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Firefighters Team Up with Teddy Bear Hugs to Stock Firetrucks
and Safe Harbor with Comfort Bears
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The Greenville City Fire Department has teamed up with Teddy Bear Hugs, a local volunteer organization, to host a family-friendly community event at the North Main Fire Station, located at 801 Rutherford Road, on Saturday, November 22 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. To participate, individuals are asked to purchase a stuffable teddy bear online between now and 12 p.m. on November 8, then come to the fire station on November 22 to pick up and stuff their teddy bear. Teddy bears are $12 each, which includes a 16-inch teddy bear, stuffing and a red heart to hide inside the bear. Teddy bears are available to adopt or donate. Donated bears will go to Safe Harbor and aboard the City’s fire trucks to be given to children who are victims of a fire. Individuals can also sponsor a teddy bear. For each sponsored bear, Teddy Bear Hugs will invite a less fortunate child to attend the event and receive a bear.

In addition to the teddy bear component, the event will also feature the Greenville City Fire Department’s Fire and Life Safety House, tours of the fire station, an opportunity for children to climb aboard the fire trucks, games, prizes and a special appearance by Santa.

During the event, the Greenville City Fire Department will be collecting donations for its annual fundraiser, Operation Santa Claus. The money raised will be used to purchase gifts for a family stricken by fire this year, and the gifts will be delivered by Santa and Greenville City firefighters via fire truck this holiday season.

To purchase a teddy bear, visit

A message from Chief Kovalcik to the Citizens of the City of Greenville

The 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.

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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.

Stephen Kovalcik
Fire Chief


206 S. Main Street
2nd Floor
Greenville, SC 29601
Telephone: 864-467-4445