Georgetown fire departments hope to land grant for fire boat
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. - Fire departments in the Georgetown area are joining forces to try to land grant money to buy a new fire boat.
The Sun News of Myrtle Beach reports (http://bit.ly/1bmRWwU) Georgetown County spokeswoman Jackie Broach said Georgetown Fire/EMS, Midway Fire Rescue and the Georgetown Fire Department are partnering to look for grant possibilities to purchase a fire boat.
City Council on Thursday unanimously approved Georgetown Fire Chief Joey Tanner’s request to seek the grant money.
Seven buildings were destroyed in the Sept. 25 fire along the city’s waterfront. The fire put 130 people out of work and displaced nearly 10 families who were living in apartments above the buildings.
The cause of the fire is being investigated.
“The city of Georgetown does have a fire boat,” Georgetown Councilman Paige Sawyer said. “But, it wasn’t big enough to really help with this (Front Street) fire. The fire was just too larg e. That’s why the fire boat was brought up from North Charleston.”