Our Team.

Nick martin

founder

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I am presently a Battalion Chief with the City of Salisbury Fire Department in North Carolina. Previously I served as the Chief of Training for the City of Columbia, South Carolina and as a Lieutenant with the District of Columbia Fire Department. My career began in 1994 in my hometown of Swarthmore, PA. Since then I have been privileged to be surrounded by great, motivated firefighters who have taught me everything I know. My passion is for firefighting excellence, driven by our uncompromisable responsibility for excellent service to our citizens.

 

Since 2010 I have been privileged to present at FDIC as a classroom presenter and hands-on instructor. Since 2004 I have had the opportunity to travel the country and share thoughts, learn from others, and see many different ways of firefighting operations. I have received a BS in Fire Science from the University of Maryland and a MS in Public Safety Management from Johns Hopkins University.

With the help of some great friends and other talented instructors, I enjoy passing on the information, classroom and hands-on, that I have learned from my mentors and from good and bad experiences on the fireground. My goal is to pass on what was passed to me with the hopes that I can improve the skill and experiences of other firefighters. I am proud and honored to help organize this team of motivated, passionate firefighters.

Mitch clark

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operations director

Mitch moved from Australia to the United States in 2016 and started his career as a Public Information Officer with the Arlington County Fire Department in Virginia.

 

He is currently a volunteer in Prince Georges County. 

​Mitch handles the technical operations, business development, and marketing for Combat Ready Fire Training.

Don Wedding

instructor 

  • Firefighter, Fredericksburg (VA) Fire Department.

Bill Cunningham

instructor 

With 14 years in the Fire Service, Bill emphasizes his personal style during his teachings. However, he recommends that his students adopt a style that works best for them, encouraging a hybrid approach to incorporate his style into their everyday routines. Bill is currently an FEO on Ladder 7 for the City Of Columbia, South Carolina.

Chris ford

instructor 

  • Captain - Ladder Company 7, Columbia (SC) Fire Department.

Tim McCloskey

instructor 

  • Firefighter - Horry County (SC) Fire/Rescue

  • Firefighter - Kentland Volunteer Fire Department

Blake Cartee

instructor 

  • Captain - Ladder Company 7, Columbia (SC) Fire Department.

Floyd Wise

instructor 

  • Battalion Chief - Harrisburg (PA) Bureau of Fire

Drew Evans

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instructor 

  • Technician - Truck Company 16, District of Columbia Fire Department.

  • Captain - Kentland Volunteer Fire Department.

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