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New Superintendent Named for State Fire Academy


Chief Dennis Ray has accepted the position of South Carolina Fire Academy Superintendent, and will assume his new duties Dec. 1, 2017. In his new role, he will also serve as an Assistant State Fire Marshal.

“This is a once-in-a-career opportunity for me to lead an incredibly talented team at the Academy and to serve as an Assistant State Fire Marshal,” said Chief Ray, who has served as the Fire Chief of the Lugoff Fire-Rescue for the past seven years. “I am honored to have been chosen for this crucial leadership position ensuring we provide our firefighters throughout South Carolina modern, progressive, and standardized training to better prepare us for the various fire and rescue demands of today’s profession.”

Chief Ray began his fire service career in 1992 as a volunteer firefighter with Pine Grove Fire Department. He continues to serve as a volunteer with Pine Grove Fire Department. In the past, he has worked as a full-time telecommunications officer for Kershaw County, a police officer with the Camden Police Department, and a State Transport Police Officer and State Law Enforcement Liaison with the S.C. Department of Public Safety.

LLR Director Emily Farr says the Agency is fortunate to have Chief Ray as he brings an array of training and experience.

“His record as a dedicated public servant, his passion for the fire service, and his leadership experience will make our Fire Academy team even stronger as we continue to provide excellent, state-of-the-art firefighter training and education to South Carolina,” Farr said.

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