William Hines is a retired
Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). His
FDNY career spanned over 27 years where he worked in some of the most demanding
areas in New York City. As a Captain, he chaired a committee that
researched and created an SOP for operations in buildings of light weight
construction. His assignment as a Chief brought him to Manhattan
to supervise operations in one of the most high profile areas of the city.
One of several sensitive landmark sites in his district was Penn Station
and its associated tunnel system where he formalized and coordinated response
and operational procedures. Mr. Hines is currently a Senior Instructor
for the National Transit Institute, an educational subsidy of the Federal
Transit Administration, who provides safety and educational programs for
transportation agencies throughout the U.S. Additionally, he is a
Disaster Assistance Employee for FEMA.
has been in the fire service for over 20 years. He started as a volunteer
in Baltimore County, Maryland, in 1991. In 1994 he was hired as a Paramedic
for Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department. Brian has been assigned
to Advanced Emergency Medical Services, Office of the Fire Chief, and the
Office of the Fire Marshal. Currently he is the Battalion Chief in the
Office of the Fire Marshal, where he oversees day to day operations for
fire/explosives investigations. Brian has over 10 years experience
investigation the origin and cause of fires and explosions, and has attended
classes given by the National Fire Academy, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms & Explosives, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
He served on a Federal Task Force for three years to apprehend a a serialaArsonist
responsible for well over 300 fires in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
PA State Fire Instructor, Chief Richards has over 35 years of experience
in both career and volunteer fire services. Chief Richards worked 27 years
in various capacities with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, having served
as a Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Fire and Safety Specialist and Fire Instructor.
He retired after his final assignment where he was responsible for coordinating
and implementing ICS and NIMS to over 14,000 emergency responders. Chief
Richards serves on the NFPA Technical Committee “Recommended Practice
in Emergency Service Organization Risk Management” and the 1201 Technical
“Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the Public”.
He serves on the Board of Directors of EMS of Northeastern PA. He graduated
from the State University of NY with a B.S. in Fire Service Administration.
He is the founder of and the President of Task Force 1, Inc.
James Gerber was appointed
to the FDNY in May of 2001, assigned to Engine 94 / Ladder 48 in the South
Bronx, then Engine 23 in midtown, before transferring to the Special Operations
Command at Squad Company 18. James trained in SOC Rescue Operations
(High-Angle Rescue, Collapse, Trench, Confined Space, Rigging Operations)
and also is a Haz-Mat Tech II. James holds a BS in Engineering
and is an RN. Currently he is a Lieutenant assigned to Engine 279
in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
||John J. Lewis
John's fire service career
dates back to 1978 as a volunteer. In 1985 he was hired as a Firefighter
/ EMT in 1985 with the City of Passaic, NJ, Fire Department where he recently
retired as a Ladder Company Lieutenant. He formerly was assigned to the
Division of Training and Safety. John has been an instructor at the Bergen
County (NJ) Fire Academy for the past 17 years, and is an Adjunct Instructor
at Kean University in Union, NJ, and a member of the NJ State Firefighter
Health and Safety Advisory Committee. He holds various certification and
has developed and a presented educational programs for various fire conferences
across the country. Additionally, we has authored several articles for
national fire service publications and is the co-author of the Rapid Intervention
Awareness Curriculum for the State of New Jersey.
Shane Darwick is currently
a career Battalion Chief with Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service in
Maryland. He has been involved in the fire service for over 36 years. He
holds a Bachelors Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University
and is a NFPA Certified Fire Protection Specialist. Shane serves as an
Instructor at Montgomery County Maryland Public Service Training Academy
and is a state certified Instructor and Instructor Evaluator. Currently
he is a Command Competencies evaluator and is involved with department
wide Mayday training. He also serves on the National Capital Region Incident
Jim Ogle has 16 years in
the fire service and currently works for the FDNY assigned to Tower Ladder
14 in the city’s East Harlem section. Prior to working with the FDNY Jim
was employed with the Washington Twp Fire Dist #1 in Mercer County NJ and
Montgomery County Fire Rescue, Montgomery County, MD. Jim began his fire
service career with the Avon and Glendola Fire Companies both located near
the Jersey Shore. Jim is an adjunct instructor with the Burlington County
Emergency Service Training Center in NJ and was the recipient of the PFANJ
Valor award in 2005. Jim has instructed nationwide and brings a wide variety
of experience to programs, he specializes in truck company operations and
firefighter safety and survival training.
Tom is the Deputy Fire Chief
with Burton (SC) Fire and Rescue in Burton, SC. Tom has over 25 years of
fire service experience at various levels. He also serves as a Task Force
Leader with South Carolina's USAR Team - SC-TF1.