2014 Chief BowersFire Chief “Bo” Bowers

Married to my wife for almost 25 years and have two boy’s Joe and Forrest. I have be in the fire service for over 23 years. Started off as a volunteer firefighter for Awendaw District Fire Department  in 1991. In September of 1996 was hire as an Engineer. Promoted to the rank of Captain in 1998. In 2003 was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. On October 10, 2014 took over as the Fire Chief for the City of Hanahan Fire & EMS Department.


  • Grand Canyon University  Master’s of Public Administration Emphasis in Government and Policy- November 2012
  • Grand Canyon University  Bachelor’s of Science in Public Safety Administration- March 2011
  • Academic achievement of making the Dean’s List
  • City College of Chicago Associate Degree Applied Science in Fire Science and Technology-2001


South Carolina State Fire Marshal Association
IFSAC Certified Fire and Life Safety Educator I for the State of South Carolina- #1031122
Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician Basic
IFSAC Certified Firefighter I and II for the State of South Carolina- #386504 and #386724
IFSAC Certified Fire Instructor I for the State of South Carolina- #041975
IFSAC Certified Fire Officer I for the State of South Carolina- #481287

  • Past: Charleston County Vehicle Collision Review Board
  • Past: Charleston County Work Group to reduce back injuries
  • Past: St. Andrew Fire Department Promotional Board for Battalion Chief
  • Past: City of Charleston Fire Department Promotional Board for Captains
  • Past: Charleston County Safety Committee
  • Past: Charleston County Marine Incident Response Team
  • Past: Charleston County Dispatch Work Group for Station Alerting System


  • Enhanced Incident Management Unified Command Course, Texas A & M University System
  • Weapons of Mass Destruction Incident Management / Unified Command, Texas A & M University System
  • College of Charleston Supervisory Training, College of Charleston
  • EMI FEMA (NIMS Compliant), IS-100,200,300,400,700, 800
  • NFA Health and Safety Officer
  • NFA Incident Safety Officer
  • NFA NIMS-ICS for the Fire Service
  • NFA Leadership I, II, III
  • NFA Executive Skill Series: Influencing
  • NFA I.C. for Structural Collapse Incidents
  • NFA Fire Service Communication
  • South Carolina Department of Public Safety Criminal Justice Academy Division: Training for Arson
  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division Fundamental Radiological Training
  • SCFA State Fire Marshal Certification Course
  • SCFA Hazardous Material Technician



  • Active in church activities
  • Past Committee Member for the South Carolina Waterfowl Association
  • Past Town of Awendaw’s Planning Commission
  • Currently serve as volunteer assistant coach for High School football team
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