Instructors

Ryan Gates - Owner
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Ryan Gates is a 16-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
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Jason Joannides is a 20-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.

Julio Ramos

Julio has made his mark on the fire service with his "Everything Saws" class. Past saw work and maintenance, Julio has a passion for Rescue, HAZMAT, US&R and R.I.T. operations. 

Heath Haywood

Heath is a 20 year veteran of the fire service and specializes in Rescue work. Specifically, man vs. machine, US&R, auto extrication, large vehicle extrication and stabilization.

Stephen Eller

Stephen is has been a passionate firefighter for 10 years and specializes in forcible entry and saw work. He is a founding member of the Upstate Rogues and Julio's Padawan. 

Joshua Barnes

Barnes has 11 years experience working for serval agencies. Barnes is a master of the single man 35' ladder, making ground ladders and OV work his main focus. 

Chris Carter

Chris is former Marine and connoisseur of crayons (green is his favorite). Search, VES and R.I.T. operations Chris's forte'. But, deep down he's a hose jockey at heart. 

Brian Evans

Brian has 10 years of experience, serving in both volunteer and career systems.