Loris Fire Department
Department Name: Loris Fire Department (LFD)
Type Department: Volunteer
Number of Stations: 1
Number of Apparatus: 8 Pumpers: 3 Aerials: 1 Specialty: 1 Squad/Rescue, 2 Brush, 1 Tanker
Do you provide EMS? Yes
What type: First Responder
Annual Budget: $265, 925
Area Covered Square miles: 24
Population: 5,000 +
Total Runs: 1,143 Fire: 642 EMS: 501
Chief: Jerry Hardee
Chief Officers: Asst. Chief Larry Hickman
Other Officers: 1 – Captain, 3 Lieutenants
Number of Members: 21 Paid: 0 Volunteer: 21
Address: PO Box 548 Loris, SC 29569
Community Outreach: Smoke Alarm Installation Program, Fire and Life Safety
Top Two concerns in your community:
- Ensuring our older homes and at-risk population have working smoke alarms.
- Economic stability and growth — aged commercial district.
What are your fund-raising efforts? Rental of a Dunking Booth, Boot Drives, and Turkey Shoots. Newly organized Loris Fire Auxiliary was formed as a separate group to aid in this area.
What upgrades will you make in your department this year?
We are awaiting the delivery of a new Commercial Rosenbauer fire engine thanks to a FEMA AFG to replace a 1978 pumper. LFD is also planning for the purchase of a new Squad/Rescue truck for 2017. As far as equipment, we are in the process of updating our radio equipment since Horry County 911 has gone P25 digital and planning for other equipment updates. This summer we are also a part of the new Community Risk Reduction Program Fire Safe South Carolina.
What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?
We operate on one of the major traffic routes to Myrtle Beach which we see heavy traffic flows at peak times. LFD has provided shelter to several out of state tourists until they could arrange alternative transportation after some MVA’s. Loris is an old farm town with several old commercial buildings. We will continue to see a balance of old and new construction for our operations.
Hospital, Railroad, Airport, and Light Industry.
Organized in 1928 the Loris Fire Department is the busiest volunteer department in the State of South Carolina with no full time or part time staff. Based on state data we are 47 percent busier than the second busiest department in Berkeley County. Ten percent of our calls are fires, 56 percent are EMS and MVA’s, and 34 percent are lift assists, vehicle lock outs, HAZMAT’s, and alarm investigation calls. Our call volume is about three calls a day. We have been able to staff numerous apparatus handling two or three calls at the same time which is not common. Loris is also known as one of the Twin Cities due to its location near Tabor City, North Carolina also known as the TLC – Tabor Loris Community.
The Loris Fire Department is a full service all volunteer pay per call fire department responsible for fire protection to the residents of the Loris since 1928. LFD serves city residents and those inside the Loris Fire District of the unincorporated Horry County area outside city limits. Services provided by LFD include Fire Suppression, Fire Inspections, Extrication/ Rescue, Hazardous Materials Operations, Risk Reduction, Fire and Life Safety Education, and EMS First Responder assistance. LFD has Automatic Aid and Mutual Aid agreements with Horry County Fire Rescue and Tabor City Fire Department.
As of April 1st, 2017, Loris Fire Department will hold an ISO Class 3 rating for Fire Protection.