"The Station" nightclub fire which occurred in 2002, killing 100 people. Violations of fire code were a major cause of the fire as well as the subsequent deaths.
Each year, fires which occur in private homes continue to rise, while fires in public buildings steadily drop. A major contributor in these statistics are improvements to fire codes and aggressive fire and life safety inspections.
However, statistics also show that when a fire does erupt in a public building, large number of deaths occur. It is the history of such tragic fires that have provided the roots and the frame work for the codes which are enforced today.
Statistics show that 80% of all businesses which have sustained a substantial fire, are unable to reopen and go out of business.
The City of Beaufort Fire Department maintains an aggressive fire inspection program of its public buildings.
The inspection program consists of a Fire Marshal, who oversees the inspection program and works regular business hours, Monday through Friday, and six engine company inspectors who work a 24/48 shift schedule.
Our local businesses and employees are very important to us, as well as to our great city. Our main focus and mission is to work closely with our business owners to ensure that their business, and the thousands of patrons who frequent every year, enjoy themselves and remain safe.
City of Beaufort Fire Department
Fire & Life Safety Division
135 Ribaut Rd
Beaufort, SC 29902