10/16/09 293 W, 1 I - + 15 - 20 Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point

For your weekend enjoyment, let's take a Bing Maps Bird's Eye tour of Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point in Brunswick County. Opened in 1955 and located on a 16,000-acre Army-owned site, Sunny Point is the largest ammunition port in the nation. It's also the Army's primary east coast deep-water port. The facility provides worldwide trans-shipment of DOD ammo, explosives, and other dangerous cargo. There's a port with three docks and a temporary holding area for munitions. The latter are likely those many concrete-padded parking areas with raised earthworks around them, to protect in the event of explosions. The facility has 100 miles of railroad tracks, and the rail yard(s) are easily seen in aerial views. On this GlobalSecurity.org page about Sunny Point, it notes some 27,000 railroad cars were unloaded during Operations Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Desert Sortie.

Sunny Point has a federal fire department on site with two? stations. In July 2001, they and numerous other fire departments fought an engine room fire on a loaded ammunition ship. The fire started about 4:10 p.m. on July 14, aboard the 950-foot container ship SSG Edward A. Carter Jr. The ship was moored at the south wharf. It was Saturday, and explosive cargo was not being handled. Eighteen crew members were aboard at the time the fire started. Two were killed. SPFD arrived within 10 minutes of the first alarm. Southport Fire Department responded next, after the request for mutual aid. Five counties worth of personnel and equipment eventually participated. Nearly 150 firefighters from 30 departments. Marine assistance included a 32-foot fireboat from Wilmington. The fire was controlled within six hours, and extinguish at 1:30 a.m. the next morning. Read an excellent account of the incident from Industrial Fire World.

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Yes sir, two fire stations serve Sunny Point at this time, they are about to have a third engine company up and running and are discussing going EMT-I though I believe they already run paramedics on their ambulance…
blah - 10/16/09 - 23:22

im from belltown station 2 lancaster county south carolina vol. dept. love your brush truck more info. please.
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