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Thank you to all of the dads for your hard work and leadership! We hope you each have an incredible day with your family. ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks men for all you do! I hope you all have a wonderful Fathers day!
Thank you all.
Thanks for all y'all do
Rain is on the way!Another beautiful day today, but too much "beautiful" can be a problem, right? We haven't had measurable rain since 5/11, and some plants are starting to show it. Fortunately, that changes starting tomorrow - check out the rainfall forecast for the next 7 days! #ncwx #scwx #gawx ... See MoreSee Less
Our flags at Headquarters and all across Oconee fly at half-mast in memory of the lives lost in the Virginia Beach shooting. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and the entire community. ... See MoreSee Less
Yesterday afternoon, at 2:34, fire and rescue crews were alerted to a reported house fire in the 500 block of Keowee Bay Circle in the Salem area. E2a was in the area for a medical incident and arrived on scene within minutes to find a large square footage lake home well involved in fire with a woods fore spreading towards two adjacent homes. The home was determined to be a newly constructed home, still unoccupied. Crews from fourteen agencies in Oconee and Pickens County worked for more than two hours to bring control and extinguish the fire.
The area the home is in doesn’t have fire hydrants to provide immediate water for firefighting. Crews used a tanker shuttle from two remote water points to provide adequate water to the scene. One of those points was from the Vineyards FD fireboat drafting from Lake Keowee and into tankers on the nearby roadway.
The 90+ degree heat played a heavy toll on firefighters and we are thankful to Salem and Keowee Rescue Sqauds for providing incredible rehab support to team members on scene.
Salem Fire & Rescue
Pickett Post Fire
Keowee Rescue Squad
Fire Investigations Team
South Carolina Forestry
Shady Grove (PICKENS)
Croswell (Pickens) ... See MoreSee Less
So sad praying
Thank you, Firefighters/Rescue! I know if this was my home, I would be devasted but sincerely grateful for your hard dedicated work under these extreme conditions.
Thoughts and prayers
So sad.bless all of them thet help put it out bless the family
Ray Bentz Shelley Bentz
Thankful no one was injured
ICYMI --> The temperatures are intense this past week, and firefighters have to work through the heat to protect the people and property in their community.
WATCH to check out what they do to stay safe and cool. ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you Nicole Ford and WSPA for coming out and spending the morning with our team.
Today, temperatures spiked above 90 in Oconee County, yet firefighters were still working hard to fight a house fire on Dr. Johns Road.
ALL NEW AT 6 —> See firsthand how they try to stay cool and safe in these situations.
Oconee County Emergency Services ... See MoreSee Less
Statewide Red Flag Fire Alert in effect until further notice
Outdoor burning discouraged because of weather conditions, elevated fire risk
COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Forestry Commission is issuing a statewide Red Flag Fire Alert, effective immediately.
The purpose of the alert is to discourage people from doing any outdoor burning when weather conditions present an elevated risk of wildfire. Weather forecasts for most of the state over the next three days include very low relative humidity and elevated drought conditions, which combine with dry fuels on the ground to create the potential for outdoor fires escaping easily and spreading rapidly.
"We're going to see very favorable conditions for wildfire ignitions over the next few days, particularly with the relative humidity values, which will remain low at least until the weekend," said Darryl Jones, SCFC Fire Chief.
A Red Flag Fire Alert does not prohibit outdoor burning, provided that all other state and local regulations are followed, but the Forestry Commission strongly encourages citizens to voluntarily postpone any such burning until the alert is lifted. However, a Red Flag Fire Alert does trigger certain county or local ordinances that restrict outdoor fires, so residents should contact their local fire departments to check whether such restrictions apply in their areas.
The Forestry Commission also encourages those working on or with rail lines or other heavy equipment near woodlands to be especially vigilant about preventing sparks and other ignitions from the operation of such apparatus. Any spark, even from a discarded cigarette, in such conditions can trigger a wildfire.
The elevated risk of wildfire in these conditions also places additional physical stress on the wildland and structural firefighters who respond to fires, many of whom operate bulldozers to plow containment lines around such fires. Almost half of the Forestry Commission's fleet of bulldozers are enclosed-cab models, which help to protect their operators from flames, smoke, ash, soot, noxious chemicals and falling trees; more than half, however, are older, open-cab models that offer less protection from these elements.
The Red Flag Fire Alert will remain in effect until lifted by the Commission, whose fire response teams will continuously monitor the situation throughout the weekend. ... See MoreSee Less
The team goes to Double Springs in Anderson to help with a field fire threatening multiple homes. Good job to all involved!This afternoon numerous departments were dispatched to the area of Double Springs Rd for a large field and woods fire. First arriving Double Springs apparatus found a large area involved and quickly upgraded the assignment bringing units from both Anderson and Oconee Counties. Sta 5 Chief Bean had the command. The cause is under investigation, and multiple potential exposures (houses) were protected as well. We were also fortunate to have local fire department members and community members who responded quickly with their tractors and plows to cut a line around the fire. In all approximately 25-30 acres were involved. Thanks to everyone for a quick and efficient multi county response to keep this incident from being a major catastrophe.
Double Springs E5-1, Tanker 5, Grass 5
Townville E171, Grass 17, Tanker 17, E172
Fair Play Attack 8, Tanker 8, Car 8 with UTV
Zion Grass 14, Tanker 14, Rescue 14
Cross Roads Tanker 13
Anderson County HQ staff 100 & 200
Oconee County Emergency Services Station 21 units, Batt 1, and Fire 1
Fork Medic 8-5
Anderson County EMS1 and ALS1
“Tractors 17 & 171”
Friendship E12-1 fill in at sta 17
Sandy Springs E26 fill in at sta 14 ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to those dedicated public servants who provide Emergency Medical Services across our county. Both volunteer and career team members work hand in hand to provide fast and professional care to those who are sick and injured.
Happy EMS week to you! ... See MoreSee Less
A very good message from our partners just across the state line in NC. Our region is blessed with incredible adventure opportunities that include visiting rivers and waterfalls. Please follow the steps identified in the video to make your trip as safe as possible.
Good job to Explore Brevard and Transylvania Rescue Squad putting the video together.Here’s a video on waterfall safety with tips from emergency and forestry officials in the area. Transylvania County Rescue Squad performed a waterfall rescue demonstration, which is partially featured in the video. With the warm weather here, our waterfalls will start to see lots and lots of visitors. These safety tips are imperative and could very well save lives! ... See MoreSee Less
SC Firefighter Recruitment and Retention
Featured South Carolina Volunteer of the Week: Meet Ryan Thorne! He takes immense pride in being able to help his community and be a familiar face during a difficult time. Browse more volunteer stories and contact our recruitment team here: firedept.link/JoinRyan ... See MoreSee Less
While blocking tonight at a motor vehicle crash on E. Smith St Engine 421 was struck by a pickup truck that came through the scene and struck a stopped vehicle, then struck the fire engine. Thankfully all department personnel were uninjured and were able to provide immediate first aid to the drivers of the vehicles.
If you have ever wondered why we block traffic, this is why! The engine did it's job and all of our volunteers went home safe tonight. We have placed our reserve engine into service so there will be no impact to the services we provide our citizens. #stfire #anytimeanywhereanyjob #volunteers ... See MoreSee Less
Thank you to everyone who supported the search and rescue mission yesterday and today. More than eighty personnel from seven counties in SC and NC worked together to provide a good outcome for a visiting family. We appreciate everyone involved and the relationship of our partner agencies. ... See MoreSee Less
Today we celebrate International Firefighter Day. However, one day is not enough time to share our gratitude for the incredibly dedicated fire and medical personnel who serve Oconee day and night. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less