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.
07-11-2019 | 11:30 AM | CHARLOTTENC — Multiple people fell ill Thursday morning July 11, 2019 after an unknown odor swept through a Charlotte office building. Charlotte Fire Department received an initial call around 11:30 a.m., for a person unconscious at the Regency Executive Park off Nations Ford Road. Firefighters with Charlotte Station arrived within minutes and discovered multiple people feeling effects of what was thought to be carbon monoxide poisoning.
The incident was upgraded to a hazardous materials response bringing in additional resources. Firefighters began a mass evacuation of multi-room office building. Fire officials say some occupants had difficulty evacuating from the upper floors of the building. A worker in the building Yolanda Cato said “We heard a beeping noise, we didn’t think anything of it.” She added “About an hour or so later we were all asked to immediately evacuate the building.” She said paramedics responded to the building yesterday for a similar issue.
Fire officials confirmed later in the day that the source of the odor came from tar that was being laid on the roof by construction crews at the time. Fumes from the tar managed to make it into the building HVAC system. Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) responded with multiple ambulances and two mass casualty buses due to the number of people feeling sick.
Fire officials confirm a total of 46 people were evaluated by paramedics at the scene. 5 people were transported from the scene to local hospitals. 3 people were taken to Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and 2 were taken to Atrium Health Carolinas Medical Center – Pineville. A Mecklenburg EMS Agency (MEDIC) spokesperson says the 46 patients were treated for various conditions including nausea and headaches.
05-27-2019 | 9:34 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC — Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department’s Homicide Unit are conducting a homicide investigation in the 8800 block of Orren Court in the Steele Creek Division. The call for service came in at 9:34 p.m. on Monday, May 27, 2019.
Steele Creek Division patrol officers along with the Charlotte-Fire Department and MEDIC personnel, responded to an assault with a deadly weapon call for service. Upon arrival, first responders located a male with an apparent gunshot wound located inside a vehicle. Medic pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. His name will be released once his family has been notified of his death.
Homicide Detectives are currently canvassing the area to determine whether there are any additional witnesses to this incident.
Crime Scene Search responded to the call for service to process the scene and collect physical evidence. Representatives of the Mecklenburg County District Attorney’s Homicide Prosecution Team, Victim Services, CFD, Medic and Operations Command responded to the scene.
This is an ongoing, active investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 704-432-TIPS and speak directly to a Homicide Unit Detective. Detective Tisdale is the lead detective assigned to the case. The public can also call Crime Stoppers at 704-334-1600 or visit the Crime Stoppers website at http://charlottecrimestoppers.com/.
05-20-2019 | 1:00 PM | BELMONT,NC — On Monday May 20, 2019 at approximately 1:00 p.m., the body of a missing boater was recovered from the Catawba River after an extensive day long search. Gaston County EMS was called to the area of the Kevin Lofton Boat Landing in Belmont ,North Carolina around 4:30 a.m for a report of a boat taking on water in the river.
A spokesman with the Belmont Police Department said a small boat, carrying four people, was coming back to shore following a camping trip on a small island when it began taking on water. There were 4 occupants on board the vessel at the time of accident. 911 calls into Gaston County reported that 3 people were in distress in the water. 3 of the victims were able to make it safely to shore, but the fourth person on board went unaccounted for.
Belmont Police Department confirm the 4 people were camping on an island just north of the Catawba River Bridge when they were ferrying people back to Kevin Lofton Boat Landing.
Additional resources were called into to assist in the search for the missing boat occupant. Charlotte Fire Department sent a dive team with 2 additional marine units to assist in what was being called a recovery mission. Multiple marine units from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, Charlotte Fire Department & Belmont Fire Department were seen on the river into early afternoon.
North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission confirms that the body of 19 year old James Coulter of Gastonia, North Carolina was recovered shortly after 1:00 p.m. The investigation will focus on what caused the boat to take on water and whether camper was legally allowed on the small island.
05-02-2019 | 01:39 PM | CHARLOTTE,NC — Thursday afternoon the suspect accused of killing 2 people and wounding 4 others in a shooting at UNC Charlotte waived his right to appear before District Court Judge Ronald Chapman in a Mecklenburg County courtroom. 23-year old Trysten Terrell has been charged with the shooting at the Kennedy Building on the campus of The University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
Terrell who is being held at the Mecklenburg County Jail was scheduled to appear in Mecklenburg County Court for a first appearance Thursday afternoon. According to District Court Chapman “Pursuant to North Carolina General Statue 15A-601, gives notice of his waiver of this right to be personally present, or appear by video during first appearance in district court.”
Prior to the conclusion of the first appearance hearing for Terrell, the charges were read to the court. Trysten Terrell is charged with 2 counts of First Degree Murder, 4 counts of Attempted First Degree Murder, 4 counts of Assault with a Deadly Weapon with Intent to Kill Inflicting Seriously Injury, 1 count of Possession of a Firearm on Educational Property & 1 count of Discharging a Firearm on Educational Property.
According to court records, Terrell’s next court appearance is tentatively set for May 15, 2019 for a bond hearing.