National Fire Academy Weekend: Deadline May 20th, 2015

National Fire Academy Training Weekend!

Time is running out to register for this years’ National fire academy weekend. Attached you will find a copy of the brochure for the weekend including the classes and the weekend schedule and registration. The Dorms are great, all private rooms with bathroom and showers. we enjoy several events throughout the weekend.  They have great instructors and good classroom formats.
Please get your registrations filled out and returned to Headquarters as soon as possible, The deadline is MAY 20, 2015.
We are trying to fill the Bus for the trip. The only meals you will have to pay for is breakfast Friday morning, lunch Friday, and supper on Sunday on the way home.
Don’t miss a great chance for excellent training to take back to your stations.
For additional Information please contact Mike Benoir- Anderson County Fire Department Training Officer at         864-260-4016 or 864-260-4018.

Williford Volunteer Fire Department Annual BBQ Sale

The Williford Volunteer Fire Department will be having it’s Annual BBQ Sale May 23rd, 2015 From 11:00 to Until.

They will be having:

  • BBQ Pork Plates
  • Chicken Plates

Sides Include:

  • Beans
  • Cole Slaw
  • Drink

Dine In or Carry Out Options Are Available*

The BBQ Sale will be hosted at the Williford Volunteer Fire Department at 3738 Highway 187 S, Anderson SC, 29626

Williford Fire Dept BBQ Sale Flier

Please See the Flier for more information.

Boating Safety!

It’s that time of the year again and the Anderson County Fire Department wants to make sure you have a fun but safe time also! Here are a few things to remember before heading to the lake:

Before you Leave:

  • Check the weather.
  • Let someone know where you are going.
  • Gather all lifesaving devices. Make sure they are in good serviceable condition and are the correct size for all passengers (especially children).
  • Check the fuel and the battery charge.
  • Make sure lights are in good working condition on the boat and trailer.
  • Make sure fire extinguisher is readily accessible and in good serviceable condition.
  • Put the plug in.
  • Connect trailer safety chains to tow vehicle.
  • Carry a cell phone if possible.

On the Water:

  • Know the aids to navigation and buoy system in your areas.
  • Don’t operate the boat under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • When operating sailboats be aware of overhead power lines and wires.
  • If someone falls overboard, throw something that will float (Personal Floating Device (PFD), raft or cooler).
  • All boats approaching from the right have the right of way.
  • Always anchor from the bow of the boat and pull the anchor before leaving.
  • If boat capsizes, stay with the boat.
  • If caught in a storm, head into the wind, put on PFD’s and keep passengers low in the boat.
  • Cold water boaters such as duck hunters, fishermen, sailors beware! Cold water kills.

Equipment:

Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs)
All boats must have a US Coast Guard approved wearable type PFD for each person on board or being towed. Each PFD must be in good condition, readily available and the proper size for the intended wearer. In addition, boats 16 feet in length or longer must carry a Type IV throwable device. In South Carolina, any person under twelve years of age must wear a US Coast Guard approved Type I, II, III, or V PFD when on board a class “A” (less than 16 ft. long) boat.

Fire Extinguisher
One Coast Guard approved hand-held portable fire extinguisher must be aboard each boat less than 26 ft. if the boat is carrying passengers for hire or if the construction permits the entrapment of flammable vapors or if it has a permanently installed gas tank, including gas tanks that use any type of fastener that would hamper the immediate removal of the tank from the boat. Additional extinguishers are required in boats larger than 26 ft. Contact the SCDNR for complete regulations.

Navigation Lights
Navigation Lights must be on between official sunset and sunrise.

Flares
Flares are required for vessels in coastal waters.

Bells, Whistle
All boats less than 39.4 feet must carry an efficient sound producing device. Every vessel from 39.4 to 65.6 feet must carry a whistle and a bell.

 

To see a full list of South Carolina Boating Laws please visit www.dnr.sc.gov for more information.

Did You Remember To Test Your Smoke Alarms?

Daylight Savings Time Began Sunday March 8th, 2015 and the Anderson County Fire Department would like to remind citizens that when they set their clocks back, they should always test their smoke alarms and change the batteries.

The National Fire Protection Association states that 90 percent of American homes are equipped with smoke alarms, but more than 50 percent are not in working condition. Working smoke alarms decrease your risks of dying in a fire by 50 percent. On average 3,000 Americans die each year of fire related injuries. In spite of smoke alarms’ affordability and availability, two-thirds of the people who lost their lives did not have working smoke alarms in their homes.

Children and seniors are at increased risk of dying in a home fire because of the lack of mobility, fear and confusion. Make sure children recognize the sound of the home’s smoke alarm and teach them to respond instinctively to its signal.

Smoke Alarm Placement

Smoke alarms should be replaced after ten years. Smoke alarm should be place on each level of the home, one outside of each sleeping area, and one in each bedroom. Smoke alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or on the wall 6 to 12 inches from the ceiling. Along with the installation of smoke alarms, a family should sit down and discuss a fire escape plan and practice exit drills in the home. All smoke alarms should be tested monthly.

Fire Escape Plan

Identify two ways out of every room and practice the drill with the entire family. Be sure all family members understand the lifesaving practice of crawling below the dangerously thick smoke and intense heat of a fire. Teach children to, “never hide, go outside.” Once outside the family should gather at a designated meeting place and then call 911.

 

If you need smoke detectors for your home, stop by and see us at Anderson County Fire Headquarters at 210 McGee Road, Anderson SC, 29625 or give us a call at 864-260-4016

Also if you need help with developing a fire escape plan for your family stop by and see us or give us a call at 864-260-4016 and we would be happy to assist you.

LODD- Sandy Springs Station 26 Firefighter Kenneth Stanton Funeral Arrangements

The members of the Sandy Springs Fire Department and the Anderson County Fire Department are all devastated for the loss of Firefighter Kenneth Michael Stanton.  Along with FF Stanton’s Family, we appreciate all the thoughts, prayers and continued support from Anderson County over the past several days.

 

Funeral Arrangements for Kenneth Michael Stanton Sandy Springs Station 26 Anderson County.

 

Visitation for Kenneth Michael Stanton will be Wednesday February 18, 2015 5:00pm-9:00pm at Sosebee Funeral Home located at 401 North Main Street Anderson, SC 29621. Recommended parking is the West Whitner Parking Garage, located at N. Murray Avenue and W. Whitner Street.

 

Additional parking locations may be located on the City of Anderson website: www.downtownanderson.com/parking-guide.pdf.

 

Funeral Services will be Thursday February 19, 2015 12:30pm at Anderson Civic Center 3027 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Anderson, SC 29625.

 

Burial will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran Cemetery immediately following service. 140 Inway Dr. Anderson, SC 29621.

 

In lieu of flowers memorials maybe made to the Sandy Springs Fire Department P.O. Box 216 Sandy Springs, SC 29677.

Red Flag Alert In Place as of 07:00 Friday Morning!!

Beginning at a 07:00 Hours Friday Morning, The SC Forestry Commission will issue a Red Flag Alert for the Entire State Of SC, which means no outdoor burning will be permitted. Their is a huge artic blast that is moving into the upstate and will be here into the middle of next week. It will be extremely cold outside so make sure to stay bundled up when outdoors. Please remember to be fire smart when using heaters and other sources of heat during this event. Also Don’t forget about your animals that stay outdoors, bring them inside or make other arrangements for them. Additionally, if you have neighbors that are elderly and are shut-ins, check on them and make sure they are ok. Last but not least please check your smoke detectors. Smoke Detectors SAVE LIVES!!! If you don’t have a working smoke detector visit us at Anderson County Fire Headquarters at 210 McGee Road, Anderson SC, 29625. If you know someone who needs smoke detectors and needs them installed, call us at 864-260-4016 and we will make arrangements to get them installed.

Red Flag Alert Feb 13

2014 Annual Chief’s Banquet

Anderson County Fire Department Annual Chief’s Banquet was held Janurary 26, 2015. Congratulations to all firefighters who received awards.

  • Ebenezer Fire Department- Life Saving Award
  • Gerald Hanks-Ebenezer Station 23-Commissioner C-2 – Life time Achievement Award
  • Roger “Tiny” Whitfield-Homeland Park Station 3- Life time Achievement Award
  • Ray Creamer-Zion Station 14- Life Time Achievement Award
  • Don Spurrell-West Pelzer Station 6- 2014 Anderson County Firefighter of the Year
  • Jon Rainey-Broadway Station 8- 2014 Mike Hunt Training Award