|Established in 1964 to provide much needed fire protection to a
mostly rural area in northern Spartanburg County. This area
included areas Northwest of Boiling Springs on Highway 9 to the
SC/NC stateline and from Interstate 26 to the Fingerville
community on Highway 11. This area includes Lake William C.
Bowen, which provides drinking water for Spartanburg County.
Originally the department only provided fire protection services on
an all-volunteer basis with an average number of 25 volunteers.
Many of the first fire trucks were built by the members in a small
3 bay station located at Highway 9 and Foster Rd.
Over the years, the department had to adapt to the changes
faced by our ever growing and expanding community. The fire
department began adding to the list of services provided to
include vehicle rescue/extrication, and eventually basic emergency
medical care. In 2001 a second station was opened to provide
better fire protection to the residents of the most northern parts of
the fire district. This station, located on Loop Rd near Melvin Hill
Rd provided the district and its citizens better and more evenly
spaced coverage that could reduce response times in the event of
Early into the 2000’s, the department and its members recognized
the need for part-time paid staff at the station to supplement the
volunteers. This staff was on duty 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday supplemented by volunteers responding when available.
Currently the department has 3 full-time firefighters on staff 24
hours a day who respond out of our main station on Highway 9.
We also have a full-time Fire Chief and part-time Fire Marshal
who work daytime schedules. The department has a district with
a population of approximately 11,000 citizens, which includes a 7
mile stretch of Interstate 26. The department responds to an
average of 350 calls for service per year, consisting of a wide
variety of call types.