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Horry County Fire Rescue Improves ISO Rating

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Fire Rescue has improved its ISO rating after the completion of their recent Public Protection Classification (PPC) survey. ISO completed its analysis of the structural fire suppression delivery system provided in our county and moved the ISO rating from a Class 5 to a Class 3. The survey evaluates all aspects of the department’s fire rescue services, as well as the water supply services provided by the county, on a scale from 1 to 10, with 1 being the highest.

Effective November 1, 2016, Horry County Fire/Rescue will be reclassified to the improved ISO Class 3 status.

“Thanks to the cooperation and leadership of Chief Tanner and his staff and Administrator Chris Eldridge for assisting in this lengthy, but critical process by the PPC,” stated County Councilman and Chairman of the Public Safety Committee Al Allen. “This improved classification is a direct result of achieving a much better and secure fire service for our county and providing a first-rate public safety response as we continue to prepare for the future growth needs of our county.”

“This improved classification is incredible news for our citizens,” stated Horry County Council Chairman Mark Lazarus. “Our council has been committed to fire protection services in our community and have invested local tax dollars over the years to replace aging fire apparatus, build or replace fire stations, and provide a safe working environment for our many brave men and women in our fire department. We should all be proud.”

ISO’s Public Protection Classification Program (PPC) plays an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers use PPC information as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices to change for personal or commercial property insurance. By achieving a lower ISO classification, residents and business owners could see a saving on their insurance.

The last ISO reclassification was done in Fiscal Year 2009, when Horry County Fire Rescue was rated a 5. 

Tanner Named Horry County's New Fire Rescue Chief

Conway, South Carolina – After a national search, Joseph Tanner, Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director for the City of Georgetown (SC), was selected as the new Horry County Fire/Rescue Chief. He will begin his employment with Horry County on December 7, 2015.

“The selection committee was focused on numerous factors, especially strong management principles,” stated Horry County Administrator Chris Eldridge. “We are very pleased with our selection, as he possesses all of the qualities that we were looking for to be part of our leadership team. Tanner comes to Horry County with an understanding of our area and the ongoing challenges we face as a growing community. He brings the strong leadership and management skills needed to provide effective fire/rescue services to our citizens and will be instrumental in collaborating with internal and external departments/agencies.”

Tanner has been the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director for the City of Georgetown since 1984 and is well respected among his colleagues throughout the state. 

Tanner replaces former fire/rescue Chief Fred Crosby who left the department in May 2015.

RFP Selection to be Made for Uniforms, Accessories and Footwear for Horry County Fire Rescue

Conway, South Carolina – Recommendations will be made to County Administrator Chris Eldridge by the Evaluation Committee regarding Request for Proposals (RFP) #2013-14-070 for uniforms, accessories and footwear for Horry County Fire/Rescue. The recommendation will be made on Tuesday, July 28, 2015, at 9:30 a.m. in the Administrator’s Conference Room at the Horry County Government and Justice Center, 1301 Second Avenue in Conway.

Horry County Fire Rescue Seeks Community Feedback

Conway, South Carolina – Horry County Fire/Rescue strives to provide quality services to all citizens and visitors of Horry County and would like to receive feedback from the community regarding the services they provide and the manner in which they are provided.   A citizen’s survey has been added to the Horry County Fire/Rescue’s website

 which will allow citizens the opportunity to share their observations and experiences regarding any recent services that was provided by Horry County Fire/Rescue. 

The results from the survey will be used to better serve the community.   For more information regarding Horry County Fire/Rescue, please call (843) 915-5190.