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This blog is the second in a series which places a spotlight on a number of our fire service leaders from the past and present whose names and contributions may have long been forgotten by current generations of firefighters or whose legacies have never been......

Did you know as a firefighter in our great State of South Carolina you can receive benefits as a Military Veteran? Currently, only 19 fire departments in our state and 4 % of the Military Veteran population utilize this program but every fire department can......

Fire Safe South Carolina (FSSC) has actively worked with local fire departments to develop community risk reduction (CRR) plans for their jurisdictions since its launch in June 2017. With the help of local fire departments, we have worked to reduce fire-related injuries, promote consistent messaging,......

Hello South Carolina Firefighters, The Association Health & Safety Committee would like to share 2020 Firefighter Safety Stand Down.  “Safety Stand Down is a joint initiative of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Volunteer Fire Council.”  The event focuses on the critical......

The SC State Firefighters’ Association kicked off voting today for 4th Vice-President elections. Those selected as a 2020 delegate representing your fire department should have received a ballot email today, Monday June 1st from [email protected] The email contains a unique link (link will takes you to......

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the fire departments that have already selected their 2020 delegates Department’s Selected Delegates.   Two significant annual actions for SCSFA member fire departments are the selection of delegates and voting!  These key factors aid your departments......

We know you’ve been waiting and now it’s time – REGISTRATION OPEN for the Virtual Fire-Rescue 2020 Conference firerescuesc.org/virtual and we are excited to announce the schedule of events and our national fire service instructors. Thursday  June 11, 2020 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm Leadership Roundtable......

  On behalf of President Keith Minick and the Executive Board of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, we invite you to the Virtual Fire-Rescue 2020 Conference, June 11-13, 2020.   Unfortunately, the uncertainties of COVID-19 led us to the decision to cancel our in-person......

Over the last number of years, I have amassed significant information and research on quite a few fire service leaders from our distant past, many of whom I have known personally.  So, I have decided to put my research and personal recollections to pen in......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association releases the seventh edition of Throwback Thursday video sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM videos from our archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from past......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association releases the seventh edition of Throwback Thursday video sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM videos from our archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from past......

Though Fire-Rescue 2020 was canceled, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association will continue to hold voting for Fourth Vice President, using online voting as we have in years past. Delegate selection is currently open. Fire Chiefs or their designee has until midnight, May 30, 2020......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association releases the sixth edition of Throwback Thursday video sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM videos from our archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from past......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association releases the fifth edition of Throwback Thursday video sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM videos from our archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from past......

This message is to inform you that, Fire-Rescue 2020 Conference has been cancelled.  A vote was taken this week by the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association’s Executive Committee.  I am as disappointed in this decision that had to be made, as I am sure you are.......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association releases the fourth edition of Throwback Thursday video sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM videos from our archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from past......

The S.C. State Firefighters’ Association continues to add information daily to your  COVID-19 Firefighter Resource page.  We hope this resource page continues to be informative and educational for our Firefighters and their departments while we battle the Coronavirus.  The resources page currently provides: State &......

The S.C. State Firefighters’ Association launched today, COVID-19 Firefighter Resources. We hope this resource page will be informative and educational for our Firefighters and their departments while we battle the Coronavirus.  The resources page currently provides: State & Local Resources – DHEC’s COVID-19 First Responder......

Today, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association kicks-off our new Throwback Thursday video training sessions. The SCSFA will post on FireWire each Thursday at 10:00 AM training videos from our video archives. We are sharing these past videos that contain great nuggets of knowledge from......

On March 19, 2020 Governor McMaster approved A116 (H4014) requiring the Executive Budget Office to establish a COVID-19 Response account which will hold $45 million for use by the Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) “for those purposes necessary for the health, safety and......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is excited to announce the launch of Monday Motivation with Chaplain Gary Rogers.  Monday Motivation will begin Monday, March 23rd at 10:00am LIVE on the Assoication’s Facebook page South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.   With all of the new challenges we......

  In an overabundance of caution on behalf of our staff and customer families; the SC State Firefighters’ Association office, located at 111 Westpark Blvd, will close to public access until further notice.   Our services offered to firefighters will continue.  Staff is available, if......

Hello, Andrew Morris here, your section chair for the Officer Section and Captain with City of Newberry Fire Department. During my time with the Officer Section I have been amazed by what has been offered to our members. Not every fire department has the luxury......

The SCSFA has created a page https://scfirefighters.org/sccancerbill/ on our website for its members to better understand the new Firefighter Cancer Health Care Benefit Plan – Senate Bill S1071 & House Bill H5139, that have been introduced in the General Assembly.   This page will provide......

  Hello South Carolina Firefighters, My name is Tracy Williams, and I’m serving as your chairperson for your Health and Safety Committee.  The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Constitution and By-Laws state under Section 2.  Standing Committees that the Health and Safety Committee function is......

Per the Association By-Laws, the Executive Committee is proud to announce that it has asked Brian Brazier of Aiken DPS to fulfill the 5-month vacancy created by the Elected Officer progression as a result of the recent hiring of Charlie King and swearing in of......

In an article researched and written in the last couple of weeks by Susan Duncan, Office Manager at S. C. State Fire, is an account of the City of Columbia’s first “Line of Duty Death” which occurred on December 14, 1868. A very young 21......

Your By-Laws Committee along with the Executive Committee is asking for your vote to approve two additions to the Constitution to ensure members are given the opportunity to represent their fire departments; and also, four other recommended changes to the By-laws. Constitution changes The Constitutional......

We are now well into the winter months, and for all of us it’s important to be reminded that fire safety should be a central focus as we go about our busy lives.  Whether it’s at work, on shopping outings, taking in concerts/movies/church services, or......

FREQUENCY OF REPORTING FIREFIGHTER INJURIES Purpose: The purpose of the Phase III Research Study is to determine frequency of firefighter injuries and the various injury reporting processes. Participants will be asked to complete an online survey at the end of each on-duty shift**. The approximate......

Preparing a will is an uncomfortable reminder of our mortality and surrendering to the inevitable. According to a November 12, 2007, Forbes magazine article, a Harris Interactive survey done for lawyers.com that found that 55% of the general population had no will and those numbers are even......

My name is Marquis Solomon and I am your chairman of the Finance and Audit Committee for your South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. Our committee has six (6) total members, one (1) serves as the Finance and Audit committee chair who also serves as one......

The SC State Firefighters’ Association is now searching for its next Executive Director.  This would be the 6th Director in the 114 year history of the Association and represents the daily leadership position for the 17,500 member organization. The Executive Director’s position is a multi-varied......

This year Fire Prevention Week will take place from October 6th through the 12th.  In most cases, Fire Prevention Week extends to the entire month of October and provides a unique opportunity not only to educate community members, but also to build community equity with those......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association’s Health & Safety Committee and Legislative Committee have collaborated to continue the Association’s Firefighter Cancer Campaign – “This is my fight”. To keep this initiative moving forward, two surveys from SurveyMonkey are being disbursed to our membership.  One survey......

The South Carolina Forestry Commission administers the Volunteer Fire Assistance (VFA) grants program in the Palmetto State, awarding varying amounts of financial assistance to rural/volunteer fire departments every year. The grants are used by the volunteer fire departments to organize, train and equip themselves to......

Over the past year, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association’s 1% staff have been assisting departments across the state to better understand the policies and procedures of the Firemen’s Insurance & Inspection Fund.  After a Legislative Audit Council (LAC) 2018 audit, the Association’s Supervisory Committee......

The 114th annual SC Fire-Rescue Conference is upcoming and your Association is proud to offer online voting for the 4th Vice President election. Fire Chiefs, you have until midnight, June 14th to select your delegates. Delegates must have a good email addresses in the SC......

Today, Tres Atkinson, President of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (SCSFA) along with the Executive Committee; announced the resignation of M. Kyle Minick, Executive Director of the SCSFA, effective Thursday, June 13, 2019. Executive Director Minick stated, “This decision was not taken lightly but......

Long-time Clarendon County Fire Chief, Frances A. Richbourg, officially begins her retirement today from her 40 + years in the fire service. Chief Richbourg began her career as a volunteer firefighter in the late seventies when that department was in its infancy. She was attracted......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is hosting its 36th annual Fire Service Legislative Day. WHO: South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (SCSFA) WHAT: 2019 Fire Service Legislative Day WHERE: Statehouse Grounds (b/t Blatt & Gressette Buildings, under white tent) WHEN: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 10:00......

Dear South Carolina Firefighters, State Fire is gathering information to analyze the nature and culture of injury reporting in South Carolina. As such, we would appreciate your anonymous feedback by completing the statewide Frequency of Reporting Firefighter Injuries online survey. There are 21 quick questions......

MEMBER SERVICES – The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is currently seeking applications for the position of Member Services. The Member Services position works with a highly motivated group of staff and volunteers of a 17,500 member nonprofit organization. This position carries out the mission......

In the fire service we all to often see the results of the decision to drink and drive.  Cutting tangled vehicles apart to get seriously injured adults and children on their way to trauma centers or worse, gaining access to the remains of people so......

A Message from FireSafe South Carolina……    You are invited to the Thursday, Feb. 7 Summit being held at the S.C. Fire Academy Denny Auditorium in Columbia. The daylong event is filled with speakers, vendors, and demonstrations from our national and local partners. Lunch will......

Message from your SCSFA Benefits Committee… Dear South Carolina Firefighter, Great News! The South Carolina Firefighter’s Association (SCFA) has arranged for AirMedCare Network (AMCN) to provide South Carolina Firefighters with a special “firefighters – only” discounted rate.   Annual Membership Fees for South Carolina Firefighter’s......

As a SC State Advocate for the NFFF Everyone Goes Home Program, Rick Dangerfield (N. Charleston Fire) want to ensure as many of our firefighters as possible, receive this opportunity to provide input into the gathering of information that will help improve Firefighter Cardiac Health.......

Preparing a will is an uncomfortable reminder of our mortality and surrendering to the inevitable. According to a November 12, 2007, Forbes magazine article, a Harris Interactive survey done for lawyers.com that found that 55% of the general population had no will and those numbers are even......

The Memorial Service will be held at the Second Baptist Church in Lancaster on Saturday, November 17th commencing at 3:00pm. At 12:45 pm; Engine 501 will leave Lancaster Funeral Home and escort Chief Straight to Charlotte Road/ Van Wyck Fire Department and back to meet with......

The Charlotte Hornets and Novant Health would like to honor all of our First Responders, Fire Personnel, Emergency Medical Personnel, as well as families and friends with a night dedicated just for you. We will recognize the efforts of these brave men and women with......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association (SCSFA) is charged by State Law with the fiduciary responsibility of the Firemen’s Insurance & Inspection Fund. One of the many ways the SCSFA demonstrates their fiduciary responsibility is to conduct yearly audits on member fire department’s Firemen’s Insurance......

Mayor & Administrator attend firefighter quarterly meeting to thank them for assistance during Hurricane Florence Columbia, S. C.: At the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association quarterly training program and business meeting held on Wednesday at the S. C. Fire Academy, the group of nearly 200......

Mark your calendars, September 27th, for the “Kick Off” meeting of the new Officers’ Section sponsored by the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. The meeting will begin at 10:00 A.M. at the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association (112 Westpark Blvd. Columbia 20210)  where ample parking is......

The 2018 Kickoff to Fire Prevention Conference is approaching quickly. You won’t want to miss the 2018 Kickoff to Fire Prevention in Camden, SC September 20-22, 2018. The last day to get the reduced rates at the hotels ends on Friday, August 17th. Call and......

As a reminder the SCSFA  would never contact firefighters directly by any form of communication requesting money for dues or any other reason. We would only contact fire department’s primary contact about department dues. If you have any questions about receiving contact from any SCSFA......

SCFAST has a busy few months ahead. See the following events and we look forward to seeing you there. If you have questions about either event or want to know more about SCFAST, visit scfirefighters.org/FAST or contact the SC FAST State Coordinator, Patti Graham (803-968-9336)  ......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Foundation, which is dedicated to supporting firefighters throughout South Carolina, has received a $5,000 donation from Dominion Energy. Foundation Chairman Chief Jamie Caggiano said, “Donations from our business partners like Dominion Energy are vital for the Foundation’s mission; supportingfirefighters who......

The Society of Fire Protection Engineering is offering 10 scholarships to the fire service so they may attend the North America Conference being held in Nashville, TN.  The scholarship covers registration cost to attend the conference and the conference features a special track the fire......

Most South Carolinians look to the Fire Service as a beacon of hope and a place of safety, security, and trust in some of the most difficult times in their lives.  As members of the South Carolina Fire Service, we wanted to provide you with......

The South Carolina EMS Association, South Carolina Firefighters Association, and DHEC are hosting two Emotional Trauma Life Support courses, taught by Sarah Mielke in August 2018. These unique and intuitive two-day, sixteen hour “modular” training program designed to train Emergency Responders in how to deal with......

Residents in South Carolina now have a new mobile tool to help them be personally prepared for large-scale emergencies, such as hurricanes. The S.C. Emergency Management Division recently unveiled the SC Emergency Manager, a smartphone app designed for users to build their own emergency plans,......

The 113th annual SC Fire-Rescue Conference is less than three weeks away which means delegates will be casting their votes for the 4th Vice President by June 15, 2018, so delegates make sure you cast your votes when you receive your email. These emails will......

  In support of International Fire Sprinkler Day, South Carolina fire service organizations are conducting side by side demonstrations at the following locations and times;      -EdVenture Children’s Museum, 211 Gervais Street, Columbia – 3:30 pm      -Hardeeville Super Walmart, 4400 US Highway 278, Hardeeville – noon    ......

With Department of Homeland Security SAFER proceeds, the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association has been pleased to financially assist fire departments to provide training, fitness for duty physicals, and personal protective equipment for new volunteer firefighters in the following counties: Berkeley Calhoun Laurens Marlboro McCormick......

New Online Course Available! The Functional Fitness for Public Safety online class is an awareness program bringing the elements of wellness and health together. Whether your department is in the beginning stages of building a fitness program, making changes to current policies, or just needs......

Association Members, The South Carolina Firefighters Foundation is reaching out to our Association members, partners, families and friends to consider supporting us in the First Annual Foundation Stair Climb.  This event will consist of a race / climb to the top of tallest building in......

For three years now, the Association has used a feature that allowed registered delegates to cast their vote online for the 4th vice-president position on our Executive Committee. Like previous years, we will only offer online voting for the 4th vice-president position.  That means selected delegates must have a registered email address on......

FY 2019 Hazardous Materials Planning & Training Grant Packages have been mailed.  A copy of the application for the federal Hazardous Materials Emergency Planning (HMEP) grant program has been sent to all South Carolina “Local Emergency Planning Commission” (LEPC) offices. The deadline is May 15,......

The SCSFA First Responders’ Assistance and Support Team (SCFAST) is hosting several new upcoming training programs. ( Description Below)   April 14 and 15 at Sumter Training grounds 0830-1700   (To Enroll in this specific class, email Patti at [email protected]) May 2 and 3 at Greenville City......

SOUTH CAROLINA STATE HOUSING FINANCE AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (SC HOUSING) ANNOUNCES… 12 Years of Housing our Heroes $14 Million Available for the THE 2018 PALMETTO HEROES PROGRAM For POLICE OFFICERS-FIRE FIGHTERS-EMS-TEACHERS–NURSES–VETERANS-ARMY AND AIR NATIONAL GUARD  As of April 2, 2018 4.0% Interest Rate and Up to $6,000 in Down payment assistance  ......

As we approach the final 5 months of the 2013 SAFER grant awarded to the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, opportunities still exist for adding at least 30 new trained firefighters in these counties:     Allendale Bamberg Berkeley Calhoun Chesterfield Dillon Edgefield Hampton Jasper......

Dear Camp ‘Can Do’ volunteer applicant: It is with great pleasure we are hosting the 22nd annual Camp ‘Can’ Do. Thank you for your interest in volunteering for Camp this summer. Camp ‘Can’ Do would not be possible without volunteers such as yourself. Camp ‘Can’......

The 5th Annual Walk Like MADD Saturday, April 14th, 2018   For years I have been promoting the fire service’s participation in regional and state MADD functions.  It is the firefighters and medics who must deal with the carnage on our roadways as a result......

We have received the following notification from FEMA indicating the Fire Prevention and Safety (FP&S) Program application period is open through Senator Graham’s office: This serves as notification that the application period for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Fiscal......

The SC State Firefighters Association is happy to announce the hiring of Ernest “Brick” Lewis as the new Director of Administration for the Association.  Brick comes to the Association from the Columbia Fire Department where he served as the department PIO. Brick’s duties will be......

We are sorry to inform you of the passing of a great friend and fire service icon, Harry Girtman. Harry was long a fixture of the Academy and of the Instructors Society, was irreplaceable, and certainly now will be missed. Shives Funeral Services of Columbia......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is currently seeking applications for the position of TRAINING and EVENTS COORDINATOR.  The T&E Coordinator works with a highly motivated group of staff and volunteers in helping coordinate and provide logistics for programs of a 17,500 member not for......

Come support Columbia MADD by walking.  Get a group together and come out on April 14, 2018. For more information and registration, go to www.walklikemadd.org/columbia or call (803) 748-7333 2018 WLM TEAM FLYER...

The Association is happy to announce the promotion of Ashley Boltin to the position of Director of Operations for the SC State Firefighters’ Association.  Ashley has been with the Association for 10 years and has held many positions offering her a unique opportunity to experience......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is currently seeking applications for the position of EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR.  The Executive Director leads a highly motivated group of staff and volunteers which oversees the operation and administration of a 17,500 member not for profit organization.  The Executive Director......

We are pleased to announce that Proviso 62.23 funding for 2018 has been received. Our Association efforts to prevent, train and financially help our members with “PTSD” continues to grow FAST Team members and the Association extend our thanks to the General Assembly for one again......

During 2018 Fire Service Improvement Conference (FSI) on January 20, I was afforded the opportunity to speak with our membership on an upcoming change to our Training & Education (T&E) Fee assessment.  As many of our members know, the Fireman’s Insurance & Inspection Fund (1%)......

NFA’s Command and Control for Incident Operations March 19 – 24, 2018 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. SCFA Columbia Campus During this free six-day NFA course, fire officers are introduced to the Incident Command System (ICS), and study proper command techniques for control and extinguishment......

Electronics are a very big spend for services and getting the right equipment is very important, Savvik Buying Group has an excellent program with TKK on rugged laptops and tablets already bid and awarded on our RFB #2017-05 and we have a vast selection to fit your......

The SCSFA is going mobile as it is soliciting bids for a trailer mounted mobile digital message board. Approval for acquiring the mobile message board came as a result of a recent amendment to our 2013 SAFER grant through the Department of Homeland Security. The......

By Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator Nearly 40 years ago on December 27th the City of Lancaster, South Carolina experienced the tragic loss of eleven inmates who died in a rapidly spreading fire in its county jail.  According to James R. Bell, a member of......

In February 2018, State Fire is offering a free NFA course at the South Carolina Fire Academy. Residential Sprinkler Plan Review provides primary guidance for the approval of residential sprinkler systems including National Fire Protection Association 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, NFPA......

  As grant year 3 was nearing completion, we received permission to extend the proceeds of our SAFER grant for additional firefighters into an additional 5 counties of South Carolina. Those counties are: Dillon, Edgefield, Marion, Saluda, and Williamsburg. These areas are largely rural and......

A recent amendment to our 2013 Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Responders grant is providing additional opportunities for communicating the need of volunteer firefighting personnel. These notices seek Request for Proposals for 2 separate activities-conducting a fire service needs assessment......

At Nelson Mullins and Blackbaud, Inc. we appreciate the extraordinary sacrifices made by firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians every day.  In an effort to show our appreciation for their efforts and sacrifices, we offer the Wills for Heroes Program. The program offers first response......

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is seeking a highly motivated person to join the team of member service professionals by adding the new position of Director of Operations. The Director of Operations reports directly to the Executive Director and supports the advocacy, education, safety,......

  I was pleased to update attendees at our SC State Firefighters’ Association fall quarterly meeting last week at the South Carolina Fire Academy on the current status of our 2013 SAFER grant for recruitment and retention of volunteer firefighters. The intent of the grant......

Carter Jones, Special Projects Coordinator, attended the Annual Board Meeting of the National Fire Heritage Center on October 9, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.  Jones presented several items to the Heritage Center on behalf of the S. C. State Firefighters’ Association.        (Pictured left to......

DATE CORRECTION NFA’s course offering of “Who Protects Firefighters from Firefighters” will take place December 7 – 8 at the South Carolina Fire Academy. NOT December 15 – 16, as previously advertised. Course Information: http://www.scfa.state.sc.us/PDF/2017/NFA%20Who%20Saves%20Firefighters%20from%20Firefighters.pdf Note: In order to proceed with offering the course on its assigned date, the......

Please join the Association Executive Committee and Staff, in our remembrance of the passing on Sunday October first, of our friend, mentor, and Past President Skip Hannon. Past President Hannon had to come SC from Pennsylvania with Mack Trucks of Winnsboro.  But he quickly he became a......

Do you want to stay healthy and on the job? A single sneeze can spread a 100,000 germs! Be educated, Be prepared and take precautions. Educate yourself on Flu and common cold facts..   Avoid the crud by using 3 easy steps….Flu Vaccine   Have......

The S.C. Fire Academy has an incredible Fall course lineup scheduled. You really need to check them out and register early. Here are just some:   Best Practices in Community Risk Reduction Class date: Oct 23-24, 2017 (The final deadline for registration is Oct. 9) Due......

PLEASE BE AWARE: Recently Equifax announced that their computer servers were compromised and thieves hacked the personal information for 143 million U.S. families. As a courtesy, we wanted to remind you that you have access to the comprehensive ID Theft protection benefit, ID Shield at......

Please plan to join us on both the 9/11 Evening of Remembrance and on September 15, 2017 for the Tunnel2Towers SC run-walk. We hope you join us and meet your first responders, military service members, veterans from the Dorn VA Hospital, USC’s ROTC, and our......

  South Carolina State Fire is hosting Fire Scene 2017 at the South Carolina Fire Academy September 16-17. This two-day event provides an opportunity for firefighters of all levels of experience to further their careers through a variety of courses. The featured course this year......

South Carolina Fire Academy is partnering with Maryland Fire Rescue Institute to offer Fire Officer III to members of the state’s fire service. The course dates include Sept. 25-29 (1st week) and Oct. 16-20 (2nd week). The course objective is to provide students with the knowledge, skills, and abilities necessary to address the......

I hope everyone has enjoyed their summer to this point.  I know all our member departments are anticipating receiving their 2017 Firemen’s Insurance & Inspection Fund distribution.  I would like to inform you of some changes for the Firemen’s Insurance & Inspection Fund. First, an......

Among the many joys of my life as a son, brother, husband, father, and Papa there is another-serving Greenville County and the State of South Carolina as a Paramedic and Firefighter. This pathway was instilled in my life by the wonderful examples of my parents,......

 Second Quarter 2017 Market Commentary Market Summary:  Thankfully the stock market has forward-looking tendencies, as the prospect of double-digit growth in corporate profits easily overshadowed an increasingly partisan political climate in the second quarter. S&P 500 stocks gained 3.1% during the period, bringing the S&P......

By: Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator Soon after being employed by the Firefighters’ Association in 2014, this writer discovered at the State Archives a Petition of Incorporation for “The S. C. Volunteer Firemen’s Association”, dated June 6, 1898. It is petitioned by eleven (11) individuals,......

by Firefighter Matthew Going, Firefighting seems like a glorious profession to have and a honorable way to volunteer. There is a ton of camaraderie in the fire service. It gives us a sense of belonging, of worth. You get to wear the badge proudly, wear the......

Last month at the Fire Rescue Conference, the Association launched the “This is my fight” campaign in an effort to help prevent cancer among South Carolina’s firefighters.  The purpose of this campaign is to create greater awareness about the risk of cancer and show how......

I would like to take this time to thank our members and their guests who attended the 112th SCSFA Fire-Rescue Conference.  Your staff is already diligently preparing for the 2018 SCSFA Fire-Rescue Conference to be held in Columbia, SC.  There will be many exciting new......

The SC Firefighers’ Foundation is excited about our new fundraising app. With it we are shooting to raise 1 million dollars to support firefighters and their families. The app only cost $25.00, but when you use it to purchase things you normally buy at over......

Good Afternoon, We are pleased to announce an update for the 2017 Pre-Disaster Mitigation (PDM) and Flood Mitigation Assistance (FMA) grant programs. Congress has allocated $100 million towards PDM and $175 million for FMA. The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is assessing how they will......

The 2017 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant application period is open for a few more weeks, and we would appreciate your help in making sure eligible departments in South Carolina know about the program. These are no-match grants of up to $10,000 that fund needed gear......

The Firefighters’ Foundation was a great initiative of our Association that is now 17 years old. The Trustees are working hard to create new ideas to empower you to help your fellow firefighters in good times and bad, the sole reason for the Foundation to......

Probably one of the most famous fire horses in our state’s history was Old Joe of Newberry. In 1902, a freight train with livestock rolled into the town of Newberry, and in the car was a large Kentucky bay gelding standing “16 hands high and......

 “Reaching Out”, Helping our Own, is a program presented by our South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, in cooperation with the South Carolina Fire Academy, the National Fallen Firefighters’ Foundation and the South Carolina Department of Mental Health, to address the behavioral health needs of our......

South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Life Safety Education Section PRESS RELEASE March 22, 2016 Fire Fatalities Far Outpacing Past Years – Action Needed! As of March 21, South Carolina has experienced 40 fire deaths this year. Firefighters everywhere stand with the S.C. State Fire Marshal......

Shaw Air Force Base Fire Dept. will host Dr. Mike Clumpner for a one day lecture on Joint Response to Active Shooter Events on  June 1st at the USC Sumter-Nettles Auditorium. It’s open to all Fire/Police/EMS/EM/EOD/Dispatchers/School & Hospital Admin.  Click here for the announcement and......

The conference delegate selection process is now open.  Like the previous two years, we will offer online voting for the 4th vice-president position.  That means selected delegates must have a registered email address on their membership profile in the Association Member Management System (MMS, online database).......

Please read the attached notice from the Palmetto 800 Radio Network. P-25 Letter 03-07-17 Date:                March 7, 2017 To:                   All Palmetto 800 System Users From:               George Crouch Subject:            Palmetto 800 P25 Upgrades “Immediate......

Several departments are utilizing their one percent funds to cover their employees 100%. Career and Volunteer firefighters have the risk of suffering a work related injury. Worker’s Compensation covers 66% of a career employee’s salary and an estimated $186 per week for volunteers. Most firefighters......

We hope you will join us on March 8, 2017 for the Annual Fire Service Legislative Day. You can view the latest legislative updates HERE. Time:     10:00-2:00 Location: Statehouse Grounds (look for the white tent on the north side of Blatt Building) Lunch......

The American Towing & Recovery Institute is hosting a 2-day Fire-Rescue-Tow Cross Training course in Myrtle Beach, May 17-18, 2017.   This program features nationally known extrication expert Ron Moore and towing and recovery instructor, Wes Wilburn.  Click here for information and registration form....

By: Carter Jones Special Projects Coordinator January 16, 2017 Each day I am challenged and inspired by the stories of people from our past and even the present whose lives reveal uncommon sacrifice, commitment to service, bravery, and the silent spirit of servant leadership. In......

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A few months ago I wrote a story about the line of duty death of a young teenage fireman, Thomas Bramlett, from the City of Laurens which occurred back in 1889.  This story would have been lost to time had it not been for the......

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Join us in Myrtle Beach for the annual Fire Rescue Conference. For a list of events, HOT class, speakers and so much more, visit our conference website at firerescuesc.org....

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Chief Gene Rushing (Retired) Died Saturday December 17th 2016 at his residence after a long illness. Chief Rushing was a member of Estill Fire Department for over 38 years. He was Fire Chief of Estill and Hampton County Fire Service, a Fire Academy Instructor for......

From the Berkley County Fire Chiefs Association: The Pimlico and Whitesville Fire Departments regret to announce the passing of Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal Jeffery A. Worsham. Viewing services will be held on Friday, December 16th from 6pm until 8pm at J. Henry Stuhr Funeral......

As a firefighter on the fire line during the Pinnacle Mountain Fire in upstate South Carolina, I was privileged to witness the amazing coordination and cooperation among local, state, and federal resources but in all my years as a firefighter, the outstanding contribution by so......

The 2017 Fire Service Improvement Conference will be held at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, downtown Columbia on January 27-29, 2017. The event is free to all members, but registration is required. Tim Sendelbach, Editor-in-Chief of Firehouse, will be presenting two programs on leadership. Other......

Everyone is watching carefully as the events continue to unfold in Oakland California. Here in the Palmetto State we would be remiss if we didn’t take a moment to consider such an event and whether or not it could possibly happen here. Fire Officials statewide......

As of October 1, 2016, the State of South Carolina has provided all Sworn Law Enforcement Officers, all Volunteer and Career Firefighters and Emergency Medical Responders funds to help those suffering from stress related incident based behavioral health issues.  The funds are to provide coverage......

Greenville Technical College will be offering another Firefighter/EMT Cadet program this Spring Semester. The cadet program this Fall has been a huge success! This 18 week, Monday through Friday delivery has significantly increased student competency. The consistency has allowed additional training opportunities we were unable to achieve......

Fall Program and Meeting Agenda South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association S.C. Fire Academy – Denny Auditorium – 10:00 am November 2, 2016 Welcome and Opening Remarks – Skip Hannon Invocation – Rev. Gary Rogers Pledge of Allegiance Program “Historic Fires…Their Impact and Lessons Learned” Robert......

This is an exciting time for firefighters across our country. More mainstream departments and organizations are accepting web-based education as a method to reach firefighters for continuous training and education. Offerings in web based training are growing. In South Carolina, we have been blessed with......

South Carolina 811 will be hosting a Sporting Clay Tournament on Thursday, October 27 (postponed from original date because of Hurricane Matthew). The proceeds will be donated to the SC Firefighters’ Foundation. You can view the flyer in PDF ...

Firefighters in South Carolina have been great leaders in the quest to keep children safe in motor vehicles. Currently, there are 40 fire stations that are car seat inspection stations where certified child passenger safety technicians provide assistance while educating caregivers on proper child restraint......

Due to the weather activities of Hurricane Matthew and ongoing clean-up, rescues, power outages and rising of rivers, we have decided to POSTPONE our quarterly meeting until Wednesday, November 2, 2016. The Leadership Institute graduation will also be postponed until November 2nd. We are sorry for the delay, but we......

During Hurricane Matthew, or any major fire service event, it is important to remember that deployment to affected areas should be conducted through the South Carolina fire services established Mobilization plan and system. SC Firefighter Mobilization was established to provide assistance in major events and......

SC Mutual Aid Channel 03 on the Palmetto 800 radio system (SCMA03) has been assigned to Kershaw County. Fire Departments sending apparatus are asked to use this channel for coordination. A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help with the funeral expenses.......

Almost 100 years after the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association was started in 1905, it sponsored the S.C. State Firefighters’ Foundation. The date was July 11, 2001. And the Foundation’s purpose was simple: support firefighters and their families, and better inform the public about the accomplishments......

Out of the City of Laurens comes the sad account of a story that surely would have been lost to antiquity were it not for the recent resolve of that community’s firefighters. So, let’s go back in time to the beginning. Earliest mention of an......

Students who train at the S.C. Fire Academy or the National Fire Academy can use that experience towards a degree from Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College....

Have you ever considered biometric and physiological monitoring devices in PPE that keep an eye on the well-being of fire fighters as they make their way down a dark and smoky hallway? What about  using heads-up displays in your face piece to track progress on a layout......

The 2nd Annual Fallen Fireman 5K Run/Walk is open for registration by visiting http://racesonline.com/events/jeff-chavis-5k. The Fallen Fireman 5K is in Memory of Jeff Chavis Oct. 1st, 2016 at 10:00 AM supports the Jeffrey Vaden Chavis House at the Burn Center at Doctors Hospital in Augusta,......

In January of 2015 I shared my research in an article, “Brotherhood Transcends Civil War”, about the benevolence of the New York Firemen’s Association when they purchased a hose carriage for the Independent Hose Co. of Columbia to help in replacing apparatus destroyed by General......

As many are already aware, the state of West Virginia received severe flooding on June 23-24, 2016. Several fire departments lost their ability to respond and help their communities. Tom Miller, with the West Virginia State Firemen’s Association, has requested help for the fire departments......

This year, as part of the 2016 Fire Rescue communications plan, our team will be using multiple media channels to bring you up-to-date information and “the flare” of the conference. We wanted ways for all firefighters and guests to experience the events and happenings throughout......

Announcing SC Fire Training on the web, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram—Four great ways to share training resources and information!  In 2012, a development team was formed to look at ways of providing continuing education and training resources to the fire service in South Carolina. Out......

Although all proposals to eliminate home fire sprinklers from the 2018 International Residential Code (IRC) were rejected by the IRC Committee at the April public hearing, an “Assembly Motion” was made for proposal RB129-16. The assembly motion requires a supplemental vote by ICC members, and......

Special interests in Washington, D.C., have pushed for years for longer and heavier tractor-trailers. While trucks play a vital role for our state’s economy, we as first responders know that bigger and heavier trucks would add new dangers to our highways as well as more......

Recognizing that more can be done to prevent fire fatalities in the State of South Carolina, your Firefighters’ Association has taken a historical step forward and has added its first ever section! The Life Safety Education Section stands to serve you and those you protect......

The S.C. Firefighter Foundation is excited to be participating in Midlands Gives again this year. Last year we raised almost $3,000. Help us double that amount this year by sharing this image and on May 3, use this link to donate: https://midlandsgives.org/npo/sc-state-firefighters-foundation...

For two years now, the Association has used a feature that allowed registered delegates to cast their vote online for the 4th vice-president position on our Executive Committee. Like last year, we will only offer online voting for the 4th vice-president position.  That means selected......

This year, for the first time, a new training is being offered during the Firefighters’ Association Conference in Myrtle Beach. Children’s Trust and DHEC are hosting a Child Passenger Safety Technician (CPST) certification class on June 7-9 and a renewal class for technicians whose certification......

The State of South Carolina is rich in resources to train our state firefighters. In an effort to provide a framework for these resources the Training and Education Committee was tasked with developing a training pathway. The vision of the pathway was to develop a......

The Association is excited to announce the hiring of two new staff members. Mr. Rick Dunn and Ms. Jenna Pritchett will be joining our team starting April 4, 2016. Rick is no stranger to our state’s fire service. He retired from the Columbia FD as......

UPDATE Fire Truck Parking Fire Trucks attending the funeral for Christopher Gene Ray of Conway S.C. Fire Department need to report to Beach Church (557 George Bishop Pkwy, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579) by 9:30 am for apparatus placement. The service will begin at 11:00 am.......

Feb. 29, 2016 PRESS RELEASE COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Directors of the S.C. Firefighters’ Foundation are pleased to announce the appointment of Brigadier General Phil Leventis (retired) as Director of Development. Leventis, who also retired from the S.C. Senate after 32 years representing Sumter, Clarendon......

Award Recognitions for last year’s flood response are due by this Friday February 26, 2016! Since last year’s flooding event, the Association has learned that many fire departments performed significant water rescue missions. There were numerous missions to preserve life throughout the state and the Association......

Fire deaths and injuries occur every day, and most of these tragedies take place in the home. However, over the years some of the saddest and most dramatic heartbreaks have occurred in other types of occupancies which resulted in significant loss of life. In the......

The S.C. State Firefighters’ Association’s F.A.S.T. Team will be presenting a Peer Training Class hosted by the North Charleston Fire Department and the Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team on March 28th and 31st, 2016. The class will begin at 8:00 a.m. and will conclude at 5:00......

The mission of the South Carolina Society of Fire Service Instructors is to encourage safety; promote quality and professionalism; help develop, deliver, and maintain effective fire service training in the State of South Carolina. The SCSFSI will recognize excellence in instruction at the June 2016......

February 8, 2016 Palmetto 800 Users, On November 30, 2015 the State of South Carolina signed a new contract with Motorola Solutions extending the Palmetto 800 system contract until June 30, 2023. The new contract includes updating the Palmetto 800’s almost twenty year old technology......

Since last year’s flooding event, the Association has learned that many fire departments performed significant water rescue missions. There were numerous missions to preserve life throughout the state and the Association wants to recognize first responders in front of our elected officials at a ceremony......

February 9th marks the 43rd anniversary of the “Snowstorm of the Century” in South Carolina. Many of our readers were not even born then, and the significance of that snow event has been lost but only to linger in the memories of those who experienced......

Representative Chip Huggins from Lexington District 85 has filled three bills in the House that, if passed, will allow volunteer firefighters to get free DNR hunting licenses, free entrance into the State Museum and free entrance into any State Park.  This is a great way for......

The tension generated between life in rural/country small town settings and life within big cities has long been a theme of literature and was often noted among agents of romanticism, rationalism, and classicism. Delivered in stage plays and poetry by literary greats such as Shakespeare,......

For days prior to October 1, 2015, forecasters predicted an unusual weather phenomenon was taking shape over the United States that likely would combine with several systems, as well as a plume of tropical moisture from Hurricane Joaquin, that would train heavy amounts of rain......

Fire department physicals are important, and I hope your department is one of the many in South Carolina that offers physicals for their firefighters. Clarendon County Fire Department recently had our annual physicals with North Greenville Fitness. Hopefully our results will be favorable, and we......

  Sumter County, SC (WLTX) – Several first responders were flood victims themselves, but in the time of trouble instead of worrying about their situation, they helped others. That’s why the South Carolina Firefighters’ Foundation has raised $17,500 for 20 South Carolina firefighters who suffered loss......

The S.C. Fire Academy is seeking students for the new Technical Rescuer (3310) pilot on January 20-22, 2016 at the Columbia campus. This revised program, when combined with the Introduction to Technical Rescue (3309) provides the students with the foundation to technical rescue and meets......

The S.C. State Firefighters’ Association, as a state member of the NVFC, is pleased to announce, promote, and lend our support to the NVFC’s volunteer recruitment campaign, “Make Me A Firefighter.” South Carolina fire departments needing assistance in their recruiting efforts are encouraged to visit......

HELP US HELP YOU! Please ask the fire chief(s) or designees within your jurisdiction to complete the U.S. Fire Service Needs Assessment survey as soon as possible, and ensure that the U.S. Congress and USFA know where to allocate AFG funding among U.S. fire departments.......

S.C. Fire Service, Today, the S.C. Fire Academy is making available online its Introduction to Technical Rescue (3309) course. This certificate course awards two hours of transcript credit and introduces the emergency responder to technical rescue. For Introduction to Technical Rescue (3309) enrollment information, click......

Folks, The application period for the second semester of National Fire Academy resident classes opened October 15. The application period closes December 15. The second semester includes those classes scheduled from April 1 – September 30, 2016. December 15th is also the closing date for......

Please help us spread the word! The Greenville County Fire Chiefs Association is conducting a boot drive on November 23 to support firefighters effected by the recent flooding.  Donations collected that day will be given to the S.C. Firefighter Foundation....

These Requests For Proposal (RFP) by the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association invites written proposals from qualified vendors to provide Fitness for Duty Physicals and Personal Protective Equipment for individuals of member departments of the Association involved in a program of volunteer firefighter recruitment resulting......

Please join us in remembering the husband of our F.A.S.T. Coordinator Ms. Patti Johns. Our continued thoughts and prayers are with the family. ~ Joe Palmer From the Bullock Funeral Home Website: Obituary Edward Charles Johns, Jr., age 57, beloved husband of 20 years to......

At Nelson Mullins and K&L Gates we appreciate the extraordinary sacrifices made by firefighters, police, and emergency medical technicians every day. In an effort to show our appreciation for their efforts and sacrifices, we offer the Wills for Heroes Program. The program offers first response......

Thank you for the continued support from around the state in response to the catastrophic flooding experienced over the last several days. Many of you have helped in so many ways, and we can’t say thank you enough. From the S.C. Firefighter Foundation We have been made aware of......

Our office is CLOSED today, Monday, October 5 due to the severe weather and flood conditions in Columbia and surrounding areas.  If you need to speak with a staff member, please call our direct extensions, and leave a voicemail. Voicemails left on our office phone......

I would like to take a moment to thank our Past President Will Vaigneur for his leadership during the past year and for another great conference. Through his efforts, I know that his theme of “Fully-Involved Membership” will resonate for many years to come. Also,......

Very recently I stumbled across a bit of South Carolina fire service history that captivated my attention which caused me to pursue additional research into some of the early methods of alerting our ancestors to the alarm of fire. We have all read over the......

Two Sisters Travel is back and sharing more exclusive discounts for you and your family on Royal Caribbean, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, and other top vacation destinations. And when you book a vacation with Two Sisters Travel you’ll get more for your money with complimentary......

First responders must face the unknown every day. They never get warnings of what they’ll face. Share your support with #nowarningforptsd #ptsd [youtube]https://youtu.be/GCXWuBYTwI0[/youtube]...

Instructor: Michael P. Dallessandro Target Audience: Upcoming officers and leaders of all volunteer or small combination fire departments in the age bracket of 18-28. However, all fire service members are welcome to attend. Course Description: The American fire service has done an exceptional job of......

We hope you will join us for a discussion of the 1% retirement plan portfolio on Tuesday, August 11 at 1:00 pm. The Abacus team will make a 20 minute presentation on the investments in the retirement portfolio and our current economic outlook. We will......

The South Carolina Fire Academy’s online learning community is pleased to announce the availability of the new course, PhotoVoltaic (PV) 101. Because of recent legislation, South Carolina will see an increase in Photovoltaic and solar energy systems. This 30-minute online class will assist the responding......

Arrangements for FF Tyron Weston are as follows: · Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 30, 2015 at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home, 2930 Colonial Drive from 6:00pm until 8:00pm · Funeral Service will be held at 11:00am on Friday July 31, 2015 at Bibleway Church......

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......

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......

Thank you Chief Wyatt Coleman for sharing this story with us.  We received a call Tuesday, June 23 at 16:40 from Lexington County dispatch stating we had a water flow alarm going off at Abberly Village Apartments. The caller said he saw fire outside on......

As a Chief Officer I’m always on the lookout for professional development opportunities for members of my department and for myself. Over the years I have been very fortunate to send members to and to attend numerous classes, seminars, conferences, and programs to enhance our......

From our friends at the National Volunteer Fire Council: The 2015 Georgia-Pacific Bucket Brigade grant application period is open for a few more weeks, and we would appreciate your help in making sure eligible departments in South Carolina know about the program. These are no-match......

We are excited to offer a LIVE web stream of all the main events during Fire-Rescue. Please review the schedule below and tune in at scfirefighters.org/live. LIVE Schedule for the 2017 Annual Fire-Rescue Conference: Thursday, June 15 9:00-11:00 Opening Ceremonies 1:00-2:00 Business sessions   Friday, June......

Conference Delegates: Please review the diagram below for instructions on how to vote online for 4th vice-president (more information on the candidates HERE). Also, please review the proposed by-laws changes before you come to the conference. You can read the full text HERE....

The South Carolina Office of Rural Health will be awarding tuition assistance to individuals in rural counties who are receiving instruction in Emergency Medical Technology in June 2015. Applicants are reviewed competitively and awards will be made on the thoroughness of the application, applicants location in......

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......

Josh Dunn is joining the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association as a summer intern. Josh’s primary focus will be assisting the SCSFA’s Recruitment and Retention efforts and other tasks benefiting our association and its members. Josh will be contacting department Chiefs (or designees) who completed......

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......

The S.C. Firefighter Foundation is excited to be participating in the 2015 Midlands Gives event happening on May 5.  This 24-hour period of online giving is designed to create awareness of local non-profits, and to generate new, online gifts by using the power of social......

The funeral services for Mr. Jim Bowie will be held at 1:30 PM on Sunday, April 26, 2015 at the following location: Chapin Presbyterian Church 600 Old Lexington Hwy Chapin, S.C. 29036 http://chapinpres.org/ The family is requesting fire service personnel wear class A uniforms. Further......

Last Friday marked the two year anniversary of the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas that killed ten firefighters and three EMS responders. I had the opportunity today to sit in on a panel discussion of the events that lead up to that tragedy and......

During this National Volunteer Week 2015, I extend my humblest gratitude to the men and women of our state’s volunteer fire and emergency services who on a daily basis, without fanfare or applause, meet the needs of the ill and injured as well as those......

From our friends at the Fire and Life Safety Education Association: We have a diverse agenda with a terrific combination of well-know national speakers and other fire and life safety speakers from the southeast.  The registration and hotel reservations must be made by Friday, April......

Last year, the Association implemented a new feature that allowed registered delegates to cast their vote online for the 4th vice-president position on our Executive Committee. The response was great and the majority of delegates voted by this new method. We did allow delegates without......

In today’s socio-economic dynamic with our nation’s financial downturn impacting households, communities are reeling with the loss of members from their local volunteer fire department. In homes where multiple wage earners are now often holding more than one job, fire departments are competing for familial......

As the SC Firefighter Assistance and Support Team grows, we are fortunate to continually add exceptional individuals who ensure this program’s success. It is with great pride that I announce Tim Walters and Matthew Bernacchi, both serving in the City of Myrtle Beach Fire Department,......

by: Rev. Doug Farmer Chaplain, Lowcountry Firefighter Support Team I am often asked by my fellow clergy who serve in parish ministry what public service chaplaincy involves. Working with law enforcement agencies invariably entails calls to unexpected death scenes; homicide, suicide, traffic fatalities, and other......

The South Carolina Fire Academy recently achieved accreditation through the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard), which provides further acknowledgement of the quality instruction and leadership being provided to the fire service. Entities achieving accreditation through ProBoard are recognized as having met the......

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......

Visitation for Kenneth Michael Stanton will be Wednesday, February 18, 2015 from 5:00pm-9:00pm at the Sosebee Funeral Home located at 401 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621. The funeral home contact number is 864-296-5656. The funeral home will be open for the entire night for......

South Carolina State Firefighters’ Retirement Webinar Join us for a webinar on Feb 24, 2015 at 1:00 PM EST. Register now! https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6838853837528562434 Join Abacus Planning Group for a discussion of the retirement plan portfolio and economic outlook. Abacus will make a brief presentation and then......

For your information: FEMA’s Fiscal Year 2014 SAFER (Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response) Grant Program and Fiscal Year 2014 FP&S (Fire Prevention and Safety) Grant Program will soon open for applications. The FY 2014 SAFER Program will open on Monday, February 9, 2015......

As a thank you for your dedicated service, Royal Caribbean, Sandals & Beaches Resorts, and other top vacation destinations are offering exclusive discounts for firefighters & their families. Two Sisters Travel is also offering up to $50 onboard ship credit or spending money, as an added bonus when you......

During the most recent EMS Committee meeting held at the Association office, DHEC representatives unveiled a new Drug Formulary for emergency medical response agencies. We have provided that document in PDF for your use and distribution. SC Drug Formulary 1-2015...

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......

Medical University of South Carolina & South Carolina Firefighters’ Burned Children’s Fund Burn Awareness/Fire Prevention Education Grants The Burned Children’s Fund welcomes grant applications from members of fire service, injury prevention, and health care organizations. Any agency/organization is eligible to apply for these grants, with priority......

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......

The funeral arrangements for Myrtle Beach FD Lt John Burns are as follows: Visitation: Thursday December 4, 2014 (4pm -7pm) Goldfinch Funeral Home 606 Beaty Street Conway, South Carolina 29526 Funeral: Friday December, 5 2014 (12pm) St. John The Baptist Greek Orthodox Church 3301 33rd......

As the year comes to an end, would you consider a donation to the Firefighter Foundation of South Carolina? During the last several years, Foundation donations have been in steady decline, and so we need your help as we continue to encourage regular giving.  The......

From the desk of Chief Butch Womack: Attention all South Carolina Firefighters, Please join us during the week of December 8 – 13, 2014 for Red Kettle Week. We will be joining  forces with The Salvation Army to ring the bell at various locations during......

Join the Be The Match registry! For thousands with blood cancers like leukemia or others like sickle cell anemia, a marrow transplant is their only hope for life.  Learn more HERE.    ...

The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to serve as Disaster Action Team Volunteers. These positions are needed around the state. The Red Cross Disaster Action Team volunteers respond to disasters in the local community, around the clock, 365 days a year. They......

President Will Vaigneur has offered the theme for the 2015 S.C. Fire Rescue Conference. He offered: “My theme has always been “Fully Involved Membership.”  Now what that means to me is that we provide educational and training opportunities that will benefit our membership no matter......

The American Red Cross is in need of volunteers to serve as Donor Ambassadors and Transportation Specialist. Donor Ambassadors are needed to welcome and greet donors, escort them as necessary and assist with hospitality after donation.  Initial training is required as well as a background......

The Association’s Firefighter Assistance and Support Team (F.A.S.T.) is beginning a new initiative to form a Wives’ Peer Team in various locations around the state to train and enable wives to be peers to the wives and significant others of our firefighters/first responders in their......

Please see the attached proclamation signed by Gov. Nikki R. Haley proclaiming Oct. 5-11 as Fire Prevention Week. The theme this year is “Working Smoke Alarms Saves Lives: Test Yours Every Month!” View proclamation in PDF...

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......

The Lugoff Fire-Rescue will be hosting a free Fire Prevention Expo at Lugoff-Elgin High School Front Parking Lot on October 4, 2014 from 10AM-12 PM. This event will be the kick-off for the National Fire Prevention Week October 6-10, 2014. This year’s fire prevention theme......

WOW! What a great turnout for the 109th Fire-Rescue Conference.  I would like to thank everyone that attended this year’s Firemen’s Insurance & Inspection Fund Seminar.  We had tremendous participation, and I hope the attendees gained some information they were able to share with their......

It is a pleasure to report the past year has been very productive in the area of Member Benefits. Our focus has been to research and obtain more living benefits to be added in conjunction with our rich death benefits already offered to our members.......

In my first correspondence with the membership, I would like to thank Past-President Jonathan Jones for a great year as president and putting on a great conference.  It has been an honor working with him for the past six years, and I look forward to......

The Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT) is a national grassroots organization that opposes efforts at all levels of government to make trucks longer and heavier. CABT includes state and local law enforcement agencies, state, county and local government leaders, fire fighters and first responders, safety......

In the fire service, we always stress training and being physically fit.  How are we preparing our firefighters mentally?  We stress saving our own.  Well, it’s time that we stepped up to the plate.  No one knows your brother like you do.  Most of the......

The 2nd Annual BFF Blitz, sponsored by Southeastern Firefighters Burn Foundation, Clear Channel Media and WJBF News will occur Thurs., September 11th,  5 – 7 p.m.    This year’s theme will focus on honoring local heroes – firefighters and EMS.  Last year, the Burn Foundation raised......

Do you recall the last time you saw your fellow first responder hurting? Many of us know how painful it is to watch and not know what to do, or how to help. Maybe you tried, you reached out to help and then wondered if......

Jim Flanagan Background Information Jim Flanagan was a Captain and Training Officer for the Florence Fire Department.   He was an active fire instructor for the S.C. Fire Academy and was involved throughout the Pee Dee area in assisting fire departments with their programs.  He was......

Life lessons from a great leader… Last week notification was received that retired Fire Chief Billy L. Hendricks had peacfully passed away at his home after battling a long illness.  Only a few in the fire service today still remember the Chief and most have......

We are excited to announce that our Member Services Specialist, Ms. Patti Johns has been selected as the Association Retention Coordinator. Patti officially begins her new responsibilities on August 7, 2014. This position will focus on the retention of fire service personnel within South Carolina......