Fire Chief Tim Ogden is a Lowcountry native and has lived in Beaufort since 2004. He joined the fire service as a junior volunteer firefighter in 1992 in Yemasee, S.C.
He then became the first professional firefighter for Yemasee, and began his education there as a fire officer and fire marshal. He joined the Beaufort County Building Codes Department to serve as the fire code official in 2004. Later, he worked as deputy state fire marshal for Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton counties. He joined the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department as fire marshal in 2016. His most recent position was deputy chief of operations before he was promoted to fire chief in August 2021.
Tim holds several South Carolina Fire Academy, International Code Council, and National Fire Protection Association certifications. He earned both a Bachelor of Science in fire science and a Masters in Public Administration for emergency service management from Columbia Southern University.
Chief Ogden, his wife, Audra, and children are happy to be a part of the Beaufort/Port Royal Fire Department family.