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

Life Safety

Incident Stabilization

Property Conservation

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


Tom Gwyer

Fire Chief


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.

Thomas VanDemark

Deputy Fire Chief

Operations Division