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County fire, emergency leader brings home top state award

A Colleton County leader has won a state award, bringing a shining light onto the county for its recently re-written emergency operations plan.
Colleton County Fire-Rescue Deputy Chief Dr. David Greene has been awarded S.C. Emergency Management Director of the Year award. The award was given to Greene on March 4th by S.C. Emergency Management Association, during a statewide conference, held in Myrtle Beach.
Greene is the Deputy Chief of the Colleton County Fire-Rescue. He has served the countywide firefighting and rescue entity for 15 years. For the last two years, he has also served as the county’s emergency manager. In this latest role, Greene restructured Colleton County’s emergency preparedness office and the overall emergency plan for the county. CCFR officially took over the county-emergency department in 2018, and Greene has since served as its emergency manager.
“While many people have been involved in the reorganization, Chief Greene has been at the helm, orchestrating the many improvements to make the Division more functional and better prepared to serve this community, as well as our part in assisting the other agencies throughout the state,” said Barry McRoy, chief and director of Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
“David began with a complete rewrite of the County Emergency Operations Plan and brought many agencies back to the table to run the Emergency Operations Center (EOC) during emergencies or disasters,” he said. “He revamped the entire EOC, where participants can better communicate and participate while mitigating any event. He led an almost total rebuild of the EOC, bringing us all more modern equipment, communications equipment and methods for sharing information between all those involved.”
According to McRoy, Greene has nearly 30 years of experience in fire service. He is also a paramedic and holds a Ph.D. in Fire Service Administration and Emergency Management.
Greene, 44, started with Colleton County Fire-Rescue in 1991 as a volunteer firefighter. He worked his way up through the organization and was later hired as a full-time employee, continuing to serve fire-rescue in various roles. He was ultimately appointed to the deputy chief position.
As deputy chief, Greene oversees the daily operations and the HAZMAT side of the agency’s rescue services. He also handles all records and training for Colleton County Fire-Rescue.
Greene is the sole deputy chief for the entire county firefighting and rescue agency. He works as a top administrator for fire-rescue, along with fellow CCFR leaders Director/Chief Barry McRoy and CCFR Assistant Chief Marty Stallings.
Each person in this trio carries their own responsibilities within Colleton County Fire-Rescue, said McRoy. “I am very proud of David. He has worked very hard over his career to get to this point. He has never stopped learning and never stopped trying through formal education,” said McRoy. “He is impressive.”
Greene is a native of Walterboro. He still resides in Walterboro.

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