Fire Department Members



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Tim Ogden

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.

John Robinson

Deputy Chief of Administration

John Robinson

John Robinson is a native of Beaufort, S.C.

He graduated from Beaufort High School, then entered the U.S. Navy, serving honorably on nuclear-powered fast attack submarines. After 10 years of military service, he accepted an engineering position with Intel in Hudson, Mass. John moved his family back to Beaufort in December of 1999 and began his career with the City of Beaufort Fire Department shortly after.

John earned a Bachelor of Science in education/curriculum development and Master of Business Administration/Public Administration.

John is a South Carolina Fire Academy instructor, an alumnus of the National Fire Academy, and a graduate of the Leadership Institute of the South Carolina State Firefighters' Association. He earned recognition from the U.S. Fire Administration as an executive fire officer. John was s member of the class of 2014 Leadership Beaufort, and is a 2019 graduate of the South Carolina Association of Counties, Local Government Leadership Institute.

John and his wife were married in 1994 and have 3 children.  

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Deputy Chief of Operations

Ross Vezin

Chief Vezin earned a Bachelor of Science in fire science in December 2011 from Columbia Southern University. In August 2013 he earned a Master of Business Administration with an emphasis in public administration, also from Columbia Southern. 

Chief Vezin is a graduate of the Leadership Institute through the South Carolina Firefighters Association, and Leadership Beaufort through the Beaufort Regional Chamber of Commerce. In November 2020, he graduated from the Risk Management Institute through the Municipal Association of South Carolina.  

Chief Vezin currently serves on the Executive Committee as the chair of the Member Benefits Committee for the South Carolina Firefighters’ Association. He is president of the MUSC Burned Children’s Fund, where he has served as a volunteer camp counselor since 2010. 

In April 2017, Chief Vezin was selected by the U.S. Navy Blue Angels as a “key influencer” in the Beaufort area and was awarded with the ride of a lifetime with the Blue Angels.

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Battalion Chief of Training & Education

Peter Dontje

Battalion Chief Peter Dontje was born in Knoxville, Tenn., and came to the Lowcountry in 1997. He graduated from Thomas Heyward Academy in Ridgeland, and then earned an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Greenville Technical College. 

Battalion Chief Dontje began his career with the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department in August of 2011. He has served in numerous roles throughout his career, most recently as battalion chief of Shift 3. He also currently serves as a fire investigator and fire instructor. 

Battalion Chief Dontje is a graduate of Leadership Beaufort Class of 2019. He has also been awarded the department’s family and professionalism awards.

Chief Dontje and his wife, Dorothy, live in Beaufort with their four children.

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Fire Marshal

John Badgett

Capt. John Badgett is the fire marshal for the City of Beaufort/Town of Port Royal Fire Department. 

John was born and raised in Norfolk, Va., and moved to Beaufort in 2005. 

John began his career at the Fire Department in August 2011. He was promoted to lieutenant in November 2017, and most recently was promoted to captain and fire marshal in January 2020.  

John earned a National Registry Emergency Medical Technician Certificate in 2010 and has obtained International Code Council Certificates for fire inspector I and II. He also has multiple certifications from the South Carolina Fire Academy and National Fire Academy.  

John received a lifesaving medal for a successful resuscitation. He was named Firefighter of the Year in 2015, and Fire Officer of the Year in 2019. 

John and his wife, Jenny, have two wonderful children, Bodie and Lia.

Tara Hodges

Office Manager

Tara Hodges