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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 six-part time employees and 30 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

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.

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.

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.

Medical Patient Airlift
Monday, December 15, 2014 
An early morning chest pain call resulted in the patient being transport by Oconee EMS to Keowee Towne Landing where GHS Med-trans picked up the patient for transport.

Early Morning Wreck with Fatality
Thursday, November 20, 2014 06:30
An early morning accident claimed the life of a Charlotte man after his vehicle was struck head-on. The accident occurred on Hwy. 130 just South of Katelyn Lane. The Keowee Fire Department had to extricate both drivers from their vehicles. The driver of the other vehicle was airlifted to GMH trauma center and expected to survive.

Annual Open House
Saturday, October 4, 2014 
The Keowee Fire Department held it's Open House during Fire Prevention Week 2014. This bi-annual event attracted more than 150 people who enjoyed BBQ plates, station tours, educational displays by Lowe's Home Improvement, fire extinguisher training sessions, and the opportunity to see all the equipment on display. The local Tribble Center, a local mission that provides those with disabilities a higher quality of life, also stopped by for a tour and to present the fire department with a book they made.

Oconee County Firefighter of the Year
Saturday, July 26, 2014 
Oconee County Emergency Services hosted the 3rd annual Firefighter Appreciation Day at the Westminster Fire Department on Saturday July 26, 2014 from 10:00-2:00pm. Paid and volunteer staff from all the stations in Oconee County came out with their families to eat great food, win prizes, and socialize. Among the top prizes was 6 helicopter flights by AnMed Health Life Flight and a Cairnes New Yorker style fire helmet. In addition to the fun and prizes, the Oconee County Chief's Association presented 2 awards; Fire Officer of the Year and Firefighter of the Year. This year, Fire Officer of the Year was award posthumously to Chief David Wright, Chief of the Friendship fire department for over 20 years. Chief Wright was killed in an automobile accident in 2013. The Keowee Fire Department was proud to have one of it's on, Lt. Dan French, awarded Oconee County's Firefighter of the Year. Dan has been firefighter of the year two times for the Keowee Fire Department but this was the first time being recognized County-wide. Dan is a 10 year veteran of the fire service and a true asset to his station. Dan is capable of performing any role ask of him and his dedication is unwavering. On any given day, you will find Dan volunteering at the fire station and when he isn't, makes himself available at almost moments notice if needed.

Lt. Dan French
   Lt. Dan French
Firefighter Appreciation Day Westminster FD
   Firefighter Appreciation Day Westminster
Monthly Training
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 
On the first Tuesday of each month the Keowee Fire Department has dinner and training. This past Tuesday, members watch videos on a compress gas fire and on a boat fire at a marine. After the classroom portion, members went outside to review the proper way to deploy the bumper line from the 1st due engine and review some basic pump operations.

Keowee Fire Department Host Annual Ham Radio Event
Saturday, June 28, 2014 
Local ham radio amateurs got together as the 17th District Fire Department Radio Club to operate the annual Field Day event sponsored by ARRL (American Radio Relay League). It is designed to use solar and generator power to make contacts with the rest of the nation under emergency conditions. The club used one of the bays of the Keowee FD annex and installed a beam on the hose drying tower as well as antennas in the trees at the East Gate entrance to Keowee Key. We used both morse code and SSB (voice) stations to obtain about 800 contacts with other emergency powered stations in the USA over a 24 hour span on June 28-29, 2014. The event included a teaching session and actual operation by juniors and a demonstration for visitors. This is an annual event and last year, we came in 41 out of 398 stations operating 2 radios. We plan on participating next year and hope you can visit.

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