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2 Firefighters Injured Battling Blaze at Sawmill

Posted October 26, 2007
Updated October 27, 2007

— Two firefighters were injured while combating a fire at a sawmill in southern Wake County Friday night.

Crews were called out to the fire at 7201 Rock Service Station Road in Raleigh shortly after 8 p.m. Firefighters said the sawmill was engulfed in flames when they arrived.

Units from Garner and other area fire departments had the blaze under control before 9 p.m. Crews remained on the scene Saturday morning, looking for hot spots, said District Fire Chief Allen Dudley of the Garner Fire Department.

Two firefighters from Garner were injured when a wall collapsed, falling away from the structure. The wall grazed them both, and one suffered light burns on his arm, Dudley said.

The two firefighters were transported to WakeMed, where they were treated and released.


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  • wcfire533 Oct 28, 2007

    Not quite grasping your point of view ewfd33 but haven't heard about the horse, risk he took getting on it.

  • ewfd33 Oct 28, 2007

    My gosh..somebody was on here talking about the firemen that got hurt in the fire and they were whinning about it. Now look who else is on here. A garner police officer that had to have surgery on his thumb because he was injured on a horse. What in the world? Answer that for me!!!!

  • wcfire533 Oct 28, 2007

    Majority of us are not in it for a full time position.

  • retired and luv it Oct 28, 2007

    I have been a volunteer firefighter and applaud all their effort and training. I think that the day of the volunteer firestation have passed us by. NC is too densely populated now with too many rules and beyond the relm of volunteers. Taxpayers should expect and get the best possible protection. We are in transition to paid departments whether we like it or not by necessity. I say thankyou to the volunteers for the years of protection when you were the best protection available. At this point, you should support transition and if you want to be a firefighter take the training and apply to a full time department.

  • wcfire533 Oct 28, 2007

    yukonjohn3, thank you for backing me up on that. Thanks for all that you do as well, your job is just as important as ours. I still can't believe it, "play fireman"? Stay Safe Everyone

  • yukonjohn3 Oct 28, 2007

    wcfire533, you are so right. I am a Type 2 Logistics Section Chief and a Type 1 Facilities Unit Leader and Supply Unit Leader. Now, granted, I do this for a living, I totally understand how much training volunteers go through to do their jobs and do them well. It takes so much commitment and time to complete training and keep current. It just got to me when I heard someone say "play fireman". Thank you for your service to your community.

  • wcfire533 Oct 27, 2007

    ....water from outside.

    In-House Training Prior to Rookie School
    Wake County Fire Rookie School - 32 Hours Two Weekends
    EMT-Basic - 200 Hours Three Nights A Week plus clinical time
    NC Firefighter I/II - 22 Classes Approx. Two years to complete
    NC Hazmat ops plus - 32 hours two weekends
    NC EVD Course - 16 hours one weekend to complete
    NIMS ICS - Online 0.1 per course; college credit hours Con-Ed - 36 Hours for fire, 24 for medical, 8 for hazmat, 8 for ICS, 8 for EVD ..Not to mention DR/OP, Fire Officer, you can look them up.


  • wcfire533 Oct 27, 2007

    ...county line, ems unit coming from the Wendell area. Police units more than 20 minutes out. We walk in the structure and find that an armed civilian inside and shoots both of us, with no warning, whoops. That is pretty dangerous to me, you never know what we might get called to or walk into. As far as the fire goes, we pull up at your house and your closet is on far in your bedroom. Well, that is to unsafe to enter so we will shoot water inside your structure until the fire busts outside the window and through the roof, making it 1. Now dangerous to enter since the roof is burning just because of a closet fire and now you have 3,000 gallons of water that he could have shot with a water can (can with water in it) and killed the fire, but it is to unsafe to enter. A new firefighter in Wake County spends countless hours to train to help YOU out, nines times out of ten by volunteering..another comment I will break down the hours it takes to safe your house when were shooting....

  • wcfire533 Oct 27, 2007

    I first want to say thank god for the safety of the Garner Firefighters that were risking their lives for others. The water use, career/volunteer, doesn't matter. All that matters right now is that they are ALIVE, and safe with their families. All of the sixty six comments were read, and thought about; I cannot remember what all of you said exactly but I do disagree with some of your comments. PoliceMan Wife, sounds like you know nothing about firefighting techniques and all about a policeman's job, must be his secretary. We possibly risk more or same amount of danger when entering a unsafe place. Let's take a situation, and others have said similar. Two of us on a truck (one of us full time/one volunteer because the county will not cough up enough money for station staffing, but whatever) are called to a respiratory/sick call/cardiac, fire unit and ems unit en route. Something went wrong at communications and dispatched the call wrong, we are out in hopkins near the....

  • Ladder1 Oct 27, 2007

    I don't think you'll see ambulances in the firehouses, not in Raleigh anyway, and not in the next 5 years. I have all intentions to believe that RFD doesn't want to get into the ambulance business. You guys do a great job just the way it is, maybe roving would be better and on 12's, but parked inside a firehouse? Nah....