For All EMERGENCIES Dial 911 • 304-744-0075
The City of South Charleston has four fire stations strategically placed throughout the city. They are staffed 24 hours a day 7 days a week.
The department has 40 full-time career firefighters on duty at all times, providing 24 hour coverage every day of the year. All full-time firefighters have to complete the United States Department of Labor Journeyman Firefighter Program within three years of initial employment. Additionally, every full-time firefighter is an Emergency Medical Technician, certified in hazardous response, and trained in all disciplines of Technical Rescue.
The fire department not only responds to fires, but many other types of emergencies as well. This includes auto accident extrication, confined space rescue, water rescue, trench rescues, high angle rescue, structural collapse, and hazardous material situations. The department responds along with the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority as medical rapid responders, and all engine companies are equipped with cardiac defibrillators.
South Charleston Fire Department’s equipment includes four engine companies with one reserve engine, 2 rescue units, a 55-foot ladder truck, a hazardous materials truck and trailers, a trench rescue trailer, and a technical rescue unit.
In addition to all of these services, the fire department also offers classes for the general public. Some recently offered classes include CPR, fire extinguisher use, fire safety, first aid, and shelter-in-place. The department maintains an ongoing relationship with area industrial companies and businesses through on-site training in local plants. Businesses are also encouraged to join the Kanawha Valley Life Safe Program, which provides fire inspections, fire warden and employee training.
Burning permits are issued between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm. There is no charge for burning permits. Only dead vegetation (small tree branches less than 2 inches in diameter, etc.) will be approved. Burning of building materials, roofing materials, tires ad trash are strictly prohibited.
For group tours of a fire station please call the on-duty Shift Commander.
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