First Due To Well Off Trailer Fire
Engine Co. 3, Rescue Co. 1: 113 Terken Court
Wednesday May 7th, 2014 at 0005hrs Engine Co. 3 and Rescue Co. 1 were dispatched to a residential fire. Upon arrival, Engine Co. 3 found a single wide trailer with heavy fire venting from the bravo side. Engine 3's crew stretched a single 1.75" handline for an attack. Crews forced the door and made an aggressive interior attack. Four pets were removed from the fire but were unable to be resuscitated. Helmet-cam video of this fire was featured on Statter911.com and FireCritic.com.
Head-On Collision With One Trapped
Engine Co. 3, Rescue Co. 1: Patterson Road
Thursday April 17th, 2014 at 1655hrs Engine Co. 3 and Rescue Co. 1 were dispatched to a vehicle accident with injuries, in front of the above address. Upon arrival, Engine Co. 3 found a two car vehicle head-on collision. It was found that there was two patients, and one was still entrapped in a vehicle. Engine 3 began stabilization of the vehicle needing extrication, and also began patient assessment.Rescue 1 arrived and began extrication, by means of removing the driver's side door. The patient was quickly extricated, and personnel assisted EMS with loading the patient onto a spineboard. After the patient was loaded for transport, the second injured party was treated on scene and refused transport. After a short time, Highway Patrol arrived, and began their investigation. After the on scene investigation was complete, and the vehicles removed from the roadway, fire personnel cleared.
Members Hone Their Skills At
Darlington Extrication School
Sunday March 16th, 2014 Members from the Cowpens Fire Department attended the Darlington Extrication School to enhance thier skills and learn new techniques. This two day course features three auditorium sessions and six break out sessions with hands-on scenarios. Cowpens was represented in three of the break out sessions: Paratech Heavy Lift Operations, Large Truck Tactics, and Hand-to-hand Combat. Additionally we are proud to announce that one of our members, (Asst. Chief Lamb, C09) was invited to be an instructor for the Paratech Heavy Lift Operations course.
One Trapped In Converse Wreck
Rescue Co. 1: 2671 Cannons Campground Road
Thursday April 10th, 2014 at 1943hrs Rescue Co. 1 was alerted to a MVA with entrapment in their second due. Converse (Chief Jones, Converse9) arrived with command and advised of one trapped. Cowpens (Chief Blanton, Cowpens10) arrived and began patient assesment. Cowpens Rescue Co. 1 arrived first due and was given the extrication. The vehicle was stabilized and the drivers door was removed. Patient care was given to SEMS and one was transported. The extrication was completed in approximately five minutes. Cowpens units were released a short time later.
Working Fire on Converse Mill Hill
Engine Co. 3, C10 : 164 High Street
Sunday February 23rd, 2014 at 1944hrs Cowpens Fire Department was dispatched second due to a reported residential fire in Converse. Arriving first, Cowpens Chief (C10 Blanton) initiated command, and advised of a working fire in a two story dwelling. Cowpens Engine 3 arrived second due, and was assigned to lay a supply line to Converse Engine 1. Engine 3 personnel was then assigned to supplement the fire attack crew. At this time, Converse 10 assumed command and (C10 Blanton) handled accountability. Personnel conducted an interior attack, and knocked down a bulk of the fire on the first floor. The line and personnel then went to the second floor checking for extension. At this time personnel were withdrawn due to water supply issues. After correcting the water supply problems, and interior attack resumed until being withdrawn again to allow for defensive operations. After operating for some time in defensive mode, personnel re-entered to finish fire extinguishment. Crews operated on scene for approximately three hours.