Fire Safe South Carolina will unite fire service organizations to engage influential community stakeholders; together, we will support local fire departments to serve their citizens through strategic community risk reduction programs.

Goals and Objectives

Fire Safe South Carolina will result in a reduction of annual home fires in our state, decreasing risks for residents and firefighters.

  • Increase fire service community risk reduction participation through increased training, partnerships, and opportunities.

Fire Safe South Carolina will provide consistent fire prevention messages across South Carolina.

  • Recruit community stakeholders and utilize various forms of mass communication, such as social media, to promote fire prevention messages.

Fire Safe South Carolina will provide data-driven resources to enhance programming.

  • Identify residents at the highest fire risk in participating communities, targeting home visits to those areas, and providing for the procurement and distribution of smoke alarms.

Fire Safe South Carolina will improve fire data quality and use in our state.

  • Provide targeted National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) training, integrating the use of geographic information systems (GIS) for targeted program delivery.

"Fire Safe South Carolina will unite fire service organizations”

Our program will unite four leading statewide fire service organizations, South Carolina State Fire, South Carolina State Firefighters Association, South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, and the South Carolina Fire Marshals Association. No one group and no one person has the answer to solving our statewide concerns alone. Jointly, all groups strive to prevent unnecessary loss of life and property from fire and life safety risks. In this effort, we recognize we are stronger when we work together than when we work apart in recruiting statewide partners, identifying funding sources, developing messages for fire prevention, and developing strategies for implementation. As members of each group will partner, commitment for collaboration must start at the top of each organization with strong leadership. Our united fire service organizations are currently led as follows:

United for a Change


Jonathan Jones

State Fire Marshal


Kyle Minick



Steve Graham



Tim Dickson


“to engage influential community stakeholders;”

Our program will engage those around our state with the ability to influence our fire problem. Annually, our fire service responds to over 500,000 calls for service. Roughly, five percent of those calls are for actual fires; however, another sixty percent are medically-related. While our situation is not unique nationally, our fire problem is made up of much more than simply fire. Therefore, our program will seek to address ongoing fire-related risk while forming unique partnerships to address other significant community concerns. This area of our program will be continually growing, partners currently engaged include:

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“together, we will support local fire departments”

On average, 75 people die each year from fire in our state. These fires occurs in our homes, in cars on our streets, and in other areas during our daily activities. We define a fire-related fatality as one in which a person is determined to have died from thermal injuries or toxic products of combustion. Fire service professionals assist our Community Loss Education and Response (CLEAR) Team collect potentially life-saving research.

Things to Know by the Numbers

  • 85% of fire-related fatalities occur in homes
  • 80% of fire-related fatalities have at least one human-related factor which may have impacted a person’s egress or awareness
  • 66% of fire-related fatalities are victims aged 50 years and older
  • 25% of fire-related fatalities are victims aged 70 years and older

Things to Know by the Numbers

One in every 250 fires are fatal, compared with one in every 110 structure fires in our state. Education and resources has the potential to impact a number of potential fire-related fatalities; however, our goal of reducing ignitions serves also to reduce a number of injuries to both our citizens and fire service professionals, along with the ultimate injury of death.

To more accurately understand fire-related fatalities, we look at our research over a five year period. Our overall most probable known causes, in varying order, are cooking, electrical, smoking, and heating. Darker shades represent counties with larger numbers of fatalities per capita.

For initial planning and focused educational efforts, we examine the prevalence of human factors with the known potential to impact a person’s egress from or awareness to a fire. Darker shades represent regions with higher prevalence of human factors.

In addition, we examine local socioeconomic health of areas in our state to focus potentially life-saving resources. Darker shades represent regions of lower socioeconomic health.

In comparing and contrasting the three maps above, you can see distinct similarities between areas of risk and our fire-related fatalities.

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“to serve their citizens through strategic community risk reduction programs.”

Over the last 30 years, the fire service has served the citizens of South Carolina through a number of fire education and prevention programs. Through the deliberate discussion of Sounding the Alarm, the playful antics of Freddie the Fire-Less Feline, and the targeted delivery of Get Alarmed South Carolina, fire professionals have reduced annual fire-related fatalities, educated thousands, supplied life-saving technology, and provided for valuable lessons. Together, we intend to learn from and build upon our past. Fire Safe South Carolina is a community risk reduction program driven by local fire departments and the needs of their community. Local fire departments are best situated to address their own jurisdictional concerns and their efforts will be strengthened through powerful partnerships.

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