West Virginia News

Friday, May 24, 2019

Oakland Volunteer Fire Department celebrates 125 years

As of this week, the Oakland Volunteer Fire Department has been serving the community for 125 years. It officially organized on May 24, 1894, after a front-page announcement about a meeting appeared in The Republican. A group of 18 men reportedly attended, and the minutes stated that G.T. Jones “gave the meeting a very pleasant talk and valuable advice.” According to a booklet published by the department for its 100th anniversary, a fire truck was actually purchased by the Town Council earlier that year. Until that time, fire suppression was attempted using bucket brigades with any men who were available at the time. The Republican reported on March 22 that the hook-and-ladder truck had arrived, but the engine that was shipped from Chicago at the same time “went astray on the way here.”
The Garrett County Republican

Milton Volunteer Fire Department to celebrate 70 years

Saturday, May 25 is a big day for the Milton Volunteer Fire Department as they celebrate 70 years. A parade will be held on Main Street in Milton starting at 11 a.m. and will be followed by free food, open house, firefighter challenge, activities for children and much more. There will also be a free child car seat check where parents and guardians can ensure their child's seat is properly installed. The event will last until 7 p.m., and the fire department says everyone is welcome.

Thursday, May 23, 2019

WVU Medicine in Berkeley, Jefferson celebrates EMS Week

The American College of Emergency Physicians is celebrating Emergency Medical Services Week this week with events organized around the theme “EMS Strong, Beyond the Call.” WVU Medicine will honor local emergency-medical services providers in the Eastern Panhandle during the national celebration. Berkeley and Jefferson medical centers will host cookouts for EMS personnel during the week. “The emergency department staffs at both hospitals recognize the value and the accomplishments of our EMS providers,” Donnie Grubb, trauma coordinator for Berkeley Medical Center, said in a news release. “EMS workers provide a vital, invaluable public service that saves lives every day.” EMS personnel include paramedics, emergency-medical technicians, first responders, firefighters and police officers — some paid and others volunteer. “Regardless of how we celebrate, EMS Week is the perfect time to recognize all in EMS for the integral role they play in the health care system and in our communities,” Denise Carter, nurse director of emergency and trauma services at Jefferson Medical Center, said in the release.
Herald-Mail Media

Man killed by falling tree while kayaking in Preston County

The name of a kayaker killed Sunday at the Cheat River by a falling tree has been released by the State Division of Natural Resources. Andy Malinoski, Press Secretary – Media Relations, for the Office of Marketing & Communications, identified the victim Tuesday as David Treadaway, of Dundalk, Md. Preston Sheriff Dan Loughrie shared information from Preston 911, which received the emergency call. The call reported the incident occurred near Seven Islands, south of the Macomber area. The initial report to 911 was that there was one fatality, one head injury and one with unknown injuries, “however not as severe as the other two.” “There were some storms that went through the county near that time frame, however unsure if that was the cause of the fall,” according to 911. Preston County Fire/EMS, the Preston County Swift Water Rescue Team, Tucker County Boat Team and HealthNet aeromedical responded. According to Malinoski, the three men were on a float trip in kayaks from Parsons to Macomber, during a storm.

Parkersburg apartment fire displaces residents

A small fire Wednesday afternoon has temporarily displaced several residents of an apartment building in Parkersburg, authorities said. Parkersburg firefighters responded to the fire at 2717 Bird St. about 3:45 p.m., according to Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews. Matthews said one person who was having trouble breathing was taken to WVU Medicine Camden Clark Medical Center to be checked. Matthews said the American Red Cross was called to assist four families who lived in the building because electricity had to be turned off, and that two other families were staying with relatives. “There was overall an estimated $10,000 in damage and everyone should be clear to return tomorrow or the next day,” Matthews said Wednesday. The cause of fire, which was in the void space above the ceiling of the first-floor apartment, is still under investigation.
Parkersburg News and Sentinel

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