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Monday, December 22, 2014
Charlotte firefighter hospitalized after ladder truck overturns    view comments tweat me share on facebook
A Charlotte firefighter was hospitalized Sunday after, officials said, the ladder truck he was driving overturned – the second time an engine from the same fire company was damaged in a crash this year. It was also the second crash since Friday involving a firetruck, although the two incidents were not related. Investigators said a motorist later charged with DWI was responsible for Friday’s accident. Sunday’s crash, reported at 3:25 a.m. on Community House Road in the Ballantyne area, involved a truck from the Charlotte Fire Department’s Station 32 that was responding to a residential fire alarm, fire officials said. The four firefighters on board escaped from the truck after it rolled onto its side. They were evaluated on scene by MEDIC. No other details of the crash were available Sunday. The truck’s driver was taken to an area hospital with hand injuries and released later Sunday, officials said. Charlotte Fire Dept. spokesman Rob Brisley said the engine is no longer in service, but he didn’t know Sunday how much damage the truck sustained. The department activated a truck from its reserve fleet to serve Ballantyne. Police were investigating the cause of the crash, and fire officials launched an internal investigation – routine for any crashes involving the Fire Department.
Winston Salem Journal

Firefighting community pays final respects to Forbush chief who set example of good-hearted leadership    view comments tweat me share on facebook
In small, orderly groups, the students and teachers at Forbush High pulled on coats and slipped out of their classrooms Friday morning. They made their way to the edge of the big parking lot along Falcon Road, and quietly waited. It wasn’t a fire drill, not in the traditional sense. Nobody had pulled an alarm, and emptying the halls on a clear, unseasonably warm day in mid-December wasn’t part of any routine check of the school’s safety plan. Rather, the kids (and the adults responsible for them) had gone outside to silently pay respects to Chief Ricky Doub of the Forbush Volunteer Fire Department, a man who for years had selflessly dedicated his time to protecting lives and property in this small, tight-knit community. Doub died in his home Tuesday of an apparent heart attack. He was 61. “We liked to joke that we really didn’t ever need a (911) communications center because we had Ricky,” said assistant Chief Dale Couch. “There are 4,500 people in the Forbush fire district, and I bet Ricky had 4,999 numbers in his phone.” A long processional of fire engines, rescue squad trucks and sheriff’s deputies slowly wound its way Friday through eastern Yadkin County escorting Doub and his family to the Baltimore United Methodist Church. Trucks and firefighters came from across the region to help lay to rest one of their own.
Winston Salem Journal

8-year-old severely burned in Fayetteville mobile home fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
An 8-year-old boy was severely burned in a mobile home fire just outside of Fayetteville on Sunday morning. Members of the boy's household were also injured as they tried to rescue him, said Deputy Chief Tracy Smith of the Pearces Mill Fire Department. The cause of the fire is under investigation. Six people were in the home, Smith said. The fire was reported shortly before 7 a.m. at 2102 Selma Drive in a mobile home park off U.S. 301 near the Fayetteville Regional Airport. The building was heavily involved when the firefighters got there, Smith said, and family members were trying to rescue the boy. They had already gone into the home once for him but were driven back out, Smith said. They suffered burns from the fire and cuts from jumping out windows to escape and breaking windows to try to get in to find the boy, he said. The firefighters knocked down the fire enough for rescuers to go inside and search for the boy. He was found in a hallway and taken out through a window, Smith said. The boy was airlifted to the N.C. Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill, Smith said. The boy's mother had a cut on her arm and may have burned her feet while trying to rescue him, Smith said. The boy's 16-year-old sister had breathing problems.
Fayetteville Observer

Donated fire gear returned to Burlington from Mexico due to shipping error    view comments tweat me share on facebook
The Burlington-Alamance Sister Cities organization is preparing to resend 20 sets of used firefighter gear to Burlington’s sister city in Mexico after the goods were originally rejected by customs. The firefighter gear, donated by the Swepsonville Volunteer Fire Department, was meant for Soledad but was rejected from customs and sent back to BASC because the items were considered “used clothing.” “We thought we had everything worked out in our sister city,” BASC past president Russell Guy said. “Mexico does not allow the importation of used clothing, and so we couldn’t classify them as used clothing but as used equipment, and that is how we classified it, as equipment, on the custom forms.” When the pallets were inspected at the border, the customs agent rejected the items because they were clothing. “They were reclassified as used clothing and rejected,” Guy said. The items were sent via FedEx air freight, and instead of being contacted by FedEx or the customs agent, the shipment was sent back to Alamance County. “It’s the first time in 20 years that we had this problem,” Guy said. “They literally always call us when there is some problem with foreign customs.” FedEx waved the cost of shipping the items back to Burlington, but BASC was still out nearly $2,000 in shipping the items to Mexico — a cost they might have to bear again after they attempt to send the items in early 2015.
Burlington Times News

2 men badly burned in Yadkinville barrel fire explosion    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Two men were badly burned Saturday night when a can of flammable liquid exploded as one of them tried to use the substance to rejuvenate a fire in a metal barrel, witnesses and firefighters said. The two injured men were among four friends who had gathered to pass the time around a fire they had set in a barrel outside the door of a metal shop building at 1617 Speer Bridge, off U.S. 421. The friends who were not injured identified the burned men as Jace Johnson and Caleb Whitman. The shop building where the fire was burning was on land across the road from where Johnson lives with his parents. Barry McLean, the assistant fire chief of the Forbush Volunteer Fire Department, described the two men as critically injured. They were taken by ambulance to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center. No information was available on their conditions late Saturday night. The explosion took place about 9 p.m., about an hour after the four men, all about 20, had gathered to pass the evening at the fire. “We were having a little get-together when all of a sudden, it exploded,” said Ryan Milholand, whose own clothes caught on fire briefly when the explosion happened. Hunter Pendry, the fourth friend, said he was seated and that the explosion blew him out of his chair.
Greensboro News and Record

No injuries in Gaston business fire    view comments tweat me share on facebook
Several employees escaped safely when fire broke out early Monday at a poultry processing plant in Gaston County, officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 2 a.m. at CBP Resources Incorporated, in the 5500 block of York Highway, south of Gastonia. Firefighters said they found smoke coming from the side of the multi-story building when they arrived. As crews got inside the building, they spotted flames about 14 feet high near a large cooker in use. It took crews about 90 minutes to put out the blaze in and around the cookier, officials said. Investigators said the cause of the fire was excessive heat in the cooker that caused nearby materials to ignite. Five employees inside the plant at the time were not injuries, no were any firefighters, officials said. Damage estimates are not available.
The Charlotte Observer

Friday, December 19, 2014
Red Springs firefighters resign leadership roles to protest plan   view comments tweat me share on facebook
The leadership of the Red Springs Fire Department have resigned in protest over a proposed change in how firefighters are dispatched to accidents. Fire Chief Tim Beasley handed in his resignation and that of three of other officers — Assistant Fire Chief Sammy Hendrix and Capts. Kevin Martin and Kevin Rachels — on Tuesday to Town Manager James Bennett. Larry Snipes, a nine-year veteran of the department, also resigned on Tuesday as a captain and a firefighter. Beasley said he and the other three former officers will remain with the department as firefighters, but no longer have leadership roles. “We’re not walking out on the community and our neighbors,” Beasley said. “We’re just walking out on Town Hall. It is disheartening that it has come to this, but we don’t feel we have any other choice.” In a resignation letter dated Dec. 17, Beasley said e was stepping down because he did not agree “with changes that Town Hall is trying to implement to our call-answering policy and their interference with our operations that have been in place and working since 1906.”
Red Springs Citizen

Johnston County man burned in suspected meth lab explosion   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A man is recovering in the hospital after being burned in a suspected meth lab explosion in Johnston County. It happened Wednesday evening at a mobile home in the 5800 block of Bizzel Grove Church Road near Princeton. Emergency crews were called to house after it caught on fire due to the explosion. Officials had to decontaminate a man inside the home before taking him to the hospital. The man was reportedly seriously burned, but his condition is unknown at this time. Firefighters at the scene also had to be decontaminated. Further details surrounding the incident have not been released.
WTVD-TV ABC Channel 11

Aberdeen ’Firefighter of the Year’ only 17 years old   view comments tweat me share on facebook
There’s been a pattern in Austin Hubbard’s life, since he was a boy. Dressing as a firefighter every Halloween, donating lemonade-stand proceeds to the Fallen Firefighters Fund, taking monthly tours of local fire stations, having his own scanner and fire pager to monitor calls — Austin Hubbard has been drawn to fire service like a moth to a flame. “My mom has told me since I was 2, that I was always interested in the ‘big red truck.’” So it’s no real surprise that Hubbard joined the Aberdeen Fire Department, nor that he has just been named that department’s Fire Fighter of the Year. Hubbard has been with the department since February. In that time, he has gone on 611 calls and volunteered 1,900 hours. He has completed all 22 firefighter classes and the EMT certification class to become a firefighter. Here’s one other number: He’s just 17. “I’ve got grown firemen who are still trying to achieve that,”said Aberdeen Fire Chief Richardson.
Southern Pines Pilot

Update: Winston-Salem authorities think fire victim was a homeless man   view comments tweat me share on facebook
A man whose body was found Thursday morning in the ruins of a burned house may have been a homeless person who was trying to find a place to keep warm, Winston-Salem authorities were saying as they investigated. Detectives and firefighters are working on the possibility that the fire victim may have broken into the vacant house on Patterson Avenue in search of a place to stay overnight, according to WGHP/Fox8, the newsgathering partner of the Journal. Firefighters were called to 1115 N. Patterson Ave. about 4:30 a.m. and found the two-story wooden house at that address engulfed in flames, Winston-Salem fire and police authorities said. After the fire was put out, firefighters discovered the body of a man inside on the second floor. The body was taken to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center for an autopsy. Authorities said they hope to identify the man as well as pinpoint the cause of the fire.
Winston Salem Journal

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