South Carolina Fire Station Profile: City of Gaffney Fire Department

Type Department: Career 

ISO: 2

Number of Stations: 4

Number of Apparatus: Pumpers: 4 | Aerials: 2 | Specialty: 2

Do you provide EMS?  First Response What type:  BLS   ALS   FR

Specialty Operations (list all): Fire, Haz Mat, Technical Rescue, Water Rescue

Annual Budget: $3,760,115

Area Covered Square miles: 45

Population: 19,500

Total Runs: 2,246
Fire: 962 EMS: 1284 

Chief: Jamie Caggiano

Chief Officers: Battalion Chiefs Chris Weaver, Lee Echols, David McDaniel 

Other Officers:  Fire Marshal, Training Officer, 3 Captains, 12 Lieutenants

Number of Members: 43
Paid: 43

Address: 205 N Limestone St, Gaffney, SC 29340

Web site: www.gaffneyfire.com 

Phone: 864-487-8516

Community Outreach: Our department is constantly in our community. From providing fire and life safety inspections, and free smoke alarm installations, to numerous public education events we pride ourselves on being a part of the community that we serve. 

Top Two concerns in your community: Fire Safety: Like many others, we are constantly trying to find ways to reduce the number of fire deaths and fire-related injuries within our area.

Hazmat concerns: We have a lot of industries, railroads, and interstate highways with the hazardous material. We work every day to ensure we are capable to handle these types of materials if an incident was to occur.  

What are you doing for fundraising? Our department operates off tax revenue. We do receive donations throughout the year from businesses, industries, and grants but we do not actively fundraise.

What upgrades will you make in your department this year?  Each year our department works with our City Council and City Governments to ensure that we receive the funding to make sure that we are prepared for any emergency that may arise. This includes hazardous material responses, technical rescues, and others. 

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community?  Our department covers a vast array of things. From farmland, over 10 miles of Interstate, large industrial buildings, to large residential neighborhoods. The Gaffney Fire Department is also first due to the industry with the largest storage of anhydrous ammonia on the east coast.

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