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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

June Commission Meeting to be Rescheduled
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Commission has cancelled the scheduled Thursday June 16th meeting due to travel conflicts of several members and will reschedule for a latter date.

3 Car Accident
Monday, June 13, 2016 
E-171, Rescue 173, and E-17 responded to a 3 car accident near Wells Fargo. The line of cars were stopped at the traffic light when they were struck from behind. 3 adults and one infant were transported for evaluation of minor injuries.

Trench Rescue Training
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department conducted training on putting trench shoring panels, air monitoring, and air supply equipment in place in the event of a construction accident.

Open House Set for October
Monday, June 6, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department invites the public to attended their Open House during Fire Prevention Week Saturday October 8th from 11:00-2:00pm. Department personnel will be on hand to discuss pre-fire planning, the lockbox program, answer questions about call response, show off static equipment displays, and demonstrate the use of some specialized equipment. The SC Forestry Service along with other service organizations will also be on hand during the open house. BBQ plate will be available for purchase beginning at 11:30. Please go ahead and mark your calendar with this date.

Special Commission Meeting
Tuesday, May 31, 2016 14:00
The Keowee Fire Commission has called a special meeting at 2:00pm on Tuesday May 31, 2015 to discuss the use of 1 bay in the the old fire station (annex) by Rescue 22. This is the only item on the agenda. The June meeting has been moved to June 16th at 3:00pm

Cardiac Patient flown by MedTrans
Monday, May 9, 2016 07:32
The Keowee Fire Department was dispatched with Rescue 22 to a report of "Chest Pain".  The units applied emergency care for a cardiac arrest and requested Med Trans to transport the patient to hospital care.  Med Trans landed at the South Flagship and Pickens Highway intersection.

Vehicle Fire
Friday, May 6, 2016 
At approximately 11:00am the Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to a car fire with flames showing at the intersection of Rochester and Pickens Hwy. E171 responded with a staffing of 4 and upon arrival reported no flames visible but a small pile of smoking debris on the roadway at the rear of the truck. After further investigation and mitigation with a water can, it was determined a discarded cigarette caught items in the bed of the truck on fire.

Car/Camper Fire
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 13:17
The Keowee FD responded to back up the City of Salem on a vehicle and camper fire on Jocassee lake road. The initial report indicated the vehicles had exploded prior to the arrival of the first units. Responding units arrived to find the vehicle and camper were fully involved.  It was also reported that the Ford Excursion had just been fueled 5 minutes earlier. The explosion appeared to be either the car fuel tank rupturing or the propane tanks venting from the camper. Foam was used to suppress the fuel fire and no injuries were reported.

Keowee Fire Commission
Monday, March 21, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Commission will hold their regular monthly meeting at 3:00pm on March 21, 2016 at the Keowee Fire Department.

Landscape Clean Up Sets House on Fire
Saturday, March 19, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department was dispatched Saturday afternoon to a reported structure fire. Several 911 calls were received from boaters who saw the smoke from Lake Keowee but couldn't provide an address. After a brief search fire was located at a home at the end of Kelly Ridge Rd near the Lighthouse restaurant. The fire, which began as a controlled burn in a small barrel, got out and into the landscaping before catching a walkway and the siding of the house on fire. Fire crews quickly extinguished it.

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