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Welcome

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.

Congratulations Andrew Gwinn

Congratulations to FF Andrew Gwinn on graduating from South Carolina Fire Academy!

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Dog Rescue

It's always very important to relay information to the crews working on scene at fires! This event had a great outcome as crews obtained the necessary information quickly from the occupant and worked together with the interior crew to find the dog and save it. Some information that we might need: type of pet, number of pets, size/color, and possible location; for example if it is in a particular room or kennel. Great work from everyone limiting damage to the occupancy and saving the dog!

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Cooking Fire Safety

Cooking causes over 183,000 home structure fires, annually, and is considered the number one cause of home fires and home injuries. Of the 183,000 annual cooking fires, two-thirds (66 percent) started with the ignition of food or other cooking materials. Often, these fires are ignited by grease.
In an effort to keep your home and community safe, please share these tips with friends and family. Knowing how to respond quickly could be the difference between a minor kitchen fire and a devastating disaster.
IF A GREASE FIRE STARTS:
1-Cover the flames with a metal lid or cookie sheet. Leave the cover on until it has cooled.
2-Turn off the heat source.
3-If it’s small and manageable, pour baking soda or salt on it to smother the fire.
4-As a last resort, spray the fire with a Class B dry chemical fire extinguisher.
5-Do not try to extinguish the fire with water.
6-Do not attempt to move the pot or pan outside.
IF YOU ARE UNABLE TO EXTINGUISH THE GREASE FIRE:
1-GET OUT! You and your family members need to leave as soon as you can to prevent injury or loss of life. Do not try to be a hero.
2-Close the door as you leave to help contain the fire.
3-Call 911 as soon as you are at a safe distance from the fire.
4-Do not re-enter your home until the fire has been contained by firefighters.
While it is important to remember these steps in order to take appropriate action during a grease fire, it’s equally important to take actions to prevent them from occurring in the first place.
TIPS TO PREVENT GREASE FIRES:
-Stay in the kitchen while you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. The leading cause of fires in the kitchen is unattended cooking.
-Be alert and do not use the stove or stovetop if you are sleepy or have consumed alcohol.
-Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop.
-Remove as much moisture as possible from the food before putting it in hot oil. Do not put frozen foods into hot grease.
-Keep the grease at the recommended temperature. If you see any smoke or the oil smells, it is an indication that it is too hot. Immediately turn off the burner to let it cool down.
-Heat the oil slowly.
-Add food gently to prevent splatter.
-Keep a lid near the pan you're cooking with so that it is accessible if a fire starts.
-Always keep children away from the stove while cooking, a minimum of three feet.
Remember to have an escape plan for your home. Review it with everyone who is staying inside the home, even those guests staying over. Review the meeting spot in front of the home. Most importantly, have smoke alarms installed throughout the home. If you are a city resident, please call us at (843) 545-4200 and we will provide and install the smoke alarms for you at no cost!

Maryville Elementary, Fearless Fire Drills

We are very happy to announce that we had our first two classes from the Fearless Fire Drills program complete the program. Thank you so much Mrs. Merritt and Mrs. Hemeon for helping us teach these wonderful students and instructing them to respond promptly and correctly when the fire alarm goes off! Great job students and teachers!

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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.