The Poplar Springs Fire Department was established in 1979. At that time, the area now served was a largely rural area. Most fire coverage came from neighboring departments. The lack of a primary fire department was the beginning of the Poplar Springs Fire Department. It began as an all volunteer department and a single two bay station. It has now evolved into a combination department (both volunteers and full-time staff) covering over 49 square miles and serves a community with more than 11,600 people and three stations. Some of the services provided include the following: fire inspection and suppression, auto extrication, confined space rescue, medical first responder services, public education, fire prevention, and fire extinguisher training. The Poplar Springs Fire District is one of the fastest growing areas of Spartanburg County.