Saturday, March 8, 2014
Its the time of year when we 'SPRING FORWARD'
tonight. As you prepare to change your clocks, please remember to
change your Smoke & CO detector batteries - regardless if your
detector is also hard wired for power. ONLY WORKING smoke detectors save
lives! According to NFPA 61% of people say the most annoying thing about
smoke detectors is the low battery chirp. If you change the battery;
the chirp goes away! SOME SMOKE DETECTOR FACTS:
Saturday, March 1, 2014
At 3:17pm Huntersville Station 3 was dispatched to a serious motor vehicle accident in the 16700 Block of Huntersville-Concord Rd, near the Metrolina Greenhouses, involving a motorcycle. Callers were reporting the motorcyclist’s injuries to be of serious nature so MEDIC ordered a MedCenter Air helicopter to the scene; which added Station 1 to the call as well. Huntersville Engine 3 arrived on scene to find a motorcycle versus SUV collision and determined the motorcyclist to be deceased. MEDIC arrived shortly thereafter and determined the motorcyclist suffered non-survivable injuries and declared the patient deceased on scene and cancelled MedCenter Air. Engine 1 and additional responding emergency units were returned to service as Police arrived to investigate.
Police determined that the motorcyclist was headed northeast on Huntersville-Concord Road on his Kawasaki motorcycle when a 2003 Chevrolet Trailblazer headed in the opposite direction and turned in the path of the approaching motorcycle. Police say the motorcyclist tried to brake and laid down the motorcycle on its right side, but separated from the vehicle and slid along the pavement, striking the SUV. The driver of the SUV was charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle.
All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 4pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 1, 3; MEDIC and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.
Saturday, March 1, 2014
At 1:49am Huntersville Station 1 was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident in the 9400 Block of McCoy Rd near Beatties Ford Rd to assist Long Creek Fire and North Meck Rescue with a serious Motor Vehicle Accident. Engines 1 quickly checked en route to the scene to establish a landing zone for Med Center Air. Arriving units found a single vehicle off the road fully involved with fire. Two patients were found in the field, outside the vehicle. It was determined later that the vehicle rolled several times after leaving the roadway. North Meck Rescue assumed patient care while Long Creek initiated suppression efforts. Long Creek Fire called for additional water, bringing Huntersville Tanker 1 to the scene as well.
One patient was flown out by MedCenter Air with life threatening injuries and one patient was transported by MEDIC to CMC Main with serious injuries.
Units remained on scene for an extended period of time and all Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 3am.
Units on scene: Long Creek Engine 3; Huntersville Engine 1, Tanker 1; North Meck Rescue 7; MEDIC and the Huntersville Police Department.
Monday, February 24, 2014
At 3:24pm Huntersville Station 2 was dispatched to a motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Beatties Ford Rd and McIllwaine Rd. Engines 1, 2 quickly checked en route and arrived on scene to find a two car MVA with one car overturned. All occupants self-extricated prior to our arrival. A total of four patients were identified on scene; luckily there were no serious injuries.
All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 4pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 2, MEDIC and the Huntersville Police Department.
Friday, February 21, 2014
GREAT NEWS FROM THE VILLE!
FF/EMT Jeff Reid has received a date for his potential life-saving Marrow transplant. Jeff will officially be admitted on March 6th in Chapel Hill. Jeff’s donor will donate on March 11th and Be The Match will transport the bone marrow/stem cells overnight and bring them to Jeff the next day. Then the journey begins to grow new stem cells. Jeff will be in the hospital for the first 30 days and then will live in Chapel Hill for 100 more days. Attached is a picture of Jeff and his new quilt. Each quilt square was made by a family member or friend (including fellow firemen and neighbors). The idea was to surround Jeff with love while he was at the hospital. Last night was the first time Vickie and Jeff have seen it (Jeff didn't know anything about it). It was put together, stitched and then put away until the timing was right. Last night the timing was right! As you can imagine we are extremely excited for Jeff and Vickie. We are also THANKFUL for the donor – without him or her; Jeff would not be on this journey to wellness. Please keep Jeff and Vickie in your daily thoughts and prayers. We will continue to keep everyone updated on Jeff’s progress!
Friday, February 14, 2014
As the weather experts predicted, Huntersville had a significant snow fall this week. Between Wednesday morning and Thursday afternoon the Town received approximately 8” of heavy, wet snow and sleet. The winter weather closed local schools and government services for the rest of the week giving the kids a 5 day weekend. All 3 fire stations were fully staffed during the event as well as additional staffing from volunteers. Town Public Works employees worked tireless days clearing the streets and neighborhoods. Using the Town’s 6 plows, the Public Works team cleared 200 miles of streets, which correlates to almost 400 lane miles. In addition to the town streets, Public Works also assisted NCDOT in clearing some of the state-maintained routes in Town (Sections of Gilead Road, Huntersville-Concord Road, Verhoeff and Northcross Drives).
We are very happy to report that many of our residents followed our warnings and stayed off the roads. We had a very low call volume during the storm.
Click below for pictures from the storm and the crews on duty.
Monday, February 10, 2014
Ok folks – we definitely have a significant Winter Storm
headed our way. We’re watching the weather reports closely and we’ve prepared –
have YOU prepared? The expected weather could include a significant snowfall
AND ice. Part of your planning process should include being stuck at home for a
couple of days. Plan in advance, contact your employer and see if you can do
any of your work from home – anything to keep you OFF the roads. With the expected
ice – we could have tree limbs down and loss of power. Prepare for this, have
mobile devices fully charged in advance of the storm.
Important information we want you to know:
*Be alert to changing weather conditions. Pay close
attention to your preferred weather professional.
*We’re (HFD) prepared for this and will respond to calls
for service as they come in. Help us help you, please stay off the roads.
*Plan for the worst and hope for the best, be prepared
for a loss of power. If you lose power have alternate forms of communication
ready to go. Avoid the use of candles if at all possible inside the house.
* Never use a generator, grill, camp stove or other
gasoline, propane, natural gas or charcoal burning devices inside a home,
garage, basement, crawlspace or any partially enclosed area. Locate unit well away
from doors, windows and vents that could allow carbon monoxide to come inside
the living space.
*You can almost guarantee your children will NOT have
school Wednesday & Thursday – stay home with them, no need to put them on
the road & take them to day care – unless you ABSOLUTELY have to. Have
board games ready to go and enjoy some special family time! *Stay OFF the roads! The last storm we had dumped less
than an inch of snow; yet we had many calls for service involving minor car
accidents. Less cars on the road = better access and availability for us to
more serious calls.
*Bring pets inside during this storm. Move other animals
or livestock to sheltered areas with non-frozen drinking water.
In summary:1. Stay
OFF the roads.2. Prepare
for loss of power.3. Expect
to be stuck at home for a couple of days.4. Have
Saturday, February 8, 2014
Huntersville Fire Crews paid a visit to a very special young man. Carter Dang, a 3 year old resident of Huntersville. Carter is fighting stage 4 neuroblastoma and we found out he likes fire trucks. We partnered with the Cornelius Fire Department and arranged a special visit of every type of apparatus we had available. Partnering with over 25 firefighters (both on & off duty), their families, as well as Huntersville Police, MEDIC, MedCenter Air and Carter’s neighbors - we visited Carter at his home in the Gilead Ridge neighborhood. Arriving in a procession of more than a dozen emergency vehicles (12 Fire trucks, 2 ambulances and 5 police cars to be exact) we arrived lights on and sirens blaring. We presented Carter with some firefighter swag and Huntersville Deputy Chief Reagan presented Carter with an official HFD Badge and swore him in as an honorary Huntersville firefighter. Cornelius Fire presented FF Carter with a REAL fire helmet, complete with a custom helmet shield (courtesy of Fire Line Shields) with his ‘Super Carter’ logo engraved on it. Carter’s older brother Drew was given a Lego firehouse as well.
FF Carter, along with his family, walked the line of trucks and ambulances and got a firsthand, VIP look at each. FF Carter was able to flow some water through one of the hose lines, Cornelius Fire showed FF Carter how the Hook & Ladder worked and placed the ladder up to FF Carter’s bedroom window. Following an hour or so, FF Carter decided he needed a nap – however before we left he requested another lap of fire trucks, lights flashing and sirens blaring. Of course for a Brother firefighter – we’d do anything; so we did a (very loud) second lap for FF Carter.
Please click below for more pictures of the visit and check out the links below:
GoFundMe site for FF Carter
FF Carter’s Caring Bridge Site
WCNC News Coverage
Monday, February 3, 2014
Last Thursday Station 3 received a very special visitor. It was just a year prior on a cold icy Friday morning – when the crew pictured was responding to assist Station 1 with a serious motor vehicle accident. As Engine 3 rounded a curve on Eastfield road, they were hit by a Ford Mustang sliding on the ice. Engine 3 attempted to swerve and avoid the impact, hitting the Mustang on its passenger side door.
Inside that Mustang was the special visitor - Miranda Jugert and she was hurt pretty bad. Engine 3’s crew quickly called for help, bringing MEDIC a Ladder and Rescue from the Charlotte Fire Department to the scene. Engine 3, although significantly damaged, repositioned next to the Mustang and immediately began patient care and extrication of Miranda from her car. The extrication took close to an hour, station 3’s crew stayed with Miranda, talking to her throughout the entire process, passing time and reassuring her.
Miranda suffered significant lower leg injuries and the Station 3 crew was happy to see her, recovered and in great spirits. It’s not often that our crews get a follow-up meeting with the patients they help; however when it does occur - it’s pretty special. These visits can be cathartic and help bring closure to all those involved.
Pictured is Miranda and the crew that worked that day – FF/EMT Greg Ryczek, FF/EMT Daniel Gonzalez and FF/EMT Harry King.
Miranda has an open invitation to visit the 3 house at any time!
Thursday, January 30, 2014
At 2:07pm Huntersville Station 2 was dispatched, Mutual Aid, to Lincoln County for a Building Fire off Caswell Road in Stanley (East Lincoln Fire Department’s Due). Engine 22 quickly checked in route with a large column of smoke visible off in the distance. East Lincoln Engines 30, 33 checked on scene with a fully involved working out-building fire. Huntersville Engine 22 marked on scene shortly after and provided tank water to East Lincoln as the balance of the crew assisted the East Lincoln crews with fire attack. The out building was completely involved with fire and an exterior attack was made; quickly knocking the fire down. The building and all of its contents were a total loss. Engine 22 refilled and shuttled additional water to the scene while its crew assisted East Lincoln with extinguishing final hot spots. The fire had a significant head start before crews were notified. The Lincoln County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause.
All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 3pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville Engine22; East Lincoln Engines 30, 33; Denver Engine 14 and the Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office.
Click below for additional pictures.
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