State Insurance coverage Commissioner Mike Causey greater than 11 months in the past appeared within the Rocky Mount Metropolis Council chamber to acknowledge the hearth division for being in an elite class within the Tar Heel State and within the nation.
Through the Aug. 23 council common assembly, Causey, who is also the state hearth marshal, offered the hearth division with an award recognizing the division for having turned 125 years outdated.
Earlier throughout the council assembly, Metropolis Supervisor Rochelle Small-Toney, as a part of her routine neighborhood replace, expressed appreciation to members of the division’s Swiftwater Emergency Response Workforce, which lately assisted in response to the flooding, lack of life and property within the western a part of the state ensuing from Tropical Storm Fred.
Small-Toney mentioned the workforce was deployed for 4 days on the state Emergency Administration Western Department Workplace in Conover earlier than returning on Aug. 22.
Causey, moments earlier than he offered the hearth division with the award for the division’s 125 years of service, advised Small-Toney he echoed her remarks as a result of he had simply returned from the mountains.
Causey famous the state Division of Insurance coverage had an help heart for storm victims arrange in Waynesville in Haywood County.
Causey advised the Rocky Mount officers they’d not imagine the catastrophe in Haywood, Transylvania and Henderson counties and within the Mills River space.
Causey mentioned residents in affected areas skilled as a lot as 20 inches of rain in simply a few hours on a Sunday.
“After which two days later, that they had one other rain. And that’s why the bottom was so moist that a few of these mountains simply collapsed,” he mentioned.
He additionally advised of a person who went exterior his residence to examine on some water drainage and was subsequently buried because of a mudslide, and of speaking to supply farmers who misplaced the majority of their crops.
Causey went on to precise his appreciation to Rocky Mount for sending the Swiftwater Emergency Response Workforce.
“It was simply so heartwarming to see the response from our hearth departments all throughout North Carolina,” he mentioned. “I even met park rangers from Kentucky and different states that had come into North Carolina to assist.”
Mayor Sandy Roberson expressed appreciation to Causey for coming and presenting the award honoring the Rocky Mount Fireplace Division.
“It’s an amazing tribute that you just take the time to do that,” Roberson mentioned.
On July 17, the division partly celebrated 125 years of service with a neighborhood occasion on the John P. Sykes Coaching Floor off Atlantic Avenue.
The occasion confirmed how firefighters descend from a tower to rescue an individual in want of medical help and what occurs when a hearth breaks out in a residential room and not using a sprinkler system versus one with a sprinkler system.
The occasion additionally confirmed how firefighters reply to a wrecked automotive and to a propane tank on hearth.
The opposite a part of the celebration occurred later within the night with a gathering on the garden of the Helen P. Homosexual Rocky Mount Historic Prepare Station downtown.
Through the Sept. 14, 2020, council common assembly, Causey offered metropolis Fireplace Chief Corey Mercer with a certificates to point out the hearth division improved a notch to the best score for a hearth division in North Carolina.
The division’s historical past will be traced to 1894, when then-Mayor T.H. Battle appointed then-City Councilmen H.T. Bauman and J.C. Braswell to canvass what was the city of Rocky Mount and decide whether or not a volunteer hearth firm could possibly be organized.
In 1896, the then-City Council accredited the primary organized hearth firm.
That fireside firm consisted of 26 African American males. They operated a ladder wagon and bucket brigade from the 100 block of East Thomas Road.