Ice Causes Accident on Maynardville Highway

Sharps Chapel VFD was dispatched to an accident on Maynardville Highway just north of the 33 Bridge this morning around 9:30 A.M. Freezing rain in the area has turned roadways into ice. Rescue 51 responded to the accident. A Sharps Chapel firefighter made it on the scene first to discover no injuries in the accident. Rescue 51 was cancelled due to the road conditions and no injuries reported. It is advised to not get out on the roadways today until temperatures rise to above freezing. Icy conditions are still being reported around Union County. If you do have to travel, use extreme caution. Please remember to move over and slow down when passing emergency vehicles or motorist on the side of roadways. Stay warm!


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SCVFD Responds to House Fire

Sharps Chapel VFD was dispatched to a structure fire on Thursday, November 30, 2017. The call was at around 11:34 PM on Cox Road. Sharps Chapel Engine 51, Engine 52 & Engine 54 responded to the scene. Upon arrival, neighbors were using a garden hose to slow down the spread of fire. Fire crews made an interior attack to fully extinguish the fire and set up ventilation to remove the smoke from the home. The fire started around the chimney of a wood stove in the home. The home did receive some moderate damage but no injuries were reported. Northeast Union VFD Engine 31 and Maynardville VFD Tanker 91 also responded mutual aid for assistance. 

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SCVFD Responds to Brush Fire

Sharps Chapel VFD was dispatched to a brush fire on Tuesday, November 28, 2017, at around 3:38 PM. The fire occurred on Monroe Lane. The property owner was burning a small brush fire that got out of control and reached a nearby barn. The barn and another small shed was destroyed in the fire. Fire crews were assisted by the Tennessee Division of Forestry. A fire line was placed around the fire and crews extinguished the involved buildings. Around 8 acres of property were burned in the fire. No injuries were reported.

Please use caution when burning outdoors. Remember that a burn permit must be obtained from October 15th through May 15th every year. You can obtain a burn permit by calling the Tennessee Division of Forestry in Union County at 865-278-3348. 

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SCVFD Visits Sharps Chapel Elementary for Fire Prevention Week

The Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department made their yearly visit to Sharps Chapel Elementary School this past week for Fire Prevention Day at the School. Chief Chris Upton along with Deputy Chief Mason Simpson, Lt. Adam Brantley and Probie Johnathon Brogan met with each class to discuss fire safety. This years theme was for each student to know 2 ways out in case of fire. Students were each given fire prevention materials, books and goodies as they all got to see one of the fire trucks. Several students asked questions about the firefighters and what they do. Students also got to demonstrate Stop, Drop, Cover your face and Roll.  The students ended the day with a fire drill at the school.

Chief Upton said he would like to thank Principal Roger Flatford and the Staff for allowing them to visit with the kids each year. Everyone had a great time!

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House Fire on McNerling Lane

The Sharps Chapel Vol. Fire Department was dispatched to a house fire on McNerling Lane on Saturday, October 14, 2017 around 7:06 A.M. Engine 51, Engine 52, and Engine 53 all responded. Upon arrival, the home was over 50% involved with flames. Fire crews quickly attacked the fire to get the flames under control. Apparatus and members from Northeast Union VFD, Paulette VFD, and Maynardville VFD also responded mutual aid to assist with the blaze. No one was at the residence at the time of the fire and no injuries were reported.

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Sharps Chapel VFD Earns 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

Sharps Chapel VFD Earns 2016 Life Safety Achievement Award

Sharps Chapel, TN -The Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department was recently presented with a Life Safety Achievement Award for its fire prevention accomplishments in 2016 by the National Association of State Fire Marshals (NASFM) Fire Research and Education Foundation in partnership with Grinnell Mutual. The award was announced by H. Butch Browning, President of the NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation.

“When we hear the fire truck coming down the street and see its lights, we know firefighters are responding to someone in trouble. What we don’t know is that these unsung heroes are doing a lot of things behind the scenes that save lives,” said David Miller, Assistant Vice President of Special Investigations at Grinnell Mutual. “The Life Safety Achievement Award recognizes fire departments for their fire prevention programs that have been proven to save lives year after year.”

Since 1994, the Life Safety Achievement Award has recognized local fire prevention efforts that have contributed to reducing the number of lives lost in residential fires. The Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department is one of 160 fire departments across the United States to receive the award this year for recording zero fire deaths in 2016 or reducing fire deaths by at least 10 percent during the year. In addition, award recipients documented active and effective fire prevention programs as well as a clear commitment to reducing the number of house fires in the community.

Although residential fires in the U.S. account for only 20 percent of all fires, they result in 80 percent of all fire deaths. The NASFM Fire Research and Education Foundation is committed to reducing that number.

“Experience tells us that fire prevention activity and public education can significantly reduce life and property loss from residential fires,” Browning said. “Prevention and education are very cost effective compared to the traditional approach of relying on fire suppression.”

About NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation
The NASFM Fire Research & Education Foundation is a public interest group whose mission is to reduce residential fire deaths and injuries. The Foundation advocates the use of residential fire sprinklers, smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors and teaching people fire-safe behavior.

The Foundation assists fire departments with implementing residential sprinkler/smoke alarm programs on a local basis. The Foundation’s partners include the United States Fire Administration, the National Association of State Fire Marshals and private industry/associations with an interest in and commitment to residential fire safety.

About Grinnell Mutual
Grinnell Mutual, in business since 1909, is the 14th-largest property casualty insurance company in the United States and the largest primary reinsurer of farm mutual companies in North America. The company provides reinsurance for farm mutual insurance companies as well as property and casualty insurance. Its products are available in 15 states.

The 2016 life Safety Achievement award is sponsored by a grant from Grinnell Mutual.

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VIDEO: SCVFD F500 Training

Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department members, along with other fire agencies in Union County, completed training on the use of F-500 Encapsulated Agent on Saturday. What is F-500? First, F-500 EA has a remarkable ability to cool a fire and surrounding structures, with the ability to absorb 6-10 times more heat energy than plain water.  Instead of scalding steam, F-500 EA releases a warm vapor.  Secondly, F-500 EA encapsulates fuels forming micelles or “chemical cocoons” that render the fuel nonflammable and nonignitable.  Finally, F-500 EA interrupts the free radical chain reaction.  Free radicals are unburned gases produced during the combustion process that turn into smoke and soot.  Inhibiting the chain reaction results in less smoke and toxins and increases visibility. Below is a video from the training session.

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Sharps Chapel Festival in the Park

We would like to thank everyone who stopped by for our first Festival in the Park, we hope to make this a yearly event and have already began making plans for next year.
Thanks to Savannah and Chapel Hill and The Valley Boys for the music and singing during the festival. A big thanks to all of the business that donated door prizes and Flowers By Bob for decorating the stage. The Ladies Auxillary Unit did a great job in helping put this years festival together in a short time. We look forward to next year!!!!!!
Below are the Festival Winners:
Car Show Winners
Most Original – 1954 Pontiac – Carson Hounshel
Peoples Choice and 1st Place – 1963 Chevy Nova – John Miracle
2nd Place – 1972 Chevy Monte Carlo – Brenda Miracle
3rd Place – 1965 Chevy Impala – Richard
Truck Show Winners
Most Original – 1972 Chevy 4×4 – Eddie Smith
Peoples Choice and 1st Place – 1957 Chevy – Keith Whitt
2nd Place – 1969 Chevy C-10 – Wayne Begley
3rd Place – 1949 Chevy – Harold Webb
Tractor Show Winners
Oldest Tractor – 1935 John Deere B Model – Wayne Ellison
1st Place – 1949 Cub Farmall – Ernie Berry
2nd Place – 1954 Farmall Super M-TA – Josh Berry
3rd Place – 1953 Farmall Super C – Trish Widener
Watermelon Eating Contest Winners
1st Place – Jenissy Brogan
2nd Place – Jordan Brogan
3rd Place – Wade Brantley
Pie Baking Contest Winner
1st Place – Sherry Medina
Quilt Show Winners
1st, 2nd and 3rd Place – Rena Begley
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Residential Fire on Lakeview Circle

Sharps Chapel VFD was dispatched to a residential fire on Lakeview Circle on Saturday, April 22, 2017 around 3:30 PM. Sharps Chapel Engine 51, Engine 52, and Engine 53 all responded (Engine 53 responded to its first structure assignment in Sharps Chapel). Engine 51 arrived on scene to find smoke coming from the roof of the home. No one was home at the time of the fire and nearby neighbors had already entered the home with a water hose prior to SCVFD’s arrival. Fire crews made an interior attack into the home to finish extinguishing the fire. The fire was contained to the wall of origin and appeared to start around an electrical outlet. No injuries were reported. Northeast Union VFD and Maynardville FD responded mutual aid but was cancelled before they arrived on scene. Thanks for the assistance!

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Sunset Bay Donates to SCVFD

On behalf of the Sunset Bay Owners Association, SBOA President Henry Smith presented a donation check of $1000 to Chief Chris Upton for use by the Sharps Chapel Volunteer Fire Department. We really appreciate the support.

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