Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Summerville Fire Department personnel travelled to Georgetown Wednesday, September 25, to aid local firefighters battling the massive fire that destroyed eight buildings in Georgetown’s historic district.
SFD firefighters were Captain Jacob Evans and Firefighters Chris Rawley and David Fuseler.
They joined firefighters from North Charleston, Dorchester County, Jasper County, Awendaw Fire Department, Charleston Fire Department and James Island Fire Department with local mutual aid response.
“We got an email around 9:30 a.m. from the state EMD saying that state-wide firefighter mobilization was activated and 25 firefighters were needed in Georgetown,” said SFD Chief Richard Waring.
Waring sent the three who met up with other local personnel in North Charleston. All travelled together arriving in Georgetown around 3 p.m. They monitored hot spots and smoldering areas throughout the night covering for the exhausted Georgetown area firefighters who, by that time, had been fighting the inferno for more than 24 hours.
They were relieved around 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning.
“We were happy to help,” said Waring. “You never know when you might be on the other end of a request like that….”