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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 November 28, 2018
in Public Safety
Horry County, SC - - Did you know that home fires occur more in the winter than in any other season? Half of all home heating fires occur in the months of December, January, and February. With cold weather in the forecast, and the upcoming winter season approaching, Horry County Fire Rescue would like to remind residents to follow these heating tips to help maintain a fire-safe home:
· Keep anything that can burn, such as bedding, clothing, and curtains, at least 3 feet away from the heater.
· Make sure the heater has an automatic shut-off, so if it tips over, it shuts off.
· Turn heaters off when you go to bed or leave the room.
· Plug portable heaters directly into outlets and never into an extension cord or power strip.
· Only use portable heaters from a recognized testing laboratory.
· Keep a glass or metal screen in front of the fireplace to prevent embers or sparks jumping out.
· Do not burn paper in your fireplace.
· Put the fire out before you go to sleep or leave your home.
· Put ashes in a metal container with a lid, outside, at least 10 feet from your home.
· Make sure your wood stove is 3 feet from anything that can burn.
· Do not burn paper in your wood stove.
· Have your chimney inspected and cleaned each year by a professional.
· Have your furnace inspected each year.
· Keep anything that can burn away from the furnace.
· Do not use a kitchen oven to heat the home. It is not designed to heat large areas, and the element may fail which could cause a fire.
· Portable generators are commonly used in the winter as a result of storm-induced power outages. Carbon monoxide fumes are odorless and deadly. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to prevent death from carbon monoxide.
· Use portable generators outdoors in well-ventilated areas away from all doors, windows, and vents.
· Make sure you have carbon monoxide alarms in your home. Test carbon monoxide alarms at least once a month.
· Do not use a generator in a wet area. This can cause shock or electrocution.
· Connect appliances to the generator with heavy-duty extension cords.
· Do not fuel your generator when it is running. Spilling gas on a hot engine can cause a fire.
Heating pads and electric blankets also pose a fire risk, especially if more than 10-years old. Do not place anything on top of either device when in use, this includes other blankets or pets. Never fold electric blankets or use while sleeping.
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your home and inside and outside sleeping areas. You should test your smoke alarm each month. Also, lightly dust or vacuum your smoke alarm after each test. Smoke alarms should be completely replaced every 10-years. Your family should plan and practice a home escape plan during your monthly smoke alarm testing routine.
Lastly, 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 September 11, 2018
Date: 11 September 2018
Time: 11 a.m.
Conway, South Carolina –Horry County Fire Rescue would like to remind citizens to utilize extra precautions before, during, and after Hurricane Florence. Here are a few tips:
In addition, HCFR would like to remind everyone to TURN AROUND, DON’T DROWN!
After the storm, there may be power lines down throughout the county. If you see power lines downed, avoid the area and contact the utility company immediately. Remember, lines do not have to be arcing or sparking to be live. Any utility line, including telephone or cable lines, could be energized making them very dangerous, treat every line as if it is live (energized).
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On June 1, 2018
in County News
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.”
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