Mount Pleasant Magazine July/August 2023

90 www. ReadMPM. com | www.MountPl easantMagaz i ne. com | www. ShemCreekRes taurant s . com Since 1948, the Sullivan’s Island Fire Department has worked hard to respond quickly to its residents and visitors in need. Their duties haven’t changed, but the station’s look has. After Hurricane Hugo in 1989, the station moved to the center of Sullivan’s Island on Middle Street to allow the team to respond to emergencies in a matter of minutes. The station has remained in this location for over 30 years, but this does not mean the town stopped improving the department. After noticing some issues with the exterior of the building, mainly due to water intrusion in the walls, SIFD Fire Chief Anthony Stith and the town decided to fully renovate the fire station. The $8 million project began in the summer of 2020 and finished by late 2022. “We really took it down to the skeleton, but luckily the steel work was able to be retained to save money,” Sullivan’s Island Mayor Pat O’Neil said. The goal of the renovation was to bring the fire station up to current codes and make improvements that would BY MAD I SON BROACH Sullivan’s Island Fire Department renovates facility Fire Station Facelift