Colleton County Fire-Rescue

February 2011

2/28/2011- Woods/Structure Fire (B-shift)

Engine 19 responded to a woods fire on Pratt Court Monday afternoon 28-February at 12:38. Upon arriving, firefighters found several acres rapidly burning endangering multiple structures. Light winds easily carried the flames through the neighborhood. Additional units were requested as crews deployed one 1-3/4 handline and a booster line to combat the fire. Click here for additional information.


2/27/2011- Traumatic Injury with Air Evacuation (A-shift)

At 18:29 Sunday evening 27-February, Medic 9 was dispatched to 20864 Augusta Hwy for a person who was injured by a car falling on him. They arrived to find a patient in critical condition with multiple traumatic injuries and head trauma. According to witnesses, the patient had been working on the vehicle when it fell on his head. Personnel treated the man at the scene and requested a medical helicopter to respond. Omniflight-Charleston landed in a field near the home.  Click here for additional information.


2/27/2011- Fatal MVC with Entrapment (A-shift)

A two car collision on Interstate 95 has left two people deceased. Stations 1 and 26 responded to the 49 mile marker NB at 17:02. Witness stated a northbound Mustang collided with a northbound Chevrolet Suburban causing the large SUV to lose control. The Suburban went off the right shoulder, flipping over several times before striking a pine tree roof first. Click here for additional information. 


2/27/2011- Shooting Incident (A-shift)

A shooting incident occurred at 244 Westside Lane Sunday afternoon 27-February at 15:23. A altercation between two Hispanic males resulted in one man receiving a single gunshot wound to the right lower leg near his ankle. He was treated for the non-life threatening injury at the scene and transported to Colleton Medical Center.  Click here for additional information.


2/24/2011- Woods Fire (A-shift)

A large woods fire kept firefighters busy Thursday afternoon, 24-Feb. At 12:53 9-1-1 Operators received several reports of a “big” fire in the 400 block of Jesse Lane in the Mol Senia Subdivision. Engine 9 arrived advising of a multi-acre, fast moving brush fire endangering multiple homes and requested additional units as well as Forestry.  Click here for additional information.


We wish to offer condolences to Firefighter-EMT Robert McAlhaney and his family. Robbie’s grandmother passed away while he was on duty Wednesday evening. Services were held at the Holiness Church in Orangeburg. Please keep him and his family in your prayers.

2/24/2011- Motorcycle MVC (A-shift)

A head-on motorcycle crash sent one man to the hospital for treatment of multiple traumatic injuries. A 13:42, Thursday 24-February a west bound motorcycle turned in the path of an eastbound passenger car in the intersection of Cottageville Highway and Robertson Blvd. Witnesses stated the two vehicle collided head-on with the motorcycle driver being propelled over the car landing in the intersection. Click here for more information.


2/23/2011- Structure Fire (C-shift)

An older wood frame structure was heavily damaged in a mid afternoon fire Wednesday 23-Feb at 13:49. Engine 17 arrived to find the singe story structure well involved with a doublewide mobile home and a storage building endangered. The flames had already melted the siding away from the mobile home, shattered some windows and the underlying wood was beginning to burn. Click here for additional information.


2/22/2011- MVC with Air Evacuation

A two car collision at the intersection of Lowcountry Highway and Sunrise Road in the Town of Smoaks sent two people to the hospital. A vehicle pulled from Sunrise Road, colliding with a northbound minivan on Lowcountry Highway. Both vehicles received moderate damage, but one occupant received a head injury in the crash. Medic 18 treated the patients and requested an additional ambulance and a helicopter. Click here for more info.


2/19 & 20/2011- Woods Fires (B&C shifts)

The dry conditions, low humidity and moderate winds kept firefighters and Forestry Units busy over the weekend with multiple woods fires throughout the county Saturday and Sunday. Fire units responded to over 30 woods fires from Friday afternoon through Sunday evening. Several outdoor buildings and/or storage buildings were destroyed along with several hundred acres of woods, grass and/or timber and personal property.  Click here for more info.


2/20/2011- Motor Vehicle Collision (C-shift)

A mid-afternoon MVC sent three people to Colleton Medical Center for treatment of non-life threatening injuries. The accident occurred on Sunday, 20-Feb at 13:07. A northbound vehicle lost control near the 58 mile marker causing the small SUV to overturn. The enclosed U-Haul trailer broke away from the vehicle and over-turned multiple times landing on its side in the travel lanes. Click here for additional information.


2/18/2011- Camper/Grass/Vehicle Fire (A-shift)

An electrical short caused a fire that destroyed a twenty foot camper Friday evening 18-February. At 22:01, 9-1-1 Operators received several reports of a large fire off the roadway in the 1900 block of Jefferies Highway. Callers reported hearing an explosion and reported two other buildings were endangered. Engine 19 arrived to find a fully involved camper down a long drive. Click here for additional information.


2/18/2011- Woods Fire (A-shift)

Engine 1 responded to a grass fire near the corner of Sniders Hwy and O’Quinn Lane Friday afternoon 18-Feb at 15:41. Upon arrival, they found a large fast moving grass fire that entered a hay field and a wooded area east of the location. The fire was endangering three homes. A full structural response was requested along with Forestry units. Click here for additional information.


2/18/2011- Structure Fire (A-shift)

Several woods fires kept firefighters busy Friday afternoon with one damaging a barn. Stations 1, 19, 24 and 26 responded to a reported barn fire near the corner of Winchester Road and Shady Dell Lane Friday afternoon 18-Feb at 15:40. Station 1 units were diverted to another incident and Station # 17 was assigned to the Winchester Road fire. Engine 19 arrived to find a fast moving woods/grass fire.... click here for more information.


Firefighter/Paramedic Hank Williamson underwent another surgery lasting seven hours yesterday.  Today he was released from MUSC and is resting and recovering at home.

2/13/2011- MVC with Ejection and Air Evacuation (A-shift)

Station 1 responded to a single vehicle MVC on Green Pond Hwy at Catawba Hill Circle Sunday morning 13-February at 00:33. A small GMC SUV left the roadway and overturned ejecting the adult female driver. A second vehicle found the woman lying semi-conscious in the roadway and alerted 9-1-1. Engine 1 and Medic 1 arrived to find the vehicle upright and the woman in critical condition with multiple traumatic injuries. Click here for more info.


Firefighter-Paramedic Hank Williamson suffered an on the job injury yesterday (12-February) while assigned to Medic 18. He was at Colleton Medical Center when the injury occurred and was briefly treated at the ED and then transported by Medic 26 to the Trauma Center at MUSC. He underwent approximately eight hours of surgery and stayed several hours in ICU.  Click here for additional information.

The South Carolina Fire Academy will host our Annual Southeastern Fire School March 12 – 13, 2011.  We have 15 separate programs that represent every aspect of emergency response within our fire service. Click here to view the training brochure.

We would like to congratulate Firefighter-Paramedic Jonathan Pinckney for successfully passing the National Registry Paramedic examination. 

2/8/2011- Structure Fire (C-shift)

At 15:15 Tuesday afternoon 8-February, Fire-Rescue responded to a report of smoke and fire in the rear of a residence located at 1964 Possum Corner Road. Engine 6, Tender 6 and Medic 6 arrived to find heavy black smoke coming from the one story wood frame structure with approximately 30 percent of the residence burning. The family was at home when the fire occurred, but was able to exit the building without injury. Click here for more info.


2/6/2011- Structure Fire - Two Alarms (A-shift)

A former Smoaks business was destroyed by a suspicious mid-afternoon fire Sunday, 06-February at 13:54. Fire units were dispatched to 1281 Johnsville Road north of the Town of Smoaks for a report of smoke coming from the building. Engine 7 reported on arrival that heavy smoke was visible from all sides of the building with flames coming from the rear of the single story wood frame structure. Click here for additional information.


2/4/2011- MVC with Entrapment (B-shift)

The busy ACE Basin Parkway (US Hwy 17) was closed for seven hours Friday due to an over-turned tractor trailer approximately 1 mile south of Jacksonboro (Pon Pon Plantation Road). Fire-Rescue was notified of the accident at 11:55 reporting a vehicle accident near this location. As additional callers reported to 9-1-1, the accident was reported to involve an over-turned tractor trailer with one person trapped inside. Click here for additional information.


2/4/2011- Medical Emergency with Air Evacuation (A-shift)

Medic 19 requested a medical helicopter for a patient suffering from a critical medical emergency Thursday afternoon 04-Februaury at 13:10. The Sidneys Road patient suffered a sudden onset of symptoms and was transported to the Lowcountry Regional Airport to meet with the Omniflight-Charleston helicopter. He was treated at the scene and while waiting at the airport by here for additional information.


2/3/2011- Motor Vehicle Collision (A-shift)

A single vehicle accident on Prices Bridge Road has left one woman in critical condition and injured one other person. Fire-Rescue was alert to the collision at 22:10, Thursday evening 3-February. According to a witness, the 2003 GMC Sierra pick-up truck was traveling at a high rate of speed in heavy rains when it failed to stop at the end of the dead end road, colliding with a pine tree. Click here for additional information.


2/2/2011- Middle School Job Shadowing 

Two Colleton County middle school students spent the day as firefighters as part of the Colleton School System Job Shadowing Program. Seventh graders Storm Hadwin of Ruffin Middle School and Victoria Dalton of Colleton Middle School rode for ½ shift with Fire-Rescue personnel. Hadwin specifically requested to ride with the Firefighters at Station # 19 in the Airport Industrial Park, north of Walterboro. Click here for additional information.