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

Chief Waring is a lifelong resident of the Town of Summerville. After graduating high school, he joined the Summerville Fire Department as a volunteer. A few short months later, he was hired by the Charleston Fire Department where he would spend the next 20 years rising through the ranks to the position of Battalion Chief. While serving in Charleston, Chief Waring continued his education at Columbia Southern University, earning an associate degree in Fire Science. Along with that he took advantage of many other educational opportunities, both formal and informal, and is committed to being a life-long learner. Throughout his professional career in Charleston, Chief Waring served on the Department’s Hazardous Material Team, Maritime Assistance Team, and the Lowcountry Incident Management Team, as well as assisted in ushering in improvements to the Charleston Fire Department in the wake of the tragic Sofa Super Store incident where 9 Charleston Firefighters died in the line of duty. Since proudly becoming Fire Chief in his hometown in 2011, Chief Waring has continued to guide the department to keep up with the demands of serving one of the fastest growing communities in the state and earning a Class 1 ISO rating in 2017. He continues to be involved with many community organizations, serves on the South Carolina Firefighter’s Association Legislative Committee, and is Past President of the Summerville Rotary Club. Chief Waring lives in Summerville with his wife Alison and is very proud of his three beautiful daughters.


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