Fire

WelcomeThe Newberry Fire Department is a combination department providing both career and volunteer services.  Our headquarters is located at 1041 Wilson Rd. with an additional station located at 1507 Nance Street.  Currently, the department's total staffing level is 21 career and 15 volunteer members. Eighteen of the paid personnel work shifts of 24 hours with 48 hours off-duty between shifts. This provides a minimum staffing of (4) four personnel 24 hours per day between the two stations.  The fire chief, fire marshal, and administrative assistant make up our administrative team.  It is our mission "to serve our community with the highest level of courage, compassion, and professionalism."  

Active and retired members


Community Service

The City of Newberry Fire Department is actively involved in the community we serve. We place a high emphasis on giving back to our community and providing the best services to our citizens.  We provide fire and life safety educational programs to our schools, daycares, civic organizations, businesses, and many others.  We have an aluminum can recycling trailer located at each fire station and all proceeds go to MUSC Burned Children's Foundation.  Our annual turkey stew fundraiser proceeds go directly back into our community to help feed families in need.  Our annual Kids Fun Day is held on the third Sunday in September.  This event provides kids and their families in our community the opportunity to interact with our firefighters while enjoying games, sno-cones, and popcorn. 

 
Career Day Event

Training


Personnel are trained in fire suppression, technical rescue, auto and machine extrication, hazardous materials mitigation, apparatus and aerial operations, and First Aid/CPR/AED medical response.
  
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History


The Newberry Fire Department was formed in 1873 after Newberry experienced a devastating fire. The fire department was originally located in the lower level of the Newberry Opera House. Joe the fire horse held many titles and won many races. He was at one time the fifth fastest fire horse in the nation and first in the state. The Fire Department is able to boast many firsts for the fire service, one of which is one of the first black firefighters in the state, Malcolm Lassane. 

Notification of the firefighters as to the presence of an alarm at one time was an elaborate system of bells driven by a Gamewell pull box system at locations across town. These bells were in the firemen's homes, at the fire department, and even in the bell tower of the Newberry Opera House.

Old engine company