The Fort Mill Fire Department is set to undergo tremendous growth this year.
In the summer of 2013, Town Council approved six new firefighter positions for this budget year as well as money for a new fire station and a new engine truck.
Fire Chief Jeffrey Hooper said his department is now in the process of hiring new staff that will grow the department’s size by nearly 30 percent.
“Our first responsibility is to the citizens but also for the safety of the firefighters,” Hooper said. “The more staff that we have makes it safer environment for both the public and the fire department.”
The new fire station sits on Doby’s Bridge Road in a rapidly-expanding part of town and will sit near the Fort Mill Southern Bypass.
The new station means some nearby homeowners may enjoy lower insurance premiums thanks to a lower ISO rating.
“We have a lot of growth going on in the river area.” Hooper said. “This gives us a faster response for water and river rescues.”
Five of the six firefighters have already been hired, while a sixth hire will start in the months ahead. These new hires will train at both the Fort Mill Fire Department and at the Rock Hill Fire Department.