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Message from the Chief
Welcome to the Joanna Fire Department website! Our duty is to provide the community with outstanding service aimed to safeguard our citizens and visitors, as well as their property. The men and women of the Joanna Fire Department strive to deliver high quality fire suppression, medical first responder, fire prevention and public safety education services
Values
On our mission statement page, you will find our organization’s core values:

  • Accountability
  • Dedication
  • Ethics
  • Excellence
  • Empowerment
  • Service
  • Teamwork
  • Trust

These values are applied by our members through ownership and commitment to the goal of protecting and saving lives and property. Despite the fiscal challenges faced by all counties and agencies, our department is well equipped, exceptionally trained, and highly motivated. These assets ensure that the Joanna Fire Department delivers fast and effective emergency response, as well as responsive and beneficial services to our customers in all non-emergency settings.

We hope that you find the information on our website to be interesting and helpful.

Statistical Information
The Joanna Fire Department responded to 370 incidents in 2016. These incidents were divided into 31 fire related incidents and 339 non-fire related incidents. Of the 339 non-fire related incidents, 206 were emergency medical incidents.

The Joanna Fire Department provides its services from three fire stations strategically located within the department’s district boundaries. Stations are strategically located to provide a response no greater than 5 miles from any of its residents and businesses.

Christmas Safety
  • Make sure your Christmas tree is fresh. Shedding needles is a sign
  • Make sure artificial trees are flame-retardant.
  • NEVER smoke around the tree or flammable decorations.
  • Place trees away from direct sources of heat.
  • NEVER place a tree so that it blocks an exit.
  • Only buy electric lights that are approved by a national testing lab.
  • NEVER decorate metal trees with electric lights.
  • Always unplug lights before going to bed.
  • NEVER run electrical cords through doorways and under rugs.
  • Keep candles in sturdy holders and never place them near combustibles, such as curtains.
  • Avoid hanging stockings near an open flame.
  • NEVER burn paper in a fireplace. This is a major cause of chimney fires.

Robert Plaxico
Fire Chief
rplaxico@joannafire.org

105 N Main St
P O Box 127
Joanna, SC 29351

Office Phone: (864) 697-6630
Mobile Phone: (864) 923-0002

EMERGENCIES: 911

Working smoke alarms save lives. Remember to test your smoke alarm monthly!!! Click on the smoke alarm below for more important smoke alarm tips and installation guidelines.

Are you ready for a fire?
Following these basic safety tips every day will ensure your family’s safety all year round.

  • Keep fire extinguishers handy
  • Design a fire escape plan
  • Learn first aid for burns
  • Keep matches away from children
  • Practice home fire drills
  • Check smoke detectors regularly
  • NEVER smoke in bed
  • Know two exits from every room
  • Teach STOP, DROP and ROLL
  • Post emergency numbers by every phone
  • Store flammable liquids properly
  • Set your hot water heater to 120 degrees F
  • Crawl low in smoke
  • Replace damaged electrical cords
Plan Your Escape Route
  • Determine at least two ways to escape from every room in your home.
  • If you must use an escape ladder, be sure everyone knows how to use it.
  • Select a location outside your home where everyone would meet after escaping.
  • Practice your escape plan at least twice a year.
  • Once you are out, stay out!
Escape Safely
  • If you see smoke in your first escape route, use your second way out. If you must exit through smoke, crawl low under the smoke to escape.
  • If you are escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is hot, use your second way out.