Sunday, November 3, 2013
At 6:34am Huntersville
Station 2 was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident on Beatties Ford Rd at
Neck Rd. Huntersville Engine 2 quickly checked in route and arrived on scene to
find a single vehicle (a Ford Mustang) off the road and into trees at the Latta
Springs Neighborhood entrance. The single occupant of the vehicle was able to
self extricate and refused medical attention. Engine 2’s crew turned the
patient over to Medic and cleared the scene.The Mustang suffered
significant damage as did the trees and fencing for the neighborhood. All Huntersville units were
clear of the scene by 7:00am.Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 2; MEDIC Unit and the
Huntersville Police Department.
Click below for pictures.
Friday, November 1, 2013
The Huntersville Fire Department had
a VERY busy and productive Fire Safety Month! Historically Fire Prevention Week
falls within the month of October. HFD dedicates the ENTIRE month of October to
Fire Prevention Education within our community. All three stations were active
each week, visiting numerous schools, preschools, day care providers - even hosting
our young Huntersville residents at the 3 stations on evenings. Additionally, the crews visited multiple fall festivals and neighborhood events in town - providing this important, life saving education.
During the month of October,
HFD visited over 26 schools, day cares and preschools in Town; impacting
and speaking directly with over 766 kids! Below are pictures from these visits…
Tuesday, October 29, 2013
At 10:02 am Station 2 was alerted to a motor vehicle
accident on Sam Furr road near the entrance to Blythe Landing Park. Callers
were reporting a serious MVA with one person trapped. Engine 2 quickly checked
in route as Heavy Rescue 1 (from Station 1) was added to the call. Engine 2 quickly
arrived on scene, reporting a two vehicle MVA with two patients (a male and
female) in a black Nissan four door and one patient (a female) outside a white Toyota
four door. An additional MEDIC unit was added to the call. As Engine 2’s crews
assessed the patient they discovered the female passenger of the black vehicle
was gravely injured and the male driver was pinned inside. MedCenter Air was
added to the call as Engine 2 began extricating the male driver using hydraulic
tools to remove the door and push the dash. Huntersville Engine 1 was added and
responded to Blythe Landing for a landing zone for MedCenter Air. MEDIC arrived
on scene and pronounced the female passenger of the black Nissan deceased. Patient
care was initiated on the third patient, the driver of the white Toyota. She
was able to self extricate from the vehicle following the accident and was suffering
from several fractures and determined to be a priority patient. MEDIC quickly transported
her to CMC Main in downtown Charlotte. Engine 2’s crew made quick work with their
extrication tools and were able to remove the male driver of the black Nissan.
MEDIC decided to transport him to CMC Main as a priority patient and MedCenter
Air was canceled as it was arriving on scene.
Police immediately took over the scene and began investigating the cause of the
accident. Witnesses reported that the White Toyota was headed eastbound on Hwy
73 and turning left into Blythe Landing Park when the accident occurred. The
Black Nissan was headed West on Hwy 73 when both vehicles collided, spun around
and then struck a telephone pole breaking the pole. Witnesses on scene were reporting
that the Black Nissan was traveling west bound at a high rate of speed.
Hwy 73 was shut
down for several hours. Engine 2 and Rescue 1’s crews remained on scene with
Police as they investigated the scene; eventually removing the deceased female
from the car once the on-scene investigation was complete. All
Huntersville Fire Units were clear of the scene by 12:30pmUnits on scene: Huntersville Engine 2, Heavy Rescue 1 and Engine 1; 2 MEDIC ALS
units; MEDIC Supervisor and the Huntersville Police Department.
Click below for more pictures from the scene.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Huntersville Fire Department would like to wish you a HAPPY HALLOWEEN! Below
are some tips to make sure your Halloween is fun and SAFE!
Take a few
minutes to make sure your home is prepared for your young visitors, make sure there
is plenty of lighting for them, remove any trip hazards between the sidewalk
and the front door and make sure there is adequate lighting. Consider avoiding
actual lit candles in your Jack O'Laterns and consider using small reusable LED
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.
colored costume material if at all possible.
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.
child with a flash and/or glow light as part of their costumes.
child to stay away from open fires (fire pits, bon fires, luminaries, etc).
your child what to do if their costume catches on fire: STOP – DROP – COVER
YOUR FACE – ROLL THE FIRE OUT!
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
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.
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
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.
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!
Friday, October 25, 2013
before midnight turned out to be a busy one for the North End Departments. As the
Station 2 crew was climbing into bed they were hit for a working structure fire
on Peninsula Cove Road involving a large home on the water. The resident was
reporting fire in the walls and attic of the home. Huntersville Engine 22
checked in route as did Cornelius Engine 2, Hook & Ladder 44 and Rescue 4.
Cornelius Engine 2 arrived on scene reporting a working fire in a large home with
smoke and fire showing from the ceiling of the first floor rear patio, fire in
the ceiling of a rear second floor room and fire advancing in the attic. Engine
2 quickly advanced a 1 ¾” hose line into the house and began fire attack. Huntersville
Station 1 was added to the call as the working fire company. Huntersville
Engine 22 arrived on scene next, hooked to the nearest hydrant and laid a 5”
supply line to Cornelius Engine 2. Once water supply was established Engine 22’s
crew advanced a second 1 ¾” line into the home and began knocking fire down on
the lower patio. The patio ceiling area had heavy fire concealed and crews
began pulling ceiling. Simultaneously Cornelius Hook & Ladder 44 and Heavy
Rescue 4 arrived (as Huntersville Engine 22 was establishing water supply).
H&L 44 parked in the driveway of the home next to the garage and extended
its ladder to the roof; its crew ascended the roof and cut a ventilation hole
above the fire in the attic and heavy smoke with fire immediately shot out
through the vent hole. Crews operating inside exited the home did a quick air
cylinder change and reentered the structure advancing both lines to the second
floor and attic. Huntersville Engine 1 arrived on scene and its crew was
assigned to assist Rescue 4 with RIT and salvage. Salvage crews began covering
furniture on the first floor as the fire attack crews began one more push to
control the fire. One crew ascended the stairs in the attic access as the
second crew began pulling ceilings and knocking down fire. The fire was stopped
in the attic and control time was called shortly thereafter. One firefighter
suffered a hand injury and was taken to the CMC Huntersville where he was treated
and released. An extensive overhaul process followed with crews remaining on
scene for another 3 hours.The
Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause; the fire
looks to have started near the fireplace and patio ceiling area. The home suffered
extensive fire, smoke and water damage and the homeowners were seeking temporary
housing at a neighbor’s home.During the
call, surrounding Departments and Stations moved-up to help cover the Cornelius
and Huntersville’s areas. Additional calls came in while Cornelius and
Huntersville were operating on Peninsula Cove Rd. A
call for Carbon Monoxide in a residence in Cornelius was covered by Davidson Engine
1. A second structure fire was then dispatched
on the Westside of Cornelius and was handled by Huntersville Engine 2, Mt
Mourne Engine 1, Tower Ladder 1 and Davidson Engine 1; finding a smell of smoke
but no fire. Long Creek Engine 3 moved-up to cover Cornelius Station 1 for a
couple hours, Huntersville Station 3 moved up to Huntersville Station 1 and
East Lincoln Fire Department moved up to Huntersville Station 2 until the scene
was cleared on Peninsula Cove Road by 5am.Units on scene: Cornelius Engines 2, 5, Hook & Ladder
44 and Rescue 4; Huntersville Engines 22, 1; Mecklenburg County Fire Marshal;
MEDIC and the Cornelius Police Department.Click below for pictures.
HFD Engine 22 on scene.
Venting over the garage (picture from
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Station 2 was hit for a motor vehicle accident (MVA) on NC Hwy 73 at Hubbard
road. Engines 2 and 22 quickly checked in route, arriving shortly thereafter to
find a two vehicle MVA involving two SUVs. Engine 22 secured the roadway and
immediately began assessing patients for injuries. A total of 5 patients were
identified (4 in the Hyundai Santa Fe and 1 in the Jeep Cherokee) and the call
was upgraded to a pin-in with crews unable to access one patient in the Hyundai
due to a stuck rear door. Two additional MEDIC units were added to the call
(bringing a total of 3 MEDIC units to the scene). Huntersville Fire crews,
using Hydraulic Tools, popped the stuck door and the four patients were
packaged and placed in spinal protocol for transport by MEDIC. The fifth
patient from the Jeep refused treatment. All four patients were transported
with minor injuries. All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 1:54pm. Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 2, 22; 3 MEDIC units
and the Huntersville Police Department.Click below for pictures.
Saturday, October 19, 2013
At 2:14pm Huntersville Fire was alerted
to a structure fire in the Cedar Field neighborhood. Multiple 911 callers were
reporting fire and heavy smoke showing from the attic of a single family residence
located at 9208 Torrence Crossing Drive Huntersville NC. Huntersville Station 1
and 2 quickly responded; arriving on scene within 4 minutes of dispatch. Huntersville
Engine 1 arrived on scene with smoke from the eaves and roof line. Engine immediately
advanced a hose line inside the house. Crews advanced the hose line to the
second floor and opened the attic access door where they were immediately met
with heavy smoke and fire. Crews entered the attic and knocked down the fire using
one 1 ¾” hose line while other crews began placing tarps over electronic equipment
and furniture to reduce water damage to the home’s contents.It took a total of 25
firefighters, 15 minutes to control the fire. No injuries were reported and the
family is temporarily displaced. The fire appears to have started over the upstairs
bathroom in an exhaust fan. The Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals Office responded
and investigated the scene. Miraculously the homeowner had recently returned
home when he heard a noise upstairs and went to investigate finding fire in the
Attic.All fire units were clear of the
scene by 4:16pm (2 hours on scene). Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 1, 2,
22 Ladder 1, Rescue 1; Medic; Huntersville Police and North Meck Rescue.Click below for pictures from the scene.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Huntersville Stations 1, 3 and Long Creek Fire were dispatched to a reported structure
fire at North Meck High School. Callers were reporting a fire in an
outbuilding. Units quickly checked in route. Huntersville Engine 11 and Ladder
1 arrived on scene within minutes finding several outside fires and a fire involving
an overhang. Engine 11 quickly stretched a line and Huntersville Engine 3
arrived on scene and grabbed a water supply. Crews extinguished the fire
quickly and remained on scene to overhaul the structure and area.Huntersville crews quickly
determined that North Meck High School volunteers were cooking their BBQ overnight
for the annual fundraiser and the fire in the covered shelter grew out of hand
and spread up the ceiling and into the rafters. No one was hurt and thankfully the
BBQ was not ruined. Following some overhaul and clean-up, crews cleared the
scene within an hour.Units on scene:
Huntersville Engines 11, 3 and Ladder 1; Long Creek Engine 3 and Rescue 12; Mecklenburg
County Fire Marshal and the Huntersville Police Department.Click below for pictures.
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Department Held its 2013 Awards and Medals Ceremony at their Fire Training
Academy. Multiple Medals were handed out for exemplary service in Charlotte including:
Unit Citations, Fire Chief’s Letter of Commendation, Meritorious Service Award,
Fire Chief’s Award for Exemplary Action, Company Citations, Award for
Exceptional EMS Action, Charlotte Firefighter of the Year Award and the coveted
Charlotte Fire Department Medal of Valor. It was a fantastic night, reflecting
and remembering the selfless and spectacular service that these members provide
to the City of Charlotte. We’re happy to report that 4 of these awardees are
also members of the Huntersville Fire Department. As you may know, many of our
part-time firefighting staff are also full-time Charlotte Fire Department Employees. The following Huntersville Fire
members received Company Citation medals last night from CFD Chief John Hannan:
FFII Joshua Hedrick (first Picture 4th from left) awarded for a CPR
save that occurred on Kestral Ridge Drive. Captain Henry Cook II (second
picture 2nd from left) and Engineer Travis Vanderkolk (second
picture 3rd from left) both awarded for 2 CPR saves in one night, yes
that is correct, TWO saves in the same night, one save was on McArthur Avenue
and one save was on Rachael Street. Last but not least is our Huntersville Fire
Chief Larry Irvin. He, an Engineer in Charlotte, (third picture 3rd
from left) was awarded for a CPR save on Central Avenue.It should be mentioned that each of these saves resulted in the patient FULLY recovering with no deficits from the cardiac arrest. Many of the saves were present in the audience, greeted the fire fighters after the ceremony and posed in pictures with them. As a firefighter, being able to meet the victim you saved can be the most rewarding experience of your career! We are very proud of our guys. We
are lucky to have them serving the Huntersville community every day. Each has
an unbelievable passion and determination to serve our community every day they
can. We are truly lucky to have such experienced, dedicated and skilled public servants
on our team. Congratulations Gents!Click below for pictures.
Sunday, October 6, 2013
We sincerely want to thank
everyone that showed up at our Blood Drive for FF Jeff Reid and the ‘Fall Into Huntersville Town
Fall Festival’. It was truly a successful day. The ‘What If Everyone’
Organization and Mosaic Church put together one heck of a community event and
our blood drive was a HUGE success. We wanted to find at least 60 blood donors and
74 showed up and registered. Our FF Wives had a very successful Bake Sale and
ALL left over bake sale items were purchased by the ‘What If Everyone’
Organization; allowing us to sell out and bank $1,000 for Jeff and Vicky!
Click below for pictures from the event along with a
short video of the event. Huntersville is truly an AWESOME place to live!
Check out the video of the day! – click HERE!
To learn more about What If Everyone, click HERE!
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