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Tuesday, December 10, 2013
The 2013-2014 Fund Drive is going out in the mail this
week to all businesses and residences in the Town of Huntersville. You, the public,
have been and will continue to be a vital contributor to the financial well
being of this Department. The Department, 3 stations strong and approaching 100
members, operates around the clock every day to respond to any call for
assistance with fully trained and certified Firefighter/EMTs. In 2013 we took
delivery of a new 105’ Smeal Ladder Truck. This replaces our 20 yr old ladder
truck, which has been placed into reserve status. We are planning to replace
three of our older Engine companies with new Smeal Engines in 2014. As always this is the ONLY time we contact you for
support. Please keep the funds for the fire and emergency services within our
community. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution to the Huntersville
Fire Department by giving to the 2013-2014 fund drive. Check your mailboxes for
the drive notice
Saturday, November 30, 2013
At 3:59pm Huntersville
Stations 1, 3 and Long Creek Fire were dispatched to a report of a structure
fire at 12936 South Church Street. An off duty firefighter called 911 reporting
smoke coming from a residence on South Street. Units quickly checked in route.
Engine 1 arrived within 3 minutes of dispatch to find heavy black smoke issuing
from the second floor windows and the eves of the house. Engine 1 positioned in
the driveway and immediately asked for a working fire upgrade; adding Cornelius
Fire to the call. Engine 1’s crew pulled an attack line and entered the front
of the residence; finding light smoke in the front living room area and a
secured metal door at the rear of the living room. The crew forced that door
and was immediately met with thick black smoke and heat. Advancing down the
hall the crew found a room to the right rear of the house (Charlie / Delta
corner) involved in heavy fire and the crew charged the hose line and began to
attack the fire. Huntersville Engine 3’s crew arrived on scene and while the
driver made a water supply line connection to Engine 1 the remaining two
firefighters entered the residence and conducted a primary search for victims. As
the attack crew declared a knockdown on the fire and began to ventilate the
room, Long Creek Fire and Cornelius Fire arrived on scene and Cornelius Fire
was assigned as the Rapid Intervention Team. Huntersville Engine 1’s crew
hydraulically ventilated the fire room as additional crews arrived and checked
the upstairs and attic spaces for fire extension. Following a few minutes of
searching, control time was called crews began overhaul and salvage operations.
The Mecklenburg County Fire
Marshals Office was called to the scene to investigate the cause of the fire. The Red Cross was also notified to arrange for
temporary housing for the residents. No one was injured and the residents were
away from the house at the time of the fire. The home suffered extensive smoke
damage throughout as well as extensive fire damage to the room of origin. Following
a thorough overhaul; all Huntersville Units were clear of the scene by 6:30pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville
Engines 1, 3 and Heavy Rescue 1; Long Creek Engine 3; Cornelius Engine 4; North
Meck Heavy Rescue 7; MEDIC; Huntersville Police Department and the Mecklenburg
County Fire Marshals Office. Click below for pictures from the scene.
Friday, November 29, 2013
The Thanksgiving Holiday got
off to a rough start in Town with a day of multiple accidents. The Tuesday
before Thanksgiving, not typically the busiest travel day of the year, turned
out to be a bad one for the Region. A torrential cold rain coupled with many
travelers leaving earlier than expected made for a cold wet day for first
responders as accidents popped up along the I77 corridor and local town roads
all day. At the peak of the day in the afternoon a total of 10 motor vehicle
accidents were dispatched in a span of 30 minutes. Luckily, no one was
seriously injured in any of the accidents and the Holiday weekend passed with
no major accidents.
Saturday, November 16, 2013
Station 2 participated in
the Christmas parade at Birkdale celebrating the arrival of Santa to Birkdale
Village for the Holiday season. Following the parade, Birkdale held its annual
Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The place was absolutely packed with families, with standing room only along the route. An awesome way to start off the Holiday Season!
Saturday, November 16, 2013
At 7:33pm Huntersville Station and North Meck Rescue was alerted
to an MVA with pin-in at the intersection of Gilead and Statesville Roads. Crews
quickly checked in route with Engine 1 arriving first to find PD already on
scene with a 3 car MVA in the intersection. Engine 1 began checking for
patients as North Meck Rescue arrived on scene. Engine 1 quickly determined
that no one was pinned; however one patient was still inside a car requiring
removal via backboard. A total of six patients were identified, two were transported
by MEDIC and the rest refused treatment following an on scene assessment. One
driver was arrested on scene by Huntersville Police Department for DUI. A dog
that was accompanied him was handed over to a relative.
One car (a Toyota Corolla - containing the two
transported patients) suffered heavy damage after being hit in the rear by a
Ford Ranger Truck. The third vehicle, a brand new VW (literally hours old) suffered
minor damage as well.Following extensive clean-up, Huntersville cleared the
scene at 8:23pm. Units on scene included: Huntersville Engine 1; North Meck
Rescue 7; MEDIC and the Huntersville Police Department.Click below for more pictures.
Friday, November 15, 2013
In a planned upgrade
and in partnership with the Town, the Fire Department was able to budget and
acquire new, improved extrication tools for Heavy Rescue 1. The new tools were
installed this week and are currently in service on the Rescue. Additionally,
all tools within the Department, on every piece of apparatus use the same fluid
now, as do our surrounding mutual aid companies – allowing interoperability
without the worry of contamination. Additionally the new tools have the new ‘Streamline’
quick connects and disconnects, allowing the switching of tools quickly and
without turning off the pump. The Department was able to order a compliment of
Hydraulic AND the new advanced eDraulic tools. This is huge as it gives the department
the ability to select and use a tool for just about every rescue scenario that
may present itself. The new equipment was installed on the rear and front of
the Rescue and was put into service immediately. Some of the current
Extrication equipment that is on the Rescue:
Hurst MOCII hydraulic CUTTER.
MOCII, with the Streamline connection.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
At 3:06am Huntersville Stations 1, 2 and Long Creek Fire was
alerted to a possible structure fire in the 10330 block of Mt
Holly-Huntersville Road. Crews quickly woke and checked in route. An off duty
HFD Captain, who lived nearby, responded to the scene in his POV and reported
that heavy smoke was showing from a single story residence and upgraded the
call to a working fire. The off duty Captain also reported the house was a
significant distance off the roadway, down a long driveway – making a long
stretch of supply line near impossible. This upgrade brought MEDIC and North
Meck Rescue for medical standby as well as Huntersville Tanker 1 for water.
Shortly thereafter Huntersville Engine 1 and Ladder 1 arrived on scene to find
heavy smoke showing from throughout and now fire showing from the left rear
corner of the residence. Engine 1’s crew quickly advanced an attack line into
the home through the rear of the structure immediately finding fire and high
heat conditions inside. Huntersville Engine 22, Long Creek Engine 3,
Huntersville Heavy Rescue 1 and Huntersville Tanker 1 arrived on scene next. Tanker
1 immediately provided water to Engine 1 as Long Creek’s crew laddered the roof
and cut a good ventilation hole. Engine 22’s crew advanced a second attack line
into the front of the house and assisted Engine 1’s crew with knock down. The fire
was controlled in 15 minutes and the two residents successfully exited the home
prior to our arrival. Crews remained on scene for several hours completing
salvage and overhaul.The two residents reported that they woke up to the sound
of glass breaking and the smell of smoke. As they woke up the smoke detector
began to sound. They found fire in the living room around the fire place and
attempted to extinguish it with a fire extinguisher but the fire was too large.
The home suffered significant fire and smoke damage throughout and the
Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals Office is investigating the cause.The last Huntersville Fire Unit cleared the scene at
6:37am. Units on scene included: Huntersville Engine 1, 22, Tanker 1, Heavy
Rescue 1, Ladder 1; Long Creek Engine 3; North Meck Rescue 7; MEDIC and
Huntersville Police Department.
Click below for more pictures.
Tuesday, November 12, 2013
These tips may be a little earlier than previous, but with the colder weather approaching this week, we wanted to get it out sooner rather than later. Here are some important safety tips – specifically
involving Portable Heaters, also known as ‘Space Heaters’. According to the
National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
An estimated 900 portable heater fires in
residential buildings are reported each year, causing an estimated 70 deaths,
150 injuries and $53mil in property losses.
52% of portable heater fires in residential
buildings occurred because the heat source was too close to combustibles.
38% of portable heater fires in residential
buildings originated in bedrooms. In these fires, bedding, such as blankets,
sheets and comforters, was the leading item ignited.
Many of the fires caused by portable heaters
were preventable and are caused by human error.
Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the
Portable heaters must be kept at least 3 feet
(36 inches) from all combustible material. (file cabinets, desks, bedding,
curtains, towels, paper, cardboard boxes, trash cans etc)
Do not use heaters in areas frequently by small
Keep heaters away from exit ways, walkways and
paths of travel.
Only purchase and use portable heaters from a
recognized testing laboratory with an automatic shut-off so that if they’re
tipped over they will shut off.
Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and
never into an extension cord or power strip.
Inspect heaters for cracked or damaged cords,
broken plug or loose connections. Replace before using the heater.
information on Heating Fire Safety – please visit:
Monday, November 4, 2013
The Lake Norman Chamber of
Commerce honored the Public Safety Officers of the Year for the Town of Huntersville
at the eighth annual North Mecklenburg Public Safety Awards Luncheon. Due to a
scheduling conflict with the awardees Bill Russell, President of the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, announced the
honorees at the Huntersville Town Board Meeting. It was a packed house as each Huntersville
Public Safety Member of the year was awarded a plaque and recognized.
The award citations read as follows:
Firefighter of the Year – Bill Suthard, Firefighter
II/EMT. Bill joined the Huntersville Fire Department after moving into the
community in 2009 following 11 years of military service and security and
consulting work with various corporations and agencies. In addition to obtaining several emergency
services certifications, he has taken on the role of Public Information Officer
for the Department, managing the department website, social media sites, disseminating
pertinent public information and partnering with various media outlets throughout
the Charlotte Area. Bill also has helped obtain grants for fire and life safety
education materials. Bill was instrumental in working with the Holbrook
/Central Avenue Community to provide donated Smoke / CO alarms and battery
replacements. “He has also worked hard to increase public awareness in fire
safety in the Huntersville community. He continues to research and suggest ways
to improve the department,” said his Chief Larry Irvin.
Officer of the Year - Jennifer Sprague, Detective
– She was nominated for her work in investigating a recent child sexual assault
case involving a girl from the time she was 7 until age 13. Acting on
information from Cornelius Police beginning last January, she interviewed the
victim and her family and then began investigating the suspect, with the
mother’s help. She coached the mother through a key phone call and was able to
turn over evidence to the District Attorney that resulted in the suspect’s
arrest. “Detective Sprague’s actions demonstrate her dedication to the
community as well as the organization. Her actions in this particular incident
successfully removed a sexual predator from our community,” her citation read.
Volunteer Rescue Squad – Brandy Lankford, EMT-B
– A member of the squad since 2007, Lankford has since obtained her NC
Technical Rescuer Certification and serves as a lieutenant, serving on the
board and overseeing the building. She recently responded to a call with 6
other members of North Meck Rescue for a Cardiac Arrest. CPR was performed at
the scene and on the way to the hospital. Thanks to the teamwork and training
of those responders, the patient is now back home. Her citation read: “Brandy
is a dedicated member of the squad and currently works Part time for us when
she is not working her full time job in Charlotte Fire Department’s
Communications Division where she is the Training and Quality Assurance
Officer. Brandy is very thorough and takes pride in being a member of such a
Other Award Recipients (not pictured): Officer Joseph Squashic - Cornelius Police
Department, Officer Phillip E. Geiger, Jr - Davidson Police Department, Firefighter
Bill Shick - Cornelius Fire Department and Deputy Chief Ryan Monteith -
Davidson Fire Department.
The Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce represents approximately
1,000 businesses in the Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, and greater Lake
Norman region. For more information about the Chamber visit
Click below for pictures from the Huntersville Ceremony.
FFII/EMT/PIO Bill Suthard with
Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal Mark
FF Suthard with his wife and son.
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