November 9, 2016

Our Instructors

Ron Richards
Owner/ Instructor
A PA State Fire Instructor, Chief Richards has over 40 years of experience in both career and volunteer fire services serving as Fire Chief in three departments. 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 1250 “Recommended Practice in Emergency Service Organization Risk Management” and the 1201 Technical Committee “Standard for Providing Emergency Services to the Public”. 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. He serves on the Board of Directors of EMS of Northeastern PA.
Kristian Short
Kristian Short is a 13 year veteran in the  fire service. His career started as a volunteer in northeastern Pennsylvania attaining the rank of Assistant Chief.  Currently Kristian is an emergency vehicle driver (EVD _with the Baltimore City Fire Department. He is assigned to Truck Company 8 in the South West section of the city. Along with specializing in truck work, Kristian also has an extensive background in rural fireground operations, engine company operations and several other areas of specialization.
William White
William White has over 23 years in Law Enforcement in a large State Police Agency on the east coast.  William is currently holds the rank of Major in his department and serves as the director of the Bureau of Training and Education. He progressed through the ranks and held various positions within his agency.  He was a member of the Special Emergency Response Team for approximately 10 years and served in numerous positions including the Assistant Coordinator and Tactical Section Supervisor.  While on the Special Emergency Response Team, William was certified as an explosive breacher, a less lethal / chemical agents’ instructor, and a clandestine lab response team member among other certifications.  William was also certified as a Bomb Technician and served on the Hazardous Device and Explosive Section for and on the State Police Incident Management Team. He has an undergraduate degree in Criminal Justice from Shippensburg University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Eastern University.  William is also a graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives.
Sean O'Brien
Sean is currently a Lieutenant at FDNY's Ladder 47 in the Bronx after working as a firefighter at Tower Ladder 131 in Brooklyn for several years. His career in the fire service began in Old Bridge, NJ. Sean is trained in SOC Rescue Operations (Trench Rescue, Confined Space, Rigging Operations). The specializes in truck company operations and firefighter safety and survival training.
Jake Rhoades
Jake Rhoades, MS, EFO, CFO, CTO, CEMSO, MIFireE, is a 22-year veteran of the fire service. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University and a master’s degree in executive Fire Service Leadership. He is the fire chief at Kingman, Arizona. He previously served as the Fire Chief for the Edmond (OK) Fire Department. Jake started his career in 1992 with the Stillwater (OK) Fire Department. He has served as the Deputy Chief of Special Operations and Training for the Rogers (AR.)Fire Department, Assistant Chief for the Jenks (OK) Fire Department. He curre Jake serves as an elected Board of Director member for the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section. He also received his Professional Instructor designation from ISFSI. Jake is also on the NFPA Technical Committee for Firefighter Professional Qualifications. He is also an instructor for Columbia Southern University and is also an adjunct instructor for Oklahoma State University and the National Fire Academy. He teaches in a variety of settings and conferences including FDIC, FRI, and the CPSE Excellence Conference. In addition, he has served as the lead author for the Firefighter I and II handbook by Delmar / Cengage Learning.
Seth Taylor
Seth is a second generation, 24 yr firefighter with urban and rural volunteer experience. He is a current member of Lewisville FD dive team and assigned to Truck 7. Over the last 15 years he has designed and constructed a variety of training props used for fire service training recently including the Braskey Force Door. Seth is a NWCG qualified Engine Boss, Sawyer, and Texas Forest Service TIFMAS Sawyer evaluator. He has responded to a variety of state incidents on both all hazards and wildfire responses. Since 2008 he has coordinated the annual “All Saws” Class which teaches chainsaw & radial saw techniques, maintenance, and safety to metro, urban, and rural firefighters in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.
Dave Ritchie
Dave's career in the fire service started in Virginia at the Occoquan Woodbridge Lorton (OWL) VFD from 1991 to 2003 where he volunteered. In 2011, he was hired as a firefighter in the District of Columbia Fire and EMS serving on an engine company in the nation's capital. In early 2003 he accepted a position with FDNY. Assigned to Ladder Co. 27 in the Bronx, he is also a Fire Instructor 3.
Mark Rossi
Mark works for the Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue currently assigned to he training academy where he is responsible for planning, coordinating, and directing all department hands-on-training fire ground classes, new recruit and specialized training. He is also a member of both the Hazardous Materials & Technical Rescue Teams at FLFR. Mark serves as an Instructor for Engine Company Ops / Survival Class at Orlando Fire Conference, Coral Springs Regional Institute of Public Safety in Coral Springs, FL. He has a Master of Science degree in Business Administration and a MS degree in Fire Science. He holds number certifications and is a published author for Fire Engineering Magazine.
Michael Heeney
Mike has been with The City of Austin Fire Department for 10 years, Austin runs more than 85,000 calls annually out of 46 stations. He is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and started his fire career in 1998, going on to work with multiple departments starting on the west coast and finally making a permanent home in Austin, TX. This is a family tradition, as his father spent 30 years with the Philadelphia Fire Department. Michael currently works on a rescue company in central Austin and serves as a rescue specialist on Texas Task Force 1.
Colin Sterr
Colin worked as a firefigther in Tacoma, WA, before coming to New York. In Washington, Colin also worked for Seattle Mountain Rescue, performing wilderness search and rescue in the Seattle area performing many rescues on peaks all around Seattle. He has extensive experience in rope rescue, confined space and trench rescue. He was also a FEMA USAR Task Force rescue specialist. He currently is assigned to Truck 131 in Brooklyn.
Nick Sequenzia
Nick started his fire service career in 2005. Currently is a firefighter with the Frisco Fire Dept (TX) where he is a member of Truck Co 2. His previous experience includes the Washington D.C. Fire Dept where he was assigned to Engine Co 19. He also holds Haz-Mat Tech, Rope Rescue, and Paramedic Certifications. In Frisco Nick works with the Training Division on setting standards for Truck Company operations, department wide training, and is an Instructor for recruit classes. With his growing passion for training and spreading the word, Nick has been appointed the training trustee of his FOOLS chapter to which he is honored.
Thomas Maddalone
A third generation firefighter, Tom served as a Battalion Chief with Colorado River Fire Rescue, a combination fire department located in Garfield County, Colorado. He has extensive structural and rescue experience and has over fourteen years of wildland firefighting experience with special emphasis in incident management, and supervision. Chief Maddalone serves on the Northwest Colorado Incident Management Team and has served on the Board of Directors for the Colorado State Firefighters Association. He is currently enrolled in the National Fire Academy’s Chief Officer Training Program.
Jarod Blake
Jarod is a veteran of the fire service since 1992.Recently promoted to Captain, Jarod served at Ladder 112 in Bushwick section of Brooklyn. He previously worked at the Training Academy, as a Lt. in 15th Division in Brooklyn and as a firefighter at Ladder 19 in the South Bronx. Jarod's previous experience extends from departments in NY, MD, VA and the District of Columbia. He holds a BS in Fire Science Management from University of Maryland, University College. Jarod is state fire instructor for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute. He is a previous HOT instructor and speaker at the FDIC.
Garrett Pingol
Captain Garrett Pingol is a second generation and 16 year veteran with Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue. During his career he has held the position of firefighter, driver engineer and currently Captain which he has held for nearly 10 years. He is assigned to Engine 2 in downtown Fort Lauderdale. In 2014 his firehouse was named the busiest firehouse in N. America by Fire Engineering Magazine by running nearly 25,000 calls from 1 fire house. The city runs nearly 60,000 calls annually with just 11 firehouses. Captain Pingol holds multiple certs in EMS, Marine Firefighting and Technical Rescue. He is a Instructor 3, LFTI instructor and holds a BA from St. Thomas University. In 2015, during a two year tenure in the training bureau he was named Educator of the Year by the Broward County Fire Chief's Association for his work in both fire and EMS training.
Chris Ford
Chris started his fire service career as a volunteer in Northern Virginia. He worked in Loudoun County (VA) Fire and Rescue and in the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department at Truck 13 and Rescue 3. In 2006 he was hired at FDNY. He works at Ladder 56 in the Bronx. Chris specialized in truck company operations, technical rescue, hazardous materials, and MAYDAY operations.
Chris Tobola
Chris is a 22 year veteran of the fire service and a Sr. Captain in the Houston Fire Department. Previously, Chris served with several Volunteer Fire Departments before being hired by the Texas City Fire Department, as a Firefighter Paramedic. Chris has a Master’s degree in Emergency Management. In 2000, Chris was hired by the Houston Fire Department. He currently holds the rank of Sr. Captain and is assigned to Safety 24. Chris has been assigned to several of Houston’s busiest firehouses both on Engine and Truck Companies to include Station 26, 33, 34, 35, 60 & 69. Chris is certified as a Master Firefighter, Fire Instructor, Field Examiner and a Hazmat Technician. He’s also a Fire Academy Instructor for the Houston Community College.
Tom Webb
Jim Ogle
Jim Ogle has 18 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.
Shane Darwick
Shane Darwick recently retired as a career Battalion Chief with Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service in Maryland. He has been involved in the fire service for over 37 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. He is a a Command Competencies evaluator and served on the National Capital Region Incident Management Team.
John 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.
James Gerber
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. He is a Lieutenant assigned to TL 131 in Red Hook, Brooklyn.
Brian Radinsky
Brian recently retired as a Battalion Chief at the Prince George's County Fire and EMS Department. Brian has been in the fire service for over 21 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. His last assignment was as 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 serial arsonist responsible for well over 300 fires in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Brian currently is the CAD Administrator with Motorola Solutions at Prince George's County, MD.
William Hines
Billy 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.  He has responded and operated at a wide range of incidents and emergencies, which included fires, medical emergencies, building collapses, rail incidents, hazardous materials, and terrorist events.  Mr. Hines was assigned to the original FDNY Type II Incident Management Team.  His career in emergency services and emergency management has now expanded to 37 years.  Since retiring from the FDNY, he is currently active in several positions. As an independent safety and training consultant, he develops and conducts incident management and life safety operations training courses for emergency services and agency personnel nationally and internationally.  He is a Senior Instructor for the National Transit Institute (NTI), an educational branch of the Federal Transit Administration which is based out of Rutgers University.  He is also an adjunct instructor for Louisiana State University.  In this role, his responsibilities include preparation and delivery of safety, security awareness, terrorism, emergency preparedness and incident management programs delivered to transit agencies throughout the United States.  Mr. Hines has recently retired from service as an Operations Reservist for FEMA where he responded to and operated at federally declared U.S. disasters/emergencies.
Ryan McCormick
Ryan McCormick is a Captain in the Bryant (AR) Fire Department where he heads the department’s training division. Prior to his current assignment, he was assigned to various truck and engine companies. Ryan’s 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.
Chris Kelly
Chris is a veteran of the fire service since 2002. Chris currently is a Captain in the Houston Fire Department, currently assigned to Engine 55 in District 46. Majority of his career has been spent in District 46, both as a firefighter and Engineer/Operator on both Engine and Ladder companies. When not training or responding to calls, Chris is very passionate about Firefighter fitness and ways to implement functional fitness for his brothers, pulling from his experience as a gym owner. He has been a Paramedic for the last ten years, which included being a founding member of the Houston Police Department’s Tactical Medic Team, working in the ambulance routing telemetry unit, and participating in multiple research and protocol revision projects. Prior to joining HFD, Chris was a part of the Mont Belvieu Fire Department, where he was involved with multiple extensive hazmats incidents and command responsibilities. There he rose to the rank of Training Captain.He also created and ran a Special Events Emergency logistics company, coordinating and staffing emergency response logistics for large target hazard rich events in the private sector.
Jason Gregory
Jason started in the fire service as a firefighter in Escambia County, Florida in 1995 before joining the US Navy in 1997 and then the Air National Guard in 2005. In 2009 he deployed to Baghdad, Iraq as a firefighter and filled the position of crew chief/station captain. He has been with the Little Rock Fire Department for 6 years and is currently a Firefighter/EMT and is assigned to Rescue 2. His previous assignments were Engine 11 and Truck 11. He is certified as FF1&2, Hazmat Technician, Rescue Technician 1&2, Officer 1 and Instructor 1. Jason is also a member of the Air Force Reserve where he works as a Crash Firefighter and also a member of the Arkansas Task Force One US&R Team.
Jason Blake
Jason Blake is a veteran of the fire service for the past 24 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.
Daniel "Boone" Gardiner
Daniel B.C. Gardiner retired as the Chief of Department of Fairfield (CT) Fire-Rescue.He served 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). He currently 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). Chief 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 Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science Technology and has two Master’s Degrees, one in Fire Science and one in Public Administration; all from the University of New Haven, Ct.
Tim Vandermeer
A 12 year veteran of the fire service, Tim is a currently a fire specialist (driver) for the Austin (TX) Fire Department at Fire Station 14 working on both and engine and rescue. He specializes in special operations including rope rescue, water rescue and hazardous materials. He has been with the City of Austin for 10 years.
Tom Winship
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.
Walt Lewis
Walter Lewis is a 23-year member of the fire service, the last 15 with the Orlando (FL) Fire Department. He recently was promoted to District Chief. He previously served as a Lieutenant/Paramedic on Engine 11 and other positions with OFD including the Training Division and as a member of specialty teams. 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. 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 District Chief Lewis was an integral member of helping develop. He is also a Technical Search Specialist on Florida USAR Task Force 4.
Sarah Radinsky
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.
Jason Walters
Jason 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.
Mike Prete
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.
Adam Kosheba
Adam has over 30 years in emergency services. Currently serving as a Fire Chief in southeastern PA, Adam was previously employed by the Montgomery County Fire & Rescue Service. He is employed by a large State Police Agency on the East Coast where he currently commands the largest Troop in his agency. Adam attained a graduate degree in the Administration of Justice with a concentration in Leadership & Administration. He is a recent graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigations National Academy for Law Enforcement Executives. As a law enforcement officer, Adam has extensive experience in criminal and fire investigations with certifications as a National Pro-Board Fire Investigator and a post-blast investigator. Adam has been assigned key roles in large scale police incidents including the Nickel Mines Amish School Shooting and the manhunt for the killer of a PA State Trooper in 2014.
Arthur Ashley
A firefighter since 1986, Arthur has worked for the City of Lexington, Kentucky for 22 years, assigned to both engine and ladder companies throughout his career. He is currently a Captain assigned to Ladder Company 1 in downtown Lexington. A Kentucky Level II Instructor, Kentucky State Fire School instructor and an adjunct instructor with Lexington Fire Training Academy, he holds many certifications in many areas of fire, rescue and hazmat. Arthur instructs throughout the state of Kentucky and around the country specializing in hands-on training, leadership and crew management. Captain Ashley is co-creator and administrator of Truckie-Talk, a social media based training page focused on sharing training tips and highlighting the rich tradition of the fire service.
Don Headrick
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.
John McLoughlin
John 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.
Matt Tobia
Matt 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 through 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 Emergency Health 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.
Scott Kleinschmidt
Scott is a 19 year veteran with the City of Wichita Fire Department currently assigned to Truck Company 2 on the city’s south side. Prior to promotion he was assigned to the city’s Rescue Company and is a Rescue Technician/Manager with KSTF-5 regional USAR team. He is a department instructor/coordinator in Truck Company operations and coauthored the departments current SOP’s for Truck Company Operations. Lieutenant Kleinschmidt is an adjunct instructor to the departments training division providing recruit instruction and hands on training to suppression companies throughout the city. He provides lecture and hands on training in Truck Company, Rescue Company, and reduced staffed fire ground operations at the local, state, and national level. Lieutenant Kleinschmidt is a past FDIC presenter and contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine.
Kevin Whalen
In August 1993 Kevin was appointed to the NYPD serving in the 63 precinct in Flatbush Brooklyn as a Police Officer. In October 1998 he was promoted to Sergeant working in the 42 and 43 precincts in the South Bronx. Kevin was appointed to the FDNY in November 1999.   As a Firefighter assignments include Hook and Ladder 147 in Flatbush Brooklyn,  Tower Ladder 31 in the South Bronx and Engine 264 in Far Rockaway Queens. Kevin is a Qualified Ladder Company Chauffeur and New York State Instructor. He is a Fire Investigator Level 1 currently assigned as a Fire Marshal in City Wide South Command. This command investigates all fires in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan South of 110th Street to determined Origin and Cause.
Ray Gretz
Ray is currently serves as Battalion Chief in the District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department's 4th Battalion. He has extensive experience in command, engine and truck company operations. He is in the EFO program at the National Fire Academy and is nearing completion of his master's degree in Homeland Security from Naval Postgraduate School.
Pat Pauly
A 42 year veteran of the fire service, Pat has been employed as a resident instructor at the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy since 1988 where he supervises 80 adjunct instructors. He is a nationally certified Firefighter III, Fire Officer II, Fire Instructor II, and EMT. He has served as a chief officer in the Lewistown (PA) FD. He is the Fire Chief at the West Granville Fire Company in Lewistown, PA.
Jonathan Hart
Jon has been involved in the fire service since 1981, when he joined the Gettysburg (PA) Volunteer Fire Department as a junior member. Jon went on to join the Chillum-Adelphi Volunteer Fire Department in Prince Georges County, Maryland, where he ascended to the rank of Volunteer Chief, a position he held from 2000 – 2004. Jon worked for the Baltimore County Fire Department (MD) from 1987 to 2012. He retired as a Division Chief in Operations, where he commanded a shift of 240 career personnel from 25 fire stations. The Baltimore County Fire Service is a combination system which includes 33 volunteer stations in addition to the career stations. Jon has a bachelor degree in political science and a master degree in policy sciences, both from the University of Maryland Baltimore County. He is a graduate of the NFA’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is certified as a Level II Instructor and Fire Officer IV.
Pete Reid
Pete is a Captain with the Bluffton Township (SC) Fire District. He previously served as a Fire Lieutenant and Paramedic with the Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and Rescue Department. He is also a practicing attorney admitted to the South Carolina Bar and Registered to Practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Pete began his legal career in 2002 and his emergency service career in 2006. Pete is a graduate of the University of South Carolina and the University of New Hampshire School of Law. Pete is also an IFSAC Hazardous Materials Technician and Nationally Registered Paramedic. Pete has merged his fire and EMS knowledge with his legal knowledge to develop custom training programs for fire and EMS services, and has worked as a consultant for several fire and EMS agencies to develop their documentation, reporting and compliance policies and procedures.
Buster Cooper
Buster Cooper, recently retired as a Captain with the Conway (AR) Fire Department. With over 25 years of service, he is a state certified Firefighter I & II, Officer I, and Instructor I He is an adjunct instructor for the Arkansas Fire Academy and lead instructor for their Firefighter Standards Forcible Entry, Ventilation and Firefighter Survival hands-on programs. He has been lead instructor for CFD Fire College and Pulaski County Fire College Forcible Entry, Firefighter Safety & Survival and Ventilation programs and a prior Rescue 3 International Swift Water Instructor. He has been a FDIC classroom instructor for the past three years.
Phil Parr
Phil is a retired Battalion Chief with 25 years’ experience in the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). During his tenure with the FDNY he has been assigned to four (4) of the five (5) boroughs allowing him to garner vast operational experience in fire operations and mitigating emergency situations in a variety of circumstances. Chief Parr’s career has allowed him many unique opportunities. He was selected as part of the team to formulate company officers exams (Lieutenant/Captain) and was designated as a Deputy Director at New York City’s Office of Emergency Management and ranking Fire Department member in that organization. Upon his retirement Chief Parr he worked as a FEMA Federal Coordinating Officer where he was designated to lead disaster response and recovery activities for disasters and emergencies declared by the President of the United States.
Steve Schellenberg
A third generation firefighter with the Washington DC FD, Steve served for over 28 years before retiring as a Battalion Fire Chief from the 6th Battalion. With 15 years of Engine Company experience at the ranks of private, technician and Lieutenant, five years of Truck Company experience at the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain and a year of experience in the Rescue Squad at the rank of Sergeant. He is a level II Instructor having served as an adjunct instructor to the Training Division. Steve chaired the Department’s Truck Company SOP’s committee and co-authored the PPV procedures for DCFD.
Pete Lund
Pete 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. One of the "original" Task Force 1, Inc., instructors, Pete began his career in FDNY in 1973. He 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. He also served on NYTF-1, FEMA, USAR from 1994 to 2003.
Mick Mayers
Mick Mayers is the Deputy Chief of Operations 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. Chief 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. Chief 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 FirehouseZen.com.
Chuck Wehrli
Chuck Wehrli is a fourth generation firefighter. He starting out as a volunteer in 1971, fulltime starting in 1977 and retiring in 2006 from the Naperville (IL) Fire Department. During his career he has been the Supervisor for Fire Investigation, Engine and Truck Officer, Alternate Shift Commander and Technical Rescue Team Coordinator. He is a National Fire Academy Instructor and specializes in Tactics and Strategy, ICS, NIMS, Leadership, Structural Collapse and Trench Collapse. He is a former FEMA US&R Safety Officer for MOTF-1 and was deployed to “Ground Zero” on Sept 11, 2001. He also is a founding member of State Urban Search and Rescue Alliances and serves as one of the Board of Directors. He is also a member of the NFPA 1006 committee on Technical Rescue.
Dan Sheridan
Dan Sheridan is a 28 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.
Andrew Starnes
Andy is a second generation firefighter with over 24 years of experience in the fire service. He is a career Captain with the Charlotte (NC) Fire Department. He is passionate about teaching, encouraging and supporting up and coming firefighters with biblically principled messages on where to draw our strength from and why living a God centered life is extremely rewarding. Andy believes to be a great firefighter & leader, we need to be more than one dimensional. That firefighting tactics are important and great, but not enough to be a great servant leader. Andy is a Level II instructor with an associate degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology. He is very knowledgeable on modern fire behavior and also serves as a member of Kill the Flashover Project and the 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. Andy and his wife Sarah reside in Charlotte, NC with their daughter Emma.
Chris Bedard
A fire service veteran of 18 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 Lieutenant 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.
Scott Flowers
Scott is the Safety and Security Director at Crossroads Fellowship Church in Raleigh, NC. He served with multiple law enforcement agencies including 16 years with the Chapel Hill Police Department where he also served as a Police Academy Instructor. He is an active shooter experienced instructor.
Luke Manion
Luke Manion began his career with the Houston Fire Department in 2001. He spent the first 8 years of his career assigned to Station 18, serving much of that time on Tower 18. In 2009, he tested for and earned a spot on HFD’s Technical Rescue Team. He was then assigned Rescue 42, where he currently serves on the B-Shift. Rescue 42 is one of HFD’s three dedicated heavy rescue trucks, with each truck covering one-third of Houston’s 654 square miles. Additionally, the team responds to surrounding Counties for large-scale rescue incidents and helicopter operations. Luke received much of his training in Technical Rescue Operations (USAR, High-Angle, Collapse, Trench, Confined Space, Rigging, Heavy-Vehicle Extrication, Machinery Entrapment, Helicopter and Swiftwater Rescue) through various agencies. He is certified as a Texas Commission on Fire Protection Instructor I, Structural Collapse Technician (Level II) and IAFF Fireground Survival Instructor. Luke specializes in teaching Technical Rescue Operations, Truck Company Operations, Large-Area Search, Fireground Survival and Rapid Intervention Team Operations. In addition, he is currently serving his 3rd term as Director, Position 6 and Health & Safety Committee Chairman for the Houston Professional Firefighters Association, Local 341.
Richard Kolomay
Rick Kolomay is a 2nd generation firefighter starting his career in 1979 spanning 37 years as a career firefighter. Working 23 years with the Schaumburg (IL) FD as a firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, lieutenant, captain, and acting battalion chief assigned to engine and truck companies, however, a majority of his career was on a heavy rescue responsible for firefighting, Special Operations (High-Angle Rescue, Collapse, Trench, Confined Space, Rigging Operations) and Haz-Mat Technician incidents locally, within MABAS Division 1, and Statewide response. In 2008, he was promoted to deputy chief with the Carol Stream FD (just south of Schaumburg) and in 2010 became fire chief. He was also the Task Force Leader for MABAS Division 12 and had responded on disaster task force incidents. Throughout his career, Rick has instructed for community colleges, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Illinois Society of Fire Instructors, the Illinois Fire Service Institute, Firehouse Expo/World, FDIC, and County Fire Tactics / HROC. He has had the experience of instructing major cities and states such as Dallas, Phoenix, San Antonio, Burlington, Sacramento, Dayton, Austin, Ft. Worth, St. Paul, Alameda Cty CA, Oakland, Chicago, San Jose, Tucson, Cincinnati, Milwaukee, State of Massachusetts, and the State of Illinois in firefighter rescue and company officer operations. Presently retired from active service, Rick instructs with the Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Association (NIPSTA), Romeoville (IL) Fire (Regional) Fire Academy, the Illinois Fire Service Institute, the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, and Fire Training Resources, Inc. In 2003 Rick co-authored a best-selling book, Firefighter Rescue & Survival (PennWell Publishing). He was a IDPH Paramedic, received an Associate’s Degree in Applied Sciences, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration. He presently instructs and consults in the areas of leadership, fireground strategy & tactics, and consults in line officer and chief officer development. Rick is from a generational family of firefighters; his father and two uncles were members of the Chicago Fire Department, and his son Brandon is the 3rd generation who is also a Chicago firefighter.