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.
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).
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.
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 email@example.com, or visit http://www.whitefieldfd.com.
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.
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.
The Whitefield Fire Department was awarded a $40,680 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on January 28. The award will be used to purchase radio equipment, fitness equipment and provide training for all firefighters.