Rethinking Fire Service in Unincorporated Areas

Lawrence Flynn

Fire service in the unincorporated areas of South Carolina remains a patchwork of special purpose districts (SPDs), volunteer fire departments (VFDs), referendum-created county fire districts (Home Rule Districts) and county fire service areas (FSAs and together with Home Rule Districts, Fire Districts). The bad news is that this translates to surplusage, disjointed response, inconsistent service, and uneven tax rates. The good news is that counties are empowered to address these issues and solve some of these problems.

Learn more in the County Focus Article: Rethinking Fire Service in Unincorporated Areas.