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January, 2016

1ST Responder Newspaper - SE


Murfreesboro fills two key positions


Lt. Atkins surveys the damage following the house fire that nearly claimed five lives this morning.

Man and four kids barely escape morning fire Chattanooga, TN. When fire broke out in a home at 3703 7th Avenue around 7:00 this morning, December 7th, it wasn't the sound of a smoke alarm that woke up Johnny Robinson. It was the sound of a baby crying. Mr. Robinson said he got up and went to his cousin's room, and when he opened the door, smoke and flames burst out toward him. Mr. Robinson said he immediately went to get his cousin's four children, including three girls and a boy, ages 1 to 4. He carried the two youngest kids and the other two walked out of the house with him. All of the children appeared to be uninjured, but Mr. Robinson appeared to be suffering from some smoke inhalation, and some burns. Most of the hair on his head was singed. Paramedics with Hamilton County EMS checked him out on the scene, but he refused to be transported to a hospital. Mr. Robinson and the four children he saved were all outside the house when the first Chattanooga firefighters arrived on the

JUMP TO FILE #120715109 scene. Lt. Danny Atkins with Engine 9 said the front half of the house was fully engulfed in flames. The firefighters eventually got the blaze under control, but not before the fire caused substantial damage to the house. Battalion Chief Lesley Morgan said the cause of the fire appears to be accidental, though what exactly sparked the blaze is undetermined. No working smoke alarms were found in the house. The parents of the four children were away at work at the time of the fire. Volunteers with the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee were called in to provide assistance to the family. Chattanooga police also provided assistance on the scene. - BRUCE GARNER

Murfreesboro, TN. Murfreesboro Fire & Rescue Department recently filled two vacant positions within the department. Driver Jeff Wright was promoted to Medical Training Coordinator JUMP TO FILE# and Assistant Fire 121115110 Marshal Carl Peas was promoted to Fire Marshal. Wright’s promotion goes into effect December 14. He will be responsible for providing personnel with mandated training and instruction for medical services within the department, and assisting with future developments of the emergency medical services. “This is an exciting time to be named to this position,” Wright said. “I look forward to working with our administration to advance our medical capabilities at MFRD.” Wright began his career with MFRD in February 2002, and was instrumental in MFRD’s implementation of a first responder program. He is a certified Paramedic (EMT-P) and has worked with the Smithville FD for 29 years. He assists with their training and is an instructor for Dekalb County Emergency Medical Service. Peas’ promotion will be effective December 28. As Fire Marshal, he will be responsible for planning, organizing, managing, and directing all the activities of the Fire Prevention Division. He will also enforce fire and building codes and city ordinances. “It was a tremendous honor to be selected for this position,” said Peas. “I’m elated at the opportunity to serve Murfreesboro in this capacity.” Peas has been with MFRD since November 1988. He has had a major role in several projects including acquiring the Fire Safe House, a Fire Investigation Trailer, smoke alarms for the hearing and visually impaired, and most notable, the addition of the department’s Child Safety Seat program. He is an instructor with the Ten-

Jeff Wright

Carl Peas

nessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy (TFACA) in Deason and teaches Live Burn, Fire & Life Safety Educator I and II, Juvenile Firesetter I & II, and various other courses under the arson curriculum. He served as President of the following



organizations: Tennessee Fire Safety Inspectors Association, International Association of Arson Investigators, and the Tennessee Advisory Committee on Arson. - ASHLEY MCDONALD

Family escapes Knoxville fire At around 5:40 a.m. on November 25th, units from the Knoxville Fire Department were dispatched to 1015 Severe Ave. for report of a house fire. When firefighters arrived, they found the family safely out of the smoke filled structure. Fire crews quickly found the source of the fire in a living room wall. A tenant of the residence reported to fire officials, that a breaker in the electrical panel had continued to flip itself off over the last few days. He awoke this morning to the


JUMP TO FILE #112515109 smell of smoke and began investigating, and that is when he found the glowing red outlet and called the fire department. Firefighters chopped through the wall and found the fire had extended upward into the attic area. The family will receive assistance. No injuries were reported. - DJ CORCORAN

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1st Responder Southeast January Edition  

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