Emergency Services to respond to the scene. The driver was attempting to offload the trailer and disconnect it but accidentally caused the trailer to overturn, HFD Fire Education Coordinator Terri Byers said. The overturned truck spilled chicken byproduct or waste, according to HFD officials.
Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune

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