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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


   


 

HUNTERSVILLE PARTNERS WITH MERCEDES AT SAFETY EVENT

Saturday, June 21, 2014  Our Rescue 1 and the Huntersville Police Department partnered with Mercedes-Benz of Northlake for a safety event. Residents and Mercedes customers stopped by to check out Rescue 1 and the Mercedes new QR assist codes. Mercedes also offered a Complimentary Safety Inspection, Complimentary Rescue Assist QR Codes install and a Complimentary lunch. Thanks for having us out and for putting vehicle safety first!

     



 

SAFETY TOWN 2014

Wednesday, June 18, 2014  Station 1 is participating in Safety Town 2014 for the next 2 weeks at Blythe Elementary School. Safety Town teaches important everyday safety tips to the younger residents of the Ville. "Safety Town" is an annual, hands-on, summer camp hosted by the Huntersville Police Department for rising Kindergarteners. It is a very popular camp with parents lining up to register in late spring each year - the classes fill up quickly every year. Agencies partnering in Safety Town each year: Huntersville Police Department, Huntersville Fire Department, Mecklenburg County Fire Marshals Office, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and Charlotte Fire Department's Mascot "Blaze".


Safety Town teaches life saving lessons on strangers, traffic, fire, pedestrians, guns, poisons, drugs, playground safety, bus and bicycle safety. The child-sized town includes working traffic lights, miniature street signs, crosswalks and eight colorful little buildings representing our town.


     

Charlotte FD "Blaze" mascot checking out Ladder 1 - he's a fan of the Black Over Red!

Charlotte FD "Blaze" mascot checking out
      Ladder 1 - he's a fan of the Black Over
      Red!



 

FF JEFF REID RELEASED FROM HOSPITAL

Wednesday, June 11, 2014  This morning FF Jeff Reid was released from the Hospital. He was at Chapel Hill for 14 weeks and 1 day following his Bone Marrow Transplant. We surprised him with a ride home in a fire truck...he lead a whole line of Fire Trucks from Huntersville Stations 1, 2, the Charlotte Fire Department and the Cornelius Fire Department. Long Creek Fire was also there to greet him, but missed the procession when they were hit for a run. Huntersville Engine 2 dropped Jeff off to his family right in front of his home.


We are all smiles to have our brother back in town and at home!!


Video of his return: https://www.facebook.com/HuntersvilleFireDepartment/posts/640321196058937







     



 

ANNUAL END OF SCHOOL TRADITION FOR BARNETTE ELEMENTARY

Monday, June 9, 2014  In keeping with annual tradition - the 2 House visited Barnette Elementary School on the last week of the school year to bring some water chaos on a hot day. According to Teachers - this water treat is an annual reward for good behavior at school.



From the looks of it our FFs had more fun than the kids did...which is typical! Our 2-house crew had fun making memories and smiles!

     



 

HUNTERSVILLE FIRE LEADS THE WAY IN KEEPING RESIDENTS INFORMED

Thursday, June 5, 2014  My FOX Carolinas visited Huntersville Fire and met with our Public Information Officer to discuss how we keep our residents informed daily on the goings on in the Ville. HFD is setting the standard in the area by providing abundant information to our residents and visitors using multiple Social Media platforms. HFD also partners with other agencies such as MEDIC to enhance the messaging and exposure.


See the My FOX Carolinas article here: http://www.myfoxcarolinas.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=10229281

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WHAT TO DO WHEN FACED WITH A DROWNING

Sunday, June 1, 2014  Following a bad start to our summer season with multiple drowning incidents on Memorial Day weekend and one of those drownings occurring in Huntersville - we wanted to take the offense and release some pool safety tips as what to do when faced with a drowning. 


We partnered with MEDIC and NBC (WCNC) and filmed a news segment on what to do if you find a drowning victim - especially focused on Bystander CPR


A very special thank you to our own Deputy Chief Ben Reagan who portrayed the bystander.

Segment: http://www.wcnc.com/news/How-to-save-children-from-drowning-261454311.html

     



 

POOL SAFETY FOR THE SUMMER

Tuesday, May 27, 2014  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

   


 

STATION 2 RESCUES A DOG

Monday, May 26, 2014  As an evening thunderstorm rolled through Town, Station 2 was dispatched to handle an animal rescue. Callers were reporting a dog was found hanging off a second floor balcony at the Camden Sedgebrook Apartments (8416 Strathburn Ct). The dog was hanging upside down through the balcony railings, only held by it's hips between then balcony pickets from the second floor balcony.


Engine 2 quickly responded and upon arrival the crew found a dog hanging upside down from the balcony. Firefighters quickly threw a ladder to the balcony and grabbed the dog; then using tools - immediately cut a picket from the railing to remove the stuck dog. Dog was extremely tired and dehydrated but otherwise ok. Firefighters gave the dog some water and let it rest.


The dog was handed over to the Huntersville Police Department as they attempted to contact the owner who was not home at the time. Engine 2 went right back into service due to the heavy call volume from the store.


It's believed the dog was scared by the thunder from the passing storm and may have squeezed through the pickets to try to escape.

   


 

HUNTERSVILLE STATION 1 RESPONDS TO AN MVA WITH A MANHOLE COVER

Saturday, May 24, 2014  At 10:28am Huntersville Station 1 was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident on Hunt Valley Rd, off Huntersville-Concord Rd. At the time of the call Engine 3 was working a toddler drowning/CPR further down Huntersville-Concord Rd and Engine 2 was working another MVA with entrapment on Statesville Rd.



Engine 1 arrived on scene to find a single vehicle accident in the neighborhood. Minor damage was observed on the car, however both front air bags had deployed and the driver and passenger had abrasions to their faces. Further investigation revealed that the car had struck a raised manhole cover, causing the airbags to deploy and injure the occupants. Additionally neighbors from the surrounding homes stated that this sort of accident has happened on several occasions and that they’re upset with the developer for the neighborhood.

MEDIC arrived on scene and assumed patient care, eventually transporting two patients to NOVANT hospital in Huntersville. Engine 1 turned the scene over to Huntersville Police and returned to service. 

All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 11:00am.

Units on scene: Huntersville Engine 1; MEDIC and the Huntersville Police Department.

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