Mountainfest – Day 2

Day 2 of Mountainfest at Mylan Park continued to be as busy for SCVFD and SCEMS as day 1. Company 20 personnel continued to provide primary EMS and Fire coverage for the event, able to respond for other emergencies dispatched in the county by MECCA, and available for emergent and non-emergent transports via the SCEMS transport line.

Motorcycle Lines

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Mountainfest – Day 1


Today, July 23, 2015, started day one of Mountainfest 2015 an annual motorcycle rally held at Mylan Park in Morgantown. Star City EMS was contracted to provide EMS coverage for the event and was staged and dispatched from ‘the hill’ overlooking the Mountainfest grounds. Other members of SCVFD provided fire coverage for the event and were staged and dispatched from the same location as SCEMS. Numerous SCVFD/SCEMS crews from Engine 201, Squad 203, Unit 206, Medic 21, Medic 27, Ambulance 29 as well as multiple ‘quick response’ ATVs remained on scene all day from 9am (before the event opened) to 11pm (when the event grounds closed).

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“Hell Night” Training

Friday, 7/10/2015, over 30 of our officers and members participated in a training event that has been given the nickname “Hell Night.” This training event was designed to test how our members react to scenarios they know very little about, operate on very little sleep, and work together as a team. The event began on 7/10/2015 1900 hours and concluded on 7/11/2015 at 0530 hours.

In the first scenario, our members faced a mock house fire with entrapment. This fire resulted from a domestic disturbance, so our crews had to deal with a primary search, heavy fire conditions, and patients who were very agitated.

The next scenario was a vehicle accident with entrapment of 4 patients and ejection of a 5th. Crews had to remove doors and work together as a team to efficient extrication and provide effective medical care.

The final scenario was a missing person that resulted in a low angle rope rescue. In this event, crews had to establish search techniques, set up a low angle hauling system, and package a patient in a stokes for hauling.

There is no doubt that our department as a whole walked away from this event with a training plan for the remainder of the year.

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MVC – Stewardstown Road


On 7/5/15 at 0244 hours Company 20 was alerted for a single vehicle MVC (negative injuries/entrapment) with power pole damage. Unit 202 responded to scene to assist MONEMS and Monongalia County Sheriff department with traffic control and hazard mitigation. Company 20 units remained on scene for approximately two hours while multiple MonPower units were dispatched to repair the extensive damage to the poles.

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MVC – Willowdale Road


On 7/4/15 at 1701 while staging for the Morgantown 4th of July parade Company 20 was alerted for a two vehicle head-on type collision on Willowdale Road near Stadium Drive. Squad 203 and Ambulance 21 responded from downtown to assist MONEMS and Monongalia County PD with the incident. Company 20 personnel assisted with patient care, vehicle stabilization, fluid removal, fire prevention and traffic control while PD investigated the incident. Needless to say Squad 203 and Ambulance 21 didn’t make the parade, but the volunteers of SCVFD remain ready to answer the call to action.

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SCFD Members Participate in Training

On April 22, 2015 the members of the Star City Fire Department participated in search training and pump operations training. For the search training, members were split into three crews of two personnel. The crews then had to follow hose lines through obstacles while blindfolded to find a downed firefighter. This training builds firefighter confidence and skills that could be used during a fire emergency. The pump operations training consisted of drafting from the Mon. River. Drafting is the process of using a source of water such as a river or pond to supply the fire engine with water needed to fight a fire when there are no fire hydrants near by. All participating members had a great time and gained valuable experience.