Colleton County Fire-Rescue

December 2018

31/December/2018 – Fireworks Injury – “C” Shift -

Incident # 18-09977 – A 34 year old Cottageville man was severely injured when a mortar style fireworks device exploded when he lit the fuse. The incident occurred in the 12300 block of Cottageville Hwy at 19:55 Monday evening 31-December. The man received shrapnel injuries to his upper torso, arms and hands. His clothes also caught on fire causing burns to the same areas, his back, face and head. Firefighter-Paramedics quickly treated him at the scene, then began transporting him in Fire-Rescue Medic 1 to the Trauma Center at Trident Hospital, but the hospital diverted the ambulance to the Trauma Center at MUSC. Engine 9, Medic 1 and Car 112 responded. Lt. Jimmy Jacques served as Incident Commander.

31/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

At 19:42 Monday evening 31-December, a resident in the 2200 block of Sidneys Road reported seeing large flames coming from a wooded area on the street behind their home. A second caller to 9-1-1 reported there was a house on fire in the 200 block of Ramsey Hill Drive. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find a singlewide mobile home approximately 60% involved. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed two handlines to the structure and had the bulk of the fire knocked down in about ten minutes. The entire center portion of the home was burned away, with the remainder of the mobile home suffering extensive damage. Click here for more information.

29/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A family from the Neyles Community was displaced by a morning fire that destroyed the interior of their home Saturday morning 29-December. At 06:18, 9-1-1 was notified of the fire inside the residence located at 1959 Featherbed Road approximately 2 miles north of Charleston Hwy. (SC Hwy 64). The occupant advised she heard strange noises from another room and upon investigating she discovered the fire. The woman safely exited the structure with two children and called 9-1-1. Click here for more information.

27/December/2018 – Fatal MVC with Air Evac – “A” Shift

A New York man was fatally injured in a single car MVC on I-95 at the 41 mile marker southbound Thursday morning 27-December at 05:01. The southbound SUV left the roadway and went down a 15 foot embankment before striking a large tree and catching fire. The man’s 16 year old daughter was also in the vehicle and received multiple traumatic injuries. She was able to escape from the burning vehicle and attempted to reach her father from the driver’s side, but could not open the door. Click here for more information.

22/December/2018 - Birth Announcement 

We wish to congratulate Firefighter Luke Guess, his wife Shelby and new Grandparents Station #8 Captain Louis Guess and Grand mom Gail on the birth of Levi Gaines Guess who was born on Friday 21-December at 17:25. “Gaines” weighed 6 pounds 15 ounces and measured 21 inches long. Everyone is doing great.  

22/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift 

At 20:37 Saturday evening December 22, several callers to 9-1-1 reported flames coming from a residence at 1107 Buffalo Lane. Engine 19 arrived 4 minutes later to find a singlewide mobile home approximately 40% involved with flames coming from the windows and doors in the center of the structure. A bystander advised a man may be inside. Firefighters deployed two handlines and made an aggressive attack on the fire entering the building through the front door. They knocked the bulk of the fire down in about five minutes. Click here for more information.
19/December/2018 - CCMS PNT visits the EOC

Colleton County Middle School Palmetto New Tech Students visited the newly refurbished County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Wednesday morning 20-December. Deputy Fire Chief Dr. David Greene and Captain Janet Laney conducted the tour of the facility explaining the operations during an emergency or disaster and how the Center utilizes representatives from area agencies and businesses to meet the needs of the Community during a large scale event.
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12/14/2018 - Did you know you don't have to be a firefighter to be part of Colleton County Fire-Rescue?  Consider joining our Community Emergency Response Team.  Training will be held soon.  Click here for more information.

12/December/2018 – Bleeding Control Training

Fire-Rescue continued its Bleeding Control (BCON) training in conjunction with the Colleton County School District. Training was conducted at Northside Elementary School on the afternoon of 12-December by Five Firefighter-Paramedics and Denya Dingle, RN.  Over 45 teachers, administrators, and staff participated in the training and learned basic bleeding control techniques.  Click here for more information.

11/December/2018 – Explorer Dinner    

23 Firefighter Explorers attended a dinner held at their monthly meeting at Station # 19, Tuesday evening 12-December. Hamburgers and Hotdogs were grilled and served. This marks the tenth year the Explorer Post has been in existence. The group enjoyed a meal together, held a brief training session and watched an episode of “Emergency”. The program is open to youths ages 14 to 18.  Click here for more information.

11/December/2018 – MVC with entrapment – “B” Shift 

An adult male was injured in a two vehicle MVC on I-95 near the 52 mile marker southbound, Tuesday morning 11-December at 07:15. A southbound passenger car collided with a southbound pickup truck pulling a camper, then went down an embankment and overturned trapping the driver. The pickup truck lost control from the impact and spun backwards, causing the camper to overturn in the roadway, blocking one southbound lane. Car 118 arrived two minutes later to find the passenger vehicle with heavy damage, overturned in a water filled ditch. Click here for more information.
12/10/2018- County Christmas Luncheon - The County’s annual Christmas Luncheon will be on Wednesday, December 12th from 11 am until 2 pm at The Restaurant at Dogwood Hills Golf Course on Hendersonville Hwy. There are meal vouchers at Headquarters that will need to be presented at the luncheon for those dining in, as well as for to-go plates to ensure that we have enough food for everyone.  Please stop by HQ to pickup your meal voucher before going to Dogwood Hills to eat.
All Fire-Rescue personnel are invited to attend.

09/December/2018 – MVC with HazMat – “B” Shift

A southbound passenger car lost control on a rainy I-95 and collide with the bridge at the 68 mile marker, then struck the side of a Tractor Trailer truck, dislodging a fuel tank. The incident occurred at 11:57 on Sunday morning 09-December. The collision blocked one lane of the Interstate and spilled diesel fuel on the highway. A light rain caused the fuel to spread across the bridge and began to leak into the Edisto River through the drains on the bridge. Click here for more information.

08-December-2018 – Chuck Moyer Retirement

Engineer-EMT-I Chuck Moyer will be retiring at the end of the month. Moyer has worked many decades as a Firefighter and EMT-I, twenty of those here at Colleton. Moyer is also a SC Fire Academy Instructor and one of the few ARFF Instructors. Moyer has dedicated most of his life serving others and providing for their wellbeing. He and his wife Jeanette plan to move to North Carolina after the first of the year. He was presented with a plaque recognizing his many contributions to our community during the Christmas Dinner on 08-December. We wish him the best for this new chapter in his life.

08/December/2018 – Department Christmas Dinner

Fire-Rescue held the annual countywide Christmas and Awards Dinner at the Colleton Middle School 08-December. 180 Firefighters, family members and dignitaries attended. Service awards were presented to the personnel listed below. Everyone enjoyed fellowship, a great meal and celebrated the Christmas season together. This year, three families who are recipients of the Carolina Children’s Charity attended the dinner and shared their stories with Firefighters. Fire-Rescue collected over $12,000 in donations for the charity in 2018.  Click here for more information.

08/December/2018 – Shop with Santa’s Heroes

Seven members of Fire-Rescue participated with over twenty other emergency responders and Colleton County DSS to bring a brighter Christmas to needy children in our community. The annual event is sponsored by the Walterboro Police Department who spearheads the collection of donations to purchase the gifts for the children. This year Walterboro Police, Fire-Rescue, Walterboro Fire Dept. and the Sheriff’s Office participated. Twenty Nine Children were selected by DSS and were paired up with a responder at the County parking lot next to the Courthouse. Click here for more information.

07/December/2018 – SCFA Firefighter Graduation

Firefighter II Justin Parker graduated from the South Carolina Fire Academy’s Recruit School Friday afternoon 07-December. Parker has served in Fire-Rescue as an Explorer until his graduation from Colleton County High School earlier this year. He was one of sixteen participants who completed the eight week training course in Columbia. The course exceeds the NFPA Firefighter II curriculum and participants are certified as Medical First Responders, Basic Firefighter, FLAG, HazMat Ops, IFSAC Firefighter I and II and Auto Extrication. Click here for more information.

05/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

At 15:01 Tuesday 05-December, Station # 7 received a report of a structure that had burned in the 500 block of Mohawk Court. Engine 7 and Medic 7 responded to the location and found an abandoned single story residence already on the ground. The home had not been occupied in five years and did not have power. The yard was overgrown creating some access problems. Firefighters deployed two handlines to finish extinguishing the remaining pile of smoldering debris. The home is located on a sparsely populated small dirt road and approximately ½ mile from Sunrise Road (SC Hwy 217). Click here for more information.

02/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

Fourteen dogs perished and a north Colleton home was heavily damaged in a late morning fire at 982 Treu Street Sunday morning 02-December. At 10:40, 9-1-1 was notified of a house on fire at the intersection of Treu St and Shady Dell Lane. Engine 19 arrived minutes later to find the single story wood frame dwelling heavily involved with fire across the entire front of the structure and fire venting from the attic vents on both ends of the building. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple handlines to the building and quickly knocked down the fire on the front of the home. Click here for more information.

01/December/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A Ruffin home was heavily damaged in a mid afternoon fire Saturday 02-December at 11:36. A passerby notified 9-1-1 that the residence located at 23576 Lowcountry Hwy (US Hwy. 21) had smoke coming from the house. Engine 7 arrived 5 minutes later reporting heavy smoke conditions and flames coming through the roof in the center of the doublewide mobile home. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple handlines to the structure and forced entry through the back door where most of the fire was located. Click here for more information.
   
   
   
   

03/November/2018 – Fatal MVC with Air Evac – “A” Shift

A 39 year old man suffered fatal injuries after he was struck by two vehicles in the 1900 block of Bells Hwy near the Super 8 Motel, Friday evening 2-November at 19:05. According to witnesses, the man was riding a bicycle and entered the east bound travel lanes. He was struck by an east bound car, fell from the bike and was run over by a second vehicle. Bystanders provided aid until Firefighter-Paramedics arrived a few minutes later. Fire-Rescue found the man unconscious in the roadway with multiple traumatic injuries. Click here for more information.
11/2/2018- Daylight Savings Time ends Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 2:00 AM at which time you should set your clocks back one hour.  Colleton County Fire-Rescue would like to remind you that when you change your clocks, you should also change the batteries in your smoke detectors.  On average, families have less than three minutes from the time the first smoke alarm sounds to escape a fire.  House fires kill an average of seven people every day.  Thirty seconds and nine volts can save your life!  Change your clocks, change your batteries.

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