As it prepares to move into a new, state-of-the-art headquarters building, the Goose Creek Fire Department will depend on its tested and proven leader, Fire Chief Steve Chapman.

Born and raised in Goose Creek, Steve Chapman joined the Goose Creek Fire Department as a fire inspector in 1993. After serving 14 months, he was appointed assistant fire chief, and became fire chief three years later.

As fire chief, he manages, directs and supervises all Fire Department activities, operations, and personnel. This includes Firefighting, Emergency Medical Service, and Building Inspections.

Chief Chapman plans and organizes the training of employees, while ensuring that all GCFD equipment stays in excellent condition.

“When I first began working for the city I could see that Goose Creek was a growing community with a growing Fire Department,” said Chief Chapman. “I saw this job as an opportunity to help the Fire Department effectively adapt to the city’s continued growth.”

Chief Chapman makes sure that his department is always prepared: "We never know what type of situation we’ll be faced with. As a department, we work every day to prepare for any possible emergency.”

Chief Chapman has upgraded computer and radio communications systems, developed a new operating procedures manual and created a standard street map used by all city departments.

Throughout his career Chief Chapman has been an active member of the South Carolina firefighting community. He developed a chemical protective clothing course for the South Carolina Fire Academy, created standard operating procedures used by four area Fire Departments and published articles in South Carolina Firefighters Magazine.

“We have an extremely dedicated staff,” said Chapman. “We are constantly updating equipment and training to maintain our excellent service.”  

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