Biography – Founder Brian J. Ward

Brian is the Divisional Leader: Fire Protection and Emergency Operations for Georgia Pacific
Plywood. He is responsible for overseeing all confined space, rope, Haz Mat, fire and EMS
operations. As well, he directs the development and delivery of OSHA training for
approximately 450 personnel at GP. His responsibilities include career and leadership
development and serving on the Safety, Staff Leadership Team and Operations Excellence
Committees. As part of a private industry organization, Brian has been asked to step outside
of the emergency services realm and to provide problem-solving solutions to current business
practices. In response Brian developed and manages the Innovation Task Force, which is a
“think tank” for innovative and creative ideas in order to create long-term value.

Previously, 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.
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State and National Projects:
National Institute of Standards and Technology – Strategy and Tactics Research on Residential Fires
        International Society of Fire Service Instructors -
       Live Fire Instructor and Acquired Structures Program Development
        Jones and Bartlett – Training Officers Desk Reference Managing Editor
      Fire Service Instructor Principles and Practices Technical Reviewer
        FEMA: Assistance to Firefighters Grant – Grant Criteria Committee Member and
      Applicant Review Panelist
        Gwinnett County Leadership and Safety Conference – Executive Director
        Honeywell First Responders Council – Content and Technical Reviewer

Organizational Leadership:
Metro Atlanta Training Officers Association – Vice Chairman and Chairman
        Georgia Everyone Goes Home Advocate
        Gwinnett County Leadership and Safety Conference – Executive Director
        International Society of Fire Service Instructors – Board of Directors
        Georgia State Firefighters Association – District Representative
        Madison / Morgan County Business and Industry Advisory Committee
        Georgia Pacific Department Manager
        Gwinnett County  Fire and Emergency Services Training Officer
        City of Gray Volunteer Fire Department Training Officer