Station 27 (Allens) is the home station for the Horry County Fire Rescue Wildfire Unit. This team came together in 1987, in order to improve safety and effectiveness during the suppression of vegetation fires.
The main purpose of the unit is to provide an increased level of skill and safety to the overall wildland fire incidents within the county. This unit utilizes brush trucks, ATV’s for wildland search and rescue, UTV’s with quick-attack pumps, a high-water/wildfire response vehicle with a wildfire skid unit and support vehicle. It also deploys a saw crew for fire and severe weather incidents, and a crew of Red Card firefighters to assist with backfires. Personnel also work with the South Carolina Forestry Commission’s on incidents.
With training a major component of the effectiveness of HCFR’s Wildfire Unit, personnel have frequently travel to different academies across the southeast to take classes on saws, portable pumps, helitack operations and wildland engine operations.
Wildfire Unit members are spread out across Horry County’s coverage area, and can be deployed quickly to incidents large and small.