is an Assistant Chief in Loudoun County, Virginia where he is largely
responsible for support services and volunteer administration. His
experience in fire and rescue service spans more than 25 years. He rose
throught the ranks in the Anne Arundel County Fire Department, located
in suburban Baltimore, Maryland. His final assignment was as a
Battalion Chief. Chief Tobia holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in
Services Management from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.
Chief Tobia is a contributing editor for Fire-Rescue Magazine,
currently serving as their back-page monthly columnist.
is a 20 year veteran of the fire service, the last 17 in Fort
Lauderdale (FL) Fire - Rescue most recently as an Operations Battalion
Chief and the Chief of Training. Chief McLoughlin holds a Bachelor's Degree from Saint Thomas University and a Masters Degree from the University of Miami. He
has been a Fire Service Instructor for 15 years, teaching firefighting,
Special Operations, and EMS. John has traveled extensively
throughout the United States and abroad has served as a private
contractor for the Department of Defense. He is Rescue Specialist
on USAR Florida Task Force 2. He has been deployed several times
including the Haiti Earthquake.
Don is an Assistant Chief
with the Greenville (SC) Fire Department. Don began his fire service career
with Greenville in 1978 and progressed through the ranks as firefighter,
company officer, Batt. Chief and Asst. Chief. He was department training
officer for 5 years. He has been a certified fire service instructor
since 1987, served on various technical development committees for fire/rescue
programs and is Senior Advisor for South Carolinas US&R Team-SC-TF1.
Mike recently retired as
the Assistant Fire Chief at Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Services.
With nearly 35 years of experience, he served as the Executive Chief.
In addition to his role directly relating to fire and rescue operations,
he managed daily operational and administrative issues including budget,
daily oversight and scheduling for 1100 full time personnel. With
national and state instructor certifications, he served as an adjunct instructor
for the Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute, NIMS Instructor for MEMA, Anne
Arundel Community College adjunct instructor, Practical Incident Control
Training lead instructor and holds various certifications in public safety.
is a PA State Fire Instructor and PA Department of Health vehicle rescue
instructor. Since 2000, he has been employed as a firefighter with Hilton
Head Island Fire Rescue Department in Hilton Head, SC. He currently hold
the rank of Captain. He is a heavy rescue tech, hazmat tech, dive tech
with HHIFRD heavily involved with the training division on program development
and delivery. He is a SCFA instructor, the Rescue Group Manager with SC-TF1.
Sarah started her fire service
career as a volunteer in northeastern PA prior to volunteering with the
Hyattsville Volunteer Fire Department during college. After obtaining
her degree in Emergency Medical Services-Paramedic, Sarah was hired as
a Paramedic in 2004 by the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department (PGFD).
Assigned to some of the busiest ALS units in the county, Sarah trained
new ALS providers from within the department, as well as students from
colleges such as University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC).
Sarah gained experience as a field provider thanks to high call volume
and her participation in a variety of mass-casualty and high-profile incidents;
one of which earned her the Bronze Medal of Valor. Her experience expanded
when her role changed from a field medic to an EMS Supervisor (Lieutenant)
and Quality Assurance Officer. Sarah retired from PGFD and now is employed at Frederick County (MD) Community College.
Greg served as a Captain of Ladder 6 with the Jersey City Fire Department in Jersey
City, N.J. He had over 30 years for fire He specialized in truck and other special
operations. Additionally, he volunteered in his hometown of Wallington, N.J.
was killed in the line of duty on February 28, 2014 while operating at
a commercial building fire in Wallington when he fell from a roof.
Greg was an exceptional instructor with a passion for the fire service. He will be sorely missed.