Colleton County Fire-Rescue

February 2018

03/March/2018 – Field and Barn Fire – “C” Shift

A field fire got out of hand and extended to a barn and shed behind 2194 Cooler Dairy Road Saturday afternoon 03-March at 15:15. Engine 19 arrived to find the older 40 by 40 wooden barn fully involved and a shed near the barn also well involved. A fast moving grass fire was also burning threatening a residence and a vehicle. Firefighters deployed one 2-1/2 handline and two 1-3/4 handlines to combat the fire and protect the exposures. The grass fire was quickly contained and crews worked for 30 minutes to bring the barn fire under control. Click here for more information.

03/March/2018 – Emergency Services Softball Tournament

Fire-Rescue hosted the annual Emergency Services Softball Tournament at the Colleton Recreation Complex Saturday 03-March. Eight teams participated this year including Jasper County Fire-Rescue, Dorchester County Fire-Rescue, Burton Fire,  Mt. Pleasant Fire-Rescue, St. Johns Fire-Rescue, City of Charleston Fire-Dept., Boeing Fire Dept. and Colleton County Fire-Rescue. Teams competed most of the day and the winner was St. John’s Fire-Rescue. Jasper County took the second place trophy. Click here for more information.

02/March/2018 – MVC with Air Evac – “B” Shift

An 85 year old woman was in critical condition following a two vehicle MVC at the intersection of Jefferies Hwy and Industrial Road Friday evening 02-March at 17:43. Witnesses advised the woman’s minivan collided with a north bound pickup truck as she turned onto Jefferies Hwy. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived to find the mini-van with heavy damage in the middle of the road. The pickup truck was off the roadway at the wood line. Click here for more information.
3/2/2018 - Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Mike Duffy on obtaining is Certified Flight Paramedic (FP-C).
3/2/2018 - Colleton County Fire-Rescue's Emergency Management Division will be hosting a Basic Storm Spotter Training on Monday, March 19, 2018 from 10:00 to 12:00.  The class will be held at the Colleton County Career Skills Center (1085 Thunderbolt Drive in Walterboro).  You can register by contacting the Colleton County Emergency Operations Center at (843) 549-5632 or by emailing
3/2/2018 - Governor Henry McMaster has proclaimed the week of March 4 - 10, 2018 Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week and encourages all South Carolinians to participate in the statewide Tornado Drill on the morning of March 7th.

01/March/2018 – HazMat Response – “A” Shift

Traffic on the northbound lanes of I-95 near the 52 mile marker were closed for about 45 minutes while HazMat crews and Bomb Technicians insured several packages were not dangerous Wednesday morning 01-March at 09:24. The series of events began about 2-1/2 hours earlier when a single vehicle crash near that location was reported. The SC Highway Patrol responded and found the vehicle had been stolen from Virginia. Colleton Sheriff’s Deputies who responded to assisted the Trooper found the occupant walking along I-95 near mile marker 52, south of Walterboro. Click here for more information.

27/February/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

At 06:38 Tuesday morning 27-Februaury, 9-1-1 received a report of a fire in the gym of the former Cottageville School located at 72 Salley Ackerman Drive in the Town of Cottageville. The array of four former school buildings makes up the Cottageville Municipal Complex. The two older brick veneer buildings which were constructed in the 1930s, consisted of a 10,200 square foot two story Gym and a 200’ long, 11,500 square foot main school building which were once used as classrooms. Both buildings have been vacant for nearly a decade and were used for storage by the town. Click here for more information.

26/February/2018 – Fatal Auto Pedestrian Accident

An adult male was struck by a SUV on Bells Hwy at Dandridge Road Monday evening 26-February at 20:28. Witnesses advised the man stepped into traffic from the sidewalk. He suffered multiple traumatic injuries and was in cardiac arrest when a Sheriff’s Deputy drove up on the accident shortly after it occurred. The Deputy began performing CPR on the man until Firefighter-Paramedics arrived. The patient was then transported to Colleton Medical Center in Medic 26, but did not survive. Click here for more information.

26/February/2018 – Single Car MVC – “C” Shift

Five men were injured after a pickup truck towing a construction trailer left the roadway in the 5700 block of Lowcountry Hwy (US Hwy 21) Tuesday morning 26-February. The accident was reported to 9-1-1 at 06:26. The accident reportedly occurred after the driver tried to avoid a deer. The truck drove down an embankment and struck several trees before rolling over on its side. A rear passenger was partially ejected in the crash. Click here for more information.

24/February/2018 – Shooting Incident – “B” Shift

At 09:01, 9-1-1 Dispatchers began receiving reports of a person shot at 33 Campground Road at the Motel 6. Law Enforcement arrived quickly and cleared the scene for other responders. An adult male patient was found unresponsive inside one of the rooms. Firefighter-Paramedics from Medic 1 evaluated the man, but he had no signs of life. The Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. Walterboro Police Officers are investigating the homicide which may have been related to a domestic dispute. Click here for more information.
22/February/2018 - Birth Announcement

Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Justin Benton and his wife Cari on the birth of their daughter.  Claire Elizabeth Benton was born on 2/21/2018 at 13:11 hours.  She weighed 6 lbs and 1 oz and was 18.5 inches long.  Both Claire and her mom are doing well. 

21/February/2018 – Fatal MVC with Entrapment – “B” Shift

A Cottageville woman was killed and two other people were injured in a two vehicle high speed MVC in the 14000 block of Cottageville Hwy (US Hwy 17-A) Wednesday evening 21-February at 19:24. The accident was located on a straight portion of the highway near McDanieltown Road which is east of the Town of Cottageville. Fire-Rescue units arrived minutes after 9-1-1 was notified of the crash. They found the two lane highway completely blocked by the cars and debris. Click here for more information.

20/February/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift 

Firefighters saved a residence at 123 Hamwalk Lane north of Cottageville Tuesday morning 20-Febraury. At 07:48, units were notified of a residence on fire at this location. Engine 9 arrived a short time later to find smoke and flames coming from the front of the singlewide mobile home. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed one 1-3/4 handline and entered the structure. They were able to quickly knock down the flames and contain the fire to one room. Click here for more information.

18/February/2018 – Fall Injury with Medevac – “B” Shift

A 42 year old Walterboro man was critically injured in a fall Sunday afternoon 18-Febraury at 12:43. The man was working to replace a roof in the 300 block of Carn Street when he fell from a ladder landing on some brick steps. His co-workers found him unconscious with multiple fractures and a head injury. They notified 9-1-1. Fire-Rescue units arrived minutes later and began treating the man. The C.A.R.E. Flight helicopter was placed on standby at Colleton Medical Center. Click here for more information.

17/February/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

At 18:17, Saturday afternoon 17-February, 9-1-1 began receiving reports of a large fire in the 300 block of Dandridge Road. The location is in the unincorporated area in the Hyde Park Subdivision and sits on the City Limit of Walterboro behind Colleton Medical Center. Responding units could see a large column of thick black smoke while enroute to the location. The Firefighter-Paramedic on the C.A.R.E. Flight Helicopter could see the flames and smoke from the helicopter base at the hospital and was the first on the scene.  Click here for more information.

15/February/2018 – Structure Fires – “A” Shift

Firefighters made a quick knock down on a well involved structure fire located at 188 Bedon Road Wednesday morning 15-February at 10:41. The occupants closed the doors to the rooms which helped contain the fire to the room of origin. Engine 19 deployed multiple handlines and quickly brought the fire under control, saving the residence. The room suffered heavy damage, but the remainder of the house was saved. Click here for more information.

10 & 11/February/2018 – Tactical Combat Casualty Care Course

Fire-Rescue conducted a TCCC Training Course at Station # 19 on 10 and 11 February. Personnel learned how tactical operations blend with pre-hospital medicine in a combat environment. It prepares street Medics for dynamic operations and introduces evidence-based, life-saving techniques and strategies for providing the best trauma care on the battlefield.  Click here for more information.

08/February/2018 – New Ambulance placed in service – “A” Shift

Medic 7 was placed in service at Station # 7 at 18:30 Thursday evening 08-February. After many years County Council was able to fund the ALS Unit to serve the northwestern portion of the county. Firefighter-Paramedic Kevin Varnadoe and Firefighter-EMT Ashley Ackerman worked the first shift. Previously, Medic 18 covered the area from Bells Crossroads and was the only west side ambulance covering an immense response area. Click here for more information.

Bloodwork and PPD injections for the annual Fire Brigade Clearances will begin on 26 February.  For the list of locations, dates and times along with the list of pre-scheduled physical appointments, click here.

07/February/2018 – Shooting Incident – “C” Shift

An adult male received two gunshot wounds to the thigh in a shooting incident Wednesday evening 08-February. At 20:47, Fire-Rescue units were dispatched to 609 Francis Street for the report of a person shot. Information indicated the actual incident location occurred at a business on Hampton Street and the patient was brought to this location approximately 9 blocks away. Click here for more information.

02/February/2018 – Fatal Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A 70 year old Colleton County man and a small dog perished in a morning fire at his residence located at 20438 Augusta Hwy. Friday morning 02-February. At 05:14, a motorist traveling on Augusta Hwy noticed the flames and notified 9-1-1. The home sat off of the roadway. The caller advised the home was fully involved. Engine 36 arrived 7 minutes later reporting a fully involved single story brick veneer residential dwelling and that the roof had already collapsed.  Click here for more information.

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