Rock Ridge Fire Department improves insurance rating
Protecting residents in the Rock Ridge community isn't a task that volunteer firefighters take lightly, nor was the chance to save those residents money. Now thanks to their hard work, improved fire district ratings will result in lower insurance rates starting in May. "There has been a lot of hard work and dedication by all of our members and a lot of help from our mutual aid companies to make this possible," said Assistant Fire Chief Jim Miller. "Departments are required to demonstrate their performance in front of assigned inspectors, and I was so proud of our guys when it was our turn." The Office of the State Fire Marshal usually does inspections of departments every five to seven years, but the last inspection for Rock Ridge was in 2007. With the new inspection, the department went from a Class 7 to a Class 4 insurance rating for properties within five miles of the district.
Cary townhouse catches fire, no injuries reported
No one was injured when a townhouse caught fire Friday morning in Cary, according to Town of Cary officials. Authorities received a call referencing a house fire just before 4:30 a.m. at a townhouse complex in the 100 block of Storm Court. Upon arrival, fire crews saw flames coming from the home, which is attached to three other townhomes. Firefighters were able to limit the damage to just the one townhouse. No one was home at the time and no one was injured in any of the adjoining homes. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Dorchester County considering shutting down Ashley River Fire Department
Dorchester County Council is considering taking steps to have the North Charleston Fire Department take over the area that is currently served by the Ashley River Fire Department, and shut the department down. The Ashley River Special Tax District was formed in 1979 to create the fire department because there was no fire protection near the area. The department's single fire station is located on Dorchester Road near Lincoln Patriot Boulevard. But now county officials say that is no longer the case because of annexations, and now North Charleston surrounds the ARFD service area. "It is completely encircled by the City of North Charleston so the City of North Charleston is in now in a perfect position to provide fire service in this area," said Councilman Bill Hearn. The proposed move is upsetting residents and ARFD staff. Chief Scott Inabinet told News 2 that the department was never approached by the county before the proposed move showed up on the county council agenda at the end of last week.
Colleton fire department to use grant to offer smoke detectors to underprivileged
Colleton County Fire-Rescue has received a grant which will help provide smoke detectors to those who can't afford them. The grant for more than $4,800 came from FM Global, which is a commercial property insurance company. Company representatives gave the grant to Capt. Michael Banks. Money will also be used to educate the community to reduce the number of fires. "At FM Global, we strongly believe the majority of property damage is preventable, not inevitable," Michael Spaziani, assistant vice president – manager of the fire prevention grant program said. "Far too often, inadequate budgets prevent those organizations working to prevent fire from being as proactive as they would like to be. With additional financial support, grant recipients are actively helping to improve property risk in the communities they serve."
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