Colleton County Fire-Rescue

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The Colleton County 9-1-1 Communications Center, all call-takers and dispatchers are employees of the Colleton County Sheriff’s Office and are not trained by or affiliated with Fire-Rescue.

Colleton County Fire-Rescue operates on the Palmetto 800 system. This feed monitors the primary mainland dispatch channel, Ops 4, and Ops 5.  All transmissions are in “clear text”. To eliminate confusion, thus improving safety, Fire-Rescue does not use codes or signals in radio transmissions.

Radio traffic for the City of Walterboro Public Safety is handled on separate talkgroups and is not tied to this link.

Radio traffic for the Town of Edisto Beach Fire Department and Fire-Rescue’s Edisto operations are handled on separate talkgroups and is not tied to this link.

Most incidents receive a single station response. Predetermined, acute medical emergencies receive a Medic Unit response (ALS Ambulance) and the closest fire station. All county Fire Engines are equipped with BLS or ALS medical equipment, including AEDs and/or 12-lead cardiac monitor/defibrillators

First alarm structural fires receive the closest four fire stations (four Engines, four 3000 gallon Tenders, closest Medic Unit (ALS Ambulance), support apparatus and at least one supervisor, usually the on-duty Battalion Chief. Second alarms bring three additional stations (three Engines, three Tenders, an additional Medic Unit [ALS Ambulance] and support apparatus). Third alarms bring ten additional stations, some specialty equipment, an additional Medic Unit (ALS Ambulance) and additional command staff.  Additional or subsequent alarms bring specified equipment from other areas of the county, allow for relocation of apparatus and manpower to maintain coverage including a partial or complete recall of full-time staff. Mutual aid from neighboring counties may be included in some alarms and/or specifically requested by the Incident Commander.

Colleton County participates in the Statewide Firefighter Mobilization Program. Out of county responses involving the Firefighter Mobilization Program are handled on talkgroups not monitored through this link.