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THANKSGIVING SAFETY TIPS

Wednesday, November 19, 2014  The Thanksgiving holiday is a special, memorable time of year. Typically spent with family and friends; the holiday is usually centered around the kitchen. With the great food and fellowship can also come danger. Annually the kitchen is the setting for more fires than any other room in the home. Unattended food on the stove is the leading cause of house fires each year and cooking fires nearly DOUBLE on Thanksgiving. We have provided some cooking safety tips below. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) discourages the use of outdoor gas-fueled turkey fryers that immerse the turkey in hot oil. The Underwriters Laboratory (UL) considers turkey fryers to be dangerous to use, presenting numerous safety hazards to consumers. Given this concern, the UL does NOT certify any turkey fryers with their trusted UL mark. For those that still decide to use a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, we have also provided some turkey fryer safety tips for reference.

These tips are courtesy of the Huntersville Fire Department; in an effort to make sure you have a safe, enjoyable and danger free Thanksgiving holiday and as always, we'll be on duty if you should need us. 



     



 

E22 SOLD AND TAKEN OUT OF SERVICE

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  With the assistance of firenews.net we were able to sell E22 to the Mt Mitchell Volunteer Fire Department in Kannapolis NC; we're happy to know that she will remain close to her first home. On Tuesday we officially took E22 out of service and transferred some equipment over to the new Engine 2. 

E22 served the Gilead and Huntersville communities well for close to 16yrs. Originally built by Gilead Fire and Rescue she served as the first out engine company for both Gilead and then Huntersville Fire Station 2.

Now that E22 has been sold - we have placed the new Engine 2 (2014 SMEAL) into service...new Engine 2 is 1/3 of the new Triplets (E-1, E-2, E-3). We're getting closer to the #Triplets debut in the Ville!

We still have E11 up for sale (a 1993 Quality / Spartan Engine Company) - check out FireNews.net for more details, click HERE

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STATION 2 RESPONDS TO A HEAD-ON COLLISION

Tuesday, November 11, 2014  Station 2 was dispatched for a car accident on Hwy 73 east of Blythe Landing. Engine 2 and Rescue 2 quickly cleared a call at the Circle K on Sam Furr Rd and responded to the scene. E2 and R2 arrived on scene to find a 3 car head-on MVA with numerous patients and vehicles with heavy damage and debris scattered along the roadway. Ladder 2 was added to the call for manpower as was an additional Medic unit. Crews worked quickly to access and package patients.

One patient was transported priority two by Medic, the remaining 4 patients, although shook up, refused treatment by Medic.

A pick-up truck and a Nissan passenger car struck each other head on, the truck continued east where it was struck broadside by a westbound SUV, eventually coming to rest on the shoulder of the westbound lanes against a retention wire. Hwy 73 remained closed for an hour for clean-up.

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CANOE VERSUS AUDI

Saturday, November 8, 2014  Station 2 & Long Creek Fire were dispatched for an MVA on Beatties Ford Rd at Sample Rd. A canoe from a passing truck broke free from its tie downs and hit an Audi going in the opposite direction; penetrating the windshield and showering the occupants with glass, luckily no injuries to the occupants of the Audi. Our crews assisted them with removal of glass from their hair and face, prior to clearing the scene. 

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NEW E3 APPEARS AT LKN TOUCH A TRUCK

Saturday, November 8, 2014  Brand new E3 (one of our three new engine companies) made its debut at the Lake Norman Touch A Truck event. The event was held at The Palace at Kenton Place (next to Elevation Church). The event benefitted Addi’s Cure, a 501(c) non-profit benefiting cancer research. http://www.lkntouchatruck.com/ 

We partnered with “Uncle Louie G’s” and passed out Fire Escape Planning Sheets for families to complete. Every completed plan shown to 'Uncle Louie G's Ice Cream' in Huntersville qualifies to receive a FREE ice cream! Uncle Louie G's is located on Reese Blvd next to the new Publix. 

Special thanks to Uncle Louie G for stepping up to help and to Kwik Kopy for printing our copies so fast - the ONLY copy place in Town that helped us! Please visit both places - good locally owned and operated businesses!  #Triplets 

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FIRE MARSHAL AUTEN RETIRES AFTER 30 YEARS

Monday, November 3, 2014  We want to congratulate Mecklenburg County Chief Fire Marshal Mark Auten on his retirement after 30 years employed with the Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office. Chief Auten has been a dedicated public servant of our community for MANY years. He not only worked for the County Fire Marshal's Office for 30 years; but he has also served as a volunteer fire fighter for the community since he was 14 years of age. Chief Auten first joined the fire service with the Long Creek Volunteer Fire Department. He then went on to serve at Gilead VFD before arriving here at the Huntersville Fire Department where he currently holds the rank of Deputy Chief.


Although he’s retired from the Fire Marshals Office we are truly thankful that Chief Auten continues to serve the community of Huntersville where we benefit daily from his many years of experience, fire service knowledge and community dedication.


Pictured is Chief Auten and his family at his retirement ceremony held last week in Charlotte.  (Pictured from L-R) son Kevin Auten, wife Amy Auten, Chief Mark Auten and son John Auten (Kevin and John are twins, Kevin is a Charlotte Firefighter at Charlotte Fire Station 21 and also serves as a firefighter for Huntersville FD).



     



 

PROPER DISPOSAL OF 9V BATTERIES

Sunday, November 2, 2014  Disposing of a 9v battery after checking the smoke detector following the daylight savings time adjustment?

Make sure you cover the terminals. If not, it could cause a fire! According to the NFPA - metal contact with the exposed terminals of a 9v battery could cause enough heat to start a fire. Previous structure fires have been linked to this. It's a simple fix - leave them in their original packaging and cover the old ones you discard or store. Thick tape is an easy fix!



     



 

CHANGE YOUR CLOCKS - CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES

Saturday, November 1, 2014  Daylight savings time ends tonight! Our clocks 'Fall Back' one hour. When you change your clocks...CHANGE YOUR BATTERIES! Only WORKING smoke detectors and CO Detectors save lives - please change your batteries and test ALL detectors in your home.


One-third of all non-functioning smoke detectors are the result of dead batteries...


   


 

STATION 2 MOVES UP TO CORNELIUS

Thursday, October 30, 2014  Early this morning, just before 3am, our Station 2 crew (in Engine 22) moved up to Cornelius Fire Station 1 to cover the town of Cornelius while they assisted Davidson Fire with a working house fire out by the River Run subdivision. Unfortunately the large home was a total loss. (Pics courtesy of Cornelius FD & DavidsonNews.net).


We ALL have each other's back! #NorthTownsBrotherhood

     



 

HAVE A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014  The Huntersville Fire Department would like to wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Below are some tips to make sure your Halloween is fun and SAFE. A safe Halloween is a happy Halloween!



COSTUMES:

·         Make sure the costume is ‘Flame resistant’ or will not easily burn. If you are making the costume avoid materials that easily ignite. Use flame resistant materials such as polyester and nylon.

·         Avoid dark colored costume material if at all possible.

·          If your child is wearing a mask, please make sure the eye holes are large enough to provide full field of vision to prevent tripping, falling and injury.

·         Provide your child with a flash and/or glow light as part of their costumes.

·         Remind your child to stay away from open fires (fire pits, bon fires, luminaries, etc).

·         Review with your child what to do if their costume catches on fire: STOP – DROP – COVER YOUR FACE – ROLL THE FIRE OUT!

DECORATIONS:

  • At home - Keep all exits clear of decorations so nothing blocks escape routes. Remember the NFPA Fire Prevention theme for this year – HAVE TWO WAYS OUT!
  • Use a flash light or battery operated candle for your jack-o-lantern. Avoid using real candles if at all possible. If you use a candle in your pumpkin, be sure to place the lit pumpkin well away from anything that can burn (drapes, curtains, decorations). Try to keep the jack-o-lantern away from walkways, sidewalks and trick-or-treaters.
PARENTS:

  • Talk to your child about safety prior to starting tonight. Talk about traffic caution, crossing the street at corners only, using sidewalks, walk facing traffic if at all possible, stranger danger and to NEVER walk inside a house - stay outside on the porch or sidewalk.
  • Accompany your child while they trick-or-treat. Make sure a responsible adult is present with all trick-or-treaters and that the span of control is not too large to effectively manage.
  • If driving tonight, drive slower than normal, beware of excited children who may dart out into traffic without looking. Avoid using your cell phone (this includes TEXTING). Popular trick-or-treating times are 5:30-9:30pm.
  • Examine all treats before your kids eat them. Check for choking hazards and/or tampering.
A scary statistic – on Halloween, kids are twice as likely to be hit by a vehicle than any other night of the year. Let’s not let that happen here in Huntersville. Be safe tonight and make sure our kids have a fun, memorable and spooktacular time!



   


 
 
 

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