Tabor City Fire Department

Tabor City Fire Department

Department Name: Tabor City Fire Department (TCFD)

County: Columbus County, NC

Type Department: Combination

Structure: Municipal

ISO: 9/5

Number of Stations: 2

Number of Apparatus: 10 Pumpers; 4 Aerials: 0 Specialty; 2 Tankers;1 Rescue; 1 Boat; 1 Brush; 1 Special Service

Do you provide EMS? No

Specialty Operations: Water Rescue

Annual Budget: $165,000

Area Covered Square miles: 49

Population: 5600

Total Runs: 400 Fire; 400 EMS

Chief: Jerry Hodges

Chief Officers: Asst. Chief Jeff Fowler

Other Officers: 3 Captains, 2 Lieutenants

Number of Members: 39 Paid: 1 Volunteer: 38

Address: 113 W. 4th St Tabor City, NC 28483

Website: Facebook – Tabor City Fire Department

Phone: 910-653-4160


Community Outreach: Smoke Alarm Installation Program, Fire and Life Safety

Top Two concerns in your community:

  1. Homes without working smoke alarms.
  2. Older Businesses that do not have sprinklers.

What are you doing for fund-raising? Annual Bar-B-Q fund raiser and an annual Turkey Shoot

What upgrades will you make in your department this year? One new engine is expected for delivery this summer. Two new tankers are expected in September that will replace two homemade tankers. One rescue extrication truck was placed in service earlier in the year. TCFD is also part of the newly developed Columbus County Water Rescue Team.

What special hazards or unique businesses in your community? Industrial – Large paper products company and a large correctional institution. We also service a main US Highway with high tourist traffic to and from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Organized in 1928 with its first fire engine. TCFD has jurisdiction in both Columbus County, North Carolina and Horry County, South Carolina. We provide mutual and automatic aid to agencies in both counties. In addition, we also provide water rescue response across Columbus County, North Carolina. Tabor City is also known as the Yam Capital of the World and part of the TLC – Tabor Loris Community.

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