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Body found in burned camper on All Joy Road in Bluffton
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January 28, 2013 - A man's body was found inside a camper that caught fire Monday on All Joy Road in Bluffton, triggering an investigation involving three agencies.

Bluffton firefighters arrived at about 12:15 p.m. to find the camper, parked behind a home at 83 All Joy Road, in flames.

Battalion Chief Todd Harvey of the Bluffton Township Fire District said three engine companies and a ladder crew extinguished the fire in less than 10 minutes; the camper was destroyed.

The body of 55-year-old John Porzio was found inside, according to the Beaufort County Coroner's Office.

He is a relative of the homeowner, according to a Beaufort County Sheriff's Office news release.

The fire scene, set back from the road in the woods, was cordoned off with caution tape. Investigators with the S.C. Law Enforcement Division arrived to help determine the cause of the fire.

Authorities did not call the fire suspicious. According to the release, SLED was called because a fatality was involved.

The body was taken to the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston for an autopsy. Story By ALLISON STICE Island Packet

Morning Accident on Bluffton Parkway and Simmonsville Road
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November 19, 2012 – Around 8:00am, Engine 320 and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to the intersection on Bluffton Parkway and Simmonsville Road for a reported motor vehicle accident. Engine 320 arrived on scene and reported two vehicles involved, one vehicle rolled over and  no entrapment. One person was transported to a local hospital. The accident is being investigated by the Town of Bluffton Police Department. The accident had sections of both roads closed for approximately 45 minutes.

Car in the Marsh
2 dead after wreck causes car to catch fire on SC Hwy. 170.
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November 12, 2012 – Around 1:00pm, Engine 322 was dispatched to Highway 170 for a reported vehicle into the marsh. Engine 322 arrived on scene and assessed the situation. It was low tide and Engine 322 was able to assisted the driver back to dry ground and Beaufort County EMS. The driver was transported to a local hospital. Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the incident. Units on scene – Engine 322, Battalion 6, and Beaufort County EMS.

One Entrapped on Hwy 170
2 dead after wreck causes car to catch fire on SC Hwy. 170.
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November 9, 2012 – Around 2:30 pm  the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to the intersection on Highway 170 and Hwy 278 for a two car motor vehicle accident. Engine 324 arrived on scene and reported one entrapped. It took Emergency personnel approx. 15 minutes to extricate the driver. There was a total of three patients transported to local hospitals. Hwy 170 was closed in both directions during the incident. The accident is being investigated by the South Carolina Highway Patrol. Units on scene – Engine 324, 325, Truck 375, Squad 355, Battalion 6, and Beaufort County EMS

Bluffton Township Fire District holds fund raising event for leukemia patient
2 dead after wreck causes car to catch fire on SC Hwy. 170.

Firefighter John Kautter checks Thursday on a cooker filled with Boston butts that will go on sale today. The Bluffton Township Fire District will hold its seventh annual Boston Butts Fund raiser from noon to 6 p.m. in the parking lot of Katie O'Donald's in Kittie's Crossing. In addition to selling $7 barbecue sandwich platters, which include baked beans and coleslaw, the district will sell the pork by the quart. Full butts will also likely be available. The event benefits Bluffton 7-year-old Leo Vannoni, who is suffering from leukemia, and Bluffton Self Help. About 320 Boston butts are expected to be sold.

Engine 322 Res ponds Mutual Aid with Jasper
2 dead after wreck causes car to catch fire on SC Hwy. 170.

October 2, 2012 – Around 10:00pm Engine 322 was dispatched to assist the Jasper County FD with a motor vehicle accident on Hwy 170 near Old Bailey Road.

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Small Fire on Davis Rd.

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September 10, 2012 – Around 11:15am, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire on Davis Road. Battalion 6 arrived on scene and reported a single story, single family dwelling with smoke showing. Engine 324 arrived seconds after the Battalion, stretched an 1 ¾ hand line and made quick work of the fire. Truck 375’s crew helped with ventilation and search while Engine 321 established RIC. The fire is under investigation by the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office. Units on scene – Engine 324, 321, Truck 375, Service 365, Battalion 6, and Beaufort County EMS.

 

One Entrapped on Simmonsville Road

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August 19, 2012 – Around 8:00pm Sunday night, Engine 320 along with Beaufort County EMS, was dispatched to the intersection of Simmonsville Road and the Bluffton Parkway for a motor vehicle accident with injuries. Early reports were of a two vehicle accident with one in a ravine. Engine 320 arrived on scene and confirmed one vehicle was over an embankment with one person entrapped. Engine 320’s size up brought Battalion 5, Truck 375 and Engine 325 to the scene. It took crews approximately 20 minutes to free the victim. Beaufort County EMS transported the patient to a local trauma center. The accident is being investigated by The Town of Bluffton Police Department.

 

Tree into a House

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August 12, 2012 – Summer time thunderstorms kept Bluffton Township Fire District busy in a short period of time. The night began with a reported structure fire at The Lakes of Myrtle apartment complex. While the companies were on scene working on locating the reported fire, Engine 324 was dispatched to a report of a tree into a house in Belfaire Plantation. Engine 324 arrived on scene and confirmed a large oak tree had fallen onto the residence causing heavy damage. The home owners had evacuated the structure. The crews at the structure fire cleared the scene with nothing found and Engine 325 proceeded to Belfaire to relieve Engine 324. The crews assisted the home owners with retrieving belongings and throwing salvage covers to protect property as much as possible. Engine 325 also assisted the home owners with removing one vehicle from the garage. During these storms, the remaining Engine Companies relocated to cover the district and ran several activated fire alarms calls.

 

Engine 324 and EMS 8 Shift 2 receives gift

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July 23, 2012 – During the early hours of March 10, 2012, Mrs. Holden called 911 for her husband who was having a medical emergency. EMS 8 assisted by Engine 324 (Shift 2) responded, treated and transported Mr. Holden. Mr. Holden was experiencing a serious medical condition and was transported to MUSC. Due to the quick and professional attention provided by the responders on scene, Mr. and Mrs. Holden wanted to present the Station with a token of their appreciation. Originally, Mrs. Holden wanted to buy a Dalmatian for the Firehouse. However BTFD policy does not permit animals at the stations, so they did the next best thing. Mr. & Mrs. Holden presented the personnel of Station 34 with a stuffed Dalmatian to show their gratitude and appreciation. The Dalmatian was officially named Sunny and will be kept in the day room at Station 34. Thanks to all who came out and help make it a special event.

 

2nd Wreck of the Day Ties up Traffic

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July 23, 2012 – Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS responded this afternoon to Highway 278 in front of Hilton Head BMW for a motor vehicle accident involving 2 vehicles. One person was transported to a local hospital. The scene is being investigated by the State Highway Patrol. Traffic was slowed and sometimes stopped for the second time today. Units on scene – Engine 323, Battalion 2, Beaufort County EMS, County Sheriff’s Office, and the State Highway Patrol.

 

Structure Fire on Little Possum

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July 6, 2012 – Around 4pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to Little Possum Road for a reported structure fire. Engine 320 arrived on scene and reported a fully involved single wide trailer. Engine 320 pulled an attack line and made and aggressive attack on the structure. Engine 325 arrived on scene and stretched a second attack line to the Charlie side of the trailer and was able to hold the fire from spreading into the tree line. Tanker 341 was special called to the scene due to the lack of hydrants on Little Possum. The extreme heat and humid really taxed the crews on scene and frequent rotations through rehab was a priority for command. Beaufort County EMS assisted with rehabilitation and monitoring vitals. The residents were able to make it out safely and no injuries were reported. Crews were on scene for approx two and a half hours. Units on scene – Engine 320, 325, 323, Truck 375, Service 365, Battalion 3, Beaufort County EMS, and Bluffton Police Dept.

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Truck Co Runs Mutual Aid to Hardeeville

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July 6, 2012 –Around 6:00am, the Hardeeville Fire Dept was dispatched to a reported structure fire at the Shoney’s restaurant off I95 Exit 5. The HFD encountered heavy fire and requested Truck 375 for mutual aid.  The Truck, Battalion 2 and 303(Chief Boulware) responded and assisted with bringing the fire under control. Once the fire was under control, all Bluffton units were cleared up. The Hardeeville Fire Dept. remained on scene overhauling.

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Two car wreck sends several people to the hospital

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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) -

Several people were sent to the hospital after a bad wreck in the Lowcountry Sunday night.

It happened at May River Road at Gibet Road in Bluffton.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol is still trying to figure out was exactly happened. Two people had to be cut out of one of the vehicles. Two people were sent to the hospital by ambulance and two more had to be airlifted.

The Bluffton Township Fire District was among the first to arrive at the wreck. Capt. Randy Hunter says, "the first engine that arrived on scene did confirm they had two entrapments with multiple patients. It was two vehicles involved. Anytime we have something like that, we obviously call in additional units, so we had an extra engine company here and our truck company was here assisting with the extrication."

The road was shut down for quite some time. No word on the condition of those who were involved in the wreck.

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Garage Fire in Baywood

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May 25, 2012 – The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire around 10:30 Friday night. Engine 325 arrived on scene and reported smoke and flames showing from the Delta Side of the structure. Engine 325 stretched an attack line to the garage door while the Outside Vent crew from the Truck opened up. Engine 320 brought in the supply line to 325 and Engine 323 established the RIC. The attack crew made quick work of the fire and the Battalion started returning the companies back in service. Engine 325 and Truck 375 remained on scene to assist the Fire Marshall’s Office with the investigation. Bluffton was assisted by Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.


Lemon Island Wild Fire

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May 2, 2012 – Early Tuesday afternoon the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to Lemon Island for a reported brush fire. The first arriving unit reported a fast moving fire and requested the Division of Forestry be called to assist. Bluffton units were positioned on Highway 170 to keep the fire from jumping the road. Forestry arrived on scene with a bull dozer and cut a fire break around the fire to contain it. Highway 170 was shut down for a short while due to the smoke conditions causing low visibility. The Bluffton Township Fire District Wildland Team will remain on scene through out the night watching for flare ups.

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Structure Fire at Oldfield Mews

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April 24, 2012 – Around 3:00pm the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure on Old Towne Road inside Old field Mews. Engine 322 arrived on scene and reported at working fire with visible flames. 322 passed command and started stretching an attack line to the interior of the involved town home. The crew from Truck 375 split, two went interior for a search and the outside crew started opening up the roof. Engine 325 and 324 made entry into the adjoining homes to check for extension. The fire was in the attic space and the interior crews could not get to it. Command pulled the crews out and flowed water from the tower to darken down the fire. Once the fire was knocked down, crews went back in to mop up. It took crews approx 40 minutes to bring the fire under control. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Bluffton Township Fire Marshals Office. Bluffton was assisted on scene by the Hardeeville Fire Dept and Beaufort County EMS.

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Vehicle Fire on 278

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April 7, 2012 – Engine 325 was dispatched to a reported vehicle fire on Hwy 278. The Engine crew made quick work of the fire and returned to service after the vehicle was removed. There were no reported injuries.


BTFD Cooking Team Fill Some Hungry Little Bellies

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April 2, 2012 – Today the BTFD Cooking Team, back by popular demand, cooked a pancake luncheon for St. Gregory’s School.  Senior Firefighter John Kautter represented the cooking team and was assisted by members of Shift 1 stationed at Main Head Quarters for the day. The cooking of this special breakfast began promptly at shift change to make sure everything was perfect for the lunch time delivery. The Cooking Team will be lending their helpful hands later on this month as they prepare hamburgers and hotdogs for the students to enjoy. Great Job to the members of BTFD Shift 1 and the Cooking Team!!  


One Entrapped on Old Palmetto Bluff Road

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March 28, 2012 – The Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched around 9:30pm to a single vehicle accident on Old Palmetto Bluff Road. Upon the arrival of the first Engine Company, they reported heavy damage and entrapment. It took crews from BTFD and Beaufort county EMS approximately 15 minutes to extricate the patient. Beaufort County EMS transported the patient to the Trauma Center. The accident is being investigated by The Town of Bluffton Police Department. Units on scene: Engine 321, 320, Truck 375, Battalion 2, and BC EMS 8.


M.C. Riley kindergarteners explore transportation

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February 27, 2012 Kindergarten students at Michael C. Riley Early Childhood Center participated in an educational unit on transportation. The police department, fire department, Carolina Towing and Durham Student Services Bus Company came to the school with their transportation vehicles. The students enjoyed exploring the vehicles.

One Vehicle Accident with Entrapment

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February 16, 2012 – Around 7:30 am, Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS, were dispatched to Hwy 170 on the Bluffton side of the Broad River Bridge for a motor vehicle accident. Engine 322 arrived on scene and reported one vehicle into a tree with one person trapped. The report of entrapment upgraded the assignment to include Engine 324, Truck 375 and Battalion 3. It took crews approximately 20 minutes to extricate the victim. The patient was transported buy Beaufort County EMS. One lane of Hwy 170 south bound of closed during the incident. The accident is being investigated but the Highway Patrol.

Motor Vehicle Accident

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January, 26, 2012 – Around 4:00pm, Engine 324 was dispatched to the intersection of Sun City Boulevard and Fording Island Road for a two vehicle accident with possible entrapment. Due to initial reports Engine 324 upgraded the response which dispatched Engine 321 and Truck 375. Engine 324 arrived on scene and reported no entrapment but one patient would need to be flown out. Engine 321 was cancelled and Truck 375 was diverted to set up the Landing Zone behind Station 34.

Fire at Mill Creek Amenity Center

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January 29, 2012 – As Shift 2 was preparing for shift change; they were dispatched to a structure fire at the Mill Creek Amenity Center. Around 7:30am, a passerby, noticed smoke and flames coming from the roof area near the chimney. Engine 321 arrived on scene and confirmed smoke showing. The crew from Engine 321 made entry and located the fire in the attic near the chimney. Access to the fire was difficult due to its location. Truck 375 laddered the building and started opening up the roof. Once the Truck Crew gained access, the fire was quickly extinguished. Crews remained on scene to assist the Fire Marshal's Office and the Bluffton Police Dept with the investigation. Units on scene: Engine 321, 324, 320, Truck 375, Battalion 3, and Beaufort County EMS.

Fire Contained to 1 Apartment

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January 17, 2012 – Around 9:45pm the Bluffton Twp Fire District was dispatched to a reported structure fire at The Estates at Westbury Park in the 1300 building. Dispatch advised responding units that the caller came home and could see flames and smoke in the apartment when they opened the door. Engine 325 arrived on scene reported smoke showing from the second floor and stretched a line to the fire. Early reports also stated possible people trapped in the neighboring apartment so Truck 375 went into rescue mode conducting a search with no victims found. The fire was brought under control in a matter of minutes. Fire damage was contained to the original apartment with water damage to the bottom apartment. Bluffton Township Fire District units remained on scene checking for extension and assisting the Fire Marshal with determining the cause of the fire. Beaufort County EMS and the Sheriff's Office were also on scene to assist. Units on scene – Engine 325, 320, 323 Truck 375 and Battalion 3
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Engine 320 Runs a GSW

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January 10, 2012 – Engine 320 was dispatched to Nickel Pumpers Gas Station, for a reported Gun Shot wound. Engine 320 waited for the Bluffton Police to secure the area and continued in to the scene. Engine 320 and Beaufort County Medic 6 decided to fly the victim out. Engine 323 was assigned to the landing zone.

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Small Fire in a Wood Shop

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January 5, 2012 – Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched around 10:00am to a reported structure fire in a wood working shop on Red Cedar Drive. Upon arrival, Engine 320 reported nothing showing from the exterior. After further investigation, there was a fire sparked in a paint booth of the shop and was extinguished by workers. Engine 320 held the Truck Company to help check for extension and with ventilation.

 

 
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