May 28, 2015 Franklin Fire Requests First ever Increase in Fire Tax
Franklin Fire and Rescue has requested the first ever fire tax increase since the fire tax system was adopted by Macon County in 1999. Chief Warren Cabe has requested to raise the fire tax 0.009 on $100 value. Which would raise the department rate from 0.0356 to 0.0446 per $100 property value. "Increasing the tax rate nine-tenths of a cent above revenue neutral will allow us to hire an additional full-time career position and put a small amount back in our fund balance,: Cabe said. "Last year we had 1,637 calls, 70 percent of which were medical and could be handled by one or two of our staff members. Having another person would make the call volume more manageable." This tax increase would raise a home valued at $100,000 only $9 a year. Back in 2012 Franklin lowered there fire insurance rating from a Class 6 in the city limits to a Class 3 and also lowered there five-mile insurance district from a Class 9 to a Class 4. Franklin is one of only 29 fire departments in the State of North Carolina with a Class 3 Rating. With this increase Franklin would still have the second lowest tax rate in the county behind Highlands Fire Department.
February 14, 2015 Commercial Fire at K-Mart in Westgate Plaza
At around 9 p.m. Saturday night Franklin Fire and Rescue was dispatched to a fire alarm at Kmart in Westgate Plaza. The alarm was for a smoke and in the layaway area. Franklin PD arrived on scene first and advised smoke coming from the building that this would be a working fire. Franklin Fire Chief called for two more departments to be paged to the Kmart fire. The store was evacuated by Franklin PD. Fire crews arrived on scene and established a water source at a hydrant at the rear of the building. Franklin Firefighters made an interior attack on the fire. The interior team found the sprinkler system was activated
and had extinguished the fire. The fire was contained to a loft area over the layaway department. Fire crews then began salvage and overhaul operations to the layaway and office area to the store. Franklin was assisted by West Macon FD, Clarks Chapel FD, Cullasaja FD, Otto Fd, Franklin PD and Macon County EMS.
August 5, 2014 Macon County Code Red Program
Macon County has a program called Code Red where Emergency Service can send out emergency notifications to residents. This service is used to notify Macon County residents of weather alerts, criticial communtiy alerts, evacuation notices or missing child reports. This is a service you have to sign up for, there is no cost to sign up. Here is a click to the sign up page. Link We recommend that residents that don't have a land line to sign up.
August 2, 2014 Middle Burningtown Rd Fire
On the afternoon of August 2, 2014 Franklin Fire & Rescue provided mutual aid to Burningtown Fire Department to a working Structure Fire. The fire was at the residents of 528 Middle Burningtown Rd. On arrival fire crews found heavy fire to the two story home. After about an hour of extensive fire operations the fire was brought under control. Fire crews did find a deceased individual in the home. Identity could not be determined and a autopsy is being conducted. Cowee FD, Cullasaja FD, West Macon FD, Macon County EMS and Macon County Sheriffs office assisted at the scene.
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.