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.
William A. Bump, Captain, joined the High Point Fire Department in 2014 with more than 25 years of experience in the fire service. He assisted with several HPFD Recruit Academies before he was assigned to the Training Division in 2018. Captain Bump holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Protection Technology and numerous certifications in fire, technical rescue and fire investigations. He is a Hazardous Materials Technician and became a qualified instructor in 2003. He enjoys sharing his fire service knowledge while striving to stay up-to-date in the latest trends and technologies affecting the service.
S. Clark Sellars
S. Clark Sellars started in the fire service in 1986 as a member of Fire District 13 in Guilford County. He graduated high school May of 1988. Clark began his paramedic degree program at Guilford Tech CC in the fall of 1988, finishing in the fall of 1989 before entering the U.S. Coast Guard soon thereafter. Clark received an honorable discharge in the fall of 1993. He continued pursuing his undergraduate college coursework at Guilford College and joined the High Point Fire Department in 2000. During his time with the department he has earned an additional Associate's Degree in Fire Protection Technology as well as certifications in Fire Officer 1 and 2, Fire Instructor 1 and 2, Fire and Life Safety Educator, and qualifications in technical rescue disciplines. 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.
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.