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Emergency

House fire kills three pets

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videoA house fire in Wilmington took the lives of three pets Wednesday. Wilmington firefighters said just after 9 p.m., a small fire started in the front room of a home on the 100 block of Glendale Drive near Castle Hayne. Full story...
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Drill tests emergency readiness at area hospitals

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video An accident on I-40 is bad enough, but if it's a semi full of chemicals, it's much worse. That was the scenario for a readiness test of area medical facilities that took place today. Full story...
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Non-emergency transportation decision on hold in Brunswick County

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videoBrunswick County has decided the business of non-emergency medical transportation will have to wait. County commissioner voted tonight to table the issue of providing extended services through the county's emergency management department until an April meeting. But what does that mean for patients and residents until then? Full story...
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Experts who handled Giffords shooting, Joplin tornadoes share experience

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videoSome jobs require lessons that can only be learned from first-hand experiences. Here in Wilmington this weekend, doctors, nurses and other emergency workers are learning from counterparts who handled last year's shooting of Rep. Gabby Giffords and the killer tornadoes in Joplin, MO. Full story...
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FIRST ON 3: Family loses home to fire, unable to get a hold of 911 operator

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video A Columbus County family lost their home and all of their possessions after a house fire last week. The couple was not able to get in touch with a 9-1-1 operator at the time of the fire. Full story...
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Emergency animal hospital moves to offer more patient care

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video If you're a pet owner, you and your four-legged friends may be interested to know that Wilmington's only after hours emergency veterinary clinic is moving. Full story...
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Agencies work together to prepare for disaster

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videoEnsuring safety along our coast takes practice. Today we got to go behind the scenes to watch federal, state and local response teams in action. Full story...
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Barn in Wilmington goes up in flames

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Crews worked to tame the fire quickly because they were not sure if someone was inside. Fortunately the building was vacant. Firefighters manages to get the blaze under control quickly. Full story...
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Plane headed to Cuba makes emergency landing at ILM

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There was another emergency landing at Wilmington International Airport Thursday night; this time it was a medical emergency. Full story...
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Pender County EMS strained

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videoOur area is growing and more people mean more emergencies. That's becoming very apparent in one local county. Full story...
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911 hang-ups jam emergency dispatchers

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911 dispatchers are supposed to get help to people in need, but dispatchers in our area say their call centers are getting jammed with hang-ups. Full story...
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Columbus County rescue squads fail to respond

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videoIf you have a medical emergency in Columbus County, it could be a while before an ambulance responds to your 911 call -- if it gets there at all. Columbus County officials have documented dozens of cases where rescue squads from all over the county never responded to emergency calls. Pages and pages of 911 medical emergency calls in Columbus County -- some dating back to 2006 -- that local rescue squads never responded to. Full story...
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Thunderstorms knock out emergency lines

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Strong thunderstorms wreaked havoc on the Port City this weekend, cutting connections to some vital emergency services including 911. New Hanover County's 911 Center lost six of its emergency telephone lines Saturday. Telecommunications Director Brenda Hewlett says those lines are still trying to get fixed Monday. Full story...
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Brunswick County fixing emergency radio problem

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Yesterday we told you about some problems Brunswick County is having with its 911 dispatch calls and emergency radio signals. Today officials explained what they're doing to fix the problem. Full story...
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