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.


Accepting Applications for Dispatcher and Firefighter

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

Our Headquarters station is located at:
8305 Augusta Rd.
Pelzer, SC 29669

Dispatch applicants must be at least 18 years of age and have a High School Diploma or GED and a valid SC Driver’s License. Applicants that have previously applied will need to re-apply to be considered. APCO Certifications or equivalent are preferred. Applicants must be able to pass a written test and background check.

Firefighter 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. 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.

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