The Duncan Chapel Fire District is a property tax supported Special Purpose District in Greenville County, South Carolina. It was created by a favorable vote of its residents and enacted to existence by the General Assembly of the State of South Carolina. The District provides fire protection, life safety, rescue, and medical services to approximately 7,700 permanent residents in an area encompassing slightly more than eight square miles.
In the center of the District resides the 800 plus acre campus of Furman University which hosts sporting and special events which attracts crowds of up to 25,000 people through the District. For the past 40 years the Duncan Chapel Fire District provided exceptional fire and life safety services to the campus and actively participated in the protection of such dignitary guests to the Furman campus as President George W. Bush (2008), Governor Mike Huckabee (2008), Senator Hillary Clinton (2008), Senator Barack Obama (2008), the Ambassador of China (2009), the President of Lybia (2009), HRH Prince Edward of England (2010), the Duke of Hamilton and the Earl of Eglington both of Scotland (2012). On December 22, 2012 the long standing relationship with the univeristy ended. The univeristy elected to contract services for their campus and the Woodlands retirement facility from the City of Travelers Rest. The knowledge, skills, and experiences gained by the District continues to provide a platform for exceptional service to the residents and visitors of the Duncan Chapel Fire District.
Flanking two sides of the Furman University campus are US Highway N. 25 By-Pass and South Carolina State Highway 276. These two highways carry over 38,400 vehicles daily through the Duncan Chapel Fire District (DCFD).
Additional critical infrastructure within the Duncan Chapel Fire District includes the newly developing campus of the Holmes Bible College, approximately three miles of the Swamp Rabbit Trail, and a communications compound at the top of Paris Mountain consisting of towers and repeaters that support several local, state, and federal communications systems for essential service providers.
The Duncan Chapel Fire District protects and serves the properties, citizens, and visitors of the District as best as possible with a personnel roster of 24 members; 11 career paid personnel and 13 volunteer responders from one station. In 2011, Duncan Chapel Fire District responders answered 851 calls for service as well as provided event stand-by coverage on the Furman University Campus with emergency personnel.
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