Captain Rafferty – A Battalion
Russell Rafferty joined the department in April 2016 to fill the position of Captain of Training and Safety assigned to “A” Battalion. Captain Rafferty started with a 2 week M-F orientation schedule in order to meet everyone and get an idea of the weekly routine before assuming his position on shift.
Captain Rafferty has more than 30 years of fire service experience with his last assignment as Deputy Chief of Operations, EMS, and Training for the City of Deltona Fire Department in Deltona, FL. Prior to taking on the position in Deltona, Russ served with the City of Port Orange Department of Fire and Rescue where he began his career in the fire service as a volunteer/part time firefighter in 1982 rising through the ranks as an Engineer, Lieutenant, Shift Commander, and finally as Division Chief of EMS. He is a certified National Registry Paramedic, EMS Instructor, Fire Service Instructor, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, and Health and Safety Officer.
Captain Rafferty holds an Associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Service, Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Management, and is a 2010 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. Captain Rafferty has become an excellent addition to our staff.
Russell and his wife Sabrina have two (2) children, Bryant 26, who lives in Virginia with his girlfriend and is currently a General Manager of a Regal Movie Theater and Serena 17, who is a senior in High School and will graduate in 2017 with plans to attend the Daytona State College Nursing program in Florida. Russ and Sabrina currently live in Greer and are looking for a permanent home in the area after re-locating to Glassy from Florida in April 2016. He is an avid Chicago Bear fan and enjoys tennis and spending time with his family and his three boxers Wrangler, Minnie and Peytyn.
Please join together in welcoming Captain Rafferty and his wife Sabrina to the Glassy Mountain Fire Department family.
Captain Lamb – B Battalion
Captain Lamb was promoted to the rank of Captain and assigned to B-Battalion in May of 2016.
Captain Lamb has been with the Glassy Mountain Fire Department since May 24, 2014 and was promoted to Engineer in May of 2015. Greg came to Glassy Mountain with more than 26 years in the fire service and 18 years as a paramedic. Prior to relocating to the Upstate, Greg served with the Hilton Head and Jasper County Fire Departments and retired from Hilton Head as a Lieutenant. During his time with Hilton Head he was recognized as Firefighter of the Year and B Shift Engineer of the Year.
Besides serving the Glassy Mountain community, Greg serves as a paramedic with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare system in their inter-facility transport division.
Captain Palmer – C Battalion
Caleb Palmer started out working in the construction industry where he worked for 3-years while taking college classes. In March of 2010, during his second semester of Fire Service classes, at the age of 20, Caleb joined GMFD as a volunteer and continued his education in the fire service.
In January of 2011 EMT/FFII Palmer joined the staff of Glassy Mountain Fire Department under the 9-5 SAFER Grant. Caleb was promoted to Engineer in 2015 and Captain in April of 2017 at which time he assumed the helm of C-Battalion. The Captain is a nationally registered Paramedic, ICC Fire Inspector, Fire Instructor, and Fire Officer 1. He has taken in excess of 35 classes thru the SC Fire Academy while extending his knowledge base in the fire service.
Captain Palmer is a volunteer with Tigerville Fire Department, works part time with Thorne Ambulance Service; while continuing his education in Greenville Tech’s Fire Service program. His interests include camping, reading, and physical training.