Midway Fire Rescue staffs three shifts (A, B and C) of personnel that work a demanding twenty-fours hours on duty at three stations (Linchfield, Pawleys Island and Debordieu Colonies) within the 70 square mile coverage area. 

Fire Administration

 

The Fire Chief is the top executive rank in the fire department who is responsible for carrying out the day-to-day tasks of running the organization. Such tasks include supervising other officers and firefighters at an emergency scene and recruiting, training, and equipping them for their respective duties. Depending upon local needs and organization, the fire chief may also be involved in fire prevention, fire inspection, disaster preparedness, emergency medical services, and related disciplines, as well as administrative duties such as budgets and personnel issues, research into safety and regulations, and the liaison with other agencies.

 

The Assistant Fire Chief is the manage, control, and to direct activities of personnel assigned to the Operations Division.  Manage the administrative and operational functions of the Department.  Develop, implement, and administer programs and projects to ensure the continued quality of fire services and facilities through the effective use of resources.  Provide professional and technical assistance to the Fire Chief and other department staff.  Assist in preparing the Operating and Capital Improvement Budgets and oversees the planning and construction of future fire stations. Also, in the absence of the Fire Chief, the Assistant Fire Chief shall perform all applicable duties of the Fire Chief in a sufficient manner until arrival/return of the Fire Chief. 

 

The Division Chief of Training & Special Operations includes serving as the department training chief, operations chief of our technical rescue team (TRT), the department public information officer (PIO), the department health and safety officer including the role as fireground safety chief, and responding to emergencies as required.


The Battalion Chief is the lowest chief officer in a fire department's rank structure. The battalion chief commands a firefighting battalion, similar to a military battalion. A battalion consists of several fire stations and multiple fire companies. A battalion chief has command over each fire station's officers and each company or unit's officers, as well as the uniformed firefighters. This officer is also medically trained as a emergency medical technician or paramedic.


The Captain supervises daily operations, scheduling, training, and emergency response of a Engine Company along with the Fire Station. This officer is often the initial commander at emergencies and can be called upon to fill in for the Battalion Chief during his or her absence. This officer is also medically trained as a emergency medical technician or paramedic.


The Lieutenant supervises daily operations, training, and emergency response of an Engine Company and the personnel assigned to it. This officer is also medically trained as a emergency medical technician or paramedic.


The Master Firefighter supervises daily operations, training and the operational readiness of equipment at Midway Fire Rescue. The Master Firefighter is also medically trained as a emergency medical technician or paramedic.


The Firefighter II/Paramedic is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten civilians, property or natural resources. They are trained to rescue people from dangerous situations for example collapsed, burning building and crashed vehicles. A Firefighter I/EMT is also trained in the handling hazardous materials responses. The firefighter is also trained as a certified paramedic which provides advanced cardiac life support, or ACLS, treats areas involving cardiac injury or compromise; the most common is cardiac arrest. Obstetrics, including assessment, assisting with uncomplicated childbirth, and recognition of and procedures for obstetrical emergencies such as breech presentation, cord presentation, and placental abruption, management of burns, including classification, estimate of surface area, recognition of more serious burns, and treatment. The use of advanced airway management techniques including surgical airways. The paramedic also is involved in drug therapy and I.V. establishment in the pre-hospital setting. This Firefighter II/ Paramedic also is trained to drive all Midway Fire Rescue apparatus. 

 

The Firefighter II/EMT-Basic is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten civilians, property or natural resources. They are trained to rescue people from dangerous situations for example collapsed, burning building and crashed vehicles. The Firefighter I/EMT is also trained in the handling hazardous materials responses. The firefighter is also trained as a certified basic emergency medical technician. The firefighter utilizes skills such as defibrillation, airway maintenance, CPR, spinal immobilization, bleeding control, and fracture management.This Firefighter II/EMT-Basic also is trained to drive all Midway Fire Rescue apparatus. 


The Firefighter I/Paramedic is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten civilians, property or natural resources. They are trained to rescue people from dangerous situations for example collapsed, burning building and crashed vehicles. A Firefighter I/EMT is also trained in the handling hazardous materials responses. The firefighter is also trained as a certified paramedic which provides advanced cardiac life support, or ACLS, treats areas involving cardiac injury or compromise; the most common is cardiac arrest. Obstetrics, including assessment, assisting with uncomplicated childbirth, and recognition of and procedures for obstetrical emergencies such as breech presentation, cord presentation, and placental abruption, management of burns, including classification, estimate of surface area, recognition of more serious burns, and treatment. The use of advanced airway management techniques including surgical airways. The paramedic also is involved in drug therapy and I.V. establishment in the pre-hospital setting. 


The Firefighter I/EMT-Basic is a rescuer extensively trained in firefighting to extinguish hazardous fires that threaten civilians, property or natural resources. They are trained to rescue people from dangerous situations for example collapsed, burning building and crashed vehicles. The Firefighter I/EMT is also trained in the handling hazardous materials responses. The firefighter is also trained as a certified basic emergency medical technician. The firefighter utilizes skills such as defibrillation, airway maintenance, CPR, spinal immobilization, bleeding control, and fracture management.

 

Division of Fire and Life Safety

 

The Fire Marshal duties include fire code enforcement and/or investigating fires for origin and cause. The Fire Marshal also is in charge of public education to the community. 


Fire Inspector operates under the supervision of the Fire Marshal. The Fire Inspector assists in investigation of fires and fire code enforcement. The fire inspector also assists in Public Education events. 

Main Address
67 St Pauls Place
Pawleys Island, SC 29585

 jwelch@gtcounty.org
Tel: 843-545-3620
Fax: 843-237-3458

Office Hours

8:30 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. M-F

(except for legal holidays)

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