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Jasper County Hires New Emergency Services Director

Post Date:02/05/2018

Ridgeland, SC, February 5, 2018--Mr. Franklin Edwards has been hired as the new Emergency Services Director for Jasper County.  Edwards will replace Mr. Wilbur Daley, former Emergency Services Director.  He holds a Masters’ Degree in Public Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University and an undergraduate degree in Fire Science from the University of Maryland.  His professional career includes experience in both the Fire and Medical fields.  The new Director brings to Jasper County previous experience at both the County (Chesterfield County, VA and Escambia FL) and Municipal (City of Margate and City of Pensacola, FL) government levels.  He managed more than 20 fire stations with more than 250 full-time employees, 125 part-timers and 350 volunteers.


Edwards said "I look forward to working with all members of Jasper County Emergency Services and our regional partners to continue the excellent level of services that have been provided in the past. We have a great opportunity to innovate and grow along with the area to enhance our service delivery and customer focus."


Edwards started in the Fire Service more than 35 years ago as a firefighter and moved through the ranks to Deputy Fire Chief and later Fire Chief.  Edwards’ experience is well rounded and includes work in Public Safety and Emergency Management.  He holds several certifications some of which include Fire Officer Level III, Fire Instructor Level III and Hazardous Materials.  He has coursework in Hurricane Preparedness and Response and Hurricane Recovery and Mitigation.  In addition, Edwards has coursework with the Federal Emergency Management Agency including EOC Management and Operations, NIMS Resource Management, NIMS Communications and Information Management, Command and General Staff positions with the Incident Command System and numerous other courses. He holds the professional designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence.


Jasper County Administrator Andrew Fulghum said “Jasper County’s Emergency Services Division is composed of professional and dedicated employees who continue to perform their duties with limited resources. Chief Edwards has the experience to lead the division in adapting to the growth we are experiencing and maximizing resources associated with that growth to benefit the fire/rescue and emergency management services the County provides”.           


Edwards, will begin work for the County on February 19, 2018. He is married and has 2 adult daughters.