Brady Grim
  • 50, Male
  • Clemson,SC
  • United States
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What State do you live in?
Type of Organization
Volunteer Fire Department
Job Function
Years in Fire/EMS:
Primary Fire/EMS Department:
Central Fire Department
Years With Department/Agency
Other Past or Current Departments and Organizations
Central Fire Department (Central, SC) 2015-Present
Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company (Loudoun County, VA) 2013-2016
King William County Emergency Services(King William, VA) 2008 -2012
Caroline County Fire & Rescue (Caroline, VA) 2001-2008
Clemson University Fire and EMS Department (Clemson, SC) 1988-1998
Medshore Ambulance Service (Anderson, SC) 1990-1999
Pickens County EMS (Pickens, SC) 1995-2000
Stafford County Fire and Rescue (Stafford, VA) 1999-2002
Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department (Fredericksburg, VA) 2000-2007
Fair Oaks Volunter Fire and Rescue Company (Fairfax, VA) 1986-1993
My Training:
Nationally Certified FFI/II (Virginia and SC)
Nationally Certifed Fire Officer 2 (Virginia and SC)
Nationally Certifed Instructor 1 (Virginia and SC)
Nationally Certified Pumper and Aerial Operations (Virginia and SC)
Nationally Certified Incident Safety Officer (Fire Department Safety Officers Association)
Numerous National Fire Academy Resident Courses
Numerous FEMA Independent Study Courses
Virginia Certified Emergency Management Assistant (VDEM)
FEMA Professional Development Series Completion (FEMA)
Numerous classes through Virginia Department of Emergency Management
Elevator Rescue (SC)
Confined Space Rescue (SC)
Technical Rescuer (Virginia and SC)
Incident Safety Officer (SC and NFA)
Health Safety Officer (SC and NFA)
Principles of Fire Inspections (SC and NFA)
About Me:
I am originally from Vienna, Virginia and started my Public Safety career in 1984 as a Police Explorer with the Fairfax County Police Department. In 1986, I left the Police Explorer Program and joined the Fair Oaks Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company # 21, one of the volunteer Fire and Rescue Departments within the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue System. In 1988, I moved to South Carolina to attend college at Clemson University. I immediately started to volunteer with the Clemson University Fire-EMS Department and in January, 1989 became a part-time employee of that Department as a Firefighter/EMT. In 1990, I started to volunteer with the Pendleton Area Rescue Squad in nearby Anderson County, South Carolina, where I became a Nationally Registered EMT-Paramedic, as well as a Technical Rescue / Haz-Mat Technician. Upon completion of my paramedic program, I was hired full-time by Medshore/Anderson EMS in Anderson, South Carolina, becoming an Operations Field Supervisor in 1993. In 1994, Clemson University offered me a full-time position as a Firefighter/Paramedic which I accepted. At the same time, I was also was offered part-time paramedic employment by Oconee EMS and Pickens County EMS, both of which I also accepted. I further served on the Pickens County, South Carolina Haz-Mat Team as a Specialist. In 1995, I was elected as Vice-President of the South Carolina EMS Educator's Association, a position I held for 3 years. In 1998, Medshore/Anderson EMS extended an offer of employment to become an Upstate South Carolina Operations Supervisor, responsible for Technical Rescue, Shift Supervision of field/operational personnel, ALS Back-up for 8 volunteer rescue squads, and 911 communication center supervision. After 10 years with Clemson University Fire-EMS, I left that Department to accept that position. I moved back to Virginia after a year in 1999 to pursue further career aspirations.

I now am a retired Firefighter/Paramedic, who officially retired at the rank of Captain from the Caroline County, Virginia Department of Fire-Rescue & Emergency Management in November, 2008. Prior to working for Caroline County, I was employed by the Stafford County Department of Fire and Rescue, serving as a Lieutenant, splitting time between the Training Division and as a Fire/EMS Field Officer. I also volunteered as a Fire Suppression Officer / EMS Officer with the Chancellor Volunteer Fire Department in Spotsylvania County, Virginia Company-6 (Salem Church). While at Chancellor, in 2003, I was the OIC for a 3rd due structure fire. My engine arrived first after the other companies scratched. Upon arrival we encountered a 1 story ranch house with smoke coming from the eaves. Dispatch had informed us as to where the occupant said she was. After a quick lap, there was no indication that the occupant had escaped. While I was making my lap, my nozzle man pullled a hose line and started to force entry. Once entry was made, inside, we encountered heavy smoke and high heat. We immediately started a methodical quick search on the way to the location that the occupant last told dispatch where she was. Once we found the bedroom, both my nozzle man and I found the victim curled up in the corner between the bed the wall. This was within 1 minute of entry. We removed the victim, who was unconscious to a waiting ALS unit. The victim survived the fire and was released from the hospital a week later. While we were searching, the 4th due Engine had picked up our hose line and was doing fire suppression. I must say that was the best day of my firefighting career.

in 2008, I was appointed by the King William County, Virginia Board of Supervisors to the King William Emergency Services / All-Hazards Commission, of which I spent 3 years as Chairman. I also was appointed as the Deputy Emergency Management Coordinator. I held those positions until late 2011.

Currently, I am a member of the Central Fire Department in Pickens County, SC, where I serve as the Department Safety Officer.

I was also a Certified EMD/Fire Dispatcher and have won a National APCO Award for Team Performance during a MCI in Caroline County, Virginia in 2005. I also have been awarded numerous Meritorious Service, 3 Life Saving Awards, and a heroism award during my career.I have been very blessed for having been a firefighter for 33 years. Best job one could ask for!

My hobbies include sports (ice hockey, football, baseball, golf), collecting firematic items (challenge coins, die-cast fire engines / ambulances, patches, collector cards), collecting baseball cards, collecting hockey pucks, and listening to Fire / Rescue radio traffic.
Day Job:
Retired due to disability
Relationship Status:
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Why I Joined Fire/EMS
Because I love it and it has been a great career!
Why I Love Fire/EMS
There is nothing better than being a firefighter!!!!
Top Issues Facing Responders:
Response Times
Level of Training (Standards of Training)
Uniform Rank Structures between Volunteer / Career
The fire department traditions no longer taught or performed.
Attitudes of new, young firefighters (I already know everything mentality)
PC has taken over common sense in the FD

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What the Hell is the Fire Service Becoming?

Posted on March 18, 2018 at 4:54pm 0 Comments

Over 2 years ago, I wrote a post discussing what I felt was happening to the Fire Service and the next generation of firefighters and medics. I just wanted to post it again because I feel it is still relevant and it’s a problem that looks to continue and get worse. I am also seeking feedback and solutions.


From 22 July 2015

”What the hell is the fire service coming to? It is supposed to be a brotherhood / sisterhood. Well, thanks to the “new”…


Budget Time : Part 2

Posted on December 12, 2009 at 10:35pm 2 Comments

Well, Thursday night came and went. Basically, in my eyes, the entire budget process that the Commission I sit on worked on for almost 4 hours was a total waste of time. Yes, every department except 1 had a representative there to explain and justify their budget requuests, but some of the people the departments sent had no idea why they were there and had no clue what a line item buget is. To make matters worse, we did not even have enough Commission members there, according to our Bylaws, to… Continue

Budget Time: Part 1

Posted on December 9, 2009 at 7:31pm 0 Comments

It is Budget Time for FY 2011. Hard to believe it is upon us already because it seems like we ust got done working on last year's budgets. In the County I live in, the Commission I sit on is responsible for for "scrutinizing" 5 volunteer department budgets and then reporting our recommendations to the Board of Supervisors (BOS). You can say we are sort of the middle man in the process. Does the process work, no. Do the departments get what they ask for regardless of what the Commission says to… Continue

Continuation of "When are WE gonna learn"

Posted on February 8, 2009 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

First off, let me start off by saying I am not a writer or a typer and I make mistakes. I try to correct as many of them as I can find, but I am not perfect and I am continuously finding errors and correcting them so please forgive me if you see an error.

Second, I am open to any criticism, discussions or whatever you want to call it based on my writings. I have been in the fire service for over 20 years and have very round shoulders and will let the crap flow on by and take the… Continue

When are WE gonna learn?

Posted on February 3, 2009 at 11:30am 4 Comments

My post today will probably piss some people off whom I consider friends, but so be that. I will not use any names or name any departments involved, but those involved in the incident I am going to discuss will know who it is I am talking about it.

Back in a cold 2003 night, I was sound asleep at my volunteer firehouse trying to get a good night's sleep, but that was not in the cards. I was riding OIC (Officer-in-Charge) of our Engine that evening and I knew we had enough staffing… Continue

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