The Awendaw McClellanville Fire District provides fire and life safety services including: Medical First Responder, Rural Search & Rescue, Auto Extrication, Wildland Fire Suppression, Fire Inspection and Public Fire Education services to the citizens of the unincorporated areas of Charleston County north of Mount Pleasant. Serving 365 square miles with a suburban/rural interface, federal forest land and coastal areas, the Fire Department's direct service area includes the Awendaw area, Boone Hall, McClellanville, South Santee, and Germantown area and the towns of Awendaw and McClellanville.
Services are provided by both career and volunteer members who operate out of seven station locations. All stations are under the command of a Battalion Chief and are divided into three working shifts (A, B and C). The department works a 48-96 work schedule. One of the few in the state that has this schedule. All career fire personnel are Charleston County employees.
Equipment wise we have, Seven Engine/Pumper trucks, Three water Tender/Tanker trucks that carry 3500 gallons of water, One Air/Rehab. Truck, One Squad/Brush truck, Three Battalion Chiefs SUV’s, Fire Chief’s Truck and two support vehicles.
The Fire Chief reports directly to the Charleston County Public Safety Deputy Administrator. The Battalion Chief reports directly to the Fire Chief, and duties include emergency response and incident command, the direction of training, and the daily supervision and direction of the station Lieutenants and Firefighters.
The Awendaw McClellanville Fire District maintains a high level of professional standards, focusing on education, certifications, performance measures and fitness. Among other certifications, many full-time personnel are certified medical first responders. A constant state of readiness is maintained to be fully prepared to respond to various emergencies (firefighting, medical, vehicle extrication, hazardous materials, etc.). In 2015, the Insurance Services Office (ISO) gave the Department a rating of 4, acknowledging its professional achievements and therefore saving homeowners thousands of dollars in insurance premiums.
Q: Why do fire trucks sometimes respond where there is a medical emergency?
A: The Fire Department's firefighters are trained, certified medical responders and are often in closer proximity to the patient than the Emergency Medical Service (EMS). Therefore, they will often serve to assist patients until advanced life support services arrive via an EMS unit.
The Awendaw McClellanville Fire District was awarded an Insurance Services Office rating of a 4 in 2020. This means a substantial reduction in insurance premiums for property owners in Awendaw and McClellanville, saving them thousands of dollars each year.
The Awendaw McClellanville Fire District is financed through taxes paid by residents living within the tax districts and municipalities served by the Department. With the establishment of Charleston County's responsibility to serve the Awendaw McClellanville Fire District Special Tax District in 1983 (based on petitions and a referendum), the County took over the Awendaw Volunteer Fire Department's one fire station. The Awendaw McClellanville Fire Department now serves a larger geographic area, and with increased development, it has seven stations, 28 full-time employees and 12 Volunteer Firefighters. The average call volume is over 1,500 calls per year.
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