Meet Our Staff

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Todd Edwards

Founder & Chief Operating Officer

Lead Instructor

Todd Edwards has over 36 years of experience in the fire services. Starting his career at 16 years old with a small combination department in Ohio, Todd then moved to Georgia where he spent more than 30 years with Atlanta Fire Rescue.  During his career with Atlanta, he held a variety of positions including Captain, Battalion Chief and Assistant Fire Chief.  While with Atlanta, Todd developed and taught the majority of the city training curriculum, and co-developed the city Standard Operating Guidelines.  After retiring in 2018, he served the city as a consultant and the lead instructor / coordinator for Atlanta’s Officer Development Program.  While working with Atlanta, Todd was also the Lead Instructor for Walton County Fire Rescue in northeast Georgia.  For the past 20 years, Todd has also been an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy.  Todd has also developed countless training programs currently be utilized by numerous departments, specializing in department-based curriculums for training and fire ground operations.

 

In 2016 Edwards started Fire-Life Training Associates, and Breaking Barriers, which specializes in disabilities awareness training for first responders, and interactive training for families with children that have special needs.   Through both of these companies, Todd travels and provides superior training nationwide.

 

In 2020, Todd co-founded Mission Resurrection with John’s Creek Firefighter (and Fire Life Training staff member) Danny Dwyer.

 

Todd is also a co-host with Fire Life Training staff member Anthony Rowett, on the Generation Engine podcast on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio. Todd Edwards has been recognized numerous times, including receiving the Award of Merit for Bravery and the Fire Chief’s Award of Distinction.

 

Todd has been married for 30 years to Kathy Edwards, and they currently live in Cumming, Georgia.  Together Todd and Kathy spend a large amount of their time with their newly married daughter Jordan, and her husband Nathan, and their son Zachary and his significant other Kymberlie.  Todd and Kathy love traveling together, THE Ohio State Buckeye’s football, and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Danny Dwyer

Co-Founder, Mission Resurrection

Firefighter, John’s Creek Fire Department 

Instructor

Danny Dwyer entered the fire service 21 years ago, by joining the Cherokee County Fire Department in Northwest Georgia, and then moved to the Dekalb County Georgia Fire Department.  Knowing that he wanted to work within a busier fire department, In 2005 he joined Atlanta Fire Rescue. While in Atlanta, he was assigned to Engine 13 and Company 10 as a fireman, Companies 14 and 1 as an FAO, Company 2, 1 and 16 as a Lieutenant and retired in May of 2020 as a Captain on Engine 9 in West Atlanta. After retiring, he joined the fire department in John's Creek, Georgia as a tailboard fireman.  He is a Georgia Fire Academy adjunct instructor, Public Safety Diver, 1403 Instructor and a Nationally Registered Paramedic. Danny enjoys developing new officers, OICs, and live fire training. 

 

In 2020, Danny co-founded Mission Resurrection with Todd Edwards.

 

Danny is married with a daughter and currently resides in Canton, Georgia. 

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Anthony Rowett, Jr.

Captain, Mobile Fire Rescue, AL

Owner, Port City Fire Training

Instructor

Anthony Rowett, Jr. is a Captain with the Mobile (AL) Fire Rescue Department, and was previously a firefighter with the Ogdensburg (NJ) Fire Department. He has multiple degrees in both fire science and emergency services management. He is a graduate of the Alabama Smoke Diver course, and Anthony is the owner of Port City Fire Training. Rowett is a contributing author for multiple fire service publications, and has instructed at multiple fire service conferences as well as for individual fire departments. He is also a co-host with Todd Edwards on the Generation Engine podcast on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio.

 

Anthony is married to his high school sweetheart, and together they have two beautiful sons.

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Jake Hill

Department of Defense Firefighter, GA

Firefighter, Tallassee Fire Department, AL

Instructor

Kenneth Jacob “Jake” Hill is a 15-year veteran as a firefighter/EMT. Hill began his fire service in the small community of Friendship, Alabama and moved to the Tallassee Fire Department ten years later. In 2014, after completing his EMT training, he started his professional work at Ft. Rucker Fire Department in South Alabama. Hill transferred and currently still works as a Department of Defense Firefighter at Ft. Benning Fire Department in Columbus, Georgia. Hill simultaneously still serves his community of Tallassee, Alabama when off-shift. Hill completed his B.S. in History at Troy State University, and also holds a short-term certificate in Emergency Medical Services from Trenholm State Community College.

Hill’s family includes two daughters (18 and 13) and his wife, Sarah.

 

Notable incidents:

- Hotel Talisi Fire (2009)

- Mt. Vernon Mill Fire (2014)

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Mike Rumsey

Captain, Atlanta Fire Rescue

Instructor

Mike started his fire service career at Cherokee County (GA) in 1992, and moved to the Atlanta Fire Department 7 years later.  He has served on some of the busiest companies in the city and is currently assigned as a Captain on Atlanta Engine 7.   Mike is an Atlanta Fire Academy adjunct instructor, and is a founding instructor for Atlanta’s Acting Officer in Charge program.  He is the only instructor to participate in every class teaching Strategy and Tactics, Size Up, and Rules of Engagement portion.  Mike is also the co-author of Atlanta’s Engine Company Operations program with Todd Edwards. 

Mike is married with 3 children, and lives with his family in Jasper, Georgia.

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Kevin McCart

Captain, Antonia Fire Protection District, MO

Instructor

Kevin has been in the fire service since 2003, and has worked with volunteer, rural setting and suburban fire departments.  Kevin currently serves as Captain for the Antonia Fire Protection District, located just outside of St. Louis, MO, and also serves as their Training Coordinator. Kevin is very passionate about engine company operations, and having the proper mindset that will lead to success on the fire ground and in the fire house. Kevin is a graduate of Columbia Southern University, a graduate of University of Missouri Fire Service Leadership Enhancement Program and Company Officer Program. He also holds many Missouri Division of Fire Safety Certifications.

Kevin enjoys spending time with his wife Tracey, who is a teacher.

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Brandon Lewis
Firefighter, Atlanta Fire Rescue

Instructor

Toledo native Brandon Lewis entered the fire service in 2008, joining the Columbus Georgia Fire Department.  In 2012, Brandon left to join Atlanta Fire Rescue, fulfilling his life-long goal of serving in a large metropolitan city.  Brandon was assigned to, and is still serving at, Atlanta fire station #2, one of the busiest fire companies within the department.  He also works part-time as a firefighter in Dawson County, Georgia.

Brandon is an adjunct instructor for the Atlanta Fire Academy, and is a state certified instructor with a wide range of teaching experience in both the fire service and the private sector.   His passion and focus are special operations and firefighter survival skills. Brandon takes a practical, fundamental-based approach to instructing, therefore challenging his colleagues to continually refine, improve and engage in their craft.  

 

Brandon lives in a South Atlanta suburb with his wife Erin and their children.  In his free time he coaches boys basketball, and cheers on the Atlanta Falcons and THE Ohio State Buckeyes.
 

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Kathy Edwards

CEO

Kathy Edwards has been a national non-profit Management Consultant, and small business Consultant for over 30 years, and has concentrated her business on income generation, fund development, national campaigns, board and staff training, strategic planning, staffing models, budgeting and the development of strategic operational systems.  She has worked with clients (which have included the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, The American Diabetes Association,  Huntington’s Disease Society of America, United Cerebral Palsy, Lambda Legal and Global Health Action) in Georgia, New York, Washington, D.C., Ohio, Virginia, Missouri, Kansas and California.  In February of 2020, Kathy left the National Down Syndrome Congress, after serving for 5 years as their National Consulting Development Director, to join Fire Life Training Associates and Breaking Barriers as Chief Executive Officer.  Throughout her career, Kathy has also served as a board member for numerous non-profit organizations, and has served her community as a volunteer by chairing many community and organizational campaigns and fundraisers, and also served on the Superintendent’s School Improvement Council for 3 years in her children’s school system, which was one of the largest in the state of Georgia.

 

Kathy is also the co-owner of Revitalize CBD Center, A very unique Georgia CBD marketplace, and also serves as

Operations Consultant to Mission Resurrection.

 

Kathy has been married to Todd Edwards for 30 years, and together they have two grown children.  Kathy enjoys spending time traveling with Todd, and family gatherings with their children.  Kathy is an avid The Ohio State Buckeyes football fan, as well as the Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Zac Edwards

Youth Outreach Director and

Family Programs Instructor

Zac Edwards is a Certified Life Coach, with additional training and certifications in Family Dynamics and Group Dynamics.  Zac is the founder of Exact Life, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization that works with youth, parents and educators to address the current bullying epidemic.  Exact Life is a highly interactive and bold program experience, that provides a realistic and honest forum for conversations to take place, and changes can be realized.  Zac also sees private clients on an individual, family and small group basis.


Zac works with Fire Life Training as a Family Programs Director and is the Co-Creator and a Lead Instructor for our newest program offering “The Fire Family”, which addresses the impact that the fire service has on the family unit as a whole, and individually.  
 

Zac loves in Auburn, Georgia with his partner Kymberlie, and their two dogs Bailey & Sephy.

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Sarah Hill

Executive Director, Breaking Barriers 

Conference Logistics, Fire Life Training

Lead Facilitator, Fire Wife Life

Sarah has a wide range of experience in non-profit and trade association management, and is currently working as a Consultant for The National Down Syndrome Congress in the capacity of Convention Director. Sarah’s past work has included Hemophilia and Bleeding Disorders of Alabama, the Home Builders Association of Alabama and the Alabama School Board Association. In addition, Sarah worked with Auburn University Harrison School of Pharmacy to manage their statewide annual conferences.

Sarah holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a master’s degree in Management, both from Troy University.

 

Sarah lives in Tallassee, Alabama with her husband firefighter Jake Hill, and their two daughters Meredith and Cadence. Sarah recently began serving her second elected term as a Tallassee City Council Member.
 

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Having taught at the elementary, the junior high, and the high school level, Tracy McCart is a talented and compassionate 25-year veteran educator.  

 

Tracy brings her talents to Fire Life Training as the Director and a Lead Facilitator for one of our newest endeavors Fire Wife Life. Tracy is a graduate of Central Methodist University where she earned a Master of Education degree. 

 

Tracy is a proud fire wife of 17 years. She is married to Captain Kevin McCart of Antonia Fire District, and they reside in St Louis, Missouri.

Tracy McCart

Managing Director and

Lead Facilitator for Fire Wife Life

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Madison Jones

Wife Engagement Director and

Lead Facilitator for Fire Wife Life

Madison is a born & raised Georgia girl, but is all about traveling whenever and wherever she can, and as much as possible. She holds an Associates Degree from the University of North Georgia, and she is currently in the last few weeks of finishing her Bachelor’s Degree from Chamberlain University to become a Registered Nurse where she has also accepted a full time position as an ER nurse at Northeast Georgia Medical Center post graduation. She hopes to one day further her education to potentially become a Nurse Practitioner as well. A spark-notes version of a few favorite things in Madison’s life includes: spending time with her family and friends, coffee (or any type of caffeine), a good mimosa/glass of wine/margarita, country music, makeup, concerts, being outdoors, and working out. 

 

She is married to her high-school sweetheart, Matthew Jones, who is a firefighter with Gwinnett County. The couple met in 2013, married in 2018, and have been a part of the fire family for about five years now. They have two sweet pups, Jetta who is a German Shepherd, and Bo who is a Blue Tick Coonhound. 

 

As Madison has navigated through what it is like to be a military and a firefighter spouse, her goal is to remind each and every woman that they are not alone on this journey. We don’t always need advice, but to know you have someone on your side means much more than words could ever say. She is glad you are here and excited to welcome all of you along through what this Fire Wife Life platform has to offer! 

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Kenya Sayles

Mental Health Director and

Lead Facilitator for Fire Wife Life


Kenya is a Georgia girl through and through. She is a UGA Alumni (Go Dawgs!) and a Liberty Alumni where she got her Master’s to become a Mental Health Therapist. She is still continuing her education with the goal of getting a DNP in Psychiatric Mental Health. If it’s not obvious, she is very passionate about Mental Health! Especially within the first responder community!  

When she is not working, studying, or obsessing over her perfect rescue dog, Mumford; she loves to run, sing, travel, watch sitcoms/UGA football, and spend time with loved ones.

Her husband, Michael, is from Illinois. He moved to Georgia in 2014, and they met in 2017. Michael has been with Gwinnett County Fire since 2016.  

Kenya and Michael run a nonprofit called Pink Heals. After Michael beat cancer in 2015, he became involved in the Pink Heals community in Illinois where he grew up. When he moved to GA and met Kenya, he wanted to bring Pink Heals here. So, they started fundraising, bought a fire truck, painted it pink, and now they visit/help families and individuals battling cancer in Gwinnett County. 

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Heather Griffin

National Lead Facilitator

Heather has over 18 years of comprehensive emergency management experience.  She has worked at the federal level with the FEMA Individual Assistance program and as a County Emergency Management Specialist. She is currently a Regional Preparedness Coordinator with the North Carolina Healthcare Preparedness Program, where she has held this position for 3 years. 

 

She has been married for 6 years to her husband, Alan Griffin, the Fire Chief of the Carolina Beach Fire Department. Living in Coastal North Carolina, they enjoy spending their free time out on their boat fishing and finding new places to explore on the water. 

 

Together with her husband Alan, they own 1st Due Tactics, a training company dedicated to improving and motivating today’s fire service through quality instruction.