Virginia chief chosen to lead Horry County Fire Rescue

bdickerson@thesunnews.comOctober 16, 2012 

— Hanover County, Va. Fire-EMS Chief Frederick Crosby is now the new chief of Horry County Fire Rescue.

Paul Whitten, public safety director for Horry County, announced the selection at Tuesday’s County Council meeting.

Crosby, 51, was not present at Tuesday’s meeting to hear the announcement. He will start work in Horry County in mid November.

“The timing of his employment is perfect as we will begin the budget process after the first of the year, said Whitten. “I am excited to work with him and learn his work philosophies as it relates to fire-rescue protection services we can offer the citizens of Horry County.”

According to his resume, Crosby’s department covers 512 square miles, has 152 employees and over 1,000 volunteers operating from 16 stations and works with an annual budget of over $14 million.

He has been with the department for 25 years, and began his career as a volunteer firefighter at the age of 16.

Crosby previously said what’s important to him is providing the community with the best resources possible, which includes being involved in that community.

Several local firefighters sat in the back of Council Chambers, awaiting the announcement of the new chief. A round of applause greeted the news and the group left almost immediately.

Crosby will take over for interim Chief Kenneth Bean, who has overseen the department since April 13 after former chief Garry Alderman announced his request for reassignment because of personal reasons.

County officials received 51 applications for the position.

“I think you’ve definitely made a great choice,” said Councilman Brent Schulz, who also oversees the county’s public safety committee.

Moving from firefighting to air travel, the council got an update on the terminal expansion project at Myrtle Beach International Airport.

Bill Cram, executive vice president for construction company MB Kahn, said the substantial portion of the work is scheduled to be finished by Christmas Day.

From there, a certificate of occupancy is set to be presented on Jan. 25 before opening the new terminal up to passengers on Feb. 19, Cram said.

He added that 400 people work at the construction site daily and the expansion has created a total of 750 jobs. Total investment for the project is $120 million, of which $43.5 million went to Horry County firms.

The terminal expansion project will take the total number of gates at the airport from seven to 13.

Contact BRAD DICKERSON at 626-0301.

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