Colleton County Fire-Rescue

March 2019

31/March/2019 – MVC with Air Evac – “C” Shift

A Colleton County man was critically injured in a motor vehicle collision Sunday evening 31-March at 21:00 at the intersection of Hendersonville Hwy (US Hwy 17-A) and Combahee Road. The man had apparently lost control of the motorcycle he was driving and was lying in the southbound lane of Hendersonville Hwy. A passenger car traveling southbound on the dark stretch of rural highway, struck the man. The driver of the car was not injured and immediately stopped to render aid. An off-duty Firefighter-EMT arrived minutes later to assist. Click here for more information.

30/March/2019 – MVC with Entrapment and Air Evac – “B” Shift

Six people were injured, two critically, in a three car head-on collision in the 15000 block of Cottageville Hwy. (US Hwy 17-A) just south of McDanieltown Road near the Edisto River Saturday evening 30-March. At 20:13, 9-1-1 Operators began receiving multiple reports of the motor vehicle crash reporting one child was not breathing and a second patient was trapped in the wreckage. Initial reports indicated nine people were hurt, however only six required ambulance transportation from the scene. Click here for more information.

25/March/2019 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A large storage building was destroyed at 152 Candlelight Road Monday evening 25-March. The incident was reported at 20:52 when the homeowner discovered the 20x20 building ablaze. Engine 19 arrived to find the wood frame building with tin siding fully involved threatening one vehicle. Engine 19 deployed it’s deckgun and quickly knocked down the fire saving the collectable car. Crews deployed two handlines to extinguish the fire and spent about 1-1/2 hours removing the contents to completely extinguish the fire. Click here for more information.

25/March/2019 – Woods/Building Fire – “C” Shift

An unattended yard debris fire spread to a neighbors yard destroying an outside storage building, an automobile and heavily damaging a second small storage unit Monday afternoon 25-March. The incident was reported at 16:53 behind 3565 Cooks Hill Road. Engine 1 set up on Cooks Hill Road, while Tender 1 accessed the fire from a residence on Barley Ct. The fire spread to a third property and burned approx. ¾ of an acre. One Forestry Tractor was requested and cut a line around the woods fire. Click here for more information.

24/March/2019 – Woods Fires – All Shifts

Fire-Rescue and the Forestry Commission have been busy responding to twenty two woods fires over the past week. The largest was a control burn that jumped the fire lines off of Sniders Hwy just west of I-95 on Monday 18-March. Fire-Rescue had 12 units protecting structures, while three Forestry tractors  spent five hours working to contain the fire. Approx. 62 acres burned. The fires continued through the week peeking Saturday as people began to clean property and burn debris. Click here for more information.

24/March/2019 – Carolina Children’s Charity Collections – All Shifts

Fire-Rescue collected money through a boot drive at several businesses over the last two weeks for the annual Carolina Children’s Charity fund drive. Firefighters in Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton and Dorchester Counties  participate in the annual fund drive to assist children and their families in those counties with medical expenses. This year Colleton Firefighters collected at Bi-Lo in Walterboro and Edisto Beach, Walmart on Bells Hwy, IGA on Wichman Street and the BP Station in Cottageville. We are grateful to the those businesses for allowing us to collect at their locations. Click here for more information.
18-March-2019 -
Colleton County Fire-Rescue's Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) will meet tomorrow (3/19/19) at 11:00 at the Emergency Operations Center (108 Simmons Street, Walterboro).  Among other items, we will be discussing an upcoming training opportunity whereby you can learn how to help animals in times of emergencies.  Click
here for more information.

17/March/2019 – MVC with Entrapment – “A” Shift

Four people were injured and one person was trapped after a two car collision in the 700 block of Bells Hwy at Forest Circle Sunday afternoon 17-March at 15:08. The first Fire-Rescue ambulance to arrive found the four injured people and discovered one person who had been trapped after the car was struck in the driver’s door. They requested one additional Fire-Rescue Ambulance and a rescue unit to responded. Click here for more information.

16/March/2019 – SC Paramedic of the Year Award

Local Islandton First Responder, Paramedic Angie Stewart, was named South Carolina Paramedic of the Year for 2019 at the SC EMS Symposium held at Myrtle Beach Saturday 16-March. Stewart edged out many other candidates in the Statewide competition. She works full time at Beaufort County EMS and volunteers with Fire-Rescue in her home community of Islandton. In addition to her regular duties, Angie heads up the Lowcountry FAST Team who provides care and support to other state first responders. Click here for more information.

16/March/2019 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A fire in the kitchen heavily damaged a singlewide mobile home at 184 Geology Lane Saturday evening 16-March at 19:39. The fire started on the stove and spread to the cabinets eventually entering the living room. Firefighters arrived to find smoke visible from all sides of the residence and deployed one 1-3/4 handline to the building. Crews encountered flames inside the residence, but quickly knocked down the fire containing it to the two rooms. The remainder of the home suffered smoke and heat damage, but many personal belongings were saved. Click here for more information.
15-March-2019 -
We are hiring!  Colleton County Fire-Rescue will conduct Pre-Employment Testing (PET) on May 22-24, 2019 at Station 19.  Click
here for more information.
14-March-2019 - Condolences 
It is with sadness that we announce the passing of retired Station 15 Firefighter M.P. (Buddy) Murdaugh who passed away on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  Mr. Murdaugh was a founding member of the Islandton Fire Department in 1981, which became Stations #10 and #15 under the County Fire-Rescue Program in 1994.  Mr. Murdaugh served the community faithfully for decades.  He was 83 years old.  The funeral service was held at Rice Patch Christian Church on March 14.  Both of Mr. Murdaugh's sons, Lt. Rodney Murdaugh and Firefighter Archie Murdaugh currently serve at Station 15. Please keep the Murdaugh family in your prayers.
08/March/2019 – Condolences 
We offer condolences to the Thomas family on the passing of Ms. Margaret (Peggy) Thomas of Cottageville who passed away on 08-March. Funeral services were held at Parker Rhoden Funeral Home in Walterboro on 13-March. Mrs. Thomas was the wife of E.H. (Billy) Thomas, who served as Fire-Rescue Commission Chairman for 10 years. She was also active in the Cottageville community and served on the Lady’s Auxiliary of the former Cottageville Volunteer Fire Department many years ago. Mrs. Thomas and her contributions will be missed. Please remember her family in your prayers.
3/8/2019 - S.C. Severe Weather and Flood Safety Week is March 10-16, 2019.  It includes the annual statewide tornado drill, which will be held on March 13, 2019 at 9:00 AM.  Click here to view the press release.

02/March/2019 – Emergency Services Softball Tournament

The 8th Annual Emergency Services Softball Tournament was held on 02-March-2019 at the Colleton County Recreation Center north of Walterboro. Nine teams participated this year for the tournament which is only open to emergency service and military personnel. The departments participating this year where, Boeing Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department, Colleton County Fire-Rescue, Dorchester County Fire Rescue, Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office, Hanahan Fire Department, St John’s Fire Department and 2 military teams. Click here for more information.

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