The Sullivan's Island Fire Department holds the responsibility of providing fire protection and emergency first responder services to residents and visitors alike. It provides emergency first response to all areas of Sullivan’s Island and provides fire protection for the Fort Sumter National Park and associated structures.
In 2016, the Fire Department received the highest possible protection rating of Class 1, which is determined by the Insurance Service Office (ISO). The ISO is a nationally recognized entity that evaluates a community’s firefighting preparedness on a scale of 1 to 10. Many rural areas and small towns in Charleston County maintain a relatively low rating of Class 9 due to response times and general level of service. The Sullivan’s Island Fire Department has received the Class 1 by continually updating its firefighting equipment, water supply and distribution, maintaining trained personnel and through dedication to timely responses during emergency events.
The full-time Fire & Rescue staff is supported by 43 on-call volunteer fire fighters who are available for structure fires, as well as disaster recovery from emergency weather events. The Volunteers train on various fire-fighting and emergency response techniques twice per month. They get the majority of their funding through the two fundraising events that happen annually. The Fish Fry and The Oyster Roast. Each event draws thousands of people to the Fish Fry Shack located at 1459 Hennessy Street.
The Fire Department maintains a boat landing at Station 9 and Osceola Avenue. Membership is sold to Sullivan's Island property owners and non-residents. Boat Landing Memberships are issued for 1 year start March 1st. You may purchase a membership at the Fire Department.
In 2016, Town Council initiated an agreement with Air MedCare Network (Meducare) to provide citizens and Town employees with ambulatory air service. In the event an insured Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, resident is flown by Meducare Air, or any AirMedCare Network participating provider, for a life- or limb-threatening emergency from within Charleston County South Carolina, that AMCN-participating air medical service will work with your benefits provider to secure payment for the flight. Sullivan’s Island residents may also take advantage of upgrading to a full AirMedCare Network Membership at a discounted rate, to gain full coverage with no pickup location or insurance coverage restrictions. For questions about membership in the AirMedCare Network program, please call 800-793-0010 or visit .