Fire Department History
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department began as a volunteer effort in October 1936, two years before the city's incorporation. The first truck was a 1936 Ford purchased by Myrtle Beach Farms Company. That first fire engine operated out of a wood frame building behind Broadway Restaurant. Back then, when a fire alarm occurred, the first person to reach the fire truck was the one who drove it.
Myrtle Beach's first fire truck was this 1936 Ford, shown here in front of the Chapin Company Building on Main Street. Today, the department has a Class 1 ISO rating.
The list of fire department charter members includes some familiar area names: H. M. Walker, Casper P. Benton, Norwood Bellamy, Hoot Gibson, Roscoe Long, Perry Helms, Ralph Veeren, James H. Green, Eli Saleeby, O.C Calloway, Eddie A. Benton, Gary Todd, Clifton Hammond, J.M. Bivens, D.J. Orr, Howell Bellamy and H.C. White.
From those humble beginnings, the fire department has grown into a highly trained and well equipped firefighting and EMS organization. As one of the state's busiest fire department, Myrtle Beach answers more than 10,000 calls for service annually. Today, the city has a state-of-the-art fire fleet and six fire stations.Station No. 1 -- 1250 Mr. Joe White Avenue
Station No. 2 -- 5338 North Kings Highway
Station No. 3 -- 2108 South Kings Highway
Station No. 4 -- 1170 Howard Parkway
Station No. 5 -- 804 79th Avenue North
Station No. 6 -- 970 38th Avenue North
Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Call 911 for emergency fire or medical help or 843-918-1192 for general fire-related information.