Colleton County Fire-Rescue

May 2016

We are extremely proud to announce that Colleton County Fire-Rescue has improved its ISO Classification to an ISO Class 3!  This means lower insurance premiums for our citizens and puts our department in the top 8% of departments nationwide.

30/May/2016 – Structure Fire Mutual Aid – “C” Shift

Fire-Rescue responded as mutual aid to the City of Walterboro Fire Dept on a structure fire at 100 Sniders Hwy, Colleton Heights Apartments. City Firefighters encountered heavy smoke and flames coming from a second story apartment. Crews used a deck gun to knock down most of the flames, then advanced handlines to quickly extinguish the remaining fire. The bulk of the fire was contained to the unit of origin, however smoke and water damaged other units in the eight unit building. Click here for more information.

28/May/2016 – Fatal Shooting Incident – “C” shift

Two adult males were shot, one fatally during an incident at Leon’s Club located at 8150 Round O Road south of Cottageville Saturday morning 28-May. The first report to 9-1-1 was received at 03:28. Two Medic units were assigned while Sheriff’s Deputies secured the scene. Firefighter-Paramedics found a 31 year old male lying in the roadway on the rural section of Round O Road. The second victim was found lying on a car near the building. Bystanders were comforting the injured.  Click here for more information.

26/May/2016 – MVC with Entrapment – “B” Shift

A single car MVC in the 7900 block of Ritter Road sent a 55 year old Green Pond woman to the Trauma Center. At 19:37 on Thursday afternoon 26-May, a caller reported the accident advising the car left the roadway and overturned. The caller advised he could not locate the patient and thought they may have been ejected. A Sheriff’s Deputy arrived moments later and advised the driver was trapped inside the car. Medic 6 went on-scene a few minutes later, noting the vehicle had heavy damage and was over-turned in the ditch. Click here for more information.

25/May/2016 – High Speed MVC – “B” Shift 

A 46 year old Varnville woman was critically injured after her vehicle collided head-on with a loaded log truck on Sniders Hwy. (SC Hwy 63) at Schoolhouse Road. The accident occurred Wednesday afternoon, 25-May at 14:28. Another tractor trailer was also involved. The Chevrolet pickup suffered heavy damage and caught fire with the woman inside. The truck driver used a portable fire extinguisher to douse the flames, while bystanders pulled the woman from the wreckage. Their quick actions contributing to saving her life.  Click here for more information.

20/May/2016 – First Responder Dinner

Local Girl Scout Troop 294 hosted a dinner for area First Responders on 20-May at Saint Anthony’s Catholic Church. The Troop prepared lasagna dinners with side plates and desserts. Meals were available for dine-in or to go. Dine-in patrons were served by the Girl Scouts!  Fire-Rescue stations were rotated through so all on-duty personnel could participate. Click here for more information.

5/19/2016- Message to All CCFR Personnel from Girl Scout Troop 294
We Stand Together - Girl Scout Troop 294 would like to invite all area First Responders to have dinner on us.  We will be serving lasagna dinner to all the men and women who help save lives and keep us safe.  Join us at Saint Anthony's Catholic Church (925 South Jefferies Blvd) from 5-7pm on Friday, May 20th, 2016.  We will be serving homemade lasagna, fresh corn, side salad, and fresh strawberry shortcake for dessert (with your choice of Tea, Lemonade, or bottled water).  Dine in with us or pick up a box and go!  For all CCFR, WPD, CCSO, and Dispatch.

19/May/2016 – MVC with ejection – “A” Shift 

A 50 year old Cottageville man was critically injured in a single car high speed MVC in the 4200 block of Rehoboth Road (SC Hwy 651) just south of Bazzle Road Thursday afternoon 19-May at 17:12. The southbound 2004 Ford Mustang lost control in a curve, over corrected and entered the northbound ditch. The car struck a driveway culvert, became airborne and flipped over at least once. The vehicle struck a small tree, breaking it in half before coming to rest on its roof. The driver was partially ejected through the rear window. Click here for more info.

18-May – EMS Week Luncheon at CMC

Colleton Medical Center and their staff provided a full course luncheon in honor of Pre-hospital Emergency Medical providers in conjunction with National EMS Week, Wednesday 18-May. Fire-Rescue, LifeNet, surrounding county EMS Departments, several private ambulance providers, Hospital Staff and Doctors attended. The Hospital Emergency Department Director, Christy Judy, coordinated the event which was held in the hospital due to rainy weather. The meal was prepared by the Hospital’s Chef. CMC CEO Brad Griffin also attended.  Click here for more information.

17/May/2016 – MVC with Entrapment – “B” Shift

Two adult males were injured in a high speed single car MVC in the 2700 block of Bells Hwy (SC Hwy 64) at Jones Swamp Road Tuesday evening 17-May at 18:55. According to a witness, the east bound Ford pickup truck lost control and flipped over multiple times. The truck came to rest up an embankment on the west bound side of the highway, lying on its roof. Engine 26 arrived to find the passenger on the ground near the road outside of the vehicle. The man crawled to the location following the collision. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Click here for more information.

15/May/2016 – EMS Memorial Ceremony

Twenty Two Paramedics and EMT’s names were added to the State EMS Memorial in a ceremony held at the site near St. Mathews in Calhoun County Sunday afternoon 15-May. The event is coordinated throughout the year, but highlights a bike ride beginning in Beaufort where a rider for each name makes the three day trek thorough the Lowcountry. Fire and EMS units from each county escort the bike riders safely through their jurisdictions, providing rest stops along the route. A support team also accompanies the riders on their journey. Click here for more information.

14/May/2016 – MVC w Multiple Patients – “B” Shift

Two adults and four teenagers were injured in a two car collision at the intersection of Bells Hwy (SC Hwy 64) and Upchurch Lane Saturday evening 14-May. At 19:23 the compact car and minivan collided causing the min-van to flip over on its side. Fire-Rescue, Walterboro Police and Fire units responded. The two adults in the van were transported to Colleton Medical Center. Three of the teenagers ranging in age from 15 to 19 were transported to CMC, while a 19 year old male with significant injuries was transported by Fire-Rescue Medic 19 to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical in Summerville. Click here for more info.

13/May/2016 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

An 800 square foot barn was destroyed when an unattended debris fire was blown into a field in the 1100 block of Green Pond Hwy. Friday afternoon 13-May. At 14:40, multiple reports were made to 9-1-1 advising of the field and building fire. Engine 1 arrived minutes later to find the barn fully involved. The structure collapsed shorted after firefighters arrived. Crews deployed multiple handlines to extinguish the blaze. Water supply was handled with Tenders. Firefighters were on the scene for 1-1/2 hours.  Click here for more information.

12/May/2016 – High Speed MVC – “C” Shift

A 63 year old man received multiple traumatic injuries after his motorcycle collided with a car that had stopped on ACE Basin Parkway (US Hwy 17) at the intersection of Ivenia Brown Road Thursday evening 12-May at 22:04. Witnesses advised the passenger car stopped in the travel lane on the dark rural highway. The southbound motorcycle struck the back of the car causing heavy damage to both vehicles and ejecting the motorcycle driver. Click here for more information.

12/May/2016 – High Speed MVC – “C” Shift

Three adults were injured in a two vehicle MVC at the intersection of Jefferies Hwy (US Hwy 15) and Augusta Hwy (SC Hwy 61) Canadys Crossroads Thursday afternoon 12-May at 12:37. Two full sized pickup trucks collided in the intersection causing both vehicles to overturn. One truck was pulling a trailer, which was dislodged and traveled into a wooded area. Bystanders assisted two patients from their vehicle prior to the arrival of Fire-Rescue. All patients were transported to Colleton Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries. Click here for more information.

12-May-2016 - BRIDGE CLOSURE:

We have been informed by SCDOT that they will be replacing the bridge at 12258 Ashton Road, approximately 2/10 mile north of Bachman Road near the Town of Lodge. Construction should begin on 16-May and be completed around 26-August. The road will be closed to through traffic during the construction. All addresses on Ashton Road higher than 12258 will have to be accessed from Bamberg County during the construction. The Bamberg Road number for Ashton Road is S-5-428.

 DETOUR:  To reach Ashton Road from Bamberg County you can use two routes.

1)      BELLS HWY – Travel Bells Hwy. (SC Hwy 64) into Bamberg County for approximately ½ mile and take the first paved road to the left. This is Partridge Road (S-5-459). It dead ends at Ashton Road. Turn left to reach Colleton County.

2)      HALYARD ROAD – Travel Halyard Road (S-15-539) until it dead ends at Ashton Road and turn right to reach Colleton County. Halyard Road is S-5-460 in Bamberg County.

Note: The dry hydrant located at 12468 Ashton Road is on the Bamberg County side of the detour route.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue will be holding pre-employment testing (PET) to fill two full-time Firefighter/Paramedic positions (24/48 shifts) on May 18-20, 2016.  ATTENTION THOSE THAT HAVE SUBMITTED APPLICATIONS THROUGH SC WORKS STATE EMPLOYMENT OFFICE AND HAVE NOT BEEN CONTACTED BY THE FIRE-RESCUE DEPARTMENT: You can now email resumes and supporting documentation directly to Colleton County Human Resources Department at .  Click here for more information. 

06/May/2016 – MVC with Ejection – “C” Shift

Three women were injured, one critically, in a high speed single car rollover accident Friday afternoon 06-May on Mount Carmel Road at Sigwald Lane. The accident was reported at 12:54, when a Ford Expedition traveling south on Mount Carmel Road lost control and flipped over several times. The SUV suffered heavy damage coming to rest on Sigwald Lane. A 19 year old female was ejected from the vehicle and found unconscious in a ditch. Click here for more information.
05/May/2016 - Tractor Trailer Fire - "A" Shift

A tractor trailer transporting passenger vehicles was severely damaged early Thursday morning 05-May.  At 03:58, Fire-Rescue was notified of the incident at the 56 mile marker Interstate 95 southbound.  Engine 26 arrived seven minutes later to find the cab of the tractor trailer fully involved and that the fire had spread to several of the vehicles.  Two 1.75" handlines were deployed.  Station 1 was requested to assist by providing manpower and a tender.  Units were on scene for almost three hours and there were no injuries.  Click here for additional information. 

02/May/2016 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

A two car garage was destroyed in an early morning fire Monday morning 02-May. At 00:18, Fire-Rescue was notified of the incident at 1016 Lowcountry Hwy.(US Hwy 21)  Engine 13 arrived two minutes later to find the single story building well involved. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed two handlines to the building to battle the blaze. A nearby residential dwelling and a vehicle were also endangered, but crews were able to protect them both. It took approximately 20 minutes to gain control of the fire. Firefighters were on the scene for three hours. Click here for more information. 

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