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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 Lifts Burn Ban

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, which can be located at http://www.state.sc.us/forest/fire.htm. 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 where the burn ban is not in place, we ask 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.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at 843-915-7066.



Horry County Officials Respond to Windsor Green Fire in Carolina Forest

Horry County Government Council Chairman Mark Lazarus was on scene at the Windsor Green apartment community this morning and spoke with officials. Lazarus said, “Our first responders acted quickly and worked diligently to protect and serve the people of Horry County. A firefighter from the first arriving Horry County Fire Rescue crews rescued an adult female and her dog from an upstairs bedroom. We appreciate the community’s support as their actions helped save lives last night. I would also like to thank our partner agencies, Myrtle Beach Fire Department and Conway Fire Department for their assistance. This was truly a team effort and I am incredibly proud of the work everyone did last night and continues to do in the wake of this event. My thoughts are with the families and neighbors impacted by the fire.”

Councilmember Al Allen stated, “I am very proud of how all of our Public Safety personnel responded, from 911 to all the boots on the ground. If not for this precise, professional and timely response the outcome could have been much worse. Many thanks and gratitude to all of #TeamHorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with those that were injured and have suffered losses.”

The fire impacted one building in the Windsor Green apartment community and destroyed nine total dwelling units. Sixteen people were displaced, nine of those without injury. Horry County Fire Rescue transported a total of seven patients. There were no injuries to the responding firefighters. Horry County Fire Rescue units arrived on scene approximately five minutes after being dispatched. The quick work of the responding fire crews ensured that nearby buildings did not catch fire. Horry County Code Enforcement officials on scene assessed the two adjacent buildings and determined that they were safe for occupancy. The investigation into the cause of the fire is ongoing. At this time there is no indication that this is a suspicious fire.



Burn Ban Lifted for Horry County

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, which can be located at http://www.state.sc.us/forest/fire.htm. 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 where the burn ban is not in place, we ask 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.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at 843-915-7066.



Burn Ban Lifted for Horry County

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, which can be located at http://www.state.sc.us/forest/fire.htm. 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 where the burn ban is not in place, we ask 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.

For more information, contact Horry County Fire Rescue at 843-915-7066.



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