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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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