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Horry County Fire Rescue Tests New Deployment Model, Increases Paramedic Coverage

Conway, SC—Horry County Fire Rescue (HCFR) officials announce that the deployment model being tested in three fire/rescue districts has increased the paramedic coverage by an average of 83% across the three districts in the initial 19 days of the model.

The new deployment model is currently being tested in three stations: Station 18 (Stephens Crossroads), Station 7 (Lake Arrowhead), and Station 20 (Scipio).  In the first 19 days of the deployment model, those stations ran a combined 344 Emergency Medical calls for service.  Of those calls, 300 of the patients (87%), required basic life support (BLS) interventions, and 44 patients (13%) required advanced life support (ALS) interventions. Here are the immediate benefits:

1. This model has increased the availability of paramedics working in those three districts to respond to life threatening emergencies.

2. Paramedic availability and coverage in these three districts increased by an average of 83%. 

3. This model has decreased the amount of overtime required of our paramedics to work each day. 

The new deployment model assigns the paramedic at these stations to the fire apparatus, and the transport unit (ambulance) functions as a BLS unit. This Deployment Model Test has been approved by the HCFR Operational Medical Director, Dr. Thomas J. Martel, and is in full compliance with State EMS Regulation and Law. Each of these stations still has a full time paramedic responding to all ALS calls, just as they did under the previous model. The shift in apparatus assignment allows the ambulance to respond to, and make patient transports, in non-life threatening emergencies.  This allows the paramedic to remain available to respond to life-threatening emergencies.  

In these stations, both the fire apparatus and the ambulance respond to medical emergencies and fire emergencies.  For calls that require BLS interventions, only the ambulance responds, leaving the fire apparatus, with the paramedic, available to respond to life threatening emergencies.  

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Tanner says, “We are always looking for ways to improve service delivery to our citizens.  The department is encouraged by these initial results, and will continue to work hard for the citizens of Horry County to provide efficient services and excellent patient care.  As a result of these improvements, we have seen a significant boost to employee morale in these areas and we will continue to make adjustments that ensure our members are safe each and every shift.” 



Horry County Historic Preservation Awards

Conway, South Carolina – The Horry County Board of Architectural Review & Historic Preservation will hold their annual Historic Preservation Awards May 15, 2018, at 2:30 p.m. at the McCown Auditorium at the Horry County Museum, 805 Main Street, in Conway.

The awards ceremony will showcase historic preservation efforts throughout Horry County during the last year.  Our guest speaker will be David Douglas a former member of the board and an award recipient this year for all his rehabilitation work within the County.  All properties that were designated as historic between May 2017 and April 2018 will receive a certificate acknowledging the honor.  Also being recognized:

  • Jack Walker for years of historic preservation activities in Myrtle Beach.
  • Diane Moscow McKenzie for years of historic preservation activities in Myrtle Beach.
  • Dino Thompson for years of historic preservation activities in Horry County.
  • Students for their participation in the annual High School Historic Sites & Structures Video Contest.
  • Businesses that have been honored by the Legacy Business Recognition Program.
  • Agritourism businesses that have received approved permits.

For more information, contact Lou Conklin, Senior Planner, in the Horry County Planning & Zoning Department at 915-5340.



Horry County Offices to Close for Memorial Day

Conway, South Carolina – All Horry County offices, other than public safety operations, will be closed on Monday, May 28, 2018, in observance of Memorial Day. Regular courts may be in operation in the Horry County Government & Justice Center and all jurors, witnesses, etc. will be required to be present.

In addition to the above dates:

  • The Horry County Museum and the L.W. Paul Living History Farm will be closed Saturday, May 26, 2018.
  • All branches of the Horry County Memorial Library will be closed Saturday, Saturday, May 26, 2018.


Horry County Mosquito Truck Spraying

Conway, SC-- Horry County will be conducting mosquito spraying, weather permitting, in the unincorporated areas of the county. Mosquito spraying takes place April through November and the typical spray schedule for trucks is Monday through Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

The chemicals used for mosquito control spraying are approved by the EPA and pose minimal risk to humans or animals. Individuals with asthma or other respiratory illness may wish to stay indoors and close windows and doors during spraying. In addition, homegrown fruits and vegetables should be washed, scrubbed, and/or peeled before eating.

To help keep our honeybee population safe, beekeepers are urged to contact Horry County Stormwater to identify the location of their colonies. In addition, citizens who need to request spraying in their area can contact the Horry County Road & Drainage Hotline at 843-381-8000.



International Drive Road Race This Sunday

The First Annual International Drive Road Race is Sunday, April 29, 2018. The event includes a 5K, 10K, and one mile fun run for kids. The starting time is 8:00 AM for the 5K, 8:30 AM for the 10K, and 9:30 AM for the one mile fun run with an awards ceremony following immediately afterward.

Both the 5K and 10K courses are USATF certified. This is a closed course race. Participants are able to compete in both the 5K and 10K with the top 1st-3rd overall male and female runners receiving cash awards. Each participant receives a finisher medal. Black Dog Running Company is managing the event. Second Wind Race Timing will be the official timing company. The 5K and 10K courses will use chip timing devices attached to the participant bib to record each runner's time.

Registration for all three races is still open, and fees currently range from $5-$70. Registration fees include a high quality tech t-shirt, a finishers medal and refreshments at the finish line. Fun run participants have the option of purchasing a t-shirt.    

The entrance to The Farm subdivision located on International Drive will be closed beginning at 5:00 AM through the duration of the event.  

For more information and to register for the event, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/MyrtleBeach/1stAnnualInternationalDriveRoadRace.



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