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The Myrtle Beach Fire Department began in 1936 as a volunteer force and has grown into a highly trained and well equipped organization.

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Corner Icon Class 1 ISO Rating...  Myrtle Beach is proud to have a Class 1 Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, the best in South Carolina, for its fire protection service.  Nationally, fewer than 100 communities have a Class 1 ISO rating. 

Blue Box  Did You Know... that the Myrtle Beach Fire Department will provide and install free smoke detectors and batteries to individuals within the city's service area who cannot afford to buy them?  Call 918-1221 for details. 

Blue Box  Community meeting rooms are available at Fire Stations No. 5 and No. 6.  Call 843-918-1192 to reserve one of these rooms for your civic or neighborhood groups.


Corner Icon Questions?  E-mail or call (843) 918-1014.  


Myrtle Beach Fire Department


Alvin Payne, Fire Chief


The Myrtle Beach Fire Department provides excellent fire suppression and protection services from six fire stations and is a first responder on medical calls.  Nearly all of the city's firefighters are certified as emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or paramedics.  Engines have an Automatic External Defibrillator for use on patients with cardiac arrest, and the city operates two ALS ambulances. Myrtle Beach firefighters also provide hazardous materials response, confined space rescue and other services. 


Ordinances, Regulations and Inspection Report Forms

From an after-the-inspection booklet to a monthly self-inspection checklist, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department offers many ordinances, regulations and inspection report forms on-line, for your convenience.

Commercial Fire Inspection Fee

In Myrtle Beach’s 2013-14 budget, City Council approved a fire inspection fee for commercial properties.  The Fire Department conducts routine fire and life safety inspections on an annual or biennial basis, depending on the property type and associated hazards.  Such inspections lessen the threat of fires and promote the public’s safety and welfare.   

To help cover the cost of these safety inspections, and to encourage prompt compliance with fire codes, the following fire inspection fee schedule began July 1, 2013.  Contact the Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal’s Office at 843-918-1109 or for more information about fire inspections and the fee structure.

LEVEL                                     BUILDING SIZE                        FEE

Inspection Tier One:               Up to 999 sq. ft.                   $75.00

Inspection Tier Two:               1,000 – 2,499 sq. ft.             $100.00

Inspection Tier Three:             2,500 – 9,999 sq. ft.             $150.00

Inspection Tier Four:              10,000 – 49,999 sq. ft.          $200.00

Inspection Tier Five:               50,000+ sq. ft                      $300.00


30 Day Re-Inspection:            Any size                             $0 (no charge)

45 Day Re-Inspection:            Any size                             $100.00

Inspection Program Highlights:  The Myrtle Beach Fire Department has partnered with Fire Recovery USA and FIREHOUSE Software to provide state-of-the-art equipment and electronic fire inspection reporting and invoicing.  Inspection notices, invoices and permits will be electronically delivered and tracked to the email address you provide our inspectors. 

Inspection notices will come from  Invoices and receipts will come from  You will have the option of several payment methods. Simply follow the instructions provided in your e-mailed invoice.

Questions?  For invoicing and payment inquiries, please contact Fire Recovery USA at (888) 640-7222, extension 117, or e-mail  For inspection and code inquiries, contact the Myrtle Beach Fire Marshal’s Office at (843) 918-1109 or e-mail


The Public Education mission of the Myrtle Beach Fire Department is to prevent fire losses and injuries through public awareness and use of smoke detectors and other devices.  The department works to continue the city's excellent safety record.  Presentations and safety classes are available to civic clubs, schools, businesses and neighborhoods.  Call the Public Education Division at 843-918-1221 to arrange and event.


The Training Division is responsible for educating fire department personnel in federal, state and industry regulations and standards.  New recruits are required to successfully complete a certified training program at the city's fire academy.  Visit the city's employment page to learn when applications are being accepted. 


Fire recruits are trained to various levels of proficiency in firefighting, rescue, hazardous material incidents, driving and Emergency Medical Services.  New firefighter recruits also experience intensive multi-company drills, medical emergency scenarios and various types of emergency rescue responses.  Fire personnel also are required to complete at least 20 hours of continuing education per month. 


The Fire Marshal and his staff are responsible for citywide enforcement of the adopted fire code and city ordinances as they relate to life and safety.  Other responsibilities include public education, fire investigation, business license inspections, pyrotechnic permitting, pre-incident survey programs and code compliance for large community events.  See the ordinances, regulations and inspection report forms available on-line, for your convenience.


Maintaining a professional fire department and working to keep our city and our personnel safe is a full-time occupation.  Fire Administration is located at 921-B Oak Street, on the second floor of the City Services Building.  It consists of Fire Chief Alvin Payne, Assistant Chief Mike Norket and the battalion chiefs for Technical Services and Administration.  Administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 


The city's six fire stations are...

  • 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

Call 911 for emergency fire or medical help or 843-918-1192 for general fire-related information. 



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P.O. Box 2468, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578
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