Chief Alvin Payne joined the Myrtle Beach Fire Department in 1979. In his 37 years with the department, he has risen through the ranks to become the City’s Fire Chief in April 2002.
Chief Payne was promoted from a Firefighter to a Fire Engineer in 1982. In 1987 he was promoted to Lieutenant and in 1992 he was promoted to a Shift Captain position. In 1996 that position was upgraded to a Battalion Chief position. He was a shift commander for 10 years before being promoted to the Chief’s position in April of 2002. During his tenure as Chief, the Myrtle Beach Fire Department improved their ISO rating from a Class 3 to become the 42nd Class 1 department in the country.
He has twice been awarded the department’s Officer of the Year Award, in 1991 he was awarded the city’s Public Safety Employee of the Year Award, in 1992 he received the South Carolina’s Meritorious Action Award and in 2015 was awarded the Fritz Turner award by the South Carolina Fire Chief’s Association. He is currently Past President of the South Carolina Fire Chiefs’ Association, a Past President of the SC Firefighters Association, a Past President of the Horry- Georgetown Fire Chief’s Association, a member of the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Committee, a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, a member of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, and a member of the South Carolina Fire Chiefs’ Association.