Welcome to Summerville Fire & Rescue


Mission Statement


Summerville Fire-Rescue (SFR) will utilize its resources to deliver fire, rescue and life safety services to the community.  Our focus will be public education and prevention, preparation of our personnel, and safe and effective response. 



  • Safety/well-being of personnel:  SFR recognizes that our personnel is our most precious resource.  Their safety and well-being is paramount and will not be unnecessarily jeopardized in order to complete other objectives. 
  • Be Ready attitude:  Personnel of SFR recognize that the fire service is called upon to respond to many types of emergency and non-emergency needs of the community.  We will make every effort to be prepared to handle these needs through a commitment to training and preparing for the duties of our chosen trade.
  • Personal accountability:  We will take ownership of our conduct and actions whether on or off-duty. 
  • Trust:  We will establish and maintain the trust of our community and fellow firefighters.
  • Compassion:  SFR personnel recognizes that we often see our citizens during their worst times.  We will show compassion to our citizens and make every attempt to empathize with them during those times. 
  • Integrity:  SFR personnel recognizes that in order to establish and maintain public trust, our actions, whether on or off-duty, must remain in line with our values.  We will make every effort to live up to the values established in this mission statement and follow all rules and regulations set forth in the departmental policies and procedures manual as well as laws that govern our state and country. 
  • Teamwork:  We will work as one team along with our neighboring departments to accomplish our mission.
  • Service:  SFR is committed to providing excellent service to our customers.  We will make every effort to respond to the needs of our community no matter how big or small the request may be. 

Chief Waring IV

About the Fire Chief

Richard G. Waring IV, the Chief of Summerville Fire and Rescue, was born and raised in Summerville, South Carolina. After graduating from Summerville High School In 1992, he joined the Summerville Fire Department as a volunteer. With his heritage in the fire service, he quickly made the decision to make firefighting his career. In January 1993, Richard was hired by the City of Charleston Fire Department where he spent 19 years climbing the ranks to the position Battalion Chief.


Throughout his career, he continued his education earning an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He also earned many other certifications in all aspects of the fire service as well as becoming a South Carolina licensed commercial and residential contractor.


In October of 2011, he felt his dream opportunity to serve his hometown department and community could be a reality when he applied for the Fire Chief position at the Summerville Fire Department.


Community Engagement

Now being privileged to serve as the Chief of the Summerville Fire Department, he is an active member of Summerville Rotary, serves on the South Carolina Firefighter’s Association’s Legislative Committee as well as various other community organizations.



He lives in Summerville with his wife Alison, who is employed by Dorchester School District II, and 3 beautiful daughters.

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