Fire & EMS

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Joseph Zahralban
Fire Chief

On behalf of our entire staff, thank you for your interest in our EMS and Fire Department. 
We are committed to providing the community of Gervais with the best service possible and upholding the core values of integrity, trust, excellence, and respect. 

It is the vision of the City of Gervais Fire Department to strive to be innovative, adaptive, and resilient in the face of all internal and external challenges. 

If we can further assist you, please contact us at anytime. 

Sincerely,

Joseph Zahralban
Fire Chief

The City of Gervais Fire and EMS serves the community with the highest level of professionalism, customer service, and responsiveness by providing effective and efficient fire prevention, fire suppression, disaster management, emergency medical care and other essential services to save lives and protect property. 

 
Divisions



Office of the Fire Chief

Fire Chief
Joseph Zahralban

Contact Information

City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue

Office of the Fire Chief

1151 NW 7th Street
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The Office of the Fire Chief manages and coordinates all administrative and operational functions of the Department. This office’s primary responsibilities include developing standards and methods to improve Fire safety and resiliency by developing policies and procedures for the department.

Deputy Chief of Operations

Assistant Chief
Alejandro Fernandez

Contact Information

City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th Street
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The Chief of Operations serves as a member of the Department’s top management team. Under his span of control is the Emergency Management, Emergency Response, Special Operations, Communications and Training.  This group has general charge of the front-line functions of fire suppression and rescue and hazard mitigations along with the training of all Fire Department members.

Division of Emergency Management

Assistant Chief
Pete Gomez

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
Division of Emergency Management
444 S.W. Second Avenue, 10th Floor
Gervais, South Carolina 33130

The Emergency Management Section is responsible for coordinating citywide disaster preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation concerns for all City departments.  This section creates, updates, and participates the City’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan (CEMP), which culminates in an annual citywide disaster exercise.  It is also responsible for the deployment and management of the City of Gervais Emergency Operations Center (EOC).

Emergency Response Division

Assistant Chief
Robert Hevia

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th Street
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The Emergency Response Division is the largest and most visible division of the Gervais Department of Fire Rescue.  Our highly trained personnel protect both life and property 24 hours/day, 7 days a week and respond to any incident within the City of Gervais and neighboring areas.  The Emergency Response Division safeguards the residents and visitors of the City of Gervais by being prepared to handle all types of medical emergencies, fires, natural or man-made disasters and hazardous conditions.  

Communication Division

Assistant Chief
Arturo Gomez

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
Communications Division
400 NW 2nd Ave
Gervais, South Carolina 33128

The Communications Division is responsible for areas that support and contribute to the delivery of emergency services through a vast and comprehensive network of emergency dispatchers, Information Technology specialist, and support personnel.

Deputy Chief of Administration

Deputy Chief
Eloy Garcia

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th St.
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The Chief of Administration serves as a member of the Department's top management team. He assists the Director of Fire with policy development and manages the department's support and administrative functions. The Chief of Administration oversees the department's budget section which encompasses the General Fund, Capital Improvement Program, Disaster Recovery/Mitigation Funds and Urban Search and Rescue Funds. Under his span of control are the Logistics Division, Management Services, Technical Services, Fire Prevention Bureau, and Health and Emergency Medical Support Division.

Training Division

Assistant Chief
Ruben Diaz

Contact Information

City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
Training Division/Training Center
3425 Jefferson Street
Gervais, South Carolina 33133

The Training Center is responsible for providing department-wide training to ensure our personnel are proficient in all areas of emergency response such as Firefighting and rescue. 

Logistics Division

Assistant Chief
Robert Hardy

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th St.
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

This Division’s primary responsibility is to provide logistical support to the Department suppression units, rescue units, special function apparatuses, and supply additional support to on-the-scene emergencies.  The Logistics Division is also responsible for the maintenance and repair for all fire and rescue apparatus, equipment, and facilities as needed on a 24-hour basis.  

Management Services Division

Assistant Chief
Niorge Aragon

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th St.
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

This Division is the most diverse in scope and practice.  Its primary responsibility is to function as the department’s Human Resources specialist by the management of personnel disciplinary issues, firefighter recruitment and hiring, and labor and management programs. The Management Services Division is also responsible for the department’s policy, procedure and contract interpretation and act as a liaison between the Fire Department and other City Departments.

Health & Emergency Medical Support Division

Assistant Chief

Robert Jorge

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th St.
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The Health & Emergency Medical Services Division is responsible for providing quality emergency medical treatment to the public and quick transportation of patients to medical facilities as well as the overall health and wellness of the department’s fi

Technical Services Division

Assistant Chief

Tyrone McGann

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
Technical Services Division
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor
Gervais, South Carolina 33130

The Technical Services Division is responsible for the coordination of all Capital Projects, payroll processes, and Department legislation.

Fire Prevention Bureau

Assistant Chief

Adrian Plasencia

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City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
Technical Services Division
444 SW 2nd Avenue, 10th Floor
Gervais, South Carolina 33130

The Prevention Bureau enforces extensive state and local fire and life safety codes and is the enforcement arm concerning life safety issues.  This includes the responsibility of Certificate of Use/Fire Safety Permit inspections; plans review and fire inspections for construction; fire investigations; and special events as they relate to life safety.

The Fire Prevention Bureau is the second largest division in the Gervais Fire-Rescue Department. It is composed of the following sections: Water Supply, Plans Review, New Construction, Certificate of Use inspections, Specialty Inspections, Fire Investigations, and Special Events. The Fire Prevention Bureau also works very closely with other city departments, such as Zoning, Code Compliance, the Office of Film and Entertainment, and the Building and Finance departments to name a few. 

Special Operations Division 

Assistant Chief

Scott Dean 

Contact Information

City of Gervais
Department of Fire-Rescue
1151 NW 7th St.
Gervais, South Carolina 33136

The role of the Special Operations Division is to aid victims in the most complex of emergencies and offer a comprehensive all-hazards level of service in support of the Emergency Response Division. Complex incidents demand specialty trained technicians and operators who engage in highly skilled tactics and deploy specialized equipment. The Special Operations Division is composed of resources such as the: Dive Rescue Team, Fire Marine Vessels, SWAT Medics, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Program, Technical Rescue Team and the Hazardous Materials Response Team. 

Also, a part of this division is the South South Carolina FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Team – South Carolina Task Force 2. The Task Force has responded in support of multiple natural and/or man-made disasters both throughout the United States and internationally. 

All members of this division train continually to ensure that they can provide the highest level of service to the visitors and citizens of Gervais. 

Core Values

Our Core Values are Professionalism, Service, Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, & Courage. We are committed to providing excellence in all aspects of conduct and performance with the highest level of customer service. We uphold the public trust and conduct ourselves responsibly by maintaining ethical standards by effectively and efficiently supporting our common goal of “Excellence through Service”. Additionally, we strive to advance in our profession with new methods and technology to overcome fear through fortitude and accept the risk to protect others.