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The Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a duplex fire in the 4700 block of Murray Lake Lane off Highway 58 Wednesday night. Quint 6, Squad 7, Ladder 7, Engine 4, Quint 8, Squad 19, Battalion 2 and Battalion 3 (Red Shift) responded at 5:13 PM. Fire companies arrived on scene and saw fire and smoke coming from the structure. The Incident Commander, Lieutenant Julius Hubbard, had crews initiate an interior fire attack and primary search. Occupants from the B side apartment had already exited the structure when firefighters arrived on scene. Crews had the fire out within 15 minutes. The occupants of Apartment A were not home at the time of the fire. There were no injuries and the cause is under investigation. Squad 7 personnel saved one dog during firefighting operations. 

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Firefighters have collected critical funds in the community since 1954 – one dollar at a time – as part of the Fill the Boot program for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). The Chattanooga Fire Department and the Chattanooga Fire Fighters Association Local 820 will be continuing this long-standing tradition as its firefighters kick off the annual program raising funds to support MDA’s vision to accelerate research, advance care, and advocate for the support of MDA families.

Dedicated firefighters will have boots in hand asking pedestrians, motorists, customers and other passersby to make a donation to MDA on May 26th, 27th, & 28th from 10am to 2pm each day at the following locations:

Quint 1 – Market St & Main St

Ladder 1 – Main St. & Central

Squad 1 – Broad St. & Aquarium Way

Quint 3 – Entrance of Walmart & Cummings Rd

Engine 4 – Dodson Ave & Wilcox Blvd

Engine 5 – Main St & Willow St

Ladder 5 – Bailey Ave & Willow St

Quint 6 – Bonny Oaks Drive & Hwy 58

Quint 7 – Lee Hwy & Relocation Way (Food City)

Squad 7 – Jenkins Rd (intersection by Tiger Mart)

Quint 8 – Shallowford Rd & Hamilton Place Blvd

Engine 9 – Rossville Blvd & Dodds Ave

Quint 10 – Wilder St & Dodson Ave

Engine 12 – Frazier Ave & Forrest Ave

Quint 13 – Greenway View Dr & Brainerd Rd

Squad 13 – Igou Gap Rd & Gunbarrel Rd

Quint 14 – St. Elmo Ave & 38th St

Engine 15 – Moore Rd & Shallowford Rd

Quint 16 – Lupton Dr & Hixson Pike

Quint 17 – Mountain Creek Rd & Signal Mtn Blvd

Quint 19 – North Point Rd & Hixson Pike

Squad 19 – North Point Rd & Hixson Pike

Squad 20 – Brown Ferry Rd & Cummings Rd

Quint 21 – Gunbarrel & East Brainerd Rd (Halloween Express parking lot) 

Engine 22 – Walmart Entrance and Exit behind Chik-Fil-A on Hwy 153

No streets and/or intersections will be closed during the event.

Individuals and local businesses can also support the firefighters by donating online at: 

https://filltheboot.donordrive.com/team/Chattanooga820

  "Firefighters in Chattanooga, TN and around the country display an unwavering support for MDA year after year, raising critical funds and awareness to help our families get the care they need," says Holly Carroll, Director of Firefighter Partnerships for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. “We are so thankful for their continued commitment to help us empower the people we serve to live longer, more independent lives and for their willingness to protect everyone on the frontlines in our community.”

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Chattanooga firefighters worked a motor vehicle crash with entrapment Saturday night on Interstate 75. Blue Shift crews responded at 6:15 PM and got to work on the extrication. Photos from Captain Chris Blazek show how skilled members of the CFD freed the patient from the car. Quint 21, Squad 13, Squad 1, Battalion 2, CPD, HCEMS and TDOT responded. The patient was alert and conscious the whole time. He was taken to the hospital for treatment of his injuries.

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At 7:19 AM on Thursday (5/19/22), CFD Engine 9 and Tanker 3, along with East Ridge companies, responded to a vehicle fire on Interstate 24 EB at the Ridge Cut on Missionary Cut. Two cars were fully engulfed in flames. Firefighters worked to extinguish the fire and by 8 AM, it was out. Fire officials on the scene said the blaze was caused by a crash. One of the cars hit the other car from behind and it caused a fuel tank rupture, which ignited and caught both vehicles on fire. There were no injuries. Everyone was out of the vehicles on arrival. Traffic cameras captured fire units responding and putting the fire out. The eastbound lanes were shut down while emergency crews handled the incident. We understand that this created traffic backups on a major roadway and we appreciate drivers’ patience as first responders worked diligently to tackle the fire and clear the scene, making it once again safe for travel. 

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A Chattanooga mother sincerely thanked first responders for saving her son’s life during a scary, life-threatening incident at the their home. On April 28th at 8:30 pm, a family member called 911 reporting that Kaine Varnell, 21, was unresponsive on the floor of the garage. Chattanooga Police, Chattanooga Fire and Hamilton County EMS responded. As Quint 8 personnel were arriving on scene, they began their size-up, as they do on every emergency call, to assess the situation. They immediately noticed the residence was a duplex with an active work crew renovating one side of the structure and the emergency taking place on the adjoining side of the duplex. When the crew was met by the patient's father as they exited the truck, they noticed his general appearance could indicate the possibility of a carbon monoxide emergency as he was showing signs and symptoms. The crew immediately removed the unconscious party from the structure and initiated CPR as HCEMS arrived on scene. Quint 8 personnel then donned their personal protective equipment, including their masks, and used a gas monitor to check the structure. Extremely high levels of carbon monoxide were present in both sides of the duplex and a generator was located in the garage of the duplex where work was taking place. The generator had been running inside the garage with the garage door down while crews were working inside. HCEMS personnel were able to establish an advanced airway, administer necessary medications and regain good vitals for the patient. He was transported to the hospital with firefighters and paramedics providing continuous care in the back of the moving ambulance. Following the CO poisoning incident, Mr. Varnell has been recovering and his mother is very grateful for the treatment he received. She personally expressed her gratitude to first responders during a special recognition at CFD Fire Station 8 on Wednesday. Mr. Varnell and his family have been through a lot in recent years. In March of 2020, he escaped his family’s burning home on N Concord Road, but his 10-year-old brother was still inside the residence. The child was rescued by Chattanooga firefighters, but later passed away from injuries sustained in the fire. Two years later, Mr. Varnell ended up in another life-threatening situation and again, first responders rushed to help.

During National EMS Week, we want to recognize HCEMS as well as all those who work in public safety, striving to save lives and property! Chattanooga firefighters are also certified emergency medical personnel and respond to a growing number of EMS calls each year in our community. Quint 8 Red Shift personnel (Captain Tim Greer, Lt. Robert Kirby, and Senior Firefighter Larry Henderson) received life-saving awards for their quick-thinking and excellent response efforts, which ultimately prevented this family from dealing with another tragic loss. Lt. Blake Smith, Paramedic Ben Bauman and AEMT Ashley Smith also received life-saving awards from Hamilton County EMS. With their training and experience, they knew immediately that they were dealing with more than just a CPR call. That situational awareness and excellent care illustrate what Chattanooga firefighters and all Hamilton County first responders are capable of when every second counts.

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