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MVAs in South Sumter

Thursday, units from Cuba, Siloam and Kinterbish stations responded to two motor vehicle accidents.  One of the incidents involved an injured patient and an interesting rescue for the patient.  The MVA occurred on US11 north in the vicinity of Wallace Road.  The passenger car left the roadway and landed in a creek that was down a steep embankment.  Fire units, AMStar personnel and an SO Deputy assisted in removing the patient from the vehicle and carrying the patient to the top of the hill.  The second MVA occurred during the overnight hours and resulted in no injuries. 

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.

Vehicle Fire on US80…

Cuba and Siloam Firefighters responding to an early morning vehicle fire on Friday, March 2nd.  Arriving units found the vehicle fully involved.  Cuba Engine 2 arrived on the scene and the fire was quickly brought under control.  The occupants of the vehicle were not injured and the roadway was quickly cleared. 


US 80 and Alabama 17 Again…

South Sumter firefighters have gotten very used to hearing the incident location of 17 & 80.  February 24th, a Siloam unit going on routine business ran into a traffic issue at the intersection that had traffic snarled in both directions for some time.  Units from Siloam and Cuba were dispatched to deal with traffic and a wrecker from Simmons was called to assist the truck driver with his predicament.  At the very least this incident didn’t involve injuries or any other problems. 

Busy Weekend…

Units from South Sumter stations responded to multiple calls for service over the past few days.  Siloam and other stations responded to a structure fire in the 8000 Block of US Highway 80.  Arriving units found light smoke showing from a wood frame dwelling.  The fire was located on the stove and the fire was quickly brought under control.  The home was vented of smoke and the homeowners were able to continue to occupy the structure.

Units responded to several medical calls in addition to two motor vehicle accidents.  The most recent MVA occurred at the intersection of US Highway 80 and Alabama Highway on Scratch Hill.  Fire department units were hampered in their response due to a mistake at dispatch.  Arriving units found the patient had already been treated and was being loaded for transport by the ambulance.  Fire Department units remained with the accident until Alabama State Troopers arrived to take custody of the scene.  Area roadways are wet due to the large amount of rain that has fallen this weekend.  Everyone please be careful in the South Sumter area. 






Business Picked Up…

January was a relatively quiet month for the stations protecting South Sumter.  The first few days of February featured an increase in activity for the area.  Units responded to several medical runs, and MVA, and various traffic obstructions on area roads.  Below are a few pictures from the recent runs.

Siloam and Cuba units responded to this two vehicle MVA on Wednesday afternoon.  York Fire Department also assisted at the scene with the traffic.



Cuba PD assisted at the scene until AST arrived.

Mud left on County Road 10 due to a logging crew. 


Few Runs Since the Beginning of 2012…

Other than a rather nasty wildland fire the South end of the county has been quiet so far this year.  It is certain that firefighters from South Sumter stations could certainly use a quiet year, but as usual this is likely the quiet before the storm.  Below are a few images and reports form incidents that happened in the area.


Wildland and Structure fire on Wilson Road.  Large brush and woods fire threatened five stuctures in the area and destroyed ten acres.  Crews were able to protect all occupied dwellings, but an unoccupied structure was destroyed.

Another view of the scene on Wilson Road.  The structure is still burning in the right foreground.

AFC Dozier making a round near the head of the fire to make sure it was contained. 

MVA on County Road 10 south of Cuba.  There were no injuries, but the road was blocked for some time due to the fact that the accident happened on the bridge.

Tornado Hits Whitfield…

The 2011 year has certainly been one of those years that will be remembered for years into the future.  Sumter County was struck by multiple tornadoes and saw injuries and the loss of homes and other property.  Wednesday, November 16th, was no exception.  A line of storms moved into the area and a EF2 tornado descended upon the Whitfield Community just after 0700. 

Fire units in the South Sumter area had a great advance warning on this storm thanks to the staff at the National Weather Service Birmingham.  The NWS staff alerted units in the area that a potentially tornadic storm would be in the area with the next two hours.  Deputy Chief Holder went into action and alerted units to the potential storm and spotters were posted.  Chiefs Holder and Pendergrass spotted the funnel cloud and were on location in the Whitfield area minutes after the passing of the storm.  Units from all South Sumter stations and many other agencies in Sumter County were on scene in short order.  South Sumter units removed the one injury from her damaged home and turned her over to the Ambulance on scene.  Thankfully, there was no loss of life in the Whitfield area. 

Home where injury was sustained.

Excellent warning provided by the NWS in BMX with a great lead time.  Thanks John and the Crew!

Lots of tree damage in the area.

Photos by: J. Hughes and D. Holder

Multiple MVAs…

South Sumter fire stations have responded to three motor vehicle accidents in the past two days.  This is on top of other emergency calls and fires. 

MVA on Saturday on I20/59 at the 3 mile marker.

Another MVA on Sunday at the 3 mile marker south bound.

Structure Fire in Siloam

Firefighters from all South Sumter stations and apparatus from Siloam, Cuba, and Whitfield responded to a structure fire in the Siloam area on Tuesday morning.  The first unit to arrive on the scene advised that the fire was coming through the roof and that the structure was well involved.  Cuba Engine 1 and Siloam Engine 1 arrived on scene and made a quick attack on the fire.  Siloam Tanker arrived and established a water supply from the hydrant less than 150 feet away.  The Whitfield tanker arrived on scene to provide additional water if required.  With the fire darkened, a crew went through the front door and knocked out the rest of the fire.  The thermal imaging camera from Cuba Fire Department was deployed for the second time since it was purchased.  The unit was used to find multiple spots that would likely have caused a rekindle.  While the home sustained heavy damage the fire was contained and many of the family belongings were secured. 

Cuba Engine 1 (Oldie but a Goodie) operates at the scene of the fire.

Firefighter Harvison works the pump on Siloam Engine 1.

Whitfield Chief Steele, steadies the ladder. 

Cuba Firefighter/Chaplain Avery watches the pump on Engine 1 .

Siloam Captain Brooks knocks out a hotspot.

Belmont-McDowell Firefighter/EMR Smith helps reload the Cuba Engine.