Former Pleasant View fire chief and mayor Shane Ray has been named executive vice president of the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA).
Ray, who lives in Columbia, S.C., will begin his new position on July 16.
“I look forward to the opportunities and challenges of this position and am excited to return to the NFSA team,” Ray said in a news release. “My passion for fire prevention and a non-typical approach is long standing, and there is no better tool in the fire service toolbox than fire sprinklers. I believe in the application of fast water, and it doesn’t get any faster than the performance of fire sprinklers.”
The NFSA’s mission is to protect lives and property from fire through the widespread acceptance of the fire sprinkler concept.
Ray’s experience will serve him well as he re-joins a team that he served with from 2006-2010, prior to becoming the South Carolina Fire Academy superintendent and later the state fire marshal.
He began his fire service career in 1984 and worked through the ranks of career and volunteer organizations serving from firefighter to chief. He also served six years as mayor of Pleasant View.
Ray currently serves as South Carolina state fire marshal, with his last day being July 1.
"We are excited for Shane to re-join our team,” said Russ Fleming, NFSA president. “NFSA understands the important role that the fire service plays in our fire protection field, and we are happy to have someone with Chief Ray’s credentials on our leadership team."