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4 Recruits Graduate form Academy

September 26, 2015 –Congratulations to Probationary Firefighters, Whitney Brady, Andrew De La Cruz, Jason Carle, and Brian Brock on their graduation from the 8 week SCFA Recruit School. PFF Andrew De La Cruz and Jason Carle brought home two awards from the Recruit School.

During the last 8 weeks these recruits (Now Probationary Firefighters) spent countless hours studying and practicing for the several National Certifications they received. Recruits from Bluffton, Burton, and Hilton Head Island were among the graduating class from all over the state. During the ceremony, there were three awards given out. Beaufort County swept the awards. Burton Fire District brought home the Robert Frick Award for the Highest GPA, and Bluffton Recruits Andrew De La Cruz and Jason Carle brought home the Pride of the Battalion and the Order of the Maltese. The two awards were voted on by the instructors and the students. One final tradition for Bluffton Recruits is the handing out of Shift/Station Assignments. These assignments are kept secret from all personell until the Probationary Firefighters receive them.

Congratulations to all!!!

Press Release

September 17, 2015 – Bluffton Township Fire District personnel, from Shift 2 Station 35, were presentenced a Certificate of Appreciation from Chief John Thompson and Mayor Lisa Sulka on behalf of the Bolender Family.  On May 12 2015, the Bolender Family had an emergency while driving in their car. Luckily for them, they were able to pull into Station 35 to seek assistance. The Bolender family was met outside by on duty personnel who ensured them they were able to help. Due to the quick action, showing great confidence, and team work, U.S.M.C Captain Chris Bolender felt compelled to right a letter of appreciation to Chief John Thompson and Mayor Lisa Sulka.

These Firefighters represent exactly the level of service the Bluffton Township Fire District excels to meet each and every day regardless of the type of emergency.

Congratulations and Job Well Done.     


Smoke Alarm Saves Family

BLUFFTON, S.C. (WJCL)- One Bluffton family is crediting smoke detectors for saving their home and their lives. Bluffton firefighters responded to the blaze on Monday at a home on Elliot Pinckney Street and found the family safe outside. When firefighters went inside, they found a kitchen stove completely engulfed. 

Elouise Pinckney Green tells WJCL News she didn't realize what was beeping inside her home for a few seconds, and then her family member yelled that the kitchen was on fire.

“The alarm kept beeping and I said why is that alarm beeping like that," said Green. “God is always on our side and I thank God and I thank the fire department for getting here so quickly and doing their job so good."
Bluffton Township firefighters say homeowners can make their jobs much easier though, by simply installing the very same smoke detectors that saved this Bluffton family. 
“People think that the sound of the fire or crackling is going to wake us up and it’s not so much the heat and the flames that are going to kill us, it’s the toxic fumes and the smoke," said Cpt. Randy Hunter, public information officer, Bluffton Township Fire Department. 
National statistics say the risk of dying in a house fire is cut in half in homes with working smoke alarms. This Bluffton home's detector was above a doorway, close enough to the kitchen to pick up the smoke. 
“The main thing is we need to at least have one on every floor and if you sleep with the door closed one in every bedroom.”
The fire department encourages residents to call the department if they have questions regarding the best placement of detectors, or if you are suffering a financial hardship and cannot afford a smoke detector.