Carter Jones

Carter Jones

Special Projects Coordinator

Phone: 803-225-5817
Email: [email protected]

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Carter was raised in Manning, S.C. He has an Associates Degree from North Greenville University, a B.A. from Presbyterian College, and a Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. He joined the Manning Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter in 1966. His early work experience includes a number of years as a Counselor for troubled youth with the S.C. Department of Vocational Rehabilitation, Training Specialist and Deputy State Fire Marshal for the Office of State Fire Marshal, Fire Chief of the Clarendon County Fire Department for 22 years, Emergency Management Program Manager for Central Carolina Technical College, and a Sales Representative for Spartan Fire and Emergency Apparatus Company.

Jones continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter with the Clarendon County Fire Department and is in his 45th year. He was elected President of the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association in 1980, served on the S.C. State Fire Commission, served as Chairman of the Joint Council of Fire Service Associations, and served on various Committees of the Association. He served on the Fire Academy Advisory Committee during construction of both Fire Academys. He was appointed to the Arson Task Force in the early 1980’s which spearheaded the change in arson laws. He remains active in pursuing the Association’s legislative agenda with the General Assembly.

Carter was awarded the SC Firefighter of the Year Award, Citizenship Award, and recently the Lifetime Achievement Award given by the State Firefighters’ Association.

Carter is married to Mary Jo Jones who became Clarendon County’s first female firefighter. He has two sons: Jonathan (currently serving as the Association’s 2nd Vice President) and Craig ( a Coast Guard veteran having served in the Gulf War). Carter’s family includes two wonderful daughters-in-law and two grandchildren.

Carter enjoys yard work, hunting American Indian artifacts, and writing fire related articles.

As Special Projects Coordinator, Carter will be gathering and sharing Association history, as well as general South Carolina fire service history. He will also assist with our various outreach programs.

My Latest Blog Posts

Thursday, October 2, 2014Forgotten Heroes of the Fire Service

When I began doing research on the history of South Carolina’s fire service, I realized in short order that there is likely more unwritten history just waiting to be discovered than that which has been found and put to print. It is almost overwhelming the...

While gathering the history of South Carolina’s fire service, I have become enchanted with the period of time when firefighters and their horses were an inseparable team. Quite honestly I never appreciated the role that those steeds of yesterday played in our history until recently...

A few weeks ago I was contacted by Captain Mac Thomas of the Rock Hill Fire Department about a bit of history out of Cheraw that needed research to reveal the story hidden in the epitaph of an old tombstone found in St. Joseph’s Cemetery....

Thursday, January 22, 2015Brotherhood Transcends Civil War Rivalries

On February 17th and 18th, South Carolina and the City of Columbia will observe “The Burning of Columbia” by the Union Army under the command of General William Tecumseh Sherman. During the nearly 48 hour siege, General Sherman and his troops ravaged more than half of...

In all likelihood most of us have attended a circus performance in our lifetime and watched in wonderment the skill of the trapeze artists, the fearless lion tamers, the animated clowns, the elephants’ compliance to the commands of their trainers. I am forever fascinated with...

One Hundred and four years ago, on March 25, 1911, around 4:40 in the afternoon a fire broke out on the eighth floor of the 10-story Asch Building in Manhattan. Several commercial occupancies were housed in the building that included the Triangle Shirtwaist Company’s factory,...

Tuesday, May 12, 2015The Cleveland School Fire of 1923

On May 17, 1923, seventy-seven children and adults died in a tragic fire which consumed the Cleveland School located just off I-20 near Camden at Exit 101 across from the Equine Park.  As a result of this fire and the large loss of life, public...

Wednesday, May 27, 2015Celebrating 110 years of service

Saturday, May 30th, will mark an important day in the history of South Carolina’s fire service. On this day in 1905, a group of visionaries came together to organize and frame the foundation of this Association. Then Charleston’s Assistant Chief Louis Behrens called a meeting...

On June 27th family and friends gathered in Greer to honor the memory of Rev. Henry Wright, former Chaplain of our Association, who passed away on Sunday, June 14th. Henry Wright was born May 13, 1927, in the small Town of Alligator, North Carolina. During...

Since becoming the “unofficial” historian of the Firefighters’ Association last April, I have had the opportunity to learn and record details of our past that are simply inspiring. The history of our state’s fire service is abounding in stories of hardship and struggle, courage and...