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Welcome to Keowee Fire Department

On behalf of the Commission and Firefighters of the Keowee Fire District, I welcome you to our website. I hope you find this information educational and useful. Please e-mail or call if you have any questions or if we can assist you in any way

The Keowee Fire Department serves and protects the area between The City of Seneca, The City of Salem, and the Ebenezer Fire District. We are located on the shores of beautiful Lake Keowee at the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Our coverage area consist of 30 square miles and a population of approximately 6000 people. During the summer months our population increases considerably with the influx of seasonal visitors using rental and vacation homes.

We operate out of 2 stations that protect primarily residential communities, many of which are gated or security controlled. We also protect a 3 reactor nuclear power facility operated by Duke Energy, and numerous other smaller businesses.

Our District is staffed with five full-time employees which man the station 24 hours a day, along with twelve-part time employees and 12 dedicated volunteers. The department is governed by a five member commission elected by the communities in which we serve. The Fire District prides itself on customer service, and loyalty to the residents, businesses and visitors to our community. We work daily to enhance our abilities and provide the highest level of service possible.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our District. if you live in the area, please stop by and meet your fire professionals and enjoy the fire house hospitality.


Charles "Richie" Caudill
Fire Chief

Keowee Fire Department Photo of The Day

Brush Fire Quickly Contained
Wednesday, April 22, 2015 
A controlled burn got out of control but was quickly extinguished by the Keowee-Ebenezer Fire Department. Due to the low humidity and reduced manpower during the day of the all volunteer station, the Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to assist. KEFD did a great job putting a quick stop on the fire.

Straight Line Winds Cause Damage
Monday, April 20, 2015 
A quick burst of straight-line winds knocked down numerous trees and power lines in the Corinth-Shiloh fire district. The Keowee Fire Department responded to assist.

HVAC Fire at School
Monday, April 13, 2015 
The Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to assist Salem Fire & Rescue on an HVAC fire on top of the Tamassee Salem High School. Ladder 17 assisted with access to the roof so the issue could be better assessed. The fire self-extinguished and the school was not evacuated.

Training Night at KFD
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 
The first Tuesday of each month the Keowee Fire Department provides a meal and training for all members. This months topic was related to training on equipment on the new quick response vehicle.

Controlled Burn Gets Out Of Control
Saturday, April 4, 2015 
A Saturday afternoon controlled burn quickly turned into a response from the fire department to extinguish the fire before it reach 2 homes in it's path. The fire on Galax Ridge in the Craigmore subdivision was less than a 2 minute response time from the station. Crews from Salem and Keowee Ebenezer fire departments assisted on the call.

KFD Takes Delivery of New Truck
Thursday, March 26, 2015 
The Keowee Fire Department took delivery of a new Ford F-250 that was purchased by Oconee County to replace a 20 year old piece of equipment. The vehicle will be used primarily as a QRV (Quick Response Vehicle) to respond to medical calls. Along with an assortment of medical gear, it will also carry 2 scuba dive sets for rapid deployment and extrication tools for use at motor vehicle accidents.

Snow Storm Fizzles Out
Wednesday, February 25, 2015 
Weather forecast predicted 5-10" of snow in the Keowee Fire District but the storm had a different idea. 1-2" inches of white powder did fall on the Keowee Fire Department.

House Fire in Keowee Key
Sunday, February 15, 2015 
The Keowee Fire Department responded to a working house fire at 7:30am Sunday morning. Upon arrival crews found light smoke showing from the exterior but quickly encountered heavy smoke as they entered the exterior basement door. Six additional fire stations and the rescue squad responded to help contain the fire that had made advanced well beyond the room of origin before the initial units arrived. The use of 2 hand lines and 2 master streams contained the fire to a manageable size. Although much of the homes contents were damaged or destroyed, the owners were able to get back in and salvage jewelry and other personal items.

Tire hits car
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 
A propane company service truck lost 2 tires after several lug nuts sheered off. One of the tires struck a passing car doing moderate damage to the vehicle. The passengers of the car suffered minor injures from the airbags.

1 Acre Grass Fire
Thursday, January 22, 2015 
At the request of the Salem Fire Department, the Keowee Fire Department responded Brush 17 and personnel to assist with a out of control burn off White Water Falls road. The fire, which on a vacant lot, was contained to that immediate area.

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