Rescue Division

About the Rescue Squad:

The Rescue Squads will:
  • Respond to First Responder calls and give care to patients in need.
  • Respond to rescue emergencies.
  • Respond to natural and technological disasters as part of the coordinated public safety effort.
  • Respond to the needs of Oconee County with Honesty, Courtesy and Respect.
  • Respond to all emergencies being prepared, expecting the worst.
  • Keep the safety of all a priority at all times.
  • Obtain and maintain all training required to respond to emergencies and needs of the community.
  • Represent this agency and Oconee County as professionals and with dignity.
Safety Slogan: SAM
  • S – Safety
  • A – Always
  • M – Matters

Mission Statement:

The mission of Oconee County Emergency Services is to provide the most effective, efficient, responsible and professional response to the needs of the citizens of Oconee County and to all those that visit our community.


We will risk much to save lives.
We will risk little to save property.
We will risk nothing to save what is already lost.

Rescue Squad Staff:

Keith Wilbanks

Rescue Coordinator

Steven Adams

Assistant Rescue Coordinator

Rescue Squad Chiefs:

Seneca Rescue Squad
Squad #R1
Phil Galloway
Walhalla Rescue Squad
Squad #R4
William Tatum
Walhalla Rescue Squad
Squad #R4
William Tatum
Oakway Rescue Squad
Squad #R3
James Mast
Dive Team
Squad #R7
Robert Jones
Mountain Rest Rescue Squad
Squad #R6
Lynn Wilbanks
Westminster Rescue Squad
Squad #R5
Michael Smith
Salem Rescue Squad
Squad #R2
Tammy Wilbanks
Special Rescue
Squad #R8
Steven Adams

Rescue Departments:

Special Rescue Team
Walhalla Rescue #4
HazMat Response Team
Seneca Rescue #1
Westminster Rescue #5
Salem Rescue #2
Mountain Rest Rescue #6
Oakway Rescue #3
Dive Team

Our Mission

It is the mission of Oconee County to provide our current and future citizens and visitors quality services while protecting our communities, heritage, environment and natural resources, in an ever-changing world.


Oconee County – A diverse, growing, safe, vibrant community guided by rural traditions and shaped by natural beauty; where employment, education and recreation offer a rich quality of life for all generations, both today and tomorrow.


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415 S. Pine St.
Walhalla, SC 29691