Construction for the new fire station along S.C. 544 on Singleton Ridge Road began February of this year, and is meant to replace the station on Victory Lane next to Horry Georgetown Technical College.
Horry County Fire Station No. 23 is one of the oldest stations, and will be repurposed by the University when the new station opens.
Mark Nugent, Public Information/Public Education Officer for Horry County Fire Rescue, spoke about amenities the new station will have.
"One of the biggest differences between the stations will be the amount of space," said Nugent. "The new station will also house the Horry County Safety Command Post, have a training room for both fire fighters and members of the community and have more updated systems and technology."
Fire Station No. 23 covers the Witch Golf Links course area to the Myrtle Beach National Golf Course and Coastal Carolina University.
“The response area [of the new station] will be altered slightly,” according to Nugent.
The Campus Safety and Security report of the 2015 calendar year, including fire safety statistics, tallies only three fires in university housing – the causes ranging from electrical to food related incidences.
A certificate of occupancy is scheduled to be finalized Oct. 6, but it is not a guarantee.
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