The Monthly Commissioner's Meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 24th at 7:00 pm. The meeting agenda may be viewed here.
THANKS TO ALL !!!
Our fundraiser for HSBC Backpack Blessings was, again, a fantastic success. Attendance topped 400 and all but exhausted available food. After expenses (meat and perishable items) we were able to make a donation of approximately $3,090.00. These funds will go a long way in financing this most worthy operation. What really helped to keep our expenses down were donations of money and other needed items. While we couldn't compile a complete list of donors we do have some, as follows:
- HWY 357 Redi-Mart, cash.
- Amazon.com, chips, drinks, buffet serving stations, containers, cups and a $700.00 kitchen knife set to be given away as a door prize. No one can ever say Amazon is not a community minded and supportive company. Truly outstanding!
- HSBC Youth Group for serving...Good job.
- Gregg Culbreth for the live music.
- Startex Fire Department for the loan of an additional grill. And, Andy West for his help using it.
- Drake House, macaroni and dessert.
- Tadpole Fish Camp (who always supports this department), slaw.
- Local Dollar General, plastic take home/takeout bags.
- Mr. John White, Jr., bottled water.
- To the many who we may have overlooked...THANKS!
CONGRATS to Matt Jackson
On April the 29th, family, friends and Brother Firefighters came together at Spartanburg Community College to witness and celebrate the graduation of Matt Jackson from "Rookie Firefighter School". Matt's association with the fire department began at age 14 when he became old enough to join the Fire Explorer Program offered by the Department and Boy Scouts. As is the norm for Matt, he mastered all the training requirements of this program and demonstrated sustained committment to the department and it's mission earning the opportunity to attend the Basic Firefighter Training Course (Rookie School). The course covered seven months meeting three nights per week; Matt is still in High School. Not only was he the youngest to attend but maintained a 90+ average in all subject matter. While Matt is not yet old enough to engage in real-world operations, he is still heavily involved with the Department and the Fire Explorers. Just for clarity, Matt is 17 and law requires he be 18 before qualifying as a legal firefighter. His accomplishment in Rookie School clears the way when he reaches his majority. Again, congratulations on a job well done.
NOTE: I feel it appropriate to recognize the leadership and motivation provided to our youth by Commissioners, Chief Blackwell, Asst Chief Jones, Captain Drew Hollemon and so many others to the Fire Explorers. Anyone interested in joining the club should contact the Fire Department.
The Call Log page is updated with the end-of-year stats. This past year was our busiest since we began tracking these type statistics. We ended the year with a total of 514 calls requiring a total of 1930 people hours with no missed calls. It should be noted that hours begin with call alert and terminate when assets are returned to the Department but, do not take into account recovery actions needed after the call is completed.
Take a minute and review all call stats on the Call Log page and see how our call volume has steadily increased over the past four years. Now, remember we are still a volunteer/part-time Department and we met the challenges head-on with much success. This was accomplished through sound leadership and management from the Commission through the Department Command Staff and ultimately the dedication of our Firefighters! 'Nuff said.
This coming year promises to be another busy year and, an important one as well. There is more change coming as our community continues to grow and demands increase. We, as always, will be completely transparent and forthcoming with details as they become available and, we will be seeking your input as needed.
Our 37thAnnual Awards Banquet was held on December 11th at Lyman Lake Lodge and was a very good time. Awardees are listed below:
- The Clara W. Edwards Achievement Award: Tony Patton. This award recognizes those members who have faithfully served the Department and community over a number years such as Mrs. Edwards did. Tony now serves the Department as Chaplain is currently attending the Chaplain School.
- Life Saving Award: Chief Blackwell presented two awards this year. First to Commission Chairman Lee Jeffcoat for his actions in reviving a non-breathing female and secondly to Commissioner Robby Golightly for reviving a non-breathing male. Talk about service to the community.
- Service Award: Certain milestones in a career earn special recognition. This year Chief Blackwell awarded Chairman Lee Jeffcoat his recognition pin for his faithful and dedicated service to the Department as Fire Chief (2004-2010).
- Chief's Award: Presented to Lt. Jeff Duncan for his outstanding leadership within the Department and extensive work in establishing the Chaplain Program. The presentation was made by Assistant Chief Ryan Jones.
- Training Award: Chief Blackwell presented this award to Fire Explorer Matt Jackson. Matt attended all training sessions throughout the year and will attend the ESA for further training.