Fire Services News Archives
LCFS Responds to Oconee County Under Request of State Firefighter Mobilization
June 26, 2013 - Lexington County Fire Service emergency response team members were requested by South Carolina State mobilization to respond and join in a search and recovery effort to locate a missing rafter on the Chattooga Wild and Scenic River. Lexington emergency response team members, trained as swift water technicians, responded and assisted search crews that have been on scene for over a week. The working area has both class 4 and 5 rapids and crews had to raft in for over an hour to reach the search area. The recovery effort is tough both physically and emotionally on all the responders involved.
UPDATE July 2, 2013 - Search crews located the body of the missing rafter after 13 days of search and recovery efforts.
LCFS Participates in American Lung Association Fight for Air Climb
On Saturday, June 1, 2013, 5 firefighters from Lexington County Fire Service participated in the American Lung Association’s Fight for Air Climb: Columbia. They climbed the stairs of the 25-story Capital Center building at Main and Gervais Streets in Columbia wearing full firefighting gear to raise money for the American Lung Association. The “Lexington County Challenge Team” was the leading fundraising firefighting team for the event, raising $3,815. Captain Chris Ballington was the leading individual firefighter fundraiser, collecting $2,545. FF Kyle Markey was the Fastest Firefighter with a time of 4:36.
Pictured in gear before the climb are: left to right: Captain Chris Ballington, FF Scott Sayler, A/O Patrick Parks, FF Kyle Markey and FF Brandon Krell.
Pictured receiving the Firefighting Team Fundraising Award are: left to right: FF Scott Sayler, Captain Chris Ballington, A/O Patrick Parks, FF Kyle Markey, and FF Brandon Krell.
Chris Ballington is pictured receiving an award for the Leading Individual Firefighter Fundraiser.
FF Kyle Markey is pictured receiving an award for the Fastest Firefighter.
2013 Jeffrey Chavis Firefighter's Boot Drive a Success!
On the weekend of May 16-18, 2013, Lexington County Fire Service and EMS, along with Columbia/Richland County, Irmo, West Columbia, Batesburg and Leesville Fire Departments, participated in the 12th Annual Boot Drive to collect funds to support the Southeastern Firefighters’ Burn Foundation. Emergency Services personnel collected $58,614 at Lexington and Richland County Wal-Mart stores and at major intersections across Lexington County during this three-day event. This special event is held in memory of a fallen firefighter, Jeff Chavis. Firefighter Chavis was a Lexington County Firefighter who died in 2001 while battling a structure fire. Local emergency services personnel established this event to create and support the Jeffrey Chavis House, a residential facility which can house up to 50 individuals while their loved ones are treated at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta, GA. This burn center treats the critically injured burn patients from throughout the southeast. Firefighters have collected more than $618,881 to date through these annual boot drives. If you would like more information or would like to contribute to the Jeffrey Chavis House, please contact Lexington County Boot Drive Coordinator Chief Eddie Turner at 785-8632.
Excerpt from The County Scoop, June 2013
LCFS Receives Award
At the January 8, 2013 County Council Meeting, Lexington County Fire Services was recognized for receiving an award from the Midlands Workforce Development Board (MWDB) on December 13, 2012 for their outstanding use of assessments for talent management and their strong partnership with the MWDB. The MWDB and Fire Services launched a pilot project utilizing the talent portion of the Work Keys assessment system. In order to set a benchmark for the traits a successful firefighter would possess, a group of existing firefighters were assessed.
Receiving the award (photo left to right) was Council Chairman Bill Banning, Fire Service Training Officer Glenn Williams, Fire Service Assistant Chief Eddie Turner and Reggie Murphy, Chairman of the MWDB.
Twelve Recruit Firefighters Graduate
On January 4, 2013 Lexington County graduated its newest firefighters and welcomed them to the Fire Service. The twelve men that made up the recruit firefighter program 12-03 completed a twelve week program consisting of physical training, academic education and testing as well as technical skill based training. At the completion of the program the candidates were awarded certification as NFPA Firefighter II and Emergency Medical First Responders.
The completion of this program and the placement of these new firefighters into stations has boosted the Lexington County Fire Service to a record high staffing level enabling each fire station operated by Lexington County to be fitted with a minimum of two personnel around the clock. Congratulations to these graduates in their new assignments as team members of Lexington County Fire Service!
LCFS Receives Award From Muscular Dystrophy Association
Lexington County Fire Safety House At South Carolina State Fair
The Lexington County Fire Service participated in the South Carolina State Fair for the first time this year with our mobile fire safety and severe weather awareness training trailer. With the safety trailer set up for 5 days at the fair, the fire service was able to educate many residents of all ages from across the state on having an escape plan, fire alarms, and with the help of WIS television, also provide education on severe weather awareness.
Lexington County Fire Service Participates in Sheriff’s Trunk or Treat Event
On Saturday October 27, members of the fire service helped out in the Halloween spirit by participating in the Sheriff’s department Trunk or Treat event held on Ball Park Road.
Arant Named Employee of the Third Quarter
Congratulations to Part Time Firefighter Randy Arant on being named Lexington County Employee of the Quarter for the third quarter of 2012. Randy was recognized before County Council at the October 23rd Council meeting.
Firefighter Arant was recently assigned the task of cleaning up the training grounds and preparing it for an upcoming firefighter recruit school . Randy cleaned and organized the entire training ground facility enabling it to be used to its maximum potential unlike ever before. This allowed our recruit school to start with a clean and efficient training facility.
Firefighter Arant also volunteered to serve on a committee to revamp the Personnel Accountability System (PAS) for Fire Service. The PAS system is a critical tool used to track the location of personnel operating on emergency scenes, ensuring the safety of fellow firefighters. Arant assisted in the development of the policies and procedures surrounding the PAS system and authored a lesson plan and Power Point presentation to train all firefighters, making the implementation of the PAS system a true success.
Firefighter Arant has also recently began work on a lesson plan for the department’s upcoming Multi-Company Drills, which is required training for all career and volunteer personnel.
The hard work, positive attitude, and dedication of Firefighter Arant is a tremendous asset to Fire Service.
2012 Fire Service Awards Banquet
The County Scoop, August 2012, Excerpt: Fight for Air Climb
Firefighter Recruit School Graduation, August 3, 2012
The Lexington County Fire Service is proud to announce the graduation of the sixth class of its Firefighter Recruit School. The graduation was held at the Lexington Municipal Conference Center on August 3, 2012. Six graduating recruits with Lexington County and one recruit with City of Cayce were recognized... <MORE>
Excerpts from The County Scoop, June 2012