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In 1974 the Hiwassee Dam VFD was started with a grant to Cherokee County, NC funded by the Tennessee Valley Authority. We started out with a small brush truck that eventually was upgraded to a 1,000 gallon tanker that was stored in a barn owned by a charter member.  In 1988, the department was reorganized, and a dedicated fire tax was voted in by the community.  An actual station was built and attached to the Hiwassee Dam Community Center, In 1992, a second station was constructed at 150 Wehutty Road and in 1994 the original station was replaced with the station at 7815 Hwy 294 which is currently our maintenance station. in 2012, a 3rd station was constructed at 4750 Hiwassee Dam Access Rd and We currently are in our new headquarters at 80 Line Drive as of September 2021 and in the future another substation will be constructed near the intersection of Hiwassee Dam Access Road and Joe Brown Highway.  In 2016, the closure of the Cherokee County Rescue Squad thrust Hiwassee Dam VFD into the rescue business.  We are now a Heavy Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Surface Water Rescue and Medical Responder Certified Department Through the North Carolina Association of Rescue and EMS.  From the meager beginnings of a small brush truck and a barn, we have grown to a department that has 3 (soon to be 4) stations, 5 engines, 3 tankers, 3 brush trucks, 2 rescues, 1 command vehicle, 7 boats and a swift water response trailer. We are also currently Rated ISO 5 with NCOSFM. The Hiwassee Dam Fire Department are now Proud Members of the Tri-State Mutual Aid Association that includes Departments Across Tennessee, Georgia Alabama and Western North Carolina. This growth was accomplished by careful and thoughtful planning by the leaders of the department and our goal is to be able to respond to any need of our community and surrounding areas.

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