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Fire Department
(843) 918-1192

Tom Gwyer, Fire Chief


The Myrtle Beach Fire Department provides excellent fire suppression and protection services.  For more, visit


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.  The 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.  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 departments, the city has a state-of-the-art fire fleet and six fire stations.

Myrtle Beach is an ISO Class 1 Fire Department.  This is the highest rating the Insurance Services Office (ISO) can assign.  ISO Ratings evaluate every fire department on various categories, including the following: Apparatus, Staffing, Training, Station Distribution, Response Times and Hydrant Flow.  The rating ensures residents, second homeowners and visitors alike that the Myrtle Beach Fire Department provides the highest level of trained personnel!


With funding from the South Carolina Opioid Recovery Fund, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department created an Opioid Response Program to expand the city’s role within the continuum of care. In May 2023, the Opioid Response Program deployed a Community Support Team to reach some of our most at-risk community members. The team includes an Opioid Program Coordinator and Three Certified Peer Support Specialists. 

Our mission is to improve the quality of life of individuals who are struggling with substance use.  That goal is inclusive of the loved ones supporting them, and our services are completely voluntary. To reach as many individuals as possible, we utilize three main deflection pathways – Naloxone-plus, community response, and self-referral.   

Through the self-referral pathway, any community member who is struggling with problematic substance use can contact the team.  The community response pathway, occurs when our team responds in real time with Myrtle Beach’s first responders to the scene of suspected overdose calls.  The post-overdose outreach pathway is our third response. Our team initiates home visits to individuals who have survived a suspected overdose in an attempt to provide support and connections to care.

Through empathy, compassion and informational guidance, the team’s vision is to help you break the cycle of addiction. With “lived experience,” the teams’ certified peer support specialists can meet you where you are to help you start your chosen path to recovery.  Following a brief assessment, the team provides resources and guidance and can help facilitate the care that you feel is most appropriate. 

Loved ones who are supporting someone who is struggling with problematic substance use often benefit from support, too.  The team can provide informational guidance about community based resources, including family-centered mutual aid groups and counseling services.

If you or someone you know is suffering from problematic substance abuse, please send an email to or call 843-918-1600.  We’ll be glad to direct you to the appropriate team member.


The following documents and related materials can be found in the “Fire Department Documents” folder on the website’s Document Center webpage:

  • After the Inspection Booklet
  • Approved Backflow Preventers (SC) File
  • Approved Turn-Arounds File
  • BBQs on Balconies File
  • Building-Business Survey Form
  • Cal Hypo Storage File
  • Carbon Monoxide Detectors (Existing Buildings) File
  • Citizens Fire Academy Application
  • Clothes Dryer Exhaust File
  • Community Risk Reduction Booklet
  • Daycare Requirements File
  • Doors Locks and Gates File
  • Emergency Escape and Rescue (IFC) File
  • Event Cooking Guidelines File
  • Failure to Maintain a Fire Alarm System Ordinance
  • Fire Protection Sprinkler Act
  • Fireworks Prohibited Ordinance
  • Generator Maintenance File
  • Generator Sequence of Operation File
  • Hood and Duct System Worksheet
  • Hotel Room Occupancy Limitations File
  • Local Fire Alarm Inspection File
  • Maintenance of the Means of Egress File
  • MBFD Fire Safety Plan Template
  • MBFD Precon Checklist
  • Outdoor Burning Restrictions - IFC
  • Outdoor Burning Restrictions Ordinance
  • Residential Fire Sprinklers File
  • Residential Heating Requirements File
  • Schools - Monthly Self Inspection Form
  • Security Gates File
  • Self-Inspection Form
  • Smoke Control Inspection Worksheet
  • Special Event Guidelines Fire Prevention File
  • Stairwell Fan Testing Report
  • Stairwell Pressurization File
  • Standpipe Hose Removal Letter
  • Vehicles Prohibited Inside Buildings File


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