Urban Search and Rescue

Chief Mayers was one of the founders and the past Director of South Carolina’s urban search and rescue program. Chief Mayers began serving as the coordinator of Hilton Head Island’s Special Operations Group in 1990, having had an intense interest in technical rescue and hazardous materials response from his first days in the fire service.  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.

Prior to retiring, Mick served the International Association of Fire Chiefs as a member of the Editorial Board for IAFC’s On Scene magazine; he served 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.

Mick authored a significant number of articles and coursework involving technical rescue, including the long-running Confined Space Rescue for Company Officers series he wrote in the opening days of Firehouse.com. He was before that the Technical Rescue Editor for WithTheCommand.com. 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.  

The amazing legacy he left at SC-TF1 can be seen at http://www.sctf1.sc.gov

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