EMS Week 2020

Happy EMS Week to all EMS providers and leadership, but a special shout out to the team of Star City Fire & EMS!

The American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), in partnership with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT), has announced this year’s EMS STRONG campaign theme: “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow”. The annual EMS STRONG campaign provides opportunities to recognize the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) community, enhance and strengthen the profession on a national level, and celebrate National EMS Week, May 17-23, 2020.

The campaign brings together key organizations, media partners, and corporate sponsors that are committed to recognizing and fortifying the EMS community, commending recent groundbreaking accomplishments, and increasing awareness of National EMS Week.

“As we enter a new decade, we look ahead to the future of prehospital care. This future will include dramatic improvements in patient care, thanks to advances in research, information sharing, and lifechanging technology,” says William P. Jaquis, MD, FACEP, President of ACEP. “During National EMS Week, and throughout the year, we are proud to recognize EMS and fire professionals who tirelessly serve their communities and care for patients and their families every day.”

5/15/2020: Structure Fire – Lazzelle Union Road

Today at 1151hrs Star City Fire was alerted for a mutual aid structure fire in the 2100 block of Lazzelle Union Road. Engines 201 and 209 staffed with volunteers responded within 2 minutes of the dispatch. Engine 173 arrived on scene with a working trailer fire asking for E-201 to access a nearby hydrant and obtain water supply for E-173. E-201 arrived on scene and performed its assigned duty laying 500 feet of supply into the scene. SCVFD crews assisted with knockdown and overhaul of the residence. Star City had a total of 10 members operating on the scene for just over 2 hours.

5/13/2020: WVU Medicine Park & Pray

This evening Star City Fire and EMS participated in a Park and Pray event at J.W. Ruby Memorial Hospital hosted by WVU Medicine. Star City along with the City of Morgantown Fire Department, Granville Volunteer Fire Department, Westover Volunteer Fire Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, City of Salem Fire and EMS Department, Monongalia EMS, WVU Police Department, Morgantown Police Department, Monongalia County Sheriff’s Office, and West Virginia State Police were among some of the departments in attendance.

5/11/2020

On Monday May 11th Star City VFD was alerted for a structure fire and 2 vehicle accidents during the day.
At 0808hrs we were dispatched to a vehicle accident on Mileground Road, E-209 responded within a minute and arrived on the scene of a vehicle that had struck a utility pole with moderate damage to the vehicle, both subjects were transported to the local trauma center. E-209 returned to service at 0856hrs.
At 1202hrs we were dispatched to a vehicle accident at the intersection of Stewart St and Chestnut Ridge Rd, Within a minute E-209 and U-206 responded with 5 personal. U-206 arrived on the scene with a single vehicle into a utility pole with moderate damage causing the roadway to be closed. Units operated on the scene for 45 minutes until Mon Power arrived and took control of the incident.
At 1813hrs we were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the 400 block of Eagle Run in the Villages of West Run Community. At 1814 Engine 209 responded to the incident. E-209 arrived on the scene of a 2 story apartment building with light smoke showing from the 1st story with occupants outside of the residence. Crews made quick work of the fire utilizing a water can to extinguish the remainder of the fire knocked down by a neighbor. Crews from E-136 and E-233 assisted with ventilation of the residence, salvage, and overhaul.

Birthday Parade in Star City

A few days ago we received a call into the station asking to help make a little boy’s 3rd birthday a little brighter with a parade. Without hesitation everyone in this photo stepped up and today we made that happen. With the current ongoing pandemic restrictions it is difficult to make a birthday special. These individuals did just that! A parade of fire trucks and ambulances made their way through Star City to his house where we were greeted by the young man and his family. Nothing can make a person feel better about life than seeing the smiles of a child and his family because of something you were able to be apart of. Happy Birthday!

4/29/2020: Structure Fire – Chateau Royale Apartments

4/29/2020: Companies 20, 17, 23, and 13 were alerted for a structure fire at Chateau Royale Apartments. Units responded and upon arriving on scene found an unattended grill on the porch/balcony of an apartment which had begin to ignite the surrounding structure. Forcible entry was made into the source apartment due to no residents on scene and crews began fire attack and investigation for extension. Thankfully, due to observant neighboring residents emergency crews were called quickly and crews were able to achieve fire suppression with (2) 2 1/2 gallon water extinguishers. Mutual aid units were cleared from scene while Company 20 units ensured no further extension existed in source or surrounding apartments. After performing investigation and mild overhaul Company 20 units turned the scene over to the residents of the apartment and building management and returned to service.

A friendly reminder to never leave any fire or cooking appliance unattended. Kitchen, grill and other cooking fires are a leading cause of fire especially during Spring and Summer seasons. It is highly suggested that grilling not be done on porches or balconies especially those that are enclosed by a roof or other balcony. Many rental apartments, houses and townhouses specifically prohibit the practice due to the high incidence of accidental fire that exists.