The High Point Fire Department Training Division is comprised of 3 officers dedicated to educating and training all personnel as they become employed with the department and throughout their careers with the High Point Fire Department.
Sidney Shoaf, Chief of Training, has been on the fire department for twenty-one years. He has been promoted through the ranks from firefighter to his existing position as Battalion Chief of Training. He has experience using every type of apparatus that is currently in operation today along with membership on the hazmat, tech rescue, and dive rescue teams. Chief Shoaf holds many certifications to include an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science. He brings experience, knowledge and leadership to this outstanding and growing division of the High Point Fire Department.
Brian W. Bullock, Captain, has been a member of the High Point Fire Department for over 11 years, with experience primarily as a tractor drawn aerial operator. Captain Bullock is a Hazardous Materials Technician on the HazMat Team. He is a member of the 2013 winning team of the North Carolina HazMat competition held in Raleigh. During his time with the department he has earned an Associate’s Degree in Fire Protection Technology as well as certifications in Fire Officer 1 and 2, Fire Instructor 1 and 2 and a Fire and Life Safety Educator certification. Brian has worked his way up from Firefighter to Training Captain. Captain Bullock strives to make a positive impact in the department through training and fitness. Captain Bullock is over recruit training and the training facility readiness.
Gray George III
Gray George, Captain, joined the High Point Fire Department in 2001, and was assigned to the Training Division in January 2016. During those 15 years he was assigned to an engine and ladder as a Firefighter and to an engine as a Fire Equipment Operator. Captain George holds certifications in technical rescue, swift water rescue and is a state instructor. Captain George is over training for the operations division, setting up and conducting fire service training drills while ensuring that each member receives quality training.
The High Point Fire Department Training Division is comprised of 3 officers dedicated to educating and training all personnel as they become employed with the department and throughout their career. The Training Division delivers fire service training along with NFPA 1410 training drills, sets up specialty training such as Hazmat and Technical Rescue, along with maintaining training records for all personnel. The Department has a new state of the art five story training tower with an attached two story residential structure. This drill tower is equipped with a smoke machine that will provide light to heavy smoke conditions anywhere in the building. It is also has a sprinkler system with a Fire Department and standpipe connections. The Training Division strives to provide real life training in a safe and controlled manner. The Training Staff is constantly striving to bring new and inventive training styles to the members of the department along with the use of new and ever changing technology.
To provide fire department personnel with education and skills training that are in compliance with the professional standards set forth by State and Federal guidelines so that every member returns home safely at the end of the day.