The Rescue Squad played a vital
the Pacolet area for many years. Its story is told in
Volume I of The History of Pacolet
as shown below.
In no particular order, the complete list of Captains of
Mills Rescue Squad were
James Bud Winstead, Roy Newman, Frank Mitchell,
Doug Jett, Billy Owens,
Billy Fisher, Walter (Billy) Smith and Randy Brackins.
Please let us
know of any omissions.
Sadly, after serving the Pacolet Community for almost 50
Squad closed last year. During this time, the Squad
assistance to many Pacolet citizens and helped save
lives. Randy Mathis, a former Captain of the
undertaken an effort to establish a Memorial Wall of
to the Rescue Squad to keep their memory alive. Randy
joined the Squad
when he was 14 in 1974. He left the squad in
1984 to pursue
a career with the North Spartanburg Fire Dept. but
stayed on with the
Pacolet Fire Dept. as a volunteer where he now serves as
advisor with a lot of his friends who also started as
Jr. Fireman back
in what they call "the day".
Randy has furnished a list of several unique facts
relating to the
Rescue Squad and the Fire
To date and through
generations, Pacolet has produced many persons who
went on to be career
firefighters at other paid agencies, myself (Randy)
included. To date,
more than 32, most who stayed and served many years as
The Rescue Squad was started because another county
giving a demonstration at a Pacolet Tuesday night Fire
Drill. A house
fire alarm came in and one of the firemen was injured.
Of course the
visiting squad rendered immediate First Aid.
Pacolet Mills Rescue Squad won the state Heavy
Competition title for 11 out of 13 years in the 1970's
ultimately defeating the world champions from
Lambertville, New Jersey.
Click on this link, Heavy
photos and more information about the Competitions
Randy was a Chief of both the Pacolet Mills
Department and the Rescue Squad. He has also
recollections of time spent in the
Pacolet Mills Fire House when he was young. Read this at
"If Walls Could Talk".
Members of the Rescue Squad were nicknamed the
our colorful all red coveralls that we wore to compete
Pacolet and Pacolet mills were the first
Fire Departments to start responding together to all
structure fires on
the initial alarm.
The Rescue Squad purchased the first "Jaws of Life"
Spartanburg County. For years ,we took it to the
twice a year and were part of NASCARS track safety
Pacolet and Pacolet Mills were the first county
Departments to merge into one operation in the
late 1990's. See
If you would like to help Randy in his efforts to
Rescue Squad Memorial, he can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or call
If you have a story that you would like to share of
Rescue Squad helped you or a member of your family,
please send it to
me at email@example.com
and I will put it on the website
In December, 2015, Easter Steadings Fisher
furnished us more photos of the Pacolet Mills Fire
Department and the Pacolet Mills Rescue Squad. See
these at More
The citizens of the Pacolet area have long been aware
and appreciative of the services provided by the Rescue
unusual, but very tangible way, to see this is through
of people who have passed away in Pacolet. Time after
time, you will
read where the family requested a contribution to the
Rescue Squad in
lieu of sending flowers to the funeral.
RESCUE SQUAD REUNION
Saturday April 14, 2012 at the Pacolet Fire District
Pacolet, SC . Doors open at 11am Meal and Program around
For more information, contact Randy Mathis at firstname.lastname@example.org.