Keynote Speaker: Brian Ward
Sponsored by Columbia Southern University
Brian served as the Gwinnett County Fire and Emergency Services Training Officer for the Career Development Division which oversaw the development of 850 personnel. He served on several committees including the Fire Academy Task Force, Grant Committee, Fire Fit Living, and Liaison to Special Projects Group. Programs such as Incident Safety Officer, Building Construction, Live Fire Instructor, Thermal Imaging Cameras, Instructor II and III are some of the programs he has developed and taught. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Safety and Technology Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has completed the Emergency Management Institute: Professional Development Series, numerous fire instructor and officer level certifications, OSHA certifications and is Certified Georgia Smoke Diver #741.
Brian has received several honors including: ISFSI President's Award and multiple Organizational Service Awards, Fire Department Management from NACO, Distinguished Service Award, Firefighter of the Year, Top 20 CTBS Instructor, and National Seal of Excellence for Leadership and Safety from the National Fallen Fighters Foundation and Everyone Goes Home. He is an author for Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire Engineering Training Officer's Toolbox and has instructed at FDIC and Firehouse events.