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Matt McDowell
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  • Bluffton, SC
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Bluffton Township Fire District
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Transitioning to a large suburban fire department due to rapid growth of both population and community needs.
Professional Qualifications:
Degree in Fire Administration
Fire Officer
Fire Instructor
US&R Rescue Specialist
Lowcountry FOOLS- President
Safe Firefighter, LLC- President/Owner (
Topics you provide training for:
Basic Firefighting
Firefighting Strategy and Tactics
Firefighter Survival
Engine and Truck Driver Operations
Areas of expertise:
See Above
Matt is a Lieutenant for the Bluffton Township Fire District (SC), is an Instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy and President of the Lowcountry FOOLS. He has a degree in fire administration and teaches basic firefighting, rapid intervention and firefighter survival both locally and statewide. He has previously served as the Training Officer for Hardeeville Fire/Rescue (SC) and as a Firefighter for the Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department in Prince George’s County, Maryland.
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Matt McDowell's Blog

A Mad Lib "On Firefighting"

“[A] FIREFIGHTER  who is uncertain whether he can SAVE someone, or [a] FIREFIGHTER who for religious or moral reasons knows he will not ENTER A BURNING…


Posted on January 9, 2013 at 9:30am

The Fireground is Like Loading a Dishwasher

I suppose I am fortunate that one of the only ongoing debates between my wife and I are the nuances of loading the dishwasher.  You see, I load the dishwasher the way it was designed to be loaded.  My wife, she believes randomly loading the dishwasher.  We both think that our respective methods work best for fitting the most dishes and getting the job done the best.  Much like the fireground, and numerous other “hot topics” right now, there are many different opinions and theories on the…


Posted on October 12, 2012 at 8:10pm

First Due Friday; Heavy Fire, Standpipe Ops & Mayday! (Video)

This video is a great training tool for size-up, radio comms & Command presence.  This FD sounds very professional despite difficult fire conditions.  This week we've got heavy fire & smoke on an upper floor w/ standpipe ops in progress and a Mayday called while transitioning to Defensive Ops.   Compare this FD's ops to your FD and  give us your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!…


Posted on April 13, 2012 at 9:32am

First Due Friday; "Houston" We Have a Problem!

THE SCENARIO:  HEAVY FIRE from the attic w/ extension to TWO other houses!  If this one doesn't test the strength and discipline of your crews and alarm assignments, congratulations!   Give us the report and your RECEO VS considerations.  Enjoy!


Posted on March 2, 2012 at 10:11am

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At 10:27am on September 21, 2011, Shawn Paulson said…
hey Matt i need to speak with you shoot me an email please
At 8:46am on February 25, 2011, Dave Stacy said…
how long ago were you at the big 1 house?
At 9:22pm on October 7, 2010, Jason Hoevelmann said…
Thanks for the ad, stay safe and stay low.
At 5:39pm on October 7, 2010, David Malcomson said…
Your bio has Hardeville FD on there. Do you know Shane Comparetto? He and I both grew up in the Ohio Valley.

Be safe.

At 5:40pm on October 6, 2010, Art Zern said…
Hey Matt,

Thanks for the add, have we met? When I recieved your invite, I took a look at your info and postings. Always great to "meet" a passionate FOOL.

At 9:43am on October 1, 2010, Rick Lasky said…
Be safe brother and stay in touch!


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