Category Archives: Emergency Services

County approves 60 day extension on EMS contracts

By Stan Welch
The Anderson County Council convened a special called meeting last Thursday to approve a sixty day extension of the contracts the county currently has with the various emergency medical services providers. The county also distributed draft copies of the proposed full contract for the coming year so the squads and their officers can review it.
The contract addresses a number of issues, including more transparency and verification in reporting such data as response times; the various units will be required to operate surveillance software that will allow the transparent reporting of data to the Medical Director of the EMS system, the QI coordinator and the county EMS operations manager. In addition, each squad or provider will be required to submit thorough monthly reports, as well as an annual report.

Driver escapes injury – I85

Pelzer EMS personnel along with Piercetown firefighters work at the scene of a single vehicle accident Saturday afternoon on I-85 south of Highway 8. The driver was not injured after the vehicle he was driving left the southbound lane and ran off the roadway. (Photo by David Rogers)

Area represented at Miss SC Pageant

Four teen and one Miss will represent the area this week as contestants in the Miss South Carolina and Miss South Carolina Teen Pageant in Columbia.
Brooklyn Brewster is competing as Miss Greater Greer Teen, Sydney Crawford is competing as Miss Greenville County Teen, Morgan Norris is competing as Miss Powdersville Teen and Delanie Burnett is competing as Miss Piedmont Teen. Johanna Davis is representing the area in the Miss SC pageant as Miss Powdersville.
Contestants are competing in the preliminaries Tuesday through Thursday, June 22. The final night of the Miss SC Teen competition will be held on Friday, June 23 and the final night of the Miss SC competition will be held on Saturday, June 24. All competitions are being held at the Township Auditorium in Columbia.

Storm damage in Wren area

A strong thunderstorm with strong winds and heavy rain passed through the Wren schools area Tuesday evening. About a dozen trees were toppled along with power poles leaning and localized flooding occurred. (Photo by David Rogers)

One injured – River Road

Wren firefighters responded to a vehicle crash Friday morning (June 2) on River Road in Piedmont. A Honda Accord was traveling north when it ran off the road and flipped over after running into a ditch. Pelzer EMS transported one person to the hospital with minor injuries. Traffic was reduced to one lane while crews were on scene. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the crash. (Photo courtesy Codie Sloan)

Powdersville Apartment Fire

Powdersville, Wren, West Pelzer, and Three and Twenty firefighters responded to an apartment fire at Heritage Trace Apartments off Highway 153 in Powdersville just before 6:30 a.m. Thursday morning, June 1. Pelzer EMS also responded. According to Powdersville Fire Chief the fire was contained to one building and no one was hurt or injured. The fire was in the roof and the roof collapsed. Eight apartments are in the unit that caught fire which remains under investigation. The Red Cross was on scene working with apartment complex management to move residents who were affected by the fire.

No injuries, several vehicles involved – I85 near Hwy. 153

Gantt and Powdersville Fire Departments responded to a multi-vehicle crash on I-85 South near Hwy 153. Several vehicles suffered major damage, stopping on the shoulder and the right-hand lane. A black jeep also ran off into a ditch. The right lane was temporarily blocked. There were no reported injuries, and the South Carolina is investigating the crash. (Photo courtesy Codie Sloan)

Several vehicles involved – I85 & Hwy. 86

The Wren Fire Department responded to a multi-vehicle crash Sunday on I-85 North at Hwy 86. The accident happened around 12:50 pm. A Ford pickup truck was turned on its passenger side against the center wall. There was significant damage to the drivers side of the truck, and other vehicles involved. Left lanes of I-85 North were blocked while crews were on scene. One person was taken to the hospital with injuries by Pelzer EMS. The South Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating. (Photo courtesy Codie Sloan)

No injuries – Hwy. 153

Powdersville firefighters await state troopers at the scene of an accident on SC Hwy. 153 Monday night. Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Highway 143 (RiverRoad). Pelzer EMS responded but did not transport anyone. Traffic was slowed at the intersection until the wreckage was cleared. (Photo by David Rogers

Inspects motorcycle accident

SC State Trooper Westmoreland inspects a motorcycle after it collided with a vehicle Sunday night. The accident happened at the intersection of SC 86 and SC 81. Wren firefighters responded and assisted with patient care and traffic control. Pelzer EMS transported the motorcyclist to an area hospital. (Photo by David Rogers)

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