According to a report from WCSC, after several years of construction, James Island (SC) Public Service District Fire Station 1 (JIPSD 1), its oldest and busiest station, is now in a new location and will serve approximately 15,000 residents.
Construction began on the new station in 2019, but the project has been planned for two decades.
The much-needed upgrade to Public Service District Fire Station 1 includes sleeping quarters and 2,000-pound bay doors that open in five seconds. Firefighters believe the station will better serve the residents as well as themselves.
The old fire station headquarters at 622 Camp Road was built more than 60 years old.
JIPSD Chief Shawn Engelman said this was not an ideal location; it increased response times for some spots on James Island, specifically those toward the backend of Riverland Drive. Engelman now says the new location is perfect for the area they serve.
Engelman says the project cost about $8 million, including the land, and that the town is in the process of selling old property.
Features of the new station include three bays for fire trucks, solar panels, and a screened porch for the firefighters to sit outside. The sleeping quarters also have 3/4 walls for firefighters’ privacy as they work their usual 24-hour shifts.
On a typical day, there are five JIPSD firefighters and five administrative chiefs on duty at JIPSD 1.