Colleton County Fire-Rescue

May 2009

5/30/2009- Lowcountry Regional Airport Airshow Standby

Station 19 stood by for an air show at the Lowcountry Regional Airport Saturday from 1000 to 1430. Engine 19, ARFF 19, Medic 19 and Battalion 1 remained at the event during its entirety. The Fire-Rescue units were on display, but were also positioned to respond immediately if needed. The free public event drew many aircraft enthusiasts and displayed over 30 experiment, vintage and current aircraft. Click here for more information.  


5/30/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Hazardous Materials

Stations 1, 13, 19, and 27 responded to a MVC on I-95 at the 40 mile marker northbound, Saturday, 30-May at 07: 43 hours.  South Carolina Highway Patrol units were on scene from a previous MVC that occurred at 04:08 hours just north of this MVC.  They found a tractor trailer had rear-ended another tractor trailer which rear ended a tour bus.  Reports from the scene were that the tractor trailer in the middle of the collision was transporting Sulfuric Acid.  Click here for more information. 


5/29/2009- Structure Fire

Stations 1, 19, 24, 26 and 27 responded to a house fire at 2807 Heirs Corner Road at 1700, Friday afternoon 29-May. Engine 26 arrived with 4 minutes to find  the single story wood frame dwelling approximately 80% involved. Smoke from the fire could be seen several miles away. The man living in the house escaped with minor injuries. The home had no electricity and no telephone. He went to a nearby home to have them call here for more info.  


5/29/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Stations 1, 26 and 27 responded to a high speed MVC on I-95 at the 57 mile marker southbound, Friday morning 30-May at 0557. A southbound Mitsubishi Lancer collided with a parked tractor-trailer in the breakdown lane just north of Exit 57. The car drove under the trailer until the it struck the rear axles, dislodging the rear most axle. The 25 year old female driver was heavily entrapped in the wreckage. Click here for more information.


5/28/2009- Countywide Drill Training

Fire Chief Timothy Stevenson from the Whitesville Fire Department in Berkeley County conducted a safety and training seminar at Station # 19 during the monthly Countywide Drill Training session, Thursday 28-May. Chief Stevenson conveyed the importance of firefighter training and following established standards and departmental directives. In 2003, several Berkeley County departments participated in a live here for more.


5/28/2009- Career Day at Forest Hills Elementary School

Medic 27 participated in the Forest Hills Elementary School Career Day held Thursday evening 28-May. Several hundred children seized the opportunity to visit the two dozen agencies in attendance to discuss career opportunities and view displays. Firefighter-Paramedic David Goins and Firefighter-EMT-I Matt Parler showed off the Medic unit and demonstrated the equipment for the children and parents. Click here for more information.  


5/27/2009- Tri-county Mass Casualty Drill

Colleton County Fire-Rescue was invited to participate in the Tri-county area Mass Casualty drill held in Berkeley County Wednesday 27-May. Fire-Rescue sent one ambulance staffed with crossed-trained firefighter-paramedics/hazardous materials technicians. The drill was designed to evaluate a response to a “dirty bomb” from both a standard fire department response, pre-hospital care.... click here for more information.


5/25/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Air Evacuation

Stations 1, 19 and 27 responded to an over-turned pick-up truck on I-95 at the 43 mile marker southbound, Monday morning 25-May at 0225. Two State Troopers assigned to Jasper County were returning from an assignment and drove up on the accident. One man was already outside of the vehicle, but a woman was still trapped inside. Fearing for her safety, the Troopers diligently worked to get the woman out for the truck. Click here for more information.


5/25/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Air Evacuation

Stations 1 and 27 responded to a high speed single car MVC on Green Pond Highway at Emerald Drive, Monday afternoon at 1836. The southbound Toyota Scion lost control in a curve and entered the northbound ditch. The vehicle became airborne, struck a power pole breaking it in half, flipped over at least once and landed up right in the middle of Green Pond Highway blocking the road. Click here for additional information.


5/21/2009- Colleton Medical Center Appreciation Luncheon

Colleton Medical Center served a delicious lunch to Fire-Rescue personnel on Thursday 21-May. The purpose was to honor the teamwork enjoyed by the hospital and Fire-Rescue in providing medical care to the community. The dinner coincided with National EMS Week. Several hospital staff members were in attendance. The food was prepared by the hospital chef and was brought to Station # 19. Click here for more information.  


5/20/2009- Relay for Life

Fire-Rescue participated in the Relay for Life again this year. We were tasked with operating the concession stand for the annual event. The Relay for Life is designed to raise money for Cancer research and similar events are held across the country each year in support of the American Cancer Society. Preparations begin each year nearly as soon as the event ends. It is a massive coordinated effort with local individuals pulling together resources and teams, all of who raise money for the cause.  Click here for more information.



All Colleton County Fire-Rescue personnel are invited to attend the Fifth Annual Memorial Day Tribute to honor all military, law enforcement, and fire-rescue personnel.  This event is sponsored by and being held at Ruffin Baptist Church (191 Double Churches Rd, Ruffin) on Sunday, May 31, 2009.  The worship hour starts at 11:00 and a thank-you dinner will be held immediately following the service.


Another 13 convictions for insurance fraud in Colleton County last week brought the total to more than 30 since last September. On Thursday, May 14, the following defendants each pled guilty to one count of the lesser-included offense of Presenting False Claims for Payment more than $1,000 but less than $5,000 before The Honorable Perry Buckner in Colleton County:  Click here for more information.

5/18/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Stations 1, 2 and 6 responded to a tractor trailer MVC in the 14000 block of ACE Basin Parkway (US Hwy. 17) south of Jacksonboro, Monday morning 18-May at 0738. The northbound truck left the roadway in heavy rains, lost control on the soft shoulder and overturned. The truck slid into the trees causing massive damage to the cab. The cab impacted a large tree, was ripped from the chassis and bent in half. The driver was severely injured and trapped in the wreckage. Click here for more info.


5/17/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Stations 1, 4, 18 and 31 responded to a high speed, single car MVC on Bells Highway just east of Azalea Patch Road at 1819, Sunday afternoon 17-May. Law enforcement had just broadcast a look out for this vehicle travelling at a high rate speed and running through the stop sign at Bells Crossroads. The 1994 Jeep Cherokee failed to negotiate a curve on Bells Hwy east of Azalea Patch Road. The small SUV went down an embankment, through a field and struck a large hole in the field. Click here for more info.


5/17/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Stations 1, 5, 9, 19, 26  and 27 responded to a two car MVC on Jefferies Highway (US Hwy 15) at the intersection of Augusta Highway (SC Hwy 61) Canadys Crossroads at 2353 PM Saturday evening 16-May. Apparently a minivan traveling eastbound on Augusta Hwy. pulled into the path of a southbound pickup truck traveling on Jefferies Hwy. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. Click here for additional information.



Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Chris Jones who recently graduated from Trident Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Business Management with an emphasis in Fire Service Management.


Congratulations to Firefighter/Paramedic Jack Wimberly who recently graduated from Greenville Technical College with an Associate's Degree in Health Science with a minor in Paramedicine.

5/11/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Entrapment

Stations 1, 19, 26 and 27 responded to an over-turned vehicle on Winchester Road near the intersection of Three Mile Road. The west bound vehicle appeared to have left the right shoulder, over corrected, lost control and over-turned trapping the 18 year old driver. He was wearing a seatbelt and remained in the vehicle. The accident occurred at 2331, Monday night 11-May. A teenage girl was also in the vehicle. Click here for more information.


5/11/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Technical Rescue

Stations 1, 9, 19 and 27 responded to a fatal MVC on I-95 northbound near the 52 mile marker, Monday afternoon 11-May at 1531. A caller reported seeing a motorcycle in a water filled ditch. Fire-Rescue units and Highway Patrol arrived shortly and located the motorcycle, but could not locate a driver. The ditch contained approximately four feet of dark, murky water. The accident was located near a culvert that passes under the Interstate. Click here for more information.


5/10/2009- Natural Gas Explosion and Structure Fire

Stations 1, 19, 24, 26 and 27 responded to a natural gas explosion in a residence at 133 Franklin Street at 21:06 hours, Sunday 10-May.  Engines 19 and 26 responded from another incident and arrived to find the single family dwelling 60% involved. The home was shifted on its foundation and the brick veneer was blown off of the structure. A car in the yard received moderate damage from flying bricks and debris. The yard was littered with debris, vent caps and bricks. Click here for more information.


5/7/2009- Structure Fire

Stations 1, 5, 7, 19 and 26 responded to a dwelling fire at 686 Misty Ridge Lane at 0539, Thursday 7-May. Responding units encountered a tree across the road which delayed apparatus from reaching the scene. Firefighters used a chain saw to cut up the tree, so they could remove it from the road. Once on scene, they found a large single story residential dwelling about 60% involved. Click here for more information.


5/5/2009- Structure Fire

Stations 2, 6, 9, 12, 19 and 27 responded to a building fire at a nightclub located at 1935 Featherbed Road north of the Neyles Community at 0547, Tuesday 5-May. Engines 2 and 12 arrived to find heavy fire showing from the front and rear of the structure. The 40 year old club was a converted mobile home. It had three additions, one of which was a large social area and dance floor. The club closed three weeks ago and had no power connected to the building.  Click here for additional information.


5/4/2009- Annual Engine Pump Testing

Logistics and Fleet Management began the annual pumper testing today, Monday 4-May. The marathon involves moving all Engines to Headquarters during four days, while still providing coverage in the stations. Battalion Chief Stallings orchestrates the truck movements, while personnel rotate the vehicles to a staging area near the pump test pit at Headquarters. Click here for more info.  


5/3/2009- Motor Vehicle Collision with Fatality

Stations 1, 9 and 19 responded to a fatal MVC at the intersection of Round O Road and Wesley Grove Road north of the Town of Cottageville, Sunday 3-May at 1748. Apparently, a motorcycle pulled out of Wesley Grove Road into the path of a north bound Mercury Sable traveling on Round O Road. The two vehicles collided in the intersection. Click here for more information.  


5/3/2009- Colleton County Fire-Rescue announces Arson Awareness Week (May 3-9, 2009)

This year’s theme for Arson Awareness Week is, “Arson for Profit,” and is intended to draw attention to the increasing number of maliciously and deliberately set fires for economic gain.  Arson for profit is when businesses or individuals set fires to reduce financial loss, recoup initial investments, or dispose of depreciated assets, usually for a payout from insurance companies.  “Arson for profit is a criminal offense and can send an arsonist to jail for years,” states John Reich, South Carolina State Fire Marshal.  Click here for additional info.

5/3/2009- Structure Fire

At 0449, Sunday morning 3-May, Stations 8, 1, 25, 13 and 27 responded to a single family dwelling fire at 160 Lone Tree Lane south of Hendersonville. The older wood frame structure was fully involved when Engine 8 arrived. A 40 year old man narrowly escaped the residence. He was barefoot and met firefighters at the road. The man stated he heard strange noises in the house several times during the night.  Click here for more information.


5/1/2009- Structure Fire

A two alarm dwelling fire brought Stations 1, 2, 6, 12, 13, 19, 22 and 27 to 7372 Ritter Road at 0816, Friday morning 1-May. The caller reported fire coming from the older wood frame building. Engine 6 noted heavy fire visible on arrival with the roof compromised. Two nearby singlewide mobile homes were threatened. Engine 6 set up in the driveway, deploying two 1-3/4 handlines and one 2-1/2 handline. Click here for more information.