Colleton County Fire-Rescue

March 2014

3/31/2014- Important Radio System Upgrades
Starting on March 31, 2014 through April 11, 2014 Palmetto 800 will be conducting their yearly system wide upgrade.
The primary upgrade that will affect our area will occur on Tuesday April 1, 2014. There will be two state wide system outages. The first one will start around 2100 hours and the second will start around 2300 hours. These outages could last up to 30 minutes but may last only 5 minutes. During these outages dispatch will be operating in a site trunking mode. We will be in “Storm Mode”. What this means is that dispatch will only have the CCFR Dispatch Talk group to operate on during this time frame and will not be able to send alerts to the units in the field.
The staffed stations 1, 6, 9, 13, 18, 19 and 26 will need to monitor the radio on the Fire-Rescue Dispatch talk group during this time frame because the station radio will not alert.
The units on Edisto Island will need to use 8 SC TAC 2 (which is located in the conventional zone in the base station and zone D in their portables) or a cell phone to communicate with dispatch.
The Code Messaging/CAD Page system will not be effected.

27/March/2014 – Multiple Structure Fires – Three Alarms - “C” Shift

A yard debris fire quickly escalated into a three alarm response which destroyed three homes, a storage building and damaged a large wooden abandoned dwelling.  Approximately 10 acres of woods and brush were also burned. At 13:42, 9-1-1 was notified by a caller who stated a yard debris fire had spread to two houses near 47 Harry Lane. Click here for more information.

23/March/2014 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

A residential dwelling located at 718 Durango Lane was heavily damage by a fire Sunday morning 23-March at 00:21. The occupants were alerted to the fire by smoke alarms. The fire started from electrical wiring in the ceiling of the doublewide mobile home above the kitchen. It burned through the attic space above the living area in the center of the structure. Click here for more information.

15-March-2014 – Joint Training with Dorchester County  

Twenty Five Firefighters from Colleton and Dorchester Counties participated in a joint training exercise at the Dorchester County Fire Training Site at Station # 3 in Harleyville, Saturday 15-March. The firefighters were put into teams made up from members of both departments. Click here for more information.

3/19/2014- Message from Chief McRoy
All Personnel – This is the last week for annual physicals. The final day is Saturday 22-March. All personnel are required to have an annual physical meeting the OSHA Standards. You were given an appointment during OSHA Training last month. If you have any questions, please contact Richard Sheffield at Headquarters.

18/March/2014 – Fatal MVC – “C” Shift

An adult male died Tuesday afternoon 18-March after being struck by a SUV in the 7700 block of Green Pond Highway (SC Hwy. 303) just north of Ritter Crossroads. 9-1-1 received several reports of the accident at 13:30. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived minutes later to find a Chevrolet Tahoe with heavy damage on the northbound shoulder of the road. Click here for more information.

14/March/2014 – Fatal Shooting Incident – “B” Shift

At 18:07, Friday 14-March, Fire-Rescue and Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the 200 block of Pansy Street for a reported person shot. While units were responding, the location was changed to 202 Godwin Street, an auto repair shop which is about ½ block away. Responding units were also advised that one person who was injured had left the scene in a SUV and headed in the direction of the hospital. Click here for more information.
11/March/2014- CCFR Receives FM Global Fire Prevention Grant 

Colleton County Fire-Rescue has received a $3,275 fire prevention grant from FM Global, one of the world’s largest commercial property insurers.  Click here for more information.
The 20th Annual Carolina Children’s Charity Golf Tournament will be held 01-April at Legends Oaks Plantation. The format will be four player Captain’s Choice and will have a shotgun start at 13:00. Trophies will be awarded for first, second and third place teams. There will be door prizes and lunch. Cost is $65.00 per person. The event is hosted by the Old Fort Fire Department. If you are interested in participating, please contact Asst. Chief Joe Medlock, Old Fort Fire Department, 4214 Ladson Road, Ladson, SC 29456 / 843-873-5620
PASCOAG, R.I. — See the attached link for an update on the story of Tyler Seddon and response from First Responders around the Globe.

07/March/2014 – MVC w/entrapment – “A” Shift

A high speed roll-over accident sent two people to the hospital Friday afternoon 07-March. At 17:18, while Fire-Rescue units were working a structure fire, a gas leak and a school bus MCI-MVC, a southbound SUV lost control and over-turned on Interstate 95 near the 49 mile marker. The SUV was traveling south when the driver advised he was cut off by another southbound vehicle causing him to swerve sharply. Click here for more information.

07/March/2014 – School Bus MVC – “A” Shift

Thirteen people were transported after a loaded school bus and a pickup truck collided on Bells Highway at the intersection of Dandridge Road Friday afternoon 7-March at 16:32. The accident occurred during a light rain. Initial reports only indicated three people were injured. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived to find the pickup truck with heavy damage on the curb and the school bus with moderate side damage in the center of the highway. Click here for more information.

07/March/2014 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

A fire heavily damaged a Jerusalem Road home Friday afternoon 07-March at 13:52. A neighbor alerted 9-1-1 that the home had flames coming from the windows and was threatening a second house located about 10 feet away. Engine 6 arrived to find heavy smoke conditions and flames visible from the windows on one end of the doublewide mobile home. Click here for more information.

03-March-2014 – Dr. Seuss’ Birthday at Forest Hills

For the third year, Forest Hills Elementary School held a Dr. Seuss Day, where public officials read Dr. Seuss books to the children in various class rooms.  The event was held to celebrate the author, Theodor Seuss Geisel’s birthday and to encourage reading. Geisel was a poet, writer and cartoonist, who wrote many children’s books under the name Dr. Seuss.  Click here for more information.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue will be conducting Pre-Employment Testing (PET) on May 6-8, 2014.  If you are interested in a position with Colleton County Fire-Rescue, please complete an application as soon as possible.  Click
here to see more information regarding the application process.

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