Just a reminder that the GBW class is right around the corner…
The next phase of the communications project was completed this past weekend. One-hundred foot towers were erected at Boyd, Ward, and Whitfield. These towers will be used for station communications and in the case of Whitfield; the tower will be immediately put in service as a repeater station. Siloam Asst. Chief Harry Hughes organized the project and coordinated the effort to complete this phase of a multi-year effort to increase the quality of communications in the Sumter County Fire Service. Without people such as Harry there would be much that would go undone. On this project alone Harry has put in countless hours getting equipment ready. A special thanks to all the other firemen and officers that worked to complete the project at each of the stations. Hopefully, the next phase of this project will be completed in very short order.
Antenna being put on the tower at Boyd Fire Station.
Boyd tower nearing completion.
Chief Dial standing next to the completed tower.
Preparations being made at Ward.
Nearing completion at Ward Fire.
Ward tower is complete.
Ward Fire Chief Fredy Reeves standing next to the completed tower at his station.
Making preparations at Whitfield Fire.
Securing the tower to the base.
Whitfield tower is complete.
Chief Steele standing next to the completed tower at Whitfield.
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.
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.
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.