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FF Michael Ryan Presented Courage and Life Saving Award at County Fire Chiefs Banquet

On January 23, FF Michael Ryan was presented a Courage and Life Saving Award at the annual County Fire Chiefs Banquet. 

On June 30, 2016, the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to a residential structure fire with
entrapment. Michael arrived on scene as the fire was being dispatched, donned his personal protective equipment
and entered the burning home to search for an occupant. He located the occupant in a bedroom closet and pulled her
to safety. Michael’s heroic actions directly resulted in the saving of a human life. 

We extend our congratulations to FF Ryan on receiving this award.

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2016 Run Report

Whitefield firefighters responded to 289 calls in 2016. In addition to the incidents below, firefighters and equipment were deployed to provide structural fire protection in Horry County during Hurricane Matthew and the Pinnacle Mountain fire in Pickens County.

2016 Run Report

Total Runs: 289
37 Structure Fires,
18 Alarms; 17 fire alarms, 1 carbon monoxide alarms,
5 Standby Request,
13 Vehicle Fires,
42 Grass/Brush Fires,
8 Trash Fires,
110 Traffic Accidents (84 accidents with injuries, 26 accidents with no injuries)
23 EMS Assists,
2 Gas Leaks,
2 Rescues,
14 Service Calls,
2 Power Line Downs,
1 Assist Other Agency,
12 False Alarm/Cancelled Calls.

Career and Technology Center Fire Training Facility Donation

On February 2, the Whitefield Fire Department invested in the future of the area’s fire service by donating towards the completion of the Anderson Districts I and II Career and Technology Center Fire Training Facility. Over the past few years, the department has been the recipient of several nationally certified firefighters upon their completion of high school based firefighting instruction. 

We are proud of the work of Instructor Luke Riddle and the Career and Technology Center’s continued dedication to train high school students for firefighting careers.

Pictured left to right: (bottom row) current and former CTC Fire students Kurt Cromer, Jessy Raxter, Josh Guin and Brad Guin, (top row) Chief Adam Cromer, Chairman Bob Mosley and Instructor Luke Riddle.

Annual Meeting and Board Elections

The Annual Meeting for the Whitefield Fire District #22 will be held at the station, 4000 Highway 29 North, Belton, SC on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 6:30 pm.  The purpose of this meeting is to elect Board of Directors for the station.  

All residents of the Whitefield Fire District are urged to attend.  For more information, please contact Chief Adam Cromer by email at acromer@whitefieldfd.com, or visit http://www.whitefieldfd.com.

2015 Run Report

Whitefield firefighters responded to 252 incidents in 2015:

48 Structure Fires,
12 Alarms; (10 fire alarms, 2 carbon monoxide alarms),
1 Standby Request,
10 Vehicle Fires,
23 Grass/Brush Fires,
10 Trash Fires,
100 Traffic Accidents (81 accidents with injuries, 19 accidents with no injuries),
2 EMS Assists,
4 Gas Leaks,
0 Rescues,
11 Service Calls,
12 Power Line Downs,
0 Assist Other Agency,
19 False Alarm/Cancelled Calls

2015 Awards Banquet

At the Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department’s annual Christmas Dinner and Awards Banquet, Columbia Fire Department Assistant Chief Jamie Helms and Captain Kevin King presented certificates of appreciation to the Whitefield Fire Department and each firefighter that responded to assist with the Tanker Task Force during Flood Joaquin in October.

Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department crews initially responded Sunday, October 4 with 15 other tankers from across the state to support a tanker task force as part of South Carolina’s Firefighter Mobilization Plan, after severe flooding left the city without a continuous water supply. They arrived in Columbia at 10:00 pm and immediately began work to supply water to a downtown hospital and Level 1 Trauma Center, preventing it from being evacuated. For 16 continuous hours, Whitefield’s tanker alone shuttled over 34,000 gallons of water to support the operation.  

Upon return to the staging area, Whitefield’s tanker was assigned to provide water supply support to Columbia Engine 11. Whitefield’s volunteer firefighters stepped up and volunteered to take time from their work and families to commit to 48 hour shifts for seven additional days to support the tanker task force operation.
Pictured from left to right… Firefighter Sam Biggs, Lieutenant Chase Rapien, Safety Officer Bob Mosley, Columbia FD Captain Kevin King, Columbia FD Assistant Chief Jamie Helms, West Pelzer FD Chief David Huff, Firefighter Brad Guin, Chief Adam Cromer and Firefighter Daniel Freeman. Not pictured are Captain Michael Ryan and Firefighter Jordan Latimer.