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Matt McDowell is a Captain for the Bluffton Township Fire District (SC), Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy, President of the Lowcountry FOOLS. †He has a degree in fire administration and teaches firefighting, rapid intervention and firefighter survival both locally and statewide.† He has previously served as Training Officer for Hardeeville Fire/Rescue (SC) and as a Firefighter for the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince Georgeís County, Maryland.

 

 

 

Justin Cunningham- Lieutenant, Hilton Head Island Fire/Rescue

 

Chris Garniewicz is a Captain with the Bluffton Township Fire District where he is assigned to Truck 375.† He has a BS degree from Northeastern University and is an IFSAC Instructor II.† Captain Garniewicz has worked as an Adjuct Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy, teaching Truck Company Operations and Basic Auto Extrication.† Prior to joining Bluffton 15 years ago, Captain Garniewicz volunteered in Massachusetts.

 

 

 

AJ Halloway- Columbia FD

Jason (JJ) Joannides†is a firefighter with the City of Columbia, assigned to Ladder Company 7. He has his associate’s degree from UNC-Charlotte and is a certified Instructor with the South Carolina Fire academy, where he works part-time since 2007. JJ’s passion in his career has been Truck Company Operations, traveling from New York to Florida taking multiple courses in Truck ops, Aerial operations and VES classes along with RIT ops and Mayday courses. He is a Founding member of Palmetto FOOLS

 

 

 

 

 

Chris Kip- Battalion Chief, Columbia FD

Greg Mundy- Deputy Chief, Irmo Fire District

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