|Posted by cherokee.creek on July 15, 2019 at 9:55 AM||comments (16)|
At 3:42 am on July 4, 2019, our department along with Grassy Pond and Macedoina were dispatched to a commercial fire in the 1100 block of Champion Ferry Rd at the former Peeler Rug Mill Building. Crews arrived to find the 60,000 square foot building, which was currently being used to grind and recycle plastic car parts, heavily involved in fire. Another wharehouse as well as a residential structure were immediately threatened but ulitmately spared. It would take nealry 100 fireifhgters and 20 fire departments from NC and SC 40 hours to control the fire.
|Posted by cherokee.creek on November 4, 2018 at 5:55 PM||comments (4)|
Our last post was requesting support from the community for our request for a Tax Millage increase to fund a new fire station. How fitting is it that the next post would be to announce the opening of that new fire station!! Operations were moved to the new fire station, located at 455 Buck Shoals Rd on October 9, 2018.
The 13,000 square foot facility is complete with a large training room, kitchen, conference room , administartive offices, sleeping quarters, and an exercise room for firefighters. In the future, the training room will also be made available for the use of the community for special events. Our theme while in the design process was "building for the future". Over the last several years we have seen our community grow. With this growth comes the added need for emergency services. We wanted another building that would take us into the future. We know that sooner rather than later, call volume will demand 24 hour coverage and more people.
During this process we also wanted to incorporate firefighter safety. These days, more firefighters are loosing their lives to cancer than anything else. Some are still on the job and some have retired. It is no secret that this cancer is undoubtably from things that they came in contact with through their years of service. One of many ways that departments across the Country are combatting this epedemic is washing firefighter's turnout gear. This gear, after a fire, is soaked in cancer causing carcinogens that will remain there and be transfered to the firefighter everytime they touch it. However, you cannot was this gear in a regular washing machine. We incorporated an area in this new station to put this specially made washer and dryer. Thankfully, just a month prior to the building's completion we learned that we had been awarded an $18,000 FEMA Assistance to Firefighter's Grant for this equipment.
Again we thank our community for your continued support. We hope that when you see this new station that you are proud. Feel free to stop by at anytime to see us and well show you around.
|Posted by cherokee.creek on January 8, 2016 at 10:35 AM||comments (3)|
January 8, 2016
As you have seen in local media reports and a letter you will be receiving by mail, the Cherokee Creek Volunteer Fire Department has been authorized by Cherokee County Council, to petition our residents to vote on and hopefully approve a millage increase from 12 mills to 18 mills for our fire district, in effort to build a new Main Fire Station. This millage increase will replace our current station located on Buck Shoals Rd. It is our goal to be as forthcoming and informative as possible on this issue so that the benefit are properly relayed to our citizens.
Built on one acre of land in 1978, our current main station located at 410 Buck Shoals Rd, has reached its full potential. Over the years the pre cast concrete building has had additions built and numerous upgrades to attempt to better fit our needs. We feel at this point it would not be cost effective to attempt any further upgrades or additions. Due to the acreage, studies have shown that it would not be feasible to raze the current building and erect a new one in the current location. Several years ago, our department purchased a 2 acre plot of land at Buck Shoals Rd and Bonner Rd, immediately adjacent to Cherokee Creek Baptist Church. This spot will better serve our needs as it is larger and will give us easier access to two major routes of travel.
We feel that the new fire station will better allow us to train our firefighters and increase the quality of service to our citizens. It will also provide us more space to more securely store expensive equipment within our inventory. As Local, State, and Federal Standards require us to provide more and more features to better protect our firefighters, this station will be a must. We plan on building this station with the future growth of the department in mind to ensure this building will last us for many years to come.
This millage increase should be offset by the reduction in our ISO rating that we announced late last year. The decrease in this rating should ensure that every property owner within our fire district saves between 5% and 45% on their homeowner’s insurance premiums. Those savings should far surpass the amount we are requesting. To clarify, the millage increase equates to $24 per year for every $100,000 of assessed value, which equals out to approximately $2 per month.
In the coming weeks, our members will be contacting our citizens to ask that they sign a petition. Once we receive a certain number of signatures, this petition only allows that the millage increase be put on a ballot for you to vote on. This petition however, can only be signed by registered voters within our district. Our goal is to contact citizens face to face as to be able to personally answer any questions; however it will be extremely difficult to contact everyone. If you are interested in signing this petition, feel free to contact us and we will come to you.
As always, we are available and waiting to answer any questions or hear any concerns that you may have. Our contact information can be found on our website or you can contact any of our Tax Commissioners, Board of Directors, Officers, or Members of the department, they will be able to answer your questions or point you to the right person. We would like to thank the community for their continued support of our department and members, without your support our organization would not be able to function.
|Posted by cherokee.creek on September 9, 2015 at 3:40 PM||comments (1)|
ISO Classification Change
September 9, 2015
The Cherokee Creek Fire Department is proud to announce that effective December 1, 2015 our department has been awarded a Class 5 rating by the Insurance Services Office (ISO), an organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. ISO analyzes the data using its Fire Protection Rating Schedule and then assigns a rating number. ISO evaluates several different aspects of the fire service including the area or counties E-911 systems capabilities, the fire department including response times, personnel, training, among various other things, and finally the water capabilities of the area. This rating is considerably better than our previous split classification of 6/9.
The program provides an objective nationwide standard that helps fire departments in planning and budgeting for facilities, equipment and training and provides a tool for insurance companies to measure the expected performance and capabilities of the areas fire response forces. Insurance companies use rating information to help establish fair premiums for fire insurance, generally offering lower premiums to communities with better protection.
"We are particularly proud of this rating because it will positively impact all of our residents and taxpayers. Under the previous classification of 6/9, any property located within 5 road miles of a Cherokee Creek Fire Station and within 1 mile of a fire hydrant received the lower rating of 6. Any property located more than 1 mile from a fire hydrant received the higher rating of 9. Through diligence, hard work, and training of all of our volunteers, we were able to obtain a "straight rating" allowing all residents and businesses to benefit regardless of their proximity to a fire hydrant."
We urge all residents and business owners, in December when this rating takes effect, to contact your insurance company or prospective insurance company to see if this new rating will affect your premiums. If you have any questions please contact Assistant Fire Chief Billy Bishop at 864-489-0172 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.