Joe Palmer

Joe Palmer

Consultant

Phone: 803-454-1808
Email: [email protected]

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Born in August 1967, he is the son of Joyce and Bruce Palmer in Greenwood, SC. He is married to Marquerite Palmer and has three daughters. Joe began his fire service career in high school as an explorer scout and volunteer firefighter with the Coronaca Fire Department in Greenwood County. He was a member of Northwest Volunteer Fire Department, entered college, and upon graduation of Lander in 1989, became a paid firefighter with the City of Greenwood. While working at the City of Greenwood, he became Regional Supervisor for the SC Fire Academy for Region 7. In 1991, he moved to Columbia and became Manager of Training for the Fire Academy over industrial and regional training. May of 1994, he was offered and accepted the position of Fire Chief with the City of Newberry. He remained Chief there until August of 2008, when he accepted the position of Executive Director with the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. He retired in June of 2018.

Joe has been a member of the United Methodist denomination all his life and currently attends Wightman UMC in Prosperity, S.C. In his churches he has served as Administrative Board Chair, trustee, and served as District Lay Leader for the Greenwood District. His hobbies include wood working, camping, horse riding, and working at the family farm.

My Latest Blog Posts

Several participants, and potential participants, have asked for definition of the process by which a person becomes qualified for distribution and the time frame that coincides with that participation. The process is governed by two entities.  Primarily, the choice of the State Trustees in the...

One of the bigger issues that we as a Fire Service are facing today is the issue of Residential Fire Sprinklers. Every firefighter, rank or pay status not specific, should educate themselves as to the truths around sprinkler systems. The new technology that exists which...

Wednesday, May 2, 2012Cleveland School Fire Anniversary

On May 17, 2012, the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association, in conjunction with the City of Camden Fire Department, will hold a commemorative service at the site of the Cleveland School House fire outside of Camden S.C.  Eighty Nine years ago that day, a fire erupted...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012Press Release: Legislative Day

Press Release May 9, 2012 12:00 noon South Carolina Firefighters Gather at the Statehouse As part of the annual Legislative Day of the SC State Firefighters’ Association, around 500 firefighters from around the state will meet at the statehouse on Wednesday May 9th at 12...

Press Release May 17, 2012 2:00 pm South Carolina Firefighters Gather to Commemorate the Cleveland School House Fire On May 17, 1923, a fire erupted in the Cleveland School auditorium outside Camden SC.  The resulting tragedy killed 77 persons in attendance of a performance by...

Monday, June 18, 2012SC FireWire Podcast – Episode 1

2012 Fire & Rescue Conference Review Podcast This is the first ever episode of the SC FireWire podcast! In this episode, we will hear seven observations of the 2012 SC Fire Rescue Conference from Joe Palmer. He will share thoughts on: Colocation of conference...

Friday, July 20, 2012SC FireWire Podcast – Episode 2

Joe Palmer’s Interview of Chief Billy Gibson This is Chief Gibson’s first opportunity to communicate with the members of the Association. In this episode, we will hear from Joe Palmer, and the 2012-2013 Association President Chief Billy Gibson. In this episode they will cover:...

Tuesday, July 31, 2012SC Firewire Podcast – Episode 3

Recap of the Member’s Benefits Committee Meeting In this episode, we will hear from Joe Palmer, Chief Tim Cobb, and Ms. Zorrina Harmon as the recap the first Member’s Benefits Committee Meeting of the year. In this episode they will cover: New members to...

To combat the firefighter recruitment/retention problems in South Carolina, an “Assistance to Firefighters Grant” (AFG) award has been given to the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (SCSFA). The $871,000 Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant award will be allocated during a four year period. “This...

In this episode, you will hear an update on SC F.A.S.T. from Joe Palmer and Chief Greg Merritt. Chief Merritt is the coordinator of F.A.S.T. which stands for Fire Assistance and Support Team.  You can learn more about FAST here. Subscribe to the SC...