Bio Tres Atkinson

Chair, Foundation

Born in April 1969, Tres is the son of Benson and Millie Atkinson of Bishopville S.C. He is married to Marlo Atkinson, and they have two children, a son, Avery and daughter, Bethany.

Tres grew up in Bishopville and joined the fire service as a junior volunteer with the Black River Station 17 in Lee County. After attending Anderson College, he started his full-time career with the City of Bishopville and then moved on to the City of Sumter Fire Department.

In 1999 Tres was appointed as the Fire Chief/Emergency Management Director for Lee County, S.C. Then in 2006 he was hired as the first Fire Chief of Columbia County, Florida. In 2012 Tres returned to South Carolina as the Fire Coordinator for Dorchester County and in 2013 became the Fire Chief for the newly formed Dorchester County Fire Dept.

Tres has graduated from the Fire Service Leadership Institutes of South Carolina and Florida. He has served on the by-laws and member benefits committees for the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association.

His hobbies include golf and hunting and watching anything his children are involved with.


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