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 […]

Help save lives at the Boots and Badges Blood Drive

“It’s a competition that saves lives,” said Cpl. BeeBee Harris, with the Fairfield County Sheriff’s Department. Boots & Badges is a chance to vote for the one of three Fairfield County emergency responder departments – Emergency Medical Services (EMS), Fire & Rescue or Law Enforcement.  To vote, one needs to donate blood. The event will […]

Volunteers of the Year

WINNSBORO – Fire stations throughout Fairfield County presented their volunteer firefighter of the year awards during Fairfield County Council’s annual Volunteer Appreciation Dinner on May 4.  Awardees pictured with Deputy Director Greg Gerber are, from left, Lewis Loftin, Blackstock; Brandon Edwards, Lebanon; Ned Gwin, Dutchman Creek; Melissa Adams, Ridgeway; Willie Bell, Southeastern; Gerber; Larry Robinson, […]

Pope: We need 120 volunteer firefighters

WINNSBORO – There was good news and bad news about the 20 grass fires that burned 100 acres along Highway 315 S. in Jenkinsville last week. The good news: “Thanks to the quick actions of our volunteer firefighters, there were no injuries and no structures damaged. Our emergency units did amazing work,” Fairfield County Fire […]

Guest Editorial: Home fires burn quicker now

Today’s firefighter, with all the new technology and equipment, doesn’t fight the same fires his or her grandfather fought. The house fires of today present new dangers to firefighters and residents. In the homes of yesteryear (we call them legacy-built homes) heavier timber was used in construction, and the furnishings were mostly natural products like […]