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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

Gas Leak
Thursday, September 1, 2016 
Ladder 17 responded to the NEXT Eagle Ridge Charter School in Salem to assist the Salem Fire Department in investigating the smell of propane in the building. Ladder 17 was used to help personnel gain access to the roof HVAC units. No immediate danger was found and the school notified their maintenance contractor.

Quilt Trail Honor
Tuesday, August 16, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department was honored to become part of the Upstate Heritage Quilt Trail in a small ceremony held at the department this afternoon. The trail, which is located on buildings and other landmarks, highlights the work of many expert quilters. Mrs. Peggy McMahan of Keowee Key, designed and quilted the original work which was then replicated into a 4x6 painting that is now displayed on the Hwy. 130 side of the Keowee Fire Department. http://www.uhqt.org

July Commission Meeting
Monday, July 18, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Commission will hold it's monthly meeting at 3:00pm on Monday July 18th, 2016 at the Keowee Fire Department.

KFD Heavy Rescue responds to Auto Accident
Monday, July 11, 2016 16:47
On July 11 at approximately 1700 hrs the Keowee Fire Department responded to support the Ebenezer Fire Department for a motor vehicle collision with entrapment on Pickens highway. Keowee Heavy rescue 172 performed extrication and the lone occupant was flown to the trauma center with serious injuries.

Feowee Fire Department in Joint Training
Wednesday, June 29, 2016 
What do you do on a warm, hazy, summer afternoon?  You conduct DIVE TRAINING in Lake Keowee!  The Keowee Fire Dive Team along with the Vineyards Fire Dive Team  participated in a joint training session on Lake Keowee this afternoon.  In addition to quick entry, search pattern, and victim removal, Pickens County deployed their boat equipped with sonar for additional training.

Trench Rescue Training
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department conducted training on putting trench shoring panels, air monitoring, and air supply equipment in place in the event of a construction accident.

June Commission Meeting to be Rescheduled
Tuesday, June 14, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Commission has cancelled the scheduled Thursday June 16th meeting due to travel conflicts of several members and will reschedule for a latter date.

3 Car Accident
Monday, June 13, 2016 
E-171, Rescue 173, and E-17 responded to a 3 car accident near Wells Fargo. The line of cars were stopped at the traffic light when they were struck from behind. 3 adults and one infant were transported for evaluation of minor injuries.

Open House Set for October
Monday, June 6, 2016 
The Keowee Fire Department invites the public to attended their Open House during Fire Prevention Week Saturday October 8th from 11:00-2:00pm. Department personnel will be on hand to discuss pre-fire planning, the lockbox program, answer questions about call response, show off static equipment displays, and demonstrate the use of some specialized equipment. The SC Forestry Service along with other service organizations will also be on hand during the open house. BBQ plate will be available for purchase beginning at 11:30. Please go ahead and mark your calendar with this date.

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

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