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Midway presents Medal of Valor, annual awards
Jan. 29, 2015

Shane Kingsford, a firefighter with Midway Fire Rescue, was presented with a Medal of Valor this month and recognized by Georgetown County Council for his accomplishment on Jan. 27.

Kingsford was first notified of the award during Midway’s annual awards banquet at Pawleys Plantation. The Medal of Valor is not an award given every year, but only when someone “goes above and beyond, and places their life in extreme danger to make a rescue,” Chief Doug Eggiman told County Council members...

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Midway Fire Rescue improves ISO rating to Class 2
Jan. 13, 2015

Midway Fire Rescue has a reason to celebrate this month as department was recently notified that its fire protection rating from the Insurance Services Office will improve to a Class 2 effective April 1. This change not only means the department’s level of fire protection service has increased, according the ISO analysis, but it could also earn lower property insurance rates for home and business owners in the department’s coverage area. With the update, the department’s rating drops from a Class 4.

ISO ratings play an important role in the underwriting process at insurance companies. In fact, most U.S. insurers — including the largest ones — use these ratings as part of their decision-making when deciding what business to write, coverages to offer or prices to charge for personal or commercial property insurance...

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Fire departments offer winter safety tips
Jan. 12, 2015

Though temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer this weekend, winter is far from over and this is the time of year when accidents related to heating tend to increase. When outside temperatures drop to near or below freezing, families often use whatever means they can to stay warm. As a result firefighters often see more home fires and incidents of carbon monoxide poisoning this time of year.

Historically, fire deaths and injuries increase about 63 percent in the winter months (December-March). In 2014, fire deaths increased in South Carolina by 30 percent over the previous year.

The fire departments of Georgetown County want families to stay warm and safe this winter, and offer the following tips to help...

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Capital Project Sales Tax to go into effect in 2015
Nov. 5, 2014

In the November 2014 general election, Georgetown County residents voted to implement a 1 percent Capital Project Sales Tax to help fund vital capital projects, including dredging at the Port of Georgetown.

The sales tax will begin being applied to taxable purchases in Georgetown County on May 1, 2015, and will remain in place for exactly four years, disappearing on April 30, 2019.

It is anticipated the tax will generate about $7 million per year, for a total of $28 million during the life of the tax. These funds will be used to pay for projects in three key areas: Dredging, countywide road improvements and enhancements to fire and rescue service.

For more information about the tax and the projects to be funded, see the links below or call (843) 545-3164.

 

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