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.

3/21/2019: 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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SCVFD receives RSI squad/provider designation

Some exciting news from our EMS Division. SCVFD EMS Division has officially been approved and is now in service as a RSI squad/provider. Very few EMS agencies in West Virginia have requested this optional procedure and we are proud to offer this service to the citizens of Monongalia County. The most recent request for this advanced procedure granted prior to ours was given to the amazing staff of the Bridgeport Fire Department in Harrison County. A very special thanks to Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation for granting us an award to purchase the equipment that made this all possible.

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2018 Calls for Service Statistics

In 2018 Company 20 had a busy year, the department was notified of 1,301 incidents.

Calls included :
Structure Fires – 54 (16 of the 54 were confirmed working fires)
Vehicle accidents – 196
Fire Alarm – 524
Gas Related – 22
Flooded Structure – 13
Vehicle Fire – 13
Brush Fire – 8

On behalf of the Star City Volunteer Fire Department we would like to thank our members for your dedication to the community and surrounding area and also our mutual aid departments for your assistance during the year.

Hurricane Michael Deployment Update

From EMS Chief John Hitchens:

Disaster Response Team today definitely made a difference in Panama City, FL. Responded early this morning to reports of a nursing home that had residents without power. With the shortage of fuel the facility had no more fuel for their generators. We were able to assist in evacuating 40 residents to their sister nursing facility that was fully functional. The staff was AMAZING as they never left their resident’s side while Hurricane Michael pummeled their building. Overwhelmed by the sense of humanity here among the devastation. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings in what new ways we can help the incredible people of Florida.

Hurricane Michael Disaster Response

Members of the Star City Fire & EMS Disaster Response Team (John Hitchens, Jared Lamb, and Sam Hamilton) are currently preparing for another deployment to Pensacola, FL at the request of AMR for FEMA. We are proud to be able to send who we can to those in need so far away. Keep these guys and those affected by Hurricane Michael in your thoughts.

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