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Paul J. Antonellis

PAUL J. ANTONELLIS JR., MA, has more than 20 years of fire/EMS experience and has held various positions including chief of department. He served more than 11 years as a State of Massachusetts police officer (part-time), and has served as a consultant to labor and management. A member of the faculty at three colleges, he teaches at the undergraduate and graduate levels and develops curriculum. He has been an online instructor for seven years, lectures to emergency service providers nationally and internationally, and is a video freelance curriculum developer. He has had published more than 25 articles and three books; his latest is the textbook Labor Relations for the Fire Service (Fire Engineering, 2012). A former certified employee assistance professional and a certified addictions specialist, he is a doctoral student in an EdD program with a specialization in educational leadership and management and has an MA degree in labor and policy studies with a concentration in human resource management, a BS degree in fire science administration, and associate degrees in fire science and criminal justice.

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Anthony Avillo

ANTHONY AVILLO, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He has a B.S. in fire science from New Jersey City University and is an instructor at the Bergen County (N.J.) and Monmouth County (N.J.) Fire Academies. Avillo is a member of the FDIC advisory board and the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Pennwell, 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volume II (Pennwell, 2009). He is a contributing author to Fire Engineering‘s Handbook for Firefighter I and II (2009) and co-author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook Study Guide (Pennwell, 2009). He is author of the Bigger Picture monthly column on Firenuggets.com.

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Steve Bernocco

Lieutenant Steve Bernocco, is a veteran officer of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department. He writes and speaks nationally on air management and firefighter health and safety. His book, Air Management for the Fire Service, will be published this year by Fire Engineering

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David Bernzweig

David Bernzweig has been in the fire service for 19 years, the past 12 with the Columbus (OH) Division of Fire, where he is a lieutenant/paramedic. He is the 2nd Vice President of the Columbus Firefighters Union and chairs the Union Health & Safety Committee. he is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment. He is a member of the FEMA US&R Ohio Task Force One, and is a fire and EMS instructor for the State of Ohio. He has degrees in political science and economics from The Ohio State University.

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Gary Bowker

GARY BOWKER has served with the fire service for more than 38 years, most recently as the chief of Sumner County (KS) Rural Fire District #10 and previously as a chief with the United States Air Force and as a fire marshal for Winfield, Kansas. Bowker has taught at the National Fire Academy, United States Department of Defense, and University of Kansas Fire & Rescue Training Institute.
He is the Kansas advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Everyone Goes Home program and speaks and writes frequently on firefighter life safety and health issues.

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Christopher Brennan

Christopher Brennan is a 14 year veteran of the fire service. He is a firefighter with the Harvey (IL) Fire Department and an instructor with the Illinois Fire Service Institute. He maintains the website: www.fireservicewarrior.com and the author of the The Combat Position: Achieving Firefighter Readiness (Fire Engineering, 2011). 

 

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Bob Carpenter

Bob Carpenter, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, is a 22-year veteran of and a captain in Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue, where he serves as the North Operations training officer. He helped to develop and present the Officer Development Program (ODP) and is an ODP Drill Week lead instructor. He served as OIC of the Recruit Training Bureau.

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Steve Chikerotis

Steve Chikerotis is a 29-year member of the Chicago (IL) Fire Department, where he is a battalion chief of the 22nd Battalion. He has also served as assistant director of training and chief of fire academy operations. A fire service instructor for more than 20 years, he has taught classes nationally. He is the author of Firefighters from the Heart (Thomson Delmar, 2006) and has had articles published in fire service journals. He has worked on dozens of major motion pictures including Backdraft.

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Ben Coffman

BEN COFFMAN is a law enforcement-certified fire marshal assigned as the explosives enforcement program manager with the Fairfax County (VA) Office of the Fire Marshal. He is a 20-year veteran of the fire service, is certified as a fire inspector II, and is a Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development certified fire official. He has an undergraduate degree in fire science from the University of Maryland University College and a graduate degree in national security from American Military University.

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Larry Collins

Larry Collins is a 29-year veteran of and captain with the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department (LACoFD) and a USAR specialist and paramedic assigned to USAR Task Force 103, which responds to technical rescues and multialarm fires across the county. He is a Search Team manager for the LACoFD’s FEMA/OFDA US&R Task Force for domestic and international response, and he has served as a US&R specialist on the “Red” FEMA US&R Incident Support Team since 1990. The author of dozens of articles and case studies, he wrote the textbook series Technical Rescue Operation (Fire Engineering: Vol.1, 2004; Vol. 2, 2005); the Rescue chapter of The Fire Chiefs Handbook; and the Rescue chapter of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II.

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Thomas Crist

Thomas Crist has been a member of the volunteer fire service for 37 years and is a certified fire department safety officer. He has specialized and instructed in many aspects of vehicle rescue and hazardous materials.

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David Dalrymple

David Dalrymple is a career EMS provider for the RWJUH Emergency Medical Services in New Brunswick, NJ and he is a volunteer Rescue Services Captain for Clinton EMS/Rescue in Clinton, NJ. He has been actively involved with emergency services for 26 years. He is the education chair of the Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee - US (TERC). This committee is charged with developing educational materials and performing research and development on transportation rescue. Dalrymple is certified as an international-level extrication assessor and serves on the Expert Technical Advisory Board of the IETRI as their Road Traffic Accident advisor. He has taught and assessed in North America, Europe, UK and South Africa. He is also a member of the IAFC Specialized Technical Rescue Committee. In 2007, he received the Harvey Grant award for excellence in rescue. He currently writes the "Extrication Tactics" column for Fire Engineering and is a contributing author for the Firefighter I & II textbook and is currently working on a 3 DVD educational series on vehicle technology and rescue.

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James M. Dalton

James M. Dalton is the coordinator of research and development for the Chicago (IL) Fire Department.

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Chris Daly

Chris Daly, an 18-year veteran of the fire service, is a member of the Goshen Fire Department in West Chester, Pennsylvania, and a full-time police officer specializing in the reconstruction of serious vehicle crashes. He developed the “Drive to Survive” training program (www.drivetosurvive.org) and lectures nationally on the prevention of emergency vehicle crashes. He has a master’s degree in safety from Johns Hopkins University and will be presenting the “Drive to Survive” classroom session at FDIC 2008.

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Paul T. Dansbach

Paul T. Dansbach has worked in code enforcement for 30 years and has been the fire marshal of Rutherford, NJ, for 23 years. He is a fire instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) Law & Public Safety Institute and has been a member of the Rutherford Fire Department for 31 years, where he also served as chief. He teaches CEU classes for fire inspectors and fire subcode and building subcode officials for Kean and Rutgers Universities. He was a task force investigator for the Bergen County Arson Squad, Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, for more than 10 years. He is a Fire Engineering editorial advisory board member and an FDIC advisory board member. He is the coauthor of the Study Guide for Fireground Size-Up (Fire Engineering, 2003).

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Mary Jane Dittmar

Mary Jane Dittmar is senior associate editor of Fire Engineering and FDIC conference manager. Before joining the magazine in January 1991, she served as editor of a trade magazine in the health/nutrition market and held various positions in the educational and medical advertising fields. She has a bachelor’s degree in English/journalism and a master’s degree in communication arts.

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Rom Duckworth

ROMMIE L. DUCKWORTH is a career fire lieutenant and EMS coordinator for the Ridgefield (CT) Fire Department. He has more than 20 years of experience working in career and volunteer fire agencies, public and private emergency services, and hospital-based healthcare systems. He is a frequent speaker at national conferences and a regular contributor to research programs, magazines, textbooks, and new media on fire and emergency service topics.

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Thomas Dunne

Thomas Dunne is a deputy chief in the Fire Department of New York, where he has had 27 years of experience in Mid-Manhattan and the Bronx. He has been the incident commander at hundreds of fires in residential, commercial, and high-rise buildings. He has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering and is a regular contributor to its Roundtable. He is a Fordham University graduate, has presented at FDIC, and writes and lectures on a variety of fire service topics.

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Bruce Evans

Bruce Evans is the EMS chief at the North Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department. He is an NFPA fire instructor III and coordinates the College of Southern Nevada's Fire Technology programs, teaching various fire and EMS topics. He has more than 25 years of experience in a variety of EMS settings. Evans is an adjunct faculty for the National Fire Academy in the EMS, Incident Management, and Terrorism Training programs in addition to co-chairing the Fire and Emergency Services Education committee on EMS management. He has a master's degree in public administration, a bachelor's degree in education, and an associate's degree in fire management. Evans is on the editorial board of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services and has recently co-authored a textbook entitled Management of EMS. Evans is the chair of the National Association of EMTs Health and Safety Task Force and sits on the NHTSA safety subcommittee as part of the National EMS Advisory Committee. He is also a board member for the Cyanide Treatment Coalition and actively involved with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, National Association of EMS educators.

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Mike Gagliano

Captain Mike Gagliano, is a veteran officer of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department. He writes and speaks nationally on air management and firefighter health and safety. His book, Air Management for the Fire Service, will be published this year by Fire Engineering

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Kriss Garcia

Kriss Garcia has served in the fire service for 25 years and recently retired as a battalion chief from the Salt Lake City (UT) Fire Department. He is chief of the Tooele City Volunteer Fire Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in public administration, is a licensed engineering contractor and a paramedic, and is an NFA instructor. He serves on the NFPA 1021 committee as a voting member of The Air Movement Control Association. He is the co-author of Positive Pressure Attack for Ventilation and Firefighting and numerous magazine articles on the subject.

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Richard Gasaway

RICHARD B. GASAWAY, PhD, has served 30 years in the fire service as a firefighter, a company officer, and a fire chief. He has conducted extensive research on fireground command decision making under stress and situation awareness and has identified more than 100 potential barriers to commander situation awareness.

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Jeff Giraud

Jeff Giraud, MS, EFO, a curriculum development specialist, creates programs in aircraft rescue fire fighting, incident management, leadership, and company officer development for the Dallas/Ft.Worth Airport Fire Services. Captain Giraud brings a unique and diverse set of credentials to the firehouse training table--23 years of public safety service as a firefighter, a police officer, and an emergency medical technician, He served on the line as an engineer, a training officer, a battalion chief (11 years), and as the department training coordinator (two years). As a National Fire Protection Association Instructor III and a Federal Emergency Management Agency ICS Instructor, Giraud has taught hundreds of firefighters, police officers, and public officials from 29 states and more than 23 countries in basic and advanced ARFF, aircraft incident command, and ICS 100–800. He is an adjunct professor at Texas Christian University and teaches courses in interpersonal communication, public speaking, group dynamics, and intercultural communication. He retired in 1999 after 20 years as a U.S. Army engineer officer.

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Richard Gist

Richard Gist, Ph.D., is principal assistant to the director of the Kansas City (MO.) Fire Department and a faculty member of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kansas City University of Medicine and Biosciences. He has earned an international reputation in the emergency response and research communities as an author, a researcher, a lecturer, a consultant and a commentator on the psychosocial impacts of disaster and community response to catastrophe.

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Bill Gustin

Bill Gustin, a 34-year veteran of the fire service, is a captain with Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue and lead instructor in his department’s officer training program. He began his fire service career in the Chicago area and teaches fire training programs in Florida and other states. He is a marine firefighting instructor and has taught fire tactics to ship crews and firefighters in Caribbean countries. He also teaches forcible entry tactics to fire departments and SWAT teams of local and federal law enforcement agencies. Gustin is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering.

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Gregory Havel

Gregory Havel is a member of the Burlington (WI) Fire Department, a retired deputy chief and training officer, and a 30-year veteran of the fire service. He is a Wisconsin-certified fire instructor II and fire officer II, an adjunct instructor in fire service programs at Gateway Technical College, and safety director for Scherrer Construction Co., Inc. Havel has a bachelor’s degree from St. Norbert College and has more than 30 years of experience in facilities management and building construction.

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Jeffrey L. Herbert

Jeffrey L. Herbert is an engineer/paramedic with the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department. He is a paramedic preceptor and has taught National Wildfire Coordinating Group (NWCG) courses while working for the U.S. Forest Service. He also has a master's degree in emergency management from Arizona State University. 

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Samuel Hittle

Samuel Hittle is a firefighter with the Wichita (KS) Fire Department, assigned to the HMRT. He is a Wichita hands-on training instructor and has an associate degree in fire science from Butler County Community College.

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Tim Hyden

Tim Hyden is the training and safety officer for East Manatee (FL) Fire Rescue and a 19-year veteran of the Florida fire service. He has an associate degree in fire science and an advanced technical certificate in fire science administration, and is a graduate of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association Emergency Services Leadership Institute. He holds several state certifications through the Florida Bureau of Fire Standards and Training; is a contributing writer to Florida Fire Service and Fire Engineering magazines; and speaks on leadership, motivation, officer development, risk management, and marketing.

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Scott Joerger

SCOTT JOERGER, a 28-year veteran of the fire service, is the captain of Engine 5 with the Rochester (NY) Fire Department and a former volunteer chief of the Pittsford Fire Department. He has worked as a wildland firefighter with the U.S. Forest Service in Oregon. He has an associate degree in fire protection and a bachelor’s degree in management.

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Craig Jones

Craig Jones is magnetic resonance imaging researcher at the University of Western Ontario (UWO) in London, Ontario, Canada, and is a member of the UWO Hazardous Materials Emergency Response Team. He received his firefighter II, EMT-B, and hazardous materials operations-level training while serving in the Owings Mills (MD) Volunteer Fire Company. He received his Ph.D. in physics from the University of British Columbia in 1997.

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Phil Jose

Captain Phil Jose, is a veteran officer of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department. He writes and speaks nationally on air management and firefighter health and safety. His book, Air Management for the Fire Service, will be published this year by Fire Engineering

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Ron Kanterman

Ron Kanterman is a 35-year fire service veteran and a career chief in southeast Connecticut. He has a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees. He is an advocate for the Everyone Goes Home program and for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is chief of operations for the Emmitsburg Memorial Weekend and is a member of the Safety, Heath, and Survival Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Anthony Kastros

Anthony Kastros is a battalion chief for the Sacramento (CA) Metro Fire District and a 24-year veteran of the fire service. He is the author of the Fire Engineering Books and Videos series Mastering the Fire Service Assessment Center and the DVD series Mastering Fireground Command: Calm the Chaos! He is the project manager for the Metro Fire Command  Training Center. Kastros has a B.S. degree in business and human resource management and an associate degree in fire technology.

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Reinhard Kauffmann

Reinhard Kauffmann is a battalion chief for the Salt Lake City (UT) Fire Department, where he has served for more than 30 years. During his career, he has held positions of paramedic, interim chief, and airport fire chief. He has a bachelor’s degree in microbiology. His interests and positive pressure for firefighting began in 1989. He is the co-author with Battalion chief Kriss Garcia, of Positive Pressure Attack for Ventilation and Firefighting and numerous magazine articles on the subject.

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Jeremy A. Keller

JEREMY A. KELLER is the community risk reduction officer for the Macochee Joint Ambulance District in West Liberty, Ohio, and a state geospatial information systems specialist for the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. Involved in rural fire and emergency medical service planning since 1999, he served as a wildland-urban interface fire specialist for the United States Fish and Wildlife Service and as a fire prevention officer for the United States Forest Service, among other wildland fire positions. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire administration from Western Oregon University, has a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in natural resources management from Ohio State University, is a certified forester, and is a retired naval intelligence officer with more than 23 years of active and reserve service.

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Steve Kerber

Steve Kerber is a research engineer with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. and has 12 years firefighting experience.

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Jerry Knapp

JERRY KNAPP is a 37-year veteran firefighter/EMT with the West Haverstraw (NY) Fire Department; a training officer at the Rockland County Fire Training Center in Pomona, New York; and an adjunct professor in the Rockland Community College Fire Technology Program. He is a battalion chief with the Rockland County Hazardous Materials Team and a former nationally certified paramedic. He has a degree in fire protection and wrote the "Fire Attack" chapter in Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II and numerous articles in fire service trade journals.

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David Ladd

David Ladd has served as the director of the six-state/regional hazmat response teams of Massachusetts for the past 10 years. Prior to his service to the state, he had a 25- year career in emergency medical services, predominantly serving the City of Boston as a paramedic and chief of operations. Ladd currently serves as a member of the Inter-Agency Board, the Stakeholders Panel on Agent Detection Assays for the Department of Homeland Security, Office of Science and Technology, through the Association of Analytical Communities and as the Chair of the Responder Working Group for the revision of the national sampling standard under the National Institutes of Standards and Technology.

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Bruce Lake

BRUCE LAKE is a hazardous materials technician and chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear specialist with Halifax Regional Fire and Emergency in Nova Scotia, Canada. He is a graduate of the Fire Service Management Program at Dalhousie University. Prior to joining the fire service, Lake served in the Canadian Army as a nuclear, biological, and chemical defense officer.

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Billy Leach

BILLY LEACH JR. is a captain for the North Carolina Emergency Management USAR Task Force 7 and Ash-Rand Rescue & EMS, Inc. and has been actively involved in the emergency services since 1976, combining career and volunteer experience. He is the developer and senior presenter for Big Rig Rescue™. He trains in vehicle rescue and has presented at the International Vehicle Extrication Learning Symposium, Search and Rescue Disaster Response Conference, FDIC, American Towman Exposition, NC Extrication College, Fire Department of New York’s Technical Rescue School, and many regional fire/rescue training seminars. He is a coauthor of Big Rig Rescue.

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John Lewis

 John Lewis joined the volunteer fire service in 1978 and began his career as a firefighter/EMT in 1985. He is a lieutenant (ret.) with the Passaic (NJ) fire department  and an instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) Fire Academy and for the NJ Division of Fire and Life Safety through Kean University in Union, NJ. Lewis is a member of the NJ State Firefighter Health and Safety Advisory Committee. He has NJ certifications as a fire inspector/fire official, a level 2 fire instructor, an IMS level 3 instructor, and a fire investigator. Lewis has developed and presented educational programs for various fire conferences and schools across the country.

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Irvin Lichtenstein

IRVIN LICHTENSTEIN is chief of operations at Southeast Pennsylvania Search and Rescue. He has more than 40 years of experience as an emergency responder, trainer, and planner. He is a certified instructor for nonlive-fire courses offered by the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and regional training facilities. He is a vehicle rescue instructor and an EMT (since 1985). He has been a volunteer firefighter and fire service administrator since 1972. He has taught first aid and CPR for the Red Cross for almost 40 years and responds with the Red Cross Disaster Assistance Team. He is certified to the operations level for hazardous materials response.

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Mike Mason

Mike Mason, a 28-year veteran of the fire service, is a lieutenant in the Downers Grove (IL) Fire Department. He is the co-author of Rapid Intervention Company Operations R.I.C.O. (Cngage/Delmar Learning). He is director of the not-for-profit RICOFIRERESCUE INC. and www.ricofirerescue.com, an independent fire service training institution specializing in rapid intervention, firefighter rescue, and survival disciplines. He has written numerous articles for the fire service and is a national lecturer.

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Curtis Massey

CURTIS MASSEY is a former ladder company officer and manages Massey Enterprises Inc., which preplans buildings for fire department operations in the United States and Canada. He has been a high-rise instructor and a lecturer and writer for many years. His concept of rapid ascent teams has been adopted and successfully used by departments across the country.

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Ray McCormack

RAY McCORMACK is a 30-year veteran and a lieutenant with FDNY. He is the publisher and editor of Urban Firefighter Magazine. He delivered the keynote address at FDIC in 2009 and he is on the Editorial Board of Fire Engineering Magazine.

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Mike McEvoy

Mike McEvoy is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and the EMS technical editor for Fire Engineering. He is a nurse clinician in the cardiac surgical ICUs at Albany Medical Center and teaches critical care medicine at Albany Medical College in New York. He is a firefighter/paramedic and chief medical officer for West Crescent (NY) Fire Department. He is a pandemic consultant to several major corporations, critical infrastructure businesses, and governments.

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John Mittendorf
John Mittendorf was a 30-year veteran of the Los Angeles City (CA) Fire Department when he retired as a battalion chief. He has an associate degree in fire science and has nationally and internationally instructed in fireground operations for the past 25 years. He was the recipient of the Fire Engineering 2008 Lifetime Achievement Award.
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Frank C. Montagna

Frank C. Montagna is a battalion chief and a 39-year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY). For the past 22 years, he has served as a chief officer and is currently assigned to curriculum development at the FDNY Bureau of Training, creating training programs for chiefs, company officers, and firefighters. He has a degree in fire science from John Jay College, where he has taught fire science and management courses and is teaching a course based on his book Responding to “Routine” Emergencies (Fire Engineering, 1999). He is a member of the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering, lectures on various fire-related topics, and is a contributor to Fire Engineering and WNYF.

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Robert Moran

Robert Moran, MA, CPM, CFO, is Chief of the Brewster (MA) Fire Department. He recently retired after a 25-year career with the Englewood (NJ) Fire Department where he served as chief of department from 1998-2011. Moran has also served as a member of the Bergen County (NJ)  Arson Task Force, the Mid-Bergen Hazardous Materials Team, and the New Jersey Urban Search and Rescue Task Force1 and as an instructor at the Bergen County Fire Academy. He is an adjunct instructor for Kean University and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety and is a founding partner of  "Jersey Guys" Fire Servcie Training, LLC. 

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P.J. Norwood

P.J. Norwood is a Deputy Chief Training Officer for the East Haven CT Fire Department and has served four years with the CT Army National Guard. P.J. has authored the PenWell Tactical Perspectives DVD Handling the May Day for the Fire Dispatcher, co-authored Tactical Perspectives of Ventilation DVD and was a key contributor to the Tactical Perspectives DVD Series. P.J. is a FDIC Instructor and co-hosts Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio show “Making the Turn” and has lectured across the United States as well as in Singapore. He has also served as Connecticut’s Department of Emergency Management and Homeland Security Regional CERT Coordinator. He is certified to the Instructor II and Officer III level.

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Shawn Perry

Shawn Perry is a 17-year veteran of the Sacramento (CA) Fire Department and has worked as assistant fitness director since 1993. He has a master of science degree in exercise physiology from the University of Illinois and a bachelor of science degree in human performance from San Jose State University. He lectures on firefighter health and fitness across the country, including at FDIC.

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David T. Phelan
DAVID T. PHELAN has served in the fire service for 18 years as a member of the Bergenfield (NJ) Fire Department. He is a certified fire officer I and licensed fire protection/construction official who has worked extensively in fire protection and construction enforcement for various public agencies. As an instructor, he has developed several programs relating to fire protection systems and teaches in the fire protection licensing programs at local colleges.
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Casey Phillips

Captain Casey Phillips, is a veteran officer of the Seattle (WA) Fire Department. He writes and speaks nationally on air management and firefighter health and safety. His book, Air Management for the Fire Service, will be published this year by Fire Engineering 

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Brad Pinsky

BRADLEY M. PINSKY is an attorney representing more than 300 fire departments throughout New York State. He serves as captain and municipal training officer for the Manlius (NY) Fire Department. He is one of the four attorneys hosting “Fire Service Court Radio” on fireengineering.com. He lectures frequently throughout the nation.

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Bob Pressler

Bob Pressler has been involved in the fire service for more than 39 years and retired from the Fire Department of New York as a lieutenant. He is the first assistant chief of the Montgomery (NY) Volunteer Fire Department. Pressler has an associate degree in fire protection engineering from Oklahoma State University. He was the hands-on training coordinator for the Fire Department Instructors Conference for its first seven years in Indianapolis, Indiana, and for three years in Sacramento, California.

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Steve Prziborowski

Steve Prziborowski has been in the fire service since 1992 and is an Acting Deputy Chief with the Santa Clara County (Los Gatos, CA) Fire Department, where he has served since 1995. He is an adjunct faculty member in the Chabot College (Hayward, CA) Fire Technology Program, where he has instructed fire and EMS classes since 1993. Steve was named the 2008 California Fire Instructor of the Year, is a former president of the Northern California Training Officers Association, and is a state-certified master instructor and chief officer. He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and has a master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration from California State University, Long Beach. Steve has instructed at fire service events across the country including FDIC, and has authored numerous articles in the leading fire service publications such as Fire Engineering.

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Jesse Quinalty

JESSE QUINALTY is a captain with the Upland (CA) Fire Department. He is a master instructor and owner of Red Helmet Training LLC. Quinalty presented a class on the Sawtooth Fire Entrapment at FDIC 2013.

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James Rascati

JAMES RASCATI, LCSW, has more than 35 years of experience in behavioral health. He is a partner at Behavioral Health Consultants, LLC in Hamden, Connecticut, and is the director of organizational services. He is also a clinical instructor of psychiatry (social work) in the Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry. He has developed an expertise and interest in working with firefighters and police officers. He has developed police and fire peer support teams for eight law enforcement agencies and four fire departments in Connecticut. He is also certified as an instructor by the Police Officer Standards and Training Council for the areas of cultural awareness and diversity, substance abuse, suicide recognition intervention and management, stress management, and supervisor/subordinate relations.

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Forest Reeder

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1979 and is battalion chief/director of training & safety with the Pleasantview (IL) Fire Protection District and director of training for Southwest United Fire Districts in these capacities, he is responsible for the design, implementation, and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program. He has numerous Illinois fire service certifications and a master’s degree in public safety administration from Lewis University. His training drills appear regularly on www.fireengineering.com as the Drill of the Week.

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David Rhodes

David Rhodes is a 26 year veteran of the fire service, serving as a battalion chief with the Atlanta Fire Department. He is a chief elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) executive advisory board, a hands-on-training coordinator for the FDIC, an editoral advisory board member of Fire Engineering, and an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He serves as the incident commander for the Georgia Emergency Management-Metro Atlanta All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a task force leader for the Georgia Serach Rescue Team.

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Frank Ricci

Frank Ricci is a Contributing Editor and Advisory Board Member for Fire Engineering. He is a Lieutenant in New Haven Fire Department and Co-host the radio show Politics & Tactics. Lt. Ricci is a contributing author to the Firefighters Handbook I & II (PennWell 2008) for the Safety and Survival chapter, written with Anthony Avillo and John Woron. He was the Project Manager for Emergency Training Solutions for the Firefighters Handbook I & II Power Point presentations. He is a FDIC hot instructor and lecturer and has won a landmark case before the US Supreme Court. Frank has testified before Congress and has been a lead consultant for Yale on several studies. Frank has worked on a heavy rescue unit covering Bethesda and Chevy Chase MD and was a “student live in” at station 31 in Rockville MD.

He developed the Fire Engineering film Smoke Showing. Frank is a co-creator of Fire Engineering’s Tactical Building Blocks Poster Series and has several Training Minute Segments. Frank has authored several DVDs including Firefighter Survival Techniques and Fire Engineering’s Tactical Perspectives series, Command, Ventilation, Search and Fire Attack.

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Erich Roden

ERICH J. RODEN is the co-editor of Urban Firefighter Magazine and is a battalion chief assigned to the Training Division of the Milwaukee (WI) Fire Department. He is a member of the FDIC Executive Advisory Board, is a lead instructor for the FDIC “Urban Essentials” H.O.T. evolution, and was previously a H.O.T. instructor for “Engine Company Operations.” He is also a fire service instructor for the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

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Scott Rounds

SCOTT M. ROUNDS, DM, MAOM, EFO, CFO, served for 21 years with the Chandler (AZ) Fire Department; he retired as shift commander, battalion chief. In 2003, he joined the Buckeye (AZ) Fire Department as a battalion chief and was named chief in 2004. From 2007-2009, he served as Buckeye's assistant town manager and public safety director. In this position, he formed the Public Safety Executive Partnership (PSEP), which combined fire, police, and public works into one team. The concept was presented to the American Public Works Association in 2008 and was published in the 2009 Congressional Quarterly. He is the CEO of Rounds Group International, LLC, which focuses on homeland security, public safety effectiveness, and strategic planning. He is the Lead Faculty: Fire Science and Emergency Services for Columbia Southern University, Alabama, and San Juan (NM) College. Rounds has a doctorate degree of management in organizational leadership and a master's degree in organizational management.

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Dennis Rubin

Dennis L. Rubin is the principal partner in the fire protection-consulting firm D.L. Rubin & Associates. His experience in the fire and rescue service spans more than 35 years. He has served as a company officer, command level officer, or fire chief in several major cities, including Dothan, Alabama; Norfolk, Virginia; Atlanta, Georgia; and Washington, D.C. He served on several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as the Health and Safety Committee chair. He is a graduate of University of Maryland.

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Jeff Seaton

Jeff Seaton works on Engine 5 for the City of San Jose, California, and has been a career firefighter and student of the fire service for more than 15 years in the United States and Canada.  In 2005, he received the San Jose (CA) Fire Department Firefighter of The Year Award. He is a California State Certified Company Fire Officer and  department and recruit academy adjunct instructor. He has written, developed and implemented various training programs and SOPs/SOGs for his department and others.  He is a hands-on-training instructor and featured speaker at various state, local, national, and international training symposiums. In 2008, he traveled to Vietnam with other U.S. Fire Service professionals to review their fireground operations and make recommendations toward improving their fire service.  He co-founded the “Nobody Gets Left Behind” Training Group, has a B.A. in physical education, and is a former western regional director for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

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Craig H. Shelley

Craig H. Shelley, EFO, CFO, CFPS, is a 41-year veteran of the fire service. He has served in volunteer fire/EMS, career municipal, and career industrial fire departments. He served for 26 years with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), retiring as the chief of marine operations. Shelley is an adjunct associate professor for the University of Maryland University College, teaching its Managerial Issues in Hazardous Materials and Advanced Fire Administration courses, and also serves as an adjunct associate professor for Charter Oak State College, teaching strategic planning. He is a fire protection advisor with a major oil company operating in the Middle East. He has a bachelor of science degree in fire service administration and a master of science degree in executive fire service leadership. He is a frequent contributor to industry trade publications, speaks at national and international conferences, and is a co-author of Industrial Firefighting for Municipal Firefighters (Fire Engineering, 2007).

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Daniel P. Sheridan

 Daniel P. Sheridan is a 25 year veteran of the Fire Department of New York (FDNY), where he is a battalin chief. He is a National Instructor II and a member of the FDNY Incident Managment Team. He founded Mutual Aid Americas, which works with fire departments in Latin America. Sheridan is a recipient of three Class B Medals and several Unit Citations. He authored a chapter in Fire Engineering's Handbook for Firefighter I and II, is a frequent contributor to Fire Engineering, and has a monthly column on fireengineering.com

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Jeff Shupe

Jeff Shupe, who has more than 33 years of service as a career firefighter, is a member of the Cleveland (OH) Fire Department and a former volunteer firefighter. He is an Ohio-certified fire instructor and has been a training coordinator for volunteer and career fire departments. He is the lead instructor for the Cleveland Fire Department “Back to Basics” program and an instructor in the Outreach programs for the Ohio Fire Academy. He has an associate’s degree in fire technology from a community college and also attended the University of Cincinnati Fire Protection Engineering program. He is an FDIC H.O.T. team member for Engine Company Operations and an FDIC classroom presenter.

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Ron Siarnicki

Ron Jon Siarnicki served with the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, where he served 24 years in operations. He retired as chief of the department in 2001 to take the position of executive director of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He has a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, University College, and is a certified fire officer IV. In addition, he serves with the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department in Stevensville, Maryland.

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Jerry Smith

JERRY SMITH JR. is a firefighter with the Baltimore City (MD) Fire Department, assigned to Rescue Company 1. He was previously assigned to Truck Company 15, which was disbanded in July 2012. He is a contributing author to Urban Firefighter Magazine and a tactical training instructor for Leadership Under Fire, Inc. He is also a public safety scuba instructor for Dive Rescue International
and Baltimore City’s dive rescue team.

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Brett Snow

Brett Snow is a 21-year veteran of the fire service, serving the past nine and a half years with the Chicago (IL) Fire Department. He spent the first seven years on a West Side engine and is now on Squad 2.

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Ronald Spadafora

Ronald Spadafora is a deputy assistant chief with the Fire Department of New York, an adjunct professor of fire science in the Department of Public Management at John Jay College and CUNY, and a senior instructor for Fire Technology Incorporated. He has an MPS degree in criminal justice from LIU-C.W. Post Center, a B.S. degree in fire science from John Jay College, and a B.A. degree in health education from Queens College, CUNY. He is an editor and frequent contributor to WNYF.

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Paul Spurgeon

PAUL SPURGEON is a 20-year veteran of the Denver (CO) Fire Department. Promoted to engineer in 1998, he was assigned to Engine 7 in northwest Denver. He has earned an AAS degree in fire science and technology from Red Rocks Community College. He has authored Fire Service Hydraulics and Pump Operations (Fire Engineering).

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Alan Stocker

Alan Stocker is a division chief with the San Bernardino County (CA) Fire Department, assigned to the South Desert Division. He has more than 30 years of fire service experience, more than 20 of them as a chief officer.

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Fred Sullivan

Fred Sullivan retired after 36 years with the Boston (MA) Fire Department, the past 20 years as a district chief.  He has been involved with the Technical Rescue Teams for the past five years.  Sullivan has a B.S. degree in fire science.

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Michael Terpak

Deputy Chief Michael Terpak, a 35-year veteran of the fire service, is a member of the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department. He is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey-based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and officers as they study for promotional exams. He has authored the books Fireground Size-Up, and Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics and has co-authored the book Fireground Operational Guides.

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Denise Thompson

DENISE THOMPSON, MSW, LISW, is a clinical social worker, founder of Crisis Response Consulting, and a lieutenant colonel in the Air Force Reserve. She served more than nine years of active duty, including two deployments following 9/11, during which she was chief, Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Deployment Operations, and five years as chief, behavioral health, for the Air Force Reserve Command Surgeon General. She was responsible for the following programs: Mental Health, Suicide and Violence Prevention, Post-Suicide Review, Critical Incident Stress Management, and Operational and Post-Deployment Support. She is on the International Critical Incident Stress Foundation faculty and coauthored its Suicide Prevention, Intervention, and Postvention course.

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August Vernon

 August Vernon is the Operations Officer for the Forsyth County (NC) Office of Emergency Management. He returned to his position at emergency management in 2005 after a year in Iraq as a security contractor. He has been employed in this field for more than 10 years, has served in the fire service and as a fire service instructor, and halso has served in the U.S. Army as a CBRN operations specialist. Vernon has given more than 140 multiagency presentations over the past 11 years and instructs in incident command, mass violence, crisis management, emergency management, and terrorism planning response. He is a member of the IFSTA WMD/Terrorism Committee. Since 2004, he has been a technical reviewer for Emergency Film Group. Vernon provides critical incident and crisis management planning and training at the local, regional, State and Federal levels. He is the author of the First Responders Critical Incident Guide (Red Hat Publishing).

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Frank Viscuso

Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is a member of the Kearny (NJ) Fire Department. He is a certified New Jersey Fire Instructor and co-founder of FireOpsOnline.com. Frank is the author of the book Common Valor: True Stories from New Jersey’s Bravest, and co-author of the book Fireground Operational Guides. 

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Brian Ward

Brian Ward is a firefighter/acting officer with the Gwinnett County (GA) Fire Department. He is a past training officer and chairman of the Metro Atlanta Training Officers, a Georgia advocate for Everyone Goes Home, and the co-chair of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors Membership Taskforce. He was recently awarded the National Seal of Excellence from the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation/Everyone Goes Home. He has an associate degree in fire science and is completing his bachelor's degree at the University of Cincinnati. He is the founder of FireServiceSLT.com and Georgia Smoke Diver #741.

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Mark Waters

MARK WATERS has been in the fire service for more than 20 years and is a career lieutenant with the New London (CT) Fire Department. He is an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Officer Program and has a M.S. degree in executive fire service leadership.