Monday, October 28, 2013
Fair Play Fire Department will be hosting the first class in a 3 part series on leadership development in emergency services. The programs will begin in November and will run throughout the winter. The are National Fire Academy Developed programs that are meant for leaders in Fire, Rescue, EMS and other related fields. While the programs are titled Leadership 1, 2, & 3. They can taken in any order. Leadership 1-This NFA course presents the basic
leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire &
rescue environment. It includes: techniques for problem solving, ways to
identify and assess the needs of subordinates, methods for running meetings
effectively, and decision-making skills for the company officer.
Dates: To be announced
This NFA course provides the basic
leadership skills and tools needed to perform effectively in the fire &
rescue environment. It addresses ethics, use and abuse of power at the company
officer level, creativity in the fire & rescue service environment and
management of multiple roles.
When: November 5th, 7th, 12th & 19th 6pm - 10 pmWhere: Fair Play Station 8
This NFA course provides the basic
leadership skills and tools to perform effectively in the fire service
environment. It covers the following: delegating to subordinates, assessing personal
leadership styles through situational leadership, disciplining subordinates and
applying coaching and motivating techniques.Dates: To be announcedFor more information or to register, contact Asst. Chief Scott Loftis @ 638-4220.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Meet at Clemson University Fire
Department – 1521 Perimeter Rd.
13:00-13:30 – Safety Brief
13:30-16:30 – Rappelling @ Death Valley
(South Side of the Stadium)
14:30-18:00 – Stokes Removal Scenario @
Death Valley (South Side of the Stadium)
Saturday: Meet at
Stumphouse Tunnel Park – Highlands Highway, Walhalla
09:00-10:00– Equipment Check
10:00-11:30 – Area Prep at Issaqueena
11:30-12:00 – Lunch (BYO)
12:00-12:30 – Safety Brief
12:30-14:00 – Review Anchors, Rigging,
Haul Systems, and Kootenay Carriage
14:00-18:00 – High-line operations at
Sunday: Meet at OCES
Headquarters – 216 Emergency Lane, Westminster
09:00 – 09:30 - Safety Brief
9:30 – 11:30 – Confined Space Recert
11:30 – 12:30 – Lunch (BYO)
12:30 – 14:30 – Confined Space Recert
14:30 – 17:00 – Travel homeFor more information, contact Asst Chief Scott Loftis @ 864-710-7185
Thursday, October 10, 2013
The purpose of this position
is to perform work that conserves properties, stabilizes incidents, and
provides emergency medical assistance. The Firefighter responds to
alarms, drives and operates equipment related to the suppression of fires and
rescues, provides emergency medical assistance, and provides various services
for non-emergency callers. Coordinate business inspections, provide
equipment maintenance, and provide specialized training.
to medical calls.
to ensure property conservation.
and maintain reports.
in Wildland Search and Rescue.
to suppress fires.
in special rescues.
in Wildland firefighting.
safely with hazardous materials.
education to the Public.
Essential Job Duties are intended to be examples of duties and
are not intended to be all inclusive. There will be other duties as assigned.
SKILLS, AND ABILITIES:
Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing;
Knowledge of basic policies and procedures;
Basic computer and typing skills;
Emergency Medical skills;
Structural Firefighting skills;
Wildland Firefighting skills;
Special Rescue skills;
Good Public relations skills;
The educational requirement for this position is: Completion of
Education may be substituted for experience.
Related-experience required: 1 year.
Experience may be substituted for education.
CERTIFICATIONS, OR REGISTRATIONS:
Certifications, licenses, professional
designations, or other qualifications required for this position
Lake Hartwell Drowning
Saturday, October 5, 2013 1313
From WSPA News OCONEE COUNTY, S.C. -The body of Logan U. Wolfe, 23, of Georgia who fell from a "watercraft" while fishing on Lake Hartwell, has been recovered as of Sunday morning. Emergency personnel from both, Oconee County in South Carolina and Hart County in Georgia searched Lake Hartwell for Wolfe Saturday afternoon until Sunday morning according to Oconee County Emergency Management Fire Chief, Charles King. Oconee County Coroner identified Wolfe Sunday morning shortly after the recovery of Wolfe's body by emergency personnel. An autopsy is planned for Monday.Wolfe, was reported as missing earlier Saturday afternoon after falling from a watercraft during a fishing trip according to Oconee County Emergency Services Fire Chief, Charles King.King also stated that Wolfe was a passenger on the boat along with three others.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
As of 0700 PT today, Active911 for Android is available for free download! If you are using an Android device with Active911, just go to Google Play and search for “Active911” (one word, no spaces) or visit https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.active911.app .If you are currently using Cadpage, please be aware that having both apps installed at the same time may cause problems! Please completely uninstall whichever app you don't want to use. Full installation instructions can be found here:https://www.active911.com/help/installing_active911_for_androidActive911 for Android gives you access to all kinds of goodies previously only available to iPhone and iPad users. You can view the location of all your people or resources in real time. You can view Map Data and see your hydrants, pre incident plans, and site photos. And of course you get immediate alerts and mapping.Since this is our very first Android release, we know people will find some bugs. We've done a lot of testing to make sure things are as bug free as reasonably possible, but in case you find something you don't like, don't panic. Just drop us an email at email@example.com and let us know.
Wednesday, September 25, 2013 11:07
The fire problem in the United States is an ongoing and continuous battle for the fire service and the public alike. According to the U.S. Fire Administration (USFA), 82 percent of all fire deaths and 76 percent of all fire injuries occurred in residential buildings. Each year there is an estimated 360,000 residential building fires reported to U.S. fire departments, 2,495 deaths, 13,250 injuries and $7 billion in property loss.This is a call to action for USFA, fire and life safety partner organizations, and the American public. We must join together to help reduce the number of home fires and the resulting deaths, injuries and loss of property. We rely on the fire service to fight fires once they occur; however, the prevention of fires is up to all of us ... Fire is Everyone’s Fight. Fire is Everyone’s Fight is designed to unite the fire service and many others in a collaborative effort to reduce home fire injuries, deaths and property loss. It invites fire departments, safety advocates, community groups, schools and others to rally behind a common and compelling theme. USFA and its partners will communicate and reinforce key lessons across many proven fire safety and prevention initiatives and programs.USFA recognizes the power of partnership as a critical means of marketing and delivering accurate and consistent safety messages into the community. Fire is Everyone’s Fight is based on social marketing research commissioned by the grassroots Vision 20/20 fire safety consortium with funding from an Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Based on partners’ resources, they may implement a number of strategies, such as sharing information with staff, member organizations, community groups, and other stakeholders. USFA is asking partners to use the Fire is Everyone’s Fight tagline. Partners may incorporate the theme Fire is Everyone’s Fight into their existing fire prevention materials or create new fire prevention and safety materials with the theme.USFA will lead an effort to determine what resources are already available to the public as well as fire and life safety organizations, highlighting those that have been evaluated for effectiveness. USFA will include a Fire is Everyone’s Fight Web page and a range of trademarked graphics for use on partners’ materials. Other resources for partners’ discussion and sharing will also be available via the Fire is Everyone’s Fight Web page.Learn how your organization can support the development of this exciting initiative and share your ideas with USFA about ways to help it grow in communities across America. For more information, contact Teresa Neal at 301-447-1024, firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the Web page at www.usfa.fema.gov/FireisEveryonesFight.
Saturday, September 14, 2013 10:00
WALHALLA — A church that has stood on Main Street for more than 100 years of Walhalla history was destroyed by fire Saturday morning.Several blocks of Main Street were closed as firefighters battled the blaze, which apparently started in the attic of Walhalla Presbyterian Church. A crowd of church and community members gathered to watch the work and offer support to one another.“It’s painful; it’s truly like a death you’re seeing happen right in front of you,” said State Sen. Thomas Alexander, a member of the church who was baptized and married in the building that caught fire Saturday. “It’s just tragic to see this occur. It’s been a long part of the history of Walhalla for many years on Main Street of Walhalla. I’m sure out of this tragedy we will move forward as the Lord sees fit.”The fire was reported shortly after 10 a.m. Saturday. Oconee Fire Chief Charlie King said preliminary information indicates the blaze may have started in the attic. Firefighters started working inside the building but moved outside after the roof began caving in on the sanctuary.Bill Weeks, who has been the church organist for more than 20 years, said he was practicing for Sunday’s service when he discovered the fire.“I started practicing and I heard some noise, a crackling sound, and I thought somebody had come in to pick up something,” Weeks said. “I turned around and looked up into the balcony and I saw smoke coming out of the speaker room. I ran upstairs to open the door, and one of the speaker cabinets was on fire. I grabbed the fire extinguisher and tried to get it to work. I couldn’t get it going. The smoke was getting a little heavy, so I decided to come on down and I went in the secretary’s office and called 911.“I’m sick; it’s a shame,” Weeks added. “A lot of good people come here to worship, been coming here for years.”The Rev. Mark Bagwell, pastor of Golden Corner Baptist Church, came by to offer church members help.“It breaks my heart — it’s weeping right now to see this happening,” Bagwell said. “I’ve been to funerals here. I’ve been to weddings here. I’ve watched as little children have grown up in the church. All these churches are such a foundation in the community. I’ve also watched God do such big things in people’s lives during adverse times, and He’s going to do that in this church as well.”Dr. Ernest Gray, the interim pastor at Walhalla Presbyterian since January, said the church will meet for worship Sunday with St. Luke United Methodist Church across the street.“It’s just a horrible scene that we’re looking at today,” Gray said Saturday morning. “We’re just very grateful that so many responders have come out and we hope that all of them will make it through this terrible event safely. Right now we’re just all in shock. I have never experienced this before. I will rely on the grace of our members here and the good Lord to get us through.Walhalla City Councilman Tjay Bagwell called the fire “terribly unfortunate.”“It’s just sad,” he said. “I hope this tragedy brings us together. I know it’s just a structure and it doesn’t matter in the grand scheme of things, but it does matter. It means something to a lot of people, a lot of memories for a lot of folks in there.”The Rev. Richard Reams, pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church, noted that St. Luke was destroyed by fire in 2009.“We wanted to offer the opportunity to share the stories of what it was like for us a few years ago, but more importantly, to share the songs of faith and the prayers for each other,” he said of the joint service. “It’s one of those situations when words won’t work. It’s only presence. So we wanted to offer that presence to each other.”St. Luke members came out Saturday morning to provide food and drinks for volunteers and people from Walhalla Presbyterian.The whole community is there to help them get through it.
Friday, September 13, 2013 07:00
From the Journal - Oconee County Fire Marshal Shane Gibbs says there is a basic misconception about the use of fire extinguishers — “that they're only used to put fires out.”“I hear people say, ‘If I have a fire in my house or a fire in my business, I’m not going to try to put it out,’” Gibbs said. “We don’t want you to put it out. We want you to report the fire and get out of the building. The fire extinguisher is basically designed to help you exit the building. It gives you the ability to put the fire out if there is a fire between you and an exit. It is a tool to help you get out of a building.”Capt. Walter Lee of the Seneca Fire Department shakes a fire extinguisher, a recommended part of monthly maintenance for all extinguishers.Gibbs said one of the simplest and potentially most important maintenance projects is shaking an extinguisher every month so the powder inside does not get stuck in the bottom of the extinguisher.“The powder is so fine it almost has the same properties as water,” Gibbs said. “Over time, what happens is that powder will settle in the bottom of the extinguisher. It ensures that if you go to use that extinguisher, when you squeeze it, you get what you are supposed to get and not air. Nine times out of 10, if you go get it, it is going to work properly, but, it is that one time that you go and get it and it not work because its not been properly maintained that you need to prepare for.”
Monday, September 9, 2013 17:25
From the Journal - Oconee County Coroner Karl Addis said late Monday that a 25-year-old Simpsonville man drowned while swimming in Lake Keowee and that his name would be released today.Addis said the man’s name is being withheld to allow other immediate family members to be notified.According to the coroner, the man was with three friends when they attempted to swim out to “The Rock.” However, he said the victim began experiencing difficulty swimming and, although a male friend attempted to rescue him, the friend was unable to hold onto the victim.Addis said the Oconee County 911 system was notified at 5:20 p.m. The body was discovered by a rescue diver 36 minutes later in a depth of water estimated at 10 feet.The coroner said no autopsy would be ordered and that specimens will be submitted to the SLED laboratory for toxicology analysis in accordance with state law.Addis has classified the man’s death as accidental.
Sunday, September 8, 2013 10:10
From the Journal - A home was completely destroyed by fire late Sunday evening, although its two occupants escaped the blaze unharmed.A statement released by Oconee County Fire Chief Charlie King said the home, in the Cleveland Community at 220 Chevis Mountain Road, did not have an operating smoke detector or home sprinkler system. Cleveland Fire Station, Long Creek Fire Station, Westminster Fire Station, Rescue 5, Squad 211 and Chief 2101 responded to the scene. The team utilized its rural water supply operation to deliver water to the blaze because its location was not near a fire hydrant. The process included three water tankers that transported water from a remote water source several miles away.According to the report, firefighters responded at 11 p.m. Sunday within 10 minutes of being notified that a single story home and vehicle were well involved in fire. The blaze was under control within 30 minutes with assistance from 25 firefighters.King said the cause of the fire was accidental — the home and its contents were destroyed.The Oconee County Chapter of the American Red Cross was also on scene and provided support to the couple, as well as lodging and supplies for three days.King said those who wish to donate to the family and families who are affected by home fires, contact the Red Cross (864) 638-5619.He also encouraged anyone without an operating smoke detector to contact Oconee County Emergency Services, (864) 638-4220, for a free installation.
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