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Welcome to the City of North Myrtle Beach, Department of Public Safety’s website.

Please explore our site to learn about the City of North Myrtle Beach, Department of Public Safety, answer your questions and/or point you in the right direction as we do our part to make the City of North Myrtle Beach the best place to live, work, and vacation. Please do not hesitate to provide us your feedback and suggestions on how we can serve the community better, make this site easier to navigate and useful for everyone.

Have a great North Myrtle Beach Day,
Director Jay Fernandez

Latest Updates

City Appoints New Fire Marshal
Posted: 2/6/2015 12:58:56 AM

Keith Williams has been appointed as the city's Fire Marshal. Williams has 28 years of experience in the fire service. He and his wife, Kim, reside in North Myrtle Beach.

"We're excited to have Keith Williams on board," said Fire Chief Tom Barstow. "He has the background and skills to succeed in the position of Fire Marshal, and very importantly, he is a people person who naturally enjoys engaging with people in the community. We welcome Keith and his family to North Myrtle Beach."

Chief Tom Barstow Announces His Retirement
Posted: 1/6/2015 4:15:53 AM

North Myrtle Beach Fire Chief Tom Barstow has informed the city that he will retire February 20th, 2015.
Tom Barstow began as a Firefighter with the Department of Public Safety in 1980, after relocating from his hometown of Tonawanda, New York where he first started in the fire service. He was promoted to Shift Captain in 1982 and Training Captain in 1986. He was appointed as the city's fourth Fire Chief in 1996.
In addition to his duties as Fire Chief, Tom also serves as the city's Emergency Preparedness Coordinator. He was appointed President of the South Carolina Fire Chiefs Association for the 2014-2015 term. He is also a past president of the Horry Georgetown Fire Chief's Association.
The City of North Myrtle Beach thanks Tom Barstow for his 34 years of dedicated and effective service. We wish him and his family well as they enjoy the fun and adventure that lie before them!

Junior Lifeguard Winter Camp
Posted: 1/1/2015 12:00:00 AM

Registration is now open for Beach Patrol's 2015 Junior Lifeguard Winter Camp. This program is designed for participants ages 10 to 15. The program will run from January 27th through March 17th on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 6:45 PM to 8:15 PM at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Participants will learn: 

  • Water safety
  • How to escape a rip current
  • Proper stroke mechanics
  • Reaching, walking and throwing assists
  • Caring for head, neck and back injuries
  • Rescue board techniques
  • CPR / AED, First Aid and basic rescue skills

The registration fee is $25, made payable to North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center. The fee includes a Junior Lifeguard backpack to be issued upon completion of the camp. Applicants can register now at the North Myrtle Beach Aquatic & Fitness Center.

Participants must provide their own goggles, bathing suit (for females, one-piece suits are recommended), towel, change of clothes, swim cap, sunscreen and water or a sports drink.

For more information, visit Beach Patrol's website or call 843-281-3820.

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