The SFD is a combination fire department, meaning that we are made up of both highly trained paid, volunteer firefighters. Paid personnel make up most of the department. The paid firefighters in the department work 24 hours on, 48 hours off and change shifts at 08:00 a.m. The shifts are divided into A, B, and C shifts as well as administrative day shift personnel. Each shift is assigned a Captain, Lieutenant, and seven firefighters. The department houses 5 pumpers, 1 platform ladder truck, 1 heavy squad, 1 emergency medical rescue unit, 1 utility 4x4 pick-up, 1 firefighting foam trailer, a mobile command scene unit and two staff vehicles.
The department's paid and volunteer firefighters go through the State of South Carolina's Firefighter I and II program. Theses courses include intense physical training, as well as a challenging academic program. To graduate, all must pass state-administered exams and be certified as firefighters.
The Seneca Fire Department is also a progressive community service oriented agency that serves above and beyond just fighting fires. The department conducts; pre-fire surveys for all commercial businesses in the city, fire prevention education for children as well as adults, rescue and extrication of victims trapped in various types of accidents, not to mention the many other civic events we like to be a part of. If there is ever anything that your fire department can do for you, feel free to let us know.