South Sumter Training – SCBA/Interior Search

IMG_3984.compSouth Sumter’s most recent training session had a great turnout with members from Morning Star, Cuba, Ward, Whitfield and Siloam. The SCBA/Interior Search session had Assistant Chief Fisher taking teams through entry procedures in various stages. After the firefighters were suited up in their gear, they were put into teams of two and led through the drill. The firefighters were taught the importance of communication with each other and proper search techniques. The firefighters not only trained with gear but they were put into a more natural fire scene setting by having their masks covered when they went through an additional time as they located and removed victims from the practice structure. Assistant Chief Holder gave the scenario to the firemen that were set for entry that a female had made it out of the structure, but her husband and daughter had not. As the firefighters began their search of the structure they found out the importance of noting what they felt, any exits and what type, and most of all communicating with one another. Once the firefighters had gone through the setting to retrieve victims, they went back through with fire hose to prepare for that difference on-scene. It was clear to those looking on that the trainers involved were there to help prepare firefighters for actual circumstances they could face at any time.  It was evident as the training session occurred on a cool, clear day how much the conditions, heavy smoke and heat,  can have an effect on a firefighter. Focus on the task of search and rescue is not something these members take lightly. Firefighters were able to ask questions throughout the session to help clarify how to proceed on any proposed circumstance.IMG_4016

Busy Weekend…

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Crews were busy with a structure fire on friday and several medical calls over the weekend.  However, Sunday afternoon naps were destroyed with the sound of pagers and a reported structure fire in the Shaw Road area.  First arriving units reported that it was a large grass fire with several structures threatened.  Cuba Engine 2 and crew arrived and stood between the fire and an endangered home and barn with just seconds to spare.  Before the fire was under control units from all South Sumter Fire Battalion stations other than Whitfield Fire were on location.  Boyd Fire Department dispatched Tanker 1500 to the scene to provide support for units attempting to keep the fire from jumping the four lane.  Crews from Morningstar and Kinterbish (backed by Ward and Siloam Tankers) made he stop in the median of US 80.  The fire was brought under control shortly after 1500 hours.  Cuba Police Officers Jeff Shaw and local resident Steve Holcombe assisted crews by plowing fire lines in before forestry arrived with their own tractors.

Commercial Vehicle Fire

Early Friday morning the York Fire Department requested aid from units in South Sumter Fire stations.  A tanker task force was dispatched from Siloam Fire and Ward Fire along with Tanker 1500 from Boyd Fire Department.  Cuba Fire Department dispatched Engine 1 to stand back in the vicinity of York and Cuba to provide coverage for York and Cuba.  The tankers provided water to the York Fire Department pumpers on location and the fire was quickly brought under control.  Unfortunately, the property carried on the trailer was a complete loss. 




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Tropical Storm Isaac…

Preparations are underway in the South Sumter area for the arrival of Tropical Storm Isaac along the Northern Gulf Coast.  The current NHC forecast calls for landfall to be in the area of New Orleans late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.  The forecast calls for the storm to come on shore as a category one or possible a category two storm.  The problem with this storm is the size and reach of the eastern portion of the storm.  The effects of the storm could be felt as far as 500 miles from the center of circulation on the eastern side of the storm.  Thankfully, the winds have no been severe and hopefully that trend will continue in the outer rings.  However, heavy rain and the potential for small tornadoes will be a threat to the area if the storm continues on its current forecasted track.  See the official forecast track below along with the forecasted wind fields and the expected reach. 


Remember that there are still models out there that don’t agree with the official track.  The model shown below is the HRW model and it indicates that it expects the storm to be hitting the Mississippi and Alabama Coast in 43 hours.  The models still have quite aspread on them, and we will simply have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. 


Recent Runs…

Departments in South Sumter have been running quite a bit lately.  A few small incidents and a major incident that involved six engine companies and three tankers on the actual call and several other engines and tankers were moved up to cover empty houses.  The large incident was in the York Fire Department’s coverage area along I 20-59 and involved fires from the 13 mile marker all the way down to the 7 mile marker.  The incident was brought under control by the combined efforts of the fire departments and the Alabama Forestry Commission. 

This accident on June 5th sent to area residents to the hospital.  The vehicle was just inside the state of Alabama when it left US 11 near a creek.  The driver of the vehicle was able to miss the creek. 

Vehicle Fire on June 15th at Young’s Grocery caused a few tense moments for those at the area store.  The fire department was notified and was on location within eight minutes.  Crews used foam to bring the fire under control and stop it from spreading into the diesel pumps. 

Firefighter Training Class Ongoing…

The Volunteer Firefighter Certification class is nearly halfway over this month.  The month of May saw students working hard at the site of a previous structure fire in 2011.  The owner of the structure allowed us the use of the undamaged portions of the home for training and simulation.  Students were required to conduct primary and secondary searches of the home.  Students were also allowed to function as members of the RIT team when “problems” were encountered.  The students and instructors had a great time and we will likely be doing this again in the next few weeks to prepare students for the “what ifs” they may encounter out there in the real world. 

MVA’s in May…

We have been somewhat behind in getting the website updated and hope to have that remedied in the next few days.  Units from South Sumter Stations have responded to several motor vehicle accidents in the South Sumter area during the month of May.  With the upcoming holiday weekend we hope that residents and travelers are safe on area roadways.

This MVA sent a local man to the hospital with non-critical injuries.  The accident occurred on County Road 10 just south of the Cuba City Limits. 

Damage done to a transfer truck as a result of a May 12th accident at the Alabama/Mississippi State Line.  Units from Cuba, Siloam, and Toomsuba (MS) responded to the scene of the two vehicle accident that involved two transfer trucks (one of which was a fuel tanker).  The cargo was not spilled and the accident scene was turned over to Mississippi units. 

 This accident happened on County Road 2 and sent one area man to the hospital. 


Another MVA at 17/80…

Units responded to another MVA at the intersection of Alabama 17 and US 80 on Tuesday afternoon.  The Tuesday afternoon collision was the third accident at the location in the past four days.  The most recent collision sent to patients to local hospitals.  Each of the most recent accidents have involved a commercial vehicle and a passenger vehicle each.  Everyone is reminded to be careful at this busy intersection.  Remember to slow down and take your time before pulling out into traffic.

US80 and AL17 MVAs…

Units from Siloam and Cuba Fire Departments responded to two separate accidents at the intersection of Alabama Highway 17 and US Highway 80.  Both accidents involved commercial vehicles but only one accident involved injuries.  Units remained on scene to keep traffic flowing on these busy highways while Alabama State Troopers investigated and wrecker companies removed the debris.  This incident is just one of many that these two departments have responded to at this location.  Hopefully, the ALDOT crews and contractors working hard to complete the new bridge and highway will have AL17 open again and many of these accidents can be prevented. 

Accident occured on Friday Afternoon around 1600.  The occupant of the vehicle was transported to the hospital.

The commercial vehicle lost its load in the collision.


Results of the Saturday crash.  There were no injuries in this accident.