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ANNUAL FUNDRAISING LETTERS

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!


   


 

NEW YEAR SAFETY TIPS

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!

     



 

DISCARDING OF ASHES

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.


     



 

OVERTURNED REFUSE TRUCK

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.


     



 

CHRISTMAS SAFETY TIPS

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!!





     



 

THE TRIPLETS DEBUT

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.


     



 

STATIONS 1 AND 2 RESPOND TO A BUILDING FIRE

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.


     



 

STATIONS 1, 3 RUN A FATAL MVA

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 vehicle.

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 WBTV.com

Picture from WSOCTV.com

Picture from WSOCTV.com



 

LOCAL BUSINESS HOSTS FUNDRAISER FOR THE FFBCF

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-pack

North Carolina Firefighters' Burned Childrens Fund: http://www.ffbcf.org/


Click below for pictures from the evening.




     



 

A HUNTERSVILLE CHRISTMAS

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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