RINCON — A spate of good news has been gushing from the Rincon Fire Department hydrant in 2018.
Chief Corey Rahn and Capt. Lou Reed recently offered an inside look into some of the positive things that have happened for the department recently.
In January, it purchased a 2007 Pierce Arrow XT that is housed at Station 1 and has been officially dubbed Engine 12.
The Rincon Fire Department consists of four main stations, each located on a different road that also serves as a boundary for the areas they service.
The departments response area covers 90.6 square miles and contains a total of 207.16 miles of road. The area extends from the four firehouse locations on West 17th Street, Ebenezer Road, Goshen Road and Blue Jay Road.
“The City of Rincon Fire Department has a force of 40 full-time, part-time and volunteer staff,” Rahn and Reed said jointly. “The force has over 100 years of combined experience in the public safety area and we remain committed to providing the citizens of Rincon and our fire district with the best service possible.”
The department has added another three full-time personnel — James Spencer, Brandon Hollifield and Austin McCoy. They are currently enrolled and passing their FF1 to become state-certified firefighters.
Reed, one of two captains for the department, says that providing the highest quality service and safety is of utmost importance.
“Through continuing education and regular training, we strive to keep our staff equipped to handle any situation while being mindful of doing more for less,” he said.
One such instance was on May 3 when the fire department participated in the emergency response to the C-130 plane crash on Hwy 21 in Port Wentworth. Being located near the site, it had some of the first responders on the scene.
See the May 23 edition of the Effingham Herald for more details.