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.
Senior Deputy Fire Marshal
Troy has been with State Fire full-time since June 2021. A native of North Carolina, he started his career as a volunteer firefighter and climbed through the ranks as a Firefighter, Driver Operator and Deputy Fire Marshal. Troy is the Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal of Community Risk Reduction education section. Using his fire inspection, code enforcement, fire and life safety educator and fire investigation experience to facilitate the fire and life safety educational messages for State Fire. Troy has A.A. in Criminal Justice and completing a B.A in Criminal Justice with a minor in Fire Science. Troy is a member of the South Carolina Fire Marshal's Association, North & South Carolina International Association of Arson Investigators serving on the photo committee of the North Carolina International Association of Arson Investigators, National Association of Fire Investigators, National Fire Protection Association and the National Volunteer Fire Council.
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.
Fire Safe SC Representative - Upstate/Lowcountry
Chris has been with State Fire full-time since 2018. He comes to us after retiring from the U.S. Air Force with over 20 years of service. Throughout his career, he has gained valuable training and demonstrated experience in leadership, human resources, team improvement, marketing, and relationship development.
Fire Safe SC Representative - Midlands/Pee Dee
Jessica has been with State Fire part-time since 2018. Before joining our team, she worked for the City of Fenton, Michigan Fire Department before relocating to South Carolina. She has over two decades of customer service experience and is the proud mother of four.