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  Matt_BioMATT MCDOWELL is the Assistant Chief of Training for the North Charleston Fire Department (SC), Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy, President of the Lowcountry FOOLS and President of Safe Firefighter, LLC. He has previously served as Captain for the Bluffton Twp. Fire District (SC), Training Officer for Hardeeville Fire Department (SC) and Firefighter for the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland. He has a degree in Fire Service Management and coursework in Occupational Safety & Health with concentrations in Fire Science.

JJ JASON (J.J.) JOANNIDES is the Vice President of SAFE Firefighter, LLC and a Captain with City of Columbia Fire Department, previously assigned as a Firefighter on Truck 7.  He is an Instructor for the SC Fire Academy, most recently working in the Curriculum Development Section, and is a founding member of the Palmetto FOOLS.   He has an Associate’s Degree from UNC-Charlotte and extensive training in truck company operations, aerial operations, RIC and survival classes from all over the country.

 

 CHRIS GARNIEWICZ is a Truck Captain with the Bluffton Twp. Fire District.  He has Bachelor’s Degree from Northeastern University (MA) and is an IFSAC Fire Instructor 2.  He is an Instructor with the SC Fire Academy, Recruit Cadre with the Bluffton Twp. Fire District and has previously served as volunteer firefighter in Massachusetts.

 

 

IMG_2960GREG MUNDY is a retired Deputy Chief with the Irmo Fire District (SC).

 

 

JUSTIN CUNNINGHAM is a Captain with the Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue

CHRIS FORD is a Firefighter with the City of Columbia Fire Department currently assigned to Truck 14.

AJ HOLLOWAY is an Engineer with the City of Columbia Fire Department

CHRIS KIP is a Battalion Chief with the City of Columbia Fire Department where he previously served as the Captain of Truck 7.

DAVID LAIRD is a Battalion Chief with the City of Columbia Fire Department where he previously served as a Captain on Truck 7.

 

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First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment
Thanks for the comment Brian, we enjoy a good garden apartment job as well. Usually plenty of work to go around. Have a safe holiday! Merry Christmas! Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:22:44
safefirefighter
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Thanks Cap, FYI, we'll probably use your quote if that's okay? Matt SAFE FF
2014-12-23 03:21:12
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2014-12-03 13:17:17
Brian
First Due Friday; Top Floor Garden Apartment
Had a few just like this. Call the all hands. First due engine stretch to fire floor. 500 gallons plenty to put this fire out. Truck co split up and primary search. Force entry if needed. 35 ft ladder to window to left of fire window and rear. Second due truck co. set up aerial…
2014-11-28 02:17:43
Stephen Simich
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I use this one all the time in training: "Perfection is the goal, excellence will be tolerated" by John Maxwell- Leadership management book.
2014-11-20 14:27:15

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