Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Commissioner Causey to honor Black Mountain firefighters, paramedics who delivered baby State Fire Marshal will also announce new insurance rating for Swannanoa

Oct 20, 2021

North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey on Thursday will honor three firefighters and two paramedics who earlier this month delivered a baby in a car outside the Black Mountain Fire Department.

Commissioner Causey, who is the State Fire Marshal, will also announce the new insurance rating for the Swannanoa Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad while in Buncombe County.

Firefighters Derek McKinney, Will Lonon and Chance Hensley, along with paramedics Cameron Bradley and Allison Bradley, will receive the Commissioner’s Award.

At approximately 6:30 a.m. Oct. 12, the five helped deliver a baby when a woman arrived at the fire station in labor. The woman was headed to the hospital to have the baby, but there wasn’t enough time to get there, according to news reports. Nor was there enough time to get the mother out of the car, so the firefighters and first responders had to help deliver the baby in the car.

Before going to Black Mountain, Commissioner Causey will stop by the Swannanoa Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue Squad to announce its new insurance rating. The department recently underwent an inspection by the Office of State Fire Marshal. A fire department’s rating affects homeowners’ and business insurance premiums and helps signal how prepared firefighters are at responding to calls and battle blazes in their fire districts.

Here is Commissioner Causey’s public schedule for Thursday:

2:30 p.m. – Swannanoa Fire & Rescue (New fire rating)

103 South Ave., Swannanoa, N.C. 28778


3:15 p.m. – Black Mountain Fire Department (Commissioner’s Awards)

106 Montreat Road, Black Mountain, N.C. 28711

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