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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

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.

Double Dispatch
Thursday, March 17, 2016 16:16
The Keowee Fire Department made back-to-back runs today.  For the initial call, the fire department was dispatched to back up the City of Salem on a large woods fire on Red Oak Dr. Before the first units arrived it was advised that a mobile home and outbuilding were involved also. Crews arrived shortly after and quickly knock the fire down around the structures, and then suppressed the woods fire in about 20 minutes. A few minutes later Keowee fire was again dispatched to back up Salem rescue on a diving accident at Falls Creek landing. The patient sustained a traumatic injury and was airlifted from the scene. 

Keowee FD Assists on Structure Fire
Sunday, March 13, 2016 02:43
At 243 AM Station 17 was dispatched to assist Station 11 for a structure fire at 406 Baywood Court in the Waterside Crossing neighborhood. Engine 17A arrived on scene first to find a grill and the area around it on fire on the back porch of a residence. The crew deployed one line and knocked the fire down quickly. The homeowners had grilled earlier that night with no issues. Cause is undetermined at this time. Stations 11, 14, 16, 17, station 21 responded to the call.

Oconee Nuclear Site Fire
Sunday, March 6, 2016 15:16
The Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to the Oconee Nuclear Site for a reported “Electrical Fire”.  While enroute, the responding units observed a large column of smoke rising from the site and immediately requested additional alarms.  The first unit arriving determined the main reactor transformer (Unit 1), which contains approximately 35,000 gals of mineral oil, had exploded and was fully involved.  The Oconee Fire Brigade was in the process of deploying fire suppression lines and foam units.  Engine 171's crew and Ladder 17 were used to assist in suppression, and the cooling of another transformer and a propane tank in close proximity to the fire. Tower 1 from the City of Seneca was requested as a precaution and was later used as an observation point.

The Oconee Fire Brigade and all responding units worked well together, the fire was quickly brought under control, and extinguished, in about 40 minutes from time of dispatch.

Approximately 40 firefighters from Keowee, Six Mile, Corinth Shiloh, Seneca, Salem, Station 21, Walhalla mobile air, and Oconee County Haz-Mat and EMS units responded.  There were no injuries reported, and the fire was contained within the unit 1 transformer.

Keowee Fire Department responds to working structure fire
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 02:00
In this business, you never know what will happen next.  The Keowee Fire Department was dispatched to a "general fire".....someone saw flames  from South Flagship Drive and could not say exactly where they came from.  The department responded and while enroute, the engine crew could see the flames from a mile away.  They quickly determined that the fire was across the bridge in Ebenezer's fire district and a full box alarm was assigned to the call.  Engine 17 arrived on the scene to find the Waterside Crossing Club House fully involved. The fire was controlled in about 2 hours with no injuries reported.  The fire has been labeled as being of "undetermined origin". Engine 17, Ladder 17, Rescue 172, Engine 11A, Rescue 22, Engine 11, Tanker 11, Tanker 2, Tanker 16, and Station 21 personnel responded to the scene. Six Mile fire provided coverage for Keowee and Pickett Post fire provided coverage for Ebenezer.  Incident command was handled by Keowee Fire Department.

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