Lexington County Fire Service

Department Name: Lexington County Fire Service

County: Lexington

Type Department: Combination

Structure: County

ISO: Class 3

Number of Stations: 25

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Chief Mark Davis

Number of Apparatus:

Pumpers: 23 plus (4 Reserves)

Aerials: 3 plus (2 Reserves)

Specialty: 5

What type EMS do you provide?

BLS FR

Specialty Operations:

Swift water, High angle Rope, Trench Confined Space, Haz Mat

Annual Budget: $25,073,739

Area Covered Square miles: 755

Population: 300,000

Total Runs: 17,267 Fire: 8142

EMS: 9125

Chief: Mark Davis

Chief Officers: Deputy Chief Dean Anderson, Deputy Chief David Fulmer, AC Robert Risinger, AC Nathan Prouse, Planning Officer/BC Mike Vantroost

Other Officers: Battalion Chiefs: Brad Amick, Cam Glover, Hall Miller, Mike Hannon, Chris Brewster, Martin Friar, David Dorroh, Justin Buck, Steve Cannon

44 Captains

Number of Members: 310

Paid: 277 Volunteer: 40

Address: 436 Ball Park Road Lexington SC 29072

Website: Lex-Co.com

Phone: 803-785-8141

Community Outreach:

Lexington County Fire Services works daily to provide a fire safe community through inspections, plan review and fire prevention efforts. We support all local school districts and communities with events and routinely conduct smoke detector blitz and after the fire community canvassing.

Top Two concerns in your community:

  • Staffing
  • Growth

What are you doing for fundraising? We do not fund raise for operational orpersonnel equipment. We do an Annual Boot Drive for the Jeffrey Chavis House in Augusta.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?

  • We are upgrading our Self Contained Breathing Apparatus (255 units)
  • We are purchasing a 100’ Tower Truck and a 75 ‘ Quint and Engine
  • Hiring a Special Operations/Safety Officer
  • Additional Training staff
  • Additional 6 Captains for Operations

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

We have many large manufacturing businesses in our response area:

  • Amazon Distribution center
  • 2 Michelin tire Plants
  • Nephron Pharmaceuticals
  • UPS / Fed EX Hub
  • US food Distribution center
  • CMC Metals Recycling Center
  • 3 Separate Interstate Highways
  • Rail Systems

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

We have seen a tremendous increase in call volume due to growth and the Pandemic. The ability to hire and train successful firefighters has been a challenge.

List any initiatives:

Recently along with the four other fire departments in our county, we developed and implemented county-wide field operations to streamline and enhance our automatic aid responses. Presently we are in the process of moving to PURVIS dispatching.

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