Greenwood Co. executives prepare for more winter conditions and plan to work together again

GREENWOOD COUNTY, SC (WSPA) – Some emergency crews are bracing for another potential round of snowfall. Greenwood leaders said teamwork was part of their planning process and they recognized emergency crews and volunteers for their response in wintry weather over the weekend.

“Congratulations to all,” said George McKinney, the emergency management coordinator.

Some of the challenges first responders faced during the winter were broken tree branches and downed power lines.

“We worked all day, until about 4:30 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, getting the trees and everything else off the roads,” McKinnery said.

Greenwood County leaders said crews were ready to help after planning last week.

“We started last Thursday, getting everyone involved, making sure we were prepared,” McKinney said.

As the snow began to fall, officials said the crews were ready to head out for a busy day.

Derek Oliver, Director of Emergency Services, Greenwood County
“We made calls to 111 on the fire side and then on the EMS side, I believe it was somewhere in the ballpark of 59,” said Derek Oliver, the director of emergency services. “That’s probably a 10% increase for the EMS side.”

The leaders said part of their plan was to work together.

“We had a terrific group, from our public works to DOT, state, county, private, volunteer firefighters, EMS, everyone. We worked really well together,” McKinney said.

Oliver said the hard work of the crews was appreciated.

“I know it was difficult, it was cold. Everyone is freezing, wet, it was raining and then it was snowing,” Oliver said.

Now McKinney said crews were looking forward to the potential for more snow on Friday and met Wednesday afternoon to discuss the plan.

“It’s easier to fall back than to try and have to stretch out, so we were very well prepared. We’re watching now, they’re saying one to three inches, very little ice, so we’re going to watch that about one to three, we’ll prepare for that,” McKinney said.

McKinney said crews would be ready to depart later this week, if needed.

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