Fort Mill Fire Department

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01/10/2013 -


Fort Mill Fire Department

Type Department: Combination

Number of Stations: 1

Do you provide EMS? No, but soon will be. Target date January 2013 to provide first responder BLS

Specialty Operations: No, but certain department members are on County and State Teams for Haz-Mat, USAR, etc.

Annual Budget: $1,027,121.00

Area Covered Sq. miles: 26

Population: 35,000

Total Runs: 1006

Fire: 1006 EMS: 0

Chief: Ken Kerber

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Jerry Chapman

Other Officers: 3 Shift Lieutenants

Number of Members: 24, 14 paid and 10 volunteers

Address: 121 Tom Hall Street Fort Mill, SC 29716

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 803-547-5511


Chief Ken Kerber

How are You Reaching Out to the Community?

We do a lot all year long, but gear up more for October fire prevention month. We are in all 10 schools with education and life safety drills; we work with the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts. Speak to all of the civic groups in our community and have a large involvement in the state strawberry festival. We provide smoke detectors for the elderly and the indigent.

Top 2 Concerns in Your Community?

Phenomenal growth is number one. We are one of the fastest growing areas in the state second to Horry County. Will we be able to meet the demands of the citizens, will we meet the expectations of Mr. and Mrs. Smith and have the proper funding mechanism in place to grow the department.

Number two would be good fire codes and enforcement of those codes.

What Are You Doing for Fundraising?

We do fundraising for the charities only, nothing for the department. Two blood drives for the Red Cross every year and Fill the Boot for MDA.

What Upgrades Will You Make to Your Department this Year?

One new Pumper in 2013. We have the need for a substation but not sure when that will take place. Our County Communications Center has had major upgrades and will continue to improve in 2013. We also plan to start a first responder program at the BLS level

Any special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

Oh yes, one large chemical with a cocktail variety of stuff. Two large distribution centers, one with 88,000 pounds of Anhydrous Ammonia. The main railroad tracks run through town, and we are 10 miles or less from the Catawba Nuclear Plant. We also have a large river in the town.

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