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Lake EMS Start Delayed, but Still on Track

Lake Waccamaw is taking careful steps to ensure their local EMS services get off to a great start. Interim Chief Jerry Gore is working diligently to put the proper measures in place for the Lake to have their own emergency medical response team. Until the program begins, Whiteville Rescue will continue to cover the needs in the area.

"Chief Gore is making great strides each day and we are confident he will lead us well," said Town Clerk Meredith Parker.

Gore was named Interim Chief in early December after Brandy Nance submitted her resignation. Nance was the first female to take the leadership role on a fire department in Columbus County.

Gore retired in 2021 after 15 years with Lake Waccamaw Fire. He was named chief in 2013, when the department was in disarray after the departure of a numbest of members, the split with Lake Waccamaw Rescue Auxiliary, and a voluntary shut down by the town.

Gore rebuilt the LWFD and led the station as it rebuilt its ranks and brought the fire rating from a 9 -- nearly the lowest ranking of the state fire marshal's office -- to a 4. Public Works Director Robert Bailey, an assistant chief with the station, also submitted his resignation.

The resignations came weeks before the town was set to start its own EMS service through the fire department Jan. 1.

The county is revamping emergency medical response across Columbus, and the LWFD was set to replace Lake Waccamaw Auxiliary as EMS provider for the district. The county cancelled the Auxiliary's contract last summer.



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