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STATIONS 1, 2 RESPOND TO SERIOUS MVA ON STATESVILLE RD

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)

     



 

STATIONS 1, 2 RUN AN MVA ON MT HOLLY-HUNTERSVILLE RD

Picture courtesy of Long Creek FD

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 to Town.



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.



   


 

JULY FOURTH FESTIVITIES IN THE VILLE

Friday, July 4, 2014  It was another fantastic July 4th in the Ville with all 3 stations participating in neighborhood events, parades and gatherings celebrating the Holiday.


For the 10th Year, Stations 1 and 2 participated in the annual parade and the highly anticipated water battle and wet down at Birkdale. It was a hot day, so we also set up Ladder 1 and let water rain down on the participants. It was a fantastic time, with more kids than ever participating in the parade and wet down.



Station 3 attended and participated in the Olmstead Neighborhood parade and gathering. This is the second year we’ve participated and we look forward to participating again next year.

Station 2 attended the annual bike parade and wet down at the Stephens Grove neighborhood. An annual tradition for years, Engine 22 arrived, led the bike parade and followed it up by cooling off the kids and adults (by accident…).


Click below for more pictures from the Holiday fun.



     



 

2 HOUSE STAND-BY FOR CORNELIUS FIRE

Monday, June 30, 2014  Engine 22 stood by for Cornelius FD Station 2 today so they could attend a funeral. We'll always be there for our brothers to the North - especially during a difficult time.

Cornelius bought our crew lunch too!  #BROTHERHOOD.

   


 

HUNTERSVILLE PARTNERS IN BOATING SAFETY

Sunday, June 29, 2014  We partnered with WBTV and the Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron yesterday on Lake Norman to discuss Boater Safety. Check out our safety tips and remember to be responsible and safe on the Lake this Holiday weekend!

 
Operator inexperience, inattention, recklessness and speeding are the four leading causes of tragic watercraft crashes. Boaters who wear life jackets and take boater safety courses are most likely to be safer on the lake.
 
Important Lake Boating Safety Tips:

  • Take a Boater Safety Course Before operating any type of watercraft on our lakes.
  • DO NOT operate under the influence Never use drugs or alcohol before or during boat  operation. Alcohol's effects are greatly exaggerated by exposure to sun, glare, wind, noise and vibration. The probability of being involved in an accident doubles when alcohol is in the picture.
  • Have a float plan Before heading out, know where you’re going, who is going with you and share that plan with someone else. Always know where you are on the lake – so we can help you if needed.
  • Use and maintain the right safety equipment
  • Have a properly fitting U.S. Coast Guard approved life jacket for each person onboard and one approved throwable flotation device. Make sure the jackets are immediately available and usable – remove them from their original wrappers.
  • We recommend that everyone wear their life jackets while on the water.
  • Have a fire extinguisher, make sure it’s not expired, and know how to use it.
  • Have a marine VHF radio and/or a cell phone to call for help (VHF channel 16 or call 911).
  • Visual distress signals (flares, bright towels or shirts / flags / signal mirror or compact disc).
  • Have sound producing devices (boat horn, small canister horn, a wistle).
  • Have operable navigation lights, also have flashlights available as well as fresh batteries.
  • Have a FIRST AID kit on hand.
  • Be weather wise Keep a close eye on the weather and bring a portable radio. Sudden wind shifts, lightning flashes, dark clouds and choppy water all can mean a storm is brewing. If bad weather is approaching, get off the water early to avoid a long waiting line at the docks / ramps.
  • Have a Carbon Monoxide Detector Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas that can make you sick and even kill. All internal combustion engines emit it. Keeping a carbon monoxide detector on your boat can notify you before levels rise too high, putting you and your passengers at risk of inhaling the lethal gas – especially for boats with cabins.
  • Calling for help If you need help, call for it IMMEDIATELY. You should call 911;you however can also use Marine VFH Channel 16. Know where you are on the Lake (nearest channel marker, nearest landmark, describe the boat in detail) and designate others to signal for help by waving arms up and down, wave colored shirts, towels, flags, flares etc – know that help will arrive in various forms – Law Enforcement, Fire Department, good Samaritans etc.

US Power Squadron - Lake Norman main web site: http://www.usps.org/lakenorman/
 
ABC - America's Boating Course, offered by Lake Norman Sail & Power Squadron and required by NC :http://www.usps.org/lakenorman/courseboatsmart.htm



     


 

STATION 2 DROPS BY A LOCAL PWS CONFERENCE

Saturday, June 28, 2014  Our crew from Station 2 attended a Prader-Willi Syndrome conference at Lake Forest Church. Recommended to us by a resident who has a child with PWS - we attended, learned about PWS and had a wonderful time hanging out and meeting some GREAT kids.

PWS is a rare genetic disorder that affects 1:15,000 births. Some of the characteristics of PWS are low muscle tone, cognitive delays, behavioral difficulties (anxiety, OCD), and an insatiable appetite that can potentially cause morbid obesity. At this time there is no cure for PWS. Individuals who live with this syndrome must have 24/7 supervision regardless of their cognitive function because there is a flaw in their brain that makes them think they are hungry nonstop. With the help of the community and the medical field, research has helped to understand this rare genetic syndrome far more what was known than 15 years ago. The purpose of the conference was to help share and spread some of that current information and research to the people who will most benefit it.
http://www.wbtv.com/story/25895380/first-responders-learn-about-prader-willi-syndrome-in-huntersville

   


 

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







     



 
 
 

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