South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs

2020 Battalion Academy at Fire Leadership SC


76th Annual Conference September 24th -26th








Virtual Quarterly Meeting
Friday, July 24, 2020
10:00 AM

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June 25, 2020


South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs Announces

 Keynote Speaker for 2020 Conference


The South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs (SCSAFC) announced Gordon Graham, board cofounder of Lexipol, will be the keynote speaker for the 2020 South Carolina Fire Leadership Conference, to be held September 24-26 2020, in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Graham is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, expert in risk management, public speaker and practicing attorney. In 2002 he cofounded Lexipol to standardize policy, procedure, and training in public safety. He has also been an advocate for the fire service, helping to develop the websites and

For years, risk management and safety referred only to a fire ground. The concept of risk management and safety in recent years has rapidly expanded to include all the risks we face — political, operational, training, human resources, etc. Every fire service officer needs to ask themselves the same questions, Where do I need to be, where does my department leaders need to be, where does my department need to be  and what do we as a profession need to be doing to be prepared for tomorrow?

President Douglas Cline, SCSAFC, shared the enthusiasm of the executive board in having Gordan Graham as a keynote speaker. “Gordon is well-known and well-respected authority on risk management. His years of diverse experience, dynamic educational deliveries, expertise in risk management and years of practicing law will be evident when he speaks at the conference,” said Cline.

The conference will be held at the Double Tree Resort in Myrtle Beach, SC. For registration, pricing and hotel room information, please visit the SCSAFC web site.

Douglas K. Cline

President, South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs





Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC) Members:

As you are all aware of by now, our joint annual leadership conference with the Georgia Fire Chiefs was unable to take place this year in Atlanta, GA due to “Stay at Home” orders issued to combat the spread of the Corona Virus. This is an unprecedented event and after reviewing years of documents, we are unable to find any recent cancellations of our required annual conference.

This year’s Strategic Conference Committee has been working hard for over a year to bring to you what we believe would have been a fantastic leadership opportunity for all in attendance.

Although we are all disappointed, we know that the members of our Association are on the frontlines providing vital services in their communities to ensure that everyone is as safe as possible during these difficult times. So, before we begin working on our June 2021 joint conference with the Mississippi Fire Chiefs in Biloxi, MS; we must first close out our requirements for 2020.

In accordance with our SEAFC Constitution and By-Laws (CBL), we are required to conduct an annual business meeting with our members. The CBL states, “A. There shall be an annual conference of the Association at a location approved by the Board of Directors. B. In the event that the conference is not held, all actions described herein that are carried out at the conference shall be carried out at a special meeting of the Association’s Board of Directors, announced to all members and open to attendance by all members, as soon as possible after the originally scheduled conference.” (SEAFC CBL; Article 5; Section 1 – Annual Conference; pgs. 19-20). In order to achieve the requirements in all SEAFC official papers, the Board of Directors is scheduling a special meeting on June 2, 2020 at 1400 EST;1300 CST. If you would like to attend, please email our Division Secretary at The Secretary will send you an email verifying your membership and providing a contact number that will connect you with the teleconference. Please email the Division Secretary (Chief Larry Williams) prior to close of business on May 29, 2020. This will assist us in providing any assistance necessary for members participating in the conference call.

During the meeting the Board of Directors will hold an annual business meeting and elect officers for the 2020-2021 year. In addition, our annual awards, special recognitions, and other traditional programs will be held at future conferences where a large number of members are in attendance.

Again, thank you for being a part of our great profession, as well as the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Southeastern Division.

Chief Doug Eggiman,

President - SEAFC

Lexipol Educational Content and Upcoming Webinars

For Everyone:

  • In First Responders, Stress Management and Coronavirus [On-Demand Webinar] former paramedic, law enforcement trainer and resilience expert Mike Taigman explains how stress affects first responders and provides strategies you can use to manage during the long haul of the COVID-19 pandemic.

For Fire Professionals:

  • In the COVID-19 pandemic, strong leadership is critical. Public safety personnel must be able to look to their leadership to develop a plan and explain the role each member will play in this plan. Check out Leadership During Troubled Times: Lessons for the COVID-19 Crisis for more information.
  • No equipment? No problem! It’s more important than ever for first responders to find ways to manage stress and their health. One of the best ways to do both is by staying consistent with workouts and fitness. You can with the Coronavirus Workout: 7 Exercises Firefighters Can Do Anywhere.
  • Better understanding firefighter injuries is critical for reducing the physical and economic impact they have. In The Cost of Firefighter Injuries: Reducing Fiscal and Physical Impact [On-Demand Webinar] you’ll gain insight into what we know about firefighter injuries, how we can collect information to better understand the problem, and how we can use policies and safe culture practices to reduce firefighter injuries

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