On March 3, 1981, East Simpsonville Fire Department was officially organized by Greenville County Council to serve a 21 square mile are area along Woodruff Road to the boundary of Spartanburg County and east to the boundary of Laurens County, all of which were previously covered by contracts with other Fire Departments.
On July 1, 2004, East Simpsonville Fire Department, through an ordinance with Greenville County officially changed the name of the department to Clear Spring Fire – Rescue. In the beginning, the Department operated strictly off of donations and fundraisers and was comprised solely of dedicated men and women who volunteered their time to protect the residents of this district.
We still remain a community-based fire department, always searching for new and more effective ways to protect and interact with our residents. We are currently what is called a combination fire department, meaning that even though we have a small force of paid firefighters we work closely with, and depend on around 10 dedicated volunteer firefighters. We operate out of two fire stations. Our Headquarters Station is located at 3008 Woodruff Road formerly the Pliney Grange School House. In 2018, we relocated to our newly built station at the same location. Station # 2, built-in 2004, is located at 2435 East Georgia Road.
Our stations are manned 24 hours a day; 7 days a week by our Paid Firefighters, where they are assigned to one of our three shifts. Our administrative staff works Monday through Friday, and we have around 10 volunteers that provide additional staffing and assistance. Clear Spring Fire – Rescue operates with 3 Engines, a 75’ Ladder, a Squad / Brush Truck, a Rescue Truck, two four-wheel-drive utility vehicles, and two Command Staff vehicles.
On average, we respond to over 1000 calls for assistance each year with the number rising steadily rising. These include medical responses, traffic accidents, fire alarms, grass fires, structure fires, as well as basic HazMat mitigation and rescue.