03-28-2020 | CHARLOTTE,NC— Since COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has spread rapidly into the United States, First Responder personnel have switched to protocols to better assist and protect both frontline first responders and the general public.
Recently in Mecklenburg County, North Carolina EMS responders from Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) have switched to COVID-19 specific protocols both in their 911 communications center and in the field.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “For any Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) or Emergency Medical Dispatch (EMD) center (as appropriate) should question callers and determine the possibility that this call concerns a person who may have signs or symptoms and risk factors for COVID-19.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says “The query process should never supersede the provision of pre-arrival instructions to the caller when immediate lifesaving interventions (e.g., CPR or the Heimlich maneuver) are indicated.”
You will see first hand how Mecklenburg County EMS Agency (MEDIC) based in Charlotte, North Carolina have taken the steps outlined by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) and others federal agencies as well as policies specific to MEDIC and placed them in the daily service. These new protocols are being used both in 911 Communication Centers in the Charlotte, North Carolina area and out in the field.
02-06-2020 | 2:18 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— On Thursday February 6, 2020 at approximately 2:18 p.m an EF-1 Tornado hit Charlotte, North Carolina. The Tornado with maximum winds of 95 MPH caused damage spanning 17 miles.
The twister traveled from Pineville, North Carolina and continued in an eastward direction to Matthews, North Carolina. The “freight train” like storm uprooted trees and damaged anything in its path. An Industrial Park in Pineville, North Carolina saw a wide area of damage including tress snapped like twigs, and roofs and walls from warehouse building tore down.
An event this big this time of year is very unusual said National Weather Service Meteorologist Trisha Palmer. Officials with the National Weather Service said once the twister touched down it lifted up and then dropped back down several times over the 17 miles.
Weather officials said the EF-1 Twister marked 2nd in the record books for the month of February in Mecklenburg County. The last time an EF-1 tornado of this magnitude hit the Mecklenburg County area was on February 18, 1960.
Weather officials say it could take 2 to 4 weeks to get all of the trees cleaned up in the 17 miles of damage.
No was was injured or killed after the EF-1 Tornado came to an end.
01-26-2020 | 11:159 AM | FARMINGDALE,NY— A massive fire destroyed a Long Island Business Sunday afternoon. Suffolk County Police Department & East Farmingdale Fire Company responded to the reported commercial building fire at 226 Route 109.
East Farmingdale Fire Department arrived and found smoke showing from a kitchen supply warehouse. The fire grew quickly to 3 alarms due to the fire being fed by gas within the building. The massive fire closed busy Route 109 near Republic Airport to traffic for hours.
Mutual aid was sent from five neighboring fire departments to assist in bringing the massive flames under control. Multiple Fire Department Tower Ladders operated dumping thousands of gallons of water from above. The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
01-26-2020 | 11:159 AM | TRENTON,NJ— An SUV slammed into a New Jersey Realty Office after colliding with a Trenton Police Department Cruiser. The crash happened Saturday January 25, 2020 around 11:15 a.m. at the intersection of Brunswick Avenue and Mulberry Street.
Trenton Police Department spokesman Captain Stephen Varn said the officer was responding to a reported disturbance when the accident happened. The 67-year-old woman driving a Kia Sportage crashed into the Home Ex Realty LLC office after colliding with the Trenton Police Officer.
The Trenton Police Officer and Kia driver were both taken to Capital Health Regional Medical Center for treatment. As of Sunday morning the officer was released from the hospital while the 67-year-old woman remained hospitalized with a broken pelvis.
The circumstances surrounding how the crash ocurred is still under investigation. Its unclear if the police SUV had its emergency lights activated.
01-24-2020 | 8:05 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC— Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department is investigating three shootings within minutes of each other in Charlotte, NC Friday night with one turning deadly. On Friday January 24, 2020 at approximately 8:05 p.m., CMPD Patrol Officers with Steele Creek Division responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service in the 700 block of Edgegreen Drive. When Police & Paramedics arrived they located a male with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital by paramedics with non-life-threatening injuries.
Two minutes later at 8:07 p.m., officers in Steele Creek responded to a shots fired call near 200 Stone Post Road. A male victim was located in a backyard of a home with a gunshot wound. The victim was pronounced deceased by paramedics on scene.
The deceased victim’s identity is being withheld pending family notification. Twelve minutes after the two shootings in Southwest Charlotte, CMPD Freedom Divison Patrol officers responded to a third reported shooting. The third shooting happened on Edgewood Road. Paramedics transported one victim with non life threatening injuries to a hospital following that shooting.
After a preliminary investigation detectives believe the two shootings on Edgegreen Drive & Stone Post Road are related in nature. Both crime scenes are approximately 2 miles apart. Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. The investigation into all three shootings is active and ongoing.