Colleton County Fire-Rescue

May 2012

05/30/2012 – Stabbing Incident – “C” Shift

A 53 year old man received life threatening stab wounds to the back in an altercation that occurred Wednesday evening 30-May. The incident was reported at the corner of Proctor and Rivers Streets at 23:08. Sheriff’s Deputies found the man lying in a yard at 515 Rivers Street several hundred yards south of the intersection. Click here for additional information.


05/29/2012 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

An afternoon structure fire gutted a vacant singlewide mobile home located at 197 Booth Street Tuesday 29-May at 14:07. Car 118 arrived to find heavy fire and smoke conditions. Engine 19 deployed two 1-3/4 handlines, quickly knocking down the fire. Firefighters worked for 40 minutes performing overhaul and were on the scene for 2-1/2 hours. Water supply was conducted with Tenders. Click here for additional information.


05/27/2012 – Structure Fires – “C” Shift

Firefighters were called to 759 Misty Ridge Lane Sunday afternoon at 17:55, 27-May for the report of a structure and woods fire. The remote single lane dirt road is located in northern Colleton County and only has one other residence located on the road. Engine 26 arrived 10 minutes later to find a four acre woods fire and multiple structures that had already burned. Click here for additional information.


05/26/2012 – Drowning Incident – “B” Shift

A 16 year old Colleton County man lost his life in a drowning incident in a pond near the end of Twin Oaks Lane Saturday 26-May. Fire-Rescue was notified of the missing swimmer at 5:54 PM. He had been swimming with two other youths in a borrow/excavation pit. The water was reported to be approximately ten feet deep. Click here for additional information. 


05/26/2012 – Fatal MVC with entrapment – “B” Shift

A 26 year old Walterboro man lost his life in a single car high speed MVC on Green Pond Hwy (SC Hwy 303) approximately one mile north of Ritter Crossroads Saturday afternoon at 16:08. The 1988 Ford Mustang was traveling south on Green Pond Highway when it left the roadway, struck a culvert pipe and became airborne. Click here for additional information.


05/23/2012 – MVC w/entrapment & Air Evacuation

A high speed single car MVC has left one man in critical condition. Fire-Rescue was sent to the intersection of Peirce Road and Skipper Lane for a car that had struck a tree at 21:29, Wednesday evening 23-May. Medic 9 arrived five minutes later to find the Nissan Altima lying on the passenger’s side, bent around an oak tree. The car suffered heavy damage, trapping the driver in the wreckage.Click here for more information.


23-May-2011 – Emergency Medical  Services Luncheon

Colleton Medical Center and their staff provided a fantastic luncheon in honor of the Emergency Medical providers in conjunction with National EMS Week, Wednesday 23-May. Fire-Rescue, Lifenet, local county EMS Departments, several private ambulance providers, Hospital Staff and Doctors attended. Click here for additional information.


The 6th Annual Firefighter Appreciation Night, sponsored by ServiceMaster of Charleston, will be held Wednesday, June 6.  All firefighter’s and their families are invited to Brittlebank Park for a Tailgate Party and Picnic from 1700 to 1900, followed by the Riverdog’s Baseball game at 1905.  Vouchers that are good for four (4) upper reserve tickets to the game and be picked up from Headquarters or at the picnic. The tailgate party, concert and ball game is free to all firefighter’s. All donations received at the game will benefit the South Carolina Burned Children’s Fund.  Click here for additional information.

The latest South Carolina Fire Academy course catalog has been released.  Click here to view the latest catalog.  It is also available through the member's only page.

05/20/2012 – MVC with multiple injuries – “B” Shift

A two car MVC at the intersection of Roberson Blvd and Hampton Street sent seven people to the hospital at 19:15 Sunday 20-May. A small compact car was struck in the side by a Crown Victoria causing the small car to drive into the parking lot of the Horizon Gas Station. Both cars suffered heavy damage. A 6 yr old girl in the Crown Victoria suffered abdominal here for additional information. 


05/20/2012 – Shooting Incident – “B” Shift

An accidental shooting incident sent one man to a Trauma Center. At 17:38, Sunday afternoon 20-May, Fire-Rescue was dispatched to a home in the 100 block of Hardee Circle. A 68 year old male received a single GSW to the upper abdomen from a hand gun. Witnesses advised a group of people were having target practice when the man accidently shot himself. Click here for additional information.


05/14/2012 – Haz Mat Response – “B” Shift

A smoking substance with a strange smell concerned Solid Waste employees at the landfill Monday afternoon 14-May. At 16:23, Fire-Rescue was called to investigate a smoking substance in the landfill. Operators found the material just before closing the facility. Firefighters responded to the facility, closing off access to the center entry road. Click here for additional information.


05/11/2012 – Relay for Life

Fire-Rescue operated the concessions stand for Relay for Life again this year. All proceeds were donated to the organization. Captain Richard Sheffield coordinated the event and was assisted by several firefighters and their families. Crews set up Friday morning to begin cooking burgers, hot dogs and fries to serve the crowds who arrived in late afternoon. Click here for additional information. 


05/01-05/06 – Trench Rescue Class

Fire-Rescue conducted a NFPA Compliant Trench Rescue Class during the first week of May. Thirty five Firefighters attended the course which included two days of classroom training, followed by two days of hands on evolutions in an actual trench.  Personnel learned about soil types, collapse scenarios, mechanical advantage, hazard control, stabilization, shoring techniques and the rescue of victims. Click here for more information.


Dr. Val Smetka has recently been hired as Colleton County Fire-Rescue's Assistant Medical Control Physician.  Click here to learn more about Dr. Smetka.

05/08/2012 – Structure Fire – “B” Shift

A doublewide mobile home was destroyed Tuesday afternoon 08-May at 1018 Mars Old Field Road. Fire-Rescue was notified of the fire on the remote dead end dirt road at 12:01. Firefighters arrived approximately ten minutes later to find the entire structure had collapsed and the remains were smoldering. Crews deployed several handlines to extinguish the remaining fire. Click here for more information.


05-06-2012 / Traumatic injury with Air Evacuation / “C” Shift

An adult male suffered multiple traumatic injuries as the result of a possible assault, Sunday evening 6-May. At 20:42, Medic 9 was dispatched to the 11000 block of Round O Road for a man lying face down, unconscious in the roadway. Shortly after arrival, Firefighter-Paramedics requested additional personnel and a medical helicopter to respond. Click here for more information.


The Annual Relay for Life event will be held at the Colleton Middle School track (1379 Tuskegee Airmen Drive) on May 11, 2012 beginning at 19:00.  Colleton County Fire-Rescue will again operate the concession stand with all proceeds benefiting the event.  Volunteers are needed to help with preparation, cooking, food preparation, and counter sales.  Setup will begin at 16:00.  If you and/or a family member would like to help, please contact Fire Marshal Sheffield at headquarters (539-1960).

05/03/2012 – SUV vs horses MVC – “C” Shift

Five people were injured and three horses died in a collision on Rehoboth Road (SC Hwy. 651) north of Lightsey Quarters Road near Cottageville Thursday evening 03-May at 21:16. The accident occurred on the dark stretch of rural highway approximately ½ mile north of Cottageville Highway (US Hwy 17). Click here for additional information. 


05/03/2012 – Structure Fire – “C” Shift

A vacant singlewide mobile home was destroyed Thursday afternoon from what appeared to be an unattended debris pile fire. The fire was reported at 15:11 with the caller telling dispatchers that fire was visible from the home. Engine 31 arrived minutes later to find the small mobile home well involved, with approximately 1-1/2 acres of nearby woods burning. Click here for more information. 


05/02/2012 – Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony

Law Enforcement Officers from multiple agencies, firefighters and citizens attended a ceremony to honor those who died in the line of duty at the Courthouse Grounds, Wednesday morning 02-May at 10:30. The ceremony was conducted by Chief Deputy Ted Stanfield of the Sheriff’s Office. The Colleton Law Enforcement Officers Memorial stands near the front doors of the County Courthouse. Click here for more information. 


Our condolences go out to Battalion Chief Ben Heape and his wife for the death of her grandfather.  Mr. Harvey Lucas passed away yesterday.  He was a former Chief of the Ridgeland Fire Department as well as the former Fire Coordinator for Jasper County.  The viewing will be at Sauls Funeral Home in Ridgeland, SC from 1800 to 2000 on Thursday, May 3, 2012.  The funeral will be graveside at Ridgeland Cemetery on Friday, May 4, 2012 at 10:00.  Please keep Battalion Chief Heape's family in your thoughts and prayers.

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