Pope resigns as Fairfield fire chief

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Interim Administrator Laura Johnson announced last week that Fairfield County Fire Service Director Jason Pope will be leaving the county’s employ after serving in that position for the last five years. According to Pope, he will become the Superintendent of the S.C. Fire Academy in Columbia. “It’s not something I thought […]

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 […]

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 […]

Fairfield County hires new directors

WINNSBORO – Fairfield County Administrator Jason Taylor has announced the appointment of two department directors – Jason Pope, Director of the Fire Service and Chris Clausen, Planning and Community Development Director. “After 17 years of leaving the county every day to go to work, it’s a privilege and honor to come back home to work,” […]

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