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Seigler named new fire chief

Paul Seigler is the new fire chief for the Walterboro Fire Department.
The post was made vacant when prior and longtime Walterboro Fire Chief Wayne Lake retired last year from his position as chief.
Seigler has served as a fireman with the Walterboro Fire Department for the last 29 years: the Walterboro department has been his sole career focus.
Additionally, this will be his first time in a chief role.
Walterboro City Council and city leaders chose Seigler for the open position in late 2018: city council and Walterboro Mayor Bill Young were set to publicly congratulate Seigler on his new post during the coming public meeting of Walterboro City Council.
Seigler, 52, is a Walterboro native and lifelong resident. He is a graduate of Walterboro High School and served in the Band of Blue. Seigler is still a drummer, and currently plays for two different area churches.
He also currently volunteers as a drummer with the Colleton County Chorus.
When asked about why he chose to step away from his full-time firefighting role and apply for the open chief position, Seigler says he first prayed about it.
“I thought, ‘this is my time, to move into something bigger,’” he said.
As the new fire chief, Seigler says he plans to increase the department’s training.
The Walterboro Fire Department has 14 full-time firefighters, including Seigler. Each of them receive ongoing firefighting training, but from different sources.
“I want to keep the training fresh,” he said. Some of the firefighters in the city department attend the National Fire Academy for training courses. Seigler says he wants to continue this practice. He also wants to increase the amount of local firemen who take these national courses. Additionally, Seigler wants to implement more training offered to local firemen by the state fire academy and offered by other resources, he said.
“As a department, we will get the most we can out of it all,” he said. “My other goal is to keep everything moving in the right direction. The department is already on the right track.”
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the Walterboro Fire Department. “It marks 150 years since our department was established,” he said. “I want to honor this with a large community celebration,” said Seigler. “That is a milestone that warrants a celebration.”