A Message from Governor Nikki Haley

Governor Nikki Haley has announced Robert “Bert” Polk as the next State Fire Marshal. Polk has more than 40 years of experience in fire and emergency services, and has most recently served as the Fire Chief for the Pinellas Suncoast Fire & Rescue District in Florida. Currently a resident of Columbia, S.C., Polk previously served as South Carolina’s Fire Marshal under Governor Jim Hodges from 2000 to 2003.
“With over 40 years of fire service experience, Bert Polk is the right person to step in and continue the great work Chief Ray has been doing for our state,” said Gov. Nikki Haley. “His expertise will bring the right balance of common sense and knowledge of the necessary safety precautions to the position – two things that will serve the citizens and businesses of South Carolina extremely well.”
Polk has degrees in Fire Administration and Management, has attended the Executive Fire Officer Program through the National Fire Academy, and is recognized by the National Fire Protection Association as a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.
"I would like to thank Governor Haley for the opportunity to continue the initiatives in place and to work with the state's fire service, as well as other state agencies, to enhance Fire and Life Safety in South Carolina,” said Bert Polk. “I look forward to working cooperatively so that we can be successful in our efforts towards providing a safe environment to live, work, and play.”
“Bert comes to us with over 40 years of fire service experience in both the public and private sector. Over the last several years, the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, Division of Fire and Life Safety, has done an outstanding job partnering with our stakeholders, more creatively delivering services to the fire service, and balancing public safety and a pro-business environment,” said Holly Pisarik, Director of the S.C. Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation. “I am excited that Bert is joining us to continue this work.”
“Bert Polk is a familiar figure to the fire service of South Carolina and has a proven commitment that can only strengthen the mission of safety and protection for our firefighters, citizens, and business community,” said Joe Palmer, Executive Director of the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association. “Bert is a great family man, a Fire Chief, and a communicator. He is a facilitator who will continue to build upon the environment that our governor and the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation have worked fervently in fostering. Bert will be a great team member to continue the cooperation that our citizens and firefighters enjoy.”
“We look forward to working with Chief Polk,” said Mark Nix, Executive Director at the Home Builders Association of South Carolina. “He is a professional, and the State of South Carolina is fortunate to have a State Fire Marshal with his experience and expertise.”

A Message from Larry Gore

Todd this is just a thank-you to all that made my trip to this year's conference banquet such a memorable time. I never expected the generosity shown to my family/me. It was really great to see you all and share time with people who care about their fellow co-workers/friends. The last 3 months have been a life changing experience and it is great to know that the brotherhood of the association is alive and well. I didn't say anything at the dinner because I was so shocked with the presentation but want everyone one to know that we are so thankful for your kindness and concern. Please let everyone know how appreciative we are and I look forward to getting back on my feet and working with you all again.

Larry Gore

Do You Need Building Codes Council Credit for Friday's Class?

If you need credit under the Building Codes Council for Ralph Foster's Clean Agent class, please contact Ben Bunting for a form so that you can submit your hours.

Larry Gore Update

Larry is home now. He still has more surgeries to come and many hours of physical therapy too. Please continue to keep Larry and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Letter of Intent to Run for Secretary/Treasurer of the ICC.

The SCFMA has received a letter of intent from Dwayne Garriss to run for secretary/treasurer of the ICC. The SCFMA respectfully has decided to endorse Mr. Garriss and feel confident that he maintains the necessary qualifications to perform the required duties of secretary/treasurer for the ICC. Mr. Garriss has been on the Board of Directors for the past three years. He has been involved in the ICC code process since 2000 and has also served as Chairman of the Fire Code Council for the past two years. His involvement clearly shows his interest in the cause. Mr. Garriss has served on numerous committees governing many different aspects of the code process and has demonstrated the ability to promote health and safety while protecting the welfare through code analysis.

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Request for speaking time during SCFMA conferences

The SCFMA Board respectfully request that any member that desires to address the SCFMA during any future conference provide a request in writing to the Director of Education, Ben Bunting, and provide an agenda of what the address will contain. The board encourages member participation and that constructive information be shared amongst the members. The Fall and Spring conference both provides each of us the unique opportunity to network and share ideas, policy changes and questions. This request is being made to insure that adequate time is provided for both the training curriculum and the member who wishes to address the Association. Thanks in advance for your support.

Fire Marshal Rules and Regulations Changes

The published FM Rules and Regs changes that are going out to the State Legislature for adoption. These are being offered for evaluation and comment. Please download your copy by clicking on the TITLE link above.

Sprinkler Training PowerPoint

An electronic download of the Sprinkler presentation that Ralph Foster presented at the Fall Conference is available for download via the 'Training' tab.

Learning Partner Scholarship

As a learning partner with Columbia Southern University, members and employees of your company or organization receive a 10 percent tuition discount via the partnership program. To enhance this great offer, CSU is now offering a special scholarship for learning partners only! Click the TITLE link to read more about the program.

SC FALSE Live Demonstrations

The South Carolina Fire & Life Safety Education Association was created with the goal of providing a forum for anyone interested in helping to reduce injuries and heighten awareness of safety issues that affect us all. Public education is perhaps the most proactive approach to helping our state realize that safety is everyone's responsibility. Our association is committed to spreading the message. To set up a live fire demonstration in your county, contact Diane Woods at (803) 370-1988 or by email at insurancewoods@gmail.com

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Sprinkler Presentation

Sprinkler Presentation

Here is the sprinkler presentation that Patrick Bradshaw presented at the Fall Conference. Right mouse click on the link and click on "save target as..." You'll need an unzipping program such as Winzip to unzip the file. If you have any problems, please contact the System Administrator at kgarrett67@yahoo.com.

USFA to Issue CEUs for Coffee Break Training Volumes

Students who need continuing education units (CEUs) to maintain professional certification in fire prevention and code enforcement now can obtain them from the United States Fire Administrations NFAOnline, the National Fire Academys website for distance and online learning. To learn more about this, follow this link.

What is Fire Team USA?

Fire Team USA is a special day and a half informational training conference on fire protection and your community. Fire Team USA is about bringing resources to help you enhance the fire protection that your community offers. Creating partnerships in the community and working with all stakeholders is important to improving the public policy on fire protection. All you have to do is coordinate your team, sign up, and show up! Click here to read more about Fire Team USA.