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For the first time in its history, the City of Darlington has been named a “Fire Safe Community”
thanks to the Darlington Fire Department’s successful implementation and completion
of the Fire Safe South Carolina program.

The Fire Safe South Carolina program is a partnership between the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association, S.C. State Association of Fire Chiefs, S.C. Fire Marshal Association, S.C. Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators and S.C. and Office of State Fire Marshal. The community risk reduction program unites fire departments throughout the Palmetto State as they engage their communities. Participating firefighters must complete courses, train community partners and initiate in-home safety visits.

“Designated communities continually work to reduce fires and related injuries in our state resulting in decreased risks for residents and firefighters,” Community Risk Reduction Chief Josh Fulbright said. “They also promote consistent fire safety messaging and learn the importance of collecting and reporting quality data from fire scenes.”

The inaugural Fire Safe South Carolina communities were first named in 2019, and this year marks the first time the Darlington Fire Department was presented with the South Carolina Fire Safe Community Designation award. The Darlington Fire Department received its award during the annual SC Fire-Rescue Conference at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on June 15.

Fire Safe SC Group Photo CITY OF DARLINGTON“This year’s efforts were spearheaded by Capt. Brandon Maloch, and he did a wonderful job leading the department with this Fire Safe South Carolina initiative,” said Darlington Fire Chief Pat Cavanaugh. “Our team’s dedicated hard work made this award possible and as a result of its successful completion, more people in our community are educated about fire prevention.”

The Darlington Fire Department joined 153 other fire stations from around South Carolina who were also presented with the award. During its campaign, the Darlington Fire Department held educational sessions in local Darlington County School District schools. The material covered preventative actions, safety techniques and escape plans.

The data collected by the Darlington Fire Department throughout its campaign will improve data-driven resources needed for National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) training, which integrates the use of geographic information systems (GIS).


The Darlington Fire Department has been serving the City of Darlington since 1880.
To learn more, please visit www.cityofdarlington.com/fire-department or call 843-398-4013.

City of Darlington Fire Department

SEWER LINE REPAIR: On Monday, July 15, N. Ervin St. will be closed at the Cashua St. entrance due to a sewer line repair. To access N. Ervin St., you will need to enter through the Spring St. entrance. Repair time is unknown until crews are able to break ground.