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Tuesday, October 6, 2015
Rescue Teams Hard at Work in North and South Carolina    view comments tweat me share on facebook
North Carolina search and rescue teams are deployed in several areas across the Carolinas to search for people whose lives are at risk due to dangerous flooding as rainfall totals, normally associated with major hurricanes, plague portions of eastern North Carolina and nearly all South Carolina. “These situations are exactly what our crews train for and why continual training for these search and rescue teams is so vital,” said Public Safety Secretary Frank L. Perry. “I am grateful that we have had these very experienced teams on standby and ready to respond to help the many individuals in need.” As a Raleigh-based search and rescue crew made their way to Hyde County Sunday to assist local officials with searches, they encountered near Swan Quarter a car that had been swept off the road and was submerged in eight to ten feet of water. The quick-thinking team sprang into action and pulled the vehicle’s two passengers from the sinking car. It was just one of several rescue missions that the teams have completed in the past two days. Trained search and rescue crews, along with North Carolina National Guard soldiers who underwent swift water rescue and disaster response just-in-time training over the weekend, have been pressed into service in both Carolinas with life-saving results.
Department of Public Safety and Crime Control

Gaston: Firefighters train on donated home    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters conducted a real-world training drill Saturday morning. About 20 firefighters of the New Hope Fire Department put out a controlled blaze at a donated home on Belt Drive, near Redbud Drive. The 700-square foot, one-story home was donated from a member of the community. It contained a living room, kitchen and two bedrooms. “The house is vacant and in disrepair so they donated it to us and we get to use it for real world training,” said fire chief Matt Young. “We do this so people get good time putting out fires in a real scenario.” As a safety measure, the furniture in the home was removed and replaced with wood pallets and straw. Firefighters conducted about 10 drills before the home was burned down.
The Gaston Gazette

Fire, EMS memorial service scheduled Saturday at Fayetteville Technical Community College    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The 15th annual Cumberland County Fire and EMS Memorial Service is scheduled Saturday at 11 a.m. on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College. The service honors Fayetteville and Cumberland County firefighters and EMS workers who have died in the line of duty, according to a release. Speaking at the service will be Kevin Davis, Eastern Region director for the N.C. Fallen Firefighter Foundation. Students from the Cumberland County Schools Fire Academy will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and the names of those who have died in the line of duty will be read. The service, which is open to the public, will be held at the Fire and EMS Memorial at 2201 Hull Road, next to Cumberland Hall.
Fayetteville Observer

Wake County to Participate in Fire Prevention, Race to Quit NC Week    view comments tweat me share on facebook
This year, Wake County is recognizing Fire Prevention Week and Race to Quit, NC Week, an initiative to encourage residents to kick the habit when it comes to smoking from Monday, October 5, through Friday, October 9, 2015. During Fire Prevention Week, Wake County citizens are urged to stay informed and practice fire prevention tactics in their homes. The theme of the week is "hear the beep where you sleep," to focus on the importance of having working smoke alarms in the home. "We want the citizens of Wake County to be safe and able to do all they can to prevent fire damage," said John Callaway, Wake County Deputy Fire Marshal. "We cannot stress enough the importance of having working smoke alarms." Wake County is also partnering with more than 50 other organizations to launch Race to Quit, NC during Fire Prevention Week as well. The Race to Quit, NC campaign raises awareness about the resources and organizations available to help citizens effectively quit smoking and tobacco use. Participants are encouraged to share their stories and follow the campaign on social media using the hashtag #RaceToQuitNC.
Wake, North Carolina

Monday, October 5, 2015
Elkin Fire Department changes launched; Officials hoping to recruit more volunteers   view comments tweat me share on facebook
With a new fire chief on board, changes have come in the way the Elkin Fire Department’s members are responding to calls for service. This change and two other fire-related topics were discussed with the Elkin Board of Commissioners Thursday night during a town project update meeting, while a fourth topic will be discussed at a later time. “We are working on change with the fire department and how it functions,” said Chief Mike Morton prior to Thursday night’s meeting. “First of all, the way we respond is a little different than what we’ve done in the past. “No matter what kind of emergency the people on duty at the station, no matter if they are paid or volunteer, we go immediately. There is no delay — whether it’s a medical emergency, wreck, fire or fire alarm,” said Morton. “We have someone on paid duty 24 hours a day seven days a week.” This remains the same as it was prior to Morton being hired by the town. “Beyond that it’s changed a little. With a medical emergency whether it’s a cut finger or a heart attack, the people on duty go with the trucks and the volunteers not on duty can respond directly to the scene. If there is a medical emergency, they go straight to you so they can render essential aid with assistance by the rescue squad and EMS folks,” Morton said. Elkin firefighters who have medical certification do not carry medical supply bags with them in personal vehicles. Those come on the trucks when the on-duty member responds.
Elkin Tribune

Bear Creek VFD pursuing Swansboro merger   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department is moving forward with a proposed merger with the Swansboro Fire Department after receiving a strong recommendation from the state that it do so to address concerns about daytime response and avoid an unnecessary insurance hike for property owners in the district. The fire department submitted a corrective action plan to the North Carolina Department of Insurance on Monday presenting a plan to hire two part-time firefighters to work the day shift to add to one part-time firefighter provided by the county. The plan, however, is not a feasible and certain resolution to the concerns and comes too late, Department of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin said. The department has been under a year-long probationary period that ends Nov. 5. Without a merger, Goodwin said the department faces seeing its rating go from a Class 6 to a Class 10, which would result in significantly higher insurance premiums for property owners in the district. “After personally reviewing all the options presented to me from Bear Creek and my experts here at the Department of Insurance, I have come to the unmistakable conclusion that there is only one viable option at this time that is in the best interests of the affected community and Onslow County: merger of the Swansboro Fire Department and the Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department,” Goodwin wrote in an Oct. 1 letter addressed to Swansboro Mayor Scott Chadwick and copied to the Bear Creek fire chief, County Commission Chairwoman Barbara Ikner and the county’s legislative delegation.
Daily News, Jacksonville

Woman, toddler safe after dryer catches fire in south Charlotte apartment   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A woman and her 2-year-old son are safe after a dryer caught fire inside their unit at the Leafcrest Apartments in south Charlotte early Monday morning. The fire happened around 5:30 a.m. off Archdale Drive. The woman said her smoke detector woke them up to the fire. She said she hasn't run the dryer since last week. The Charlotte Fire Department is investigating how the fire started. Firefighters on scene said the woman and her son won't be able to get back into unit right now because of fire and water damage. Other tenants who were evacuated were able to return to their apartment units before 7 a.m. Firefighters brought the dryer out onto the front walkway along with other debris from inside.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Greensboro warehouse damaged in fire   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A fire damaged part of a warehouse in Greensboro Friday evening. The fire was reported around 6:40 p.m. on Creek Ridge Road near Elm-Eugene Street. No one was injured. Firefighters arrived to smoke coming from the building's roof, emergency officials said at the scene. The fire was quickly brought under control, but about 1/3 of the building still had some damage. Someone occupies the space where the damage occurred, but nobody was there at the time of the fire, fire officials said. Creek Ridge Road was closed for a period of time following the fire.
WXII-TV NBC 12 Piedmont

Business fire reported in Kannapolis   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Fire damaged a Kannapolis business on Saturday. At around 1:15 pm on Saturday, Kannapolis firefighters responded to a reported structure fire at RL Raffaldt’s Inc., a sand and gravel company located on the city’s south side. Kannapolis Engine 41 arrived first to find smoke and flames coming from a small office located on the multi-building complex, according to fire officials. A quick attack on the flames resulted in a knockdown on the bulk of the fire, preventing the spread into the adjoining buildings. “We realized upon arrival that the office building was fully involved, therefore our priority became protecting the much larger buildings adjacent to the fire.” stated Captain Chris Morris. The Concord Fire Department assisted at the fire while Cabarrus County EMS assisted on scene with medical monitoring of fire personnel. No injuries were reported. At this time, the Kannapolis Fire Risk Deduction Division is continuing the investigation. Damage is estimated at around $20,000.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

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