Garrett is the founder of Passion for the Craft, LLC. He is a Qualified Fire Instructor, a Technical Rescuer with specialties, and has several different certifications at the officer level. Garrett has been the Deputy Chief of Training for a combination department in Alamance County, NC for over two years and presently rides E411 in Archdale, NC full time. Garrett's goal is to replicate the fire ground for students at the most affordable rate possible.
JONATHAN HILL, SENIOR INSTRUCTOR
Jonathan comes to us as a twenty-six-year veteran of the fire service. Jonathan currently serves as the Captain of Ladder 14 in Greensboro, NC. He has held the rank of Captain for twelve years and has served on some of the busiest companies in the city. Previously Jonathan has worked for the Charlotte Fire Department and as a Police Officer for the City of Greensboro. Jonathan was also the planning officer for USAR Task Force 6 where he was deployed in September of 2005 as a FEMA support member to assist with the rescue efforts from the impacts of Hurrican Katrina. Jonathan has served in many different capacities from being a featured lecturer and hands on instructor, as well as a fire academy instructor, NC Live Burn Instructor and assisted with many GFD recruit academies. Jonathan says, "I'm passionate about teaching firefighters and sharing some of the lessons and mistakes that I have made so that other fireman can continue to improve and make the fire service better.:
TYLER MATHAI, OPERATIONS MANAGER
Tyler comes to us as a deeply passionate firefighter, instructor and student of the fire service. Tyler currently serves as the senior firefighter of E56 in the city of Greensboro, NC. Tyler also serves as an assistant hands-on instructor for PFTC.
CODY STONE, LOGISTICS MANAGER
Cody comes to us as a loving husband and father to a little girl. Cody is a NC fire instructor and has ten years of fire experience. He previously was a firefighter 3 with Guil-Rand Fire Department and is now presently the firefighter on the back of E13 in Asheboro, NC.
PAUL WATLINGTON, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Paul comes to us as the Chief of Training for the City of Burlington, NC. With over twenty years of fire service experience, Paul has been a featured author in Fire Engineering magazine, an FDIC and SAFRE instructor, a CPSE Chief Training Officer Designee, and a Qualified fire instructor. Paul is also the 2023 Passion for the Craft Fire Conference host.
JEREMY GUTHRIE, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
Jeremy comes to us as the Captain of Engine Company 1 in the city of Burlington, NC where he has been for almost twenty years. Jeremy is extremely passionate about training and his family. Jeremy is a qualified live fire instructor and one of the lead instructors for PFTC. Jeremy also serves as a volunteer firefighter in Alamance County for Pleasant Grove Volunteer Fire Department.
C.J. DWIGGINS, LEAD INSTRUCTOR
CJ comes to us a loving husband and father to three kids. CJ is currently the Engineer of Ladder 2 in Winston Salem, NC on Platoon 1. CJ is a qualified fire instructor and a Lieutenant with the Mocksville Fire Department. CJ has previosuly served in many roles including a Fire Chief in a volunteer department, academy instructor and a current honor guard member. CJ states "I like to go to fires."
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