Georgetown County’s fire chief might look familiar to Horry County residents.
James “Jim” Falkenhagen has been selected as the new Fire Chief for Georgetown County Fire-EMS, according to the Georgetown department.
The post goes on to say Falkenhagen has more than 30 years of fire and EMS experience. He previously served as a District Chief with Horry County Fire, an EMS supervisor for Georgetown County EMS and as a company officer with Georgetown County Fire-EMS.
Falkenhagen will officially move into his new role as Fire Chief on May 31, according to the post.
WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
A house fire on Greene Street in Columbia destroyed a man's home and took the life of his five dogs.
Columbia-Richland Fire Crews responded to the fire on Greene Street Thursday afternoon around 4:30.
No one was injured in the home, but one firefighter on scene was treated for heat exhaustion.
Christopher Samuels was devastated by the damage to his home, but even more heartbroken to learn about his dogs. "That was my life. Those dogs kept me going. I don't know what I'm going to do. I really don't," said Samuels.
Samuels says he has family he can turn to for help.
Fire officials haven't said was sparked the flames.
This is the second house fire Thursday afternoon that crews have responded to.
WACH-TV FOX 57 Columbia
Family members of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department’s latest recruits got to experience so up-close action on Thursday.
The department held a family day for its latest class, allowing recruits to showcase their skills in training to become the city’s next group of first responders.
Recruits used their training in various demonstrations, which left an impression on their loved ones.
”I’ve never seen anything like that up close in person,” said Holly Smith, who said her boyfriend was part of the latest class. “So It’s kinda like a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what they do and what they go through.” The recruits went through a 26-week program of intensive training, which included learning fire skills, vehicle extrication, learning to drive emergency vehicles and 12 weeks of EMT certification training.
“It really was great, what a fantastic insight to see what they do,” said Nancy Levy, whose son Brian was also in the class.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach
The Columbia-Richland Fire Department responded to a fire early Thursday morning on Sparkleberry Lane.
The fire started around 2:30 a.m. at San Jose on Sparkleberry, according to fire officials.
The fire appeared to have started in the kitchen area.
No injuries were reported. Crews were able to get the fire under control, according to officials. The cause of the fire is being investigated by the Richland County Fire Marshal’s Office.
WIS-TV NBC 10 Columbia
Crews responded to a fire in Myrtle Beach on Thursday evening.
Capt. Jon Evans with the Myrtle Beach Fire Department confirmed to WMBF News that crews responded to the area of 17th Avenue South and Grissom Parkway.
The blaze appeared to be under control shortly before 8 p.m.
WMBF News Reporter Eric Richards was first on the scene, where smoke could be seen above trees in the area. Firefighters at the scene said it appeared that the fire occurred at a homeless encampment in the area.
No injuries were reported and drivers were being asked to avoid the area.
WMBF-TV NBC 32 Myrtle Beach