welcomes new contributing editor
has announced the appointment of Captain Michael "Mick" Mayers to serve
as the contributing editor of the newly developed Rescue, EMS and Special
Operations section of the website.
Mick was originally a career Captain with Hilton Head Fire Dept., then also with Sea Pines-Forest Beach Fire Dept., prior to the merger of both in 1993. He also volunteered during those years as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Hilton Head Island Rescue Squad before it too was merged into what is today Hilton Head Island Fire/Rescue.
He is currently the Special Operations Coordinator and is assigned to Truck 6 at the Palmetto Dunes station.
Capt. Mayers holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical Institute and holds professional certifications as a fire officer and instructor as well as EMACS Hazardous Materials Technician and National Registry Paramedic certifications.
Since 1998 he has served as a committee member of NFPA 1006, Professional Qualifications for Rescue Technicians. He is an adjunct instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy and until recently was an adjunct faculty member of The Technical College of the Lowcountry.
Among many commendations, Capt. Mayers received his department’s Meritorious Conduct Medal in 1984 and has been awarded by the South Carolina Firemen’s Association for designing the State’s Interior Structural Firefighter certification patch. He was the detail commander of Fire and EMS Operations during visits to Hilton Head by several Presidents and Vice-Presidents of the United States. His duties also included service as the Fire/EMS detail commander of many sports and special events held on the Island over the last 10 years.
Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue serves the second largest barrier island on the Atlantic Coast, a world-renowned golf, tennis, and beach community with over 35,000 permanent residents and over 2,500,000 visitors a year.
The 137 employees of the Fire/Rescue Division cover 54 square miles (including 13 miles of beachfront) with six engine/medic companies, one truck/technical rescue company, and two BLS companies. The Division in 2000 handled over 5,500 calls for service.
Capt. Mayers is a native of Montgomery County, PA and lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife, Kathleen, and daughter Emma. He is a fourth generation firefighter; his father is the current fire marshal for Towamencin Township, PA and his brother and sister-in-law both are career fire officers in Anne Arundel County, MD.