Public news and announcements are brought to you by the Horry County Public Information Office.
On April 21, 2020
Conway, South Carolina (April 21, 2020)—Effective immediately, Horry County Government has lifted the outdoor burning ban for the unincorporated areas of Horry County. We ask that you continue to follow all Burning Regulations set forth by the South Carolina Forestry Commission. All open burning in Horry County requires you to contact the South Carolina Forestry Commission at 1-800-986-5404, before the burn is started.
We remind our citizens that even when the burning ban is not in place, we ask for their consideration and due diligence when actively involved in open burning. Always remember to lean on the side of safety, and do not burn in windy or dry conditions.
On January 23, 2019
in Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina-Horry County Fire Rescue is holding a smoke alarm blitz, this Saturday, January 26, 2019, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM. This event was previously scheduled in December but was rescheduled due to inclement weather. Firefighters will be going door-to-door installing smoke detectors in four locations around Horry County. Message boards were posted in the communities earlier this week to let local residents know about tomorrow’s event.
“Smoke detectors save lives, and we are committed to ensuring the fire and life safety of Horry County residents,” said Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner. “The smoke alarm blitz has been a very successful program here, and we will continue to host these and other fire safety events in our community.”
Each of Horry County’s four battalions will be working at four different locations—
Battalion 1: Woodridge Mobile Home Park off Mineola Avenue in Little River
Battalion 2: Backwoods Mobile Home Park off Peachtree Rd. in Socastee
Battalion 3: Saddlebrook Mobile Home Park off Long Avenue Extension
Battalion 4: Chase Street off Hwy 917
Residents who would like to request a smoke alarm can fill out the online request form here.
On January 15, 2019
in Public Safety
Horry County, South Carolina - Did you know, in less than 30 seconds a small flame can turn into a major fire? Your risk of injury or death in a home fire changes with age. If you have young children or older adults living in your home, they may need your help to stay safe. Here are some important ways to keep your home and your loved ones safe from fire.
Fire Safety If You Smoke
Fire Safe Cooking
Cooking fires are the number one cause of home fires in America. Many older adults also experience burn-related injuries during cooking. Prevent fires and burns by being watchful and alert when you cook.
Practice Electrical Safety
Older homes are more likely to catch fire from electrical causes than newer homes. Older wiring may not have the capacity to safely handle newer appliances and equipment and may not have updated safety features.
Every year in America nearly 3,000 people die in home fires. Many of these people die in homes that do not have working smoke alarms. Smoke alarms warn you and your family when there is a fire. They can save your life!
As always, if there is a fire emergency, call 9-1-1 as soon as possible and remain outdoors. Never return inside a burning building to retrieve an item.
On April 28, 2017
in Public Safety
On April 11, 2017
in General, Public Safety
Conway, South Carolina – Joseph Huffman, will become Horry County’s new Assistant County Administrator of Public Safety. Huffman has been the City Manager of Pascagoula, Mississippi, since 2011 and is scheduled to begin work in Horry County on May 22.
“We welcome Joseph to Horry County as he brings a wealth of knowledge from his previous government experience in Mississippi and North Carolina,” stated County Administrator Chris Eldridge. “Joseph will be a strong and solid manager for our organization, and we are excited he is joining our team.”
Under the Public Safety Division, Huffman will oversee the following: police, fire/ems, emergency management and E911 as well as being the liaison with several other elected and appointed officials to include the Coroner, Sheriff, Magistrates, Public Defender, and the Solicitor.
Huffman was chosen from among 153 applicants for the position. Huffman was the City Manager of Pascagoula, MS, for the past five years and was responsible for all operations of a full-service coastal municipality. Prior to Pascagoula, Huffman was a city manager throughout North Carolina to include the City of Goldsboro (2005-2011), City of Laurinburg (1999-2005), City of Havelock (1994-1999), and was also a corrections officer/sergeant at the State of North Carolina Department of Corrections (1981-1989).
Huffman received his Masters of Public Administration and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolilna.
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