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ANNUAL REPORT. 2011. Fire Chief Chris Harvey. Our Mission. To deliver the highest level of emergency services using the latest technology, training and education to protect our constituents, their property and the environment. Fire Prevention Bureau.

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Annual report




Fire Chief

Chris Harvey

Annual report

Our Mission

To deliver the highest level of emergency services

using the latest technology, training and education to protect

our constituents, their property and the environment.

Annual report

Fire Prevention Bureau

  • Serves on Planning Advisory Committee (Strategic Plan)

  • Serves on Greenville Hospital System’s Safe Kids Coalition

  • Serves as Executive Secretary for the SC Fire Marshal’s Association

  • Both Fire Marshal & Deputy Fire Marshal serve on Spartanburg Co. Fire Investigation Team

  • Updates computer aided dispatch system (CAD) for fire dispatch

  • Grant Management (Strategic Plan)

  • Manages Incident Reporting Software

Special Projects

Fire Prevention bureau spent 351 man-hours on special projects. Some examples are: Assist police department in special investigations, Assist code enforcement officer in rental property, grants, etc.

Fire & Life Safety

Conducted 61 Fire & Life SafetyPresentations which reached4,941 people

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Fire Marshal Stats


  • Violations have decreased 72% in last 4 yrs

  • 311 Fire Prevention Training Hours

  • 23 Fires Investigated, Cooking was the leading cause for 2011 followed by Arson.

  • Conducted 57 Building Plan Reviews

  • Issued 85 Certificates of Occupancy

Fire Permits

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Fire Education & Child Passenger Safety

Conducted 61 Fire & Life SafetyPresentations which reached4,941 people

  • Conducted 423 inspections on car seats

  • Found 99% of seats had something wrong with the installation

  • Program not only reaches citizens but residents all over upstate

  • Gives our personnel a chance to talk about fire safety

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Regency Apartments

Structure Fire

  • Fire caused by lightning strike

  • Facility has sprinkler system

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2011 Alarm Statistics

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False Alarm Breakdown

Breakdown of Intentional Fires

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Increase In Alarm History

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Medical Calls By County

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Medical Call Breakdown

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Property Loss

Value Loss

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Report Card Stats

2009 2010 2011


Size of Jurisdiction (sq. miles) In City21.921.9121.95

Greenville County Fire District1.071.061.06

Spartanburg County Fire District1.711.711.71

Total Coverage Area24.6724.6824.72

Road Miles Covered180180180



Dwelling Units Protected10,44310,52911,127

Businesses Protected137013881399

Persons Per Square Mile973.22981.201032.2


Fire Stations333

Avg. Sq. Miles Covered By Each Station8.228.238.24

Avg. Road Miles Covered By Each Station606060

Career Firefighters343434

Volunteer Firefighters151515

Career Firefighters per Sq. Mile1.371.371.37

Volunteer Firefighters per Sq. Mile0.610.610.61

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Report Card Stats

2009 2010 2011

FINANCEAnnual Budget$2,651,135 $2,591,330$2,381,981

Cost Per Capita$110.38 $107.89$93.36

Cost Per Day$7,263.38 $7,099.53$6,525.98

Cost Per Hour$302.64$295.81$271.92

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Report Card Stats

2009 2010 2011


Total Calls For Service248725773340

# Calls Per 1000 Population103.54106.41130.9

# Calls Per Square Miles101105135

Station With Most CallsSt 1St 1St 1

Station With Least CallsSt 4St 4St 4

(Alarms Per Station)

Station 1206720242575

Station 2400515726

Station 4 203839

% EMS Related67.63%73.51%75.35%

Station With HighestEMS DemandSt 1St 1St 1

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Report Card Stats

Performance (in minutes)

Average Response Time 4.31 4.874.48

Response Times Per Station

Station 1 (Headquarters)4.23 4.21 4.21

Station 2 (Hood Road)5.095.355.34

Station 4 (Brockman-McClimon Rd.)5.41 6.36 6.05

Time Of Day W/Greatest Call Volume21:2123:4515:00

Station W/ Highest AmountConcurrent CallsSt 1St 1St 1

Station W/ Lowest AmountConcurrent CallsSt 4St 4St 4

2009 2010 2011

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Training Department

Paul Brown has assumed the role of training officerPushing For Higher Level Of Training For Officers

Working on upcoming joint training projects with the PD

Basic In-service Training Moving to Greer PD Training Room

For 2011, personnel completedthe follow training hours:Paid Firefighters – 3130 hoursVolunteer Firefighter – 1032 hours

Captain Paul Brown

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Courses & Classes

Personnel attended the following classes: Advanced Auto Extrication, Aerial Operations, Emergency Medical Technician, Fire Instructor, Fire Marshal, Fire Officer and National Fire Service Staff & Command Class

Captain Brown & Captain James attended Staff & Command Course taken in Maryland

MSDS Training at City Hall

Citywide Fire Extinguisher Training

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Joint Training

Joint Training held in the old K-mart building with area departments Pelham-Batesville, Taylors, Lake Cunningham, Tyger River, and Duncan

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Grants Applied For

  • Safer Personnel Grant

  • Assistance To Firefighters Grant For Equipment

    Grants Awarded

  • Spartanburg County Fire AdvisoryGrant to upgrade Radios $49,000

Received funding from Greenville County to purchase a Roll-N-Rack

In 2001 the federal government started the assistance to firefighters grant. The City of Greer Fire Department received its first award in 2003. Since 2003, the City of Greer Fire Department has received a total of five grant awards totaling over $428,000.00!

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Explorer Post 103

  • Coordinators are Engineer Richie Bradshaw and volunteer firefighter Don Blanchard

  • Currently have 12 Explorers on our Roster

  • Explorers regularly ride the truck and attend training

  • Compete in annual Winterfest Competition

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Physical Fitness

  • Circuit Training

  • Spin Class

  • Cardio

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Recognitions, Accomplishments & Promotions

  • Lt. Barry Davis – Elected 2nd Vice President of SC Fire Marshals Association

  • Cardiac Arrest Save by Josh Holzheimer, Casey Paris, Christie Hunnicutt

  • Vernon Jameson promoted to Senior Engineer

  • Jody Norris promoted to Lieutenant

  • Paul Brown promoted to Captain

  • SOG Updates for policies on Ride Along, Digital Imaging, Unscheduled Medications, SCBA, RIT, Rules and Regulations, and Life Safety Rope Harness & Hardware

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Community Involvement

Assisted With Big Thursday Auction Benefit Greer Community Ministries

The Fire Station is a favorite destination for Birthday Parties and the kids really enjoy coming here

Captain Campbell attended Camp Can Do

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Community Involvement

Captain Duncan and the Green Shift cooked a spaghetti supper for MDA Camp

Several firefighters participated in the Annual Fight For Air Climb

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Community Involvement

$500 Raised for breast cancer awareness from T-Shirts sold

Lieutenant Barry Davis sang in the First Responders Symphony for the Holidays

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An Old Engine

Comes Home

1941 Chevy Southern

Truck will be restored and used in parades and community events

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