Welcome to North Charleston!
On behalf of the men and women of the North Charleston Fire Department it is my privilege to welcome you to the 89th annual conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. Our department has worked closely with the Association to plan educational sessions, networking opportunities and other activities that will provide a great conference experience. The list of speakers includes some of the most vital and innovative leaders in our profession. We are very pleased to host the many vendors who offer state-of-the-art products and services that may enhance your department’s capabilities. The conference center is conveniently located to access shopping and restaurants as well as the many tourist destinations that the area has to offer. We are certain you will enjoy your time with us and will want to plan to return in the future.
The North Charleston Fire Department serves South Carolina’s third largest city from 11 stations with 17 front line apparatus and 258 full-time fire service professionals. Our department holds a Class 1 rating with the Insurance Services Office (ISO) and is accredited by the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). We aspire to always act in accordance with our organizational values of Honor, Courage and Compassion. We are very pleased to serve as the host department for the 2017 conference of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. Please let us know if there is anything we can do to make your visit more enjoyable.
Gregory A. Bulanow
Fire Chief – North Charleston Fire Department
Welcome From SEAFC!
We have been bringing together firefighters and their leaders from across the Southeast for nearly 90 years. We invite you to be part of this year’s celebration and Conference.
The theme of the 2017 conference is Safety, Health and Survival. We want to acknowledge how far we have come since 1927 and even in the past 10 years in terms of safety, health and survival of our firefighters. During this span of years health initiatives, wellness programs and peer support networks have been developed and implemented to prolong the lives and quality of life of our nation’s first responder family. Like a parallel track, new PPE, communication systems and ICS protocols have been developed and refined – many times from within our own community – to give our firefighters the edge as they face a daily battle to rescue citizens and their property, suppress fire and go home to their families. We the Southeastern Chiefs are leaders of this proud fire service family! As patriarchs, we intend to continue this tradition into the next century.