About Mick Mayers

x mod mick rudy R1 BWMichael “Mick” Mayers is currently the Deputy Fire Chief  for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team. His experience as a leader in emergency services led him to create and continue to write the award-nominated blog 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 nearly completed his degree in Organizational Leadership from Columbia Southern University and holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical Institute. 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 serves the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Editorial Board for IAFC’s On Scene magazine; he serves the National Fire Protection Association as a committee member and Chairman of NFPA 1006, Professional Qualifications for Technical Rescuers, 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 the 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. During his career he also served on the faculties of the South Carolina Fire Academy and The Technical College of the Lowcountry.

Among many commendations, Mick received his department’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 the South Carolina US&R program 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 began serving as the coordinator of Hilton Head Island’s Special Operations Group in 1990 and was the Fire and EMS Operations Commander during visits to Hilton Head Island by several Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States. In that capacity, he was also the detail commander of many major sports and special events held on the Island during that time. Under his supervision, the Hilton Head Island team was brought in as one of four assets first authorized under the South Carolina US&R program as a Regional US&R Response Team.

Mick continues to author articles and coursework involving technical rescue and emergency service leadership. He has spoken at venues that include several State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance conferences and South Carolina State Fire Chiefs Association conferences, as well as the 2008 National Hurricane Conference. Mayers has also serves several local non-profit organizations as a board member and is the co-founder and Vice-President of 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 for speaking engagements or other consultation as his schedule permits; for more information, e-mail him at firehousezen@gmail.com

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  • http://www.utahfireinfo.gov/mifc/ Mike Benefield

    Cool website Chief Mayers!

    My name is Mike Benefield, I am the Chief of the Canyon Country Fire Zone- US Bureau of Land Management here in Moab, Utah. Keep up the good work!

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    My name is Mike Benefield, I am the Chief of the Canyon Country Fire Zone- US Bureau of Land Management here in Moab, Utah. Keep up the good work!

  • Dan Macakanja

    Hey Mick,

    I’m not sure if you’ll remember me or not from back when I was on FFN, but I want you to know I read your stuff all the time and appreciate your knowledge and skill. Thank you for the work that you do.

    (Formerly of Hancock Hope)

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    No, I remember you. I appreciate the kind words and hope that you find some of my ramblings useful. But as I say all the time, I think many out there also have much of value to share and I hope to hear from you often as well. Thanks again-


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  • http://www.firehouseinnovations.com Mike Perrone

    My name is Mike Perrone, I am a 29 year veteran of the FDNY at Ladder 175 in Brooklyn, NY and inventor of the Multi-Force Forcible Entry Door System. I believe some of the information below will be very useful for your training blog and I am a big fan of your site and its content.

    I put up some training tips online of some forcible entry techniques I developed and demonstrated on my door.

    There are 3 training tips on YouTube found here:

    My door, which teaches all types of forcible entry, can be found here:

    Thank You And Be Safe,


  • http://www.firefighterhow.com FirefighterHow

    Love the site, keep up the good work and stay safe!
    -Rich @ How to become a firefighter

  • http://thefiretalk.com Nixon Press

    Hi Mick, great blog. I work as a consultant in loss prevention and fire protection engineering. In our line of work a lot of our focus is on protecting the property and focusing on sprinkler adequacy.

    As I conduct numerous property visits, are there any ongoing issues that you find when you respond to fire emergency at different plant and residential occupancies? Any insight would be great.

  • scott blandford

    Mr.Myers I would like say I have the up most respect for your services. My father inlaw Joe Houston was a fire cheif in fort lauderdale fl. My brother inlaw A Scott Mc GARY is still active in sunrise fl.I recently opened a restoration company in bridgeport being new to the area is tough. I would love to get invoved and support the fire companies. any ideas,would be appreciated.Thank you

  • Jeff Young

    I’m a fairly new officer on a paid on call department in Michigan. I enjoy all of your articles and always look forward to them. Your to the point style helps greatly with my struggles to lead my personnel and other officers. Thank you for passing on your knowledge and guidance!

  • matia sooqosoqo

    thanks chief for sharing what u"ve learnt  with evry firefighter that reads your blog.it is indeed educational n very enlightening for evry firefighter..keep it up n keep it cooming chief.God bless n Take care from the Fiji Islands…
    Island firefighter….

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  • Jose Nochea

    Great blog.  Please visit nocheafirerescue.tumblr.com for some more innovative ideas needed in the fire service.

  • http://www.uvu.edu/profpages/profiles/show/user_id/596 Rodger Broome

    Mick, nice blog and I appreciate what you are doing here and the approach you are taking. If you have something in terms of a presentation you'd like to share with us at Utah Valley University, the link below is our call for papers. This is an opportunity for emerging scholar-practitioners to present their intellectual work in a peer-reviewed academic conference.
    Thank you, it would be nice to have you out here.
    Dr. Rodger Broome – Department Chair

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.
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Thanks, Bryan! I genuinely believe I do and they tend to reward me with professionalism, innovation, and compassion to our citizens daily. That's something I am happy to facilitate.
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Chief, appreciated in your response to Geoff that you work for the FFs. Believe if more Chiefs lived that philosophy our fire services would be bastions of honor, ethics, and human potential.
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Geoff, EMS, as its own service, does not have a strong voice and in turn, does not get the respect in the media/public that it does deserve. I do hope that changes. EMS doesn't have a home either, and that doesn't help. There are so many different delivery methods in this country that its probably…
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I'm sorry you feel that way, Geoff. The department I work with has been doing EMS (advanced care AND transport) with cross-trained personnel for over twenty years and doing a pretty good job. Our community expects a certain level of service that we have been able to provide through that model and while not every…
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