The pioneer of modern firewalking on hot coals is Tolly Burkan, who, after long explorations, developed a training methodology, thanks to which the unique process became accessible to the multitude. Tolly Burkan founded the Firewalking Institute of Research and Education (F.I.R.E.) in California, US.
The F.I.R.E. institute trains and certifies professional firewalking instructors. They are trained to render professional assistance to people and groups of people in overcoming their inner fears and thus extending the understanding of their inner capabilities. Without any doubt, an instructor knows how to arrange a firewalking process in a safe and efficient way. Starting from July, 2006 Lithuania has two F.I.R.E. certified firewalking instructors: Darius Čibonis and Andrejus Sutuginas.