Department Name: City of Newberry Fire Department
Type Department: Combination
Structure: Combination Career – Volunteer
Number of Stations: 2
Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 4 Aerials: 1 Specialty: 2
Do you provide EMS? No
What type: BLS ALS FR
Specialty Operations: Extrication, Hazardous Materials, Rope Rescue Operations
Annual Budget: $1,196,820
Area Covered Square miles: 10
Total Runs: Fire: 511
Chief: Keith Minick
Chief Officers: 0
Other Officers: 1 – Captain over Recruitment/Retention, 3 – Shift Captains, 3 – Shift Lieutenants
Number of Members: 43 Paid: 21 Volunteer: 22
Address: 1041 Wilson Road, Newberry, SC 29108
Community Outreach: The City of Newberry Fire Department is very active in the smoke alarm blitz throughout our community. We have partnered with many agencies and received grants to remain active with our smoke and carbon monoxide alarm program. Our team members are involved in many community events from career fairs, local schools fire prevention programs, downtown festivals to name a few. We are actively involved with static displays and “wet downs” with the city’s summer recreation programs.
Top Two concerns in your community: Increase Community Risk Reduction knowledge while maintaining an active smoke alarm program for our citizens. Continue to enhance our response capabilities while utilizing the combination departmental response.
What are you doing for fundraising? The City of Newberry Fire Department has two fundraisers (golf tournament/turkey stew) a year to help support our annual City of Newberry Fire Department – Kid’s Educational Fun Day and our annual Goodfellow Food Basket program.
What upgrades will you make in your department this year? We will be replacing one Fire Engine as part of our replacement cycle.
What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? The City of Newberry is a location for the VC Summer Nuclear Plant fallout shelter.
What problems in your department that you would like feedback from others? Enhance the manpower/resources for an all hazards response combination department for our community, citizens and visitors.
List anything else you are proud of and would like the readers to know about. The City of Newberry Fire Department has implemented a Recruitment and Retention Coordinator. This was accomplished with a four-year SAFER grant and then sustained by the City and County of Newberry coming together to secure the position.
Some of the duties as a captain over recruitment and retention are included but not limited to: dedicated to assist departments in and around Newberry with recruitment efforts, assist the local Newberry County Career Technology Center with the Firefighter I & II certification program, assist with Explorer Firefighting program and coordinates training annually for volunteer certification program.
The City of Newberry will be donating the current reserve fire engine that’s being replaced next budget to the Newberry County Career Technology Center Firefighting program to enhance the training of our future firefighters.