Thursday, January 1, 2015
Our annual fundraising letters went out this week to residents and businesses in Huntersville. They're sent by a third party company (Choice Marketing); however your donations go straight to the Department and directly assist our operating budget. Your donation is tax deductible and is the ONLY fundraising that we do each year. Thank you for your support of the Huntersville Fire Department!
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
2014 was a fantastic year for us here at the
Ville! We sincerely hope that you have a fun New Year's Eve celebration
and that 2015 brings you many good memories and laughs. Please remember to be safe tonight, have a back-up plan if you're
drinking and make the right decisions. Remember that what is shot UP
into the air - comes right back down! Also - take into account your
neighbors pets that may be afraid of loud noises. As always we'll be there if you need us tonight...we've attached some safety tips for you. Please be safe and HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Monday, December 29, 2014
FIRE SAFETY TIP / WARNING - Station 2
responded to an outside fire this morning in a Birkdale subdivision.
This was a VERY CLOSE call and could have been much worse. A homeowner
discarded ashes (from a Saturday night fire pit) into one of
the roll-out plastic trash cans. Luckily the owner rolled the trash can
out to the street this morning and it was not left next to the house.
Ashes (placed inside the plastic trash cans) has been the cause of some
major house fires in the past. The
plastic trash cans are often left outside, against the house; the ashes
catch the can's contents on fire, the ensuing fire melts the can and
ignites the side of the house, the fire climbs the wall of the house and
enters the attic. For many of these fires we arrived on scene within
minutes to find a house with fire through the roof. Our
recommendation is that ALL ASH hot or cold (fireplace, grill, fire pit,
Chiminia) be collected in a metal container and filled with water. We
recommend NEVER storing this metal container inside the house, next to
the house, in the garage, on the porch or on the deck. The metal
container should be stored well away from any combustible material. We
recommend leaving it outside, away form the house, for at least a week
or more. Even after a few days - ashes and or embers can store heat and
reignite easily - especially when piled into a plastic trash can with
and against other 'fuel'. Leave the container of ash full of water for
at least a week or more, then bury the ash in the yard.Click below for more pictures.
Friday, December 26, 2014
Station 1 and North Meck Rescue ran an MVA, an overturned dumpster
truck. The driver was ok and self extricated from the truck prior to our arrival. The accident occurred on Gilead Rd at the top of the I77 Southbound off ramp. A lot
of debris spilled across the roadway and caused major delays in the exit 23 corridor. Engine 1 responded back out after the truck was removed to wash the roadway down. Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 1, Heavy Rescue 1; North Meck Rescue 2, Heavy Rescue 7 and the Huntersville Police Department. Click below for more pictures.
Thursday, December 25, 2014
Here are some Christmas Fire Safety Tips. We hope you have a wonderful and SAFE Christmas Holiday. As always - if you need us, we will be on duty and ready.Merry Christmas!!
Wednesday, December 24, 2014
You've seen them around Town and many of you
have stopped to check them out - so it's only fitting that we officially
release pictures of the 'Triplets' - 2014 SMEAL Engine Companies that
we took delivery of this fall. The Triplets are now officially in service at all 3 Huntersville Fire Stations.
We are very fortunate to have the full support of our Town leaders and
residents. Even though we're a busy Department, we are also a fiscally
responsible and conservative Department which has allowed us to purchase
a new 105' Ladder Truck last year, 3 new Engines this year and we have a
new SMEAL Tanker on order currently. Each of these additions to our
apparatus inventory allows us to lower your insurance ratings and
provide top notch emergency services. Each new Engine is a
2014 SMEAL Engine Company, 750 gals of water, 2,000gpm Waterous Pump, 30
gals Williams ATP Foam system, Dual hydraulic ladder racks, Hydraulic
tread plate hose bed cover, 8kw PTO Generator, Front bumper mounted
Hurst eDraulic tools and all LED lighting. Trucks were sold to us by
Steve Dill of Atlantic Coast Fire Trucks. Click Below for more pictures.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
At 8:26 am, Stations 1 & 2 were dispatched to 9826 Gilead
Rd for a fire alarm activation. An off duty member passing by the area
heard the call and stopped by the address; finding heavy smoke coming
from the Yoshi's Grill Restaurant and immediately upgraded the
assignment to a building fire. Engine 1 & Ladder 1 arrived on scene
and forced entry to the restaurant through a side door and were met
with heavy smoke conditions and a sprinkler head activation. E2 arrived
on scene and set up for water supply as L1 made the roof. L2 arrived on
scene and conducted a primary search of the restaurant. Fire was found
contained to a combo washing machine unit in the storage area of the
restaurant and crews extinguished all remaining fire. Crews remained on
scene for some time removing smoke from the building and adjacent
businesses. Every business in that particular building had smoke inside
their spaces. The scene was turned over to the Fire Marshals Office for
investigation. A health inspector is working with the restaurant to
determine damage. Property management for the building is also on scene
and currently Yoshi's Grill is closed. Yoshi's is a favorite restaurant
of many of our firefighters - we are glad we were able to help them this
morning and can't wait for them to reopen!All Huntersville Units cleared the scene by 10:30am. Click below for additional pictures from the scene.
Friday, December 19, 2014
At 11:22pm Station 1 and North
Meck Rescue were dispatched to Old Statesville Rd at Independence Hill Rd for
an MVA (car versus moped). Multiple 911 callers were reported finding two
patients on the ground with very serious injuries. MEDIC immediately added
MedCenter Air to the call with the helicopter from Concord dispatched to the
scene. Huntersville Station 3 was also added to the call due to the serious
nature and the need for a landing zone. Engine 1 arrived on scene finding no
crashed car or moped but 2 very seriously injured patients and vehicle debris
in the roadway. One patient was pronounced dead on the scene (a 22yo female). A
second patient (a 19 yo male) was found to be suffering from very serious
injuries and was rapidly packaged and transported to CMC Main by MEDIC with
first responders also riding in to assist.
The accident scene indicated that
both patients were riding some sort of moped / scooter. A long tire mark (like a
skid mark) could be scene headed south on Old Statesville Rd for as far as we
could see. CMPD began looking for the vehicle and the moped, eventually
locating it a mile or so south of the accident scene in the rear parking lot of
a business just off Old Statesville Rd. The vehicle, an Infinity, had a moped still
lodged into the engine compartment (See attached picture from CMPD & WSOC).
Following a search of the area by CMPD using a helicopter and a Police K9 the
suspected driver was located and arrested by CMPD. The suspect was
charged with driving while impaired, no operator’s license, two counts of
felony hit and run, felony serious injury by a vehicle and felony death by
Our thoughts and prayers are with
the family and friends of the 2 victims. It is our understanding that
they were dating and were employees of a local restaurant in the North Lake
area and they were headed home after work.
Picture from WBTV.com
Picture from WSOCTV.com
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Members of the Charlotte Fire, Huntersville Fire and Police
Departments attended a fundraising event for the Fire Fighters Burned Childrens
Fund. The event was hosted by the ‘Blue Heel Sock Company’ at the Birkdale Pub ‘Kilted
Buffalo’. Blue Heel is a local Huntersville Company and they recently released
versions of tactical socks for firefighters and police officers. They held a
party at the Kilted Buffalo to raise money for the local chapter of the FFBCF.
It was a great time and little Griffin Luthart attended along with his dad.
Many thanks to Blue Heel and the Kilted Buffalo for the fundraiser and the
hospitality.Be sure to check out Blue Heel online at: http://blueheel.com/product/blue-heel-tactical-fire-3-packNorth Carolina Firefighters' Burned Childrens Fund: http://www.ffbcf.org/Click below for pictures from the evening.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Once again A Huntersville Christmas was a huge success! The entire downtown area was packed with residents, Station was packed full with kids wanting to see Santa. The Town even provided snow for sledding!
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