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Rapid growth brings new area code to Pee Dee areas

(Source: Horry County Fire facebook) (Source: Horry County Fire facebook)

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Due to rapid growth in our coastal areas, the Public Utilities Commission of South Carolina approved an additional area code for use in the Pee Dee and Coastal calling zones.

The new are code 854, must be dialed before the seven digit telephone number. Ten-digit dialing will also apply to the 843 area code as well, according to Horry County Fire Rescue.

To successfully reach Horry County Fire Rescue via telephone (for non-emergencies), means you will now have to dial 843-915-5190 rather than just 915-5190

The introduction of the new 854 area code will not require members to change their existing telephone numbers or area code and, the price of a call, coverage area, or other rates and services will not change. It's also important to note that HTC has a reasonable supply of 843 numbers still available for distribution and, it will be an extended amount of time before the company will need to issue a landline phone number with an 854 area code.

Beginning September 19, 2015, callers must use the new dialing procedure for all calls. After this date, if a caller does not use the new dialing procedures, the call will not be completed as dialed and a recording will instruct the caller to hang up and dial again, according to an HTC news release.

Remember to dial 9-1-1 for all emergency calls.

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