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Monday, October 20, 2014
Victim identified in deadly Wilmington fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Wilmington Fire Department says one person is dead after a house fire last night. It happened at Peachtree Avenue and 44th Street around 11 p.m. Neighbors say they heard some kind of an explosion. Fire investigators said while they have ruled out arson has a cause, they are still working to determine what caused the fire. Investigators said the fire started in the sleeping area. The victim's name has not yet been released due to pending next of kin.
WWAY-TV ABC 3 Wilmington

High Point 911 operators ready for market crowds    view comments tweat me share on facebook
As marketgoers descend on High Point this week, emergency calls to 911 will more than double with more than 80,000 people from across the globe popping in and out of furniture showrooms, restaurants and bars, all centered around downtown. The High Point Emergency Communications Center receives up to 340 calls a day on average, but during market that number shoots up to roughly more than 600 calls a day. The biggest challenge during the world’s largest home furnishings trade show is that people don’t know where they are when emergency strikes, said High Point communications dispatcher Portia Clowdis. “They’re just there to shop and have good time,” Clowdis said. “But they’re not very aware of their surroundings. And then it hits them, and they don’t know where they are. So we have to ask them as many questions as we can to try and narrow it down to find their location. It’s like playing 20 questions. They get really frustrated because they’re in distress and need help but don’t know how to tell us where they are.” The city prepares for the influx of entrepreneurs, furniture exhibitors, designers and families with an instant action plan that requires the strategic placing of firefighters, police and EMS throughout the downtown area and a procedure for rapid response and transportation through the swarm of activity. High Point City Emergency Manager Glenn Clapp mans nearly four first response communication radios coordinating response efforts between police, fire, EMS, and the Department of Transportation, along with other essential departments. Clapp partners with these departments to discuss response procedures where they’ll team up to carry them out during market.
High Point Enterprise

Man dies after lighting truck on fire and driving into Currituck County law office    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Currituck County authorities said a man died after he lit bales of hay on fire in the back of his pick-up truck and drove through the doors of a Moyock law office Friday evening. Multiple witnesses said the man had been near the Twiford Law Firm building on Currituck Commercial Drive for at least an hour before the incident occurred just before 5:30 p.m. A witness, who asked not to be identified, told The Outer Banks Voice the man was driving a gold pick-up truck with Virginia license plates and had parked outside both the Twiford Law building and across the street at the offices of William E. Wood and Associates. WTKR-TV reported a man walking by saw the truck drive into the side of the building facing away from N.C. 168 on the southern end of the Moyock village. The last person inside the building had left about 20 minutes before the incident, according to WAVY-TV. Another witness, Robert Farthing, said he saw light colored smoke coming from the roof as he drove by, then the smoke turned black and fire erupted from the building at ground level. Investigators with the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office have initially ruled the incident as an arson and suicide, pending the outcome of a probe by the State Bureau of Investigation. The body of the man had not been recovered as of Friday night. No other injuries were reported. Twiford Law Firm owns the building that opened in 2004, and leased space to the Currituck Chamber of Commerce and several other businesses.
The Outer Banks Voice


Friday, October 17, 2014
Topsail Beach moves to make properties accessible to firetrucks   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Topsail Beach commissioners took a first step Wednesday night in forcing property owners to clear the way for the town’s firetrucks. After sending letters over the course of two years to nearly 30 homeowners whose private drives, lined by thick shrubbery and trees, make them inaccessible to firetrucks, Topsail Beach Volunteer Fire Department Chief Bobby Humphrey said he is at “wit’s end of what to do.” “The truck is set up to take the tools to the fire,” he said. “If that truck is 500 or 600 feet away, you’re going to walk someone to death.” That distance also increases the firefighters’ response time. “Fire spreads so rapidly here,” Commissioner Larry Combs said. “It’s a very serious problem.” Commissioners unanimously agreed during their regular monthly meeting Wednesday to amend a section of a town ordinance that establishes driveway widths for emergency vehicles. The amendment includes a new width of 12 feet as well as a 12-foot clearing from the ground to treetops.
Topsail Advertiser

Southern Pines Fire Department donates gear to Guatemala   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Firefighters in Guatemala are getting some gear thanks to the Southern Pines Fire Department. The department this week donated about a dozen sets of pants, jackets and boots, commonly referred to as turnout gear, to R.E.D.S.Team NorthCarolina. R.E.D.S, which stands for Rescue Extrication Delivery Specialists, is a technical rescue operations team that provides a wide variety of rescue training in a variety of areas. Twice in the last four years representatives from R.E.D.S. have made donations of equipment to fire departments in Guatemala, according to the group’s website. Southern?Pines Fire Chief Hampton Williams said the donated equipment had already been taken out of service and was being stored at the station. According to U.S. regulations turnout gear must be replaced after five years. There are no such regulations in Guatemala. “The equipment will get a second life now,”Williams said. Williams said his department has donated equipment to other departments in Moore County, but this is the first time that his department has donated gear to departments outside the United States.
Southern Pines Pilot

Yancyeville fire station expansion may come in $100k lower   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Getting down to business at Tuesday’s meeting, the Yancyeville Town Council held a public hearing on installment financing for the expansion of the fire station at Court Square. The council already approved the financing, but needed the public’s input as well, before submitting the paperwork. Gilbert Anderson, who lives next door the fire station, asked if grants and loans were being used to pay for the work. “We don’t have grant money. What the plan is that we’re in negotiations with Piedmont Electric Co-op, and they have a program through the USDA for rural economic development,” said Brian Collie, town manager. “This is Piedmont Electric’s way to reach out to the community to try to help projects like this get funded.” It’s a 10 year, 0 percent loan. “With that, we have pre-approval, but it’s not finalized… I think it’s pretty positive,” Collie said. “During the construction phase, we have to go through a private bank like we’ve done in the past.” Once the town closes on the construction loan, Piedmont Electric will start their loan. “The cost is not to exceed $850,000, but it’s going to be lower than that… I’m thinking around $750,000,” Collie said. Anderson asked if the principal would be paid out of property taxes without an increase, and Collie answered yes.
Caswell Messenger

Alamance County health, emergency services set up protocols for handling Ebola cases   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Alamance County health and emergency management officials are working closely with Cone Health on procedures to handle Ebola if the disease were ever to be diagnosed in patients locally...Alamance County Emergency Medical Services, the Health Department and Fire Marshal Office are working closely with Cone Health and Alamance Regional Medical Center to implement protocols on how to handle cases involving the virus safely if it were to come to the Piedmont Triad. The county’s 911 system has developed new questions asking sick patients who call whether they have traveled outside the country in the past 21 days and specifically whether they have traveled to Africa, according to Saunders. If a patient showing signs of fever or other symptoms of Ebola has traveled to Africa, Saunders said, EMS would know that the patient potentially had Ebola. County EMS training officer Tracey Saunders said that EMS would handle these cases and that first responders such as firefighters would not provide assistance in transporting the patients to the hospital. The EMS workers would use personal protective equipment while transporting the patients and would not provide treatment to patients that would place EMS workers at risk. The personal protective gear used would be gloves, goggles, respiratory equipment and a face shield.
Burlington Times News

Cornelius-Lemley firefighters spread fire safety awareness   view comments tweat me share on facebook
Members of the town fire department helped spark awareness about fire safety during the annual open house at Cornelius-Lemley Fire Department. Held in conjunction with National Fire Prevention Week, emergency personnel opened the doors for youth and their families Oct. 11 to participate in enjoyable firefighter-themed activities before ushering them in for a fire safety course led by Mecklenburg County Assistant Fire Marshal Daniel Nightingale, who serves Cornelius and Davidson. “The earlier youth start to learn the better,” said Cornelius Fire Captain Robert Amadeo. “We want to get them involved.” Among the agencies participating were the fire department, Mecklenburg County Marshal’s office, Cornelius Police Department, DARE and medical personnel. “We want them all to know and see us and know we are friends,” Amadeo said. Firefighters/EMTs Ashton Chaney and Brianna Mitschele dressed out in uniform and went around giving high-fives to willing youth. “We don’t want them to be afraid of us,” Mitschele said. “That’s why we have the biggest and the smallest of us go around so they can see us in all of our gear.” Nightingale encouraged attendees to replace smoke detector batteries twice a year, especially when the time changes, and to replace detectors every five years. Children learned how to crawl to the door to avoid smoke inhalation and check for heat before exiting. They also learned the importance of having two exit strategies and a family meeting place outside.
Huntersville Herald







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