According to SLED Spokesman Thom Berry, Beebe has been charged with breach of trust with fraudulent intent. Berry said the charge alleges Beebe took “$10,000 or more.” The investigation was launched at the request of the South Carolina Fire and Life Education Association. According to the arrest warrant, Beebe was treasurer of the SCFLA between May, 2006 and March 2013. During that time he allegedly took $36,000 from the organization. The arrest warrant says Beebe admitted to the thefts. If convicted Beebe is facing up to 10 years in prison. http://www.gtowntimes.com
SIMPSONVILLE, S.C. – WSPA.com
One person was injured during a roof collapse in Greenville County Thursday.
Officials with the Simpsonville Fire Department say it happened on South Street around 11:30 a.m. where construction crews were working to get lumber out of an old cotton mill.
There’s no word on the extent of the person’s injury.
On Wednesday May 22, 2013 the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad sponsored a team demonstration at the Ladson Fairgrounds for members of Law Enforcement and the Fire Service. Multiple Municipalities and Organizations attended the detailed demonstration. Sheriff Al Cannon and Lt. Patrick Morris held the demonstration to show the capabilities of the very highly trained team, and to let all First Responders know that they are ready to respond to any type of Hazardous Materials Incident and/or Hazardous Device situation that arises in the Tri-County area.
The Bomb Squad augments the Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) Team as one of SWAT’s five Elements. As a SWAT Element the Bomb Squad manages and deploys all special munitions, conducts robot operations, and acts as a breaching element employing both mechanical and explosive techniques.
In addition, the Bomb Squad provides technical advice on Federal explosives storage regulations and destruction as well as instruction for Federal, State and local law enforcement.
Lt. Morris emphasised no matter if you think you may or may not need the Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad for the teams services, the key is to call early in the incident for the teams resources and they can be cancelled at any time while enroute.
Any First Responder Agency wishing to have a personalised demonstration/ class is requested to contact Lt. Patrick Morris at 843-202-1700 or email at email@example.com.
Charleston County Sheriff’s Office Bomb Squad website: http://www.ccso.charlestoncounty.org/index2.asp?p=/bombsquad.html
New Charleston Fire Video By the Charleston Fire Department and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation
In both good and not so good ways, some of the best learning that can be done is from those who have experienced and survived the worst. Specifically, to truly understand what the Charleston (S.C.) Firefighters went through on, after and since June 18, 2007 when they lost 9 Firefighters in the Line of Duty….one would have to be a CFD Firefighter.
There is a new video that is essential for every one of us to watch. New firefighters, old firefighters, fire officers, fire chiefs-everyone. The CFD members have horrifically “been there and done that” …from the fire, to the lessons learned …to the total transformation of the CFD in honor of those 9 Firefighters….this video outlines where they have been, what happened, and what they have done about it. You will hear first hand from those who were there-as well as from those that have arrived since that fire-all to honor the Charleston 9.
Chief Billy Goldfeder
Dorchester Co. SC- On May 22, 2013 Dorchester Co. 911 alerted Old Fort Fire Department for a reported commercial structure fire on Central Ave in the Publix shopping center in Summerville-Reports from the scene that a fire originated in the Maui Tan business. Fire sprinklers contained the fire to the one unit however two additional units received smoke and water damage Units on scene: Old Fort Fire Department, Summerville Fire Department, Dorchester County EMS and Dorchester County Sheriffs Office.
On Wednesday May 22, 2013, at approximately 0515 Goose Creek 911 dispatched a 1st Alarm for a reported car fire threatening a commercial building on Red Bank Road. Engine 1 went on the scene with the engine compartment fully involved w/ exposures. After a quick knockdown units were placed in service. Units on scene- E-1, E-2, R-1, M-9 and City of Goose Creek PD.
South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (SC-TF1)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) – When the largest disasters strike, the South Carolina Emergency Response Task Force can be on the road in six hours.
“Are you prepared for the Katrinas? Are you prepared for this? I don’t think any state is prepared to that magnitude,” said Assistant State Fire Marshall Dan McManus. “When we bring 80 people, we set up a small town and provide sleeping, eating, bathroom, facilities, and a medical center.”
The task force travels with four tractor trailers with a million dollars of life saving equipment on each.
“We have our trucks packed, our guys are trained, were qualified to do this job,” said McManus.
Task force training happens in a 2 debris field remnant of images from tornado torn Moore, Oklahoma.
This rescue team trains for small spaces and heavy structural collapse.
“Inside it’s really no different than a rat maze,” said McManus. “We can shut off sections and open them up and they can enter from areas they’ve never seen in 5-6 years or never seen at all.”
It can take some 24 hours for outside crews and their training to reach a disaster zone.
“Before we would go into a neighborhood, we need to make sure the lines that provide power to that plant are in working order,” said Eric Boomhower with SCE&G.
Boomhower says its a good idea to ‘follow’ your power utility online as more and more often, they’re using social media to let families know when the lights will be back on.
He says, “We can’t begin to go asses damage on our system until we know it’s safe to get out there.”
Dash Cam Video of Officer involved MVA
WEST ASHLEY, SC (WCSC) -
Authorities released dash camera video on Tuesday of a collision involving a Charleston County sheriff’s deputy’s vehicle and a motorist in West Ashley.
The sheriff’s office says the incident happened on Sunday near Roper St. Francis Hospital around 2:30 p.m.
Officials say the deputy’s car had its lights on and was crossing Paul Cantrell Boulevard from St. Francis Hospital onto Magwood Drive, when a 2009 Honda Pilot collided with the right side of the deputy’s cruiser.
Troopers said the driver of the Honda Pilot was heading towards Bees Ferry Road on Glenn McConnell Parkway.
Captain Michael Stanley with the sheriff’s office said the 53-year-old deputy was treated and released from MUSC after suffering minor injuries in the crash.
Officials with Roper St. Francis said the 58-year-old woman involved in the crash had also been treated and released.
This accident is under investigation by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. www.live5news.com
Do You Have What It Takes To Be One Of The Elite?
Several years ago the South Carolina Fire Academy offered a smoke diver course, but over the years it was phased out. A number of smoke diver related courses exist in the United States, with the most notable being hosted in Georgia.
The City of Charleston Fire Department conducted the 1st Annual South Carolina Firefighter Survival School in honor of the 5th anniversary of the Sofa Super Store Fire last year. The goal of the training is to provide scenario based training in a manner that is difficult and intense, physically and mentally. Physical training, along with various firefighter related skills, will be used to create opportunities to develop strong decision making, situational awareness, and firefighter survival. The amount of realistic and relevant training completed in one week may exceed what others accomplish in years of on the job training. The South Carolina Firefighter Survival School will take place over 5 days with the 5th day consisting of a 24 hour period ending on June 18th. Each day will include workouts with varying levels of PPE, classroom sessions, and practical skills. Candidates will participate in physical training, air consumption tests, disorientation drills, situational awareness drills, multiple bailouts, teamwork exercises, and training burns.
There are many misconceptions about these programs and some consider them a test of manhood or not relevant to firefighting. Our intent is to test candidates by putting them in situations that develop their decisiveness and performance. Also, we aim to instill discipline and attention to detail that will increase a firefighter’s quality of work in all aspects of the fire service. We do not anticipate everyone will finish the program, however, the candidates that do finish will have demonstrated the skills and abilities needed to persevere in times of mental and physical uncertainty.
Unfortunately, many firefighters believe that they will be able to rise to the occasion of physical and mental distress during an incident; however, the stress alone of a serious event will severely drain a firefighter’s physical and mental capacity to perform basic firefighting skills. Ask yourself, am I prepared for a serious event? Will I honor the lessons learned from our fallen brothers that perished in an event of this magnitude? Will I sit back and criticize others for mastering their skill set and HOPE that I can perform under pressure to ensure I, as well as my crew goes home, or, will I test my limits and learn new skills that will make me a firefighter that others are proud to serve with? True brotherhood is forged in lifelike training, not talking about what will be done in a situation. There is no room for talking in this program. This is for serious firefighters who wish to perfect their skill set in an unconventional method. If this sounds exciting to you then you are the perfect smoke diver candidate.
Class 06182007-03 will begin on Wednesday, June 13th and end on Monday, June 18th. All interested individuals must email FF Dru Wolfe by June 4th 5:00pm @ firstname.lastname@example.org and answer the following two questions as well as provide a list of current certifications:
1. Why do you feel you would make a good candidate for the program?
2. How do you feel this program will benefit your career and organization?
Notification of candidates will take place on June 5th along with further details explaining the program more, establishing expectations, fitness suggestions, etc.
The cost of the class is free with the exception of room and food during the week!