The mission of the Chester Fire Department is to provide the highest level of public safety services to those who live, visit, and work in the Chester Fire District. The Chester Fire Department is committed to protecting the lives, property, and the environment through the enforcement of fire codes, promotion of fire safety education, and rapid effective responses to emergency situations including fires, vehicle accidents, medical emergencies, hazardous materials incidents, and natural disasters. Our efforts in protection include maintaining a low fire department ISO rating resulting in a lower cost of insurance for property owners in our district. We strive to enhance the quality of life within our community with a professional, dedicated, certified, caring, and compassionate staff.
Fire Department Staff
Captain – Shift 1 Tim Gibson
Captain – Shift 2 Ricky Grant
Captain – Shift 3 Terry Foster
The Chester Fire Department provides fire protection and other emergency response services to the residents, businesses, and industries of the Chester Fire District. The Chester Fire District has an approximate 34 square mile service area, located in the center of Chester County, and includes the City of Chester municipality. The department has an ISO rating of 2/10, which is effective on September 1, 2015. The fire department is a combination department with 27 paid employees and an average of 16 volunteer/part-time firefighter positions.
The department’s staff consists of a full time paid fire chief, fire marshal, and administrative assistant. These positions work a normal 8:30 am until 5:00 pm, Monday thru Friday schedule. The fire chief and fire marshal also respond to emergency incidents as needed or required. The department has 24 paid shift personnel. There are eight personnel on three shifts. They work a 24 hour on duty, 48 hour off duty schedule. We staff an average of 16 volunteer/part-time firefighter positions. All off duty and part-time personnel carry pagers that can alert them 24/7 for needed assistance on any emergency incident scene.
We have two fire station facilities, and an emergency services training center. The department has 4 fire engines, 1 engine/aerial truck (75 ft. stick ladder), 1 rescue service/equipment truck, 2 tanker vehicles, and 2 brush truck units. The fire chief and fire marshal each have a vehicle. And the department has 2 utility pick-up trucks, and one car for department business use and personnel transport.
Located at 156 Columbia Street, Chester, SC 29706
Serves as the headquarters for the Chester Fire District, and houses the administrative offices for the department. Station One houses two fire engines, one ladder truck, one tanker truck, and one brush truck. The station also houses one utility pick-up truck and one car for personnel department business use. There are five shift employees that operate out of this station.
Located at 988 McCandless Road, Chester, SC 29706
The Chester County Emergency Services Training Center is located on the property with Station Ten. The training center has a classroom, a three story training tower with live fire burn room, outdoor training areas which include roof props, confined space props, and outdoor instruction areas. Also has an air cascade room for the refilling of self-contained breathing apparatus. The station houses two fire engines, one rescue service/equipment truck, one tanker truck, and one brush truck. The station also has a utility pick-up truck for personnel department business use. There are three shift employees that operate out of this station.
To Residents: We owe the residents of the Chester Fire District the highest quality of service possible, characterized by responsiveness, integrity and professionalism. We will continually strive for quality improvement.
To Fire Department: We owe the Chester Fire Department our full commitment and dedication. We will always look beyond the traditional scope of our individual positions to promote teamwork and organizational effectiveness.
To Each Other: We owe each other a working environment characterized by trust and respect for the individual, fostering open and honest communication at all levels.
To Ourselves: We owe ourselves personal and professional growth. We will seek new knowledge and greater challenges, and strive to remain at the leading edge of our profession.
- Develop an organization to effectively administer and manage the resources of the Department.
- Develop a system for minimizing the impact of disasters and other emergencies on life and property.
- Provide an effective Emergency Services System.
- Provide an effective Fire Prevention and Public Safety System
What we do
Firefighters promote fire safety and enforce fire safety standards. Lectures, exercises, practice drills and other forms of training are an integral and ongoing part of the job.
Typical Work Day
Attending emergency incidents including: fires, road accidents, floods, bomb incidents, spillages of dangerous substances, and rail and air crashes;
- Rescuing trapped people and animals;
- Minimizing distress and suffering, including giving first aid before ambulance crews arrive;
- Safeguarding their own and other people’s personal safety at all times;
- Responding quickly to unforeseen circumstances as they arise;
- Cleaning up and checking the site after dealing with an incident;
- Taking time to become familiar with local streets, roads and buildings around their own and nearby fire stations in order to respond to emergency calls with the utmost speed and efficiency;
- Inspecting and maintaining the appliance (fire engine) and its equipment, assisting in the testing of fire hydrants and checking emergency water supplies;
- Undertaking drills and physical training and taking part in training on techniques, use of equipment and related matters;
- Maintaining the level of physical fitness necessary to carry out all the duties of a firefighter;
- Educating and informing the public to help promote fire safety, e.g. giving talks in schools and to local organizations, and home visits to offer advice.
Interested in Helping Out?
Here are the basic requirements for a Volunteer Fireman
- Must be at least 18 years of age and pass a physical examination.
- Must be a high school graduate or have a GED.
- Applicant must possess sufficient physical strength and stamina to allow proper performance of his/her duties.
- Must have a current valid SC driver’s license.
- Due to use of self-contained breathing apparatus by all personnel, no long hair or beards will be allowed.
- A physical test will be given to determine coordination, timing, agility, as well as muscular strength.
- Must be willing to complete SCFA Basic Firefighter course (57 hours) within 18 months of hire date.
- Proper classified gear must be worn to all fires.
Storm and Disaster Preparedness
Annual Fireman’s Banquet