Fire Chief Reece Bertholf
Chief Bertholf was born and raised in Minnesota. Upon graduation from high school in 1997, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps, attending Recruit Training at MCRD San Diego and completed Combat Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina by the spring of 1998. His service in the Marine Corps included time with Combat Assault Battalion in Okinawa Japan and with MWSS 273 in Beaufort, South Carolina. Chief Bertholf was also a member of the 1999 Marine Corps Summer Pistol Team.
While still in the Marine Corps he began volunteering with the City of Beaufort Fire Department in May of 2000. Upon receiving an honorable discharge from the Marine Corps in August of 2001, he started his career with City of Beaufort and was assigned to Shift 1 and worked his way through the ranks obtaining the rank of Captain in September 2011.
Chief Bertholf holds an Associate’s Degree in Business and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Service Administration from the Technical College of the Lowcountry, a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina Beaufort, and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the Citadel.
Some of his awards and recognitions include Academic Honor Graduate from USMC Combat Engineer School, Volunteer Firefighter of the Year for the year 2000, 2008 Business Division Honor Graduate TCL, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, Class of 2008 TCL Student Commencement Speaker, and Deans List 2009 USCB.
Chief Bertholf is a 4 time recipient of the City of Beaufort Lifesaving medal for direct involvement in rescues from the Beaufort River, an autistic child stuck over 35 feet in the air in a tree, a severely injured police officer, and victims of heart attacks who survived as a result of CPR. Chief Bertholf served the city of Beaufort and Town of Port Royal for 14 years as a volunteer, career firefighter, and career fire officer before rising to the rank of Chief in 2016.
Chief Bertholf has been very active in the community volunteering over the years as a coach, Girl Scout leader, and school helper for his children. He currently is the Chairman of the board at Riverview Charter School and is the past vice chair and fund development chair for the school. Under Chief Bertholf’s leadership the fire department has become an integral part of the community team that supports the CAPA open arms shelter.
Chief Bertholf also enjoys mentoring and guiding new classes of business students at the Technical College of the Lowcountry where he is adjunct faculty in the business division.
Chief Bertholf is married to his wife Mikie and they have two children, Kiwa and Kai.
Deputy Fire Chief Clay Scoggins Operations Officer
Clay Scoggins was born and raised in Beaufort, SC. While attending Beaufort High School he became a volunteer firefighter with The City of Beaufort / Town of Port Royal Fire Department. Clay graduated from Beaufort High School in 1993 and became a full time career firefighter with The City of Beaufort / Town of Port Royal in November of 1993.
As a firefighter Clay worked on shift and achieved the rank of Firefighter III in 1996. In 2001 he was chosen to be the department’s volunteer coordinator responsible for recruitment, retention, and training for the volunteer members.
Clay has completed courses through Texas A&M (Urban Search and Rescue Technician I), Fire Officer and Instructor training through Alabama Fire College and Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, as well as management courses through the National Fire Academy.
In 2005 Clay was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant and assigned as the department’s Assistant Training Officer responsible for managing and conducting training for both career and volunteer firefighters. Lieutenant Scoggins was also an Adjunct Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy. In 2010 Lieutenant Scoggins was promoted to the rank of Deputy Fire Chief responsible for the daily operations of the department. Deputy Chief Scoggins is currently enrolled in an Associates Degree program at Columbia Southern University.
Deputy Chief Scoggins has been honored with several awards. In 2001 and again in 2003 he received the Firefighter of the Year award and in 2009 he received the department’s prestigious Career Achievement Award.
Deputy Chief Scoggins and his wife Cherie have two children, Tucker and Blake.
Captain John Robinson Training / Education Officer
John Robinson is a native of Beaufort, SC. He earned his diploma from Beaufort High School in 1986 after which joined the U.S. Navy. John served honorably on submarines until 1996, when he left the military and accepted a position with Intel Semi-Conductor in Hudson Massachusetts. John left Intel in 1999 to move back home to Beaufort. In April of 2000, John accepted a position with the City of Beaufort Fire Department. John has promoted through every rank in the fire department before earning his current position of Captain / Training and Education Officer.
He is a South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor, an Alumnus of the National Fire Academy and a Graduate of the South Carolina Fire Fighter Association’s Leadership Institute. John earned a Bachelor’s in Education/Curriculum development from Southern Illinois University and Master of Business Administration/ Public Administration from Columbia Southern University.
Capt. Robinson is a member of many fire service organizations including: the South Carolina chapter of the International Fire Arson Investigators, South Carolina State certified Fire Marshal and a member of the South Carolina Fire and Life Safety educators. Capt. Robinson serves as the Chairman of the Risk Management committee for the City of Beaufort, the Chairman of the Beaufort County Training officers committee for the Beaufort County Fire Chiefs Association, a member of the curriculum committee for the South Carolina Fire School Superintendent, and serves as a board member to the South Carolina Fire Academy’s Advisory Board on behalf of the South Carolina Firefighters Association. He is currently attending the National Fire Academy’s four year “Executive Fire Officer Program”.
Capt. Robinson has been married to his wife Mishawn since 1994. Together they have three beautiful children John, Jenna and Garret.
Captain Tim Ogden / Fire Marshall
Ms. Traci Guldner - Office Manager
Traci Ann Bice was born in Richmond, VA., on December 2, 1965. As the child of a United States Marine Corps family, she lived in many different States growing up. Traci graduated from J.R. Tucker high school in Richmond VA in June 1984. Two weeks out of High School she found herself standing on the yellow footprints at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island, S.C.
Traci followed her father’s footstep by becoming a U.S. Marine from 1984 until 1992. She attended Aviation Maintenance Administration School in Meridian, Ms. After which she was assigned to VMFA-312 MCAS Beaufort as an Aircraft Maintenance Administration Clerk. Traci reached the rank of Sargent and earned a Navy Achievement medal while serving at MCAS. She remained at MCAS as her permanent duty station; however she participated in many overseas deployments and various other operational deployments throughout the United States.
Traci was honorably discharged in the spring of 1992 and then went to work at Le Creuset of America, Coastal Contractors, and Beaufort County Family Court before coming to the City of Beaufort Fire Department in November 2003.
Traci is the Office Manager for the City of Beaufort Fire Department. She has two sons, Mark is active duty in the Air Force and Matthew lives in Beaufort.