Ballentine Fire Station was established in 1979. The need for the station was due to the area being covered by the Irmo and Chapin Fire departments, both of which had an extended run to provide fire protection. Ballentine was initially staffed by all volunteers and dispatched by Lexington County under the designation of Station 30. Equipment was Engine 301, Tanker 304, Brush Truck 30 and Squad 30.
In 1985-86 Columbia Fire Department, in agreement with Richland County, decided to “man” the station with an Engineer. At this time, the station designation changed to Station 20 of the Columbia Fire Department. In 1991-92, Spring Hill Fire Station was established at its present location as a “satellite” station to Ballentine and carried the designation of Station 21, completely volunteer with Engine 21, Tanker 21 and Brush Truck 21. In 2005-06, Rescue 2 was added to Station 20 bumping the staffing up to 4, 3 on the Rescue, 1 on the Engine.
The current Station 20 and Station 21 protect one of the largest districts in Richland County with 4 paid staff, 21 volunteers, 2 Engines, 2 Rescues, 2 Brush Trucks and 3 Tankers answering an average of 900 calls a year for service. The district borders Lexington and Newberry Counties and answers Mutual Aid requests to Lexington County Fire Service and Irmo Fire District.