North Carolina News

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

New Elkin fire chief named

After narrowing a field of 20 candidates to five finalists, the town of Elkin has announced its new fire chief. Matthew P. Crawford of Marion will assume the position of fire chief effective the final week of April, according to a news release from the town. “Mr. Crawford comes with a variety of experiences including building inspection, firefighting, fire prevention specialist and firefighting instruction,” said the release from town officials. In addition to a number of academic degrees in firefighting and emergency management, Crawford recently received a degree in fire and emergency services management from Fayetteville State University. “We look forward to Mr. Crawford joining the Elkin Fire Department as fire chief,” said Town Manager John Holcomb. “He will be part of a department of dedicated men and women who are focused on keeping the citizens of Elkin safe.”
Elkin Tribune

Flames, smoke visible in north Charlotte house fire

Crews responded to a house fire in north Charlotte Tuesday morning. According to the Charlotte Fire Department, the incident happened at a home on Cambridge Bay Drive. Firefighters tweeted about the blaze around 8:30 a.m. Flames and smoke could be seen coming from the second floor of the home, firefighters said. There's no word on what may have caused the blaze or whether anyone was injured.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Fire Chief: Car T-boned by train in Haywood County

According a fire chief in Haywood County, a car was T-boned by a train on Richland St. in Haywood Co. The fire chief confirmed that there were no crossing bars on the train tracks before the incident took place. With the driver going 45 mph in a 25 mph zone, the chief said that the car was pushed 400 feet after being hit. According to the fire chief, the driver was transported to Haywood Regional with no life-threatening injuries.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Monday, April 23, 2018

Fire Truck Festival in Asheville helps raise awareness of serious issue firefighters face

The Asheville Fire Department held its Fire Truck Festival downtown, letting people meet local firefighters while raising awareness about a serious problem some of them face. Festival organizer Tom Tesser said this event educates people about cancer prevention among first responders. "Firefighters are coming down with an aggressive form of cancer, and we just lost a firefighter to liver cancer, and it's tragic," Tesser said. The event was also about fire trucks, families enjoying music, food--and obstacle courses. Visitors could take photos alongside a dozen fire trucks from different departments.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Fire badly damages three businesses in Robeson County town

Firefighters battled a fire for six hours Friday. It damaged three buildings in a strip mall on Walnut Street in the Fairmont area of Robeson County, according to firefighters on scene. Officials said the fire appeared to have started at the Dollar Tree, then spread to the Meat Market business next door. Flames then spread to the True Value hardware store. Viewers sent our ABC sister station WPDE in Myrtle Beach pictures and videos of tall flames coming from the buildings, especially the Dollar Tree, Friday afternoon. One lady said you can see smoke for several miles. State fire officials are investigating the cause of the fire. Fairmont City, Fairmont Rural Orrum, Whitehouse, Raynham, Pine Terrace, Fairmont Rescue and Lumberton Fire Departments all responded to the fire.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington

Moore County man airlifted after falling out of moving truck, being impaled by metal rack

A Moore County man was airlifted to a trauma center Saturday afternoon after falling out of the back of a parked moving truck and becoming impaled through his back by a metal rack, according to the Aberdeen Times. Emergency responders with Moore County EMS and Southern Pines Fire & Rescue arrived around 1:30 p.m. to a home in the 100 block of Loden Drive. 2 Firefighters were able to cut the metal rack and secure the piece of metal that was left in the man before transporting him to the Moore County Airport to meet a helicopter. He was then flown to a trauma center for treatment. The man's condition is unknown.
WRAL-TV CBS 5 Raleigh

Woodfin brush fire burns 50 acres, put out Sunday afternoon

Around 12:30 on Sunday, a Woodfin brush fire that grew to burn 50 acres is completely out, authorities tell News 13. Crews fought the fire off of Baird Cove Road in Woodfin Saturday and Sunday. Officials say it likely started when flames from at least one controlled burn spread into nearby woods. Buncombe County EOC Director Jerry Vehaun confirms there were two controlled burns Saturday. He says that A-B Tech was just wrapping up a supervised training-exercise, and that a neighbor was burning on his own property. Structures that initially were threatened were protected by tanker trucks stationed nearby.
WLOS-TV ABC 13 Asheville

Firefighters respond to two structure fires in New Hanover County

Crews responded to two structures in New Hanover County Saturday night. According to the Wilmington Fire Department's Twitter, the first fire was at a duplex at 336 Sumter Ave. It was fifty percent involved when crews arrived on scene. The fire on Head Road was contained to the kitchen in the home. According to the fire department, firefighters removed a dog from the home unharmed. No one else was in the home at the time. Crews are still investigating the cause of this fire at this time. The fire department said the fire at the duplex on Sumter Ave left extensive damage to both units.
WBTV-TV Channel 3

Kannapols Fire Department hosts regional health and wellness program

The Kannapolis Fire Department recently hosted a health and wellness summit for firefighters in the region. This first time event focused on helping both command and front line firefighters deal with the physical and emotional effects of their jobs. Firefighters and other first responders face physical challenges each day as they deal with heavy equipment, the hazards of fire and other incidents, lifting patients and so forth. They also experience emotional effects from their interaction with victims of emergency situations. The summit featured speakers and exercises to help personnel prevent injuries, illnesses and the promotion of a healthy lifestyle. Sessions including dealing with stress, PTSD, fitness workouts and learning how to properly lift, pull and carry victims and equipment.
Concord & Kannapolis Independent Tribune

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