Town of Sullivan's Island Fire and Rescue Department
2050 Middle Street
(next to the Town Park)
The Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department was organized in 1948 to protect the lives and property of the citizens of the Town of Sullivan’s Island. Started as a volunteer fire department, we have currently grown to a paid staff consisting of Chief, Training Officer, and Six Shift Personnel. Shift personnel work a 24 hour on 48 hour off shift schedule. The Department has Forty One (41) volunteers on its roster, with four of the original members still active.
One of the top priorities for the Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department is our Fire Prevention and Education Programs. The station is visited by well over 2500 children a year, in which they receive fire prevention tips in a positive interaction with firefighters. The Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department holds a fire prevention display, on the Wednesday during Fire Prevention Week, with area fire, police and rescue departments participating. The Sullivan’s Island Fire and Rescue Department will allow children to tour the station and provide parents with a fun, interesting, but learning experience for their child birthday party, which is held in the Town Park next to the station. In 1999 the Department received the Richard S. Campbell Award for our Fire Prevention work.
The Department holds three major fund raisers each year to support the Volunteer Rescue operations. A fish fry the last Saturday of June each year, Oyster Roast or Lobster & Bar-B-Cue Feast the first Saturday of November, and Winter Oyster Roast the second Saturday of February. The Volunteer Rescue Department also oversees the running of the “Benkie-Lowe” firefighter’s boat landing at Station 9.
The Fire Department plays an integral role in the success of landmark Town events, two of our most popular being:
* Annual Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks
* Joint Sullivan's Island/Isle of Palms Disaster Preparedness Expo (Summer season)
* Annual Fire Prevention Parade & Celebration in October, hosted by Sullivan's Island Fire Department
* Annual Holiday Station Lighting, hosted by Sullivan's Island Fire & Rescue Squad (December)
MEET THE FIRE CHIEF
An iconic fixture to Island life, Anthony Stith continues to leave his indelible mark on the Town of Sullivan's Island. A native of Sullivan's Island, Chief Stith joined the Town in 1982. As Fire Chief for 30 years, Anthony Stith has played an integral part in shaping the policies and success of the Sullivan's Island Fire Department. Chief Stith currently lives in Mt. Pleasant with his wife, Donna, and is the proud father of two adult sons and two granchildren.
MEET THE FIRE DEPARTMENT STAFF
Sullivan's Island Fire Department - In the News
Fire Chief Stith and SI Firefighters
Photograph by Glenn Barnette, Charleston Magazine, May 2012
Community: AllFired Up
WrittenBy Lauren Brooks Johnson
Photographsby Glenn Barnette
TheTown of Sullivan’s Island Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department boasts a64-year legacy and an annual fish fry to boot.
Whenan emergency call rings into the Town of Sullivan’s Island Fire and RescueStation, it might be a beach-going child who’s lost his parents, a car accidentalong Middle Street, a furious house fire, or a swimmer stranded on asandbar—the reasons for an alarm are always changing. But the army of volunteerresponders on the scene remains constant and has since the division began in1948. Sure, many have come and gone from the force (two original volunteers dostill “answer the radio and cook fish at the annual fry,” laughs 89-year-oldWilliam “Red” Wood), but the dedication in these comrades has stayed constant.They’re a bit like family that way.
Infact, the 41 businessmen, contractors, doctors, lawyers, and students whosupplement the squad’s paid staff have formed a sort of generational ladderover the last 64 years. Wood remembers boyhood rides with his uncle, avolunteer firefighter in North Charleston. Chief Anthony Stith followed in theboot steps of his father, the department’s first volunteer chief. And KevinTownsend, who watched an off-duty fireman perform CPR for more than an hourfollowing his father’s heart attack, eventually found purpose in the tragedy,recognizing his chance to help save others.
“WhenI began here, all of a sudden I had a second, third, and fourth father figure,”says Townsend, now volunteer president. Lucky for the Lowcountry, theseservicemen protect island residents as if they, too, were kin.
Andon June 30, from 5 to 8 p.m., locals have a chance to repay the favor at theannual fish fry. First held in 1949 to raise money for Wood’s wife’s aunt aftershe suffered a brain aneurysm, the event now takes place at Middle Street’sFish Fry Shack the last Saturday of every June and garners funds for newequipment and vehicle maintenance. Find details at www.sullivansisland-sc.com.
5-8PM, Saturday, June 30, 2012: SI Fire & Rescue Fish Fry, Under the "Big Tin" (Fish Fry Shack, next to Fort Moultrie)
$5/plate for fried fish, puppies and fixins' (hot dogs available for non-fish eaters). Highlights include Jump Castle and live band/
Tickets available at Fire Department, Town Hall, Piggly Wiggly (Sea Island Shopping Center, Mt. Pleasant) and Simmons Seafood