Jim Talbert has over 39
years experience in fire and emergency services. He started out in
Prince Georgeís County, MD in 1973 and became a career firefighter with
the District of Columbia Fire & EMS Department in 1977.
He was a line officer for
15 years and a chief officer for eight. As a chief officer, he was
the Chief of Special Operations, worked in the two busiest battalions and
was a city-wide shift commander.
As Chief of Special Operations,
Chief Talbert managed programs for haz mat, technical rescue and counter-terrorism
response, and worked numerous National Special Security Events including
Presidential Inaugurations, State of the Union Addresses and World Bank
Conferences. He worked to improve emergency response to the cityís
Metro subway system and co- wrote the Departmentís Metrorail Standard Operating
Procedures Manual. He is a founding member of the National Capital
Region Incident Management Team and serves as an Incident Commander, Operations
and Planning Section Chief. In addition to local missions with the
NCRIMT, he served with the team in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina
and in Texas after Hurricane Ike.
Chief Talbert retired as
a Deputy Fire Chief in the Operations Division. Chief Talbert has
an Associateís Degree in fire science technology and is a Certified Public
During his time in the OFD Training
Division, he was as an on-scene instructor at a live-fire exercise in Osceola
County, Fl where a flashover took the lives of two personnel.
Walter Lewis is a 21-year
member of the fire service, the last 15 with the Orlando (FL) Fire Department.
Currently, he is a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 11. He has served in
various positions with OFD including the Training Division and as a member
of specialty teams.
From this, state legislation
was written requiring all instructors using live fire to complete a 40-hour
program to become a Live Fire Training Instructor- a program Lt Lewis was
an integral member of helping develop. He is also a Technical Search Specialist
on Florida USAR Task Force 4.
serves on two NFPA technical committees: Standard for Providing Fire and
Emergency Services to the Public (NFPA 1201), and Recommended Practice
in Fire and Emergency Services Organization Risk Management (NFPA 1250).
B.C. Gardiner retired as the Chief of Department of Fairfield (CT) Fire-Rescue.He
in all ranks within the department for over 30 years. He is a past President
of the Fire Department Safety Officers Association as well as a past President
of the ISFSI. For over 20-years he served on the NFPA committee on Professional
Qualifications for Fire Officers (NFPA 1021).
Gardiner is a Nationally Certified Fire Officer II and Fire Instructor
II. He is a member of the Certified Fire Protection Specialist Board
of Directors. He holds a Bachelorís Degree in Fire Science Technology
and has two Masterís Degrees, one in Fire Science and one in Public Administration;
all from the University of New Haven, Ct.
Blake is a veteran of the fire service for the past 23 years. He works
in Montgomery County (MD) has served aas In-Service Training Coordinator
at the Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service Fire & Rescue Training
Academy. He has been an H.O.T. Instructor and Speaker at FDIC, Firehouse
Expo and other fire service seminars. Jason was recently promoted to the
rank of Captain.
Tom began his fire service career
in 1987 serving as a firefighter, company and chief officer in a large
metropolitan combination fire department. He has been a firefighter with
FDNY since 2003, assigned to Squad 288 in Queens.
Previously he was assigned
to Ladder 55 in the South Bronx. Tom serves on the FDNY Incident Management
Team, where he works in the Planning Section.
Tom is an Adjunct Instructor
at the National Fire Academy and holds Bachelor's Degrees in History and
Fire Science and a Masters of Public Administration.
Prior to his current assignment,
he was assigned to various truck and engine companies.
|Ryan McCormick is a Captain
in the Bryant (AR) Fire Department where he heads the departmentís training
Ryanís personal dedication
to public service is a life-long commitment with more than 15 years of
experience in both career and volunteer service in states that also include
Pennsylvania and Illinois.
He previously worked as a
member of the Little Rock Police Department where he served a patrolman.
Ryan is a graduate of Kankakee
Community College with a degree in Business Management and Paramedic Supervision.