7/3/16: Structure fire – Kent Street (Granville)


7/3/16: Company 20 was alerted to assist companies 17 and 23 with a confirmed mobile home fire on Kent Street in Granville. SCVFD units Engine 201, Command 206 and Unit 202 responded to the incident and were alerted by first arriving Co. 17 units that the structure was well involved upon their arrival. During the incident two occupants were treated and transported to local hospitals with burns, smoke inhalation and lacerations. Unfortunately, despite the swift actions of all units involved in the incident the trailer was declared a total loss and one dog was deceased on scene.  SCVFD units continued to complete fireground tasks assigned by Co. 17 command until they were cleared to return to service after about an hour.


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Company 20 responds to Clay and Greenbrier counties

2 Company 20 personnel responded to Greenbrier County 6/27/16 to assist with search and rescue and again on 6/30/16 to Clay County to transport the items donated during our collection drive. Thanks goes out to all members of the Morgantown area who were able to donate/assist our fellow West Virginians in their time of need. A special thanks to Dollar General (Star City), Wal-Mart (Granville), Sam’s Club (Granville), Monongalia General Hospital and The Villages at Heritage Point for their generous donations. All the members of SCVFD are honored to serve and protect such a caring and generous community.

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Southern West Virginia disaster assistance


Star City VFD is currently collecting items to support those in southern West Virginia. These items will be going to the Clay County Sheriff’s Office, where they will be distributed to residents who have lost those items in the flooding. Collecting will be at the firehouse located at 3380 University Avenue in Star City, and will end on Wednesday, 6/29. Company 20 thanks all members of our community in advance for any type of assistance they may be able to provide. Items requested by the Clay County Sheriff’s Office:
1. Baby diapers
2.Cleaning supplies
3. Non perishable food items
4. Bottled drinking water
5. Male and female toiletries

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6/21/16: Structure Fire – Pinnacle Heights Apartments

untitled6/21/16: At 1708 hours Company 20 was dispatched for an exterior balcony fire at Pinnacle Heights apartments. First arriving units advised of a working structure fire, with possible entrapment. After a primary search, it was determined that there was negative entrapment, and one dog and one cat had been able to escape the fire conditions. The fire was found on the back balcony and had extended to the attic. A quick knockdown by fire crews contained the damage to a small portion of the apartment building.

Company 20 would like to thank the members of Engine 123, Engine 135, Ladder 133, Engine 141, Utility 144, Engine 173, Engine 175, Engine 233, Utility 231, Mon EMS Medic 64, and Point Marion, PA Company 33 for their assistance.

While crews were operating on scene of this fire, Engine 147 handled an automatic fire alarm for Company 20 on Poplar Woods Drive.



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6/9/16: Company 20 assists with Heavy Rescue

6/9/16: Members of Companies 20 and 16 along with Monongalia County H.I.R.T and Monongalia County EMS were dispatched to Earl L. Core Road/Tyrone Road to assist Company 12 with a Heavy Rescue involving a tri-axle dump truck over an embankment approximately 30 feet into a creek. Crews on scene were directed by incident command to perform multiple tasks including traffic control, stabilization of the vehicle, patient care, extrication and packaging of the driver, leaking fluid mitigation and hazmat operations. Thanks to the actions of all crews on scene the incident was managed quickly and efficiently with all companies returned to service without incident.

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13240538_10104031125439359_6419636026294108570_nThe Star City Volunteer Fire Department would like to send our thoughts and prayers to the members of Morgantown Fire Department and families and friends, after the accident earlier today that took the life of one of their members. Stay strong brothers.

Monongalia County residents vote “YES” for fire protection


5/10/16 – Monongalia County residents turned out during election day to support the county fire levy by a resounding 18,025 to 6,015 vote. As fellow citizens within the community we recognize that each dollar spent must be carefully examined during these difficult economic times. Thankfully the citizens of Monongalia County recognize the need and value of each volunteer fire department as we strive to serve and protect the citizens and visitors of Monongalia County. The funds apportioned to each department will be used judiciously to help comply with NFPA guidelines, to repair/replace aging apparatus, purchase new life saving equipment, replace worn and/or aging personal protective equipment and to maintain the facilities of our departments. On behalf of the Star City Volunteer Fire Department and all the departments of Monongalia County, we, your citizen volunteers, appreciate your continued support as we stand ready to serve those in need.

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Car fire prevention/safety


Cars can catch fire for many reasons. While mechanical or electrical issues are the most common cause cars can also catch fire as the result of a bad crash. If you see smoke or flames or smell burning rubber or plastic, you must respond IMMEDIATELY. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so below are things you can do to help prevent fires from occurring in your car.

  1. Have your car serviced regularly by a professionally trained mechanic. If you spot leaks or your car is not running properly, get it checked immediately. A well-maintained car is less likely to have a fire.
  2. If you must transport gasoline in cans, transport only a small amount in a certified gas can that is sealed. Keep a window open for ventilation.
  3.  Gas cans and propane cylinders should never be transported in the passenger compartment. Secure these containers in the trunk or bed of the vehicle and transport them for the least time and distance required.
  4. Never park a car where flammables materials can come into contact with hot car components (such as the exhaust system).
  5. Be able to recognize ‘red flags’ that can contribute to car fires such as cracked/loose wiring, fuses that blow despite replacement, loose/leaking hoses, and rapid changes in fluid/engine temperature and pressures.
  6. Always drive safely to help avoid accidents.

If you suspect that your car is catching fire:

  1. IMMEDIATELY pull over when safe to do so.
  2. Once the car is stopped: place the car in park, set the emergency brake and turn off the engine.
  3. Evacuate yourself and everyone in the car as quickly and safely as possible. Move away from the car and the road.
  4. Once outside and away from the car: GET OUT AND STAY OUT. Do not return to the car FOR ANY REASON.
  5. Call 9-1-1 and await emergency assistance.

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Structure Fire – Colasante’s Restaurant

10395832_G4/23/16: At approximately 0330 Company 20 was alerted 3rd due to respond with Companies 23, 17, and 19 for a commercial/restaurant fire at Colasante’s Restaurant. This was the second working structure fire for the members of Company 20 within the past 24 hours. All companies on scene worked diligently to contain and extinguish the fire which resulted in minimal fire and smoke damage to the restaurant and bar portion of the structure. However, crews on scene also had to work to extinguish fire in an apartment and small office that was attached to the restaurant which was heavily damaged during the incident. Colasante’s restaurant is family owned and has been a mainstay of the greater Morgantown community for over 40 years. During interviews with local news crews after the incident the Colasante family have made intentions to rebuild and reopen the restaurant as soon as they can. Units remained on scene until the early morning hours to complete extinguishment of primary fire and hot spots, salvage and overhaul before returning to service.

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