Station 2 – 1025 Captain Sam’s Rd, Seabrook Island
Station 3 – 1932 Liberia Rd, Wadmalaw Island
Station 4 – 12 Sora Rail Rd, Kiawah Island
Station 5 – 4550 River Rd, Johns Island
Station 6 – 66 Ocean Course Dr, Kiawah Island
Station 7 – 1142 Main Rd, Johns Island
Headquarters - 1148 Main Rd, Johns Island
I live in St. Johns Fire District but the City of Charleston responded.
St. Johns Fire District, the City of Charleston, James Island PSD, St. Andrews PSD, and City of North Charleston have an automatic aid agreement that dispatches the nearest unit on the call instead of a particular department. This allows a faster response to an emergency.
Are there always Firefighters at the fire station?
No. The fire company may receive an alert to report to a scene of an emergency incident.
What kind of work schedule does a Firefighter have?
A Firefighter works 24 hours on duty and 48 hours off duty. This schedule works out to be approximately 10 per month.
What is a typical workday for a Firefighter?
The Officer assigns fire station duties to the crew for that day. Duties include cooking, cleaning, monitoring the dispatch radio, flag mounting, attendance reporting, and hydrant inspecting. Firefighters also participate in community events and in-service training activities. The in-service training involves classroom instruction and hands-on training. Emergency incidents may interrupt assigned duties, such as emergency and non-emergency incidents, which includes but are not limited to residential, commercial, vehicle, trash fires, and false alarms.
Why do Firefighters break windows and chop holes in the roof at a fire?
Firefighters ventilate (chop holes in a roof and break windows) to remove the blazing heat, smoke, and toxic gases.
Why do Firefighters chop holes in walls?
The process of chopping holes in walls is necessary to expose hidden fires inside the walls.
Why do you block traffic lanes at auto accidents, sometimes more lanes than necessary?
We block traffic lanes for the safety of our personnel and our patients. Blocking extra lanes keep our personnel safe when they go back to our apparatus to get more equipment and help protect the victim we are trying to stabilize. Over 25 firefighters are killed or injured each year while working at incidents on streets and highways.
What do I do when I see an emergency vehicle approaching when I am driving?
Motorists should pull their vehicles safely to the right when an emergency vehicle is approaching. It is not recommended to stop in the middle of the road or proceed through an intersection against the signals. Remember to safely pull to the right.
Why do I see fire trucks at the grocery store or at other stores?
Because the crews work a 24-hour shift, they must eat their lunch and dinner at the station. At times firefighters all eat the same meal, as a group. The crews pay for their food out of their own pockets. So, after the equipment is checked and the housework completed, one of the fire trucks will then make a quick trip to the grocery store to purchase the food for the shift. All crews remain in service to respond to calls during this time.
Why do the fire trucks turn on their lights to back into the station?
All fire stations are not equipped for the fire apparatus to pull through the bays. Therefore, it requires the fire apparatus to back into the fire station. In an effort to back the fire apparatus into the bay the driver of the fire apparatus turn on the emergency lights (red lights) to warn all vehicles to stop.
Why does a fire truck come when I call an ambulance?
Because firefighters can and do get there first, and time is critical in a medical emergency. Every St. Johns Fire District Firefighter is cross-trained as a first responder, EMT, or Paramedic. What does that mean to you, a citizen phoning 911?
In the early days, fire stations were strategically located so the crews could quickly get to burning buildings. Obviously, time is an important aspect of firefighting, because flames can rapidly spread through a building. The ability to quickly respond to a fire provides more time to rescue people inside, and save property by suppressing the blaze in the early stages. It soon became apparent that the firefighter's ability to "get there fast" could be used for other types of emergency response, such as heart attacks, strokes and trauma.
Four minutes is a critical time frame for someone who has experienced a heart attack, injury, or other illness that makes them stop breathing. The heart and brain have a better chance of full recovery they receive oxygen in four minutes or less. After that, a person can suffer brain damage or worse. Our firefighters, many of them educated to the level of paramedic, can use life saving techniques including defibrillation and medications to help prevent death or permanent injury. These life saving techniques are much more effective if they can get to a patient within the first four minutes.
Why does the fire engine respond to auto accidents?
In many instances auto accidents require Firefighters to remove injured persons who are trapped. Firefighters also assess the scene for hazards, such as fuel leaks, disabled airbags, and auto batteries that may need disconnecting.
St. Johns firefighters are certified as first responder, EMT, or Paramedic and are able to provide BLS care until the arrival of EMS.
What does it mean when my smoke alarm chirps?
The smoke alarm will chirp when its time to replace the battery. We encourage residents to change the smoke alarm battery when they change their clocks for Daylight Saving time in the spring and fall each year.
How many smoke alarms should I have?
You should have a smoke alarm on each level of your home, outside all sleeping areas, and inside each sleeping area.
How can I get a smoke alarm, my house checked for hazards or an address?
St. Johns Fire District provides a free service called Citizen SAFE where fire personnel will come to your home install, per code, free smoke alarms, conduct a home safety survey and install address numbers.
Does the St. Johns Fire District refill fire extinguishers?
Unfortunately, the St. Johns Fire District does not refill fire extinguishers. It is recommended that you contact a commercial fire extinguisher company for recharging. A listing of commercial fire extinguisher companies can be found in the local phone directory under fire extinguishers/equipment. Many household fire extinguishers cannot be recharged and must be discarded after use. An annual inspection of the expiration date is encouraged to ensure that the manufacturer date has not expired.
St. Johns Fire District has programs for all ages and hazards.
Fire Extinguisher training
Businesses and the Fire code
And many more
Do you have a program for teens?
St. Johns Fire District, James Island PSD and the Boy Scouts of America have partnered together to form Post 97 for Fire Explorers. This program trains youth ages 14-21 to be firefighters. These youth go through fire academy training and receive their certification upon their 18th birthday. This program is open to males and females.