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The Charleston Fire Department was founded in 1882 and continues to meet the challenges of serving a growing, thriving, and historic port city.  The CFD is an internationally accredited and ISO 1 rated agency providing fire suppression, rescue and emergency medical services, hazardous materials mitigation, fire inspection, fire investigation and risk reduction education for the City of Charleston. 

The department provides services to approximately 140,000 citizens, and over 6 million visitors per year, across the 134 square miles of the city. 
The department is led by the fire chief who oversees 390 uniformed and non-uniformed personnel.  The workforce is comprised of multiple divisions that work together to improve safety in the community.

Fire Operations Division: Comprised of the largest number of employees, the Operations Division provides the daily emergency services to our citizens, businesses and visitors and oversees multiple special teams.  The 17 stations house 18 engine companies and 4 truck/ladder companies divided into four battalions. Each apparatus is staffed with four personnel, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The department responds to over 23,000 calls for service each year and provides fire suppression, emergency medical first response, hazardous materials, technical search and rescue, and marine firefighting services to the community.

Fire Marshal Division:  Our dedicated staff strive to preserve life and property through community safety education, effective fire inspections, detailed fire plan reviews, and comprehensive fire investigations.  Each of these elements are critical in order for the department to expand its community risk reduction mission and promote preventative strategies.  The Fire Marshal Division’s community risk reduction strategies promote firefighter, citizen, and community safety while preserving our historic community.  

Training & Technical Services Division:  Responsible for providing overall support services to the department and includes Training, Logistics, and Fleet Maintenance.  Training is responsible for educating new and existing members, ensuring compliance with required training, and conducting a comprehensive 24 week recruit program that includes:  Certified Firefighter 2, Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), and Emergency Vehicle Driver’s Training (EVDT).  Logistics coordinates supply, uniform and equipment distribution for the agency.  Fleet maintenance includes dedicated mechanics to service and maintain our heavy apparatus and vehicles.

The Charleston Fire Department continues to evolve to ensure the highest degree of service to our community and the most effective level of protection for our unique jurisdiction.

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Ph: 843-720-1981
Fx: 843-720-3991

Fire Marshal Division
Ph: 843-724-3429
Fx: 720-5857

Fire Training Division
Ph: 843-724-7093

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Run Statistics
1/1/2018 - 6/30/2018

Fire: 307
Overheat/pressure: 15
Rescue/EMS: 5,928
Hazardous: 295
Service Call: 715
Good Intent: 2,711
False alarm/call: 1,454
Severe weather: 6
Special: 35

Total: 11,467