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ANNUAL RECRUITMENT DRIVE

The Huntersville Fire Department has completed the 2014 recruiting / membership process. All 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 employment or membership.


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


Thank-you for your interest in Huntersville Fire Department!


   


 

NEW ENGINE COMPANIES IN NEBRASKA

Wednesday, July 16, 2014  We have staff in Snyder Nebraska conducting 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!

     



 

POOL SAFETY FOR THE SUMMER

We’ve had a very bad start to the summer season in our area. The greater Mecklenburg County area experienced several drowning events over the weekend (Memorial Day Holiday). We’re especially sad to report that one of those drowning events occurred here in Huntersville; when a 2 yr old boy drowned in his family’s pool.
 

Drowning happens quickly (only a few seconds for a small child) and it happens quietly. There is no splashing, thrashing or screaming as many believe. Drowning is often referred to as a silent killer. Drowning is the #1 killer for children under the age of 5.
 

What can you do to prevent this tragedy from occurring? We recommend having redundant layers of protection in place including: education, adult supervision, fences, gates, latches, safety pool covers, alarms, throwing aids, and rescue techniques. Here are some safety tips to ensure a safe and enjoyable summer:
 

ALWAYS STAY CLOSE, BE ALERT AND WATCH CHILDREN IN AND AROUND THE POOL OR SPA

  • Always watch your children when they are in or near a pool or spa
  • Stay off your smart phone / device and watch your children
     
  • NEVER leave a child alone near water – not even for a second (to answer the phone, grab a towel , or answer the front door) seconds count and a child can drown in seconds.
  • Teach children basic water safety tips
  • Keep children away from pool drains, pipes and other openings to avoid entrapments
  • Have a portable telephone close by at all times when you or your family are using a pool or spa
  • If a child is missing, look for him or her in the pool or spa first
HAVE APPROPRIATE EQUIPMENT FOR YOUR POOL OR SPA

  • Install a four-foot or taller fence around the pool and spa and use self-closing and self-latching gates; ask your neighbors to do the same at their pools.
  • Install pool and gate alarms to alert you when children go near the water
  • Install and use a lockable safety cover on your spa.
  • If your house serves as a fourth side of a fence around a pool, install door alarms and always use them. For additional protection, install window guards on windows facing pools or spas.
  • Ensure any pool and spa you use has compliant drain covers, and ask your pool service provider if you do not know
  • Maintain pool and spa covers in good working order
LEARN AND PRACTICE WATER SAFETY SKILLS

  • Learn how to swim and teach your child how to swim
  • Learn to perform CPR on children and adults, and update those skills regularly
  • Understand the basics of life-saving so that you can assist in a pool emergency

   


 

STATIONS 1, 2 RESPOND TO SERIOUS MVA ON STATESVILLE RD

Saturday, July 12, 2014  At 9:32am Huntersville Station 1 and North Meck Rescue was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident, overturned and with entrapment on Statesville Rd near Rich Hatchet Rd. While E1 was responding CMED updated the units that the accident was the result of a Police chase and that multiple there were multiple priority patients. Station 2, Cornelius FD and MedCenter Air were added to the call. Crews arrived on scene to find a 4 vehicle accident with 5 patients – 4 with serious injuries. While Huntersville Engines 1, 2 and North Meck Rescue worked to extricate and treat patients, Cornelius FD Engine 5 secured a landing zone for MedCenter Air. A total of 5 MEDIC units responded to the scene and a total of 6 patients were treated and transported including the suspect from the car chase.

Initial reports indicate that Cornelius PD and State Highway Patrol were chasing an Infinity SUV that ran from a traffic stop. The chase made its way into Huntersville when the accident occurred. Huntersville Fire and Police responded to the scene once reports of the accident started coming in.
 
Statesville Road remained closed for a couple hours while Police investigated the accident.
All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 11:00am.

Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 1, 2; North Meck Rescues 2, 7; 5 MEDIC units, MEDIC Supervisor; MedCenter Air; Cornelius Police Dept; NC State Highway Patrol and the Huntersville Police Department.

Click below for pictures. (Pictures courtesy of WCNC)

     



 

STATIONS 1, 2 RUN AN MVA ON MT HOLLY-HUNTERSVILLE RD

Picture courtesy of Long Creek FD

Picture courtesy of Long Creek FD

Friday, July 11, 2014  At 8:46pm stations 1, 2 were hit for a serious MVA on Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd at the entrance to Keeneland neighborhood (in Long Creek FD’s area). Callers were reporting an overturned vehicle with a person trapped inside. Engine 22 and Heavy Rescue 1 quickly checked in route. Both arrived to find Charlotte Engine 25 and Ladder 33 already on scene with an SUV on its roof and no entrapment. While crews were treating and packaging patients, a second call came in for an additional MVA with an overturn just west of the scene. Cooks VFD and Charlotte FD responded to that call. Engine 22 and Rescue 1 were released from the scene by Long Creek FD and returned to Town.



Follow up investigation revealed that both accidents were related and caused by the same driver who had an argument with another person in the neighborhood. When the driver pulled out of the neighborhood, she struck the SUV – which overturned several times. She then left the scene, continuing to drive down Mt Holly-Huntersville Rd where she struck a Utility pole and also overturned. Passer-bys were able to remove her and her 10 month old child from the overturned car. Police are investigating further and charges are pending.



   


 

JULY FOURTH FESTIVITIES IN THE VILLE

Friday, July 4, 2014  It was another fantastic July 4th in the Ville with all 3 stations participating in neighborhood events, parades and gatherings celebrating the Holiday.


For the 10th Year, Stations 1 and 2 participated in the annual parade and the highly anticipated water battle and wet down at Birkdale. It was a hot day, so we also set up Ladder 1 and let water rain down on the participants. It was a fantastic time, with more kids than ever participating in the parade and wet down.



Station 3 attended and participated in the Olmstead Neighborhood parade and gathering. This is the second year we’ve participated and we look forward to participating again next year.

Station 2 attended the annual bike parade and wet down at the Stephens Grove neighborhood. An annual tradition for years, Engine 22 arrived, led the bike parade and followed it up by cooling off the kids and adults (by accident…).


Click below for more pictures from the Holiday fun.



     



 

2 HOUSE STAND-BY FOR CORNELIUS FIRE

Monday, June 30, 2014  Engine 22 stood by for Cornelius FD Station 2 today so they could attend a funeral. We'll always be there for our brothers to the North - especially during a difficult time.

Cornelius bought our crew lunch too!  #BROTHERHOOD.

   


 

HUNTERSVILLE PARTNERS IN BOATING SAFETY

Sunday, June 29, 2014  We partnered with WBTV and the Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron yesterday on Lake Norman to discuss Boater Safety. Check out our safety tips and remember to be responsible and safe on the Lake this Holiday weekend!

 
Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes. Boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to be safer on the lake.
 
Important Lake Boating Safety Tips:

  • Take a Boater Safety Course Before operating any type of watercraft on our lakes.
  • DO NOT operate under the influence Never use drugs or alcohol before or during boat  operation. Alcohol's effects are greatly exaggerated by exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise and vibration. The probability of being involved in an accident doubles when alcohol is in the picture.
  • Have a float plan Before heading out, know where you’re going, who is going with you and share that plan with someone else. Always know where you are on the lake – so we can help you if needed.
  • Use and maintain the right safety equipment
  • Have a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person onboard and one approved throwable flotation device. Make sure the jackets are immediately available and usable – remove them from their original wrappers.
  • We recommend that everyone wear their life jackets while on the water.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, make sure it’s not expired, and know how to use it.
  • Have a marine VHF radio and/or a cell phone to call for help (VHF channel 16 or call 911).
  • Visual distress signals (flares, bright towels or shirts / flags / signal mirror or compact disc).
  • Have sound producing devices (boat horn, small canister horn, a wistle).
  • Have operable navigation lights, also have flashlights available as well as fresh batteries.
  • Have a FIRST AID kit on hand.
  • Be weather wise Keep a close eye on the weather and bring a portable radio. Sudden wind shifts, lightning flashes, dark clouds and choppy water all can mean a storm is brewing. If bad weather is approaching, get off the water early to avoid a long waiting line at the docks / ramps.
  • Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can make you sick and even kill. All internal combustion engines emit it. Keeping a carbon monoxide detector on your boat can notify you before levels rise too high, putting you and your passengers at risk of inhaling the lethal gas – especially for boats with cabins.
  • Calling for help If you need help, call for it IMMEDIATELY. You should call 911;you however can also use Marine VFH Channel 16. Know where you are on the Lake (nearest channel marker, nearest landmark, describe the boat in detail) and designate others to signal for help by waving arms up and down, wave colored shirts, towels, flags, flares etc – know that help will arrive in various forms – Law Enforcement, Fire Department, good Samaritans etc.

US Power Squadron - Lake Norman main web site: http://www.usps.org/lakenorman/
 
ABC - America's Boating Course, offered by Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron and required by NC :http://www.usps.org/lakenorman/courseboatsmart.htm



     


 

STATION 2 DROPS BY A LOCAL PWS CONFERENCE

Saturday, June 28, 2014  Our crew from Station 2 attended a Prader-Willi Syndrome conference at Lake Forest Church. Recommended to us by a resident who has a child with PWS - we attended, learned about PWS and had a wonderful time hanging out and meeting some GREAT kids.

PWS is a rare genetic disorder that affects 1:15,000 births. Some of the characteristics of PWS are low muscle tone, cognitive delays, behavioral difficulties (anxiety, OCD), and an insatiable appetite that can potentially cause morbid obesity. At this time there is no cure for PWS. Individuals who live with this syndrome must have 24/7 supervision regardless of their cognitive function because there is a flaw in their brain that makes them think they are hungry nonstop. With the help of the community and the medical field, research has helped to understand this rare genetic syndrome far more what was known than 15 years ago. The purpose of the conference was to help share and spread some of that current information and research to the people who will most benefit it.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/25895380/first-responders-learn-about-prader-willi-syndrome-in-huntersville

   


 

STATION 2 RECEIVES A SPECIAL VISITOR

Friday, June 27, 2014  The 2-House received a wonderful, triumphant visit today from Giffin Luthart and his dad Brian. Griffin looked great and is doing very well. He was moving around with no problem, smiling and showing pictures from his trip to the Hospital. He gave all the firefighters a big smile and high-five as he left. He's a little super hero just like his dad! #PrayersAnswered #Brotherhood


   


 
 
 

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