North Charleston Fire Department

Department Name: North Charleston Fire Department

County: Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley

Type Department: Career

Structure: Municipal

ISO: Class 1


Chief Gregory Bulanow

Number of Stations:12

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 12. Aerials: 4. Specialty: 2. Heavy Rescue

What type EMS do you provide? BLS ALS FR

Specialty Operations: Marine, Haz Mat, Technical Rescue

Annual Budget: $25 million

Area Covered Square miles: 76.6 square miles

Population: 115,000

Total Runs: 21,000 Fire: 780 EMS: 11,000

Chief: Gregory Bulanow

Deputy Chiefs: Joseph Munn, Matt Rhoton, Stephanie Julazadeh

Assistant Chiefs: Steve Feinberg, Matt McDowell, JT Whetsell, Gary Henry, Craig Tumbleston

Battalion Chiefs: Eric Phillips, Lee Wadford, Norman Hritz, Steve Darnell, John Cornell, Joe Carey, Terrence Richardson, Bryan Delaney, Alan Wickline

Other Officers: 54 Captains

Number of Members: 270 Paid: 270 Volunteer: 0

Address: 2500 City Hall Lane, North Charleston, SC 29406


Phone: 843 740-2615

Community Outreach:

The North Charleston Fire Department exists to improve and protect the quality of life within our service area through education, prevention and emergency response.

Top Two concerns in your community:

Growth and Growth. The City of North Charleston is thriving and experiencing significant growth both geographically and in terms of density. The NCFD is working hard to keep up with this growth by enhancing both our prevention efforts and emergency response capabilities.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?

The NCFD is in the process of completing a major upgrade of our training facility to include a new classroom building with offices for training staff, a new storage building as well as the replacement of all of the asphalt surfaces with concrete to improve durability. We will also continue with our apparatus replacement plan and are beginning the design process for a new station in the Watson Hill area.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?

The City of North Charleston is the only city in the country that manufactures both commercial aircraft (Boeing 787 Dreamliners) and automotive vehicles (Mercedes-Benz Sprinter vans).

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

The NCFD strives for continuous improvement and we actively solicit community feedback on all of the services we provide.

What are some of your accomplishments?

The NCFD was awarded international accreditation by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) in 2013 and was reaccredited in 2018. The NCFD is currently one of only 105 fire departments nationwide that is both internationally accredited and has a Class 1 ISO rating.

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