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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.

Sincerely,

Charles "Richie" Caudill
Fire Chief

Keowee Fire Department Photo of The Day
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Oconee County Firefighter of the Year
Saturday, July 26, 2014 
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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
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Monthly Training
Wednesday, July 2, 2014 
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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 
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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.

 
   
   
Car Fire Across from Fire Department
Monday, June 16, 2014 
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Response time was no issue with the lunch time car fire, which happen to be located across the street from the station at the Subway restaurant. The car fire was just 250 from the apparatus bay.

 
   
   
House Fire in Wexford
Sunday, June 15, 2014 
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The Keowee Fire Department responded to a call for mutual aid on Sunday evening to assist the Corinth-Shiloh Fire Department with a house fire in the Wexford community. The home, which was 50% invoiced upon arrival, was quickly contained but it took several more hours to mop up the hot spots. The family was at home at the time of the fire but got out with no injuries. The cause is still under investigation.

 
Overturned with No Injuries
Thursday, May 29, 2014 
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The driver and passenger of a pickup truck were luck to escape injury after they lost control in a sharp curve on Katelynn Ln.

 
   
   
Tree Stops Car
Friday, May 16, 2014 
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The Keowee Fire Department responded to the report of a car accident on Long Reach Drive in the Keowee Key Community. Upon arrival personnel found 2 vehicles involved in the crash leaving 1 disabled on the side of the road and the other vehicle pushed into a tree. The driver of the vehicle which was stopped by a large tree lost control leaving her driveway and crossed the road into a tree narrowly escaping a drop over an embankment. As the car crossed the road it struck another vehicle. Only 1 minor injury was report with no EMS transport.

 
   
   
Fire Recruitment Video
Wednesday, May 14, 2014 
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The Keowee Fire Department is always looking for volunteers. Please check out the video below to learn more. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3NElApXA-1g

 
House Fire
Monday, April 21, 2014 
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A late afternoon house fire was quickly extinguished before a sizable amount of damage was done. The fire, in the Keowee Turtlehead area of Northern Oconee County was contained to the deck and landscape area of a home. The Keowee Fire Department responded 1 engine to provide mutual aid to the Salem Fire Department.

 
Flashover Training with Gaston College
   
Saturday, April 19, 2014 
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The Keowee Fire Department was fortunate again this year to get to participate in training with Gaston College in their flashover simulation trailer. This training is invaluable and made possible by the Oconee Nuclear Site.

 
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