Message from the Chief

On behalf of the 159 men and women of the Greenville City Fire Department, I’d like to welcome you to our website and tell you a little bit about our department.

The Greenville City Fire Department (GCFD) is an “all hazard” department, providing services ranging from fire prevention and suppression to emergency medical services, technical rescue and hazardous materials mitigation in the city of Greenville. Additionally, through our mutual aid agreements with neighboring fire departments, we also respond to regional requests for these specialized services.

Fire Chief Stephen Kovalcik

Our department consists of three divisions: Fire Suppression, Fire Prevention and Fire Services. Operating from seven stations located strategically throughout the city, we responded to nearly 7,000 calls for service in 2017.

Our recent Class 1 Insurance Services Office (ISO) designation demonstrates our dedication to excellence and assures our citizens that they are receiving the highest quality of service. Nationally, there are only 241 fire agencies classified as Class 1, which is the highest rating and represents superior property fire protection.

We are currently pursuing accredited status with the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI), a rigorous voluntary process designed to identify inefficiencies, build on successes and improve service delivery. Currently, there are only 239 CFAI-accredited fire/rescue agencies in the world. Of these, only 56 agencies are both CFAI-accredited and have a Class 1 ISO rating.

GCFD actively promotes Fire is Everyone’s Fight™, a national effort led by the U.S. Fire Administration to lower the number of home fires and home fire injuries in America, by sharing lifesaving information and equipment, and changing the way city residents think about fire and fire prevention. In 2015, we launched our Community Risk Reduction Initiative to educate citizens on the critical role they can play in helping us save lives and prevent fires.

We are dedicated to empowering residents of all ages through community outreach programs like our Citizens Fire Academy, Fire Safety House, smoke alarm blitzes and events like Sidewalk CPR. Additionally, by joining forces with community partners such as Greenville Health System, Bon Secours St. Francis Health System, the Red Cross and Meals on Wheels, we’re working to help ensure the safety of some of our community’s most vulnerable citizens.    

Thank you for your interest in and support of the Greenville City Fire Department. I hope you find the information we’ve provided helpful and the site easy to navigate. In addition to visiting us online, I encourage you to subscribe to the City of Greenville’s electronic communications and follow the City on social media to stay abreast of the latest GCFD news, programs and activities.  


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