Russell Rafferty joins Glassy Mountain Fire Department

LANDRUM, S.C. — The Glassy Mountain Fire Department last week announced that Russell Rafferty has joined the Department as Captain, Training and Safety.

Rafferty has more than 30 years of fire service experience with his last assignment as Deputy Chief of Operations, EMS, and Training for the city of Deltona Fire Department in Deltona, Florida. Prior to joining Deltona Fire Department, Rafferty served with the city of Port Orange (FL) Dept. of Fire and Rescue where he began his career in the fire service as a volunteer/part-time firefighter in 1982.

Rafferty received an associate’s degree from Daytona State College in emergency medical service and a bachelor’s degree from Warner Southern University in organizational management. He is a 2010 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and he is a certified National Registry Paramedic, EMS instructor, fire service instructor, fire inspector, fire officer, and health and safety officer.

The Glassy Mountain Fire Service Area covers nearly 52 square miles with a population of approximately 3,000 residents in the area known as The Dark Corner in northern Greenville County which stretches from the east at the Spartanburg County line on Highway 14 to the west of Highway 25 and begins in the south near Highway 414 to the North Carolina state line. The District operates five fire stations: Glassy Mountain (Headquarters), Beaver Dam, Oak Grove, Dividing Water and Cliffs with approximately 50 career and volunteer firefighters and first responders.