Colleton County Fire-Rescue

October 2018

15/October/2018 – CARE Flight Demo

Flight Paramedic Jordan Eaddy and the C.A.R.E. Flight Team conducted a demo at the Hampton County High School on 15-October. Eaddy, who graduated from the High School, shared the important role of the medical helicopter in pre-hospital medical care, especially in rural communities. Click here for more information.

10/30/2018- We are hiring!  Are you a talented, caring and professional Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT, or Firefighter/Paramedic?  Join our team!  Colleton County Fire-Rescue is conducting Pre-Employment Testing (PET) on November 28-30, 2018.  Click here for more information.

29/October/2018 – Fall Injury with Air Evac – “C” Shift

An adult male received life threatening injuries after he fell one story from some scaffolding while working on a roof. The incident occurred Monday afternoon 29-October in the 300 block of Live Oak Street at approx. 14:03. A family member found the man unconscious and called 9-1-1. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived a short time later. The man had regained consciousness but suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Crews treated the man at the scene, then transported him emergent to the helipad at Colleton Medical Center. Click here for more information.

29/October/2018 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A residence at 515 Rivers Street suffered heavy fire damage in a mid-morning incident. The fire was reported at 08:55, Monday morning 29-October. Engine 1 arrived to find the single story, wooden residence with heavy smoke visible from all sides of the building. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed one handline to the building and made entry through the front door. They found the fire in the kitchen located at the rear of the home. Interior crews spent approximately 10 minutes bringing the fire under control and were on the scene for two hours. Click here for more information.

26-October-2018 – Birth Announcement              

We wish to congratulate Captain Brian Rowe for becoming a grandfather (AGAIN). Captain’s Rowes daughter Alex gave birth to Amelia Grace Fergen Friday. Amelia weighed 8 pounds and 9 ounces. Both Amelia andAlex are doing fine.

25/October/2018 – Camper Fire – “B” Shift

A camper, that was used as a residence,  was destroyed in an evening fire in the 1100 block of Treu Street Thursday 25-October. At 19:24, 9-1-1 Operators received reports of the fire advising the camper had flames coming from the inside. Engine 19 arrived a few minutes later to find the camper fully involved. A nearby pickup truck and several piles of stored materials were also burning. Firefighters deployed several handlines to combat the fire. Crews had the fire knocked down within 20 minutes, but were on the scene for 2-1/2 hours performing overhaul. Click here for more information.

24/October/2018 – Stop the Bleed Training

Colleton County Fire-Rescue, in cooperation with the Colleton County School District, began training teachers and other school staff on bleeding control and emergency measures Wednesday 24-October. The first training session was held at the Middle School after students had left for the day. The training primarily addresses bleeding control and the use of tourniquets for school staff members, since they would be the first on the scene of an emergency at a school facility. Click here for more information.
10/24/2018- Congratulations to Captain Jack Wimberly and his wife Angela on the birth of their son, Easton Joseph.  Easton was born on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 at 13:46.  He weighed in at 7 pounds, 13 ounces, and was 20 inches long.  Both mom and baby are doing well.

13/October/2018 – Fatal MVC with Air Evac – “B” Shift

A 46 yr. old man died from injuries received in a single car, high speed MVC in the 3300 block of McDanieltown Road north of Cottageville Saturday evening 13-October. The accident was reported at 22:40 after the north bound Volkswagen Passat left the roadway, struck a tree and flipped over several times. A passerby drove up on the accident and reported it to 9-1-1. Firefighter-Paramedics stationed in Cottageville, arrived minutes later to find the passenger car blocking one lane of McDanieltown Rd. Click here for more information.

13/October/2018 – ATV Accident with Air Evac – “A” Shift

A 23 year old female received multiple traumatic injuries and a head injury following an ATV accident in the 500 block of Nunuville Road Saturday morning 13-October at 04:12. The circumstances of the accident are being investigated by the Sheriff’s Office, but the female patient came off of the ATV and landed on the pavement. Firefighter-Paramedics found the woman semi-conscious. Click here for more information.

12/October/2018 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift 

A double wide mobile home suffered heavy damage during a morning fire in the 100 block of Claudia Court in Jacksonboro, Friday 12-October at 08:58. Engine 2 reporting seeing a large column of black smoke when leaving the fire station located ½ mile away. Upon arrival, crews reported smoke and flames visible from the building. Firefighters deployed multiple handlines to combat the fire. The residence received substantial damage. No one was home when the fire occurred and not injuries were reported. Click here for more information.

10/11/2018- Colleton County’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is returning to OpCon 4 (Monitoring) and the EOC will close at 5:30 pm this evening.  Power outages were widespread this morning. Damages were limited to trees and power lines downed by 50+ mph winds overnight and this morning.  Through the diligence and hard work of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, Colleton County Public Works Department, and utility providers, many of these damaged areas have been cleared and power has been restored in many areas.  

Colleton County government offices, landfill, and convenience sites will reopen tomorrow under normal hours.  Colleton County public schools will also resume tomorrow, using a normal schedule. Walterboro City garbage pickup will also resume as normal tomorrow.

10/10/2018- Hurricane Michael is approaching Colleton County, and residents will soon begin seeing its effects.  Tropical storm force winds may begin Wednesday night to Thursday morning, and may include sustained winds from 25-35 mph with higher gusts, rainfall of 2-4 inches, and storm surge inundation of 1 to 2 feet over usual tides.  Minor to moderate coastal flooding is expected. Colleton County residents are instructed to shelter in place overnight and throughout the day tomorrow, if possible. Colleton citizens should limit unnecessary travel. Your home may provide you better protection than being caught out in the open or in your vehicle on the roadway when conditions begin to deteriorate.  Fire-Rescue and Law Enforcement personnel will continue to respond to emergencies unless winds reach a dangerous threshold. DO NOT go out until the storm is over. Stay inside your home in an interior room at the lowest level of your home and away from windows. Remember to report power outages to your electricity provider, not to 9-1-1. 9-1-1 is for emergencies only.  If you are utilizing a generator, ensure it is at least 20 feet from your home. Do not utilize grills or generators inside your home. Avoid damaged structures and assume that all power lines that are down are energized and could kill you if contacted.

Be safe and be smart during this difficult time.  The National Weather Service projects that winds will subside by Thursday night (around 8 pm).  Once the storm has passed, Fire-Rescue, Law Enforcement, and Emergency Management personnel will be here to help our citizens through the recovery process.

Colleton County public schools, government offices, landfill and convenience sites will be closed tomorrow (Thursday, October 11th), and there will be no City of Walterboro garbage pick-up.

08/October/2018 – Fire Prevention – “C” Shift

Fire prevention education began this morning with activities at Black Street Childhood Center Monday morning 08-October. The preschoolers learned many safety skills including how to Stop, Drop and Roll if their clothes were to catch on fire and about the importance of smoke detectors in the home. They interacted with Patches, Fire-Rescue’s Robotic Dalmatian and they got to tour a Fire Engine and Ambulance. The Fire Prevention activities are taught in all of the schools during the month of October to coincide with National Fire Prevention Week which began today. Click here for more information.

08/October/2018 – Tractor Trailer MVC – “C” Shift

At 08:07, two Semi-trucks collided on Interstate 95 near the 68 mile marker under the Augusta Hwy (SC Hwy 61) overpass.  A refrigerated truck had stopped in the breakdown lane and was not moving. The driver of a second northbound tractor trailer, hauling a moving van trailer,  advised he suffered a blowout causing his rig to also enter the breakdown lane. The moving truck struck the rear of the refrigerated truck causing heavy damage to both vehicles. The moving truck came to rest approximately 800 feet north of the collision leaving a large debris field which block one lane of the highway. Click here for more information.

06/October/2018 – MVC with overturned Vehicle – “A” Shift

At 18:59 Saturday evening 06-October, two vehicles collided in the intersection of Bells Hwy (SC Hwy 64) and Lodge Hwy (SC Hwy 217). One van overturned in the intersection blocking two lanes of traffic and a minivan then struck a building on the corner. Engine 23 and Squad 23 arrived to find the transit van on its side. The patient suffered non-life threatening injuries, but was unable to exit the vehicle. The driver of the mini-van was uninjured. Firefighters removed the windshield, then extricated the driver of the transit van using spinal precautions. Click here for more information.

03/October/2018 – Fatal MVC with Air Evac – “A” Shift

A 76 year old Bamberg County man died as a result of injuries received in a single vehicle MVC on Lumber Road at Getha Road north of the Town of Williams Wednesday night 03-October at 22:57. An off-duty Walterboro Firefighter drove up on the accident and notified 9-1-1. The driver was trapped in the car and suffered multiple traumatic injuries. Fire-Rescue Medic 7 arrived to the rural intersection about 9 minutes later to find a heavily damaged Ford Ranger pickup truck in the ditch. Click here for more information.
10/2/2018 - Fire-Rescue expresses condolences to County Administrator Kevin Griffin and his family on the death of his grandmother Matilda Blanton who passed away on Saturday 29-September.  Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Wednesday, October 3, 2018, at First Baptist Church in St. Matthews.  The family will receive friends one hour before the service, beginning at 10 AM in the fellowship hall.
10/2/2018- We wish to express condolences to Lt. Ray Delonge on the death of his father, Stephen Delonge who passed away on 29-September at the Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro. The funeral will be held Thursday 4-October at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, 206 Central Ave. in Summerville at 11:00.
10/2/2018- Colleton County Fire-Rescue will conduct Pre-Employment Testing (PET) on November 28-30, 2018.  If you are a talented and caring Firefighter, Firefighter/EMT, or Firefighter/Paramedic and are interested in a position with our department, click here for more information.

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