About the South Greenville Fire Department

In 1956 several members of the local Ruritan Club saw the need for fire protection for their community, so they raised money through fund raising and history1purchased one fire truck. They used this truck until 1965 when the state set up South Greenville Fire District as a Special Purpose District. At that time the governor appointed 1 fire chief and 4 commissioners. The commissioners where designed to represent a specific section of the fire district. Appointees were Fire Chief Tollett Campbell, Commissioner J. W. Moon (representing the northern section), Commissioner John James (representing the eastern section), Alan McDavid (representing the western section), and C. M. Chapman (representing the southern section). At this time the district started receiving tax money so they were able to purchase more fire trucks, which were housed in local garages until 1968 when four fire stations were built, one for each section covered.

In 1977 South Greenville Fire District became a combination paid/volunteer department. At that time four personnel were hired, a fire chief, one night dispatcher, and two firefighters. Communications were primarily CB radios until in 1980 the department started using VHF communications.

history2The next fourteen years South Greenville Fire District operated out of four stations and continued adding personnel. In 1994 the department acquired a section of the county known as Possum Kingdom after community concerns about fire protection in that area. This added a fifth station to the department and in 1996 a sixth station was added near Greenville Technical College’s Brashier Campus due to a boom of growth in that area. At the present time, South Greenville Fire District operates out of eight stations which covers 134 square miles. Our staff includes 1 Fire Chief, 1 Assistant Fire Chief, 1 Administrative Specialist, 3 Battalion Chiefs, 3 Captains, 6 Lieutenants, and 59 Fire Suppression Personnel. Our services include Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression, Rescue, and Hazmat. The employees of the present South Greenville Fire District are truly grateful that the first men and women of this great organization were so determined and dedicated to make this department what it is today.


Billy Campbell

With sadness in our hearts we regret to inform you that Commissioner William M. “Billy” Campbell has passed away.  Billy served his beloved community for 32 years as a member of the South Greenville Fire District.  Billy worked his way up through the ranks and became Chief in 1986.  After retiring in 2001 as Chief of the department, Billy then was elected by our community to serve once again as a Commissioner in 2002.  Without Chief Campbell’s exceptional leadership over the years the South Greenville Fire District would not be what it is today.  Chief Campbell had a passion for his country (United States Navy Seabees), community and department that we all strive to emulate on a daily basis. We will miss you Chief, rest easy, we will take it from here!

Funeral arrangements for William M. “Billy” Campbell are as follows.  Visitation will be held at South Greenville Fire District Headquarters at 8305 Augusta Rd. Pelzer, SC 29669 on Thursday September 15, 2016 from 5 pm until 8 pm.  The funeral will be held at Beech Springs Church at 125 Cooley Bridge Rd. Pelzer, SC 29669 on Friday September 16, 2016 at 11 am.  Burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens on Augusta Rd.



Accepting Applications For Fire Fighter

The South Greenville Fire District is currently accepting applications for the position of Firefighter. Applications may be picked up at our Headquarters station or can be downloaded from our website.

Our Headquarters station is located at:

8305 Augusta Rd.
Pelzer, SC 29669

Applicants that have previously applied will need to re-apply to be considered. All applicants must be able to pass a written test, physical agility test, background check, and psychological evaluation.

Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School Diploma or GED, a Valid SC Driver’s License, and must be FF 2 certified.

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Retirement Drop-In

South Greenville Fire District will be hosting a Drop-In Retirement Celebration honoring current and former Retirees:

Robert Burgess
William Campbell
Danny Hoxie
Melvin Irby
John Jennings
Rodney Stamps

Please join us on July 21, 2016 from
4:00 pm until 6:30 pm at Our
Headquarters located at 8305
Augusta Road, Pelzer, SC 29669


Second Annual Fire Safety Day 2015

Courtesy of FOX Carolina The South Greenville Fire District held its annual Safety Day to bring the community together as part of Fire Prevention Month. October has been designated as National Fire Prevention Month and many local fire departments are working to connect with their communities and spread fire safety tips.

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