History of Fire Services
The Lexington County Fire Service was established in 1974 by County Council to provide fire protection to all residents of Lexington County. Assigned as a division of Public Safety, this service reports to the County Administrator. A fire advisory board was also established to advise the Fire Service Coordinator, County Administrator and County Council on the operations and needs of the Fire Service. This service provides fire protection to all areas of Lexington County except the municipalities of Cayce, West Columbia, Batesburg, Leesville and Irmo. However, agreements do exist with these entities to provide protection to areas adjacent to their jurisdiction.
Prior to the organization of this Fire Service, fire departments existed in the towns of Lexington, Swansea, South Congaree, Chapin, Batesburg,Leesville, Cayce, West Columbia, and the fire districts of Gilbert, Irmo and Lake Murray. Drawing on this support, the County organized the countywide service and began operating the stations in Lexington, Swansea, South Congaree, Chapin and the three fire districts Lake Murray, Gilbert and Irmo. In addition to operating these stations, ten additional fire stations were constructed over the next few years. The number of stations remained the same until 1994 when four additional stations were added, two in the Chapin area and two in the Lexington area. In 2001 the 21st station was constructed in the Samaria Community near Interstate 20 and Highway 178. The most recent fire stations were constructed near Corley Mill Road, the Cedar Grove community and one in the Fish Hatchery Road area. With the addition of these stations, 99.7 percent of all Lexington County properties are within five miles of a fire station.
Today, there are 24 Lexington County Fire Stations with a career staff of 184 personnel, and a volunteer staff of 200 members. The Fire Service has a fleet of 96 vehicles and a new Headquarters facility located adjacent to the Fire Training Center on Ball Park Road.