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2015 Awards Banquet

At the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Banquet, Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jamie Helms and Captain Kevin King presented certificates of appreciation to the Whitefield Fire Department and each firefighter that responded to assist with the Tanker Task Force during Flood Joaquin in October.

Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department crews initially responded Sunday, October 4 with 15 other tankers from across the state to support a tanker task force as part of South Carolina’s Firefighter Mobilization Plan, after severe flooding left the city without a continuous water supply. They arrived in Columbia at 10:00 pm and immediately began work to supply water to a downtown hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, preventing it from being evacuated. For 16 continuous hours, Whitefield’s tanker alone shuttled over 34,000 gallons of water to support the operation.  

Upon return to the staging area, Whitefield’s tanker was assigned to provide water supply support to Columbia Engine 11. Whitefield’s volunteer firefighters stepped up and volunteered to take time from their work and families to commit to 48 hour shifts for seven additional days to support the tanker task force operation.
Pictured from left to right… Firefighter Sam Biggs, Lieutenant Chase Rapien, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, Columbia FD Captain Kevin King, Columbia FD Assistant Chief Jamie Helms, West Pelzer FD Chief David Huff, Firefighter Brad Guin, Chief Adam Cromer and Firefighter Daniel Freeman. Not pictured are Captain Michael Ryan and Firefighter Jordan Latimer.

2015 Awards

Congratulations to the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department 2015 award recipients. Pictured left to right… Chief Adam Cromer, Safety Officer Bob Mosley (Officer of the Year), Firefighter Rusty Ducworth (Firefighter of the Year), and Josh Guin (Explorer of the Year). 

2014 Run Report

Whitefield firefighters responded to 181 incidents in 2014:

31 Structure Fires,
22 Alarms; 17 fire alarms, 5 carbon monoxide alarms,
1 Standby Request,
4 Vehicle Fires,
16 Grass/Brush Fires,
3 Trash Fires,
76 Auto Accidents (54 with injuries, 22 with no injuries),
2 EMS Assists,
3 Gas Leaks,
1 Animal Rescues,
3 Service Calls,
2 Power Line Downs,
1 Assist Other Agency,
16 False Alarm/Cancelled Calls.

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

The Annual Meeting for the Whitefield Fire District #22 will be held at the station, 4000 Highway 29 North, Belton, SC on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect Board of Directors for the station.  

All residents of the Whitefield Fire District are urged to attend.  For more information, please contact Chief Adam Cromer by email at acromer@whitefieldfd.com, or visit http://www.whitefieldfd.com.

Whitefield Fire Department 2014 Awards Banquet

On December 19, the Whitefield FD hosted their annual Christmas dinner and awards banquet at the Bleckley Inn. Firefighter Brad Guin received the Firefighter of the Year award, Junior Firefighter Josh Guin received the Explorer of the Year award, and Firefighter Nick Chastain received a Black Helmet award in anticipation of his upcoming high school graduation. Through Firefighter Chastain’s high school courses, he has already received National Firefighter I certification. Congratulations guys on your accomplishments.

From left to right… Lt. Chase Rapien, Capt. Michael Ryan, Lt. Billy Guin, Explorer of the Year Josh Guin, Firefighter of the Year Brad Guin, Black Helmet Award recipient Nick Chastain, Chief Adam Cromer and Asst. Chief Paul Drake.

2013 Courage and Lifesaving Awards – Whitefield FD

The Whitefield FD held its annual Christmas Dinner at Tucker’s Restaurant on December 20. Assistant Chief Ross Ables, Lieutenant Josh Clark, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, and firefighters Paul Drake and Josh West received Courage and Lifesaving Awards for the following incident on Willingham Road in March.

“On March 19, 2013 at 15:52 hours, a teenage male and female were traveling along Willingham Road when the vehicle they were in ran off the side of the road, struck a concrete culvert pipe, overturned and burst into flames. 

The Whitefield Fire Department was dispatched to 228 Willingham Road for the motor vehicle accident and was advised of the reported rollover, vehicle fire and entrapment.  Assistant Chief Ross Ables, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, and firefighters Paul Drake and Josh West responded from their places of employment to the fire station to retrieve a rescue truck and fire engine. 

While firefighters were enroute to the scene, a nearby resident who heard the crash and saw flames grabbed a five gallon bucket of water to douse the flames, but it was not enough to put out the flames that continued to build.  He and a passing motorist then pulled the male occupant from the vehicle but were unable to remove the female occupant.

Firefighters arrived to the scene at 15:57 hours, and observed a female victim trapped inside the burning vehicle.  Firefighters Paul Drake and Josh West immediately worked to extinguish the vehicle fire while Lieutenant Josh Clark and Safety Officer Bob Mosley began extrication of the passenger door for patient removal.

Williamston EMS summoned LifeFlight helicopter to the scene to transport the female burn victim, requiring Assistant Chief Ables to secure a landing zone. 

By 16:20 hours, the female burn victim had been loaded into the awaiting helicopter and transported to a local hospital for treatment of her burns and injuries, and the male occupant transported to a local hospital by Williamston EMS.

The swift and heroic actions of the citizens and these firefighters directly resulted in two teenage lives saved.  While the male has recovered from his injuries, the female continues to receive treatment for her injuries.”

March Accident on Willingham Road
March Accident on Willingham Road

 

From left: Firefighters Josh West and Paul Drake, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, Lieutenant Josh Clark, and Assistant Chief Ross Ables
From left: Firefighters Josh West and Paul Drake, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, Lieutenant Josh Clark, and Assistant Chief Ross Ables

2013 Awards – Whitefield FD

Whitefield FD’s 2013 Christmas Dinner was held on December 20, 2013 at Tucker’s Restaurant. Firefighter Jordan Latimer received the Firefighter of the Year Award, Captain Michael Ryan received the Officer of the Year Award, and Explorer Josh Guin received the Explorer of the Year Award.  Congratulations guys on your hard work and dedication to the community.

Explorer Josh Guin
Explorer Josh Guin
Captain Michael Ryan
Captain Michael Ryan
Firefighter Jordan Latimer
Firefighter Jordan Latimer

First Responders Honored at Williamston ParkFest

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On June 1, Whitefield firefighters along with other area first responders were honored at Williamston’s ParkFest. Over three hundred motorcycles from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office Defenders Motorcycle Club paraded through town at noon. Other responders at the festival included West Pelzer FD, Cheddar FD, Williamston’s FD, EMS and PD, Anderson County Emergency Services Command Post, Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, Anderson County CERT, and the Salvation Army’s Disaster Relief unit.

2012 Run Report

Whitefield FD was dispatched to 142 calls in 2012 which consisted of the following:

32 Structure Fire(s),
9 Fire Alarm(s),
3 Standby Request(s),
5 Vehicle Fire(s),
12 Grass Fire(s),
10 Trash Fire(s),
39 Auto Accident(s),
5 EMS Assist(s),
1 Gas Leak(s),
1 Search for Lost Person(s),
7 Service Call(s),
5 Power Line Down(s),
1 Assist Other Agency(s),
12 Cancelled Call(s)