South Sumter Fire Departments responded to multiple calls for service over the past few weeks. Many of those calls have involved wildfires, but it is hoped that recent rains and forecasted rains should bring much of that to a close. However, there will always be other types of calls for service and it seems that the numbers have picked up recently. Wednesday started with the Siloam Fire Department being dispatched to an MVA with injuries in the Bellamy area (dispatch error). Units arrived on scene to find one lane of US 80 blocked on top of the Sucarnoochee River Bridge. The accident scene was turned over to the Alabama State Troopers and Simmons Wrecker. The engine had just made it back to quarters when the Cuba Fire Department was dispatched to the Dixie Gas Station on US Highway 11. Arriving units found smoke showing and the store evacuated. Siloam and Kinterbish Fire Departments were requested due to a working fire. After making entry the crew found a small fire in the bathroom of the store and it was quickly brought under control. The cause was accidental in nature and the store received quite a bit of smoke damage from the small fire. With the Chief out over the weekend the prospects of sustained business are looking good.
Siloam Engine 1 on location of the MVA.
Chief Pendergrass does his part in cleaning up the accident.
Vent fans at work in the Dixie State.
Ward/Siloam Firefighter Harvison helps put the hose back on Cuba Engine 2. Even with a busted wing she is hard at work.