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Summerville Fire Chief Richard G. Waring IV Retires After 30 Years

Summerville, S.C. - The Summerville Fire & Rescue (SFR) Fire Chief, Richard G. Waring IV, has announced his retirement from the department after over 30 years of community service, according to a press release on March 10. Waring started his career as a volunteer firefighter in Summerville after graduating from Summerville High School in 1992. He then spent 20 years at the Charleston Fire Department, where he was promoted to Battalion Chief. In 2011, Waring was appointed as the Fire Chief in Summerville, where he led efforts to keep up with the demands of the growing community. Under Waring's leadership, SFR earned national recognition as a Class 1 Fire Department by the Insurance Services Office.

In addition to his work with SFR, Chief Waring has also been an active community member, serving on the South Carolina Firefighter's Association and the Rotary Club of Summerville, where he was once president. Waring will continue to live in Summerville after his retirement becomes official in June.

During his tenure as Fire Chief, Waring oversaw several accomplishments, including the construction of four fire stations, the rebuild of the department's training facility, and the establishment of an in-house recruit school to better train and retain Summerville firefighters. He also established a special operations team, collaborated with other area emergency response partners to establish common firefighting procedures, enhanced the department's community outreach programs, and maintained a positive work culture by regularly communicating with rank-and-file firefighters.

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