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Posted on: April 6, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Fire Department Earns ‘Fire Safe South Carolina Community’ Designation

Congratulations to the members of the City of Lake City Fire Department whose dedication to service and safety has earned them distinction and the designation of a 2022 Fire Safe South Carolina Community.

“We at the Lake City Fire Department are so proud of our members that participate in making Lake City a Fire Safe Community,” said Fire Chief Randy Driggers. “We are proud to serve our citizens and will continue to work to keep our community safe.”

Awarded by Fire Safe South Carolina (FSSC) and its partners, the designation recognizes the department’s active participation in developing community risk reduction plans for our community. The Lake City Fire Department is one of 132 departments across the state to be recognized for 2022.

“These designated communities continually work to reduce fire-related injuries in our state, thereby decreasing the risks for residents and firefighters. They also promote consistent fire safety messaging and stress the importance of providing all relative data collected at fire scenes,” noted the Fire Safe S.C. Designation announcement on April 4.

“The enthusiasm for obtaining this designation continues to grow, and we remain encouraged by active participation,” said FSSC’s Community Risk Reduction Chief Josh Fulbright.

“We congratulate the 132 designees and are excited again to see a net-gain of more than 25 percent in those participating from last year,” he said. “We look forward to recognizing them with a formal award ceremony during the June Fire-Rescue Conference in Myrtle Beach.”

To earn the designation, fire departments:

  • Completed courses to improve data quality
  • Trained community partners to deliver in-home safety visits
  • Developed their skills through online National Fire Academy courses in risk reduction and assessment

According to FSSC, more than 2,500 fire service members were educated on risk reduction-related topics, and almost one million citizens were educated on fire and life safety topics across 536 community partners identified statewide in 2022.

“Nearly one million citizens were educated last year on ways to stay fire safe thanks to the commitment and dedication of our 132 Fire Safe South Carolina fire departments and our community partners,” Fulbright said. “The efforts will not stop there as we continue to work together to educate more people and make South Carolina fire safe.”

Launched in 2017, Fire Safe SC’s partners include the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association, the S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs, the S.C. Fire Marshal Association, and the S.C. Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators. Together, they announce the following 132 South Carolina fire departments have obtained the Fire Safe SC Community designation.

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