Colleton County Fire-Rescue

May 2019

5/31/2019 - Hurricane Season begins on Saturday, June 1, 2019 and ends on November 30, 2019.  The National Hurricane Center has predicted that the Atlantic Basin of the United States will experience an average hurricane season this year with 9-15 named storms, 4-8 hurricanes, and 2-4 major hurricanes (Category 3 or higher).  However, the National Weather Service reminds us that, “It Only Takes One Storm to strike your area to make it a bad season!”  As weather normally follows patterns, it is important to note that our area has experienced two major storms in the last six decades.  The first was Hurricane Hugo in 1989 (30 years ago) and the second was Hurricane Gracie in 1959 (30 years before Hugo).  Despite these facts, you should not use weather patterns or predictions to guide your level of preparedness.  You should be prepared each and every year in the event a storm impacts Colleton County.  Click here for more information. 

28/May/2019 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift 

A lamp appeared to be the culprit that started a fire in a residence located in the 3400 block of Possum Corner Road Tuesday morning 28-May. The fire was reported to 9-1-1 at 07:18 when a neighbor saw smoke coming from the 101 year old home. The residence was being renovated and it appeared a lamp was left on and fell over sometime during the night. The lamp ignited the carpet and burned a hole through the floor in a front bedroom. Firefighter-Paramedics arrived to find smoke coming from the eaves of the single story wood frame dwelling. Click here for more information.

26/May/2019 – Workshop Fire – “B” Shift

A workshop located at 211 Moore Hill Lane near Hendersonville was destroyed in an afternoon fire Sunday 26-May. The fire was reported at 13:23 after the home owner reported hearing an explosion, then finding the blaze. Fire-Rescue units arrived a few minutes later to find the approximately 10x20 metal structure fully involved. Two handlines were deployed to extinguish the fire and a small grass fire. Firefighters had the fire knocked down in a few minutes and were on the scene for about an hour performing overhaul. Click here for more information.

26/May/2019 – Shooting Incident – “B” Shift 

An adult male was critically injured after he received an accidental gunshot wound to the torso Sunday morning 26-May in the 8000 block of Lodge Hwy. Firefighter-Paramedics treated him at the scene then transported him to the nearby baseball field to meet with the CARE Flight helicopter. He was transferred to the Flight crew and flown in critical condition to the Trauma Center at MUSC in Charleston. The Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Click here for more information.

25/May/2019 – Overturned Tractor – “A” Shift

An adult male was injured when the backhoe he was loading on a trailer fell into the ditch Saturday morning 25-May at 11:58. A witness advised the man was driving the backhoe up on the trailer off of the 900 block of Strickland Farm Road west of Smoaks, when it fell sideways into the ditch. The man fell to the ground and the backhoe overturned around him. Initial reports indicated the man was trapped under the backhoe, but Firefighter-Paramedics found him in the cab space protected by the roll cage. Click here for more information.

24/May/2019 –  MUSC Awards

Three Colleton County Firefighter-Paramedics were among close to a twenty emergency responders from three counties, recognized by MUSC’s Children’s Hospital staff for exemplary care for the successful resuscitation of a pediatric patient. Kristen Dias, Samuel Potts and Christopher Dukes responded to a multiple vehicle MVC last month and were presented with a child in cardiac arrest. Bystanders had been performing CPR on the child prior to their arrival. Click here for more information.

21/May/2019 – Cutting Incident – “B” Shift

Three adult males were transported to Colleton Medical Center Monday evening 20-May following a domestic disturbance at Druid Hills Apartments at 189 Beach Road. The incident resulted in two men receiving non-life threatening traumatic injuries, one to his face and the other to his leg. The third man was cut in the chest with a sharp instrument. Walterboro Police Officers arrested at least one suspect. Two Fire-Rescue Ambulances responded to the scene. Click here for more information.

16/May/2019 – Funeral Announcement

It is with sadness that we advise of the passing of Elizabeth “Betty “ Drew of Jacksonboro. Mrs. Drew is the mother of Fire-Rescue Commission Vice-Chairman S.G. “Scooter” Drew. Mrs. Drew passed away last evening at Colleton Manor. She was 87 years old. Funeral services will be conducted at Parker Rhoden Funeral Home in Walterboro, Saturday 18-May at 12:00. You may visit with the family at the Funeral Home beginning at 11:00 Saturday. Please remember the Drew family in your prayers.

04/May/2019 – Fatal MVC – “A” Shift

Six people were transported to Colleton Medical Center following a high speed, single car MVC on Interstate 95 near the 41 mile marker southbound at the Colleton-Hampton County line Saturday afternoon 04-May at 15:07. Initial reports to Colleton 9-1-1 advised a silver car crashed into a tree in the median, but the caller did not provide information regarding injuries. The accident occurred during a thunderstorm. It appeared the car left the roadway, slide sideways and the passenger side struck the trees in the median. Click here for more information.

03/May/2019 – Water Rescue – “C” Shift

A crabber in a small john boat struck an old pile for a former railroad trestle in Mosquito Creek near Bennetts Point Friday afternoon. 9-1-1 received the report of the accident at 12:34 advising the boat was partially submerged and taking on water. The operator was reported to be on one of the piles awaiting rescue. He was not injured. Firefighter-Paramedics responded to the boat landing at B&B Seafood at 15823 Bennetts Point Road to launch Marine 27. Click here for more information.

03/May/2019 – EOC Drill

Fire-Rescue held a Table Top Exercise Friday morning 03-May at the County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) on Simmons Street. The drill involved response and recovery efforts for a Hurricane Strike. Thirty seven people from twenty five agencies attended the exercise which concentrated on testing the community’s ability to respond to a large scale disaster and the recovery side following the storm. The drill began at 0900 and was concluded by 1300. Rocky Tucker, the Regional Emergency Manager from State Emergency Management Division, assisted with the drill. Click here for more information.

01/May/2019 – Birth Announcement 

We wish to congratulate Firefighter-Flight Paramedic Brian Johnson and his wife Mandy on the birth of their son. Caleb Brian Johnson weighed 7 pounds, 6 ounces and was 20 inches long. He and his mother are doing fine. Brian is assigned to “B” Shift on the Station 6/20 rotation. He serves as a primary Flight Paramedic in the C.A.R.E. Flight program.

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