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Monday, September 29, 2014
Iredell County: Firefighters honored for deep dedication    view comments tweat me share on facebook
In her 30-year career as a volunteer firefighter, Sandra Redmond racked up an impressive list of accomplishments – including obtaining EMT-Intermediate certification, answering 90 percent of fire calls and 98 percent of medical responder calls. Redmond’s dedication to her community also won her another accomplishment Saturday night – the A.Y. Neel Firefighter of the Year Award from the Iredell County Firefighters Association. Redmond is the first woman to win the award in the more than 20 years it has been handed out. The award is named in honor of one of the founding members of Lake Norman Fire Department and a representative of Piedmont Mutual Insurance, which sponsors the award. Mendaloff and Associates law firm also sponsors the award. Frances Murdock is the sponsor for an award given to the spouse of the firefighter of the year, and it was presented to David Redmond. Association Secretary Andy Webster said his career as a firefighter started the same year as Redmond’s - 1984, and he was impressed with her long list of accomplishments. He said, when looking at Redmond’s nomination letter, he was in awe. “All I could say is wow,” he said.
Statesville Record and Landmark

Chemical fire contained at Forest City zinc facility    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A subcontractor for Horsehead Corporation’s zinc facility experienced a chemical fire Friday morning. According to Forest City Fire, Chief Mark McCurry, the facility had an aerator left on overnight and, when the air continued to mix with byproduct, it sparked a fire at the ThirtyOx facility off Meadowbrook Road. Plant staff used sand to put out the fire under the containment unit holding the byproduct. Mike Baird, project manager for ThirtyOx, said the facility mills zinc skimmings and separates them. The oxides are taken to the Horsehead Corporation facility near Mooresboro. “It’s very humid here and we have to clean this (containment unit) out frequently,” Baird said. “With the moisture being mixed all night, that could have been the cause.” He said Horsehead Corporation and ThirtyOx will conduct a joint investigation to determine the cause of the fire. McCurry said fire crews arrived on scene at 7:50 Friday morning to assist ThirtyOx staff with covering the byproduct with sand to extinguish the fire. “We just needed to get the product out of the hopper, clean it up and get it out of here,” McCurry said. There are eight employees working for ThirtyOx at the Meadowbrook facility. “We had it (the fire) under control, but we called Forest City (Fire) to let them know what was going on,” Baird said. He said the plant operations will be halted until an investigation and cleanup of the byproduct is complete.
Digital Courier (Forest City)

Harrisburg fire district improves state rating    view comments tweat me share on facebook
North Carolina Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Wayne Goodwin has announced that the Harrisburg Fire District completed its routine inspection and received a 4 rating, effective Monday, Dec. 1. “This rating has a direct impact on fire insurance premiums for homeowners and commercial properties in Harrisburg. Some areas could see as much as a 50 percent reduction in premiums, depending on current classification,” said Harrisburg Fire Chief Bryan Dunn. “This was a team effort, not only within the fire department but with other town and county departments that assisted with our inspection.” There are only 79 other fire departments in North Carolina with a class 4 or better and 5,216 departments in the United States. "I'd like to congratulate Chief Dunn for his department's performance and for the hard work of all the department members," said Commissioner Goodwin. "The citizens in the Harrisburg Fire District should rest easy knowing they have a fine group of firefighters protecting them and their property in case of an emergency." The inspection, conducted by officials with the Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal (OSFM), is required on a regular basis as part of the North Carolina Response Rating System (NCRRS). The NCRRS rating system ranges from one (highest) to 10 (not recognized as a certified fire department by the state), with most rural departments falling into the 9S category. While lower ratings do not necessarily indicate poor service, a higher rating does suggest that a department is overall better equipped to respond to fires in its district.
Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune

Durham chemical leak brings Hazmat Team, sickens occupants    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters wearing protective suits investigated a chemical leak at a West Durham home Saturday that created a gas cloud and sickened occupants, officials said. Deputy Chief Chris Iannuzzi of the Durham Fire Department said firefighters were called at 10 a.m. to 1211 Virginia Ave., off West Club Boulevard, and found highly toxic and flammable chemicals in the basement. Some of the chemicals had accidentally mixed and caused a reaction that produced an offensive odor and small gas cloud in the basement, he said. Several people were in the house when the incident began. Firefighters from the department's Hazardous Materials Team wore chemical protective suits as they investigated the spill and monitored for hazards inside and outside the house. They determined that the area outside was safe and no more chemical reactions were taking place. Durham County Emergency Management, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the National Response Center were notified of the spill. A clean-up team from Atlanta was called to remove the remaining chemicals. No injuries were reported at the time firefighters arrived, but hours later, the incident commander learned that several people who had been inside the house went to the hospital with complaints of feeling ill. Several people had met at the home prior to attending a funeral for the homeowner, Iannuzzi said. The homeowner's death was unrelated to the spill.
Durham Herald-Sun & Chapel Hill Herald


Friday, September 26, 2014
Hendersonville Fire Department names promotions, new hires   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The City of Hendersonville Fire Department recently announced the promotion of Firefighter/EMT Christian Miller to lieutenant and welcomed three new firefighters to its force. Glen Gillette and Chris Martin have joined the department as full-time firefighters and EMTs. Paul Kaplan has joined Hendersonville Fire Department's rank as a part-time firefighter/EMT, according to a news release from the department Thursday. Miller began his career in the fire service with Fairview Fire and Rescue Department in Buncombe County in 2009. His last position with them was as a lieutenant. He came to work for Hendersonville Fire Department in 2013 as a firefighter/EMT and was promoted to lieutenant this month. Miller is a recent graduate of Columbia Southern University with an Associates of Applied Science in Fire Science. He is currently working on his Bachelors of Applied Science in Emergency Management through Waldorf College. The City of Hendersonville Fire Department congratulated Miller on his promotion and announced it looked forward to him serving in this position.
Hendersonville Times News-BlueRidgeNow.com

Former Kinston fire chief dies   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Former Kinston Fire Chief David Lee died Tuesday at Lenoir Memorial Hospital. He was 92. His fellow firefighters and rescue personnel honored him at their annual banquet in April 2013 as the oldest living Kinston fireman. The reunion committee presented him with a plaque honoring his work and dedication to the fire service. Lee, who was buried with military honors Thursday, served in the Army in World War II. Friend and former colleague Guy Basden said Lee was “an awesome guy” and exhibited some of the leadership personality traits of the general he served under...“He came home and was eligible to reenlist … but his brother got him a job with the fire department,” Basden said, later adding, “Probably his legacy to Lenoir County is he introduced early training methods that led us to be a pretty self-sufficient county.” Lee remained a city firefighter through 1961, rising to the level of captain in charge of training.
Kinston Free Press

Up to $60k in damage after Deep Run tobacco barn fires   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Although fire crews saved five tobacco barns from an early morning fire, crews said the two that were destroyed will end up costing the farmer nearly $60,000 in damages. Captain Josh Bradshaw with the Deep Run Volunteer Fire Department told WITN his crews and those from Sandy Bottom and Southwood were called to 1671 John Green Smith Road just before 12:30 Friday morning for a reported tobacco barn fire. Captain Bradshaw said two of the eight barns in the area were a total loss. With nearly 30 firefighters on scene, crews managed to get the flames out at a third barn so that it was only partially damaged. Captain Bradshaw said the firefighters saved five other barns on the property. With the barns stocked with tobacco, Bradshaw said fires like this are some of the worst to tackle because there is so much fuel for the blaze. While the cause of the blaze is still under investigation, fire officials do not have a reason to believe this one was suspicious. No one was hurt during the fire, and the investigation will continue after sunrise Friday.
WITN-TV NBC 7 Greenville

Fire damages It’z Entertainment City in Fayetteville   view comments tweat me share on facebook
It'z Entertainment City on Legend Avenue near Sycamore Dairy Road was damaged by fire Thursday afternoon. There were no injuries, Assistant Fire Chief Richard Bradshaw said. Legend Avenue, which cuts between Sycamore Dairy and Skibo roads, was shut down for several hours, he said. The fire was reported at 3:45 p.m., Bradshaw said. Firefighters were still on the scene Thursday night. It'z was scheduled to open at 4 p.m., so no customers were inside, said Dale Blanchard, one of the workers there. He was one of four employees inside when the fire started. "I was in the kitchen when it happened," Blanchard said. "I made sure everybody got out." When firefighters arrived, heavy smoke was coming from the 14-year-old building, Bradshaw said. Firefighters encountered a heavy fire in the kitchen, he said. It'z, has four entertainment areas: a restaurant and sports bar, a nightclub, a comedy club and a cigar parlor. The fire was confined to the sports bar, Bradshaw said. Other businesses in the building at 4118 Legend Ave., which is next to Candlewood Suites and across the street from Fort Bragg Harley-Davidson, had some smoke and water damage.
Fayetteville Observer

Firefighter groups honor Rep. Tim Moffitt   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Two firefighter groups recently honored state Rep. Tim Moffitt as a "Friend of the Fire Service" at a ceremony at the Broad River Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department station. The honor was presented by the N.C. State Firemen's Association and the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs. Moffitt was recognized for his support during the 2013 and 2014 sessions of the state General Assembly, when laws governing statewide funds and programs affecting firefighters were adjusted. Moffitt, a Skyland Republican, represents the 116th House District, which includes Arden, Avery's Creek, Enka, Candler and most of Leicester.
Asheville Citizen Times

Hendersonville Fire Department goes pink for breast cancer   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Wrapped in a hot pink vinyl decal with soft pink graphic ribbons on its sides, a fire engine as well as the entire Hendersonville Fire Department will be sporting pink — pink duty shirts, pink wristbands and the pink fire truck — to raise awareness and support for breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and the campaign is meant to increase the public's awareness about the disease as well as teach people about prevention and detection of the disease in its early stages. According to the Centers for Disease Control, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, regardless of race or ethnicity. Partnering with Signarama Asheville, Park Ridge Health, Pardee Hospital Foundation, Firehouse Subs and Green Light Ink, the Hendersonville Fire Department wants to do more than trade its red fire truck for a pink one. The public is invited to purchase the pink duty shirts and wristbands worn by the firefighters throughout the month of October.
Hendersonville Times News-BlueRidgeNow.com







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