Larry Gore Update

Prayers are continually needed as Larry will undergo more surgery on Monday, March 24, 2014. Patrick reports that Larry is in good spirits and has a very positive attitude. His doctors have been pleasantly surprised at his progress thus far. He is at McLeod Regional Hospital. Please continue keep him and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Benefit Golf Tournament

The Newberry Fire Department will have a golf tournament on April 26th at the Country Club of Newberry. Proceeds will benefit the MUSC Burned Children's Fund and the NFD Kid's Fishing Rodeo/Fun Day. We are soliciting for teams and also sponsors, door prizes, and any assistance you may can give us. Click the link below to download flyer and registration form.


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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Kathy Ellen Reich passes away after battle with cancer.

The SCFMA is saddened to announce the passing of Kathy Ellen Reich, wife of former State Fire Marshal and Past President of this Association, John Reich. Kathy passed away on Friday, January 31, 2014, after a six-month battle with cancer. We rejoice in the fact that she is now with her savior; absent from the body is to be present with the Lord.

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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 Benefits 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. Click the download button to download a copy of this memo.


Award Applications Due May 31, 2014

Dear SCFMA members,

I hope this e-mail finds you well. The SCFMA board would like to remind you of a couple of awards that we would like to give at the Spring conference and encourage you to participate. The Tom Forrester award is an education and service award that all members are eligible and the application can be found at . In addition we offer the Fire Marshal of the year award, the application can be downloaded at the same above web address. Both are due by May 31, 2014

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

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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

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.