Daily operation and support of Fire Safe South Carolina will come from South Carolina State Fire. Employees of the Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation, working in the Office of State Fire Marshal, the Community Risk Reduction Section strives to reduce the likelihood and impact of fire and other life safety concerns.
Josh has been with State Fire full-time since 2016. A native of North Carolina, he served with the Town of Cary Police Department for eight years, earning the rank of Corporal and gaining valuable community-building experience as part of a specialty team, Project PHOENIX. He has a B.A. in Criminology from NC State University and an M.J.A. from Methodist University. To support the team in building dynamic partnerships for community risk reduction, Josh serves as the Vision 20/20 State Representative, member of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association, South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, South Carolina Fire Marshal's Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association.
Anthony has been with State Fire since 2007, starting as a part-time instructor and transitioning to a full-time educator position in 2015. He joined the Lexington County Fire Service in 2002. Along with valuable training, he earned the rank of Battalion Captain. Now as a part-time employee, he serves as an instructor, training advisor, and firefighter with their agency. He is also a member of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.
Statistical Research Analyst
Samantha has been with State Fire full-time since 2016. She serves as a National Fire Information Council board member and as our State National Fire Incident Reporting System program manager. Samantha has a B.S. in Environmental Science and Professional Writing from Valparaiso University, and a M.P.A. from UNC Pembroke with a concentration in Emergency Management.
Mindy has been with State Fire full-time since 2017. She has a B.A. with a minor in Mass Communications from USC Aiken. For many years, she worked for the Savannah River Site fire department and 911 operations, along with the National Wild Turkey Federation.
Ashley has been with State Fire full-time since 2017. She has a B.A. in German Studies from USC. In her current role, she enjoys relating her previously gained knowledge and skill in private security to aid community risk reduction efforts statewide.
Mike has been with State Fire part-time since 2017. Originally from the fire service in Grand Forks, North Dakota, he now works full-time as a Lexington County Fire Service firefighter. He is working toward completing A.A.S. in Fire Technology, Certificate in Fire Service Preparation, Certificate in Advanced Rescue, and a B.A. in Fire Service Management. He is also a member of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association.