Fire Service hosts open house for prospective volunteers

FAIRFIELD COUNTY — Fairfield County Fire Services is short on volunteer firefighters – way short. To combat that shortage the fire service is hosting an open house on Thursday. It starts at 6 p.m. at the new Fairfield County Administration Building, located at 350 Columbia Road. “We are down, we have 120 volunteers that are […]

Fatal 3-vehicle crash released flammable chemicals, closing I-77 between exits 27 & 34

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – An early morning three-vehicle fatal crash including a truck carrying ammonium sulfate occurred Thursday near exit 32 on I-77,  sending plumes of chemical smoke and flames into the air. A shelter-in-place order was issued for the area that, at one point during the morning, included the Town of Ridgeway. The crash occurred […]

Fire on McDuffie Lane

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County fire units were dispatched to a reported fire structure on McDuffie Lane in Winnsboro at 12:52 on Thursday, June 30. With all occupants out of the building, the first arriving unit reported heavy smoke coming from a mobile home. As more personnel arrived, crews were able to make entry, locate and […]

House burns after family lights fireplace to stay warm

BLAIR – After power had been out at their home for several hours on Sunday due to the storm, a Blair family of five tried to stay warm by building a fire in the home’s fireplace. Shortly after, they noticed fire in the wall around the chimney. They reportedly tried unsuccessfully to douse the fire, […]

Fairfield Fire Service awarded $28K grant

FAIRFIELD COUNTY – The Fairfield County Fire Service has been awarded a $28,000 grant from the Volunteer Strategic Assistance and Fire Equipment (VSAFE) program. This program is administered by SC State Fire with funding provided by the SC General Assembly. The funding will be used to purchase a complete set of vehicle extrication tools to […]

Fire Prevention Week is Oct. 4-10

WINNSBORO – During Monday night’s county council meeting, Council Chairman Neil Robinson presented a proclamation to Fairfield County Fire Services Director Jason Pope recognizing Oct. 4-10, as National Fire Prevention Week.

Burning Issue

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Council passed a resolution last week to recognize Oct. 6 – 12 as National Fire Prevention Week. The county’s fire chief, Jason Pope, accepted the resolution from County Council Chairman Neil Robinson and reminded council and the audience of ways to prevent fire injuries and deaths. At left is Councilman Moses […]

Cooking fire destroys home

  RIDGEWAY – A cooking fire that broke out in the kitchen of a mobile home a little after 3 p.m. on March 2 destroyed the home, located on Reese Lane in Ridgeway. The home was being rented by a couple and their four-month-old daughter. The mother told the fire service that she was cooking […]

County fire service calling for volunteers

“It isn’t a crisis for Fairfield County…yet, but if the trend continues it will be,” said Jason Pope, the Director for Fire Services for Fairfield County. According to statistics cited by a Dec 6, 2018 info gram from the U.S. Fire Administration, 70% of the nation’s firefighters are volunteers.  Over half of the volunteers in […]

Ridgeway welcomes new pumper – ‘Engine71’

RIDGEWAY – Jason Pope, Director of the Fairfield County Fire Service, welcomed members of the Ridgeway community to the dedication of the county’s newest fire engine, Engine 71, at the Ridgeway Fire Station last week. After remarks from Ridgeway Fire Chief Jamie Webb and several county officials, those officials as well as county firefighters participated […]