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49 years of firefighting service

UNION — For nearly 50 years the Southside Volunteer Fire Department has fought fires and protected and even saved the lives and property of the people of their district and so in honor of that record of distinguished service we present the following chronological and other historical information about the department.

Chronology

• 1969

— A meeting was held at Roper Chevrolet to get the public’s opinion for the organization of a fire district for the southside of area of Union County.

• 1972

— First Board of Directors meeting was held.

— A truck was loaned to the department by the Civil Defense.

— Land for a firehouse was donated by Buford Brown.

— Truck #1 was a military 2 1/2 ton GMC tanker.

• 1973

— A tw0 bay firehouse was constructed for the cost of $10,500.

— A new truck was ordered for a cost of $27,000. Paid off in 1983.

— The original roster was established and a fire chief was elected.

— Truck #2 was a Chevrolet 1974 Boardman 750 gallons per minute x 750 gallons.

• 1974

— A Board of Directors was elected and the new truck arrived.

— First fire calls.

• 1976

— First turnout gear purchased.

• 1977

— Southside joined the S.C. Firefighers Association on August 1.

— Black Ford truck (3/4 ton) donated by Tommy Simmons. Sold 1979.

— The Civil Defense truck replaced with truck on loan from the S.C. Forestry Commission.

— Truck #1 military 1953 (2 1/2 ton) REO Tanker.

• 1980

— New wash rack built, designed by Dudley Adams.

• 1981

— New truck purchased for $50,000. Loan paid off in 1998.

— Buford Brown donated land beside firehouse for parking area.

— Truck #3 Ford FMC 750 gallons per minute x 750 gallons.

• 1982

— New addition to firehouse construction began.

— Land donated by Eison family and heirs and land bought from Audrey Ivey.

— Boundaries extended to 5 miles.

• 1983

— New addition to firehouse completed for a cost of $11,500. All labor donated.

• 1987

— Freeman Gas donated used Ford Cab over truck. Never used, later sold.

— Used truck purchase for $33,000. Loan from county paid off in 1997.

— Truck 1204 Ford Bean 750 gallons per minute x 750 gallons Front Mountain Pump.

• 1988

— Service truck placed in service. It was a Chevrolet van donated by Holcombe. Sold in 1997.

— Truck 1207 Chevrolet van.

• 1995

— Smokehouse and land donated by Miss Vinnie Horne.

• 1997

— New truck purchased for $133,000 (paid some down). Paid off in 2011.

— 1204 sold to Cross Keys Fire Department for $7,000.

— Used 1997 GMC van purchased for $8,000. Chevrolet van sold.

— Truck 1201 International KME 1,250 gallons per minute x 1,000 gallons.

— Truck 1207 GMC van.

• 1998

— 12.67 acres of land on Bird Street donated by Miss Vinnie Horne. Later sold.

• 2007

— New truck purchased for $174,972 (paid some down). 1974 Chevy Boardman sold.

— Truck 1202 International KME 1,250 gallons per minute x 1,000 gallons.

• 2014

— New truck purchased for $240,626 (paid some down). 1980 Ford GMC sold.

— Truck 1203 International KME 1,500 gallons per minute x 1,000 gallons.

In 2019, the Southside Volunteer Fire Department will celebrate 50 years of service.

First Board Of Directors

• Lloyd B. Thompson — Chairman

• J. Russell Weatherford — Vice Chairman

• Roger D. Bailey — Secretary and Treasurer

• Buford B. Brown — Member

• W.S. Young — Member

Fire Chiefs

• John Reid — November 1973 to October 1975

• Claude Allen — November 1975 to October 1978

• Roger Bailey — November 1978 to October 1981

• Clyde Seymore — November 1981 to October 1988

• Marion Bishop — November 1988 to October 1992

• Roger Bailey — November 1992 to October 1997

• Dean Allen — November 2002 to October 2004

• Michael Lancaster — November 2004 to Present

ISO Ratings

• 1973 — 10/10

• 1975 — 8/9

• 1985 — 7/9

• 1995 — 5/9

• 2005 — 4/9

• 2006 — 3/9

• 2015 — 03/3X

Fire Calls

• 1974 — 5 calls

• 1975 — 23 calls

• 1976 — 31 calls

• 1977 — 45 calls

• 1978 — 20 calls

• 1979 — 35 calls

• 1980 — 50 calls

• 1981 — 47 calls

• 1982 — 35 calls

• 1983 — 33 calls

• 1984 — 37 calls

• 1985 — 41 calls

• 1986 — 50 calls

• 1987 — 56 calls

• 1988 — 45 calls

• 1989 — 31 calls

• 1990 — 37 calls

• 1991 — 43 calls

• 1992 — 58 calls

• 1993 — 55 calls

• 1994 — 36 calls

• 1995 — 39 calls

• 1996 — 31 calls

• 1997 — 25 calls

• 1998 — 36 calls

• 1999 — 29 calls

• 2000 — 36 calls

• 2001 — 50 calls

• 2002 — 30 calls

• 2003 — 37 calls

• 2004 — 51 calls

• 2005 — 45 calls

• 2006 — 56 calls

• 2007 — 46 calls

• 2008 — 40 calls

• 2009 — 43 calls

• 2010 — 48 calls

• 2011 — 55 calls

• 2012 — 65 calls

• 2013 — 68 calls

• 2014 — 55 calls

• 2015 — 55 calls

• 2016 — 84 calls

• 2017 — 92 calls

The information for this story was provided by the Southside Volunteer Fire Department. We thank them for providing it and congratulate them on their nearly half a century of service to the people of the Southside Fire District. We look forward to next year and the 50th anniversary of the department’s founding and the celebration of that milestone. We look even more forward, however, to the next 50 years and the department continuing its tradition of service to the community.

Donna McMurray | The Union Times These are fire trucks of the Southside Volunteer Fire Department which began its existence in 1969 with a meeting at Roper Chevrolet to the public’s opinion on organizing a fire district for the southside area of Union County.
https://www.uniondailytimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/web1_IMG_0425.jpgDonna McMurray | The Union Times These are fire trucks of the Southside Volunteer Fire Department which began its existence in 1969 with a meeting at Roper Chevrolet to the public’s opinion on organizing a fire district for the southside area of Union County.
By the Southside Volunteer Fire Department

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