Fire Safe South Carolina Orientation
Joshua Fulbright & Chris Sewell
Friday June 16, 2023
9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Presenters will provide an orientation to the Fire Safe South Carolina program. Starting in 2017, the program in partnership with the S.C. State Firefighters’ Association and other united fire service groups has recognized just over a fifth of the state’s fire service as of 2021 for their efforts in reducing risk in their community.
The orientation briefing is the first step annually in receiving the Fire Safe SC Community Designation for both past designation recipients and those interested in pursuing the recognition for a first time. Attendance will fulfill the annual requirement of participation in an orientation briefing to the program. Those interested in improving or getting started in community risk reduction should also attend to learn about available resources.
Josh Fulbright serves as the CRR Chief with SC State Fire in the Office of State Fire Marshal where he leads a team tasked with fire and life safety data analysis, curriculum coordination, and outreach. He coordinates statewide CRR through the Fire Safe South Carolina program, manages fire fatality research, and serves with the Palmetto Incident Support Team. Nationally, he serves as Team Lead for Vision 20/20 Technical Advisors, SC Representative to the NFPA, Vice-Chair to the NFPA Education Section, and as an NFA Contract Instructor.
Chris Sewell is the Senior Deputy State Fire Marshal for Education with the Community Risk Reduction (CRR) team at SC State Fire. The Education section compiles and distributes standardized fire and life safety information and resources to meet the needs of the general public, the fire service, partnering agencies, and State Fire.
The Education section supports statewide fire and life safety data analysis and outreach efforts. Chris also develops, coordinates, and instructs Quarterly Fire and Life Safety Training and leads statewide efforts with the Sound Off with the Home Fire Safety Patrol program, involving both fire service and public stakeholders. Chris coordinates training with CRR and Code Enforcement Section Chiefs to manage, plan, develop, and deliver consistent risk reduction training statewide. In addition to his role on the CRR team, Chris serves on the Community Loss Education and Response (CLEAR) Team, researching fire-related fatalities.