Fire Department Department

Staff

Chief Bradley Bonds

Chief Bonds was born and raised in Ridgeland. Chief Bonds graduated from Thomas Heyward Academy in 2004 and started the Cadet program at Ridgeland Fire Department at age 15. Chief Bonds began working full time at Ridgeland Fire Department in 2005 and held several positions until becoming Chief In February of 2016. Chief Bonds is currently working on his Bachelor's degree from Liberty University. Chief Bonds is Married to Amanda and they have two children, Walker and Daniel. Chief Bonds can be reached by email at: bbonds[at]ridgelandsc.gov or by cell at: 843-247-0308.

Lieutenant John Malphrus

Liutenant Malphus was born and raised in Ridgeland where he graduated from Thomas Heyward Academy in 1994. Lieutenant Malphrus started volunteering with the Fire Department in 1995 and became paid in 1999. Lieutenant Malphrus has held several positions and is currently the senior shift supervisor for the department. Lieutenant Malphrus oversees all maintenance, hydrants and Truck equipment. Lieutenant Malphrus has two kids, Baylie and Austin. Lieutenant Malphrus can be reached by email at jcmalphrus[at]yahoo.com or by cell at: 843-321-0787.

Captain Richard "Grady" Mcelhaney

Captain Mcelhaney was born and raised in Ridgeland where he graduated from Abudant Life Academy in 2001. Captain Mcelhaney became full time with the Fire Department in 2001 and was the first Firefighter to be sent to the South Carolina Fire Academy through the Town. Captain Mcelhaney serves as a shift supervisor and oversees all training for the department. Captain Mcelhaney teaches several classes for Fire Academy. Captain Mcelhaney is married to his wife Stephanie and have three kids, Tristan, Jaelin and Jaiden. Captain Mcelhaney can be reached by email at: gradymac01[at]yahoo.com or by cell at: 843-368-0368.

Captain George Wynn

Captain Wynn was born and raised in Ridgeland. Captain Wynn started volunteering with the Town in 1987 and became paid at Sea Pine Forest Beach Fire Rescue in 1988. Captain Wynn then worked for Jasper County Fire Rescue until returning to Ridgeland Fire Department in 2012. Captain Wynn retired in 2012 and returned to duty shortly after. Captain Wynn servers as a shift supervisor and oversees logistics and dry hydrants for the department. Captain Wynn is married to his wife Laura and they have two kids, Brandt and Chelsy. Captain Wynn can reached by email at: gwynn[at]ridgelandsc.gov or by cell at: 843-726-1296.

Fire Marshal Chad Atwood

Chad was born and raised in New York. Chad began his firefighting career as a cadet in 1994. Chad then served in The United States Marine Corps for 9 years until starting his paid career in the Fire service in 2005. Chad is currently a Senior Firefighter and serves the Fire Marshal for the Fire Department. Chad is married to his wife Leslie and they have two kids, Zach and Victoria. For any Fire Marshal questions please email Chad at: catwood[at]ridgelandsc.gov or by cell at: 843-707-2341.

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