ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department was created as a volunteer effort in the year 1936.
Today our Department has emerged into one of the most outstanding
ISO Class I
Fire Protection Branches in the United States
Our Principal Goals are
Our diverse City consists of approximately 17 square miles of land that includes a combination of High Rise Hotels, Residential Neighborhoods,
Commercial and Industrial Buildings, Highways,
the Intercoastal Waterway, and Beach Access to the Atlantic Ocean.
Our population exceeds 30,000 year round residents with more than
15 million tourists visiting annually.
Myrtle Beach Fire responds to more than 15,000 service calls per year!
Our more than 180 Personnel are made up of the most qualified
and highly trained First Responders in the Nation.
These dedicated Men and Women help staff
6 strategically placed Fire Stations and One Administrative Office.
We provide a variety of valuable services including
Fire Suppression, Emergency Medical Treatment and Transport, Vehicle Extrication, Elevator Rescue, Rope Rescue, Confined Space, USAR Operations, Water Rescue,
Hazardous Materials Response, and Fire Prevention/Public Safety.
The Myrtle Beach Fire Department is an Elite team.
We are Accountable, Respectful, and proud to
honor this Noble profession with Integrity and Trust.
This earns us the privilege to provide outstanding service to all!
Otherwise known as
MEET OUR CHIEFS
Tom Gwyer was hired in 1993 as a member of Recruit School #1.
He was promoted to his current position in April of 2016 and oversees
the Administration Division & the Training Section. Prior to his current assignment, he served as Assistant Chief & Shift Battalion Chief for over 11 years.
He also served as a Captain, Lieutenant, Engineer, & Firefighter. In 2002 he was named the Fire Department Employee of the Year and has received several Lifesaving Awards.
Deputy Chief Gwyer has a Master’s Degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University
& a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from Coastal Carolina University. In 2015 he was awarded Motorola's Future Leaders Scholarship through the IAFC. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s prestigious Executive Fire Officer Program and is only the 11th person to complete the program with four perfect 4.0 research projects.
He was inducted into the NFA’s Research Roll of Honor in September, 2015.
Deputy Chief Gwyer also serves on the Regional Type-III Incident Management Team & is a Nationally Registered Paramedic. He is a member of the Horry-Georgetown Fire Chiefs Association, the South Carolina State Fire Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.
Deputy Fire Chief
Ian Maxwell is a 1987 Myrtle Beach High School graduate who
was hired by the department as a part of Recruit School #1 in 1993. Assistant Chief Maxwell worked his way up through the ranks serving as a Firefighter, Engineer, Lieutenant, & Captain before becoming a Shift Battalion Chief in 2008. In 2016, he was promoted to Assistant Fire Chief where he currently oversees Operations, Apparatus, and Station Maintenance.
Assistant Chief Maxwell gained national acclaim when he oversaw the implementation of Department's Physical Fitness Program in 2010. He was recognized by the South Carolina Firefighters Association with the Meritorious Action Award in 2008. He has also received several Lifesaving Awards.
He is a member of the Horry-Georgetown Fire Chiefs Association, the South Carolina State Fire Chiefs Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs.