Health & Safety

The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association advocates on the behalf of all Palmetto State firefighters, both volunteer and career, all the way from the steps of the State House to City Council chambers. The health and safety of the state’s firefighters is a critical aspect of the Association’s mission.

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The South Carolina First Respond Assistance and Support team was established to provide the state’s first responders with training to assist in recognizing stressors in both their personal lives and during emergency responses. The team’s mission statement is, “to serve those who serve others by providing compassion, making connections and inspiring courage while changing the culture.” As a result of the Association’s advocacy efforts, SC FAST is receiving reoccurring state funding for the first time since its inception in 2012.



The South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association fosters working relationships with lawmakers on behalf of the membership to represent the state’s firefighters in areas involving codes, enforcement, recruitment and retention of a strong workforce; support of a business-friendly atmosphere; and maintenance of a safe working environment for all South Carolinians.

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SCSFA Outreach efforts include the Life Safety Education Section, which serves to save the lives of South Carolinians through education and risk reduction through education on residential fire sprinklers with side-by-side burn demonstrations.

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South Carolina Firefighters Foundation

The South Carolina Firefighters Foundation is administered by the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association. The Foundation’s mission is to support firefighters and their families, and to inform the public about the accomplishments and demands of the fire service.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The mission of the SC Firefighter's Association Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee is to facilitate the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association’s efforts to foster an ongoing culture in the fire service built on mutual respect while attracting, retaining, and promoting first responders from all backgrounds, abilities, and perspectives. The DEI Committee was formed in 2021 to address the growing needs of an ever-diverse South Carolina fire service. 

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