Douglas Cline, is a 34-year veteran and student of the Fire Service serving as Assistant Chief of Operations with Horry County Fire Recue.
Cline, a former Fire Chief, is a North Carolina Level II Fire Instructor, National Fire Academy Instructor and an EMT-Paramedic instructor for the North Carolina Office of Emergency Medical Services. Chief Cline is the President International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), Immediate Past President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC), a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina Society of Fire and Rescue. Cline serves on the FEMA grant criteria development committee, Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee and peer reviewer for the Fire Act Grants.
Cline was honored in 2000 as the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), George D. Post International Instructor of the Year. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Services with a Minor in Education from Concord University.
Cline is a well-known international speaker presenting dynamic power packed programs on instructor development, officer development, rapid intervention team training and firefighter safety and survival. Cline also is a highly published author with the most recent publications being with Thomson-Delmar Learning. The Publications are the Company Officer Test Preparation Guide Book with a scenario training DVD. Chief Cline is the technical content advisor for the Jones and Bartlett Live Fire Instructor text, the Rapid Intervention Team Book published by Thomson-Delmar Learning and contributing author to the for the Rapid Intervention Team Book published by Thomson-Delmar Learning, test bank developer for the Fire Department Incident Safety Officer Book and contributing author to the instructor support materials for the Rapid Intervention Team Book published by Thomson-Delmar Learning. Chief Cline has also been a contributing author and reviewer to several of the IFSTA and Brady Emergency Medical Technician texts. Cline Developed the ISFSI credentialed Live Fire Instructor training program and served as technical content advisor for the Live Fire training text by Jones and Barlett.
Cline co-host of www.thecompanyofficer.com. Cline further hosts “The Chief’s trumpet”, the Official pod cast for the Southeast Association of Fire Chiefs. Cline also has multiple training videos with the Fire Emergency Training Network (FETN) and American Heat to include, Rapid Intervention Team Training, Vehicle Fires, Hose Line Management, Emergency Vehicle Operations and Fire Ground Safety and Survival. Cline is also a contributing editor to the Carolina Fire Journal.