Promotions & Recognitions
We have a new Lieutenant
Firefighter Chris Hammond was promoted to Lieutenant. He will serve as a part-time shift supervisor and company officer and will oversee our medical response program. He has been with Goose Creek Rural since August 2022. His current full-time job is as a Lead EMT for Charleston County EMS. He started there in November 2022. Previously he worked for the St. Johns Fire Department from 2014-2021.
Meet our new Engineers
Firefighter Matthew Rossello was promoted to Engineer. He will serve as a part-time Apparatus Operator and backup shift supervisor. He has been with Goose Creek Rural since October 2022. He is currently a Captain with the James Island Public Service District where he has been since 2010.
Introducing Our New Deputy Chief
A big congratulations to Corey Dickerson on being promoted to our new Deputy Chief.
Recognition of Service
Salute to Battalion Chief Gary Melton—recently recognized by Chief Maibach for 15 years of service. Battalion Chief Melton is also the Goose Creek Fire Marshal. Thank you for being the Goose Creek Difference, sir!
From Pro-b to Firefighter
Congratulations to Sarah Coker, Gamal Coles, Cordie Dorman, Jim Dzurica, Josh Goff, and Colin Sihabouth. All six recently completed probationary requirements and all six have been promoted to Firefighter. Good luck to all and thank you for being the Goose Creek Difference!
We’re excited to recognize Shaun Kennett, Cody Marlow, and James Rourk on being promoted to Lieutenant.
Congratulations and thank you for being the Goose Creek Difference!
Assistant Chief Andrew Stevanus!
A message from Chief Maibach
and many thanks are in order for Lt. Ron Dye and Battalion Chief Corey Dickerson. Chief Maibach honored both of them for 15 years of service and sent Lt. Dye off to retirement. Both men are tremendous examples of what it takes to be the Goose Creek difference!
2021 GCRFD Awards
We are proud to recognize the achievements of our members in 2021. All of our award winners are the definition of what it means to “Be The Goose Creek Difference”. Every award, except the Chief’s Award, was voted on by our members.
Co-Firefighter of the Year
Co-Firefighter of the Year
Noah Wilson’s Grandmother, Kathy, accepted the award from Chief Bob Maibach on Noah’s behalf.
Rookie of the year
Along with receiving Rookie of the year, Joe also received the #1 Volunteer Responder and Top Performer awards.
For these accomplishments, he received a hand-made leather New Yorker helmet in recognition of his efforts.
Most Improved Firefighter
Makenna accomplished several major objectives including graduation from South Carolina Fire Academy eight-week Recruit School and she started her full-time career with St. Paul’s Fire Department.
Officer of the Year
This award is given to a line officer or engineer that has made the most impact on the department.
This award is given to the member that has made the biggest impact. Brad has gone above and beyond to advance the fire department’s mission. He implemented inventory controls, improved record-keeping. He assisted on several significant projects and is always there to help Chief.
Graduation to Firefighter
Danielle completed all requirements and passed the promotional test to the rank of firefighter. Here she is at our ceremony getting pinned with her firefighter badge by her husband Scott,
and daughter Piper.
Congratulations to all our honorees.
From volunteer to career
You too can be the Goose Creek difference by volunteering. And if you want you can train with us to make a career out of it.
Victoria graduated top of her class!
Pictured is John, Brandyn's father, pinning his badge on at the graduation ceremony.
Garrett's entire family came to see him graduate. Including, our own Chief Maibach who just happens to be Garrett's uncle!
Congratulations are in order for Danielle Marriott,
Matthew Valbert and Gil Viera on receiving their Firefighter II certifications that they earned through the South Carolina Fire Academy.
Pictured here are:
Chief Maibach, Danielle Marriott, Matthew Valbert, Gil Viera and Assistant Chief Andy Stevanus
Structure Fire at JW Aluminum
August 4, 2020
Old Mt. Holly Road
Congratulations to Calvin Benekin!
2021 marks the 15th year of being the Goose Creek Difference as a Goose Creek Rural Fire Department firefighter.
Calvin was honored by Chief Maibach with a 15 year helmet front and uniform ribbon. Thank you Calvin for 15 years of exemplary service.
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