Georgetown County has been named a Fire Safe Community, thanks to the efforts of both Georgetown County Fire-EMS and Midway Fire-Rescue. The departments were recently recognized by Fire Safe South Carolina for efforts in 2021 to develop community risk reduction plans for their jurisdictions.
Just 104 departments in 36 of the state’s counties received the Fire Safe designation. The communities designated under this program continuously work to reduce fire related injuries in our state, thereby decreasing the risks for residents and firefighters. They also promote consistent fire safety messaging and stress the importance of providing all relative data collected at fire scenes. These communities will be recognized during a formal award ceremony this summer at the Fire-Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach.
To earn the “Fire Safe South Carolina” designation, fire departments completed courses to improve data quality, trained community partners to deliver in-home safety visits, and further developed their skills through online National Fire Academy courses in risk reduction and assessment.
Across the state in 2021, 366 new community partners were identified, more than 1,000 fire service members were educated on risk reduction-related topics, and nearly 500,000 residents were educated on fire and life safety topics by their local fire departments.
We congratulate the men and women of Georgetown County Fire-EMS and Midway Fire-Rescue on this achievement and thank them for their efforts to keep our community safe.