August Top Responders

Top Responders for the month of August are:
Captain/EMT Ethan Bailey- 34 calls
Firefighter Justin Maggard and Duty Officer/EMT Jared Lamb- 26 calls
Firefighter Zach Karn- 21 calls
Duty Officer Brian Sites and Lieutenant Justin Knotts- 16 calls
Duty Officer Adam Thompson and Firefighter/EMT Jesse Hedrick- 15 calls
Firefighter/EMT Wendell Hofer and Lieutenant/EMT Sam Hannah and Chief Kris Osecky and Firefighter/Paramedic Josh Flesher- 14 calls

Top Responders for the year of 2016 are:
Duty Officer/EMT Jared Lamb- 260 calls
Lieutenant Justin Knotts- 193 calls
Chief Kris Osecky- 174 calls
Firefighter Jacob Peretin- 170 calls
Captain/EMT Ethan Bailey- 153 calls
Duty Officer Brian Sites- 152 calls
Lieutenant/EMT Sam Hannah and Firefighter Zach Karn- 150 calls
Firefighter Justin Maggard- 108 calls
Duty Officer/EMT Dennis Chaney- 107 calls
Captain/EMT Ryan Gillespie- 105 calls

SCVFD performs yearly pump testing

7/19/16: Today Dill’s Fire and Safety visited Company 20 for annual pump testing. All three of SCVFD’s pump capable apparatus (Engine 201, Squad 203 and our newest addition, which will be in service soon, Engine 209) passed pump inspection and certification.

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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

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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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5/25/16

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

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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

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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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Vote ‘YES’ on the Monongalia Co. Fire Levy

May 10th is fast approaching! Be sure to tell everyone you know and also turn out to vote ‘YES’ for the Monongalia County Volunteer Fire Levy. With only 1 full and 1 partial paid fire department in the county the vast majority of citizens in Monongalia County are covered by your friends and neighbors, citizen volunteers, to protect your life and property.  Without the funding associated with the levy our departments will not be able to replace and/or repair our aging equipment and in the most dire of circumstances will have to reduce services or dissolve the department entirely. In the case of your local department closing your home insurance coverage is in jeopardy of being dropped or significantly increased due to being seen as an ‘unprotected’ structure. HELP US, HELP YOU on May 10th and vote ‘YES’.fl