As you “spring forward” this weekend, please remember to change the batteries in your smoke detectors. Working smoke detectors save lives!
On February 2, Whitefield and Wren firefighters assisted West Pelzer FD with a structure fire on Bellview Cir in West Pelzer. The abandoned home was fully engulfed upon arrival. No injuries were reported.
Responding units: Engine 6, Rescue 6, Engine 22, Tanker 22, Engine 24-1 and Rescue 24.
On February 1, Whitefield firefighters responded to a three-car traffic accident at the intersection of US 29 N and Welcome Rd. Firefighters used the Jaws-of-Life to free the driver from one of the vehicles. Several patients were transported to local hospitals by MedShore and Pelzer EMS units. West Pelzer firefighters also responded to assist with the extrication.
Responding units: Rescue 22, Engine 22, Brush 22 and Rescue 6
On January 27, Whitefield firefighters responded to a field fire on Dorchester Rd. Apparatus from Whitefield, along with brush trucks and tankers from the Cheddar and Rock Springs stations worked to contain the fire to three acres and prevented it from reaching a nearby home.
Responding units: Brush 22, Engine 22-1, Grass 1, Grass 1-1, Grass 12, Tanker 12 and Tanker 22
On January 23, FF Michael Ryan was presented a Courage and Life Saving Award at the annual County Fire Chiefs Banquet.
On June 30, 2016, the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire with
entrapment. Michael arrived on scene as the fire was being dispatched, donned his personal protective equipment
and entered the burning home to search for an occupant. He located the occupant in a bedroom closet and pulled her
to safety. Michael’s heroic actions directly resulted in the saving of a human life.
We extend our congratulations to FF Ryan on receiving this award.
On January 16, Whitefield firefighters responded to a vehicle fire on Welcome Rd, near the intersection of US 29 N. No injuries were reported in the fire.
Whitefield firefighters responded to 289 calls in 2016. In addition to the incidents below, firefighters and equipment were deployed to provide structural fire protection in Horry County during Hurricane Matthew and the Pinnacle Mountain fire in Pickens County.
2016 Run Report
Total Runs: 289
37 Structure Fires,
18 Alarms; 17 fire alarms, 1 carbon monoxide alarms,
5 Standby Request,
13 Vehicle Fires,
42 Grass/Brush Fires,
8 Trash Fires,
110 Traffic Accidents (84 accidents with injuries, 26 accidents with no injuries)
23 EMS Assists,
2 Gas Leaks,
14 Service Calls,
2 Power Line Downs,
1 Assist Other Agency,
12 False Alarm/Cancelled Calls.
The annual meeting of the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department will be held at the fire station, located at 4000 US Highway 29 North, on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. The purpose of this meeting is to elect board members for 2017. All residents of the Whitefield fire district are urged to attend.
On November 13, Whitefield, West Pelzer and Piercetown firefighters responded to a house fire on Oldfield Circle in Williamston. Fire had extended through the roof upon arrival, but firefighters were able to contain the fire within a few minutes and rescue a cat that had become trapped inside a bedroom. Firefighters administer oxygen to the animal and reunited it with its owners, who then transported it to a veterinarian for observation.
Units responding: Engine 22, Engine 22-1, Engine 6, Rescue 6, Engine 13, Rescue 13, MedShore
On September 25, Whitefield firefighters assisted Broadway Fire Department with a large mulch fire on Amity Rd. Tankers from Rock Springs, Starr, Broadway, Centerville, Center Rock, Cheddar, Piercetown, Whitefield and Ebenzer fire departments shuttled over 800,000 gallons of water from hydrants over a half mile away to help contain the fire to the mulch pile. Other units from Homeland Park, West Pelzer and Hopewell fire departments assisted with fill sites and handling other calls while firefighters fought the blaze. We appreciate the support of the American Red Cross, Anderson County Technical Services and MedShore for rehab and air conditioning for the duration of the fire.
Responding fire units: Tanker 1, Tanker 4, Engine 8, Engine 8-1, Grass 8, Tanker 8, Truck 8, Tanker 9, Tanker 11, Tanker 12, Service 12, Tanker 13, Brush 22, Truck 20, Engine 22, Fireground Support Unit 22, Tanker 22, Tanker 23.