Instructors

Ryan Gates - Owner

Ryan Gates is a 15-year veteran of the fire service and a passionate craftsman of firefighting, Ryan shares his experience of being a part of and leading high performance teams of firefighters to every client. With a diversified background in developing and instructing firefighting, EMS, and organizational leadership training programs to both municipal and industrial organizations. 

 

As the former Vice President of Columbia Professional Firefighters: IAFF Local 793, giving him a unique perspective on workers rights, needs, and industry standards. Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two beautiful daughters. He has earned an A.S. in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.

Jason Joannides - Owner

Jason Joannides is a 18-year veteran of the fire service holding the position of Training Officer at a large county fire department. Jason has extensive experience in developing acquired building programs, truck academy, command simulations, and shift training officer duties. He has been an adjunct instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy since 2007. He is a member of the Palmetto F.O.O.L.S and Lexington County Professional Firefighter's: Local 4529.

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