South Carolina News

Friday, February 21, 2020

South Carolina bills aimed at protecting firefighters at risk of cancer

Firefighters in South Carolina are advocating for more protections when it comes to cancer. Two new bills have been introduced in the House and Senate that would provide firefighters with a health care benefit plan. Officials say this is the first time the South Carolina Firefighters' Association and the International Association of Firefighters have pushed for the same legislation. Brandon Gruber is a firefighter with St. Paul’s Fire District and was diagnosed with breast cancer just a few weeks before Easter in 2019. Although he had his last chemotherapy treatment in November, he says he wants this issue to be addressed. “It seems more profound now, it’s happening now to younger firemen and firemen all over the country,” Gruber said."People have bills and families, luckily I don’t have a family because if I wasn’t going to be able to work, how would I be able to be a father?
WCSC-TV CBS 5 Charleston

Horry County firefighters testing battery-powered road flares

Horry County firefighters are testing a new device to help keep traffic moving around emergencies and protect first responders. According to a post on Horry County Fire Rescue’s Facebook page, crews are field-testing new battery-powered road flares. Fire officials note the flares follow the portable speed bumps that were rolled out across the county in 2019. Those devices are deployed on the road while first responders work a crash, thereby slowing traffic to a crawl. The goal with the flares is to provide firefighters with another tool to keep traffic flowing and first responders safe as they respond to an emergency. “If you see bright, flashing lights – on apparatus or on the ground – that absolutely means slow down and be cautious!” the post stated.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

Williamsburg County Fire Department conducting fire safety program

The Williamsburg County Fire Department is one of 18 local fire departments in South Carolina participating in a fire safety program for young students and families under the leadership of S.C. State Fire, through a grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and FEMA. Firefighters will visit second and third grade classrooms in selected high-risk areas this spring to teach students about smoke alarms, home fire dangers, and what to do if a home fire occurs. Afterwards, the firefighters will offer the students’ families fire safety visits in their homes to install free smoke alarms and to share safety education. “According to the National Fire Protection Association, two out of every three fire deaths in America occur in homes where smoke alarms are either missing or not working,” Deputy Chief Calvin Linke of the Williamsburg County Fire Department said.
Kingstree News

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Woman charged with attempted murder, arson after allegedly setting fire to Hartsville area home

A woman is facing charges after setting a Hartsville area home on fire while a vulnerable adult was inside, deputies said. Online records show Michelle Outlaw Kissiah was booked in the W. Glenn Campbell Detention Center Monday and charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson, abuse of a vulnerable adult and public disorderly conduct. The alleged incident happened at a home on Boggy Swamp Circle. According to arrest warrants, Kissiah flipped over a chair that the victim was sitting in, causing injuries to the victim’s left knee and head. Kissiah then set fire to the home, causing great bodily injury to the victim, the warrants state. As of Wednesday morning, no bond has been set on Kissiah’s charges.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

Horry County Fire Rescue canine retires after 5 years on the job

Horry County, SC Fire Rescue celebrated one of their own’s retirement on Wednesday. Summer, a certified Accelerant Detection Canine, has officially retired after her five-year career with the investigative unit team. The 10-year-old black lab worked with handler and Chief Investigator James Cyganiewicz on more than 260 investigations. She was HCFR’s second Accelerant Detection Canine. HCFR currently has Crosby as it’s only Accelerant Detection Canine now that Summer has retired, but is in the process of applying for another dog through a scholarship in the State Farm Arson Dog Training through a scholarship in the State Farm Arson Dog Training Program.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

Unattended wood burning stove causes house fire in Florence, officials say

No injuries were reported after a home went up in flames Tuesday night in Florence. Crews responded to the fire on Magnolia Street just after 8 p.m., according to a press release from the Florence Fire Department. Officials say heavy smoke was seen coming from the roof of the home when firefighters arrived on scene. The fire was deemed under control in about 20 minutes. According to the release, an unattended wood burning stove caused the fire. The American Red Cross is providing assistance to a family of three.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach

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