Chief Spain started his fire career with the Raleigh Fire Department in 1988. Chief Spain rose through the ranks as a First Class in 1991, Lieutenant in 1992, Captain in 1996, Battalion Chief in 2004, Division Chief in 2009, and to Assistant Chief in 2012. As Assistant Chief, he was responsible for the majority of the purchasing in the Fire Department, the building and renovation of fire stations, and all new fire equipment. During his time in Raleigh, Chief Spain was also part of the Regional Hazmat and USAR teams.
As Fire Chief of North Myrtle Beach Fire Department, he is responsible for the daily operations of a 54 member Department with 5 Stations. The Department contains one Fire Prevention Office with 1- Division Chief and 2- Assistant Fire Marshals. The Training Division consist of a Division Chief and 1- Lieutenant Health and Safety Officer.
Chief Spain is a very strong proponent of an active Fire Department in the community. He encourages his members to get out in the area they serve by performing fire education, training, building surveys, inspections or just simply active involvement with the community.