The "Suppression" Division

Deputy Fire Chief Shannon Tanner, Division Manager

The name "Suppression" is quite misleading when it comes to these men and women, as putting out fires is only a part of what they do!
A firefighter’s shift begins at 7:00 am and ends at 7:00 am the following morning. During this time, they perform multiple duties designed to prepare them for situations to which they may respond. Aside from fire extinguishment, firefighters respond to a wide range of "emergency" requests. Responses include medical first responder along with EMS, Hazardous Materials release, vehicle accidents, electrical issues, rescue (confined space, high/low angle rope, extrication, structural collapse), and various others. In order to remain knowledgeable in all these areas, firefighters must train regularly in all disciplines.

In addition to maintaining personal readiness, firefighters also keep apparatus and equipment maintained. Apparatus are checked and cleaned daily in an effort to keep them in good operating condition. They also perform hose testing and hydrant testing with the same intention.

Other duties performed include conducting pre-incident plans of local businesses, conducting fire safety education, and installing smoke detectors…All while working around approximately 2400 emergency responses each year.

Check out 2015 Summary of Incident Types

Response Apparatus

Station 1 - 144 E. Palmetto St

Engine 111 - 2006 KME Predator, 1500 gpm pump, 1000 gal tank
Ladder 114 - 2010 Pierce Arrow XT, 105' stick, 1500 gpm pump
Rescue113 - 2001 Freightliner
Battalion 1 - 2013 Chevy Tahoe command vehicle

Station 2 - 250 E. Marion St
Engine 121 - 2006 KME Predator, 1500 gpm
Reserve 1 - 1993 Pierce Lance, 1500 gpm

Station 3 - 1321 S. Edisto Dr

Engine 131 - 2012 Pierce, 1500 gpm
Reserve 2 - 1993 Pierce Lance, 1500 gpm

Station 4 - 2160 W. Palmetto St

Engine 141 - 2010 Pierce Arrow XT, 1500 gpm
Ladder 144 - 2002 Pierce Dash, 75' Stick

Station 5 - 296 E. Red Bud Ln
Engine 151 - 2010 Pierce Arrow XT, 1500 gpm