MATT 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.
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.
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.