Department Name: Midway Fire Rescue
Type Department: Combination
Structure: Municipal/County Fire District
Number of Stations: 3
Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 5 Aerials: 2 Specialty: 8
Do you provide EMS? Yes
What type: BLS ALS FR
Specialty Operations: Water Rescue (Surf & River), Marine Fire fighting, Technical Rescue, Hazardous Materials, SAR, Wildland, Bike Medics
Annual Budget: $4,421,707
Area Covered Square miles: 72
Population: 16,000 in the winter and 40,000 in summertime
Total Runs: 3125 Fire: 940 EMS: 2185
Chief: Doug Eggiman
Chief Officers: Assistant Chief Jim Crawford - Battalion Chiefs; Brent McClellan, Carr Gilmore, Jeff Pifer – Division Chiefs; Jim Payne, Todd Blomdahl
Other Officers: Captains 3: Lieutenants 6
Number of Members: 79: Paid 64: Volunteer:15
Address: Midway Fire Headquarters, 67 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
- Annual inspections of all commercial and multi-residential occupancies.
- Public fire and injury prevention education through school visitations, business classes, senior citizen seminars, station tours.
- Annual open house.
- Provide on-scene coverage for most community events, festivals, and races.
- Beach Patrol during designated times of the year.
Top Two concerns in your community:
- Catching up with the growth in our area and resultant increase in demands for service.
- Handling challenges created by a large seasonal influx of population, traffic, and demands for service.
What are you doing for fundraising? We are tax based, with occasional grants and donations.
What upgrades will you make in your department this year? We are proposing to purchase one Quint and one Engine. We are also proposing to increase staffing with three more positions.
What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? Population nearly doubles from Easter to Labor Day with transient vacationers which lead to increased traffic and increased calls.
That issue, in addition to our proximity to the ocean and river, leads to that time frame also being when we see most of our water rescue and beach related calls.
We provide fire and EMS protection to an island community only accessible by boat.
What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others? We desire to start providing body armor to our personnel. We are researching the differences and trying to determine alternate funding sources. We would welcome any information anyone might have.
List anything else you are proud of and would like the readers to know about.
- Platinum Fit Friendly Award from the American Heart Association for the last three years.
- Five time winner of Richard S. Campbell Award for our fire prevention programs from the South Carolina State Association of Fire Chief’s.
- Selected as South Carolina’s Small EMS System of the Year in 2011.
- International Association of Fire Chief’s EMS Section 2015 Heart Safe Community Award for communities with a population of less than 100,000 people.