Congratulations to our Fire Chief Ethan Bailey for being named the 2017 Telecommunicator of the Year for Monongalia County (MECCA 911). Ethan is truly dedicated to the communities we serve and we thank him for his work both as Fire Chief with SCVFD and Telecommunicator for MECCA 911.
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.