City of Lancaster Fire Department

Department Name: City of Lancaster Fire Department

County: Lancaster

Type Department: Combination Department

Chief Justin McLellan

Structure: Brick

ISO: Class 1

Number of Stations: 2

Number of Apparatus: 8   –  4 Pumpers,1 Aerial, 3 Specialty

Do you provide EMS? Yes

What type: BLS ALS FR

Specialty Operations: Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Collapse Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, High and Low Angle Rescue, Wilderness Search and Rescue, Vehicle and Machine Rescue and HazMat

Annual Budget: $1,800,000

Area Covered Square miles: 6

Population: 9500

Total Runs: 2040

Fire: 222 EMS: 1102

Other Call Types: 16

Chief: Justin McLellan

Chief Officers: Fire Marshal Tom Lever

Other Officers: 4 Captains and 3 Lieutenants

Number of Members: 37    –   28 Paid, 9 Volunteer

Address: 401 E. Arch Street Lancaster, SC 29720


Phone: 803-283-4385

Community Outreach: We provide smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors free of charge to the citizens as long as they allow us to install the alarms. We will also change out the batteries in existing alarms that are still in date. We are active in schools and at community functions providing fire and life safety information to kids and adults. We utilize an interactive fire safety trailer or a newly purchased inflatable fire safety house to teach children about fire safety, and will teach fire extinguisher training courses to businesses at their request. We also put on an annual Fire Safety Expo each October which is attended by 2500 plus adults and children.

Top Two concerns in your community: Providing a professional and highly trained all hazards department and staying ahead of future growth needs.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? We will be replacing an engine with a quint as a first out piece of apparatus at one of our stations. We will also finish building our first ever burn building which we will be utilized to better train our responders.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? We cover residential areas, commercial areas and manufacturing districts. All of which provide a different challenge. We have several new residential neighborhoods that are being built which will provide a new challenge for our department with houses being built on smaller lots to maximize the number of houses being built, which we haven’t had in the city limits.

What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others? Maintaining staffing and recruiting new volunteers.

What makes you proud? Our department is a proactive department that provides a quality service to the citizens and business owners of our city. We worked hard to obtain a Class 1 ISO rating and will continue to take steps to ensure that we keep that rating.

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