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County Fire / EMS

Location: Headquarters, 3605 Highmarket Street, Georgetown S.C. 29440
Phone: (843) 545-3271
Fax: (843) 545-3646

Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. , Monday through Friday (except for legal holidays)
Mailing Address: 3605 Highmarket Street, Georgetown S.C. 29440

Contact Persons:

Traci Hessler, Administrative Assistant
Tony Hucks, Assistant Chief

Department Functions:

To protect life, limb, property, and the environment, in a timely and professional manner, with the highest quality of fire and emergency medical services for the citizens and visitors of Georgetown County.

County Fire/EMS provides advanced life support and emergency transport for the sick and injured, fire protection and suppression, inspections of commercial structures, public education, and community support and training.
The department is comprised of 73 full-time personnel and 90 volunteer members.

Station Locations:

  • Headquarters Office: 3605 Highmarket Street, Georgetown, S.C. 29440
  • Station #2: 10391 Powell Road, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #3: 1960 Dunbar Road, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #4: 11309 Pleasant Hill Road, Hemingway SC 29554
  • Station #5: 303 Georgetown Highway, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #6: 29 Sandy Island Road, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
  • Station #7: 290 Windum Drive, Andrews SC 29510
  • Station #8: 14296 Fraser Street, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #9: 32 Aviation, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #10: 3605 Highmarket Street, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #11: 614 Pringle Ferry Road, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #12: 444 Post Foot Circle, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #13: 11525 Browns Ferry Road, Georgetown SC 29440
  • Station #14: 10287 Carvers Bay Road, Hemingway SC 29554
  • Station #15: 109 N. Morgan Avenue Andrews South Carolina 29510 USA

Frequently Asked Questions:

Q: What happens when I call 911?
A: Your call is answered by a trained telecommunicator assigned to gather your information, initiate an appropriate response and provide instructions on how you can help before the ambulance arrives. The call will last approximately two minutes or until the ambulance arrives.

Q: What kind of assistance can I expect when I call for an ambulance?
A: In Georgetown County, an ambulance is staffed by a certified paramedic and emergency medical technician (EMT). In some cases, where additional assistance is needed, "first responders" from Georgetown County Fire/EMS who have medical training will also respond.

Q: Why does a fire truck come to my house when I call for an ambulance?
A: Most of the firefighters that work on an engine are also cross trained as EMTs. We send a fire engine to provide initial patient care until the ambulance arrives on scene.

Q: Will I get a bill when a fire truck or an ambulance comes to my house?
A: Georgetown County Fire/EMS does not charge when a fire truck comes to your house. However, when an ambulance responds to a call and the crew member provide patient care and transports a patient to the hospital, the patient will receive a bill for the care he or she received.

Q: How can I get a free home fire inspection?
A: Contact the office at the fire station in your area. We will be more than happy to perform a free home inspection, or install smoke detectors or fire extinguishers in your home also.

Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Billing Questions:

If you receive an EMS bill from us and have questions regarding your billing statement, please contact our billing company (Carolina Ambulance Billing) at 1-800-741-6920, ext. 330.

ISO Rating:

Since April 2001, the Insurance Services Organization (ISO) rating for the Georgetown County Fire Department has been a Class 6/9. This change affected properties depending upon the type of building construction, the hazards of occupancy and other factors. Insurance policyholders should contact their insurance agent or company to determine the effect of the rating on their homeowner policies.

The Class 6 applies to properties in the district within 1,000 feet of a public fire hydrant or recognized water supply suction point, within five road miles or less of the responding fire station, and with the needed fire flow of 3,500 gallons per minute. The Class 9 applies to properties within five road miles of the responding fire station but beyond 1,000 feet of the fire hydrant or suction point. The Class 10 applies to properties beyond five road miles of the fire station. Evaluated individually, the private and public protections may vary from the district classification.

Smoke Detectors:

Did you know free smoke detectors are available from Georgetown County Fire/EMS? Free smoke detectors are offered to low income, disabled and elderly individuals. The Fire Department will install the smoke detector upon request if no one else is available to install it. Individuals must complete and sign a short form stating they meet the requirements. Call (843) 545-3271 for more information.

Community Training:

Community training classes are available upon request to community groups and/or organizations. Training includes CPR, first aid and "Talk and Tours" of the ambulances, fire apparatus and facilities.

HIPAA:

The notice below describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information, as per the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Please review it carefully.

Georgetown County EMS is required by law to maintain the privacy of certain confidential health care information, known as Protected Health Information or PHI, and to provide you with a notice of our legal duties and privacy practices with respect to your PHI. Georgetown County EMS is also required to abide by the terms of the version of this Notice currently in effect.

Uses and Disclosures of PHI: Georgetown County EMS may use PHI for the purposes of treatment, payment and health care operations, in most cases without your written permission. See the link below to view and print our HIPAA Privacy Notice.

ICE:

A campaign encouraging people to enter an emergency contact number in their mobile phone´s memory under the heading "ICE" (for "In Case of Emergency") has spread throughout the world. Originally established as a nation-wide campaign in the UK, ICE allows paramedics or police to be able to contact a designated relative/next-of-kin in an emergency situation.

The idea was the brainchild of an East Anglian Ambulance Service paramedic, Bob Brotchie.

"I was reflecting on some of the calls I´ve attended at the roadside where I had to look through the mobile phone contacts struggling for information on a shocked or injured person," Brotchie recalled. Almost everyone carries a mobile phone now, and with ICE we´d know immediately who to contact and what number to ring. The person may even know of their medical history."

By adopting the ICE advice, your mobile will help rescue services quickly contact a friend or relative — which could be vital in a life or death situation. It only takes a few seconds to do, and it could easily help save your life.

Why not put ICE in your phone now?

Simply select a new contact in your phone book, enter the word ´ICE´ and the number of the person you wish to be contacted. For more than one contact name ICE1, ICE2, ICE3 etc.

It´s so simple that everyone can do it. Please do, and please pass this on.......it may save a life.

Employment:

If you are interested in a job with the Georgetown County Fire/EMS, please contact Human Resources at (843) 545-3074.