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South Sumter Fellowship

Tonight the South Sumter group met together at the Ward Fire house to enjoy  spending time with each other, games and of course  – food!! So many times those that respond to the calls for help see each other on scene, at training sessions and during meetings, but the families rarely have the time spend just enjoying each other’s company. Hopefully, we will be able to have more of these times of fellowship where we can enjoy some friendly competition, share some laughs and watch our children grow. After all, we are working on the next generation of first responders/firefighters! Thank you to everyone who came, brought food, helped with set up and clean up!

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Tanker Training in Whitfield, AL

South Sumter departments – Cuba, Siloam, Ward, Whitfield, Kinterbish and Morning Star along with Pennington VFD participated in a tanker training session in the Whitfield community. The departments learned how to  work with drop tanks, connect to dry hydrants and transport the water to other tankers in order to use it on scene. This is especially important in areas where conventional water supply is unavailable or compromised. Today’s training is useful when multiple departments are needed to respond to the call at hand. In emergency situations where this type of response is needed, time is of the essence. This drill proved that large quantities of water can be moved quickly and further practices will only increase our efficiency of response time.

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Got Big Water Seminar…

The Sumter County Volunteer Firefighters Association sponsored Got Big Water Seminar was held this weekend in South Sumter.  Members and apparatus from the Boyd, Coatopa-Dug Hill, Cuba, Siloam, Ward, and Whitfield stations participated in the two day even that is aimed at training firefighters to use their tankers effectively and to deliver big water to remote areas of the county.  This event was a huge success and will most certainly be done again in the future.  There will be much more coming out on this event in the near future, but for now we believe that Mark Davis, one of the instructors from this weekend and founder of GBW, says it best.

  We had a great weekend (March 17/18) with the folks from the South Sumter Fire Battalion in Sumter County, Alabama. The Sumter County Vol Firefighters Association hosted one of our 2-day, Rural Water Supply Operations Seminars. Members from the Cuba, Ward, Siloam, Boyd, Coatopa-Dug Hill, and Whitfield FDs attended. The weekend was full of learning about and reviewing the basics of hauling water to fight fires. Saturday started off with a few hours of classroom work covering fire flow demand, the different types of water hauling rigs, their modes of operation, and fill site and dump site operations. Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning were spent practicing the set-up of fill sites and dump sites and then Sunday afternoon culminated the seminar with the traditional, 2-hour ISO tanker shuttle drill. The folks did a great job hauling water during the 2-hour drill and sustained an average flow of around 575 gpm during the event. At the peak of the drill, the crews maintained 800 gpm for almost an hour. A few photos are posted below with a more complete summary to follow in a week or so.















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Vehicle Fire on I20-59…

York Fire Department responded to a commercial vehicle fire just before noon this morning on I20-59 at the 12 mile marker.  The fire consumed the cab of the vehicle and was burning into the woods along the road and in the median.  Tankers were dispatched from Siloam Fire and from Boyd Fire Department.  York Fire was able to bring the fire under control with the assistance from Siloam and others. 

Boyd Fire’s Tanker 1 on location.

Merry CHRISTMAS from South Sumter…

We hope that you and yours have a safe Christmas holiday.  However, if you need us don’t hesitate to call.  We already have our Christmas lights on!

Busy Weekend…

Units from South Sumter Stations responded to various calls for service over the past weekend.  The calls ranged from trees down on the road, to medical calls, to an accident, to two weather related fires, and a jack-knifed truck on US Highway 80.  The weekend started off with a few thunderstorms moving through the area that brought down several trees on area roads.  One of the trees in the Whitfield area caught fire and was extinguished by Whitfield Fire once the power was turned off.  Last that evening Siloam unit responded to a motor vehicle accident at Alabama Highway 17 and County Road 15.  The area received another round of thunderstorms on Saturday afternoon that caused more trouble.  Whitfield Firefighter J. Steele was on the way home from Siloam Station when she spotted a fire at the rear of Lindley Chapel Cemetery.  She turned around and alerted the units that were at the Siloam Station and Siloam Tanker 1 was rolling within seconds.  Cuba Chief Vaughan and Ward Asst. Chief Bragg arrived on scene and found a small fire at the rear of the cemetery in what appeared to be a storage area.  Siloam Tanker 1 arrived and a line was put on the fire bringing it quickly under control.  It appeared that lightening striking the trees in the area was the cause of the small fire.  While units were mopping up, Chief Pendergrass was alerted of a road hazard at the intersection of US80 and Alabama 17.  He arrived on location to find a tractor and trailer hung up and blocking the entire highway.  Traffic was backing up and units from Cuba and Siloam remained on scene until the vehicle was removed by Simmons Wrecker service. 

While this weekend didn’t contain any boats in the middle of the interstate or alligators involved in accidents, it was still busy.  Who knows what we will see next.

 SIloam Tanker 1 leaving for the fire behind Lindley Chapel. 

Area burned after the lightening strike.

US 80 blocked by transfer truck on Saturday afternoon.

Boat that was lost in the middle of I 20-59 on Memorial Day weekend.  The driver was quite  a way up the interstate before they realized that the vessel was no longer on the trailer.  Fire units removed the vehicle from the highway.

A nine foot aligator was struck by a motorist on Sumter County Road 1 just outside of the Cuba City limits.  The animal was killed and was removed from the scene.  This incident also occurred on Memorial Day weekend at the same time as the boat in the middle of the interstate.

Move to the Right for Sirens and Lights…

This video is provided by the Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue Department. It seems that moving over for the fire and EMS service has gone away because those guys can’t write you tickets. Always move to the right for sirens and lights because seconds count!

Thanks to Parke and Brenda for bringing attention to this video and for Captain Brooke’s calling my attention to it as well.

Radar Update…

Area radars continue to show a large shield of precipitation that is moving North into the area.  The NWS Birmingham has added a few things to the forecast for this event.  The most notable change is the mention of potentially higher amounts of ice in the US 80 corridor.  Further, notice the NWS Jackson has likewise revised their forecast to reflect higher amounts.  This is a dangerous system and we need to be vigilant as the evening goes on.  Last but not least…  To add insult to injury the winds will become gusty this evening and cause trees and other objects that ha

Severe Weather Threat…

The South Sumter area is under a threat of severe weather for the next five hours.  There have been multiple warnings and multiple reports of damage upstream from our area.  The current radar tells the story and is included below.  The area remains under a watch until 0700 Tuesday morning.

First Tropical Trouble of the New Season…

The NHC is watching Invest 90L north of the island of Hispaniola.  Models indicate that it might cause a little trouble for the southeastern Atlantic coast, but intensity models are rather unimpressive.  The system will likely never gain enough intensity to be classified as any type of system, but it is gaining the attention of forecasters due to the timing and nature of the event.  Hurricane season is just a few days away and could be quite active this year.  Let’s make sure that we are ready to take care of anything that comes up because of these storms.