Chief Warren Cabe would like to announce that the department has been awarded new smoke alarms from the North Carolina Department of Insurance Office of State Fire Marshal.
The fire department will canvas at risk communites to insure that homes have working smoke alarms. The goal is to insure that every level of the home has working smoke alarms and to replace smoke alarms that are more than 10 years old. Each week, staff from the Franklin Fire and Rescue will go door-to-door to ask residents to allow firefighters into their homes to check thier smoke alarms. If any smoke alarms need to be replaced new alarms will be installed in the proper locations. If no one is home at the time of the visit a notification tag will be left on the front door to notify the residents that the department has stopped by for a courtesy check of the smoke alarm.
Smoke alarms will also be available to anyone who requests them. inquires will be addressed on a first come first serve basis and a time will be schedule for members of the department to install the smaoke alarms.
For additional information about the smoke alarm installation program, call the fire station at (828) 524-2332.
March 23, 2014 Apartment Fire on Ulco Drive
On the evening of March 23, 2014 Franklin Fire and rescue was dispatched to a working apartment fire at 43 B Ulco Dr at the Panther View Apartment complex. On arrival all occupants of the apartment were out of the home along with the famies cat.
Smoke was showing from the second story window, front door and the rear of the apartment as well. Franklin Fire and Rescue started an interior attack and knocked the fire down in the kitchen area. The whole home had extensive smoke and heat damage. Along with fire damage to the kitchen and living room area. The two neighboring apartments were not affected by the fire and occupants were allowed to return to their homes.
Franklin fire and Rescue was assisted by Clarks Chapel FD and Cullasaja Fd. Along with Macon County EMS and Franklin PD for traffic control.
October 31, 2013 Annual Halloween Boo Bash
On October 31st FFR held their annual Boo Bash at Franklin Fire Station. The department handed out candy and popcorn from 6:30 to 9 p.m. An estimatied 1000 Trick or treaters came through the station during the bash. This a tradition dating back to the mid 90's. To give children and their families a safe place to go trick or treating. Franklin Fire and Rescue would like to thank all the businesses that donated money and candy for this year Boo Bash.
October 16, 2013 Shady LN Structure Fire
In the early morning of October 16th around 2 a.m. Franklin Fire & Rescue was dispatched to the area of Lakeshore dr and Shady LN. To a report of a fully involved structure fire. When the first crews arrived onscene they found a structure that had been burning for a while. The entire roof was already missing. The home was vacant at the time, but the owner did still have items in the home. The home was a total loss. The fire is still under investagation by Macon County Arson Team. Cowee and Clarks Chapel Fire Departments responded to the as well.
August 5, 2013 Norton Creek Farms Tragedy On August 5 2013 shortly after 7 p.m. Macon County Dispatch center received a call that two were down with unknown problems at Norton Creek Farms. Clarks Chapel Fire & Rescue (CCFR) was the responding department. Macon County Sheriff's Office was first to arrive onscene. Two deputy's entered to the building to find the patients down in a tractor trailer. One was on a forklift which was still running. The deputies along with two other workers removed the patients from the building. Once CCFR arrived onscene they started patient care. Shortly after arrival three deputies the other two workers along with CCFR personal started to feel sick. CCFR Asst Chief requested the assistance of FFR. Once FFR arrived onscene they entered the building with SCBA and gas monitors to find levels of over 1000 PPM of CO.
A total of 13 emergency worker was transported to Angel Medical Center for treatment and released. Four Norton Creek workers were transported with one fatality. In total four fire departments responded Clarks Chapel FD, Franklin Fire and Rescue, Otto FD and Cullasaja FD. Other agencies onscene were Macon County Sheriff's Office, Macon County EMS, Macon County Emergency services and NC OSHA.
April 17, 2013 Hunters TRL Structure Fire
Around 9:30 p.m. on April 17, 2013 FFR was dispatched to a report of a working structure fire off of Hunters TRL. On arrival fire crews found heavy fire on the outside deck area of the home. Fire crews made an aggresive attack to bring the fire under control. The home owners were home and were able to escape with their infant and no injuries.
The home sustained heavy damage to the kitchen & living roomarea and attic. Fire crews were able to salvage some personal items for the family. The fire looks to have started on the deck from a cooking accident. Mtn Valley FD, Cullasaja FD, Clarks Chapel FD and Macon County EMS all responded to scene to assist.
April 16, 2013 Franklin High School Prom Promise
On April 16, 2013 FFR percipitated in Franklin High schools prom promise. During the event students were presented with a mock car crash. Showing what the effects of drinking and driving can cause. A crash scene was setup on Franklin High's football field for seniors and juniors. During the event students watch the scene evolve from the early stages of the crash to the end where a fellow FHS student is pronounced dead at the scene. Franklin PD, Macon County Sheriff's Office, FFR, Macon County EMS, North Carolina Highway Patrol and Macon Funeral Home all helped with the mock crash.
April 2, 2013 Mobile Home Fire on Gaston ST
On the evening of April 2, 2013 FFR responded to report of a fully involved structure fire. On arrival fire crews found the mobile home fully involved. The occupants of the home made it out safetly. But lost two family pets in the blaze. The occupant reported the fire started in the kitchen area of the home.
Fire crews were on scene till around midnight. This was the second structure fire for FFR in a 24 hour period. West Macon FD, Clarks Chapel FD and Cullasaja FD's provided mutual aid to Franklin.
April 2, 2013 Vacant Home Structure Fire at 49 Bulgin DR
Franklin Fire & Rescue responded to a working structure fire to a vacant house at 49 Bulgin DR. When the first fire units arrived on scene at around 1:30 am the house was heavly involved with fire. FFR estiblished a water source from a nearby fire hydrant. The house was a total lose. Fire crews where on scene until around 4:30 in the morning.
Franklin was assisted with mutual aid from West Macon FD, Clarks Chapel FD, Cullasaja FD and Mtn Valley Fd's. Franklin PD, Macon County EMS and Macon County Arson Team also was on scene of fire. This fire is still under investigation by Macon County Arson Team.