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August 9, 2019, LANDRUM, SC…Two Advanced Life Support Units now serve the Upstate of Greenville County. The SC Department of Health and Environmental Control – Emergency Medical Services (DHEC-EMS) has recently approved Rescue 35, which operates from the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area (GMFSA)’s Beaver Dam Substation to serve as a second Advanced Life Support (ALS) unit effective August 5, 2019.

Fundraising efforts, which included the department’s popular Rummage Sale, made possible the purchase of a new LifePak 15 Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillator. The new equipment is a vital, life-saving device for the newest ALS unit which will primarily serve the western portion of GMFSA. The second ALS unit will allow for a quicker response to communities including Cliffs Valley, Cliffs Mountain Park,
Garrenterra, and the heritage neighborhoods west of Tigerville Road.

Glassy Mountain will continue to send two units, an ALS and Basic Life Support (BLS) unit, to all medical calls in the GMFSA and will send dual paramedic units to higher acuity calls in the district.

The Glassy Mountain Fire Department’s ALS units also serve as part of Greenville County’s EMS systemand respond to critical calls for service as a Quick Response Vehicle in the Gowensville, Lake Cunningham, Tigerville, Slater-Marietta, and River Falls areas of northern Greenville County with Greenville County EMS.

APRIL 26, 2019, LANDRUM, SC…The Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) announced that its 2019 Rummage and Bake Sale, an important fundraiser that benefits the fire department and ultimately the community, is set, rain or shine, for Saturday, May 4 from 8:00 am to Noon at the Beaver Dam Fire Station located at 315 Beaver Dam Road, Travelers Rest, off Highway 25 (2.7 miles north of Route 11).

This year’s proceeds from the sale will  be used to help acquire an additional LIFEPAK15 cardiac monitor/defibrillator costing $38,000 for GMFD’s Beaver Dam Station.  With the second LIFEPAK15, the department will be able to staff two Advanced Life Support/Paramedic units, drastically reducing the time it takes for a paramedic to respond to medical emergencies on the Western side of the District.

MARCH 8, 2019, LANDRUM, SC… The Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area was notified by the Insurance Services Office (ISO) that the department’s Public Protection Classification (PPC) would improve to a rating of 3/10 effective May 1, 2019. Glassy Mountain’s PPC has been a 4/10 since February 2014.

The ISO conducted a survey in October 2018 reviewing the department’s ability to provide prompt and  effective fire protection to its 52 square mile service area.  Items reviewed by the ISO staff include the ability to receive and dispatch firefighters, number of personnel responding to building fires, training of fire personnel, fire station locations, number of fire apparatus and maintenance of those units and the availability of water to suppress fires either through a public water system or water supplied by fire water tenders.  Residents that live within a five-road mile distance from a GMFD fire station would be covered by the 3 rating.  Those buildings outside of the five-mile coverage would be considered to have inadequate fire protection.

Fire Chief Robert Staples said, “because of the topography of the district, there are only five residences within the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area that are outside of the five-mile range of a GMFD station.  Glassy Mountain operates five stations with  locations on Oak Grove Road in Landrum, within the Cliffs at Glassy community, Dividing Water Road and Beaver Dam Road in Travelers Rest and our Headquarters station on Highway 11 in Landrum.”                                                             # # # 

The Insurance Services Office (ISO):  The ISO expert staff collects information about municipal fire protection efforts in communities throughout the United States.  In each of those communities, ISO analyzes the relevant data and assigns a Public Protection Classification (PPCTM) – a number from 1 to 10.  Class 1 generally represents superior property fire protection and Class 10 indicates that the area’s fire suppression program does not meet ISO’s minimum criteria.

Virtually all U.S. insurers of homes  and business property use ISO’s Public Protection Classifications in  calculating premiums.  In general, the price of fire insurance in a community with a good PPC is substantially lower than in a community with a poor PPC, assuming all other factors are equal.




Just one simple step can help save your life and the lives of those around you by changing and testing the batteries in your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors on Sunday, November 4, when you change your clocks back (“Fall back”), Robert Staples, Chief, Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD), urges.

The GMFD joins with Energizerâ for the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® campaign marking its 31st anniversary to save lives and prevent needless injuries.  The program urges all Americans to adopt the simple, lifesaving habit to change smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector batteries when daylight savings ends and we change clocks back on Sunday, November 4.

The National Fire Protection Association reports that 71% of smoke alarms which failed to operate had missing, disconnected or dead batteries. This reinforces how important it is to take this time each year to check smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. GMFD and Energizer are reminding you of the importance of batteries not only in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but also the full range of devices that help keep us safe, secure and comfortable in our homes.

“Peak alarm times for home fire deaths is between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m. when most families are sleeping,” says Staples.  “Smoke alarm maintenance is a simple, effective way to reduce home fire deaths.  Children and senior citizens are most at risk, and a working smoke alarm can give them the extra seconds they need to get out safely.”

Chief Staples also recommends residents use the “extra” hour they gain from the time change to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors by pushing the test button, to plan and practice escape routes and to make sure neighbors and community members do the same.  Families should also prepare a fire safety kit that includes working flashlights and fresh batteries.

“The Glassy Mountain Fire Department has some smoke alarms available for district residents that don’t have them.  To request one, contact the headquarters at 864-895-4306,” Staples adds.

“Changing smoke alarm batteries at least once a year is one of the simplest, most effective ways to reduce these tragic deaths and injuries,” Chief Staples said.  “In fact, working smoke alarms nearly cut in half the risk of dying in a home fire.  Additionally, the International Association of Fire Chiefs recommends replacing your smoke alarms every 10 years.”

Tragically, home fires injure and kill thousands each year.  Those most at risk are:

■ Children —Home fires kill 500 children ages 14 and under each year.  Roughly three-quarters of child fire fatalities under age 15 occurred in homes without working smoke alarms.

■ Seniors — Adults 75 and older are 2.8 times more likely to die in a home fire.

 For more information about fire safety, call the Glassy Mountain Fire Departmenat 864-895-4306.  For more information on the Change Your Clock Change Your Battery® program go to

SEPTEMBER 28, 2018, LANDRUM, SC…Glassy Mountain Fire Department is celebrating 30 years of service to the community by hosting a fun-filled Fire Prevention Month Open House on Saturday, October 6 from 10 am to 2 pm at their Headquarters at 2015 Highway 11, Landrum, SC.  A special recognition ceremony honoring current and past volunteers will be held at 11:30.   Rain or Shine!

An abundance of activities and events are planned for all ages including a free BBQ lunch, fire station tours, fire safety demonstrations/training including Stop the Bleed Training at 10:30 and 1:00 and Hands Only CPR Training at 10:45 and 1:15, and more.  The Blood Connection also will hold its annual blood drive.  For more information go to or call 864-895-4306.

AUGUST, 2018:

Charity Golf Tournament Raises $26,270!

This year’s Tournament and Contribution Campaign raised $26,270 for the Glassy Mountain Fire Foundation.

Thank you Tournament Chairman, Jim White, those who assisted Jim, the Cliffs at Glassy, the Players and all those that contributed time and/or funds to the success of this event.
Special thanks to the following Event Sponsors..
Bank of Travelers Rest
• Blue Ridge Rural Water
• Jorgensen Learning Center
• Spartan Fire & Emergency Apparatus
• All About Flooring
• American Security of Greenville
• Blue Ridge Electric
• N&H Enterprises, Inc

DECEMBER 15, 2017, LANDRUM, SC…Fire Chief Robert Staples, Glassy Mountain Fire Department, was recently recognized by the Board of Directors of the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians (NREMT) for achieving 30 consecutive years of National EMS Certification. This distinction is held by few EMS professionals. 

To maintain his status as a Nationally Registered EMT, Staples completed, on a biennial basis, the most comprehensive recertification program for EMS professionals in America.  By maintaining his National EMS Certification and completing regular continuing education courses, Chief staples has demonstrated his commitment to providing exceptional pre-hospital emergency medical care.

Chief Staples was nationally registered as a Paramedic in 1987 and has been serving in Greenville County since December of 2013. Prior to his move to the Upstate, Chief Staples served as a Fire Chief and Paramedic for more than 25 years in Deltona, Florida. Prior to his move to Florida, Staples was a Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician in New Jersey since 1979.

The National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians serves as the National EMS Certification organization by providing a valid, uniform process to assess the knowledge and skills required for competent practice by EMS professionals throughout their careers and by maintaining a registry of certification status.

NOVEMBER 10, 2017, LANDRUM, SC….Glassy Mountain Fire Department Raises Over $3,300 for Muscular Dystrophy Association and the International Association of Fire Fighter’s Fill the Boot Program.   Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) held its annual “Fill the Boot” drive in September/early October collecting donations at Highway 11 and 25 and Highway 11 and 14, raising over $3,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.  Engineer/paramedic Don Jeffers collects donations from motorists at Highway 11 and 14. Other GMFD participants included Chief Robert Staples, Captain Russell Rafferty, Captain Caleb Palmer, Captain Greg Lamb, Max Heim, John Roggy, Eric McCarson, Hunter Ward, Jake Wilson, Don Jeffers and Zach Coates.

MDA and IAFF:  For more than 60 years the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) have worked together to free individuals and their families from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.  MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF has raised more than $585.5 million since 1954.  In 2015, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country raising $25.5 million for research breakthroughs across diseases, care for children and adults from day one and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.

AUGUST 1, 2017, LANDRUM, SC… Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) announced it is now providing Advanced Life Support (ALS – Paramedic) EMS services from its headquarters location at 2015 Highway 11, Landrum, SC.   GMFD joins the South Greenville and Mauldin Fire Departments in providing ALS first response in Greenville County in conjunction with Greenville County Emergency Medical Services.

“With the additional of licensure as a Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) ALS provider, GMFD personnel will be able to provide 40 medications, place advanced airways, and treat life-threatening cardiac dysrhythmias,” said Chief Robert Staples, Glassy Mountain Fire Department.  “These medications and procedures enhance the level of prehospital care to the residents and visitors of the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area and beyond.  If someone is suffering a heart attack or stroke, minutes make the difference between life and death.”

Glassy Mountain Fire Department’s Quick Response Vehicle (QRV) augments Greenville County EMS’ response system and will serve as an additional resource in the northern part of the county. GMFD employs five full-time paramedics and six part-time and volunteer paramedics, most with many years of experience in delivering prehospital care.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) U.S. Fire Administration’s (USFA) National Fire Academy (NFA) announced that Glassy Mountain Fire Department’s Fire Chief Robert J Staples successfully completed the Executive Fire Officer Program (EFOP).

“The intensive EFOP is designed to provide senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire administration,” according to U.S. Fire Administrator Ernest Mitchell, Jr. “This program provides executive fire services officers with the expertise they need to succeed in today’s challenging environment.”

The EFOP is a four-year program.  The required executive-level courses covered in sequence are:

  • Executive Development – the entry-level course emphasizes team development and consensus decision making to enhance organizational effectiveness.
  • Executive Analysis of Community Risk Reduction – is a mixture of philosophy and application – the value of the community risk reduction and the process of applying risk reduction to the community. It involves developing partnerships with the community to implement programs, initiatives and services that prevent and/or mitigate the risk of human-made or natural disasters.  Traditional fire prevention programs are addressed.

 Executive Analysis of Fire Service Operations in Emergency Management – is a critical curriculum in today’s incident response environment. The analysis of incident response in light of the National Response Framework, the National Incident Management System (NIMS), Integrated Emergency Management System, emergency operations center functions, planning and documentation are some of the topics covered.

  • Executive Leadership – examines all aspects of executive-level leadership and ties together the educational experiences of the three previous years.

“Each of the four courses require a written Applied Research Project (ARP) to demonstrate application of course theory and concepts to real life situations within the student’s own organization.  Each of these projects was evaluated through a formal process and progression through the program was contingent on achieving each of these milestones,” Mitchell said.

Mitchell continued, “It’s important that these senior fire executives apply what they have learned in the classroom to existing situations in their own communities.  This makes completion of the EFOP and the ARPs particularly valuable to these fire service leaders.”

The National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program provides senior fire officers with a broad perspective on various facets of fire and emergency services administration.  The courses and accompanying research examine how to exercise leadership when dealing with difficult or unique problems within communities.  For more information, go to:

 The Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area was established in 1987 to organize a volunteer fire department to provide fire/safety protection and a first response emergency unit within the community.  The Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area covers nearly 52 square miles with a population of approximately 3,000 residents in the area known as The Dark Corner in northern Greenville County which stretches from the east at the Spartanburg County line on Highway 14 to the west of Highway 25 and begins in the south near Highway 414 to the North Carolina state line.  The District operates five fire stations–Glassy Mountain (Headquarters), Beaver Dam, Oak Grove, Dividing Water and Cliffs with approximately 50 career and volunteer firefighters and first responders.  For more information, go to:

 JANUARY 6, 2017, LANDRUM, SC… Glassy Mountain Fire Department honored its firefighters during its Annual Christmas and Awards Banquet in December.  Firefighter Zachary Coates (Travelers Rest) was named Cadet of the Year; Firefighter Donald Blanchard (Greer) was named Rookie of the Year; Firefighter Hunter Ward (Travelers Rest) was named Volunteer of the Year; Engineer/Paramedic Donald Jeffers (Easley) was named Career Firefighter of the Year; Sergeant Shawn Jenkins (Travelers Rest) was named Officer of the Year and Firefighter/Support Max Heim (Landrum) received the Fire Chief’s Award.

Merit Awards were presented to Sergeant Shawn Jenkins (Travelers Rest) for Most Alarm Responses; Firefighter John Roggy (Travelers Rest) for Most In-house POC with 1,932 hours; Sergeant Branson Bowns (Travelers Rest) for Most At-home POC with 1,572 hours; Engineer/Paramedic Don Jeffers for Most Career Staff Training Hours Completed and Sergeant Shawn Jenkins for Most Volunteer Training Hours Completed.

Length of Service Awards were presented to Firefighter/Support Max Heim for 25 years; Support Member Christine “Renae” Sprouse (Flat rock, NC) for five years and Firefighter Matthew Dowgos for five years.

The Team Award was presented to the 27 members that responded to a structure fire on Raven Road, July 2016.

NOVEMBER 28, 2016, LANDRUM, SC… Firefighter Hunter Ward, Glassy Mountain Fire Department and Brad Kuykendall from Greenville City Fire Department participated in the 2nd Heroes 9/11 Walk organized by SaBaR Charities in September.  The Heroes 9/11 Walk helps the community and first responders honor and remember the lives lost on 9/11/01 and helps the community interact with first responders.

Hunter and Brad raised nearly $500 which will go towards the purchase of smoke/carbon dioxide (CO2) detectors for low-income families. The firefighters walked 9.11 miles in full turnout gear from Travelers Rest to Liberty Bridge in Greenville along the Swamp Rabbit Trail.

NOVEMBER 14, 2016, LANDRUM, SC… Glassy Mountain Fire Department Chief Robert Staples announced several personal changes.  Engineer Greg Lamb, has been named Captain effective immediately.  Captain Lamb has been with the Glassy Mountain Fire Department since May 2014 and was promoted to Engineer in May 2015.

captain-pm-greg-lambLamb has more than 26 years in the fire service and 18 years as a paramedic.  Prior to relocating to the Upstate, he served with the Hilton Head and Jasper County Fire Departments, retiring from Hilton Head with the rank of Lieutenant.  During his time with Hilton Head, Lamb was recognized as Firefighter of the Year and B Shift Engineer of the Year.

In addition to serving the Glassy Mountain community, Lamb serves as a paramedic with the Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System with their inter-facility transport division.  Lamb and his family live in Tigerville.

Firefighters Branson Bowns & Christopher Spencer and  were promoted to rank of Sergeant.  Spencer is a resident of Greer and has been with GMFD for four years.  Bowns is a resident of Travelers Rest and has also been with GMFD for four years.

NOVEMBER 4, 2016, LANDRUM, SC…Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) held its annual “Fill the Boot” drive in September/October collecting donations at Highways 11 and 14 and raising over $2,300 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association.   Participating GMFD firefighters: Chris Spencer, Zachary Coates, Jacob Hunt, Don Jeffers. Eric McCarson, Jason Sprouse, Renae Srpouse, Chandler McMakin, Caleb Palmer, Russell Brinson, Greg Lamb, Jacob Hunt, Branson Bowns, Russell Rafferty and Rob Hitt.

MDA and IAFF:  For more than 60 years the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) have worked together to free individuals and their families from the harm of muscular dystrophy, ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) and related muscle-debilitating diseases that take away physical strength, independence and life.  MDA’s largest national partner, the IAFF has raised more than $585.5 million since 1954.  In 2015, more than 100,000 firefighters participated in Fill the Boot events across the country raising $25.5 million for research breakthroughs across diseases, care for children and adults from day one and empower families with services and support in hometowns across America.

OCTOBER 14, 2016, LANDRUM, SC…CAPTAIN JASON SPROUSE,  TO PARTICIPATE IN SOUTH CAROLINA’S FIRE SERVICE LEADERSHIP INSTITUTE …. Glassy Mountain Fire Department Chief Robert Staples announced that Captain Jason Sprouse has been selected to participate in the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association 2016-2017 Fire Service Leadership Institute.  Sprouse was one of only 12 individuals selected to participate in the Institute out of a poll of applicants statewide.

Sprouse, JasonThe Fire Service Leadership Institute is offered to individuals to improve and develop fire service leadership at the state level through networking and education pertaining to the many facets of the fire service profession.  The Leadership Institute is a 12-month leadership development and educational process in an executive level environment emphasizing communications and group project-based skills.

Sprouse has been with GMFD for six years.  He oversees the Fire Cadet and Public Education programs for the department.  His wife Renee also volunteers with the department as a support member. Sprouse and his family reside in Flat Rock, North Carolina.

JUNE 24, 2016, LANDRUM, SC…The Glassy Mountain Fire Department announced that Russell Rafferty has joined the Department as Captain, Training and Safety.

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, Florida.  Prior to joining Deltona Fire Department, Rafferty served with the City of Port Orange (FL) 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.

Rafferty received an associate’s degree from Daytona State College in emergency medical service and a bachelor’s degree from Warner Southern University in organizational management.  He is a 2010 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.  Rafferty is a certified National Registry Paramedic, EMS Instructor, Fire Service Instructor, Fire Inspector, Fire Officer, and Health and Safety Officer.

MAY 25, 2016 LANDRUM, SC…The Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) is sponsoring a FREE Hands-Only CPR training session for members of the community to learn how to help save the life of an adult or teen in the event of a sudden cardiac arrest.  The training will take place on Saturday, June 4 from 10 am to Noon at GMFD headquarters, 2015 Highway 11, Landrum, SC.

Hands-Only CPR is CPR without mouth-to-mouth breaths,” Chief Robert Staples said.  “It’s recommended for use for those who see a teen or adult suddenly collapse in an “out-of-hospital” setting (such as at home, at work or in a park).  It consists of two easy steps:

  1. Call 9-1-1 (or ask someone to call)
  2. Push hard and fast in the center of the chest

While most people are intimidated to undergo full CPR training, the new Hands-Only CPR program exposes attendees to the basic CPR skills that can be used to save a life.”

According to the American Heart Association, cardiac arrest – the electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs and other organs – is a leading cause of death.  Each year, more than 350,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests occur in the United States.  It’s estimated that 90 percent of people who suffer out-of-hospital cardiac arrests die.  CPR, especially performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival.

Chief Staples added, “Only about 46 percent of people who experience an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest get the immediate help they need before professional help arrives.  Hands-Only CPR has been shown to be as effective as conventional CPR for cardiac arrest at home, at work or in public, at least doubling the chance of survival.”

The American Heart Association still recommends CPR with compressions and breaths for infants and children and victims of drowning, drug overdose or people who collapse due to breathing problems.

For more information  call 864-895-4306.


JANUARY 15, 2016 LANDRUM, SC…The Glassy Mountain Fire Department named its 2015 award recipients for service to the community. The awards were presented by Chief Robert Staples during Glassy Mountain Fire Department’s Annual Awards and Holiday Banquet.

  • 2015 Troy Cecil Pruitt Career Firefighter of the Year Award — Engineer Greg Lamb of Tigerville
  • 2015 Troy Cecil Pruitt Volunteer Firefighter of the Year — Sergeant Rob Hitt of Taylors
  • Fire Chief’s Award — Kelley Murphy, Administrative Assistant of Travelers Rest
  • Cadet of the Year Award — Zachary Coates of Travelers Rest
  • Officer of the Year Award — Captain Chris Shavce of Boiling Springs
  • Rookie of the Year — Justin Tinsley of Travelers Rest

Assistant Chief Bryan Bailey was recognized for his 19 years of service to GMFD.

Tenure awards were presented as follows:

  • One Year – Paul Bradley, Zachary E. Coates, Mason Duncan, Chris Fort, Manuel Fuentes, Greg Lamb, Levi Murphy, Haley Roddy, Chris Shavce, Laurie Staples, Hunter Swayngham and Hunter Ward
  • Two Years – Devon Blanchard, Matthew Conoly, Rodney Duran, Gerald Gage and David Rochester
  • Five Years – Engineer Caleb Palmer and Captain Jason Sprouse
  • 15 Years – Lieutenant Ron Messer

Certificates of Achievement were presented to:

    • Zachary Coates, John Roggy and Justin Tinsley – Firefighter 1 Certification
    • Matthew Conoly, Haley Roddy, Mason Duncan and Chris Spencer – EMT
    • Mason Duncan, Manuel Fuentes, Mark Smith and Hunter Ward — Firefighter 2 Certification
    • David Hindman – Fire Officer Designation
    • Sybil Russell – Paramedic

Merit Awards were presented to:

    • Max Heim – Runner Up – Most responses to Structural Alarms with 50 alarms this year
    • David Rochester – Most responses to Structural Alarms with 54 alarms this year
    • John Roggy – Runner Up- Most Station Stand-by (non-POC) – 503 hrs
    • Eric McCarson – Most Station Stand-by (non-POC) with 899 hours
    • Shawn Jenkins – Runner up – Most In-House Paid On-Call with 456 hours
    • John Roggy – Most In-House Paid On-Call with 41/24hr shifts & 19/12 hr Shifts – 1212 hours
    • Easton Howard – Runner up – Most At Home POC with 212/24 hr shifts & 68/12 hr Shifts – 5904 hours
    • David Rochester – Most At Home POC with 248/24 hr shifts & 30/12 hr Shifts – 6312 hours
    • Mark Smith – Runner Up –Most SC Fire Academy Courses Completed with 255 hours completed
    • Manuel Fuentes – Most SC Fire Academy Courses Completed with 307 hours completed
    • John Roggy – Runner up- Most Training Hours Completed with 357.5 training hours total — with 251 SCFA Hours Completed and 106.5 In-House Training Hours Completed
    • Zachary E. Coates – Most Training Hours Completed with 391 training hours total — with 207 SCFA Hours Completed and 184 In-House Hours Complete; also attended the most in-house training sessions (Volunteer) with 32 sessions
    • Engineer/Paramedic Greg Lamb-Runner up – Most Training Hours completed-Career with 424 Hours
    • Captain David Hindman – Most Training Hours Completed-Career with 769 Hours

In addition, four retiring Commissioners were honored for their service:

  • Richard Dusa, Travelers Rest
  • Dennis Geagan, Landrum
  • Dwight Hammack, Tigerville
  • David Vaughn, Landrum

“We are very proud of all our staff both career and volunteer and the sacrifices they and their families make on behalf of the department and our District, but we are always in need of more firefighters and first responders,” Chief Robert Staples said. “We have many job opportunities available other than fighting fires including mechanical, electrical, technical, painting, legal assistance, etc – If anyone wants more information on how to become part of our team, they should contact me at 864-895-4306 or go to our website at”

Glassy Mountain Fire Department Chief Attains International Re-designation Of Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer

NOVEMBER 27, 2015, LANDRUM, SC…Chief Robert J Staples of the Glassy Mountain Fire Department has been re-designated Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer (CEMSO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission on Professional Credentialing. Chief Staples joins a group of 110 individuals worldwide designated a CEMSO and is one of only two designated in South Carolina.

The Professional Designation is recognition of broad career and educational professional accomplishments. Designations offered by the Commission on Professional Credentialing (CPC) are an internationally-recognized, third-party verification of professional competence in the fire and emergency services. CPC provides emergency services personnel guidance for career planning and development and recognizes lifelong career excellence and achievement. Designation demonstrates that an individual has developed a strategy for continued career improvement and development

Chief Staples received his original designation as a CEMSO in 2009 one of the first 50 professionals so designated worldwide. Every three years, re-designation is required. Chief Staples was re-designated in 2012 and again this year.

The Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) promotes the continuous quality improvement of fire and emergency service agencies that serve communities worldwide by providing training and career resource information. CPSE supports and encourages agencies and personnel to meet international performance standards through various programs and the work of two commissions: the Commission on fire Accreditation International and the Commission on Professional Credentialing. CPSE serves as the governing body for the organizations that offer accreditation, education and credentialing services to first responder and fire service industry professionals and agencies. For more information go to:

Greenville County Fire Departments’ BOOT DRIVE

NOVEMBER 16, 2015, LANDRUM, SC…Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) announced it will participate in the Greenville County Fire Departments’ BOOT DRIVE on Monday, November 23rd. GMFD staff will be collecting donations between the hours of 3:30 – 5:30 pm on Highway 11 at the Highway 25 off ramps and the intersection of Highways 11 and 14 in Gowensville. 

Chief Robert J Staples, GMFD, said “Fire departments in Greenville County are participating in the Boot Drive to help raise funds for the firefighters and their families who were affected by the torrential flooding in the state last month. All funds will go to the SC State Firefighters Foundation to be dispersed.”

LIFEPAK 12 Cardiac Monitor/Defibrillator/Pacemaker Improves Chances of Surviving a Cardiac Arrest

OCTOBER 30, 2015, LANDRUM, SC… Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) announced it has acquired a LIFEPAK 12 Cardiac Monitor, Defibrillator and Pacemaker in one unit. The acquisition of this cutting-edge device was made possible through the generous donations of the Cliffs of Glassy residents.

“In the hands of our Paramedics and Advanced EMTs, the LIFEPAK 12 will aid our personnel in assessing and treating patients, specifically those suffering a cardiovascular medical emergency with greater precision, said Robert J. Staples, Chief, Glassy Mountain Fire Department. “The LIFEPAK 12 has the ability to simultaneously monitor a patient’s pulse, blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation and cardiac rhythm, allowing personnel to more quickly assess and treat patients. GMFD is the only department in North Greenville County with Advanced EMTs and Paramedics on duty 24/7.”

For more information call Glassy Mountain Fire Department at 864-895-4306.


OCTOBER 16, 2015, LANDRUM, SC… Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD) announced that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has awarded the department a $230,000 Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) to replace its self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) equipment.

The grant allows GMFD to replace outdated SCBAs that have reached the end of their service life with state-of-the-art breathing apparatus units.

“Our firefighters risk their lives to protect our community,” said Robert J. Staples, Chief, Glassy Mountain Fire Department. “SCBAs provide our staff and volunteers with breathable air during structural fires and other hazardous conditions. We are grateful to FEMA which has allowed fire departments like GMFD who have limited funding options to replace aging equipment.”


June 2, 2015:
On June 2nd the Greenville County Council approved the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area’s request for a millage increase and refinancing of our General Obligation bonds.  The Fire Service Area has not sought an increase in its Operating Millage since 2008.  Since that time the economy and housing market in the United States and more specifically, Greenville County had taken quite a hit, reducing our tax base and revenue even though the cost of operating the fire department has steadily increased.  After several Strategic Planning listening sessions and a careful review of our finances, the Board of Commissioners took a proactive approach to ensure the department would remain adequately funded in the event there were no increases in property values and limited new construction.

Working with a financial consultant, Southern Municipal Advisors, it was determined the Service Area could ask for a millage increase of 2.8 mills and could take advantage of excellent bond rates and refinance our existing General Obligation Bonds at no additional cost to the taxpayer and fund our Capital Equipment needs.

The Board of Commissioners and Chief Staples held 4 Town Hall meetings, utilized our web site, this bulk email newsletter, and social media to let the residents of the GMFSA know of our strategic plan, financial obligations, and our fiscal outlook for the next 5 years with an increase and without an increase.

The Department had an overwhelming favorable response from these meetings and great support from our community prior to and during our presentation to the County Council.  The millage increase will aid in maintaining our operating revenue and to reduce the amount of reserve funds needed to balance the budget for a few years.  The refinancing of the bonds will allow the department to add an engine to its fleet (something recommended by the Insurance Services Office) and replace a 30-year-old Rescue truck.


May 2, 2015:
While residents of The Cliffs have everything to gain from the wide array of amenities and events available to them, they continue to prove that giving back to the local community is a top priority in their everyday life. On May 2, the residents of The Cliffs at Glassy, Valley and Mountain Park came together to host the 12th Annual Rummage and Bake Sale that raised more than $26,000 for the Glassy Mountain Fire Department (GMFD). The process starts about six months before the sale with volunteers collecting, sorting and pricing all donations.  Then it is all hands on deck as The Cliffs’ residents and GMFD employees and volunteers set up, staffed the sale, and sold hundreds of items. The proceeds from the event will be used to purchase much-needed capital equipment and supplies to ensure GMFD continues to serve the community.

Co-chairs for this year’s Rummage Sale, Assistant Chief Bryan Bailey and GMFD Commissioner Dick Dusa, expressed their gratitude to all involved:  “The years of dedicated support by The Cliff’s volunteers helped make this year’s sale another great success. There were hundreds of volunteer hours donated to this event, and the profit of $26,000 is a direct result of their commitment and dedication,” stated Bailey and Dusa.
The Rummage Sale, which has been a signature community event among The Cliffs at Glassy,  Valley and Mountain Park communities for more than a decade, has raised a total a net total of $232,605 since its founding in 2002. The funds from the sale are held in the Glassy Mountain Fire Foundation and are used to help purchase and upgrade the necessary and in some cases technologically-advanced equipment and special gear for GMFD staff that allows them to provide better services to the residents in the fire service area.  Items not sold during the Rummage Sale were donated to several local organizations including Wounded Warrior Project, The Salvation Army, Miracle Hill Ministries and Goodwill.
David Sawyer, Managing Partner for The Cliffs Clubs, states, “In a community known for its lifestyle, it is heartwarming to see philanthropic efforts like these added to what The Cliffs residents are known for. When we give back to our community, we benefit everyone.”Plans for the next GMFD Rummage Sale, slated to take place spring 2017, are already underway.


March, 20, 24, 26, 2015 and April 9, 2015:
The Glassy Mountain Fire Dept. Commissioners  would appreciate your presence at an informative meeting concerning financial issues affecting our district.  Please join us at one of these 4 locations…….

  • The Cliffs Valley / Clubhouse – March 20th at 5:00 pm
  • Lima Baptist Church / Fellowship Bldg – 3830 Hwy 11, Travelers Rest – March 24th at 6:30 pm
  • Oak Grove Station – 400 Oak Grove Rd. Landrum
     March 26th at 6:30 pm
  • The Cliffs at Glassy / Ballroom – April 9th at 5:00 pm


February, 23 – 26, 2015:  Thank you to all Career and Volunteer Members who provided stand-by coverage at Headquarters, Beaver Dam, Oak Grove, & Mountain Stations during the recent severe weather conditions.

Also thank-you to all Members who were on standby at their homes.  Your dedication to the department and the community is deeply appreciated.   It is the hard work that each of you do that make our department so great.


February, 2015:  The department’s Off-Road “Polaris Ranger” vehicle was recently employed in transporting a sick patient from her home to the awaiting Ambulance; which, like other Emergency Vehicles, was not able to get up the patient’s driveway due to the, 20 degree, inclement weather.

Thank you to Captain AEMT Chris Shavce, Sergeant FF/PM Shawn Jenkins, FF/EMT Caleb Palmer, FF Chris Spencer, FF Matthew Conoly, and the Greenville County EMT’s / Paramedics that responded to this call.

A “special thank you” to the Firehouse Sub Restaurant owners, Messrs. Omar Ghorbani, Boiling Springs & Elliott Goldsmith, Greer and the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation; which donated the Polaris Ranger to the department several years ago.


January 13, 2015:  On this day Firefighter-EMT Caleb Palmer and Captain Chris Shavce ran a Sick Person Call.
“I was on the call with EMS and it became apparent quickly that the Patient was really sick and was possibly having a Stroke.  I experienced first hand the dedication and professionalism that these two personnel exhibited on this call.  This call was stressful and required all involved to operate quickly and efficiently due to the time sensitive condition that the Patient was experiencing. Both personnel stepped up to the plate and assisted to the best of their abilities and we could not have gotten the Patient off scene as quick as we did with out both of them working as hard as they did.

I say all of this to inform you that earlier this week I received a call from the Son-In-Law of the Patient who wanted to thank our crew for the dedication to the community and the professionalism that they displayed. He went on to say that he has encountered many members of the Public Safety Community and this was by far the best experience he has ever had.

I would like to extend this commendation to FF/EMT Palmer and CPT Shavce on behalf of the Patient’s family and GMFD.

As you see these guys out and about congratulate them on this commendation and thank them for not only making our department look good, but for truly making a difference in the life of the families that we serve.
SGT Shawn J. Jenkins, NRP
Sergeant — Nationally Registered Paramedic
Glassy Mountain Fire Department
2015 Highway 11; Landrum, SC 29356


February 1, 2015:   Members of the GMFD and the Community joined in to honor Law Enforcement Officers, Firefighters and Emergency Medical Personnel on First Responder Sunday.  Special Guest Speaker is Chaplin Benni Durham of the Greenville County Sheriff’s Office.


October 13, 2014 — LANDRUM, SC…Glassy Mountain Fire Department is hosting a fun-filled Fire Prevention Month Open House on Saturday, October 25 from 10 am to 2 pm at their Headquarters at 2015 Highway 11, Landrum, SC.

An abundance of activities and events are planned for all ages including the MedTrans helicopter and crew, fire station apparatus tours and fire prevention trailer demonstrations, a bouncy house and other surprises for kids along with hot dogs – all free!

Also The Blood Connection will hold a blood drive and the Greenville County Emergency Medical Services professionals will provide in-home CPR training for the whole family.


October, 2014…FIREFIGHTERS in PINK
GMFD Firefighters are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month & the Susan G. Komen Foundation by wearing “Pink T-Shirts” during the month of October.  The department raised funds
in support of this worthy cause by selling GMFD designed Pink-T-Shirts.


September 20, 2014, Greenville, SC… Team GMFD consisting of members Zachery Coates. Easton Howard, Rob Hitt, Devon Blanchard, David Hindman, Chris Spencer, and Haley Roddy placed 4th in the Climb of the Landmark Building in support of the American Lung Association.  The Team raised $1155.00 exceeding their goal of $1000.00


August 30-31, 2014, LANDRUM, SC…Over Labor Day Weekend members of Glassy Mountain collected over $2700.00 in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association Fill-the-Boot Day for Jerry’s Kids, a program that has been sponsored by the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) and the Muscular Dystrophy Association since 1954.

Community Fun Day

MAY 16, 2014, LANDRUM, SC…May 31st was Family Fun Day at Glassy Mountain Fire Department.  The event held to “Prevent Fires Thru Education” and to acquaint residents of the fire district with the operations of the department by providing a fun filled day of educational demonstrations and family activities.

We would like to thank all of the individuals and families that came out to participate in this fun-filled educational day of activities; as well as the many staff and volunteer members that worked hard in support of the event.  If you have questions about fire safety, are interested in learning more about department operations or have an interest in becoming a member of GMFD please stop by Headquarters station anytime.

“I just wanted to thank everyone involved in our event Saturday for all of your work before, during and after the event.  The event was a success and all of the citizens I spoke with were very impressed with our department, the service we provide and our efforts to educate the public.

It would not have been a success without your participation.”

Robert Staples, Fire Chief

May 16, 2014 Washington, DC  


Wherever and whenever crisis hits, the men and women of our emergency medical services (EMS) rush to the scene. With unyielding steadiness, they bring care to those who need it most. During Emergency Medical Services Week, we show our gratitude to the EMS practitioners who aid our families, friends, and neighbors in their darkest moments.

We saw their professionalism in action after a devastating storm hit Vilonia, Arkansas. Immediately after a tornado struck, 200 people, including EMS personnel from other counties, were ready to go house to house searching for injured neighbors. We saw it after last month’s mudslide in Washington State when first responders and rescue crews braved unsteady ground to search for survivors. And we see it in towns and cities across America every hour of every day. My Administration is dedicated to supporting the vital work of our paramedics, emergency medical technicians, 911 dispatchers, and EMS medical directors.

This week, we thank the EMS providers who ease suffering and so often mean the difference between life and death. Let us honor their service with a renewed commitment to them. Let us ensure that those who watch over our communities have the support they need to get the job done.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim May 18 through May 24, 2014, as Emergency Medical Services Week. I encourage all Americans to observe this occasion by showing their support for their local EMS providers and taking steps to improve their personal safety and preparedness.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this sixteenth day of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand fourteen, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-eighth.


JANUARY 3, 2014 LANDRUM, SC  The Board of Commissioners of the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area announced four newly elected members of the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area 2014 Board of Commissioners.  The new members are Jewell Bayne, Richard Baker and William Brodie all from Travelers Rest and Dennis Geagan of Landrum.  The new members join David Vaughn and Dwight Hammack of Landrum and Dick Dusa of Travelers Rest.

Bayne was first elected to the Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area, GMFSA, Board of Commissioners in 1989 and served for 14 years. She was married to the late Bill Bayne, one of the original founders of the Glassy Mountain Fire Department.  Bayne is the owner operator of Jewells Barber and Hair Styling off Highway 25 North of Travelers Rest and is an Avon products consultant. She is a resident of Travelers Rest.

Following a career in corporate finance, Baker and his wife Johanna have been residents of the Cliffs Communities since 2006.  He serves as a Director and Treasurer for the Cliffs Residents Outreach and a New York-based 501c3 foundation, Research to Prevent Blindness.

A resident of the GMFSA since 2002 after a career in sales and marketing management, Brodie is serving his second term as a Commissioner having served previously from 2007 through 2010 including two years as Board Chairman.  He also served as a volunteer firefighter from 2008 to 2013.  Brodie and his wife, Libby, reside in Travelers Rest.

Geagan and his wife Claudia retired to the Cliffs at Glassy in 1999 in Landrum following a career in a variety of manufacturing and sales positions.  In 2000, he joined the ranks of volunteer firefighter with the GMFD and he has served on the GMFSA Board of Commissioners for four years and as Chairman for the past two years.  Geagan has been an active recruiter and fundraiser for the GMFD. 

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