8/12/2017: Star City Fire, EMS and PD participated in the “All-American Family Festival” located at the Star City Park. Families were able to enjoy character meet and greets, pony rides, games, crafts, face painting, an obstacle course, a rubber ducky race, bounce houses and of course tours of an ambulance, fire truck and police cruiser. All proceeds from the event benefited “The Shack” neighborhood house in Morgantown.
8/3/2017: Company 20 was dispatched to Mapleshire off Mon General Drive for reports of a vehicle on fire in the parking lot of the facility. Engine 209 responded from station and upon arrival found a well involved vehicle fire without immediate threats to exposures. E209’s 1 3/4″ bumper line was deployed, the fire was able to be extinguished quickly and all personal property of the owner was able to be recovered from the trunk of the vehicle. E209 remained on scene until the vehicle was able to be secured by towing personnel and then E209 cleared the scene and returned to service.
On 8/1/17, at approximately 1630 hours, Squad 203 and Chase 206 were alerted to respond to the area of the 159 mile marker, Interstate 79, in reference to a seven vehicle accident. Initial dispatch was multiple entrapment in multiple vehicles, several injuries and possible ejections. Resources were immediately requested from multiple departments in Monongalia County, Marion County, and Greene County, PA due to the severity of the call. First arriving crews from Mount Morris VFC, who had better access due to the incident being in the northbound lanes, advised that there were 5 cars involved, negative entrapments and only two patients for transport. This updated information allowed some responding resources to be returned to service per Command 20. Company 20 units remained on scene to provide traffic control for towing companies and fluid management and cleanup while Miller Environmental responded from their operations center. Thanks to the outstanding work by MECCA, Greene County dispatch, Fire, EMS, and PD the resources were all in place had this been a Mass Casualty Incident as first dispatched.
Star City Fire & EMS would like to thank Monongalia EMS, EMS Southwest, Marion County County Rescue Squad, JanCare EMS, Westover Volunteer Fire Department, Granville Volunteer Fire Department, Cassville Volunteer Fire Department, Mount Morris Volunteer Fire Company, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department, and Miller Environmental for an excellent response to this incident.
On 7/24/17, Star City Fire & EMS participated in Touch-A-Truck at Chick-fil-A on Patteson Drive. Engine 209, staffed with Captain Ryan Gillespie, FF Andrew Ross, FF Justin Maggard, and FF Kameron Freeman, and Ambulance 27 staffed with FF/EMT John Thorne and EMT Gus Shaffer were on hand for the event. Children of various ages enjoyed the fire truck, ambulance, and many other apparatus on site, including HealthNet Aeromedical Services, Morgantown Police Department, and the Monongalia County Sheriff’s Department.
On 7/22/17 Star City Fire & EMS participated in Operation Dawson Storm at the WVU Police Department. Star City EMS assisted Mon EMS with patient transport in an MCI situation and Star City Engine 201 provided water supply to the Monongalia County HAZMAT for decontamination of patients and responders. Our members thoroughly enjoyed participating in the drill and look forward to working with other agencies to continue our training and preparedness to better serve our community.
6/30/17: At 0209 Company 20 was alerted for a confirmed structure fire on Old Cheat Road. Engine 201 responded with 4 members followed closely by Unit 202 with 2 members and was given initial size-up of a confirmed mobile home fire which was endangering an apartment building 15-20 feet from the involved structure. Engine 201 arrived on scene, 20-1 established command and confirmed a fully involved trailer with exposure to an apartment building and possibility of power line hazards, and placed (1) 1 3/4″ attack line in place for initial fire attack. Engine 123, Tanker 172 and Unit 202 arrived soon after Engine 201 and began various fire attack, water supply and exposure protection tasks. Due to the continued danger to the exposure, 20-1 then called for additional manpower and two (2) additional tankers for water supply (Co. 15 and Co. 16). Although the fire building ending up being a total loss, the quick and efficient actions of all units on scene resulted in only minimal siding damage and loss of one window to the exposure building.
6/15/2017: Company 20 was alerted to assist Co. 14, Co.12 and Co.24 on scene of a MVC involving a tractor trailer with fuel leak. E-201 responded and upon arrival was tasked by incident command with traffic control and to assist with fluid mitigation to prevent fuel and fluids from entering Cheat Lake. While on scene E-201 was also dispatched and responded for a reported structure fire (found to be a malfunctioning HVAC unit) and responded at special request by Command 14 for a reported choking. After clearing the two additional calls E-201 returned to I-68 to further assist with that incident until the tractor trailer could be cleared from the roadway and then returned to service.
5/29/2017: At 0231 Company 20 was alerted to respond 3rd due for a confirmed structure fire at the Lewellyn Road and Route 857 intersection in Cheat Lake. Engine 201 responded to the incident with four personnel and while en-route was alerted by CLVFD E141 (first arriving unit) of a two story single family residence that was heavily involved with fire with cars in the garage and unknown occupancy. Soon after arrival on scene Command 14 also advised that live electrical lines had burnt through and were now live on the ground which was hampering initial fire attack. Engine 201 arrived on scene and was tasked by Command 14 to man a 2 1/2 attack line for defensive operations until power could be cut to the building. Approximately fifteen minutes after first units arrived on scene it was able to be confirmed that all occupants were out of the residence on vacation. After power was secured SCVFD personnel were tasked with various extinguishment and overhaul operations before being released by Command 14 to return to service.
Thanks also goes to Company 17 who covered a call for Company 20 while on scene of the structure fire.
At 2223 hours on Friday, May 19, Company 20 was dispatched to assist Star City Police Department with traffic control in the area of Pleasant Hill Avenue and Leeway Street in the Town of Star City. Engine 201 and Unit 202 responded with a total of 5 personnel. Upon arrival to the scene, firefighters noted a damaged underground water main resulting in several hundred gallons of water per minute being released and traveling down Leeway Street. The fast moving water was damaging both infrastructure and businesses in the area. Firefighters moved bystanders and vehicles from the area while establishing a perimeter around the leak. Firefighters then utilized an estimated 1000 pounds of gravel, soil, and sandbags in conjunction with plastic sheeting to implement the hazardous materials techniques of diking and diversion. The water was able to be rerouted to the opposite side of the roadway where it was no longer a threat to businesses and infrastructure. Assistance was then provided to help with monitoring and cleanup in impacted businesses. Star City Street Department was able to stop flow of water to the damaged main and began repairs shortly thereafter. Company 20 units returned to service.
Star City VFD would like to thank the Star City Police Department, the Star City Street Department, and bystanders who assisted in this incident.