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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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)
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
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.
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