of the best instructors in the nation
John has worked as a project
manager for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. His work with
the IAFC has included developing materials for transporting Crew Resource
Management to the fire service, and assisting in the development of the
National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System. John currently serves
as the fire service project manager for the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss
||John is the Deputy Chief
of Operations for the Charleston(SC) Fire Dept. Previously, he was a battalion
chief with the Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service. He had been
with Montgomery County for 32 years. John has spent the bulk of his career
in Montgomery County’s Operations Division as a firefighter, company officer
and field battalion chief. He has been a Level II Instructor since 1988,
teaching a variety of topics at Montgomery County’s training academy as
a lead and adjunct instructor. He was Task Force Leader for FEMA
US&R Maryland Task Force I. John holds an Associates Degree in Fire
Science from Montgomery College. He was recognized by the International
Society of Fire Service Instructors as Instructor of the Year for 2006.
A fire service veteran of
16 years, Chris worked in FDNY's Engine 88 in the Bronx for his first six
years. After six years on the engine, he then worked at Ladder 38, also
in the Bronx, for 7 years. He has been a Leiutenant for the past 3 years
in Brooklyn and currently working in Ladder 107 in East New York. Lt. Bedard
was involved in the PSS (bail out) system that the FDNY uses to this day
with Captain Hayes of Ladder 38 and also Captain Tommy Dolan of Ladder
175 in Brooklyn.
Dan Sheridan is a 26 year
veteran of the Fire Department of New York, currently assigned to the sixth
division as a Battalion Chief. He is a National Instructor II. He is a
member of the FDNY IMT. He has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering
as well as a monthly column for the Fire Engineering web site. He authored
the chapter in the new Fire Engineering Essentials Book on Forcible Entry.
He travels throughout Latin America lecturing and teaching firefighting
essentials. He is also a FDIC HOT instructor/lecturer. Battalion
Chief Sheridan is now the Training Coordinator for the Paladin Center in
Mayers is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer
Program and holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical
Institute. In addition to instructor certifications in emergency
management and technical rescue, he maintains professional certifications
as a chief fire officer, hazardous materials technician, and paramedic.
Mayers is a Battalion Chief with the Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue
Department and a Deputy Director of the South Carolina Emergency Response
Task Force’s Urban Search and Rescue Program (SC-TF1). Chief Mayers
began his emergency service career in Bridgeport, PA in 1980.
Mayers is a co-founder of the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance, a
consortium of US&R teams from over 40 states and served as the first
Board Vice-Chairman. Chief Mayers is also the Chairman of NFPA 1006,
Professional Qualifications for Rescue Technicians and is a Principal Member
of the NFPA Professional Qualifications Technical Correlating Committee.
He is an author and consultant, as well as hosting his popular blog at
died in the line of duty on Tuesday, June 14, 2005. He was
working inside the burning attic of a house with the Woodmere Volunteer
Fire Company on Long Island, NY. Minutes after putting the fire out
and stepping outside for air, he collapsed, the victim of a heart attack.
of the "original" Task Force 1, Inc., instructors, Pete began his career
in FDNY in 1973.
served as a firefighter in Rescue 2, a LT at Rescue 3 from
1984 to 1995 and LT at Rescue 2 from 1995 to 2003.
also served on NYTF-1, FEMA, USAR from 1994 to 2003.