Colleton County Fire-Rescue

October 2011

10/31/2011 – MVC with entrapment & Air Evac. – “A” Shift

A single car MVC in the 12000 block of Green Pond Highway (SC Hwy 303) has left one man in critical condition. The accident was reported at 13:41, Monday afternoon 31-October. The caller reported the vehicle was on its side with one person trapped inside who was barely breathing. Engine 6 and Medic 6 arrived a short time later verifying one person was heavily entrapped in the small pickup truck. Click here for more info. 


10/29/2011 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

A late evening house fire gutted a singlewide mobile home and sent one person to the hospital. The incident occurred at 58 Eddie Lane in the Green Pond Community, Saturday evening 29-October at 23:28. Engine 6 and Medic 6 arrived minutes after the dispatch to find a fire showing from the “A”, “D” and “C” sides of the structure. Click here for additional information.


10/27/2011 – MVC with entrapment – “C” Shift

A two car accident in the 9200 block of Augusta Highway sent a St. George man to the hospital Thursday afternoon 27-Ocotber at 15:26. According to a witness, the 2010 Nissan Altima pulled into the path of a west bound pick-up truck. The truck struck the car broadside in the driver’s door causing heavy damage to the small car and crushing the driver’s seat. Click here for additional information.


10/27/2011 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

An early morning structure fire has displaced a family of five. The fire was reported at 02:51, Thursday morning 27-October, reporting a kitchen fire at 272 Volunteer Lane south of Walterboro. Engine 1 arrived to find heavy smoke conditions coming from the doublewide mobile home. The woman who lives in the home reported being awakened by her dog barking. Click here for additional information.


10/26/2011 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

An late morning kitchen fire caused heavy damage to a Harbor Court residence, Wednesday 26-Oct. At 10:47 a structure fire was reported at 420 Harbor Court. Engine 19 arrived to find  light smoke coming from inside the building. They deployed two handlines and entered the building through the front door, finding the fire in the kitchen near the stove. Click here for additional information.


Funeral Notice for Mary Ellen Cook. Visitation will be held at Herndon Funeral Home on Bells Highway and is scheduled for Thursday evening 27-October from 18:00 to 20:00. The funeral service will be held in the Herndon Funeral Home Chapel at 11:00 Friday morning.

We wish to congratulate Firefighter Joey Ferneza and his wife on the birth of a son, Hunter Lawson Ferneza who was born this morning (25-October) at 09:30. Hunter weighed 6 pounds and 1 ounce. He is 19 inches. Both mother and baby are doing fine.

10/24/2011 – MVC/MCI with ejections – “C” Shift

At 15:53 Monday 24-October, Fire-Rescue received a mutual aid request from Hampton County for two ambulances to assist with a MCI on I-95 at the 37 mile marker southbound. Hampton County EMS was already on the scene with three ambulances and one ambulance from Jasper County Fire-Rescue. Click here for additional information. 


We offer our condolences to Firefighter-EMT Melissa Drawdy and her husband Firefighter-Paramedic David Drawdy on the sudden death of Melissa’s mother. Ms. Mary Ellen Cook passed away this morning and was transported to Colleton Medical Center. Please remember their family in your prayers. We will provide funeral arrangements as we receive them.

10/22/2011 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

A heating device is blamed for a fire in a singlewide mobile home that displaced six people Saturday evening 22-October. Fire-Rescue was notified of the fire at 22:22. Engine 15 arrived 8 minutes later to find the singlewide mobile home approximately 25% involved. Firefighters deployed two 1-3/4 handlines, with one line used to protect a wooden single family dwelling 10 feet from the mobile here for more information.


10/21/2011 - Commendation for Life-Saving

Firefighter-Paramedic Steve Sanders was awarded a “Commendation for Life-Saving” Friday 21-October at Headquarters. On Wednesday evening 12-October, Sanders was off-duty when Medic 18 and Station # 7 were dispatched to an unconscious person on Berea Road in rural north-western Colleton County. Click here for additional information.


10/14/2011 – MVC with entrapment & Air evac. – “A” Shift

An early morning MVC  sent two people to area hospitals. The accident occurred on Cottageville Highway (US Hwy17-A) just south of Round O Road. At 02:21 Friday morning 14-October, a south bound Trans Am left the roadway and flipped over several times landing on its roof in the woods on the north bound side of the highway. Click here for additional information.


Fire-Rescue offers condolences to the family of Fire Commissioner Clyde Capers, his wife Eva and their family on the death of Alice Stephens, Mr. Capers mother in law. The funeral service will be conducted by Koger Funeral Home and will be held Saturday morning at 11:00 at the Deep Creek Church on Sniders Highway in Islandton. Please remember the Capers family in your prayers.

10/13/2011- Fire-Rescue Explorer Meeting

The Fire-Rescue Explorers celebrated their third year Tuesday evening at Station # 19. Captain Scott Feather, Captain Mike Rohaus and Battalion Chief Brent Dalton grilled burgers and hot dogs for the teens. The Sheriff’s Office Explorers were invited and several also attended. Instead of a training session, the two groups participated in a joint kickball game. Click here for additional information. 


10/13/2011- Fire Prevention Activities

Fire-Rescue kicked off it’s month long Fire Prevention Activities Monday 3-October at Black Street Early Development Center. The program runs throughout the year with presentations and demonstrations, but a concentrated effort to reach the younger school aged children coincides with National Fire Prevention Week during October. Click here for additional information.


The REAPER’s DUNGEON - The Colleton County Sheriff’s Office, School Resource Officers will be sponsoring a Haunted House at the old Sheriff’s Office (Breland Building) located at 119 Benson Street in Walterboro on October 22 and 23 and again on October 28, 29 and 31. The Haunted House will be open between the hours of 19:00 (7:00 PM) and 23:00 (11:00 PM) each night. The cost is $5.00 per person. It is billed as, “The Dungeon – damp, dark, musty and infested with endless screams of tortured souls. Prepare yourselves for over 20 rooms of frightening terror!” The proceeds will be used for training classes for the SRO Officers.

10-11-2011 – Motorcycle vs Pickup MVC – “B” Shift

A two car MVC sent one man to a Trauma Center Tuesday evening, 11-October. The accident occurred at the intersection of Sniders Highway and Interstate 95 at 21:05, when a pickup truck pulled into the path of an eastbound motorcycle. The motorcycle impacted the side of the pickup truck resulting in multiple traumatic injuries to the driver. The driver of the pickup truck was not injured. Click here for more information.


10/09/2011 – MVC w/Ejection & Air Evacuation – “C” Shift

A head-on collision involving two vehicles injured six people and sent three to area hospitals. The accident occurred in the 6800 block of Pierce Road south of Pineview Lane, Sunday afternoon 09-October at 16:16. The two pickup trucks, a small Mazda and full size Dodge, hit head-on in a curve. One interior passenger was ejected from the Mazda... click here for additional information.


10/08/2011 – Structure Fire – “A” Shift

An early morning structure fire destroyed a small mobile home at 567 Bent Gate Lane. The fire was reported at 03:37, Saturday 08-October. Engine 17 arrived at the location to find the structure already on the ground. The singlewide mobile home had two attached sheds and was used as a storage building. A second nearby mobile home was endangered. Click here for more information.


10/07/2011 – MVC with Ejection – “A” Shift

A northbound pickup truck lost control on Green Pond Highway near Yearling Lane Friday afternoon 07-October at 14:03. The truck, which was towing a boat, entered the northbound ditch, over-corrected and spun into the southbound ditch ejecting a front seat passenger and slightly injuring a second man. The adult male who was ejected, suffered multiple traumatic injuries including chest trauma. Click here for more information.


Colleton County Fire-Rescue is honored to be broadcasting the 2011 National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend Services.  The Candlelight Service will be streamed live on October 15, 2011 from 18:15 to 20:00 hours.  The Memorial Service will be streamed live on October 16, 2011 from 09:30 to 12:30 hours.  
Click here to view the services live.

10/05/2011 – Traumatic Injuries with Air Evacuation – “B” Shift

An adult male fell approximately 15 to 20 feet from a deer stand, sustaining multiple traumatic injuries Wednesday afternoon 5-October at 14:34. The incident was reported to be in the woods near 195 Apostle Lane, west of Cottageville. The man may have suffered a medical problem as well. Click here for additional information.


10/05/2011 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

An unattended yard debris fire burned away from its containment pit reaching a nearby mobile home Wednesday afternoon 5-October at 14:31. Engine 6, who was in the area when the fire was dispatched, arrived within several minutes. Firefighters found the doublewide mobile home completely destroyed, with the roof already laying on the frame. Click here for additional information.


10/04/2011 – Fatal MVC with entrapment – “A” Shift

A single vehicle MVC on I-95 has left one man dead. The accident occurred near the 46 mile marker southbound at 09:14 Tuesday morning  4-October. The southbound Volvo tractor trailer entered the median and over-turned. The male driver was not wearing a seatbelt and was ejected from the cab. Medic 1 and Engine 1 arrived to find the driver pinned under the cab. Click here for additional information.


10/03/2011 – MVC with Ejection & Air Evacuation – “C” Shift

A high speed chase on Mount Carmel Road resulted in a 16 year old female being ejected Monday afternoon 3-October. Fire-Rescue was alerted to the accident at Mount Carmel Road and Can City Road at 17:40. The location is approximately 5 miles north of the City. Walterboro Public Safety Officers reportedly were chasing a small car north on Mount Carmel Road at speeds in excess of 120 mph. Click here for more info.


10/02/2011 – Three Structure Fires – “B” Shift

Firefighters responded to a heating unit fire at a residence located at 2637 Sidneys Road Sunday morning 02-October at 08:34. Engine 19 arrived within minutes to find light smoke coming from the doublewide mobile home. The exterior heating unit had burned and extended into an exterior wall at the rear of the structure. Firefighters removed the exterior siding and extinguished the fire... click here for additional information.


10/01/2011 – Structure/Vehicle fires – “A” Shift

Firefighters responded to a structure fire at 662 Woodmeadow Drive at 20:18, Saturday evening 01-October . The initial call reported two vans and a motor home on fire behind the residence, with the home endangered. The fire originated in a van parked in the rear of the residence, which spread to a second van and the motor home. The vehicles burned unnoticed for a substantial amount of time. Click here for more information.


10/01/2011 – MVC w/Ejection & Air Evacuation

A Smoaks man received multiple traumatic injuries following a single vehicle MVC in the 2000 block of Beulah Road west of Smoaks, Saturday morning 1-October at 09:01. The vehicle left the roadway, over corrected and hit an embankment. It possibly flipped over one time ejecting the driver according to a witness. Engine 7 arrived to find the man, semiconscious lying outside the vehicle. Click here for more information.