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Update Regarding Horry County Vaccination Program

Horry County received assurances from SCDHEC that Horry County Fire Rescue is in good standing in the COVID-19 vaccination program and SCDHEC confirmed that vaccine inventory requests for the next delivery cycle could be fulfilled. As directed by SCDHEC, we opened up for public appointments using the VAMS appointment scheduling system. As a result, approximately 800 individuals meeting the Phase 1A and 1B criteria have signed up through the VAMS appointment scheduling system for first dose vaccines. 

Yesterday night, a representative of SCDHEC denied that the order for additional first doses would be placed citing “miscommunication” between SCDHEC officials. Despite indicating their commitment to making sure everyone who received a first dose would receive a second dose in future shipments, Horry County Fire Rescue has not received a shipment of vaccine from SCDHEC since February 12, 2021. 

Horry County Fire Rescue has reserved enough vaccines to administer to those that have signed up. If you are already scheduled to receive your vaccine with Horry County, you should still come to your scheduled appointment. We are also ensuring that everyone who has received a first dose with Horry County will be able to receive their second dose with us. At this point, the County has suspended appointments through the VAMS appointment scheduling system, and we do not anticipate any further doses from SCDHEC. First dose appointments with our facility will conclude on April 6, 2021 and after all of the second dose appointments have been honored, we will conclude our vaccination program.  

We remain frustrated by the lack of ability from SCDHEC to consistently communicate with vaccine providers in the state. We are not alone, and we find it necessary to speak out. We have endeavored to work cooperatively with SCDHEC, but have been thwarted at every turn. 

We remain committed to seeing that every person in Horry County that wishes to receive a shot is able to do so. We appreciate the men and women of Horry County Fire Rescue that stepped up to help their community in a time of need and have done a wonderful job administering the vaccine to first responders and the most vulnerable members of our community.



Horry County Lifts Outdoor Burn Ban

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.



Horry County Fire Rescue Station 13 Groundbreaking Invitation

What: Groundbreaking for the new Longs fire station. 

When: 2 p.m., Friday, February 14, 2020

Where: 801 Hwy. 9 E., Longs, South Carolina 29568

Speakers:

Horry County Council Chairman Johnny Gardner

Horry County Fire Rescue Chaplain John Wayne Tyler

Horry County Councilman Paul Prince

Horry County Councilman Danny Hardee

Horry County Public Safety Assistant Administrator Randy Webster

Horry County Fire Rescue Chief Joseph Tanner



Horry County Fire Rescue Holds Fire Alarm Blitz

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.



Fire Safety Tips from Horry County Fire Rescue: Fire is Fast

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

  • Smoking is the leading cause of home fire deaths for adults 65 and over. It is also the third leading cause of fire injuries for older adults
  • If you smoke, smoke outside.
  • Never smoke in bed, while drowsy, or while under the influence of medication or alcohol.
  • Use deep, sturdy ashtrays.
  • Before you throw out your cigarette butts and ashes, make sure they are completely cool. Put them in water or a can that is filled with sand.
  • Check furniture and places where people smoke for smoldering cigarette butts and ashes—especially before going to bed.
  • Never smoke where medical oxygen is used, even if it is turned off.
  • Keep smoking materials, including lighters and cigarettes, up high and out of the reach of children. Use child safety locks where you store your smoking materials.

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.

  • Don’t cook if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that make you drowsy.
  • Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
  • If you are simmering, baking, roasting, or boiling food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
  • Keep cooking surfaces clean and free from anything that can catch fire.
  • Never lean over a lit burner.
  • Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves while cooking. Loose clothing can catch fire if it touches a gas flame or an electric burner.
  • Check the kitchen after you finish cooking. Make sure the oven, burners, and other appliances are off.
  • If a fire starts, stay calm and get out. Once out, call 9-1-1 from a cell phone or a neighbor’s telephone. Have an outside meeting place a safe distance in front of your house where first responders can see you.

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.

  • Electrical work should only be done by a licensed electrician.
  • Check all electrical appliances often. Replace cracked, damaged, and loose electrical cords.
  • Replace outlets if plugs do not fit snugly or the outlet does not accept plugs with one blade larger than the other.
  • Major appliances (refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, etc.) should be plugged directly into a wall outlet.
  • Plug only one high-wattage appliance into an outlet at a time, even if the outlet has space for two plugs.
  • Avoid using extension cords. Have a licensed electrician determine if additional outlets are needed.
  • Arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) shut off electricity when a dangerous situation occurs. Have a licensed electrician install them in your home.
  • Find reasons for blown fuses and tripped circuit breakers. Have a licensed electrician inspect and correct the problem.
  • Use light bulbs that match the recommended wattage on the lamp or light fixture.

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.



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