Fire Department

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   Karl Ford - Fire Chief
 


129 E Hampton Ave


Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: 803-436-2600
Fax: 803-436-2604
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Hours of Operation:


24 Hours a day



 


 


 



 




Fire Chief                                                               Karl Ford
Assistant Chief                                                     Ernie Dollard
Division Chief                                                       Charles "Bud" Ivey



The Sumter Fire Department has the goals of protecting lives, emergency incident-stabilization, and property conservation throughout the County of Sumter.



The Fire Department strives to be a leader to our citizens in providing excellent fire service today and into the future, promoting professional goals and standards through fire prevention, training, and fire suppression activities.



 



Mission Statement:
It is recognized and understood by the leadership and personnel of the Sumter Fire Department, it is our obligation and responsibility to provide protection for Sumter City and County from fire and other associated emergencies, be mentally and professionally prepared to stabilize the incidents encountered, and to always be aware of and to conserve any and all property. And to be a leader of the fire service into the future by setting and achieving goals and standards through fire prevention, inspections, training, and fire supression.



FIRE PREVENTION
Division Chief J. Rose    Jrose@sumter-sc.com Assistant FIre Prevention Specialist Selena Ruth Smith ssmith@sumter-sc.com


 



There is a constant, on-going commitment to reduce fire deaths and injuries in the Sumter area.   The Department personnel go into schools, churches, civic groups, and any place necessary where we can address these needs.


 


FIRE INSPECTIONS

Chief Inspector is Robbie Rickard rrickard@sumter-sc.com




The Department has a proactive, aggressive inspection division that addresses the need for updated fire codes and enforces the fire codes and life safety codes in place today.


 





The training program of the Sumter Fire Department exceeds the modern standards of professional training utilizing instructors inside the Department (Company Officers), the South Carolina Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, and many other sources of education.


 


SUPPRESSION



Personnel perform duties under a Fire Company type operation, utilizing the unity of command, whereby every Member answers to one (1) Supervisor.   This supports the span of control of one (1) supervisor to no more than four (4) members.


 


STAFFING

The Sumter Fire Department has personnel as follows:


  • 1 Chief

  • 1 Assistant Chief

  • 2 Administrative Assistants

  • 5 Division Chiefs

  • 3 Battalion Chiefs

  • 1 Logistics Officer

  • 3 Training and Recruitment

  • 9 Captains

  • 12 Lieutenants

  • 69 Engineers and Fire Fighters








 


ISO (INSURANCE SERVICES OFFICE) RATING


The City of Sumter and the area known as Tax District #1 carries an ISO rating of class 2.   The rural portion of Sumter County known as Tax District #2 carries an ISO rating of class 4.











 

Burn Notification: 1-800-517-9641

Sumter City Fire Department

 


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