Monday, February 24, 2014 16:17
Shepherds Firefighter (M.Bednarik) was driving home after picking up his young son (Logan) from school when Logan told his dad "I see black smoke daddy" while traveling on the Perth Rd bridge. Looking to see what his son was talking about Mike indeed noticed a cloud of black smoke and went to investigate. After traveling down Morgan Bluff rd and not noticing anything Mike turned around and began to head out when Logan saw the smoke again. This time Mike turned onto Blackbeard lane and noticed a homeowner with a green line in hand trying to extinguish a fire on the "D-side" of the residence. Mike quickly radioed in to ECOM alerting them to dispatch Shepherds for a working structure fire. ECOM acknowledged and that they were on the phone with the caller as they were speaking to Mike. Mike went out to talk to the homeowner and noticed that the fire was coming from the power meter of the residence and advised the homeowner to stop spraying water on same. Shepherds Engine 2 was the first arriving piece of apparatus on location and due to access being tight laid approx 400ft of LDH with the assistance of Mike down for other incoming rigs. As other units began arriving (Troutman, Mooresville E4 & other Shepherds units) personnel first extinguished the fire which was heading towards the attic area as much as they could due to the source coming from the power meter and immediately requested Duke Power to the scene. Once that was extinguished crews went inside and checked for any other extension (results negative). Once Duke Power arrived and secured the meter the fire was able to be completely extinguished. The incident was scaled back holding only units on scene to complete a little overhaul and load back handlines & LDH before returning back to service around 18:00hrs. Way to go LOGAN!!! Good job on observing black smoke in the air and telling your dad. You've got a bright future if you want to become a Firefighter. **Photos Courtesy Of TFR 118 Asst Chief Kuhnemann**Companies Responding:SVFD: E2, T1, C51 & Chief 500TFD: E2, E1 & T1MFD: E4 & Batt 1MMFD: T1 (Cancelled staged @ Shepherds Station 1)
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Shepherds Fire began preparing for what local meteorologist were calling the biggest snow storm to hit the North Carolina area in 10 years. Although the timing of delivery was off the Shepherds fire district indeed saw heavy amounts of snow fall, sleet and black ice. Expecting the worse (call volume wise) we were pleasantly surprised as a grand total of 3 calls were only dispatched: 1 medical local, 1 vacant building collapse (never found) & 1 assist a stranded motorist. During the course of the next 2 days the calls began increasing steadily as roads and neighborhood's began thawing out bringing in the normal medical locals, possible house fires and MVA's. Although were glad to see snow every once in a while we could very well do without the sleet & ice that also came along with it.
Shepherds front apron.
Frequent sighting of motorists getting
Friday, February 7, 2014 13:14
As like any other Friday the daytime staff began the morning with daily truck checks and ensuring equipment was in working order. @ 08:37 Shepherds was dispatched to assist Sheriff's Office with gaining entry into a vehicle around the 2100 block of Charlotte Hwy. Engine 1 checked enroute, arrived on location & gained entry into the vehicle within 2 minutes and went available. @ 09:51 Shepherds was alerted to assist Troutman on a possible building fire around the 100 block of N.Main St. Chief 100 (A.Church) arrived on location of a one story laundromat with nothing evident. After a couple minutes of investigation command came back on the air advising to cancel any further as Troutman units could handle same. @ 11:35 Shepherds was alerted to a local medical and handled same with ease. After grabbing a bite to eat personnel were alerted to a grass fire threatening a nearby structure around the 100 block of Skylark Way. Capt 550 (J.Craver) arrived on location and advised of 1/2 acre involved at this time with several bystanders trying to put the fire out with a green line. Shepherds Engine 1 & Brush 1 arrived on location and began suppression efforts. Chief 500 (Robinson) arrived on scene and cancelled any further holding to 1 & 1. A control time was given within 12 minutes as units began picking up before clearing. The homeowner was very fortunate that the only damage done to the structure was held to the siding which began to deform from where the fire was impeding. Chief 500 cleared all units but stayed on scene for the arrival of NC Forestry.
Poss Bldg Fire: E1
Grass Fire: E1, B1 & E2*Additional*:Grass Fire: T2 & B1
Thursday, February 6, 2014 17:02
Shepherds along with Troutman were alerted to a reported MVA with injuries vehicle rollover with a possible pin-in on I-77NB @ the 38mm. After dispatch Chief 500 (Robinson) advised ECOM to add Mooresville Engine 2 on the call since same was northbound. Mooresville Engine 2 (traveling northbound) & Troutman Engine 1 (traveling south) arrived on location simultaneously and found the MVA to be in the median but on the northbound side. Units had one passenger sedan on it's top resting on the guardrail with several people around same. Shepherds had a FF already on location and advised that the driver was already out and they did not have a pin-in nor entrapment of any sort. Engine 2 OIC (T.Sines) established 77 command. Moments later Shepherds Rescue 5 & Engine 2 arrived and assisted with PT packaging and investigation while Troutman Engine 1 went available. Bystanders who witnessed the accident advised emergency personnel that the vehicle rode the guardrail for a little bit then rolled approx. 5 times before coming to a stop. Once the PT was loaded for transport and NCSHP arrived on-scene all units were assignment complete and back in normal service within the hour.
SVFD: E2 & R5
MFD: E2 & Batt 1
Tuesday, January 28, 2014 06:51
With snow on the horizon set to arrive into Iredell County Shepherds started off the day with a local medical run in station 1's first due. Like normal Engine 1 responded, arrived, provided pt care and awaited for EMS to arrive on location before clearing a short time later. @ 09:35hrs Shepherds was alerted to a gun shot wound at River Park Apartments. Units staged until the scene was secure by local law enforcement and then went in to provide pt care. Due to the where the pt was shot Med Center Air was contacted for flight services and the LZ (Landing Zone) was established @ Big Daddy's restaurant. Shepherds & Mooresville fire units handled same with ease and all units were back in normal service within 30 minutes. As called on by local meteorologist the snow began to fall a little after 12:30hrs. As temperatures began to dip and the snow fall became heavier ECOM began toning out respective departments left and right to MVA's and other weather related calls. Within a span of 4 hours Shepherds was alerted to 4 different mva's (Property damage only) involving vehicles that were either overturned, on there side and one which damaged a structure. As nightfall settled in and side roads becoming ice rinks the calls ceased which allowed personnel to rest. On January 29 @ 02:13hrs Shepherds was alerted to assist Troutman on vehicle fire involving a box truck on I-77NB just north of the 42. ECOM advised units from the information they were gathering the truck would be fully involved. Minutes later Troutman Chief 100 & Engine 1 were responding. Chief 100 (A.Church) arrived on location and confirmed the fully involved box truck which contained paper items and various other combustibles. Personnel on scene began stretching and working to suppress same. With additional help needed Troutman along with Shepherds were toned out twice for an additional Tanker to the scene to assist with water. Shepherds Engine 3 along with Mooresville Engine 4 (Per special request of Chief 100) answered the call and arrived and assisted with extinguishment. All units and personnel were assignment complete within 2 and a half hours.Incidents06:51: Local Medical09:35: GSW16:02:MVA16:38: MVA17:41: MVA19:56: MVA22:41 Local Medical02:13: Vehicle Fire
Saturday, January 25, 2014 02:29
With temperatures in the low teens and high wind gust Shepherds was alerted to assist Lake Norman with a grass and woods at Brawley School Rd @ Bay Harbour Rd. Lake Norman units were already on scene of a large 300 x 300 area involved and requested a Tanker from Mount Mourne and a Brush truck from Shepherds. Shepherds Brush 1 was responding to the location given minutes later. Upon arrival Shepherds assisted personnel and units with suppression. This task would be somewhat difficult as units had to work on two different roads to make viable access to the seed of the fire. A control time was issued @03:20 as personnel stayed on scene for an additional hour working on extinguishing several hot spots and making sure a rekindle would not occur. Chief 1103 (J.Miller) had Bay Harbour command & Shepherds was assignment complete and back in normal service @ 04:14. @ 12:55 Shepherds along with Troutman & Mooresville Engine 2 were alerted for a grass and woods fire on I-77NB @ the 38mm. Shortly after dispatch Troutman Engine 1, Brush 1 Shepherds Tanker 1, Brush 1 & Mooresville Engine 2 were all responding. ECOM alerted all units they were receiving multiple reports of several fire stretching from the 38mm all the way to the 42mm. Mooresville Engine 2 arrived on location at the first fire found at the 38mm with Engine 2 OIC (T.Sines) establishing command. Troutman Engine 1 & Brush 1 passed Engine 2 and went to the 2nd reported location of fire and began suppression efforts. Shepherds Tanker 1 stopped to assist Mooresville Engine 2 with the first fire but left shortly after to assist with the second fire which was quickly spreading due to wind gusts. After completely extinguishing the 1st fire Engine 2 went on to assist units on a 3rd fire found along the 42 with assistance from North Carolina Forestry. All 3 fires were put "Under Control" and all units/personnel were assignment complete @ 13:44. Bay Harbour Companies:LNFD: E1, E2, T1, B1 & S1SVFD: B1MMFD: T1I-77NB Companies:SVFD: T1 & B1TFD: E1 & B1MFD: E2
Wednesday, January 22, 2014 03:40
Shepherds along with Lake Norman, South Iredell & Davidson FD's were alerted to assist Mount Mourne on a possible house fire around the 100 block of Winedale Rd. ECOM advised units responding that the caller stated the living room was on fire in the residence. Mount Mourne Engine 1 arrived on location minutes after and confirmed a working fire. 5 minutes later command advised ECOM to punch out Mooresville Engine 3 to assist with manpower to the scene to assist with suppression. (Now i'm going to take a brief pause in this news update to explain how most REAL VOLUNTEER departments operate: Shepherds is an all Volunteer Fire Department that is supplemented with a daytime staff (2 at each station) from Mon-Fri from 7am-6pm with half of those staff members being Volunteers as well. We do this due to the nature that during business/daylight hours most of our volunteers are out working at their respective jobs/careers in order to provide food on the table for each individuals families. Shepherds does have a contract with the Town Of Mooresville Fire Department which has Mooresville Engine's 2 & 4 running automatic aid in Shepherds FIRST due areas on any call with the exception of mutual aid calls in the county unless specifically requested by said Department. Due to the time frame of when Mount Mourne's structure fire was dispatched Shepherds had a total of 7 members (5 @ Sta 1 & 2 @ Sta 2) that showed up at both stations but a checked off driver was not readily available. Now most Departments might not want to reveal a situation like this but Shepherds has nothing to hide from it's community members or followers on this site. (Back to the story) Shepherds responded Brush 1 with 3 personnel, Car 51 with 2 personnel and Utility 2 (from sta 2) with 2 personnel. At the scene there was plenty of fire apparatus and water was not an issue as personnel on scene laid in from a nearby hydrant for an adequate water supply. Upon arrival of Shepherds personnel assisted with various duties such as grabbing another handline for suppression, search & overhaul. Mooresville Battalion 1 (K.Robinson) who also responded on the run added Mooresville Engine 5 for further manpower. A control time was issued within an hour as personnel began an extensive overhaul operation. Shepherds personnel were cleared @ 06:50hrs. **Photos Courtesy Of R.Stutts**Companies Responding:MMFD: E1, E2, T1SVFD: B1, C51 & U2SIFD: E3 & T1LNFD: E2MFD: E3, E5 & Batt 1DFD: Engine Co.
Monday, January 20, 2014 12:53
Shepherds was alerted to assist Troutman with a possible house fire around the 300 block of Talley Street. Moments after dispatch ECOM alerted all units that Troutman PD arrived on location and advised of smoke coming from the eaves of the structure. Chief 100 (A.Church) arrived and advised of a working structure fire. Shepherds Engine 3 checked "Responding" but due to Tanker 1's closer proximity the crew on that rig picked up the call. Upon Tanker 1's arrival operator (Capt Craver) and officer (Capt Taylor) were advised to enter the structure and assist with fire suppression activities as Troutman units had already established a secure water supply. Craver completed the task of pulling ceilings and checking for extension while Taylor went up to the attic to assist units with suppression. A control time was issued at 13:22hrs. Tanker 1 stayed on scene to assist with mop-up and overhaul and was released per command at 14:12hrs. Meanwhile back on the west-side Engine 3 had just left from the Staples store on River Hwy when Mooresville Engine 2 was dispatched to a reported MVA pedestrian struck in front of Lowe's home improvement. Engine 3 monitored the radio traffic on Mooresville Fire dispatch. ECOM advised units responding that from what they could gather from the callers the subject was trapped underneath the front wheels of the vehicle and workers on scene were attempting to use a forklift to lift the vehicle off of the pt. Mooresville Battalion 1 (R.Colvert) advised ECOM to advise the caller NOT to perform same and Engine 2 would be there shortly. Engine 2 arrived on scene within 2 minutes and OIC (Capt McCoy) quickly radioed in that the pt would be trapped and critical. Engine 2's personnel quickly began providing life saving skills/practices on the pt. Battalion 1 upgraded the incident to a rescue box thus adding Rescue-Engine 5. Command also advised ECOM to auto-launch Med Center Air. At this point Engine 3 was at the intersection of River Hwy & Bluefield Rd and advised Battalion 1 of there location. Battalion 1 advised Engine 3 to come on in and assist with "Extra Hands" on this incident. Both Battalion 1 & Engine 3 arrived on location simultaneously and went to work accordingly. Engine 3 operator Chief 515 (Beauvais) and FF.Williamson assisted with grabbing tools, various items/tools for pt care, packaging & loading. The pt was freed by Rescue-Engine 5's crew led by OIC (Capt Harrell) by utilizing rescue jacks on each side of the vehicle. Once free from underneath the vehicle the pt was quickly packaged and loaded for transport to the LZ (Landing Zone) where Engine 4 handled same. Shepherds would like to thank Mooresville Fire for allowing us to be able to help provide an extra set of hands in mitigating this particular incident. **ALSO- Thank you to Troutman 111 (Asst.Fire Chief Chad Morrow) who was off duty and provided assistance by holding C-Spine during the entire ordeal of this call until the pt was freed and to the off duty Huntersville Firefighter who assisted in breathing for the patient via bag valve mask. If anyone from Huntersville Fire reading this would contact me (firstname.lastname@example.org) i would like to get the name of the individual. Job well done from all agencies/Engine's involved.
Saturday, January 18, 2014 0:13
With temperatures in the low 20's Shepherds along with South Iredell, Lake Norman & Davidson FD's were alerted to assist Mount Mourne on a outbuilding fire around the 100 block of Owens Farm Rd. With multiple callers flooding ECOM's communications units and personnel responding were advised this would be a confirmed fire. Mount Mourne Engine 1 along with Tower Ladder 1 arrived on location and confirmed the working fire along with a nearby structure involved as well. Mount Mourne Chief 700 (R.Hoover) advised ECOM he had 2 structures involved with various machinery equipment along with tractor trailers around same and to add Mooresville Engine 3 on the box to assist. Shepherds Engine 3 was the 5th arriving apparatus on the scene and staged out on the roadway as requested by Command. With no hydrants on Owen's Farm Rd. Mooresville Engine 3 laid down 500ft of 5' LDH to establish an accurate water supply for Mount Mourne Engine 1. Shepherds assisted personnel on scene with fire suppression. Efforts proved somewhat difficult as the outbuilding involved contained various flammable items, power equipment and various sizes of acetylene tanks. At 00:35 a "Control time" was given and Command began releasing companies (Davidson & Lake Norman). Shepherds along with South Iredell personnel assisted Mooresville Engine 3 with picking up their supply line. Shepherds was released @ 01:43hrs. Companies Responding:MMFD: E1, E2, TWL1 & T2SVFD: E3SIFD: E3DFD: E3MFD: E3
Friday, January 17, 2014 17:42
Shepherds Fire along with Mooresville Engine 4 were alerted to a reported MVA vehicle into a tree around the 800 block of Mt.Ulla Hwy. After dispatch Rescue 5 & Engine 4 were responding. Shepherds 542 (J.Cherry) arrived on location and advised of a single passenger sedan into a tree command established and would be out checking for injuries. Command came back on the air advising he had one female pt with no entrapment or pin-in. Rescue 5 arrived moments later and assisted with pt care and checking the vehicle for any hazards. Command cancelled any further to the scene holding only Rescue 5 and EMS units on scene. Once the pt was packaged and loaded for transport the scene was turned over to PD and all Shepherds units were assignment complete within 40 minutes.Companies Responding:SVFD: R5MFD: E4EMS: 1 ALS & 1 ALS Supervisor
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