Rock Hill Fire Department

CarolinaFireJournal -

10/26/2015 -

Name: Rock Hill Fire Department

County: York

Type Department: Career

Structure: Para Military

ISO: rating of 3

Number of Stations: 7

Number of Apparatus: 18


Chief Mike Blackmon

10 Pumpers, 2 Aerials and 6 Specialty:

Do you provide EMS? Yes What type: BLS, ALS, FR

Specialty Operations: Confine Space, Rescue Extrication, High/Low Angle Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Hazmat Operations, Trench Rescue and WMD Regional Response Team for South Carolina.

Annual Budget: 8.4 million

Area Covered Square miles: 36

Population: 69,000

Total Runs: 6777

Fire: 2549 EMS: 4228

Chief: Mike Blackmon

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Scott Long, Deputy Chief Mark Simmons, Batt. Chief Chris Channell, Ben Funderburk, Trey Hovis, Otis Driggers, Joe Mitchell Other Officers: 28 Captains

Number of Members: 124

Paid: 124 Volunteer: 0

Address: 214 South Elizabeth Lane Rock Hill S.C. 29730


Phone: 803-329-7226

Community Outreach: Fire Safety Education programs in 19 elementary schools, First Aid Programs, Fire Extinguisher Classes, Fire Safety House showings, Blood Pressure checks, Home Inspections, MDA, Neighborhood Assoc. Programs, Red Ribbon Day, Shriner’s Burn Children, Camp Can Do, World Changers, Grin Kids, Smoke Detector Program, Safe Kids, Relay for Life, Special Olympics, Children Detention Home, RH Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scout Fire badges, YMCA coaching sports.

Top Two concerns in your community: Continuing quick response times.

What are you doing for fund raising? Come See Me Event for our Museum and MDA.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? New Fire Training Facility and New SCBAs.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

We have some Target Hazards but no known major business with special hazards

What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others?

Water Rescue is new to us and we would like some information on having our people certified (by who and the cost). Also, maybe a good vender list for the equipment.

List anything else you are proud of and would like the readers to know about.

We have formed a Recruitment Team to attend career fares all over and really added some recruitment advertisement probably similar to others.

In the way of retention, we have started implementing career ladder promotions in all the ranks. Usually when firefighters begin to move up in the ranks they have a tendency to stay.

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