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Welcome to the Georgetown City Fire Department. Here, it's all about service. Since our founding in 1798, the Georgetown City Fire Department has built a strong reputation for serving the citizens of Georgetown, South Carolina. From fire suppression and emergency first responders, to our emphasis on fire prevention and safety education, the department has always worked diligently to meet the changing needs of our community. This website is another channel through which we can deliver important information and services, in order to further serve the public.

Outdoor Burn Permit

Please remember to call the fire department at 843-545-4200 to obtain your burn permit for those living in the city. Details below:
• Must have authorization from Fire Department
• Must obtain a permit for outdoor burning of yard debris (cooking does not require a permit). Permit is good during daylight hours; expires at dark the day it is issued.
• Must be yard debris only
• Water hose present or other means of extinguishing the fire while it is burning and must be able to reach the area where the fire is.
• At least fifty feet from any structure
• Competent person must constantly attend the fire until it is completely out.
• Fire department can order to extinguish the fire if there are complaints about the fire, sudden outdoor changes in weather conditions or requirements of the burn permit were not properly followed.
• Intentional burning of marsh grass/marshlands is prohibited.
• There is a land clearing permit that is obtained through city hall for $50. This allows the owner to burn trees/stumps/ large limbs that have been cleared for a period of five renewal periods within a fourteen day period. We do evaluate the permit each day prior to burning of such.

General Cooking Precautions

General Cooking Precautions
• Stay in the kitchen when you are cooking - frying, broiling or boiling -  at high temperatures.
• Make your cooking area safe. Move things that can burn away from the stove. Turn pot handles toward the back so they can’t be bumped.
• Watch what you’re cooking. Use a timer when roasting a turkey or baking.
• Be prepared. Keep a large pan lid or baking sheet handy in case you need to smother a pan fire.
• Stay awake and alert while you’re cooking. If you see smoke or the grease starts to boil in your pan, turn the burner off.
• Prevent burns. Wear short sleeves when you cook, or roll them up. Don’t lean over the burner. Use potholders and oven mitts to handle hot cookware.

Flood Disaster Aid

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SCDOT Announcement

September 29, 2015

September 29th 12:30 PM.  On Monday, September 21th, the City of Georgetown was notified by the SC Dept. of Transportation (“SCDOT”) that the Highway 17/521/701 (“Five Points”) intersection concrete resurfacing project would be delayed. SCDOT only received one bid for the work, which exceeded the project budget of $3.15 million by 92%. Under federal guidelines, the project must be rebid.

The City began work in July to relocate underground utilities around the Five Points intersection in anticipation of the SCDOT resurfacing that was supposed to immediately follow. This is disappointing news to the City because coordinating the work with SCDOT was intended to save money and lessen the impact on the community. The origin of the project began in 1999 with the idea to resurface the highly traveled Five Points intersection to a durable concrete surface from asphalt to extend the time between future resurfacings. There would also be improvements to traffic flow to reduce congestion.

The City understands the inconvenience of this decision to citizens and businesses along the Fraser Street/ Hwy 17 corridor. It also understand the reasons for SCDOT’s inability to proceed. 

 

Below is a statement from SCDOT:

Statement of Leah Quattlebaum : Program Manager of the SC Dept. of Transportation

On September 8th, the SC Department of Transportation publicly opened the bidding process for a concrete paving project located in the area known as Five Points in the City of Georgetown. This project is located in the same vicinity as the work that is now occurring to relocate underground utilities and place overhead utilities underground.

Only one bid was received for the project which was substantially over the approved engineer’s estimate for the project.  Therefore under federal regulations, the Department was unable to award the project and move forward with construction.  It is the intent of the Department to review the bid package to determine if any modifications can be made to reduce the proposed cost of the project and re-advertise the project to receive bids in the Summer of 2016.  

If you have additional questions regarding this matter, please speak to the SCDOT Program Manager @ 803-737-1751.

Firefighter II Class

Day 2 of Firefighter II. Practical skills with foam, cribbing, flammable liquid hose drill and generator and lighting skills.DSCN1199