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Fire Rescue Operations

Fire Operations is the largest division of Fire Rescue and is comprised of Line Personnel, Safety & Professional Development, and the Emergency Medical Services Division (EMS).

Line Operations is comprised of three shifts working a 24 hour on /48 hour off shift schedule.

  • Each shift is led by a Battalion Chief with 35 members assigned to each of the three shifts for a total of 105 line personnel.
  • The minimum daily staffing level is 29.
  • A three member team, the Coverage Crew, also supplements staffing during daytime hours when call volume is at its peak.

We respond to all types of calls for service; fires, medical emergencies, motor vehicle collisions, hazardous materials spills, and specialized rescues.

  • All line personnel are cross-trained in both firefighting and EMS.
  • The members are required to participate in extensive year round training activities to maintain and improve their skills.

The ability to improve our service is generated through many initiatives that originate from our members. Their values, energy, commitment, and compassion drive many of Fire Rescue's functions, programs, and services throughout the year. The Operations Division personnel are the men and women you see every day out in the community accomplishing the department's mission to provide extraordinary service to the community.

Deputy Fire Chief

Chris Blankenship
  • Chris Blankenship
  • Deputy Chief of Operations
  • ChrisB@hiltonheadislandsc.gov
  • 843-682-5155
  • Fire Rescue Headquarters
    40 Summit Drive
    Hilton Head Island, SC 29926