Michael â€œMickâ€ Mayers isÂ currently an executive-level chief officer in a well-known all-hazard response organization and member of aÂ federal incident management team;Â His experience as a leader in emergency services led him to create and continue to write the award-nominated blogÂ FirehouseZen.com, a well-known website that reflects on leadership and change management.
Chief Mayers is a founder and the past Director of South Carolina’s urban search and rescue program. A graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program, Chief Mayers has completed his degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University and holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical College. These reinforce his national professional certifications as a fire officer, instructor, hazardous materials technician, and SCUBA instructor; Mick was also a National Registry Paramedic and EMT Instructor for 25 years before finally retiring those credentials. Chief Mayers began his emergency services career in Bridgeport, PA in 1980.
Mick was appointed by South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley to the South Carolina Firefighter Mobilization Committee in 2015. He serves the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Editorial Board for IAFCâ€™sÂ On SceneÂ magazine; the National Fire Protection Association as a committee member and Chairman of NFPA 1006,Â Professional Qualifications for Technical Rescuers;Â and as a member of the NFPA Professional Qualifications Technical Correlating Committee. Chief Mayers is one of the founders and past Board Vice-Chairman of theÂ State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance, a consortium of US&R teams from over 40 states, which has been an advocate for the rescue industry since 2005. Â During his career Chief MayersÂ also served on the faculties of theÂ South Carolina Fire AcademyÂ andÂ The Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Among many commendations, Mick received his departmentâ€™s Meritorious Service Medal once in 1984 and again in 2009. In 2005, Chief Mayers was recognized by the South Carolina State Senate for his work in development of theÂ South Carolina US&R programÂ and then honored later that year by the South Carolina Department of Fire and Life Safety for leading SC-TF1 into service in St. Tammany and St. Bernard Parishes (Louisiana) after Hurricane Katrina, where he was the task force’s Incident Support Team Commander.
Chief Mayers served many years asÂ a special operations programÂ manager and has heldÂ command positionsÂ duringÂ response to many national disasters, national security events, and in protective details forÂ several Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States. Mick continues to author articles and coursework involving technical rescue and emergency service leadership. He has spoken atÂ the UniversityÂ of North Carolina – Charlotte’s Fire Rescue Management Institute and their EMS Management Institute, the National Hurricane Conference, as well as conferences for theÂ State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance and the South Carolina State Fire Chiefs Association. Â Mayers has also serves several local non-profit organizations as a board member and is the co-founder and Vice-President ofÂ Caroline & Friends, a non-profit established as an advocate for persons with Down syndrome and their families. Chief Mayers is a native of Montgomery County, PA and lives on Hilton Head Island with his daughters Emma, Caroline, and Honora. He is a fourth generation career firefighter; his father is a retired Fire Chief and Fire Marshal, his brother is a fire investigator and arson task force leader in the Baltimore-Washington region.
Chief Mayers is available only on a very limited basis for speaking engagements or other consultation as his busy schedule permits; for more information, e-mail him atÂ firstname.lastname@example.org