Severe Heat Watch for North Central WV area

From the National Weather Service in Pittsburgh:

EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING… THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN PITTSBURGH HAS ISSUED AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH, WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY EVENING.

* HEAT INDEX VALUES…NEAR OR ABOVE 105 DUE TO TEMPERATURES IN THE MID 90S, AND DEWPOINTS IN THE MID 70S.

* TIMING…FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING, AND AGAIN SATURDAY AFTERNOON INTO EARLY EVENING.

* IMPACTS…HEAT STROKE, HEAT EXHAUSTION AND OTHER HEAT RELATED ILLNESSES WILL BE POSSIBLE, ESPECIALLY IF YOU SPEND A SIGNIFICANT AMOUNT OF TIME OUTDOORS, OR ARE INVOLVED IN ANY STRENUOUS OUTDOOR ACTIVITY. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS… AN EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH MEANS THAT A PROLONGED PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. THE COMBINATION OF HOT TEMPERATURES AND HIGH HUMIDITY WILL COMBINE TO CREATE A DANGEROUS SITUATION IN WHICH HEAT ILLNESSES ARE POSSIBLE. DRINK PLENTY OF FLUIDS, STAY IN AN AIR-CONDITIONED ROOM, STAY OUT OF THE SUN, AND CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS.

Check out THIS LINK FROM THE AMERICAN RED CROSS about staying safe in the heat!

EMS Week 2019

Today starts the beginning of EMS Week 2019. Our dedicated staff, administrator, medical director, PI/QA staff, and supervisor corp work tirelessly to provide the finest care possible. We live by our motto of “patient care first” and it shows in everything we do. We couldn’t do it with these professionals and the continued success of the EMS Division is centered around these amazing individuals.

We wish a “HAPPY EMS WEEK” to our staff at Star City Fire and EMS and to all those that hold the ‘thin white line’.

4/29/2019 – SCVFD Responds to Gas Leak on Maple Drive

Star City VFD Responds to Gas Leak on Maple Drive

Natural Gas Leak Forces Evacuations

April 29, 2019

The Star City VFD was alerted at approximately 1527 hours to a gas leak on Maple Drive in Morgantown, WV. Engine 209, Utility 202, and Medic 28 immediately responded to the scene to asses the situation. The first arriving Engine determined that a 4-inch natural gas line was ruptured while a construction crew was working in the area. This rupture resulted in a massive and uncontrolled release of natural gas into the area. Immediate actions were put in place to evacuate the surrounding area for the safety of those working and residing in close proximity to the incident. With the assistance of the Monongalia County Sherriff’s Department, the City of Morgantown Police Department, and Mon Health Medical Center security staff; full evacuations of the area were completed within minutes. Some residences and businesses were advised to shelter in place due to the route of evacuation would require driving dangerously close to the ruptured gas line.

At this time Maple Drive has been deemed safe for residents and businesses to return to the area.

4/11/2019: #BryceStrong

The Thursday night duty crew spent the night showing their support for a fellow first responder Bryce Kesling who has been recently diagnosed and is battling T-cell leukemia. Bryce is an EMT from Brooke County, WV which is the home of one of our WVU student members Ty Sicurella. We are happy to hear that the diagnosis was made early and all of us at Star City Fire and EMS wish Bryce as well as all those battling cancer the very best and a speedy victory.

3/25/2019: Structure Fire – Snake Hill Road

On 03/25/2019 at 0216hrs, Star City Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to the area of Snake Hill Road for a reported working residential fire. Engine 201 responded within minutes of the initial dispatch. E-201 arrived on the scene behind Engine 141 with light smoke coming from the structure. Personnel were assigned to overhaul operations, checking for hotspots, and establishing a water supply. Crews worked the scene for almost 3 hours before returning to service. Upon investigation of the residence personnel noticed a difference between the rooms. Some of them had doors closed and others didn’t. The pictures provided are a real world example of the importance to ”Close before you doze”. Also we urge everyone to establish and practice your escape plan with those you live with today! Remember to close all doors in your residence before you go to sleep because it may just give you and us the necessary time to ensure your safe escape in the event of a fire!

3/21/2019: MVC on 201st Memorial Highway (Route 705)

On 03/21/2019 at 1002hrs, Star City Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a Vehicle Accident on 201st Memorial Highway (RT 705). Engine 201 and Command 206 responded with 5 personnel within a minute of initial dispatch. C-206 arrived on scene of a 3 vehicle accident with heavy damage blocking the entire roadway. Crews assisted with patient care, hazard control, traffic control, and debris removal. One patient was transported to the local trauma center for evaluation. SCVFD, Mon Health EMS, WV State Fire Marshall’s Office, and Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office all responded to the scene. The roadway was shut down for approximately an hour so crews could clean up debris and vehicles could be removed from the roadway. The Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident.

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