Colleton County Fire-Rescue

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At 05:53 on Friday morning 22-September, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was notified of a two vehicle MVC on I-95 north of the 55 mile marker northbound involving two large trucks. One was reported to be a car carrier and the caller advised the second truck was down an embankment and was too mangled to tell what it was. Engine 1 arrived minutes later to report a car carrier was blocking one lane on the bridge and the second vehicle was a single-unit box truck that was over turned and down an embankment. It appeared the tractor-trailer struck the rear of the box truck, forced it over the bridge railing and down the embankment at the Great Swamp overpass. Both vehicles suffered heavy damage. The box portion was on its side, while the frame was twisted. The cab was upside down and the driver’s side was crushed after striking several trees. The truck driver, who was still wearing a seatbelt, was inverted and trapped in the wreckage. The box truck was empty and the car carrier was hauling new Porsche automobiles. A second ambulance was requested and the C.A.R.E. Flight medical helicopter was placed on standby.

Fire-Rescue crews used a chain saw to clear a path to the truck cab, then carried equipment down to the scene. Firefighter-paramedics removed the remaining glass and crawled into the mangled cab from the passenger side, but could only access the driver’s upper body. His lower body was pinned between the roof, dash, and floor. He appeared to have suffered multiple traumatic injuries including injuries to his legs. Paramedics began treating his injuries, including IVs and pain medications. Other crewmembers used Holmatro hydraulic rescue tools and saws to cut away and displace potions of the cab to free the man. The tedious extrication took over 2-1/2 hours.

When the patient was removed from the truck, he was transported by Medic 1 to Colleton Medical Center in Walterboro. The medical helicopter was cancelled. The driver of the car carrier was not injured. One northbound lane was blocked, causing traffic to back up approximately four miles. The SC Highway Patrol and State Transport Police are investigating the accident. Fire-Rescue units were on scene for four hours.

Engine 1, Rescue 1, Medic 1, Medic 19, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 107, Car 110, Car 111, Car 112 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Brent Dalton served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Firefighter-Paramedics treat victim trapped in a truck

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Firefighter-Paramedics treat victim trapped in a truck

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Firefighter-Paramedics free victim trapped in a truck

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overturned truck after crash

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tractor-trailer crash

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highway tractor-trailer crash

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A large workshop was destroyed in an afternoon fire at 2257 Mount Carmel Road Wednesday 08-March at 13:56. The caller to 9-1-1 reported a trash fire had gotten out of control and spread to the building. Colleton County (SC) Engine 26 arrived minutes later to find fire at the rear of the approx. 50’ x 160’ structure and deployed handlines to the building.

The building housed several vehicles and was used to repair equipment and trucks. It was located approx. ½ mile off of Mt. Carmel Road down a dirt driveway. While maneuvering handlines, a series of explosions occurred in the building which quickly spread the fire throughout the structure. Responding units could see a thick plume of black smoke five miles away.

Engine 26 requested a second alarm and deployed three 1-3/4s, one 2-1/2 straight bore, and the deck gun. Engine 1 set up on the west side of the building and deployed one 2-1/2 Blitzfire. A tractor from the Forestry Commission was also requested for the brush fire. Firefighters worked for 40 minutes to bring the blaze under control.

Several vehicles including a dump truck were damaged or destroyed, the building was completely destroyed. A tractor, some farm implement,s and several thousand dollars worth of tools were also destroyed. Units were on the scene for four hours. Water supply was handled with a tender shuttle.

Engine 1, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 18, Tender 19, Tender 25, Tender 26, Tender 27, Medic 1, Medic 19, Medic 20, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 107, Car 109, Car 111 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

E-ONE fire engine at fire scene with flames

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firefighter operates deck gun at fire scene

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firefighter with hose line at fire scene

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Blitzfire nozzle at fire scene

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firefighters maneuver large hose line at fire

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Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue units were sent to 304 Carolina Circle north of Walterboro, Wednesday morning 16-November at 03:02. Engine 19 arrived to find a single-story residential dwelling with flames visible from the roof. All occupants had safely exited the structure. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed multiple handlines to combat the fire which was burning throughout the attic. Crews pulled the ceilings in several rooms to reach the flames. It appeared the fire originated in the chimney and spread to the attic. The electrical service line burned through and fell from the home. When the power went off, the occupants were awakened and discovered the fire which had already burned through a portion of the roof and they alerted 9-1-1.

Firefighters worked for about 20 minutes to bring the fire under control, but were on the scene for three hours. Most of the fire damage was contained to the attic and roof, however the remainder of the home suffered water and smoke damage. Many personal items were saved. Water supply was handled with Tenders.

Engine 19, Engine 26, Tender 1, Tender 5, Tender 19, Tender 26, Medic 1, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1, Car 12, Car 107, Car 110 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Scott O’Quinn served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

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firefighters battle ranch house on fire with flames

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ranch house on fire with flames

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Battalion Chief Scott O’Quinn

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Colleton County fire engine at fire scene

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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An adult female was injured as she narrowly escaped a structure fire Tuesday morning 01-November. At 09:05, Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue was alerted for smoke coming from a home at 14436 Lowcountry Hwy. south of Ruffin. Engine 18 arrived to find heavy smoke conditions and flames visible from the south side of the single-story residential structure. Firefighter-Paramedics deployed two handlines and forced entry through the front door. They made an aggressive interior attack stopping the flames from reaching the north end of the building. The kitchen, utility room, and dining room suffered heavy fire damage, with the remainder of the home receiving smoke damage.

The homeowner, who works nights, had placed a load of clothes in the dryer before going to sleep. She was awakened by a popping noise and thick smoke. Being unable to escape through the hall, she was able to jump from a window in the bedroom. During the escape, the woman received a broken arm. No one else was at the home when the fire occurred and there were no working smoke detectors in the residence.

The fire started in the area of the clothes dryer which was located just off of the kitchen. The fire spread through the kitchen into the attic and under the floor. Firefighters used a chainsaw to cut some of the kitchen floor to reach the fire under the building. The woman was treated at the scene, then transported to Colleton Medical Center by Fire-Rescue Medic 13. Fire units were on the scene for four hours. Water supply was conducted with tenders.

Engine 4, Engine 10, Engine 15, Engine 18, Tender 4, Tender 13, Tender 15, Tender 18, Tender 90, Medic 13, Medic 18, Battalion 1 and Car 107 responded. Asst. Chief Marty Stallings served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

Colleton County Firefighters and fire trucks on scene

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firefighters overhaul after house fire

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rural fire scene in South Carolina

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Six people were injured after a pickup truck rear ended a car carrier on I-95 near the 54 mile marker southbound in Colleton County (SC), Tuesday morning 20-September at 02:08. Both vehicles were traveling southbound when the collision occurred. The 2015 Silverado pickup truck overtook the tractor trailer car carrier and impacted the rear of the trailer, pushing the lower deck of cars forward and causing heavy damage to the pickup truck which was pinned to the trailer. The adult male driver of the pickup truck was trapped in the wreckage and suffered multiple traumatic injuries. An adult female and two female juveniles in car seats were also injured. Both adult male patients in the tractor trailer also complained of non-life threatening injuries.

First arriving Colleton County (SC) Firefighter-Paramedics on Medic 1 and Engine 1 requested three additional Fire-Rescue ambulances while they began treating the injured. One lane of southbound I-95 was closed. Crews used Holmatro rescue tools from Engine 1 to remove the driver’s door and free the driver. He was transported emergent to the trauma center at Trident Medical in Summerville by Medic 19. The other patients were transported to Colleton Medical Center. The driver of the tractor trailer denied ambulance transport.

Two dogs also escaped the pickup truck. Firefighters caught one dog and secured him until Animal Control officers arrived. Personnel and Animal Control units searched the area between Exits 53 and 57 for an hour but were unable to locate the second canine. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Engine 1, Medic 1, Medic 13, Medic 19, Medic 26, Battalion 1 and Car 12 responded. Battalion Chief Scott O’Quinn served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

pickup truck crashes into car carrier

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firefighter uses Holmatro tools to cut driver from car

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firefighters use Holmatro tools to cut driver from car

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pickup truck crashes into car carrier

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pickup truck crashes into car carrier

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A 33-year-old male  was critically injured in a two-car MVC in the 1700 block of Sidneys Road near Sunshine Lane Wednesday afternoon 31-August at 12:38. The accident occurred about three miles north of Walterboro (SC). Apparently a Cadillac turned into the path of a small SUV causing a “T” impact into the driver’s side. There was over two feet of intrusion, heavily entrapping the driver.

The man received critical multiple traumatic injuries. Colleton County (SC) Firefighter-Paramedics began treatment while he was still trapped in the car. Crews used the winch from Battalion 1 to move the SUV from the side of the Cadillac, then used Holmatro rescue tools to remove the driver’s door and displace the dash in order to free the driver. His condition rapidly deteriorated and he stopped breathing shortly after the extrication was complete.

Due to his unstable condition, he was rapidly transported in Fire-Rescue Medic 1 to Colleton Medical Center (CMC) with two additional firefighter-paramedics assisting with his care. The driver of the SUV was also treated at the scene and transported with non-life threatening injuries to CMC in Medic 19. Sidneys Road in the area of the accident was blocked for over an hour. The SC Hwy Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 19, Medic 1, Medic 19, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 105, Car 107, Car 117 and Car 119 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief , Colleton County Fire-Rescue

firefighters free driver trapped in car

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firefighters use Holmatro tools to cut driver from car

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SUV T-Bones sedan

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aftermath of serious car crash

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A 21-year-old male received multiple traumatic injuries in a single-car crash in the 5400 block of Sidneys Road north of Walterboro (SC) Thursday evening 25-August at 22:55. The northbound Chevrolet Trailblazer left the roadway in a curve at a high rate of speed. The vehicle crossed into the southbound lane, struck the ditch and overturned, striking several trees. A large tree impacted at the driver’s side “A” post, crushing the dash onto the patient’s legs, trapping him upside down in the car.

Colleton County Firefighter-Paramedics found the male conscious, but with multiple complaints. Crews began treating him inside the vehicle, while other firefighters began the process of extricating him from the wreckage. The vehicle was stabilized, prior to firefighters using Holmatro Rescue Tools to remove the driver’s door. Crews worked for another 30 minutes to displace the dash and free the patient’s legs. He was extricated with full spinal precautions, then transported emergent in Fire-Rescue Medic 19 to the trauma center at Trident Medical in Summerville. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

Engine 19, Medic 19, Rescue 1, Battalion 1, Car 12 and Car 118 responded. Battalion Chief Ben Heape served as Incident Commander.

Barry W. McRoy, Fire Chief, Colleton County Fire-Rescue

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Colleton County (WC) firefighters operate at crash site

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Holmatro rescue tools used during extrication

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Holmatro rescue tools used during extrication

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rural crash site with SUV

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