Partnership with Clemson University
April 7, 2015 - Ever watch a football game on national TV and see injured players carted off on fancy golf carts? Sometimes the carts look like specialized equipment and sometimes they look like golf carts with a slab of plywood attached.Two years ago Wintergreen Fire & Rescue was contracted to provide EMS support for the Lockn’ Music Festival. The medical carts were provided by a rental company and let’s just say they left a lot to be desired. Last year a different vendor was used and things were much better. Even still, there are so many things which could be optimized if only the cart designer actually understood EMS. Enter EZ-Go and Clemson University.
Shortly after Lockn’ concluded we were contacted by a group of Engineering students at Clemson University who were competing to see who could design the optimum medical cart. The contest sponsor (TSV) is the parent company for EZ-Go and they aspire to standardize medical carts used at special events on a global level.
The employees who worked Lockn’ began providing feedback to the engineers via a fairly elaborate survey process and a subsequent series of questions and answers via email. Our group won, and now hopefully their design could become a prototype for TSV.
Our friends from Clemson University. Miller Lane, our liaison is on the far right. We look forward to seeing them at this year’s Lockn’ as designated drivers…..hint hint!!!
Brimstone House Training Exercise
March 23, 2015 - Today the crew on shift was given the opportunity to practice our skills on a home that is scheduled for demolition. Roof Ventilation, thru the wall access and thru the floor escape/rescue were just some of the items covered. A smoke machine was utilized in creating the effects of a smoked filled home.
Structure Fire on the Mtn
January 25, 2015 - At approximately 3:30PM on January 25 Wintergreen Fire Department was dispatched for a report of smoke coming from a structure on Devil's Knob. As soon as responders passed by the Mountain Inn a column of heavy black smoke was visible. Upon arrival crews found a two-story unoccupied structure with heavy fire. The roof was starting to collapse prior to arrival of the first fire apparatus.
The structure was a total loss. There were no injuries. The blaze was under control after approximately 60 minutes, with an additional 2 hours needed for salvage and overhaul. There was no damage to neighboring structures.
Apparatus/Personnel On Scene
Wintergreen Truck 1
Wintergreen Engine 1
Wintergreen Engine 2
Wintergreen Utility 7
Wintergreen Medic 178
Wintergreen Medic 176
Wintergreen Response 174
Wintergreen Chiefs 1, 2, and 3
Wintergreen FD Volunteers 6
Wintergreen PD x 2 units
Wintergreen Ski Patrol/Wintergreen Resort - 6
Piney River FD Salvage 22 with 2
Wilson FD (Augusta) Engine 191 and Salvage 197 w 8
Rockfish FD Engine 51 and Tanker 53 Filled Wintergreen Station 2 plus 3 FFs at Scene
Stuarts Draft FD filled Wilson FD
Nelson County Service Authority - 1
All totaled 39 personnel, of which 22 were from Wintergreen.
Tanker 3 Update
January 16, 2015 - We have just recieved new photos of the tankers progress, check out the pump testing and rear dump.
John Claman - Life Membership
January 1, 2015 - John is our newest Life Member after having volunteered over 1,000 hours each year for several consecutive years. To become a Life Member of the Rescue Squad a volunteer must be peer nominated and approved. Congrats John!
December 23, 2014 - Chimney Fire reported. Valley station responded. Engine 1 and Response 9 arrived on location to find the fire was located within the stack, and in the basement. The fire was extinguished, and the property was saved. All residents were able to exit the building safely.
Rockfish Structure Fire
December 19, 2014 - Structure Fire on Rockfish Valley Highway. Engine 1, Rescue 173, Engine 51, Tanker 53, and Tanker 34 responded. Although property was damaged, all residents were able to exit the building safely.
Tanker 3 Update
December 3, 2014 - We just recieved an updated photo of the rear of the tanker. Why is the truck so big, one may ask. One cubic foot of space holds only 7.5 Gallons of water... and Tanker 3 will hold 2500 gallons!!
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