Thursday, April 25, 2013
Are you tired and lack motivation? Do you complain about having
to get up and go to work? Well – take a moment and think about this…pictured is
Fire Fighter/EMT Jeff Reid. Jeff has been a Fire fighter with us for over 30
yrs. Jeff has Leukemia and he gets a Chemo shot every week. Jeff is currently on
the waiting list for a bone marrow transplant – YET, he continues to come to
work every day and eagerly responds to those in need, no matter how tired or
bad he feels…so I guess the real question is – what’s your excuse?
Get out there and make a difference, everyday, like our
brother Jeff!! Keep The Faith!
Sunday, April 21, 2013
Huntersville Station 1’s
crew made a new friend during their fire hydrant checks this morning. As Engine 1
was out checking and flowing hydrants (an annual requirement this time of year)
they came across a young man who loves fire trucks. The crew took a few minutes
and spoke with the young Huntersville citizen and then departed, sounding the
sirens for him as he left. The young man’s mom posted two pictures on Twitter. Thank-you to FF/EMTs B.
Irvin, CJ Auten and A. Duckworth for their hard work and dedication to the Huntersville
Check out the picture that
was posted on Twitter by @mamacavy
Saturday, April 20, 2013
Huntersville Station 3’s
crew hosted 15 Mecklenburg County home-schooled JROTC Cadets for an American
Heart Association (AHA) / Rowan Cabarrus Community College (RCCC) Healthcare provider / CPR
At around noon on Saturday,
the highly motivated and professional JROTC cadets arrived, in uniform, ready to
learn how they could save a life. All 15 were put through 5 hrs of hands on
intensive training in recognizing several life-threatening emergencies, provide Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) , use an Automated External Defibrillator
(AED) and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner
At the conclusion of the
class and testing, all of the cadets received an AHA Healthcare
Provider Certification card which is good for two years.
Several members of the
Huntersville Fire Department are qualified to complete the AHA/CPR
certification course...are YOU certified?
Thank-you to FF/EMTs: J.
Gonzalez, D. Gonzalez and A. Ely for conducting the training.
Click below for pictures
from the training class.
Friday, April 19, 2013
Huntersville Firefighter/EMT Matt Bandieramonte (you can
just call him Dude…that’s what we call him) graduated from the Charlotte Fire
Academy today as a member of CFD Recruit Class #90. Dude, a former member with
the Gilead Volunteer fire department and now serving as a Captain with the
Huntersville Fire Department is a dedicated and hard working member that we’ve
missed around the station for quite some time while he was away attending the
As a token of appreciation, Dude (an accomplished leather
worker on the side) created an old fashioned fire bucket for his training
Captain and then presented it, on behalf of Class 90, to his Captain during
Dude has been assigned to Station #41 (the Airport) in
Charlotte where he will be assigned to the A shift. As Matt enjoys his new
career and assignment he will also be enjoying some quality time in his new
home in Huntersville and preparing for his upcoming marriage (November of 2013) to Chrissy Poore.
Congratulations Matt (Dude)! We’ve really missed you around the
station and we are all proud of you here at HFD. We can’t wait to see you back
on the schedule.Click below for pictures.
Dude receives his badge.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
At 4:11am Huntersville Station 1 and North Meck Rescue were dispatched
to assist Cornelius Fire Department with an accident on North Bound I77; south
of exit 28 (West Catawba Ave). Huntersville Engine 1 quickly checked in route.
Shortly thereafter Cornelius Engine 2 arrived on scene reporting a two tractor
trailer collision with the driver of one truck pinned inside the wreckage of
one of the trucks. Cornelius Fire assumed scene command and also reported that the
second tractor trailer had a large leak of yellow paint-like fluid and
requested an additional Engine Company to respond to help identify and secure the
load while crews worked on freeing the other driver. Cornelius Heavy Rescue 4
along with Huntersville Engine 1 and North Meck Rescue’s crews arrived on scene
and began working on gaining access to and freeing the driver. Using hydraulic
cutters, the driver’s door was removed from the cab. Hydraulic rams and
spreaders were then used to open the driver’s compartment area and free the
driver’s lower extremities. The driver, suffering from serious lower extremity
injuries was carefully removed from the cab and packaged for transport by MEDIC
to CMC-Main. The driver and passenger of the second truck were not injured and
refused medical treatment. Fire crews then focused on securing the leaking load of the second
truck. Further inspection revealed that the truck was transporting 55gal drums
containing yellow paint. Some the drums ruptured during the collision and
leaked onto the interstate. Fire crews placed a small inflatable pool under the
trailer to collect leaking paint and laid down absorbent along the road to stop
the spread and start coagulating the paint for clean-up. Crews also found a lot
of engine oil had spilled along the interstate following the collision. Command requested an environmental clean-up team to the scene to off
load the trailer and clean up the spilled paint. At 5:30am Huntersville Fire,
MEDIC and North Meck Rescue cleared the scene and Cornelius Fire remained on
scene awaiting the arrival of the clean-up teams. The left lane of I77 North
Bound was opened to traffic to begin relieving the extensive North Bound
traffic back-up that had collected. At 8:30am traffic was still slow in both
North and South Bound sides while clean-up crews continued work on removing all
of the wreckage.The collision occurred when a FedEx Bobtail (tractor trailer without a
trailer attached) traveling North on the interstate collided with the rear of another
tractor trailer. The NC State Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the
accident. All Huntersville crews were clear the scene by 5:30am. Units on scene:
Huntersville Engine 1, Cornelius Engines 2, 5 and Heavy Rescue 5; North Meck
Rescue 8, 2; MEDIC, MEDIC Supervisor; Huntersville
Police Department; Cornelius Police Department and the State Highway Patrol.
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Friday, April 12, 2013
At 11:51am Huntersville
Station 1 and North Meck Rescue were dispatched for a motor vehicle accident into
a building at Keffer VW located at 13651 Statesville Road. Huntersville Engine
1, along with North Meck Rescue quickly checked in route. North Meck units arrived on scene to find a
single pick-up truck into the side of the building with the driver still behind
the wheel. North Meck Rescue initiated patient care, finding the driver with no
injuries and a sore shoulder. Engine 1 arrived on scene and began assessing the
safety of the building. A building inspector was summoned to the scene and
Engine 1 secured the power to that portion of the building. The truck, after
passing through the outside wall, entered an interior office, pushing office
furniture, moving and shattering the large tempered glass office walls. The building
inspector arrived and determined the building to be secure; however also determined
the office area was unsafe due the large tempered glass hanging precariously
after the collision. Engine 1’s crew placed scene tape up blocking access until
clean-up contractor’s arrived and turned the scene over to the inspector.
Huntersville Police are
investigating the cause of the accident and the driver refused Medical
All Huntersville units were
clear of the scene by 12:50pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 1; North Meck Rescue
7; 1 MEDIC Unit and the Huntersville Police Department.
News Coverage: http://www.wsoctv.com/news/news/local/truck-crashes-huntersville-car-dealership/nXJy4/
Click below for pictures.
Sunday, April 7, 2013
At 6:18pm, Huntersville
Station 2 was requested to provide mutual aid assistance to the East Lincoln
Fire Department for a residential construction site collapse on Cedarbrook
Court involving 2 children. Huntersville Engine 2 quickly checked in route to
the scene in Lincoln County. Receiving updates in route to the call, they
learned that two young children were trapped under a wall of dirt that had
collapsed on them. Arriving on scene they immediately began working with other
fire crews, using hand tools to dig down, locate and rescue the victims. The
pit (a reported home construction project) was approximately 20-25’ deep and
20-30’ wide. It was estimated that approximately 10-20’ of dirt was on top of
the children. Additional Fire Crews from various Lincoln County Agencies
arrived and joined the search. Med Center Air arrived on station and orbited
the scene awaiting word. At 6:30pm The Charlotte Fire Department was called and
requested that they respond with their Urban Search and Rescue Team (USAR). After
three hours of intense searching, the walls surrounding the pit began to fall
in again and rescuers were removed from the hole and the search transitioned to
a recovery effort. Heavy excavating equipment was brought in to help stabilize
the walls and remove some of the dirt that had fallen back in. Just after
midnight the crews began working in the hole again using hand tools, probes and
large industrial vacuums to remove dirt and search for the victims. Crews
continued through the night, searching in teams, rotating in and out of the
hole. At around 5am agencies began to relieve and switch out their work crews on
scene. Mecklenburg County Units (including Charlotte Fire) began to pack up and
clear the scene as well. At 6am the first victim was located and recovered, the
second victim was recovered approximately an hour later.
Huntersville Fire Department
provided an Engine Company with Crew, an Assistant Chief and a Public
Information Officer. All Huntersville units were clear of the scene by 4:49am.
Agencies on scene: East
Lincoln Fire Department, Denver Fire Department, Alexis Fire Department,
Lincolnton Fire Department, Huntersville Fire Department, Charlotte Fire
Department, Lucia-Riverbend Fire Department, Lincoln County EMS, Lincoln County
Emergency Management, Lincoln County Fire Marshal’s Office, Lincoln County
Chaplains, American Red Cross . Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department and the
State Highway Patrol.
Click below for pictures.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
The drive hosted at
Huntersville Station 1 was a huge success! We EXCEEDED every goal that we
established for the drive. In the end we collected enough blood to help 177 local
patients and we bolstered the Marrow database that Jeff’s doctors our
constantly reviewing – looking for a match for Jeff.
The community, surrounding fire
department agencies, friends and family of Jeff gathered from 10:30 – 4pm in
honor of Jeff. The goal of the event was to collect financial donations, blood
donations and type as many people as possible for bone marrow. We established
the goal of 35 blood donations and 35 marrow typing to justify the event and
obtain supporting resources from the Community Blood Center and Be The Match.
By the end of the day we had
to extend the event (planned completion time was 2:30pm) almost 2 additional
hours. We registered 82 blood donations and typed 99 people for Bone Marrow.
Additionally we sold out of t-shirts within 2 hours and raised over 3 times the
funds we expected; all of the money went straight to Jeff to help off-set his healthcare
We presented Jeff with a ‘brotherhood
shield’ created by Fireline Shields of Huntersville (http://firelineshields.com/) as a token
of our support and to make sure that Jeff knows he is our brother and that we
are ALL behind him and will help him through this fight.
We’d like to thank those who
helped us with this event and appreciate the support for Jeff: Donato’s Pizza
of Huntersville, Fireline Shields, FOX News Rising, The Tanner in the Morning
Show (103.7), News Channel 14, The Lake Norman Citizen, The Charlotte Observer,
NASCAR Driver Joey Logano,
We’d also like to thank the
following Agencies that sent people to donate and helped us exceed our goals:
The Charlotte Fire Department, Huntersville Police Department, Cornelius Fire
Department and the Steele Creek Fire Department.
At the end of the day, after
everyone had departed; Huntersville Firefighters with their wives along with Jeff
and Vickie stood around discussing the day. The weather was beautiful, the
turn-out was amazing and Jeff had a big smile on his face. That alone made
everything a success. Jeff had to hurry home to get ready for dinner with
another Bone Marrow Transplant Patient to discuss the process and fellowship.
If you’d like to learn how
to register for the Bone Marrow Donation visit: marrow.org/Home.aspx
If you like to donate blood,
contact CBC at: www.cbcc.us
Click below for pictures from the event.
Saturday, April 6, 2013
At 10:44am, while the Department was celebrating FF Jeff Reid’s service with a blood and Marrow Drive
at Station 1 - Station 2 was dispatched for a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 73
near the McGuire Nuclear Station. Huntersville Engine 2 quickly checked in
route arriving on scene shortly thereafter to find a head-on collision involving
a passenger car and a pick-up truck pulling a large horse trailer. Engine 2’s
crew quickly assessed the scene and found the driver of the passenger vehicle
unresponsive and pinned inside. Station 1 and Cornelius Fire were added to the
call to assist with extrication. Huntersville Engine 1, Chief 902 and Cornelius
Rescue 4 responded to the scene. Crews assessed and determined the driver of
the truck had minor injuries; it was also discovered that a 5 month old child
had also been inside the car during the collision but was removed prior to the
arrival of fire units by a passer-by. The child was quickly assessed and transferred
to MEDIC for rapid transport to CMC-Main. A firefighter from station 1
accompanied the child to the hospital assisting MEDIC. MEDIC determined that
the driver of the passenger car was deceased. Units remained on scene while the
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department ‘HITS Unit’ responded to the scene and
conducted an investigation. Huntersville crews eventually extricated the driver
when CMPD was complete with their investigation. The road was closed for close
to four hours. All Huntersville units were
clear of the scene by 12:39pm.
Units on scene: Huntersville Engines 1 and 2; Cornelius
Heavy Rescue 4; 2 MEDIC Units, The Huntersville Police Department and The
Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department.Click below for pictures (photos courtesy of local Media reports)
Saturday, April 6, 2013
WHO IS DETERMINED IT ONLY REMAINS TO ACT" TODAY IS THE DAY! It's
time for our Blood Donation and Marrow Typing event at Huntersville Station #1
- in honor of our veteran Firefighter and brother Jeff Reid.
This event is in partnership with the Community Blood
Center (for blood donations) and the Be the Match Foundation (for Bone Marrow
Donor registry - a simple swab of the cheek). We will begin promptly at
10:30am. Blood Donations and Bone Marrow Typing will occur through the day
until 2:30pm. Many have already made appointments; but walk-ins will also be
welcome. Parking for the event will be in the parking garage located between
the Discovery Place Kids Museum and the fire station - parking is free.
To raise funds to help off-set medical expenses Jeff will
incur we will be selling t-shirts with 100% of the proceeds going directly to
Jeff. We will also have a collection jar available with 100% of those donations
going straight to Jeff. A local Huntersville Restaurant - DONATOS PIZZA - is
donating 20% of their total sales on Saturday (the 6th) to Jeff as well, so
after the event - please visit Donatos and tell them you want to help Jeff.
Menus and coupons will be available for attendees.
Jeff has served the Huntersville community for the
majority of his adult life (31yrs). Jeff is a Huntersville Firefighter working
out of Station 2 which is located on Beatties Ford Rd. A tireless public servant,
Jeff is also a Charlotte Firefighter assigned to Station 33. Jeff was diagnosed
with Chronic Lymphatic Leukemia back in 2007. He has undergone 2 rounds
of chemo and now needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.
WCCB, Fox News
Rising Segment about the drive: www.wccbcharlotte.com/news/top-stories/Huntersville-Fire-Department-Needs-YOUR-Help-201607961.htmlWCNC Story on Jeff and the Hockey game on Sunday: www.wcnc.com/news/neighborhood-news/Charlotte-police-and-fire-face-off-for-a-good-cause-201502871.html
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