South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs

Conference Speakers

Gordon Graham

Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement, expert in risk management, public speaker and practicing attorney. In 2002 he co-founded 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?


Battalion Chief John Jones

Chief John Jones is a 20-year veteran of the South Carolina State Fire Service. His tenure includes 15 years at Columbia Richland Fire Department where he served at the rank of Captain before joining the West Columbia Fire Department in 2015, where he continues to serve as a Battalion Chief.

In 2017, Chief Jones was selected into the South Carolina State Firefighter’s Association Leadership Institute, with the purpose to ascertain where and how he could best serve the State Fire service and its members. In 2018, he formed a diversity consulting firm centered on improving diversity and inclusion in the state fire service and various institutions around the state.

Today, Chief Jones continues to lecture at Universities, Fire Departments, State and Local conferences on the subject of workplace diversity and inclusion. Chief Jones has studied Fire Administration at Columbia Southern University and Diversity and Inclusion at Purdue University while continuing to further his development and serve as an HR consultant for another firm. He says his passion for the fire service and other endeavors can be summed up in one sentence. “We have to be better”.


Battalion Chief David Laird


2020 Conference Agenda


Wednesday, January 6th

Early Registration/Check In


                Thursday, January 7th                       

Registration/Check In

Battalion Academy (Day 1)

Vendor Hall Move-In

Opening Ceremonies

Keynote Presentation – Gordon Graham (Sponsored by Lexipol)

A.T. Hagood Fundraiser Golf Tournament – International Club of Myrtle Beach

Evening Event - Luau 


Friday, January 8th

Vendor Hall Opens

Battalion Academy (Day 2)

Training: John Jones, Christopher Naum

Lunch with Vendors

Evening Event - Dinner with Vendors & Carnival Night

Door Prize Giveaway


Saturday, January 9th 

Vendor Hall Open till Noon

Battalion Academy (Day 3)

SC State Association of Fire Chiefs Business Meeting & Updates

Banquet/ Awards / Transfer of Command Ceremony