Long-awaited fire station in Longs holds grand opening Tuesday

Published: Jul. 25, 2022 at 4:25 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 26, 2022 at 3:56 PM EDT
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LONGS, S.C. (WMBF) - Horry County Fire Rescue hosted a grand opening on Tuesday morning for its newest fire station, Station 13 in Longs.

The new station in Longs, located at 801 SC-9, was recently completed.

“The units in this station have run more than 220 emergency calls. So that shows there was a need for it and shows that we responded to that by opening up this,” said Tony Casey, the spokesperson for Horry County Fire Rescue. “So our units have ran a bunch of calls since opening two months ago,” said Casey.

Crews broke ground on the fire station back in February 2020, but supply chain issues caused by the COVID-19 pandemic caused some delays.

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“We’re very fortunate to realize that this is one of the faster-growing areas in our County,” said Randy Webster, the Horry County Assistant Administrator of Public Safety. “And so, to do that we realized we’re asking a lot of our volunteers to do it all by themselves when they had other jobs. So this station was built because of the growth here.”

The new station will help reduce response times for emergencies in the area.

The $2.2 million station has 8,000 square feet of space and is the first of its kind in the county.

It will feature three drive-through bays for easy entry and exit. It’s also equipped with new technology for the crew.

The new station’s design will serve as a template for future stations throughout Horry County.

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