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Fire Chief

Old Fort

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  • Fire Chief
    Old Fort Fire Department
  • Fire Chief
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Those claws can also pose a ..., 15 April 2014 [cached]
Those claws can also pose a threat to would-be rescuers, said Edward Genthert, Old Fort Fire Chief.
"We have had guys going up trees, where cats have latched onto our guys," he said. "It can be really hard to get them off of you."
"It can be really dangerous," Genthert continued, describing one incident where a firefighter in full gear - heavy bunker pants, helmet, face shield - was 40 feet up a pine tree with a cat "clawing the heck out of his neck" and trying to get at his face.
Still, the Old Fort department will rescue animals, on a case-by-case basis, he said.
"We've gone in drainage ditches pulling puppies out, and all sorts of stuff," Genthert said.
His father, Ed ..., 11 Sept 2008 [cached]
His father, Ed Genthert, fire chief of the Old Fort Fire Department, left out some of the details, though.
Since becoming a firefighter himself, Genthert has learned that they must detach themselves from the situation: be someone's shoulder to cry on and hold it together at the same time.
"I always admired him," Genthert said of his father."I have a deeper respect for the fire service now that I am a firefighter."
The Timberland High School graduate became a Mount Pleasant firefighter three years ago.Genthert, 25, started out studying sports medicine at Coastal Carolina University before switching to the fire service.His medical training has come in handy.
Genthert said he went to the scene thinking he would drop his medical bag next to the man and see some sign of life.
"The injuries were incompatible with life altogether," he said.
Most calls that come to the station on Six Mile Road during 24-hour shifts are less traumatic.
"If you can dream it up, people call about it," he said.
Genthert said that's when training to take calculated risks comes in handy.If a home or building is more than 50 percent engulfed in flames and no one is inside, they don't go in.
Going a day without a fire at all is a good one, Genthert said.
An alarm and a neighbors call ..., 7 Nov 2013 [cached]
An alarm and a neighbors call to 911 alerted firefighters to a house fire on Lakeview Drive shortly after 11 p.m., Fire Chief Ed Genthert said. The home resides in the Ashborough subdivision off Dorchester Road.
According to Genthert, neighbors reported that a loud boom noise echoed throughout the area as the fire erupted.
Arriving units saw heavy flames and smoke burst through the homes upper windows. The fire took about an hour to bring under control, Genthert said.
No one was home when the flames ignited, according to Genthert, and no injuries were reported.
Genthert said the size of the fire and reports from neighbors led authorities to deem the blaze suspicious. The area has had problems in the past, he said.
The fires cause has not yet been determined, Genthert said.
The Post and Courier, Charleston SC | | Stories, 2 Nov 2006 [cached]
A Dorchester County deputy sheriff passing by around 5 a.m. spotted the fire at 709 Miles Road, said Old Fort Fire Chief Ed Genthert.
Firefighters found a burning Chevrolet sport utility vehicle missing its wheels on blocks behind the office, Genthert said.
A Nissan on the property was up on jacks and also missing wheels, he said.
Heat damaged some of the 10 vehicles, he said.
The shop has been in business 19 years.
Genthert called the fires suspicious and said they appear to be arson.
The Summerville Sun - Articles, 9 Oct 2008 [cached]
Old Fort Fire Chief Ed Genthert announced that the staff person most deserving of this year's award as the department's Fireman of the Year was David O'Sullivan.
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