Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal George N. Adams Jr.
Assistant Chief/ Fire Marshal George N. Adams Jr. is native of Columbia, South Carolina. He has served as Columbia Fire Marshal since March 2011. He has been a member of the Columbia Fire Department for 23 years. Prior to his appointment as Chief Fire Marshal, Chief Adams served as an Assistant Fire Marshal overseeing the plan review division and was appointed as Quality of Life Inspector for the City Homeland Security Department. He also served as a Deputy Fire Marshal and a Fire Fighter. Chief Adams became a Deputy Fire Marshal 1996, making him the youngest person to ever hold that position in the Columbia Fire Department.
As Fire Marshal, Chief Adams oversees The Fire Prevention Division, which is comprised of Fire Investigation, new construction, existing construction, fire and life safety inspections, permit administration, plan review, special events staffing, lock box key assignments and false alarm abatement. His most significant accomplishment includes scoring 5.46 points out of 5.5 points in community risk reduction for local fire protection efforts based on ISO’s fire suppression rating schedule. This was the highest score in the state of South Carolina and it contributed to achieving a class 1 ISO rating for the Columbia Fire Department.
Chief Adams is an advocate for continuing education and has an advance degree in Management from Webster University School of Business and Technology and has an undergraduate degree in Political Science from South Carolina State University. He is currently certified as an instructor with the American Red Cross. He is also holds a Limited Duty Law Enforcement certification from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety. He is affiliated with many fire service organizations, including the National Fire Protection Association, South Carolina State Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Arson Investigators, South Carolina Fire Marshal Associations and many more.
Chief Adams is a proud member of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Omicron Phi Chapter where he has served on the executive board as the reporter; and as the housing chairman and was voted Omega Man of the Year in 2007.
He is well known in the community for his involvement in youth baseball, football and basketball. His career in coaching youth baseball, basketball and football spans over 37 years as a participant and volunteer at Hyatt Park, Greenview Park, Seven Oaks Park, St. Andrews Park and Meadowlake Park. He has served in several key positions, including eight years as a youth baseball coach, three years as a youth football coach, three years as a youth basketball coach, one year as an Assistant Commissioner, Tournament Director, and five years as Commissioner at Hyatt Park and seven years as Commissioner for Meadowlake Park, and four years as an assistant baseball coach at Keenan High School.
His motto in life is, “Feed your faith and uncertainty will starve.”