About Lake Cunningham Fire Department
The Lake Cunningham Fire District is located in the Upstate South Carolina, in the County of Greenville. It consists of 27 full-time firefighters and 15 part-time firefighters. Originally created in 1965 by citizens in the community looking to provide fire protection services, it was officially established by general statute at large #1829 under South Carolina law in 1972 as a special purpose district. The district covers an estimated 50 square miles, south from Highway 29 to north on Highway 414 and east from the Greenville/Spartanburg County lines to west on Highway 290.
The governing body of the district is elected by general elections in Greenville County and provides a 6 member Board of Commissioners. The elected board has the authority to establish the services needed by the district. The County of Greenville collects a tax assessment on property to fund the district.
The fire department is a combination of career and volunteer professionals operating out of 2 stations. The department provides medical first response and the fire protection needs of a fast growing rural community of 15,000 residents (2000 census). The call volume for the department is approximately 1,200 per year with an average first due response time of 5 minutes. The department operates with 3 engines, 1 rescue/pumper, 1 aerial, 2 tankers, 2 brush trucks,1 rescue boat and a fire life safety trailer. Specialized rescue operations consist of confined space, high angle, swift water, and auto extrication.
Each year the Lake Cunningham Fire District spends over 9,500 hours completing hands-on training activities, which build important practical skills and provide each firefighter with the abilities needed to quickly and correctly respond to all types of emergency situations.
Lake Cunningham is proud to support another distracted driving campaign that hits close to home. The Guard Your Life Campaign was started here in Greenville County in loving memory of Victoria Humphries. Victoria was just 16 years old when the vehicle she was driving crashed into a guardrail and then flipped upside down into a river. Victoria was not wearing her seat belt and was ejected from her vehicle. By clicking here or the image below, you will be redirected to the GYLC website where you can read about the challenge, campaign events, and the campaign's background.
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