JULY 14, 2019 – ENGINE 1 STRUCK WHILE OPERATING AT ROLLOVER ON I-540

At 0305hrs, Wake New Hope Stations 1 and 2 (along with Knightdale FIRE Engine 132, Raleigh Engine 19 as closest unit, and an EMS box alarm from Wake County EMS and Eastern Wake EMS) were dispatched to I-540EB and Buffaloe Rd for a report of an overturned vehicle.

First arriving units found the crash at Tarheel Club Rd and I-540, advising the vehicle had driven off Tarheel Club Rd, and rolled down the embankment onto I-540. All occupants of the vehicle had fled the scene prior to their arrival. With there being no injuries or entrapment, New Hope Car 1 reduced the assignment to New Hope Rescue 14, Engine 4, and Engine 1. Engine 1 was assigned to provide scene protection and blocking for the North Carolina State Highway Patrol while they investigated the crash, until the vehicle could be removed, which is standard practice for our department.

The crews were standing in front of the Troopers’ cars waiting for the tow truck, when they heard what was described as an explosion from the back of Engine 1. A black SUV had crashed into the rear of the engine, moving Engine 1 forward 12 inches, before coming to rest against a road barrier. With the drive severely injured and pinned in the vehicle, Chief Price requested assistance from Knightdale, as well as additional EMS resources. The crews from Wake New Hope Fire Department immediately went to work to free the trapped driver. Once the drive was extricated, he was turned over to EMS, and transported to WakeMed Health & Hospitals with serious injuries.

“Complacency kills firefighters” Chief Price said afterwards. “If we hadn’t had Engine 1 there protecting the scene, that car would have crashed into the trooper cars, and then into our firefighters, or struck our firefighters at full speed. Using the truck as a barrier definitely saved the lives of all crews that night.”

Engine 1 will be out of service for several months while repairs are completed. During this time, reserve Engine 3 will be used as the primary engine out of Station 1.

MAY 29, 2019 – 3RD ALARM FIRE FOR 50 ACRE BRUSH FIRE OFF OLD MILBURNIE RD

At 5:02 pm, New Hope Station 2 was dispatched for a brush fire between Old Milburnie and Mitchell Mill Rd, in New Hope Station 2’s district. Brush 7 and Tanker 9 responded (along with NH Car 1), and upon their arrival, they found several acres burning. Additional resources were requested for structural protection, the equivalent to a 3rd alarm, and in total 60 firefighters staffed 34 pieces of apparatus to contain the blaze.  In additional, a second alarm was requested by Wake EMS, bringing numerous ambulances and additional EMS resources to the scene. In total, New Hope Engine 1, Engine 4, Brush 7, Tanker 9, ATV 31, Car 20 and Car 1 were all operating at the scene. In addition, mutual aid assistance was provided by Eastern Wake FD, Hopkins FD, Raleigh FD, Rolesville FD, Wendell FD, Wake Forest FD, Zebulon FD, and the North Carolina Forestry Service. Eastern Wake EMS and Wake County EMS both sent units as well, and the Wake New Hope Ladies Auxiliary assisted with the rehab at Station 2.

Special thanks to Judy Vaughn and Vaughn Utilities for the donation of snacks, food, and drinks after the fire.

Pictures courtesy of Legeros Fire line

Run Card for New Hope Woods Fire

MAY 21, 2019 – ENGINE 4 RESPONDS TO KNIGHTDALE FOR WORKING FIRE ON KINGMAN DR

At 2230hrs, RW911 dispatched Knightdale FD, Eastern Wake FD, and Wendell FD, along with Eastern Wake EMS 62, for reported structure fire at 1109 Kingman Dr. Units arrived on scene shortly, advising heavy fire from the garage and attic, and upgraded the assignment to a working fire, requesting Wake New Hope Engine 4 and Wake County WC1 to the scene.

Engine 4 (A shift and 2 volunteer firefighters) and Cars 1 & 2 (Chief Price and Assistant Chief Sok) responded directly to the scene. Chief Price arrived and was assigned the operations supervisor, while Chief Sok and Engine 4’s crew were assigned salvage and extinguishment hotspots. The fire was marked under control at 2303 hours, and Engine 4s crew was released from the scene, and directed to cover Knightdale Station 1 until Knightdale Fire units became available. Engine 4 was released by Knightdale E132, and returned to its primary area around midnight.

TWO WAKE NEW HOPE FD CREWS RECEIVE AWARDS AT ANNUAL CARDIAC ARREST SAVE CEREMONY

May 21, 2019 – Every year Wake County EMS awards crews who perform an instrumental role in saving the lives of people in cardiac arrest. These patients are called into 911 not breathing and with no pulse, and through the combined work of the 911 dispatchers, Fire Department and Police Department First Responders, and Hospital personnel, the patient is able to survive, and are invited back at the annual event to meet the responders who (literally) saved their life.

This year, two Wake New Hope crews were recognized at the ceremony: Station 1 A-Shift, for a code save in April at I540 and Capital Blvd, and Station 1 B-shift for a code save in October on Capital Blvd.

DEC 27, 2018 – ENGINE 1 FIRST DUE TO CAR VS BUILDING ON N NEW HOPE RD

At 1014, RW911 dispatched Wake New Hope Engine 1, Car 1, and Eastern Wake Rescue 11 to 2831 N. Hew Hope Road, in unincorporated Wake County within the City of Raleigh, for a motor vehicle crash with a subjected pinned.

Car 1 was first on scene, reporting a single car MVA, with a car into an occupied house with the driver pinned. Because it was in the Wake New Hope’s Fire District, Rescue 14 was added to the call. Engine 1 arrived just behind Car 1 along with Wake EMS APP Medic 93. Car 1 requested RW911 to send the closest engine to the scene (Raleigh FD Engine 21), and when they became  available, Raleigh FD Rescue 1 was special called to the scene to assist with stabilizing the structure.

New Hope and Raleigh Fire units were able to extricate the driver by removing the driver’s side door, and freeing him from the dash board that had significant intrusion into the passenger compartment. They turned him over to the waiting Wake EMS crew. Once that was completed, RFD Rescue 1’s crew continued to work on stabilizing the structure around the vehicle. Despite the house being occupied, none of the residents were injured in the crash.

All units stood by until the tow truck removed the vehicle from the house, at which point Raleigh building inspector assessed the damage to the house and deemed it unsafe.

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