emergency services In an emergency, dial 911 Barnwell County Emergency Management Director: Roger Riley (803) 541-1001 Medshore Ambulance Service Williston, S.C. 29853 (803) 266-7019
Ruby, a drug-sniffing dog, is the sheriff’s office’s newest resource in the fight against drugs.
group of men and women are ready to lend a hand whenever the community needs them. Barnwell County has four law enforcement agencies to keep the county safe and bring criminals to justice. While the Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office watches over the whole community, the city of Barnwell and towns of Blackville and Williston each have their own police force. There is also a county-wide drug/ gang task force that was started in 2014. It is run by the sheriff’s office and funded by the county and all seven municipalities. So far, a number of arrests have been made and drugs and weapons have been taken off the streets. Barnwell County Emergency Management Director Roger Riley and his staff are there in times of need, including Hurricane Matthew in October 2016.
Even though Barnwell County is approximately 100 miles from the coast, the storm still brought heavy rain and wind that toppled many trees. As a result of an ice storm in 2014, the idea to build a “Power Wagon” was born as a way to charge emergency communication tools and boost cell phone service in times of need. Thanks to students at the Barnwell County Career Center, the Power Wagon was created at little cost. The power wagon has been used during emergency operations across the state, garnered numerous awards and inspired other counties to build similar trailers. Besides law enforcement and emergency management officials, Barnwell County is fortunate to have a dedicated group of mostly volunteer firefighters at 11 departments spread across the county, 911 operators, and paramedics. Barnwell County Fire Coordinator: Timbo Williams
Barnwell County Sheriff’s Office Sheriff Ed Carroll (803) 541-1052 Barnwell Police Department Chief Reuben Black (803) 259-1838 Blackville Police Department Chief John Holston (803) 284-2333 Williston Police Department Chief Rodney Pruitt (803) 266-7011
FIRE Departments •Barnwell City - District 1 • Chief Tony Dicks •Blackville - District 2 • Chief Hariel Corley
•Elko - District 3 • Chief Michael Schumpert
•Hilda - District 4 • Chief Thomas Sharpe •Kline - District 5 • Chief Sims Morris •Snelling - District 6 • Chief Bobby Morris •Williston - District 7 • Chief Milton Widener •Red Oak - District 8 • Chief Joe Gaines •Friendship - District 9 • Chief Wayne Ray •Barnwell Rural - District 11• Chief Jessie Elmore •Long Branch - District 12 • Chief Andy Hogg
S.C. Forestry Commission
To be eligible to burn yard debris outside the city limits, call the S.C. Forestry Commission to report where you will be burning. For Barnwell County, call (800) 895-7061.
The CodeRED Weather Warning system provides county officials the ability to quickly deliver messages to targeted areas or the entire county. It taps into the National Weather Service’s Storm Based Warnings. Sign up at www.coderedweb.com.
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A guide to Barnwell County, SC