Daily Dispatch: West Virginia News
Four Beckley firefighters are now also code enforcement officers
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:56:02 -0800
The City of Beckley has hired four Beckley Fire Department firefighters to be code enforcement officers, as part of a new initiative to streamline code enforcement in city limits and to give fire departments more familiarity with the structures they protect. Adam Carrico, Andrew Garland, Derek Cook and Donald Morgan, all firefighters, are now certified building inspectors, under the plan that was first discussed two years ago by Chief Code Enforcement Officer Bob Cannon and BFD Chief Edward Wills and enacted a year ago.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:56:02 PM - SOURCE: Beckley Register Herald
Feds requiring regional response teams to oil train wrecks
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 18:27:04 -0800
Federal transportation officials are requiring railroads to establish regional response teams along oil train routes following a series of fiery derailments. The new rule announced Thursday is aimed at having crews and equipment ready in the event of an accident. It applies to oil trains in continuous blocks of 20 or more loaded tank cars and those having 35 loaded tank cars.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:27:04 PM - SOURCE: Beckley Register Herald
Putnam County man accused of burglarizing, setting home on fire
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 12:46:00 -0800
A Putnam County man is charged after he was accused of intentionally burglarizing and setting fire to a home, state fire marshals said. Denver Jordan, 26, of Hometown is charged with first-degree arson and nighttime burglary in connection with an early morning Feb. 5 fire at a Fifth Avenue home in Hometown, according to news release Thursday from the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 12:46:00 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Neighbors help woman escape Parkersburg house fire
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 23:27:07 -0800
A Parkersburg woman was able to escape from a house fire Wednesday morning. Parkersburg Fire Department responded to 1072 40th St. at around 9 a.m. to a report of a structure fire. Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said crews arrived on scene to heavy smoke coming from the home. The home’s resident Liuyeh Cunningham had gotten out of the house before fire crews arrived.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 11:27:07 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Firefighters battle Charleston house fire; flames shoot out of roof
Thu, 14 Feb 2019 06:06:19 -0800
Firefighters are on the scene of a house fire on Clay Ave. in Charleston. It started just after 7 Thursday morning. The home is boarded up. No one lived there. Flames have been shooting out of the roof. So far, no damage has been reported to neighboring homes. No injuries have been reported.
- PUB DATE: 2/14/2019 6:06:19 AM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
No injuries reported in Nash Street fire in Parkersburg
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 21:36:09 -0800
No one was injured in the house fire at 2507 Nash St. around 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Parkersburg Fire Chief Jason Matthews said. Matthews said the fire was burning on the left side of the house inside a bedroom. The cause is still under investigation. “It took 10 minuets to get the fire under control, and then another 10-15 minutes to put out all the hot spots,” he said.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 9:36:09 PM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Pricetown Volunteer Fire Department receives $5,000 grant from Dominion Energy
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
The Pricetown Volunteer Fire Department will be able to restock it's community food pantry through a grant they received Tuesday. Each year Dominion Energy awards local organizations with Critical Community Needs Grants. This year, the $5,000 grant will help the Pricetown department buy food for community food giveaways.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WBOY-TV Clarksburg
Charleston Fire Crews Battle Flames in the West Side
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
Charleston fire crews responded to an abandoned structure fire on Washington Street West around 4:30 Wednesday morning. The boarded up home was just blocks away from the CFD West Side station. No one was found in the structure and no injuries were reported. The cause of the flames is still unknown, but investigators were working on the scene.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: WOWK-TV CBS 13
Bland County resident thanks Bluefield Fire Department
Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800
VIDEO: Julie Martin of Bland County thanks Bluefield Fire Fighters Robbie Stevenson and Brian Carr for their recent medical help. In route from her home in Bland County to Bluefield Regional Medical Center, she stopped at the Cumberland Road Substation of the Bluefield Fire Department in an attempt to help her husband, who was having heart problems recently.
- PUB DATE: 2/13/2019 12:00:00 AM - SOURCE: Bluefield Daily Telegraph
Longtime Cool Springs fire chief laid to rest
Mon, 11 Feb 2019 15:24:10 -0800
A longtime local fire chief was laid to rest Monday surrounded by his fellow firefighters in the community he spent his lifetime serving. Okey Dalton served as the chief of the Cool Springs Fire Department in Monongalia County for over 15 years. He passed away last Thursday at the age of 78. Along with being a lifelong firefighter, he was a local business owner.
- PUB DATE: 2/11/2019 3:24:10 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
Huntington Mayor directs opening of investigation into Fire Department maintenance
Tue, 12 Feb 2019 03:54:02 -0800
Questioned by Huntington City Council Member Alex Vence, Mayor Steve Williams announced he was directing his administration to launch an external investigation into maintenance practices and procedures at the Huntington Fire Department. Williams spoke in front of a packed room, many of the on-lookers were firefighters who felt they couldn’t speak in their own defense so a Charleston Firefighter and Field Representative for the International Association of Fire Fighters Union came to the Monday meeting to speak on their behalf.
- PUB DATE: 2/12/2019 3:54:02 AM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
One killed in house fire in Wayne County
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 21:31:38 -0800
The West Virginia State Fire Marshal's Office said one person has died in a house fire in Wayne County. Deputy Fire Marshal Jason Baltic said one person was killed in the fire in the Fort Gay area Friday evening. At this time, no other information has been released. The fire marshal's office is investigating.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 9:31:38 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
One person sent to the hospital after house fire in Elkins
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 22:56:36 -0800
The Elkin's fire department responded to a fire at a home off of Wilson Lane at about 8:00 p.m. Friday. According to the Elkins fire chief the fire was mostly contained to the kitchen and it is unknown yet if the home will be a total loss. One person was transported by ambulance to the Davis Medical Center.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 10:56:36 PM - SOURCE: WDTV-TV CBS 5
State marshal's investigation finds 'no deficiencies' in Martinsburg Fire Department
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 22:48:28 -0800
A second evaluation by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office into the Martinsburg Fire Department has found “no deficiencies” within the department, according to a public information specialist with the office. Assistant state fire marshals informed the disciplinary committee of the state fire marshal’s office of their decision to consider the investigation into the MFD complete during a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday in Charleston.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 10:48:28 PM - SOURCE: Martinsburg Journal
Live-in program at Shepherdstown Fire Department makes investment in members
Fri, 08 Feb 2019 01:49:53 -0800
The Shepherdstown Fire Department has made an investment to help members who want to actively serve their community while going to college at Shepherd or even working a job full-time. The company's live-in program allows individuals, male or female, who are full-time students or employed, to live in dormitory-style housing at the station at no cost.
- PUB DATE: 2/8/2019 1:49:53 AM - SOURCE: Shepherdstown Chronicle
Chapmanville Fire department trains with new "Rescue Randy Manikin"
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 21:58:08 -0800
The Chapmanville Fire Department recently held training to teach firefighters how to better help victims in emergencies. On Sunday, the department held its first ever training with their new "Rescue Randy Manikin," which is a life-like manikin that weighs more than 175 pounds. Randy is safely used in situations too hazardous or uncomfortable for human volunteers.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 9:58:08 PM - SOURCE: Logan Banner
Lubeck VFD gets chest compression system
Thu, 07 Feb 2019 10:00:01 -0800
Lubeck Volunteer Fire Department has purchased a LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System. The department said it is the first EMS agency in Wood County to own this device. The LUCAS 3 Chest Compression System is a portable tool designed to overcome problems identified with manual chest compressions. The LUCAS device assists rescuers by delivering effective, consistent and continuous chest compressions as recommended in the American Heart Association guidelines, said Fire Chief Mark Stewart.
- PUB DATE: 2/7/2019 10:00:01 AM - SOURCE: Parkersburg News and Sentinel
Barboursville mayor says firefighter arrests won't impact emergency services
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 15:37:05 -0800
West Virginia State fire Marshal said five former volunteer firefighters in Barboursville are facing arson charges in connection to several cases in Cabell County. The fire marshal said the fires were set in vacant buildings from Lesage to East Pea Ridge Road over the past year, so the firefighters who set them could then respond to them.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 3:37:05 PM - SOURCE: WCHS-TV ABC 8
Update: 11 vacant houses have caught fire in Huntington so far in 2019
Wed, 06 Feb 2019 17:31:34 -0800
Empty, vacant houses are a common sight in cities in our region. And many times, these homes and buildings pose a danger for the public. Wednesday morning in Charleston, fire burned through a vacant home on Beech Avenue. That fire then spread to a home next door where people were living. That fire happened just a day after one at a vacant home in Huntington.
- PUB DATE: 2/6/2019 5:31:34 PM - SOURCE: WSAZ-TV NBC 3
Fire damages three homes in Huntington; elderly woman, daughter escape safely
Tue, 05 Feb 2019 12:59:40 -0800
A fire that spread from a vacant home in Huntington and damaged two other residences is considered suspicious, the city’s fire chief said. In one of the homes that caught fire, a 90-year-old woman and her daughter were able to get out safely. Huntington Fire Chief Jan Rader said the fire started about 2 p.
- PUB DATE: 2/5/2019 12:59:40 PM - SOURCE: WVAH-TV Fox11
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