Fire

 

Fire Chief

Kevin Otte

phone: 843-913-6369
email: kotte@surfsidebeach.org

 

 

ALL Emergency Calls Dial 911

Non-Emergency Calls: 843-913-6369
Address: 810 1st Avenue North
 

Monthly Department Report/Data/Sites/1/media/august-report-complete.pdf

Click this link to see the most current department report.  For other information, please contact kotte@surfsidebeach.org.

 

Home Safety Topic #2 - "Smoke Alarm Safety Tips"

 

Watch "Fire Safety Video for Kids with SteveSongs & Sparky the Fire Dog."

 

 

Adults and children - for fire safety information, play games and to learn more about fire safety, go to http://www.sparky.org/

Recall on Kidde Smoke Alarms

The S.C. Division of Fire and Life Safety has been informed of a recall for “Kidde” smoke, and combination smoke/Carbon Monoxide, alarms due to alarm failure.

Take the time to check yours and share this with friends and family.

Click on the link below for more information:

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Kidde-Recalls-Smoke-and-Combination-SmokeCO-Alarms/

Junior Firefighter Program

The purpose of the Junior Firefighter program is to educate youth in fire protection and promote community service through training, leadership, moral character, and self-discipline. Many professional and volunteer firefighters began their service in youth programs such as ours. Junior Firefighters will participate in non-emergency departmental functions such as parades, fundraisers, special events, training, and other support roles. Click here for more information.

 

 

FLOODING

In South Carolina, several variations of flood hazards occur due to the different effects of severe
thunderstorms, hurricanes, seasonal rains and other weather-related conditions. The State's low-lying
topography, combined with its humid subtropical climate, makes it highly vulnerable to inland or riverine
flooding. Riverine flooding occurs when the flow of rainwater runoff is greater than the carrying capacities
of the natural drainage systems. The largest riverine flood in South Carolina, based on the area affected,
was the 1903 flood. Relentless rains associated with warm moist air and a low-pressure system caused
this flood. The textile communities of Clifton and Pacolet were hardest hit. The Pacolet River rose as
much as 40 feet in an hour, resulting in the deaths of sixty-five people.

In comparison to riverine flooding, coastal flooding is usually the result of a severe weather system such
as a tropical storm or hurricane, which contains an element of high winds. The damaging effects of coastal
floods are caused by a combination of storm surge, wind, rain, erosion and battering by debris. In 1999,
three tropical systems resulted in over 24 inches of rain in Horry County. The Waccamaw River and
tributaries caused significant flooding throughout northeastern South Carolina. More recently, significant 
river and coastal flooding occurred with Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, Florence and Michael as well as the  
October floods of 2015.

Before a Flood

  • Avoid building in a flood prone area unless you elevate and reinforce your home.
  • Elevate the furnace, water heater and electric panel if susceptible to flooding.
  • Install check valves in sewer traps to prevent floodwater from backing up into the drains of your home.
  • Contact community officials to find out if they are planning to construct barriers (levees, berms or floodwalls)
    to stop floodwater from entering the homes in your area.
  • Seal the walls in your basement with waterproofing compounds to avoid seepage.
  • Review your insurance policy. Flood coverage is not part of most homeowner, mobile home or renter’s
  • insurance policies. There is a 30-day waiting period for coverage to take effect.

During a Flood

  • Be aware of potential flash flooding. If there is any possibility of a flash flood, move to higher ground. Do not
    wait to be told to move.
  • If time allows, prepare your home for a flood by moving essential items to an upper floor, bring in outdoor
    furniture, disconnect electrical appliances and be prepared to turn off the gas, electricity and water.
  • Do not walk through moving water. Six inches of moving water can make you fall. If you have to walk in water,
    walk where the water is not moving. Use a stick to check the firmness of the ground in front of you.
  • Do not drive into flooded areas. If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the car and move to higher
    ground if you can do so safely. You and the vehicle could be quickly swept away.

After a Flood

  • After a flood, listen for news reports to learn whether the community’s water supply is safe to drink.
  • Avoid floodwaters; water may be contaminated by oil, gasoline or raw sewage. Water may also be electrically
    charged from underground or downed power lines.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Even if the roadway of a bridge or elevated highway
    looks normal, the support structures below may be damaged.
  • Stay clear of downed power lines and report them to your power company.
  • Use extreme caution when entering buildings; there may be hidden damage, particularly to foundations. Stay
    out of any building that is surrounded by floodwaters.
  • Clean and disinfect everything that got wet. Mud left from floodwater can contain sewage and other harmful
    chemicals.

 

Useful Links

Hurricane Checklist for Business

Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

Home Fire Safety

Hurricane Safety

FEMA Family Communication Plan for Parent

FEMA Family Communication Plan for Child

Fire Department Smoke Detector Program

Public Safety Announcement Regarding False Alarms

Smoke Detector Program

The Surfside Beach Fire Department Smoke Detector Program is for all residents of the town no matter what your financial status.  The fire department will install them for you at no cost. Smoke detectors can be installed by members of the Surfside Beach Fire Department.  Upon request, a home fire-safety check can be conducted at the time of installation.  Trained personnel will identify hazards often unnoticed in the home which may cause a fire.  In most cases, a few simple maintenance procedures can make your home safer.  Personnel will also fully explain how your new smoke detector functions and how to maintain it. If you have any questions about this program, please contact the Surfside Beach Fire Department at 843-913-6369. 

Click here for more information.

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