Instructors

Ryan Gates - Owner

Ryan Gates is a 15-year veteran of the fire service. As 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 both municipal and industrial, leadership, fire and EMS training programs,

 

He is the 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 previously holding the position as Training Officer of a large metropolitan fire department. Jason's 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 Columbia Professional Firefighter's: Local 793.

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