The Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department is 100 percent volunteer, and unlike paid fire departments, we rely on contributions from the residents and businesses in our community. The donations we receive are used to purchase much needed equipment, which in turn allows us to better serve you. With the ever increasing cost of insurance, electricity, fuel, equipment repair and maintenance, we often find ourselves having to re-arrange our financial priorities to ensure that the services we provide to our community do not go by the wayside.
The department recently applied for and was awarded two grants from the Federal level. Two FEMA “Assistance to Firefighters” grants provided a new 2000 gallon tanker truck, and will provide portable and mobile radios, fitness equipment and additional training for firefighters. These grants typically require a percentage of matching funds.
The Whitefield Fire Department is currently 30 members strong. Firefighters are on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year. Your volunteer firefighters provide a necessary service that is vital to this community. They give up their time and that with their families to ensure that your call for help does not go unanswered. In 2010, Whitefield firefighters responded to over 160 incidents. Some of these calls were false alarms, however many were serious emergencies. Your volunteer firefighters responded to numerous automobile fires, structure fires and motor vehicle accidents in which several cases the occupants of the vehicle were trapped and were required to be extricated.
The department’s responsibilities do not end with protecting lives and property. Countless hours are spent each year promoting fire safety and prevention in local churches and daycare facilities.
Please consider the importance of local volunteer fire protection and send your donation today.
Firefighters have been busy putting the “Whitefield” into a new brush truck. The 2005 Ford F250 received a coat of black paint on the top, spray-in bedliner and decals, and will soon have the emergency lights, skid unit and pump installed.
Whitefield firefighters along with Belton EMS responded to an single car auto accident on February 11, near the intersection of Highway 29 North and Cox Lake Road. The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene from injuries sustained in the wreck. More information is available here.
Whitefield firefighters were dispatched to an auto accident at the intersection of Dorchester Rd and Highway 29 N on February 2. Three vehicles were involved in the accident, and extrication was necessary to free patients from the vehicles. Firefighters also landed LifeFlight helicopter nearby at the fire station to transport one of the injured to a local hospital. More information is available here.
The Whitefield Fire Department was awarded a $40,680 Assistance to Firefighters Grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency on January 28. The award will be used to purchase radio equipment, fitness equipment and provide training for all firefighters.
West Pelzer and Whitefield FD’s responded to a mobile home fire on January 25. A deputy with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office, who was on scene for a domestic situation, reported the fire that was quickly extinguished by firefighters. More information is available here.
Whitefield firefighters, along with firefighters from Wren, West Pelzer, Three & Twenty, Piercetown and Powdersville fire departments, battled a blaze at a residence on Krim Rd in Piedmont on January 13. Engine 22 and Tanker 22 responded for water supply. A recently purchased TurboDraft portable pumping tool was utilized to pump water from a nearby pond. Firefighters returned to the scene later in the evening after reports that the fire had rekindled.
Engine 22-1 and Grass 22-1 responded to a field fire on Dottie Ct on January 8. Firefighters quickly went to work to bring the fire under control. Wind gusts over 20 mph were a factor in the fast moving fire’s spread.