August 2019 - STJFD Places New Medical Squad in Service

Starting today Monday, August 12, 2019, St John’s Fire District has launched a quick response medical squad responding in STJFD’s service area, which includes Kiawah, Seabrook, Wadmalaw and John’s islands. Due to the increased call volume for medical responses in the District, the program was initiated in an effort to improve response times, decrease the volume of emergency medical service (EMS) calls for fire suppression personnel, and reduce wear and tear on a full-size fire engine.

 St. John’s Fire District recently purchased the two quick response SUV’s which allow for increased maneuverability and faster response times particularly in the District’s barrier islands, when visitors increase during the summer months.

“We’re excited to launch this new emergency response service,” said Fire Chief Colleen Walz. “This program will benefit the community by providing a potentially faster and more efficient response to medical emergencies. I am proud of the hard work and dedication to training of the STJFD personnel.”

In July of 2018, STJFD was awarded a FEMA Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to provide additional medical training to STJFD personnel and equip the medical squads with equipment. Over 90% of STJFD personnel are certified to the Emergency Technician Basic level or above.

STJFD Squad 701 will be in service and stationed at St. John’s Fire District Station #4, located at 12 Sora Rail Road on Kiawah Island. An additional squad will be placed in service later this year.


January 1, 2019 - Firefighters of the Year

Fire Chief Colleen Walz is pleased to announce the 2018 department recipients for Firefighter/Staff of the Year. "These personnel exemplify the mission statement of St. John's and excel in helping and improving our community". said Chief Walz.

Firefighter of the Year: Rusty Grow
Engineer of the Year: Alex Smith
Officer of the Year: Shawn Flanagan
Support Staff: Amanda Blakeney 
Chief Leadership Award: Batt. Chief Marc Hankins

Recipients of the awards were recognized at the STJFD Christmas party. Congrats to all!

July 23, 2018 - STJFD Improves ISO Rating

The St. John’s Fire District is proud to announce the department has improved their ISO rating from a 3/9 to a 2/2y. The Insurance Services Office (ISO) is an organization that independently evaluates municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States. ISO analyzes the data using its Fire Suppression Rating Schedule and then assigns a rating number. The department previously had a split rating of 3/9.


Residents of unincorporated John’s Island, Kiawah Island, and Seabrook Island improved their rating from a Class 3 to a Class 2. Residents of Wadmalaw Island improved their rating from a Class 9 to a Class 2y.  The new rating will go into effect on August 1, 2018.


“The St. John’s Fire District is very proud that our work is being recognized with an improved rating,” said Fire Chief Colleen Walz. “We consider this a testament to the hard work and contributions in all levels of our organization to reducing fire injuries and loss through firefighting and fire prevention education.”


The ISO ratings process involves a periodic, detailed analysis of all fire department operations, including fire suppression capabilities, community risk reduction and fire prevention efforts, available equipment, and the distribution of emergency response vehicles.  The evaluation includes a review of key supporting elements and partnerships such as those with the Charleston County Consolidated Dispatch for 911 services and the available water supply and hydrant systems.


January 1st, 2018 - Annual Award Winners Announced

At the annual STJFD Christmas Party, Chief Colleen Walz announced the annual winners of Firefighters of the year for 2017:

Firefighter of the Year: Jessica Berie

Firefighter of the Year: Engineer Sean Gray

Firefighter of the Year: Lieutenant Scott McCullough 

Chief's Leadership Award: Battalion Chief Ryan Kunitzer

Admin Staff of the Year: Maurice Legare 


May 24, 2017 - STJFD Takes Delivery of New Tower

John’s Island, SC (May 24, 2017): The St. John’s Fire District is proud to introduce a new addition to its fleet with the arrival of a custom-built tower ladder truck. This 47-foot long tower ladder was built by Pierce Manufacturing and features a 95-foot tower platform, seating for 6 firefighters, 2,000 gallon-per-minute water pump, 155 feet of ground ladders and an array of equipment and tools. This new apparatus will be housed at Station Four, located at 12 Sora Rail Road on Kiawah Island, and have the call sign of Tower 701. 

“The addition of this tower ladder continues the District’s commitment to upgrading our fleet with state of the art apparatus, said Fire Chief Colleen Walz. “The increased firefighting capacity, improved safety features, and equipment upgrades are providing our firefighting force with the best tools to protect our communities.”

The St. John’s Fire District will conduct extensive training with the tower before the unit is placed into service. Personnel from the trucks manufacturer are working with District personnel on familiarization of the apparatus this week. The tower will be placed in service this summer upon successful training of all crew members. 

Other features of Tower 701 include a 600 horsepower engine, hydraulic generator, positive pressure fans, rope rescue gear, thermal imaging camera, and a full complement of firefighter tools and equipment. 

A specific service date and a ceremony to welcome the apparatus to the fleet will be announced at a later date.