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Open House – June 19 @ 11am

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Mark your calendars now!

Come join us at the annual South Orange Rescue Squad Open House.

Enjoy ice cream from Maple View Farms.  See the inside of an ambulance without the emergency.  Technical Rescue demos. Gator rides!  And everyone’s favorite Andy the Ambulance.

Now mobile browser friendly

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

We just installed the WPtouch plugin to make our fabulous wordpress blog display in a friendlier manner on the smart phone mobile browsers.  We are also working on adding more cow bell.

Updated membership application posted

Wednesday, March 25th, 2009

Title says it all. The latest version of the new member application was posted on the website earlier today.

The Ice Machine Cometh

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

The new ice machine is in and happily producing 220 lbs of ice per day. South Orange, say hello to Scotty. (And yes, you must use your scott-ish accent ‘cuz if it’s not scottish, it’s crap!)


TS Ernesto – 9/1 Update

Friday, September 1st, 2006

While the official word is still pending somewhere up the channel … the Central Branch Office RCC is beginning a demob plan. They have had no requests for swiftwater rescue resources. The actual track of Ernesto was farther to the east than predicted. There was a sharp drop-off in the rainfall amounts starting at about Wilson County.

NWS is revising the River/Creek flood statements within the hour. West of the I95 Corridor did receive 8″ to 10″ to 12″ of rain in some places. Rivers will be cresting in the next couple of days.

This is the last update unless things change.

TS Ernesto – 8/31 Update

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

NWS has adjusted the track of ERNESTO slightly east. This means the center will travel through an area just east of Raleigh. The storm is intensifying and may make landfall as a hurricane. Rainfall estimates for that immediate and surronding area has been increased to 4-8″ with isolated areas of up to 10″. Our area is still included in the 3-5″ average accumulation with 7″ in some spots. Rainfall from ERNESTO should begin ~2230 this evening.

NWS has issued river flood statements for moderate/major flooding within the Haw, Tar, and Neuse Rivers. Flooding shouldn’t occur until Sat/Sun.

Wind Advisory for the I95 cooridor has been increased to 15-25 sustained with gusts up to 40mph.

Next Update, 1030 9/1.


TS Ernesto – 8/30 Update

Wednesday, August 30th, 2006

No significant changes.

All TRT water resources should consider themselves “stood-up” for the duration of the weather event. This request comes from OCEM and NCDEM.

Rain forecast totals for the storm do NOT include rainfall from the front that’s moving through this evening.

Further up dates after tomorrow’s conference call.


TS Ernesto – 8/29 Update

Tuesday, August 29th, 2006

The current NWS forecasted track for TS Ernesto will bring it directly through Orange County. Currently rainfall from Ernesto is predicted to begin late Thursday evening and carry through early Friday morning. Accumulation for weather event is 3-5″ with isolated areas receiving 6-8″. Area reservoirs and creeks/rivers are currently low and should be able to tolerate much of the rainfall. The primary concern is flash flooding in urban areas and other low lying areas.

EMS Division Members, I’ve created 12-hour slots on the EMS Availability calendar for those of you that are available to be called in to staff additional EMS units in the event that ERNESTO produces a need. Lt. Blair Turner is the SORS EMS Supervisor for the weekend. Staff recall will be done via text messaging to cell phones/pagers.

TRT Division Members, please sign up on the TRT calendar. Chances of deploying out of county are extremely minimal but we may be needed in county so please be ready to respond. All TRT equipment and vehicles were checked over the weekend (including chainsaws). Please check your personal equipment and ensure that your radio pager is charged.

If there’s any change in information after tomorrow’s conference calls I’ll send out an update.

Sites of interest include:

National Hurricane Center –
Turn Around Don’t Drown –
Duke Energy Weatherwatch

Matthew W. Mauzy, Chief
South Orange Rescue Squad
919.967.1515 ext 1

Orange Grove FD Open House

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2006

Thank you to all the SORS members who attended the Orange Grove FD Open House.  We took 1261, 1281, 1294 and 12-Gator-2 out to show off.  Orange Grove had all of their apparatus on display and UNC Air Care sent Tarheel 2 as the event center piece.

It was a great PR event.  We were reminded that everyone loves a Carolina Blue gator with flashy lights – the kids especially love the horn.  We also learned that helicopters are more fun than gators for the big kids!  “Hey Maggie, what’s this master power switch do?”

Pictures of the event.

1261 VHF radio

Tuesday, August 1st, 2006

The feature that enabled a repeated channel to be switched to a ‘direct’ channel has been removed from the VHF radios in 1261.  This should remove any difficulty communications was having hearing transmissions from the mobile in 1261.

Alamance 340 and Person 340 have been added in sequence to both the front and rear VHF radios following UNC 340 and Durham 340.