David Woodward

David Woodward is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as the Training Officer for Lake Ozark Fire Protection District in Lake Ozark, Missouri. He resides outside of Eldon, Missouri with his wife and two children. David is an alumnus of the University of Missouri, where he attended the paramedic program and became a licensed paramedic. His robust repertoire of fire certifications speaks to his experience and expertise as a firefighter and educator. During his tenure as Training Officer at Lake Ozark Fire, he has worked diligently to ensure the integration of evidence-based practices and tactics on the fire ground and in the classroom.


Prior to serving as the Training Officer, David served as a step-up Captain and firefighter/paramedic for Lake Ozark Fire. In addition, David served as the Training Officer for the Johnson County Fire Protection District in Warrensburg, Missouri prior to his move to the Lake Ozark area. David’s previous professional experience, as a tool and dye machinist, has provided him with an extensive knowledge of metals and machinery, making him an invaluable resource for extrication and machine rescue.


David is passionate about the importance of critical thinking and situational reasoning and strives to improve these abilities in every firefighter he trains. David’s passion for revolutionizing fire service education is evidenced by his relentless pursuit of excellence, enthusiasm for teaching and mentoring, and his desire to teach current, evidence-based tactics to today’s firefighters.



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