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ANNUAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE

The Huntersville Fire Department has completed the 2014 recruiting / membership process. All EMPLOYEE candidates have completed the entire process and we're happy to welcome 5 new paid part-time members. The new members represent several local, professional full-time Departments: Charlotte, Concord and Greensboro.


All VOLUNTEER candidates have completed their agility tests and are currently in the background phase. Candidates that successfully complete this phase and drug testing will be considered for volunteer membership.


We anticipate the next recruiting and membership drive will occur again in January 2015.


Thank-you for your interest in Huntersville Fire Department!


   


 

2 HOUSE RUNS A CAR FIRE AT BIRKDALE

Monday, August 18, 2014  At 4:12pm Huntersville Station 2 was dispatched to Birkdale Village for a car fire in the parking garage. Engine 22 quickly responded and arrived on scene to find a working car fire in the lower level of the parking garage. E22’s crew quickly stretched the bumper line to the car for a quick knockdown on the fire. Damage was confined to the vehicle. Fire appears to have originated in the engine compartment.

All units were clear the scene by 5:00pm.


     



 

COUNTDOWN TO KINDERGARTEN EVENT

Friday, August 15, 2014  Huntersville Station 1 participated in the first annual “Countdown to Kindergarten” event at the Discovery Place Kids in downtown. Countdown to Kindergarten was a free community-wide program for rising kindergarteners helping them get ready for their first big day at school. A celebration of a child’s entrance into formal education DPK offered free admission and invited community partners (local schools, the Fire and Police Departments, CMS bus and various local vendors) to attend and meet with the kids. Families and the rising kindergartners were able to meet with local kindergarten teachers, visit a mock classroom, learn about fire safety and school safety.  We had Engine 11 (Old Engine 3) out and allowed the kids to climb through and explore the fire truck.


It was a very successful event with DPK reporting over 800 attendees!


Click below for more pictures from the event.



     



 

STATIONS 1, 2 RUN A GARAGE FIRE

Wednesday, August 13, 2014  Huntersville Stations 1, 2 and Cornelius Fire responded to reports of a garage fire in the 7610 block of Babe Stillwell Farm Road. As E22 left the station they reported a column of smoke in the distance. Chief Irvin arrived on scene first and reported a large trash pile threatening a garage. E22 arrived shortly thereafter and quickly stretched two lines to the fire. E22 was able to get a quick knock on the fire. Command released Huntersville Ladder 1 and Cornelius Engine 2 from the call. Huntersville Engine 1 continued in to the scene for additional water.

The fire was quickly extinguished. Origin appears to be within a large pile of rubbish (couches, TVs, hot tub and various furniture) located just outside the garage. The garage did suffer some significant heat damage, but E22 crew’s quick response prevented the fire from spreading to the building.
Crews remained on scene extinguishing hot spots, Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal responded to the scene to investigate cause and origin. All units were clear the scene by 7:30pm.

Click below for more pictures from the scene.

     



 

HUNTERSVILLE RUNS AN OUTSIDE FIRE

Thursday, August 7, 2014  Huntersville Stations 1, 2 responded to a structure fire in the 7630 Blk of Berrywood Circle in the Henderson Park neighborhood. Multiple 911 callers were reporting a fire on the outside of a neighboring house. Engine 2 arrived within minutes to find the occupants attempting to extinguish a fire at the rear of the home using a garden hose.


The fire was quickly extinguished. Origin appears to be near the trash cans. The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal is investigating the cause. The home's occupants are VERY lucky - the fire was growing quickly and climbing the outside wall of the home. The heat from the fire cracked a first floor window.


Huntersville Fire Department reminds you to NEVER discard Charcoal or hot ashes into the roll-out plastic trash bins.


Click below for more pictures from the scene.


     



 

NATIONAL NIGHT OUT 2014

Tuesday, August 5, 2014  It was another successful and heavily attended National Night Out in Huntersville. Once again the Huntersville Police Department put on a fantastic night of fun, education and games. An annual tradition in the Ville – National Night is a fun community night out in Birkdale Village and this year it was a packed house once again.

Residents were treated to a parade, food, ice cream, drinks, water slides, bounce houses, document shredding, various static displays from NCSHP, Huntersville Fire, Huntersville Police and North Meck Rescue. It was a great night and all of Birkdale was full of smiling kids and residents.

The annual Battle of the Badges was held between Huntersville Police, Fire and North Meck Rescue. We are happy to report that we defended the title once again and took the trophy home to Huntersville Fire Station 1. The Police Department came up with some really fun events to compete in during the Battle and we had a great time.

Click below for pictures from the event.



     



 

HUNTERSVILLE SUPPORTS THE 2014 LAKE NORMAN SEAL SWIM

Friday, August 1, 2014  On a cool, rainy, Friday Huntersville Fire Boat 1 with 2 personnel spent the day on the Lake supporting the 2014 SEAL swim. Three former Navy SEALS swam over 12 miles across Lake Norman from Queens Landing in Mooresville to the Rusty Rudder in Cornelius. Fire Boat 1 assisted in keeping them safe and creating a safety cushion around them as they swam. The SEALS swam all day in the rain – solidifying their resolve and making a statement as to their commitment to their cause.



The SEALS swam to bring awareness and to raise money for ‘Operation Restored Warrior’ (ORW). ORW (www.operationsrestoredwarrior.org) focuses on the Rescue, Rebuild and Restore of Military Veterans suffering from PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder), Combat Related Stress (CRS), as well as physically wounded warriors, suicide, and other classifications. ORW’s cornerstone 5 day program (also called the “Drop Zone”) has proven, over the last 5 years, to help service members from all branches of our military. From intelligence analysts to Navy SEALS, Army Delta, and from Chaplains to Surgeons to everyone in between – healing knows no boundaries. “ORW Participants have experienced the freedom, restoration, and healing their hearts and lives have longed for and so desperately needed.”

We’re happy to report that this year's LKN SEAL swim was a tremendous success. Raising approximately $58,000 for ORW. This translates to 29 veterans being able to go through the "Drop Zone" program.  In essence, this year’s swim we potentially saved 29 veterans from taking their own lives as a result of the traumatizing effects of PTSD and CRS.

Click below on the pictures for more pictures from the swim.




     



 

HUNTERSVILLE HELPS CHARLOTTE WITH A MULCH FIRE

Monday, July 28, 2014  At 7:42pm Huntersville Station 3 was dispatched to assist the Charlotte Fire Department with an outside fire in the 14400 block of Eastfield Rd at Wallace Farms. Charlotte Fire was reporting a large mulch fire. Huntersville Engine 3 and Brush 3 responded along with Charlotte Station 31. Charlotte Fire immediately requested additional assistance, specifically Tankers to the Scene. Two Tanker from Charlotte Fire were added as was Huntersville Tanker 1 (from station 1) and Odell Tankers 1 and 2. A water shuttle was established with Tankers shuttling water to Ladder 31, Engine 31 and Tanker 28 which flowed heavy water on the pile using their deck guns. Once the bulk of the fire was knocked down, heavy dozers came in and moved the pile around to finally extinguish the final hot spots. Huntersville Crews worked continuously on scene from 7:45 until 10:03pm before being released by Charlotte Fire command.

Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 3, Brush 3 and Tanker 1; Charlotte Engine 31, Ladder 31, Battalion Chief 6; Tankers 35 and 28; Odell Tankers 1, 2 and the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.

Click below for pictures from the scene.

     



 

JULY TRAINING - PUMPS AND WATER SUPPLY

Tuesday, July 22, 2014  This months training topic was 'Pump Operations and Water Supply'. This month members practiced pumping using various apparatus we have in the Ville and different scenarios along with water supply shuttles.


With 3 new Engine Companies arriving soon and a new, second, Tanker on order - we'll be sure to repeat this training again in the coming months.


Training so we're always ready. Let no man's ghost return to say, “My training let me down".

     

Engine 3 flowing some big water in Bryton.

Engine 3 flowing some big water in
      Bryton.



 

NEW ENGINE COMPANIES MAKING PROGRESS IN NEBRASKA

We had staff in Snyder Nebraska mid-July to conduct pre-paint inspections on the 'Triplets'. Our 3 new SMEAL Engine Companies slated to arrive in the Ville this fall. Purchased through Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks. They're Looking good!

     



 
 
 

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