Fire Department

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   Karl Ford - Fire Chief

129 E Hampton Ave

Sumter, SC 29150
Phone: 803-436-2600
Fax: 803-436-2604
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Hours of Operation:

24 Hours a day





Fire Chief                                                               Karl Ford
Assistant Chief                                                     Ernie Dollard
Division Chief                                                       Brian Christmas

The Sumter Fire Department has the goals of protecting lives, emergency incident-stabilization, and property conservation throughout the County of Sumter.

The Fire Department strives to be a leader to our citizens in providing excellent fire service today and into the future, promoting professional goals and standards through fire prevention, training, and fire suppression activities.


Mission Statement:
It is recognized and understood by the leadership and personnel of the Sumter Fire Department, it is our obligation and responsibility to provide protection for Sumter City and County from fire and other associated emergencies, be mentally and professionally prepared to stabilize the incidents encountered, and to always be aware of and to conserve any and all property. And to be a leader of the fire service into the future by setting and achieving goals and standards through fire prevention, inspections, training, and fire supression.

Division Chief J. Rose Assistant FIre Prevention Specialist Selena Ruth Smith


There is a constant, on-going commitment to reduce fire deaths and injuries in the Sumter area.   The Department personnel go into schools, churches, civic groups, and any place necessary where we can address these needs.



Chief Inspector is Robbie Rickard

The Department has a proactive, aggressive inspection division that addresses the need for updated fire codes and enforces the fire codes and life safety codes in place today.


The training program of the Sumter Fire Department exceeds the modern standards of professional training utilizing instructors inside the Department (Company Officers), the South Carolina Fire Academy, the National Fire Academy, and many other sources of education.



Personnel perform duties under a Fire Company type operation, utilizing the unity of command, whereby every Member answers to one (1) Supervisor.   This supports the span of control of one (1) supervisor to no more than four (4) members.



The Sumter Fire Department has personnel as follows:

  • 1 Chief

  • 1 Assistant Chief

  • 2 Administrative Assistants

  • 5 Division Chiefs

  • 3 Battalion Chiefs

  • 1 Logistics Officer

  • 3 Training and Recruitment

  • 9 Captains

  • 12 Lieutenants

  • 69 Engineers and Fire Fighters



The City of Sumter and the area known as Tax District #1 carries an ISO rating of class 2.   The rural portion of Sumter County known as Tax District #2 carries an ISO rating of class 4.


Burn Notification: 1-800-517-9641

Sumter City Fire Department


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