ACFD Quarterly Fire Training: New Fires, So What?

We will be having a quarterly training at Palmetto High School on Saturday March 5th at 0800. the following is the class discription:

7741: New Fires, So What?

Prerequisite: None (Class is targeted to fire service instructors, company officers, and chief officers who may have the responsibilities to command fire ground activities.)
Contact Hours: 4

This course is designed to improve decision-making through increased knowledge of the changing fire environment, review and expand understanding of fire dynamics, the importance of size-up, and choosing tactics to fit the fire conditions and re-evaluate ventilation practices. Additional information will include understanding the collapse hazard of today’s homes and tactical considerations for basement fires as well as re-examining suppression practices. This information and discussion will provide an opportunity for firefighters and instructors to get the facts and discuss myths that affect fire service training and response. 

Anyone interested please send a SCFA Registration to me so i can register you for the class. The class will last 4 hours and this is an Academy class so you will get a State Certificate and it will be listed on your transcript. Please get registrations in ASAP. the class will be limited to 100 people.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.
Mike Benoir T-1
ACFD Training Division

Training Division Updates:

Training Officer Mike Benoir is still taking registrations for 1152 starting 1/19/16 at the training center still have 8 openings , this class will be approved so if you sent a registration I will see you on the 19th
we still have 10 openings for the 1154 firefighter 2 class on 1/18/16 at the training facility this class is also approved and will start at 1800 on the first night.
Auto ex at Craytonville FD on 1/9/16 starts at 0830 is also approved and have 10 openings there.
please get your registrations in asap so we can get you in these classes.
If you have any questions feel free to contact Mike Benoir T-1 at Headquarters at 864-260-4016

Funeral Services For Jr. Firefighter Austin Trace McMillan

The family is at the home and will receive friends from 4 – 8 P.M. Friday at Pruitt Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made in memory of Austin to Friendship Fire Department, 1938 Abercrombie Road, Honea Path, SC 29654. Online messages of condolence may be left for the family at


Funeral services will be held at 2 P.M. Saturday at Mt. Bethel Baptist Church with Rev. Jeremy Colloms and Rev. Archie Sharp officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Passing of Friendship Fire Department Junior Firefighter.

Austin Trace McMillan, 17, passed away on Monday, September 28, 2015. He was an Eleventh grade student at BHP High School and was a Junior Fireman at Friendship Fire Department. Everyone please remember his family and his fire department family in your thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements will be announced at a later time.


ACFD Training Division Class Updates: 07/28/2015

From Training Officer Mike Benoir:
There are still some openings in 1139 and 1140 which are listed as Due West in catalog but will be here at the anderson training facility please sign up soon if you dont currently have 1139 you will have to send me a written registration form for the 1140 class and write pending 1139 at the top and i will submit it for you.
We still have openings left in the 1152 class starting August 10, 2015 at the training facility.Please register for this online at the south carolina fire academy if you have any problems contact me.
There will be a Auto extrication class at Flat Rock Bowen on 9/5 and 9/6 please send registrations to me at the office. Need these registrations ASAP.

ACFD Training Division Class Updates

From Training Officer Mike Benoir:

The new catalog is out for July- Dec and I have put the following classes in.
New Fire Chief series.  These are National Fire Academy courses:
Fire Chief 1- is 7/18 and 7/19 at the training facility it covers Challenging issues
Fire Chief 2- is 10/24 and 10/25 at the training facility it covers administrative issues.
Fire Chief 3- is 11/14 and 11/15 at the training facility it covers Contemporary issues.
Fire Instructor II 9/11/20 at the Anderson Training Facility
1152 class to be held 8/10/15 at the training facility.
You can register online for these classes or send me a registration. Remember any juniors must fill out a junior registration.
If you have any questions Please Contact Mike Benoir at 864-260-4018 or email him at

Firework Safety!!


State Fire Marshal Offers Fireworks Safety Tips

State Fire Marshal Bert Polk is urging citizens to stay safe if participating in any fireworks activities during the July 4th holiday.

“You cannot take safety for granted when it comes to fireworks,” Polk said. “We want everyone to have fun, but safety precautions must come first.”

For those choosing to use consumer fireworks, the State Fire Marshal suggests these safety tips:

• Observe local laws. If unsure whether it is legal to use fireworks, check with local officials.

• Buy from fireworks retailers permitted through the Fire Marshal’s Office.

• Store fireworks in a cool, dry place.

• Always have an adult present when shooting fireworks.

• Use common sense and always read and follow the directions on each firework.

• Never point or throw fireworks at another person.

• Only use fireworks outdoors, away from homes, dry grass, and trees.

• Light one firework at a time and keep a safe distance.

• Never experiment or attempt to make your own fireworks.

• Never give fireworks to small children.

• Never carry fireworks in your pocket.

• Never shoot fireworks in metal or glass containers.

• Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device when lighting the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting fireworks.

• Never re-ignite malfunctioning fireworks.

• Put used fireworks in a bucket of water; keep a garden hose on hand.

“There are hundreds of permitted professional fireworks displays available to South Carolinians to enjoy during the Fourth of July holiday,” Polk said. “Residents can consult their local fire officials for displays in their area.”


The Anderson County Fire Department Wishes Everyone a Happy and Safe Holiday!


National Fire Academy Weekend: Deadline May 20th, 2015

National Fire Academy Training Weekend!

Time is running out to register for this years’ National fire academy weekend. Attached you will find a copy of the brochure for the weekend including the classes and the weekend schedule and registration. The Dorms are great, all private rooms with bathroom and showers. we enjoy several events throughout the weekend.  They have great instructors and good classroom formats.
Please get your registrations filled out and returned to Headquarters as soon as possible, The deadline is MAY 20, 2015.
We are trying to fill the Bus for the trip. The only meals you will have to pay for is breakfast Friday morning, lunch Friday, and supper on Sunday on the way home.
Don’t miss a great chance for excellent training to take back to your stations.
For additional Information please contact Mike Benoir- Anderson County Fire Department Training Officer at         864-260-4016 or 864-260-4018.

Williford Volunteer Fire Department Annual BBQ Sale

The Williford Volunteer Fire Department will be having it’s Annual BBQ Sale May 23rd, 2015 From 11:00 to Until.

They will be having:

  • BBQ Pork Plates
  • Chicken Plates

Sides Include:

  • Beans
  • Cole Slaw
  • Drink

Dine In or Carry Out Options Are Available*

The BBQ Sale will be hosted at the Williford Volunteer Fire Department at 3738 Highway 187 S, Anderson SC, 29626

Williford Fire Dept BBQ Sale Flier

Please See the Flier for more information.