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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
Wednesday, March 19, 2014 
The Keowee Fire Department was called for mutual aid to assist the Salem Fire Department on a house fire off Ploma Drive in Salem. The house fire, discovered by a passing firefighter, was 50% involved when initially reported and 75% involved at the time of the first due engines arrival. The home, which had not been occupied in 10 years, still had power service to it. The cause is still under investigation.

Flash Back Friday
Friday, February 7, 2014 
As the month of January 2014 came to a close the Keowee Fire Department finished with 88 calls for service during the month. In comparison, during the entire first year of operation (1995) the department ran a total of 29 calls. Here are a few "Flash Back Friday" pictures.

HVAC Attic Fire
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 
The Keowee Fire Department responded to the neighboring waterfront community of Waterside Crossing in the Keowee-Ebenezer Fire District for a report of smoke in a home. Upon arrival a quick investigation for a breaker box on the side of an attic HVAC unit had shorted and burned. There was no other damage to the home.

Late Night House Fire
Tuesday, January 21, 2014 
The Keowee Fire Department responded for mutual aid to the town of Salem to assist on a late night house fire. All the occupants were about to get out of the home and the first due Engine crew stopped the fire where they found it. However, the homeowner had no insurance and the inside was a total loss.

Firefighter of the Year
Tuesday, January 7, 2014 
The Keowee Fire Department held it's annual dinner and awards banquet on Tuesday January 7th at the Cliff's Falls South County Club. This year Lt. Dan French received the departments Firefighter of the Year award. Dan retired from Michelin North America and began volunteering in 2004. Dan is a true asset to the fire department and can be found volunteering around the station daily for whatever is needed.

House Fire on Coldest Day in 20 Years
Sunday, January 5, 2014 23:25
The Keowee Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at close to midnight on Sunday. The first engine reported smoke showing from the chimney area of the single family dwelling but upon further investigation reported heavy flames in the rear. With mutual aid assistance from the Salem and Ebenezer Fire departments and personnel from Oconee County Emergency Services, the fire was quickly contained. The fire, which started in a chimney, was contained to that area and a small area in the attic. The scene ambient air temperature was 12 degrees with a wind chill of 4.

Car On It's Side
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 
A mid-afternoon vehicle accident on Katelyn Lane left a car damaged but no one injured. The low impact accident occurred with the driver slide on wet pavement as they entered a sharp curve.

Kitchen Fire
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 
The Keowee Fire Department responded for automatic aid to Old Clemson Hwy on Tuesday to assist the Corinth-Shiloh FD with a working kitchen fire. Units arrived on scene to find heavy smoke coming for all sides of the single wide. After a quick deployment of a hand line, fire crews had the fire under control. The occupant was transported by EMS for evaluation.

Good Intent Call
Tuesday, September 3, 2013 
During an early morning lightning storm, the Keowee Fire Department along with its mutual aid companies were dispatched to a reported structure fire on Point North Drive in Keowee Key. Upon arrival personnel quickly determined the caller had mistaken a street light for flames.

Structure Fire Keowee Harbors
Monday, September 2, 2013 
A early evening house fire was quickly extinguished by the home owner shortly after the Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to the call. Upon arrival the 1st due engine found the home owners overhauling the chard remains of garage kept items. The fire, which started when hot charcoal was stored in the garage against the wood siding, was spotted by a neighbor.

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