Colleton County Fire-Rescue

August 2019

29-Aug through 07-Sept – EOC Operations Hurricane Dorian

Multiple agencies came together to staff the Fire-Rescue Emergency Operations Center (EOC) located at 108 Simmons Street, for the duration of Hurricane Dorian. Dorian was a deadly, powerful Category 5 hurricane that devastated the Bahamas, but fortunately only skirted the coast of South Carolina before making landfall at the outer banks of North Carolina. The storm bought heavy rains and some tropical force winds to Colleton County.  The EOC was brought on line early in the storm to monitor the progress and begin preparing for the effects as it was projected to cause more damage to SC. Click here for more information.

28/August/2019 – Paramedic Graduation

Four Colleton County Firefighter-EMTs graduated from the Paramedic Training Program at Rescue Training in Savannah Georgia Wednesday morning 28-August. The graduation ceremony was conducted at Rescue Training’s Savannah facility at 10:00. The students have been attending the 11 month long, 1500 hour course since September of 2018. Students attended class in Savannah two days a week and performed clinical training at several hospitals and EMS agencies in Georgia and the Lowcountry. Click here for more information.
8/31/2019- Colleton County's Emergency Operations Center has moved to Operational Condition 2.  This enables many more preparations to begin occurring.  Click here for more information.
8/30/2019- Colleton County officials continue to monitor Hurricane Dorion.  It is becoming more likely that Colleton County will experience some sort of impacts from Hurricane Dorion, although it is still too early to determine what those impacts may be.  Click here for more information.

28/August/2019 – Condolence

We offer condolences to the family of Firefighter Demetrius Gilyard whose mother, Kathy Durant Porter, passed away 22-August. Funeral arrangements were handled by Riley Funeral Home in Hampton SC. Please remember their family in your prayers as they deal with this sudden loss.

8/28/2019- Colleton County Fire-Rescue's Emergency Management Division continues to monitor Tropical Storm Dorion.  While it is still too early to determine what the effects will be on Colleton County, citizens should begin reviewing their evacuation and hurricane plans.  Click here for more information.

27/Aug/2019 – Shooting Incident – “A” Shift

A reported drive-by shooting into a home occurred in the 1700 block of White Hall Rd at 00:00 (mid-night) Tuesday 27-August. One bullet struck a 1 year old boy in the thigh as he slept in the residence. Fortunately no one else was injured. Sheriff’s Deputies quickly secured the scene and Firefighter-Paramedics rapidly accessed the child. He was transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 13 to meet with the CARE Flight medical helicopter, then flown to the Pediatric Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. Click here for more information.

24/August/2019 – Motorcycle MVC with ejection – “B” Shift 

A 57 yr old Ruffin man was severely injured in a single vehicle motorcycle accident Saturday afternoon 24-August at 14:56. An alert motorist noticed grass was displaced on the shoulder of Sunrise Road near Yamacraw Dr east of Smoaks. They turned around to investigate and found the man lying semi-conscious at the wood line. Firefighter-Paramedics from Station # 7 in Smoaks arrived minutes later and began treating the man’s injuries. Click here for more information.

14-August-2019 – Bleeding Control Training


Members of Fire-Rescue conducted the BECON (Bleeding Control) training course for members of Nova Church on Wednesday August 14th at 18:30.  In the one and one half hour course, participants learn that with little or no medical training they can act as immediate responders to provide initial trauma care and bleeding control to a victim of traumatic injury prior to the arrival of emergency services.  The course included both classroom and practical sessions where the participants practiced placing tourniquets on simulated trauma patients and other bleeding control techniques.  For more information about BECON you can go to If you would like to schedule a class, contact Fire-Rescue Headquarters at 843-539-1960. 
Colleton County Fire-Rescue will hold an INTERIM Pre-Employment Testing (PET) Session on September 25-27, 2019. 
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10/August/2019 – Auto vs Pedestrian – “C” Shift

An adult male received multiple traumatic injuries after being struck by a car in the 1100 block of Bells Hwy near Kimbrell Street Saturday evening 10-August at 20:32. The man was found lying in an east bound travel lane. Firefighter-Paramedics treated his injuries at the scene. No helicopters could fly due to poor weather conditions. He was transported emergent by Fire-Rescue Medic 26 to the Trauma Center at Trident Medical Center in North Charleston. Click here for more information.

07/August/2019 – Fatal High Speed MVC – “C” Shift

A adult male was killed after he was ejected from a vehicle in the 28100 block of Lowcountry Hwy (US Hwy 21) in Smoaks Wednesday afternoon 07-August. At approximately 18:27, the northbound Toyota Sequoia lost control in a curve near the center of Town and flipped over several times before coming to rest on its roof in a yard. The reported driver was thrown approximately 50 feet from the car and was found lifeless when Firefighter-Paramedics arrived minutes later. Five other people were injured in the crash. Two additional ambulances were requested to assist at the scene. Click here for more information.

06/August/2019 – Shooting Incident – “B” Shift

An adult male was fatally shot at a residence located in the 700 block of Francis Street Tuesday afternoon 06-August at 11:35. A Deputy was in the area and chased the vehicle to a nearby subdivision where the suspects ran from officers. Two suspects were later apprehended by the Sheriff’s Office. The victim was an adult male who had no signs of life when Firefighter-Paramedics arrived. The Coroner’s Office was notified and responded to the scene. The Sheriff’s Office and SLED are investigating the incident. Click here for more information.

04/August/2019 – High Speed MVC with ejection – “C” Shift

Two men were critically injured in a single car, high speed MVC on Round O Road near Pleasant Grove and Cannon Roads Sunday afternoon 04-August at 17:46. The northbound Dodge Charger crossed into the southbound ditch just before Pleasant Grove Road, crossed Pleasant Grove, returned to the northbound ditch before striking several large pine trees and flipping over at least once. The vehicle suffered heavy damage. The car traveled over 700 feet before coming to rest on its side in the ditch at the intersection of Cannon Road. Click here for more information.

03/August/2019 – Shooting Incident – “B” Shift

Three people were shot in a reported drive by shooting in the 100 block of Glover Street Saturday evening 03-August. At 20:59, an off duty Deputy who lives in the area reported over the radio of shots being fired at the location. 9-1-1 immediately began receiving reports of multiple rounds of gunfire in the residential area. The Deputy, other Sheriff’s Office units and City Police were on the scene minutes later. They reported two people, an adult and a child were at the scene with gunshot wounds. Click here for more information.

02/August/2019 – Lawnmower Accident – “A” Shift

A four year old girl was severely injured when she was reported run over by a riding lawnmower in the 9800 block of Bells Highway (SC Hwy 64). 9-1-1 was notified of the incident at 15:14, Friday afternoon 02-August. Bystanders advised responders the child ran in front of the lawnmower. The child suffered an amputation to one leg and injuries to the other. The grandparents are credited with quick action to control the bleeding which contributed to saving her life. Click here for more information.

01/August/2019 – MVC with Entrapment and Air Evac – “B” Shift 

A NC truck driver miraculously survived a high speed MVC that destroyed his semi rig Thursday morning 01-August. At 02:50, Colleton 9-1-1 received several reports of a tractor trailer truck that left the roadway and struck several trees near the 47 mile marker southbound. The southbound 2019 Kenworth, left the roadway at a high rate of speed, crossed a ditch, then entered the woods striking multiple trees, before hitting two large pine trees head-on. The cab was crushed and displaced. Click here for more information.

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