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Girl receives big gift from the Bluffton Township Fire District
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BLUFFTON, SC (WTOC) - On Wednesday, the Bluffton Township Fire District presented a $19,000 to 11-year-old Jessica Bello and her family.

The money was raised during the 10th annual Boston Butt Fundraiser. Bello suffers from Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a disease that affects the spinal cord and causes muscle wasting. She was also recently diagnosed with Epilepsy.

Bello is confined to a wheel chair and requires around-the-clock care, and the money they received today is going to help pay for her medical costs.

"It's very humbling, the fact that so many people that we don't know actually came together to help us with our needs - we're just very grateful," brother Jonathan said.

This is the most money raised in the Boston Butt Fundraiser in it's 10 year history.

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May River Road Accident
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November 14, 2014 – At approximately 4:00am , the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to the area of May River Road and Gascoigne Bluff. Engine 321 arrived on scene to find one vehicle with heavy damage that sheared off a telephone pole. The power lines were not on the vehicle but the vehicle was under the line from the sheared power pole making the area unsafe.  SCE&G quickly arrived on scene to secure power to make the scene safe so responders. could gained access to the vehicle.  No passengers were found inside and an extensive search of the area was conducted by all units on scene with negative results.

Units on scene – Engine 321, 320, Truck 375, Beaufort County EMS, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, Bluffton PD, and SC Highway Patrol.

 

Shift 2 Runs Structure Fire in Heritage Lakes
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November 10, 2014 – At approximately 1:30pm the Bluffton Township Fire District and Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to 25 Ferebee Court for a reported Structure Fire. First units on scene reported a working fire in a single family dwelling. Engine 320’s crew attempted an aggressive attack into the 2nd Division. They encountered high heat and zero visibility as they tried to find the seat of the fire. The crew from Truck 375 were assigned to open the roof up with the hopes to elevate some of the conditions on the 2nd Division. The heat continued to build and the visibility remained the same so command pulled all companies out of the building and prepared for a defensive attack. Once exterior operations were started and an elevated master stream was used the fire was slowly brought under control. Crews remained on scene for approximately 4 hours overhauling and extinguishing hot spots. The Bluffton Twp Fire Dist Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating the cause of the fire. No injuries were reported.

Units on scene – Engine 320, 323, 326, 325, Truck 375, Service 365, Battalion 5, 301, 303

Structure Fire on Maiden Lane
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October 31 2014 – During the annual PACE testing Shifted 1 was dispatched to Maiden Lane for a reported Structure Fire. Engine 320 arrived on scene and reported a working fire in a single wide mobile home and were able to make quick work of the fire. Engine 324 arrived on scene and pulled a secondary line while Engine 323 was assigned RIT. Once the fire was knocked down the crews overhauled the fire looking for hot spots.

Units on scene – Engine 320, 324, 323, Truck 375, Service 365, Battalion 1, 307, Beaufort County EMS, and Bluffton PD.

Retirement Announcement
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The Bluffton Township Fire District would like to congratulate Captain Donald Rooker on his retirement. Captain Donald Rooker began his career with the Bluffton Township Fire District as a volunteer on April 01, 1987 and became a full time paid firefighter on August 20, 1990. He advanced within his career throughout the years until he reached the rank of Fire Captain. Captain Rooker devoted his career to selflessly helping others within the community and within the organization. Captain Rooker currently is assigned the Maintenance / Logistics Division of the fire district serving as Quartermaster.  Captain Rooker’s 27 years of service and dedication to the Bluffton Township Fire District is greatly appreciated. We wish him a happy and healthy retirement and continued success in future endeavors. 

Savannah man killed in 3-vehicle wreck near Beaufort-Jasper county line
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A Savannah man was killed, and two others injured Tuesday in a three-vehicle wreck at the New River Bridge in Jasper County, near the Beaufort County line, according to the S.C. Highway Patrol and Jasper County coroner.

Henry Sherwin Prescott IV, 25, of Savannah, was killed after he was ejected from a white Toyota pickup truck he was driving.

According to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly of the S.C. Highway Patrol, Prescott was traveling east on S.C. 170 around 11:30 a.m., when he crossed over the center line and struck a flatbed pickup truck traveling west. Prescott then lost control of the car and hit a Ford Expedition that was also traveling east, Wimberly said. He was thrown from the vehicle and died instantly, according to Jasper County coroner Martin Sauls. 

Prescott was not wearing a seatbelt, Wimberly said. 

The driver of the flatbed pickup, Domingo Gonzalez, and the driver of the Expedition, Patrick Patterson, were transported to nearby hospitals with unknown injuries. Further information on them was not available from Highway Patrol.

Wimberly said no charges will be filed in the accident. 

The wreck shut down traffic in both directions of S.C. 170 for at least three hours Tuesday, according to Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman Randy Hunter. 

The fire department, Bluffton Police Department and Beaufort County EMS were called to the scene, as well as the Levy Fire Department and Jasper County EMS, Hunter said. 

1 dead in 2-car crash on SC 170 in greater Bluffton Read
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August 17, 2014 A two-vehicle crash on S.C. 170 overnight Saturday killed one driver, injured a 2-year-old child, and forced authorities to shut down the road.

None of those involved were identified in a Bluffton Police Department news release Sunday morning.

The Bluffton Police Department was called to the crash scene between S.C. 170's intersection with Bluffton Parkway and Gibbet Road. The S.C. Highway Patrol was then brought in to investigate.

The child and the driver of the second vehicle were taken by ambulance to Savannah Memorial. Their conditions were not immediately available.

The news release did not say if or when the highway would be reopened, but a view of the area from a Beaufort County traffic camera traffic appeared to show traffic moving again at 9:30 a.m.

Bluffton warehouse fire deemed suspicious
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July 31, 2014 A fire that damaged a warehouse in the Buckingham Plantation area of greater Bluffton, off U.S. 278, late Wednesday has been deemed suspicious.

Crews received a call at about 9:45 p.m. from a bystander who reported smoke that had drifted from the Anolyn Court warehouse off U.S. 278 to a restaurant on Buckingham Plantation Drive, Bluffton Township Fire District spokesman Randy Hunter said.

When the first engine arrived, firefighters quickly tracked the smoke to the warehouse.

"They were able to make a quick attack and slow the fire down even before the second and third arriving units got on scene," Hunter said.

The flames were extinguished within 30 minutes, but two firefighters remained at the scene overnight, under a new district policy designed to prevent unseen hot spots from flaring up, Hunter said. The fire marshal also remained into the night, working to determine the cause of the fire, which damaged part of the building that houses Clover Glass of Bluffton, Hunter said.

The fire is believed to have originated in a closet inside Clover Glass and spread to the adjoining business, Affordable Auto Repair, the release said. The cause remained undetermined Thursday.

The last employee to leave Clover Glass on Wednesday told deputies all doors were secured when she left for the day at about 7:15 p.m., according to a Sheriff's Office report. The owner of the business agreed.

A man who lives above Affordable Auto Repair also said the doors were closed when he left the building at about 5:15 p.m., and he did not see anyone suspicious in the area, the report said.

However, a fire inspector told deputies the incident seemed suspicious because both of the building's overhead bay doors were open when crews arrived, the report said.

The cause and an estimate of the damage were not available Thursday

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Structure Fire in Heritage Lakes
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June 14, 2014 – At approximately 5:00pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to 11 Allyan Court for a possible structure fire. Engine 323 arrived on scene an reported light smoke was showing from the exterior. Battalion 3 arrived on scene and reported a working incident. Engine 323 encountered heavy heat and no visibility on the second division and were able to make a knock on the fire. The fire was in the void spaces on the second division which required a lot of opening up walls and pulling ceilings. Due to the outside temperature and the labor intensive work that needed to be done, crews were rotated through rehab for their safety. Personnel on scene also did an extensive amount of property conservation by moving furniture and personal belongings in the garage. Furniture that could not be moved was covered with salvage covers to protect it from water damage. Crew were on scene for approximately 4 hours checking for hot spots and two personnel were assigned to maintain a fire watch. No injuries were reported and the cause of the fire is being investigated by the BTFD Fire Marshal’s Office. Units on scene – Engine 323, 320, 326, Truck 375 Service 365, 301, and Battalion 3. Special Call - Engine 321 and 325 to the scene and Hilton Head Fire and Rescue Engine 3 transferred to Station 33 for stand-by. The BTFD were also assised on scene by Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

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Structure Fire in Shady Glen
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BTFD Responsed to accident with Heavy Entrappment

The S.C. Highway Patrol has identified the five people injured in a fatal, four-vehicle wreck midday Thursday.

The drivers of a 2000 Mack truck, 43-year-old Chesley Carter of Beaufort, and a 2009 Lexus SUV, 69-year-old Howard Kravitz of Bluffton, were transported to Memorial University Medical Center in Savannah following the wreck. Carter's truck had overturned, coming to rest on top of the Lexus in an embankment off the intersection of Fording Island and Buck Island roads shortly after 11:30 a.m., according to Senior Trooper Hannah Wimberly.

The passenger of the Lexus, 65-year-old Anne Kravitz, was killed in the wreck, according to Beaufort County Deputy Coroner David Ott. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Following the accident, rescue workers from the Bluffton Township Fire District, Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue Division and Beaufort County EMS worked for hours to free the three occupants from their vehicles.

A red 1986 Mercedes Benz convertible and white 2014 Honda SUV also were involved in the wreck.

The convertible's driver, 78-year-old Glenn Sloan of Bluffton, and passenger, 53-year-old Christine Matthews of Bluffton, were also transported to Memorial University Medical Center.

The driver of the Honda, 69-year-old Roy Turner of Bluffton, was transported to Hilton Head Hospital.

Three of the injured were airlifted due to the severity of their injuries, Ott said.

Howard Kravitz, Sloan and Matthews were in fair condition Friday, according to hospital spokesman Michael Notricia, who did not have information on Carter.

Turner's condition was not immediately available from Hilton Head Hospital.

Wimberly did not release additional information on the accident, citing the ongoing investigation.

Structure Fire in Shady Glen
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Busy Afternoon for BTFD

Two people were injured Friday afternoon in a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 278 and Simmonsville Road in Bluffton, according to police.

Moments earlier, two people were hurt one mile west in a wreck at the highway's Buck Island Road intersection, said Capt. Joseph Manning of the Bluffton Police Department.

The cars involved in that wreck came to a rest in the same embankment where a Mack truck overturned on a Lexus SUV on Thursday, killing a Bluffton woman and injuring five others. The S.C. Highway Patrol released the names Friday of the five people injured in Thursday's wreck, which remained under investigation.

Later Friday afternoon, a three-car wreck on Okatie Highway left five people injured, two of them requiring hospitalization, according to Manning.

Structure Fire in Shady Glen
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May 24, 2014 – At approximately 1:45am, the Bluffton Township Fire District was dispatched to 360 Shady Glen Drive for a reported structure fire. A unit from BCSO arrived on scene and reported that there was a double wide mobile home on fire. Engine 320 was the first due apparatus and reported they had fire in the rear of a double wide mobile home with 50% involvement with a possible second mobile home on fire. The crews from Engine 320 and Engine 323 were able to get a quick knock on the fire to slow the progress and kept the second mobile from catching fire. After the spread of the fire was contain to the original mobile home, crews were able to make entry and start to open up and check for extension and complete extinguishment. The cause and origin of the fire is being determined by the BTFD Fire Marshal’s Office. The Bluffton Twp Fire District was assisted on scene by Beaufort County EMS and the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office.

BTFD Units on scene – Engine 320, 323, 325, Truck 375, Battalion 2, 303, and 311.

Motor Vehicle Accident
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May 21, 2014 – At approximately 4:30pm, The Bluffton Township Fire District, along with Beaufort County EMS, was dispatched to the intersection of Bluffton Parkway and Buck Island Road for a motor vehicle accident with one vehicle over turned. Battalion 3 arrived on scene first and reported that one person was still in the overturned vehicle. The crews from Engine 325 and Truck 375 removed the patient and assisted EMS with preparing the patient for transport. The incident is being investigated by The Town of Bluffton Police Department.

Units on Scene – Engine 325, Engine 320 returned to service upon arrival, Truck 375, Battalion 3, and Beaufort County EMS.

Man Trapped Under Boat
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April 28, 2014 – At Approximately 5:00pm, the Bluffton Township Fire District along with Beaufort County EMS were dispatched to a report of a man trapped underneath a boat that fell off of a lift. Engine 323 arrived on-scene to find the patient’s legs trapped under the boat. Engine 323 stabilized the patient and prepared for extrication. Truck 375 arrived on scene and used pneumatic lifting bags to lift the boat and remove patient. Hilton Head Island Fire Rescue  Rescue 1 was special called but was canceled in route.

Station 33 Dedication
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April 3, 2014 – Today the Bluffton Township Fire District celebrated the dedication of newly renovated Station 33. The renovation was done to accommodate the newly assigned Beaufort County Medic Unit and personnel. The renovation added an additional 2400 square feet which included individual bunk rooms, an exercise facility, and office space for the company officers.  The renovation also included the remodeling of the old Kitchen, dining room, and living area. The men and women of Station 33 are excited to have a completely remolded station to work in. Welcome to Station 33 Beaufort County EMS.

MVA on 278

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March 21, 2014 – At approx 8:00am the Bluffton Township Fire District along with Beaufort County EMS was dispatched to the intersection of Hwy 278 and Buckwalter Parkway for a motor vehicle accident. Units arrived on scene and reported  three vehicles were involved with a total of 5 patients. The driver of one of the vehicles had to be extricated. One of the vehicles was carrying paint that opened up during the accident which added to the difficulty of the incident. The west bound lanes of Hwy 278 were closed during the initial stages of the operation. The accident is being investigated by the Bluffton Police Department.

Back to Back Entrapments for Shift 2
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February 22, 2014 – Two incidents- During the early evening hours, Engine 322 and Battalion 2 were dispatched to Lowcountry Drive to assist the City of Hardeeville with a motor vehicle accident with entrapment. Hardeeville FD was on scene with a vehicle on its side and one person entrapped. While 322 and the Battalion were still on scene in Hardeeville at approximately 8:40pm, while moving up for stand-by, Beaufort County EMS 9 reported that they were on scene of a motor vehicle accident with entrapment on HWY 278 near Hilton Head National Drive.  Engine 323 arrived on scene and reported one vehicle on its side with one person entrapped. Beaufort County EMS requested an Air Ambulance. The crews from Engine 323 and Truck 375 stabilized the vehicle and started extrication while Engine 325 set up the Landing Zone on Hwy 278.  It took approximately 30 minutes to extricate the patient from the wreckage. The SC Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.

Units on scene – Engine 323, 325, Truck 375, Battalion 2, Beaufort County EMS, Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office, and SC highway Patrol.

 
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