city of greenville
A message from Chief Kovalcik to the Citizens of the City of Greenville
Greenville City Fire Department was established in 1876 with the mission of saving
lives and protecting property. Originally, this mission was accomplished solely
by fighting fires. Although the fundamental mission remains the same, the Fire Department
of today performs a much wider variety of duties. The staff of the Greenville City
Fire Department carries out its modern day mission with an emphasis on fire prevention,
public education, risk reduction, and hazard abatement, in addition to fire and
rescue response and control. We still fight fire, but we also respond to other emergency
situations including vehicle extrications, medical emergencies, hazardous materials
incidents, high-angle rescue, structural collapse, swift water rescue, and any natural
or man-made disasters.
Utilizing the Fire and Life Safety Codes adopted by City Council, the Building Codes
Division and Fire Prevention Division provide an inspection and permitting program
to make our built environment safer for all City residents, business owners, customers,
and visitors. In addition, public fire and life safety education programs are presented
year round to both general and select audiences through direct contact, special
presentations, and media releases.
The men and women of the Greenville City Fire Department are committed to fulfilling
our modern day mission and to continually improving our ability to meet the goal
of making the City of Greenville as safe as possible its citizens.