Please join us in congratulating the following personnel on their most recent promotion, which will
become effective December 31st, 2016:
Senior Firefighter A
Andrew De La Cruz
Maintenance Tech. II
Maintenance Tech. IV
Senior Firefighter B
IT Technician II
Senior Firefighter C
These personnel will be presented with their promotion during the January 17th Board of Director’s Meeting, starting at 4 pm. If you are promoting and will be present for this Board meeting, please notify Crystal no later than noon on January 17th.
Captain Malphrus Retires
It is with mixed emotions that the Bluffton Township Fire District announces the retirement of Captain Todd Malphrus, whose last shift was yesterday November 30, 2016. We are grateful and appreciative of Todd’s 30 years of service to our community.
Captain Malphrus started as a volunteer with Bluffton Township Fire District in 1986, and was officially hired on December 26, 1988. His first duty assignment was to Shift 2 at old Station 30. Todd rose through the ranks ultimately serving the District as a Battalion Chief and has spent the twilight of his career serving as an Engine Company Captain.
Todd’s advice for the newer firefighters: “Stick with it. Every day is not going to be a great day, but the rewards will come.”
Although we will all miss Todd, he has worked hard all of his career and has earned the opportunity to enjoy more time with his wife Marian and their 4 children and 7 grandchildren.
Please join the Fire District in wishing Captain Todd Malphrus all the best in his retirement!
Structure Fire on Mammy Grant
November 1, 2016 – At approximately 2:30pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to a reported structure fire at 23 Mammy Grant Road. Engine 321 arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a single wide mobile home with an addition. The Engine crew made the long stretch to the residents and started an exterior attacked until additional Engine Companies arrived to establish the Initial Rapid Intervention Crew(IRIC). Engine 327 arrived on scene and made the 700 foot supply line lay and assumed IRIC. Once Crews were able, they made an aggressive interior attack on the fire. I took approximately 30 minutes to bring the fire under control. No injuries were reported. BTFD was also assisted by Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.
Units on scene – Engines – 321, 327, 324, 320, Truck 375, Battalion 1, Beaufort County EMS, 303.
Structure Fire on Goethe Road
September 22, 2016 – At approximately 2:45pm, The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at 76 Goethe Road. Engine 320 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with smoke showing for a double wide mobile home. Crews made an aggressive interior attack and found the fire in the back bed room. The fire was quickly knocked down and crews started salvage and overhaul operations. Bluffton crews remained on scene assisting the Fire Marshall’s Office. Units on scene – Engine 320, 323, 326, Truck 375, Battalion 6, 301, 302, 303, 304, 313, 314, 316 and 317.
BTFD was assisted by Beaufort County EMS and the Town of Bluffton Police Department.
BTFD Wins Two Siller Cups
September 16, 2016 - During the month of September, the members and families of the Bluffton Township Fire District participated in two separate Tunnel 2 Towers 5k events were held in n Savannah, GA and Columbia, SC. It is with great pride that we announce the BTFD Siller Cup Team brought home the Siller Cup at each event. This marks the second consecutive year the team has brought home the Siller Cup from Columbia and the fifth consecutive year from Savannah.
Firefighter Dave Adams placed first in his age group in both the Savannah and Columbia race and Firefighter Whitney Brady placed first in her age group in Savannah. Team BTFD was also the top fundraiser for the Savannah Tunnel 2 Towers 5k. Great job to everyone representing the Bluffton Township Fire District. Each one of you make BTFD very proud.
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Two Entrapped on Hwy 278
August 16, 2016 – At approximately 10:30 pm the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to the Hwy 278 Overpass at Hwy 170. First units arrived on scene and reported two vehicles involved, one over turned, and two occupants entrapped in the overturned vehicle. It took approximately 30 minutes to extricate both occupants. One patient was transported by Air Ambulance and one was transported by ground. Westbound Lanes of Hwy 278 were closed during the incident. Sc Highwway Patrol is investigating the accident.
Units on scene – Engine 324, 325, Truck 375, Battalion 2, Beaufort County EMS, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, SC Highway Patrol
Heavy fire on arrival at Belfair Structure Fire
July 9, 2016 – At approximately 12:30am, The Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to a reported structure fire in the BelFair Plantation. Truck 375 arrived on scene and reported a working fire with heavy involvement. Engine 320 arrived on scene and the two crews deployed large lines including the Blitzforce to start defensive operations. Due to the amount of fire, Battalion 2 called for an additional Engine Company to the scene which brought the total to four. It took the BTFD about an hour to bring the fire under control. With high temperatures and humidity, additional engine were dispatched to the scene to relieve personnel and assist with mop up. BTFD crews were on scene for approximately five hours. The residents were home at the time but were not injured.
Units on initial assignment – Engine 320, 325, 323, Truck 375, Battalion 2 , and Beaufort County EMS.
Structure Fire Townes at Buckwalter
June 28 2016 – At approximately 11:00pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District along with Beaufort County EMS, were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Farnsleigh Ave in the Hampton Hall Subdivision. The first units on scene reported a working fire in the upper floor and possibly the attic. Crews advanced in to the fire but deteriorating condition force an evacuation of the structure. Crews then attacked the fire from the exterior of the structure. Once the fire was extinguished from the outside, crews were then able to make their way back inside the residence to continue to extinguish the fire. Due to the heavy fire load, it took crews approximately an hour to bring the fire under control. The extent of damage is very extensive so crew worked for an additional 2 hours cooling hot spots. The residents were out of town at the time of the fire. The were no reported injuries. The cause of the fire is under investigation by the Bluffton Township Fire District Fire Marshal’s Office.
BTFD was assisted by Bluffton Police Department and SCE & G
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