Ben Smith


Ben is a strategy and leadership consultant in the public sector. He has served over 25 years with Irmo, South Carolina Fire District and is currently the Assistant Chief. During the last 15 years, he has operated in management, leadership and leadership development. Ben holds a variety of fire service and professional certifications.

While working full time in the fire service, he has also been an instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy and worked for the Department of Homeland Security on a nationwide disaster response team. Ben has deployed on numerous regional disasters including large wildfires, large hazardous material train derailment, and Hurricane Katrina. Ben has also served on the Command Staff of an emergency medical hospital team that operated a mobile emergency room for a week-long event called Burning Man. 

Ben’s involvement in these various events provide him with the knowledge and experience to develop and implement large scale incident command systems and strategic planning while working with multiple organizations in both the public and private sectors. He is a graduate from Southern New Hampshire University and is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.