Greenville City Fire Department

Department Name: Greenville City Fire Department 
County: Greenville
Type Department: Career
Structure: Municipality
ISO: Class 1
Number of Stations: 7


Chief Stephen Kovalcik

Number of Apparatus: 12 front line Pumpers: 7 Aerials: 2 Specialty: 3

Do you provide EMS? YES

What type: BLS

Specialty Operations: The Greenville Fire Department provides fire suppression, technical rescue, hazardous materials response, emergency medical services, fire prevention, and community risk reduction programs.

Annual Budget: 16.7 Million

Area Covered Square miles: 28

Population: 65,245 plus. In addition to its residential population, Greenville also welcomes more than 2.6 million visitors each year and more than 122,000 workers are dispersed across three million square feet of office space within a five-mile radius of Greenville’s downtown.

Total Runs: 10,674 Fire: 3,724 EMS: 6,950

Chief: Stephen Kovalcik

Chief Officers:

Deputy Chief: Brian Horton

Fire Marshal: Tristian Johnson

Training Chief: David Kerns

Chief Medical Coordinator: Kevin Crosby

Special Operations Chief: Kevin Henson

Assistant Chief: Richard Williams

Assistant Chief: Jamie Pimlott

Assistant Chief: Mark Jones

Battalion Chief: Mike Marlow

Battalion Chief: Aaron Spring

Battalion Chief: James Smith

Other Officers: Captains: 12 Lieutenants: 30 Specialists: 24

Number of Members: 161

Address: 10 Watson Aviation Road,

Greenville, SC 29607


Phone: 864-467-4445

Community Outreach: Full Time Community Risk Reduction Coordinator with CRR initiatives to include education, prevention and mitigation.

Top Two concerns in your community: Life Safety and Property Conservation

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?

  • Open new Fire Station 3
  • Develop ALS Program
  • New Mobile Command Post
  • New Training Center Classroom Facility

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

  • Central Business District — three million square feet of office space within a five-mile radius of Greenville’s downtown.
  • Greenville Downtown Airport
  • Norfolk Southern Rail Yard
  • Three hospitals
  • Major Interstates: Interstate 85 runs through the south side of the city. Two interstate spurs, I-385 and I-185 feed travelers into the downtown area.
  • Two large event arenas and a 300,000+ sq. ft. convention center
  • The city is also home to several colleges and universities:
    Furman University
    Bob Jones University
    Greenville Technical College
    North Greenville University
    University of South Carolina School of Medicine at Greenville Health System
    Clemson University’s International Center for Automotive Research

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

  • Ongoing hazard and risk assessment
  • The department is preparing for its’ next three year strategic plan and will be soliciting input from both internal and external stakeholders.

List an accomplishment:

CFAI – International Accredited Agency

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