Colleton County Fire-Rescue

October 2008


Our condolences go out to Firefighter/EMT Dale Kizer and his family.  Firefighter Kizer's father passed away this morning.  The viewing will be Saturday, November 1, 2008 from 5pm-7pm at Bryant Funeral Home, 607 N. Parler Ave in Saint George.  The funeral will be Sunday, November 2, 2008 at 3pm at Mt. Zion Baptist Drive in Saint George off of Rabbit Rd. 

Please keep Firefighter Kizer and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

The recent graduates of the 1152 Basic Firefighter Course held a dinner at Station # 19 in honor of Chuck Moyer, their lead Instructor. Moyer taught most of the 80 hour course at Station # 19. The dinner was organized by Christina Sanford with everyone else pitching in. The group presented Moyer with a plaque before eating. Sanford went all out, preparing turkey and all the fixings. It was a full Thanksgiving style dinner complete with a customized Fire-Rescue cake.  Click here for more information.



The Tactical Response Team conducted high angle rescue training at the SCE&G Power Plant in Canadys on October 27th and 29th, 2008.  The drill consisted of a plant worker who had fallen from the top of a fly ash silo.  A mannequin was used to simulate the plant worker/patient and had fallen from a height of 130 feet to a height of 80 feet before his simulated fall arrest equipment stopped his descent.  Participants were tasked with ascending the silo and rigging a lowering system to allow rescuers to access the simulated patient.  At a height of 80 feet, the patient was picked off, evaluated and stabilized.  The patient was then lowered to a platform approximately 25 feet above ground level where he was then packaged in a stokes basket and then lowered to a stretcher on the ground.  Click here for additional information.



Stations 19, 26 and 27 responded to an over-turned vehicle with ejection on Can City Road just north of Tree Farm Road at 1630 Monday 27-October. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed when it failed to negotiate an "S" curve and flipped over. One unrestrained male occupant was ejected from the car.  Click here for additional information.



Seventeen firefighter candidates completed the SC Fire Academy Basic Firefighter Course (1152) 25-October. The course was held at Station # 19 over the past couple of months and included training in Fire Behavior, Protective Clothing, Hand Tools, SCBA and Ladders to name a few. The group traveled to the Fire Academy on 25-October to complete the live burn evaluation. The students are awaiting results of their written exam.  Click here for more information. 



Twenty-four firefighters participated in the monthly county-wide (Pathways) training at Station # 19, 23-October. The Training Division, assisted by several firefighters, constructed a pallet maze behind Station # 19. The 832 square foot prop is designed to build confidence in the firefighter's ability to navigate through obstacles in zero visibility conditions. Click here for additional information.



Stations 1, 19, 24, 26 and 27 responded to a house fire at 402 Gadsden Loop at the corner of June Street, Thursday evening 23-October at 1758. Engine 1 arrived to find smoke coming from the one story dwelling. The homeowner was exiting the burning building carrying an invalid child. She indicated the fire was in the kitchen. Firefighters entered the building with one 1-3/4"  handline and found heavy fire conditions in the kitchen. The fire which originated on the stove had spread to the cabinets and was extending across the ceiling. The crew quickly pushed back the flames sparing any additional damage to the residence. Click here for more information.



Congratulations to Engineer/Paramedic Joseph Campbell and wife Amanda on the birth of their daughter, Sidney Grace born 10/22/2008 at 16:35 (7 lb. 6 oz.).


Stations 1, 5, and 19 responded as mutual aid to Dorchester County to assist with a multi-vehicle MVC on I-95 at the 69 mile marker northbound. The accident occurred at 1332, Wednesday 22-October and involved three tractor trailers and a car. One tractor trailer rear ended two other tractor trailers at a very high rate of speed while crossing over a bridge. Click here for more information.


Stations 1, 19, 24 and 26 responded to a dwelling fire at 46 Shadow Court at 0526 Wednesday morning 22-October. Engine 19 found light smoke visible on arrival. One 1-3/4 handline was deployed to the rear bed room of the singlewide mobile home. Interior crews quickly brought the fire under control. The occupant was home at the time of the fire and had smoke detectors. The fire originated in an electrical socket in the rear bed room and spread to a nearby bed. Fortunately the bedroom door was closed which held the fire in that one room until firefighters arrived. The bed room suffered substantial damage, but the remainder of the mobile home only suffered slight smoke damage. Click here for more information. 



Stations 4, 18, 19 and 26 responded to a dwelling fire in the Red Root Community near Ruffin at 9:49 AM Wednesday. The fire occurred at 26 Sampson Lane. Firefighters arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the rear of the two-story home. Engine 18's crew made entry with one 1-3/4 hand line and had the fire in the kitchen area contained within about 8 minutes.Click here for more information.


Stations 1, 7, 9, 10, 15, 18, 19 and 23 responded to a dwelling fire at 1176 Buckner Road in the Islandton Community Friday afternoon 17-October at 12:11.  The homeowner reported that she was sleeping and was awakened by loud noises which sounded like a tornado. Upon investigation she discovered the rear of the house was heavily involved. She made several calls to 9-1-1 on a cell phone, but had poor reception.  Click here for more information.



Our condolences go out to Station 15 Firefighter Don Sineath and his family.  Firefighter Sineath's mother passed away yesterday.  Visitation will be held tonight (10/16) at Parker Rhoden Funeral Home in Walterboro from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.  A graveside service will be held tomorrow (10/17) at Peniel Church on Forks Road in Islandton at 11:00 AM.


In conjunction with CSX Railroad, Hepaco and the Colleton County Emergency Management Preparedness, Fire-Rescue hosted a train derailment table top scenario. The training room at Station 19 was transformed into an incident command post and employees from several different agencies participated in mitigating the mock incident. The incident itself involved the derailment of approximately 20 railroad cars and involved a fire and the release of several toxic materials.  Click here for more information.



The bridge located at 324 Burlington Road has been closed for repairs.  Any addresses below 324 Burlington Road can still be accessed from Jefferies Highway; however, any addresses above 324 Burlington Road, including Koger Park, must be accessed from the Keegan Road side of Burlington.  The bridge will be out of service until December 19, 2008.  Click here to see a larger picture of the closing.



At 16:17, Tuesday 14-October, Stations 5, 19 and 26 responded to a dwelling fire at 8458 Jefferies Highway. Engine 5 reported heavy smoke conditions on arrival, which quickly became heavy fire from the second story when the fire broke through a balcony door. During a walk around, the IC discovered heavy fire conditions on the first floor in an addition to the original structure. Click here for more information.



Colleton County Fire-Rescue members had the rare opportunity to pre-plan a blimp on Monday. The Lowcountry Regional Airport is a waypoint for several zeppelins as they travel up and down the east coast. We have had visits from the Fuji Blimp, the Met-Life Blimp and on Monday it was perhaps the most famous of the dirigibles, the Good Year Blimp. Click here for more information.  



Stations 1, 19 and 26 responded to a high speed MVC on I-95 at Exit 62 Friday evening 10-October at 17:30. A northbound small car who was being chased by Law Enforcement, left the roadway and entered the median. The car drove down the embankment, through the wooded median and emerged on the northbound side before striking a southbound tractor trailer head-on. Click here for more information.



Columbia, S.C. October 9, 2008 -  Lynell Denise  Manigo, 24, of 404 Witsell Street, #105, Walterboro, Jasmine Shantaye  Fair, age 22, of 601 Greenpond Highway, #1G, Walterboro and Shakia Graham, 23,  of 404 Witsell Street, #205, Walterboro, waived venue and pled guilty  yesterday in the Jasper County General Sessions Court to the offense of  Presenting False Claims for Payment more than $1,000 but less than $5,000  before The Honorable Carmen Tevis Mullen.  All had originally  been indicted in Colleton County with Presenting False Claims for  Payment, $5,000 or more.  Click here for more information.

Two new breathing air compressors are being installed and the current unit at Station # 19 is being relocated in an effort to improve our operations. County Council approved a request from the Fire-Rescue Commission to purchase two additional breathing air compressors in last fiscal year. The units were not delivered until early this fiscal year. The Buear Unicus units are fully self contained and feature a ten horse power compressor, four cylinder cascade system and fully enclosed fill station. Click here for more information.