Elkin Fire Department changes launched; Officials hoping to recruit more volunteers
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.
Bear Creek VFD pursuing Swansboro merger
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.
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Woman, toddler safe after dryer catches fire in south Charlotte apartment
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.
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Greensboro warehouse damaged in fire
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.
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Business fire reported in Kannapolis
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.
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