Chadbourn/Klondyke Fire and Rescue
The Chadbourn Volunteer Fire Department was organized in October 1938 and the first fire truck was purchased in 1939. The first Fire Chief was William S. (Bill) Edmunds, who served from 1938-1940. Fire Chiefs over the years were Forest L. Strole (1941-1946), Martin A. Carter (1947 - 1978), Edward M. Carter (1979 -1980), Edwin W. Nance (1981 - 1981), Allen Yates (1986- 2003). and our present Fire Chief Randy Guyton.
The Chadbourn Rescue Squad was organized in 1958 in answer to a great community need, with the firemen serving as members. They began by purchasing an old Merita bread truck, which each member donated $5 to $10 toward the purchase. After many hours of renovating, it was converted into a crash and rescue vehicle to become Chadbourn’s first rescue vehicle. When it was organized Chadbourn Rescue Squad was the second Rescue Squad in the county, with Lake Waccamaw being the first.
Klondyke Volunteer Fire Department
The Columbus County Commissioners after several public hearings formed the Klondyke Volunteer Fire Department in 1980. The Chadbourn Volunteer Fire Department had always provided fire protection to the surrounding community; however, a mandate in 1980 disallowed service outside municipalities. This prompted the formation of the Klondyke Volunteer Fire Department that serves a five-mile radius outside of the Town limits. The Klondyke Fire Department is financed, in part, by a fire district tax, which Columbus County collects to provide fire service to areas outside of Municipalities. The Klondyke Volunteer Fire Department has several fund-raisers each year.
Chadbourn Rescue has about 900 calls yearly, Chadbourn Fire Department has about 70 calls yearly, and Klondyke Fire Department has about 140 calls yearly.
The Chadbourn/Klondyke Fire and Rescue Department is housed in a modern 8200 sq. ft. building with another 1800 sq. ft. auxiliary building for equipment storage.
The Chadbourn/Klondyke Fire and Rescue Department relies on volunteers who are interested in serving the community. If you are interested in serving as a volunteer, call Fire Chief Randy Guyton at 910-654-1060.
In case of emergencies please call 911. For all non-emergency calls the fire department may be reached at 910-654-1060.