Instructor Biographies
 

Chris Angermuller

Chris Angermuller CFO, CTO and MIFireE is a 25 year veteran of the fire service and is currently the Deputy Fire Chief with the Grand Junction (CO) Fire Department. Prior to working at Grand Junction Fire Department, he served as the Assistant Fire Chief of the Kingman (AZ) Fire Department where he oversaw the departments daily operations and Special Operations Teams. During his time in Kingman he served as the departments Terrorism Liaison Officer with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center and currently serves as a Committee Member for the International Association of Fire Chiefs Hazardous Materials Committee. He also currently sits on the International Fire Service Training Association validation committee for Hazardous Materials Awareness, Operations and Technician text books. He is a graduate of the University of Kansas with a Master's Degree in Public Administration. He has also served as a lead instructor for the Kansas State Fire Marshal’s Office where he was tasked with training and evaluating the states hazardous materials response teams.

Rob Backer
Rob Backer is a 17-year veteran of the fire service and currently serves as a Captain with Thornton Fire Department in Thornton, Colorado.  As the owner and lead instructor of First Due Intelligence, llc, he has taught with Dave Dodson to assume responsibility for continuing the instruction of his popular program "The Art of Reading Smoke" nationwide, in addition to classes on size-up.

David Black

David Black, Ph.D. is the CEO of Cordico and leads a team of highly experienced psychologists serving more than 100 public safety agencies. Dr. Black is a Board Member of the National Sheriffs' Association Psychological Services Group, serves as the Chair of Technology and Social Media, is an Advisory Board Member for the National Police Foundation's Center for Mass Violence Response Studies, and served on the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Model Policy Working Group for Investigating Officer-Involved Shootings and Other Serious Incidents. 

He oversees critical incident debriefings and specialized wellness programs for law enforcement, firefighters, and dispatchers. He has worked with first responders for 15+ years and began treating combat veterans suffering from PTSD in 1996. Dr. Black has provided psychological training programs for law enforcement crisis and hostage negation teams at the local and federal levels, and has also provided statewide training for forensic psychologists on topics including threat assessment, targeted violence, crime motive analysis, and violence risk assessment.
 

Jeff Dill
In 2011, Jeff Dill founded Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (FBHA). This organization is a 501 (3) (C). www.ffbha.org
 

Jeff travels the United States & Canada holding workshops to educate firefighters & EMS about behavioral health awareness and suicide prevention. FBHA is the only known organization that tracks and validates data on all FF and EMT suicides across the United States. In addition, FBHA holds classes for counselors/chaplains, family members and preparing for retirement.

Jeff Dill holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Argosy University (IL), a Licensed Professional Counselor, and a retired Captain at Palatine Rural Fire Protection District in Inverness, Illinois.

 


Mark Emery
After 40-years of service, Mark Emery recently retired as the Fire Chief at East Valley Fire Department in Yakima County, WA. Mark self-published the ITAC Strategic Development manual, and has published numerous articles for Firehouse magazine, FireRescue magazine, and for the FDSOA Health and Safety Newsletter. Mark is co-developer of the Integrated Tacti­cal Accountability System (ITAC), and creator of the popular ITAC Command Competency Clinic. Chief Emery was selected as the 2015 George D. Post Instructor of the Year at FDIC, and serves as the Region 10 Director of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.

Eric Guevin

Chief Guevin joined the Tahoe Douglas Fire Department in the spring of 2010 as the Fire Marshal and serves in a rewarding career for the department.  He enjoys contributing to the success of the Department and the safety of the Stateline NV, a Lake Tahoe community.

 

Eric Guevin started his career in Emergency Services early during high school when he was president of Medic 1 Paramedics BSA Explorer program. He received his Paramedic training at Truckee Meadows Community College. He worked for a brief time in Oakland, California, and was shaken back to his roots after the World Series Earthquake. Eric was then employed by REMSA as a Paramedic; working up the ranks to Director of Education and Director of Community Relations. During his 12 years at REMSA, he was a Flight Medic and Critical Care Paramedic. Eric became a major safety advocate and was the Founding Director of Safe Kids Washoe County Coalition, he created and lead the volunteer organization of REMSA’s Point of Impact child passenger safety program. He received the American Ambulance Associations Star of Life award, Public Agency Community Service award from The Tahoe Chamber, and served as Chair on Governor Bryan Sandavol's appointed State Board Fire Services.  Eric is an instructor for the TMCC Fire Science program. 
 

In 2005, Eric started his fire career and joined the rapidly expanding Storey County Fire Department where he served for 5 years. He was promoted to Fire Marshal and Division Chief.  Eric is a Certified Inspector II and Plans Examiner with the International Code Council.  He holds a degree from Columbia Southern University in Fire Science and a Bachelor of Science in Fire Administration cum laude from Waldorf University.

Eric Guevin is a native Nevadan born and raised in Reno where he resides with his wife Shelly of 26 years. Together they enjoy raising their two boys Jeremy, 18, and Matthew, 15.

 

Gordon Graham
Gordon Graham is a 33-year veteran of law enforcement and the co-founder of Lexipol, where he serves on the current board of directors. Graham is a risk management expert and a practicing attorney who has presented a commonsense risk management approach to hundreds of thousands of public safety professionals around the world. Graham holds a master’s degree in Safety and Systems Management from University of Southern California and a Juris Doctorate from Western State University.

 

Crosby Grindle
Crosby Grindle is the President of Cooperative Services, LLC and is on the Board of Directors for the Fire and Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA). He consults for Sourcewell, where he leads their public safety cooperative procurement initiative. He recently served as the President of NPPGov, a national cooperative public procurement program and served on the Board of Directors for the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP).
 
Previously, he has held several leadership positions in public safety association management including Director of Professional Development for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). His local government career began in the fire service where he served as a chief officer and project manager for city administration.
 
Crosby received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Virginia Tech and completed the four-year National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.

Meredith Hawes
Meredith Hawes has over 20 years of experience in education.  She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Central Michigan University, receiving Michigan Teaching Certification for K-8 with a ZA Endorsement. Her work experience ranges from non-profit administration, corporate training, and public education on a local, state, and national level.  Meredith previously served as a Regional Education Specialist for NFPA, providing technical assistance and support on fire & life safety public education outreach and initiatives to 22 states in the Northwest, Midwest and Mid-Atlantic Regions of the U.S.  Previous to that, Meredith served as an Education Advisor for the NFPA for five years and began her work in Public Education with Grand Traverse Metro Fire Department.

As a community builder, Meredith has belonged to many civic organizations and boards.  She has coordinated of the Traverse Bay Area Hoarding Task Force for over eight years, and she currently serves as President for the Board of Directors of the National Cherry Festival.
 
Steve Hirsch
Steve Hirsch is the training officer for Sheridan County Fire District # 1, ThomasCounty Fire District #4, and Grinnell Fire Department, all of which are 100%volunteer fire departments. Steve is the chair and Kansas director on the National Volunteer Fire Council, served as secretary of the Kansas State Firefighters Association (KSFFA) from 2000 to 2019 and now serves as First Vice Chairman of the KSFFA. His father started a rural fire district in northcentral Kansas in 1963, the year after he was born, so he grew up in the fire service. Steve is also the county attorney in Decatur County in northwest Kansas. He has a private law practice and serves as city attorney for 18 cities in Norton, Phillips, Graham, Mitchell, Rawlins, Decatur, Sheridan, Thomas, and Gove counties.

Robert Krause
Bob Krause's knowledge and experience is built on over 37 years of working in emergency services. He's an active firefighter, fire officer, paramedic, EMS instructor, firefighting instructor, lecturer, researcher and published author. He has held positions as an Engine Company Officer, Fire Training Officer, Fire & EMS Academy Program Director, Fire & EMS Communications Supervisor, Chief of Emergency Medical Services and Emergency Medical Services Educator. Bob is currently assigned as a battalion chief to Battalion 1, A-shift. 

Dr. Krause's doctoral research focused on firefighter fatalities, identifying common themes, related causes and the development of potential methods to minimize the risk of a fatal incident for firefighters. As an author, Dr. Krause's work has been published in professional journals, magazines and textbooks.

David Ladd
David Ladd has been involved in Fire Service/Hazardous Materials instruction for the past 17 years.  He has worked as an author, lead instructor, course developer, and subject matter expert in chemistry & toxicology for the National Fire Academy, ATEC, College of Southern Nevada, and Hazmat IQ© by federal resources.  He has co authored curriculum for the National Fire Academies R247 ALS Response to Hazardous Materials Incident, and was the lead developer and instructor of Hazmat IQ’s Tox-Medic © program.

David has also authored response protocols to various CBRNE, Hazardous Materials/WMD incidents and tox-medic programs.  He has both instructed and lectured to LE and Fire/EMS departments and has lectured at various conferences across the United States.

 

Todd LeDuc

Chief LeDuc retired after nearly 30 years of fire rescue service experience in the Nations 18th most populous County and joined Life Scan Wellness Centers as their Chief Strategy Officer. He served as second in command of a career accredited fire department with international airport, seaport, special operations, fire based EMS and fire suppression of 900 members. He has been successful in obtaining 13 million in FEMA grant revenues and identifying opportunities for enhanced revenue streams as well as involved in regional consolidation. Chief LeDuc served as the accreditation manager for the department leading it to internationally accredited status. The department is the largest dual accredited agency in the Country. Chief LeDuc isSecretary of International Association of Fie Chief’s Safety, Health & Survival Section and editorial board of the IAFC publication “On-Scene’. Chief LeDuc holds a masters degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership and is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer, Certified Emergency Manager and Fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers. He has served as faculty in the MPA program at AMC. He is the Editor of Fire Engineering’s Surviving the Fire Service book.
 

Chief LeDuc was bestowed the 2013 International Association of Fire Chief Association’s Gary Briese Safety Performance Award and Center for Public Safety Excellence Ambassador Award. In 2014, International Association of Firefighters Local 4321 recognized him for his collaborative leadership efforts on firefighter, health and safety.


Chief LeDuc serves as a peer reviewer for both professional credentializing and agency accreditation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence. and the Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services as well as the Florida Sterling Governor’s Quality Award.
 

He has completed department evaluations,strategic plans, deployment studies, accreditation/ISO reviews, standard of cover and consolidation feasibility studies in over a dozen states. He has published and lectured in over a 100 publications and venues on topics of fire service safety, leadership, consolidation and EMS.

 

Ed Mann
Ed serves as the Director of Training and Education for Provident where he started employment in 2015 as a Regional Director. Prior to Provident he served four Pennsylvania Governor’s as the State Fire Commissioner for 14.5 years. Wherein the office received several national awards for our efforts to reduce line of duty deaths.
 

He began his career in the fire service as a member of the Logan Fire Company, Bellefonte, Pa. in 1977 and then pursued a career in the United States Air Force as a Fire Protection Specialist until retirement in 1994. He is currently certified as an Airport Firefighter, Fire Inspector 2, Fire Instructor 3, Fire Investigator 2, and Fire Officer 3 through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress. He has worked as a Local Level and Adjunct Instructor for the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and was awarded Instructor Emeritus status in 2016.
 

He is Deputy Fire Chief of the Logan Volunteer Fire Department and serves as a volunteer for the Responder Safety Network, Pennsylvania State Advocate for the NFFF Everyone Goes Home Program, the Advisory Committee for the Firefighter Injury and Safety Trends Project at Drexel University, and is on the Board of Directors for the Lehigh Valley Burn Prevention Foundation and the Pennsylvania Fire and Emergency Services Institute. He is a member of the IAFC Eastern Division, Safety-Health and Survival Section and the Volunteer Combination Officers Section and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association and First Responder Center for Excellence.


Shannon McQuaide
Shannon McQuaide, FireFlex Yoga founder and director, grew up in a fire family. Shannon is a successful entrepreneur, educator, functional and resiliency expert with 20+ years’ experience creating empowering instructional programs for corporations, public schools, community groups and first responders.
She is an inspiring thought leader and advocates for using science-based yoga techniques to deescalate stress and support peak performance in high-risk environments.  She brings her deep understanding of the physical and emotional toll on fire and their families to  her work with FireFlex Yoga.

Shannon has written articles for the California State Firefighters’ Association, Fire Rescue Magazine, the Scotts Valley Press Banner, and she currently writes a monthly column for Fire Engineering's On-line Magazine. She is a certified functional movement trainer and has a master of arts in leadership and psychology.


Chris McMaster

Chris has been in the fire service since 2003.   He first started in the fire service as a volunteer for a small department and had moved his way up to paid staff as Fire Captain. As a member of a combination department with both volunteer and career staff, he has often been tasked with preparing and presenting trainings to both the volunteer and career staff on various skills.

 

Chris worked for local government, state government, and private fire agencies throughout California and Nevada. For the last 10 years, he has concentrated on fire prevention for those agencies. While working on more traditional prevention duties, the emphasis on wildland urban interface inspections became more desired, he transitioned to a position with Nevada County Office of Emergency Services with whom he worked with previously and developed the Community Emergency Response Team Program for Nevada County.

 

When Chris came back to Nevada County as a Defensible Space Inspector/E.O.C. Fire Liaison, he was tasked with developing a defensible space program for the County, which included program development, hiring and training personnel, and implementation to achieve set goals by OES and Nevada County Board of Supervisors.  Chris is continually active in a wildland urban interface program primarily in a supervisory role to the present day.

Jeff Meston
Jeff Meston is the current Executive Director of the California State Firefighters Association and a past President of the California Fire Chiefs Association.  He is a 43 year plus veteran of the fire service working for the City of Madera Fire Department, Novato Fire District and the City of South Lake Tahoe Fire Department.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, is a California Certified Fire Chief & National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer.  He has served as President of the Marin County Fire Chiefs Associations and Lake Tahoe Regional Fire Chiefs Associations.  Meston has served as a course developer and instructor at the National Fire Academy and the California Fire Service Training and Education System.  Meston recently retired and has served as the Acting City Manager for South Lake Tahoe as well as its fire chief.  Meston also served on the Board of Directors for FIRESCOPE, representing City’s North. He currently is assigned as a Deputy Chief working for CalOES Fire/Rescue as a liaison between the Emergency Medical Service Authority and CalOES Fire/Rescue during the COVID19 pandemic.
 

 

Randy Perlis
Randy Perlis, speaker for the course, has a master’s degree in analytical chemistry with 30+ years in hazardous materials and environmental chemistry and has been a hazardous materials instructor since 1986. He was an EPA START contractor and on the Hazardous Materials Regional Response Team for 25+ years. He has developed several techniques to rapidly assess the chemical, biological, and radiological hazards at response sites utilizing several reliable screening techniques. He has assisted many companies and schools in options for chemical management including disposal options.
 

Jeff Post
Assistant Chief, Ledyard, CT

Jeffrey Post started his fire service career in 1995 in the Mystic Ct Fire Dept. In 2000 he was appointed to the Mohegan Tribal Fire Dept. and in 2001 took an appointment to the Submarine Base Fire Dept. in Groton Ct. Currently he serves as an Assistant Chief and hazardous materials officer for Navy Region Mid-Atlantic. Jeffrey also is an adjunct instructor for the Connecticut Fire Academy, and one of the owners of All Hands Operating LLC.
 

Steve Prziborowski
Deputy Fire Chief, Santa Clara County Fire Department, CA

Steve Prziborowski has over 28 years of fire service experience, currently serving as a Deputy Chief for the Santa Clara County (Los Gatos, CA) Fire Department, an adjunct faculty  member for the Chabot College (Hayward, CA) Fire Technology Program and a contract instructor for the National Fire Academy (Emmitsburg, MD). 

 

Steve recently received the 2020 Ronny Jack Coleman Leadership Legacy Award from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and in 2008 was named the California Fire Instructor of the year. Steve recently completed a five-year stint as an Executive Board Member for the California Fire Chiefs Association and is a Former President of the Northern California Training Officers Association. He is a state-certified Chief Officer and Master Instructor, has earned a Master’s degree in Emergency Services Administration, has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy, and has received Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer Designation through the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

 

Steve is a regular speaker at fire service events and departments, having presented or scheduled over 400 sessions in 33 states. He has authored and contributed to over 200 articles, podcasts, videos, blogs and books in the leading fire service publications. He has published three career development books: “Reach for the Firefighter Badge,” “The Future Firefighter’s Preparation Guide,” and “How to Excel at Fire Department Promotional Exams,” with a fourth book being finalized at the publisher, “101 Tips to Assist you on your Next Promotional Exam,” and a fifth book “Courage Under Fire Leadership” that is also being finalized.

 

Steve has mentored and assisted countless personnel get hired as well as get promoted to all ranks within the fire service, up to and including Fire Chief. He has a sincere passion for helping others meet and exceed their career and personal goals, as well as helping others get hired, stay hired, get promoted, stay promoted, and ultimately be the best they can be for those they are fortunate to lead and serve! For more information please visit his website at www.code3firetraining.com


Jesse Quinalty
Jesse Quinalty is a Master Instructor and the owner of Red Helmet Training in Southern California which houses four classrooms and a command training center. He specializes in Company Officer Training as well as table top and digital fire simulations. He is a Captain with the San Bernardino County Fire Department working in Battalion 10 and was the Operations and Training Captain at his previous department.Jesse has also been fortunate to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. He has been the Incident Commander for multiple structure fires and other incidents, including city-wide flooding during two monsoon storms. He was involved in a burnover during the Sawtooth Incident and credited with saving the engine crew with his command presence.He has presented at several conferences including the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC), Firehouse World San Diego, Firehouse Expo Nashville, Fire Rescue International (FRI), Fire Shows West – Reno, Fire Rescue South Carolina and the Virginia Fire Rescue Conference. He has authored several articles in fire service magazines and is currently writing a book.

Kelly Ransdell

Kelly Ransdell works for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as the Regional Director for the South Central US covering NC, TX, AR, LA, OK, MO.  Formerly she was the Regional Education Specialist for the National Fire Protection Association covering the 17 states in the Southern and New England regions for 5 years.  She works to expand fire and burn education, expand code and standards adoption and works with national organizations, state agencies, and local fire departments to enhance their overall educational programs.  Kelly is a member of Safe Kids Harnett County and recently joined the SKNC Steering Committee.  Before joining NFPA staff in 2015, she worked as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Department of Insurance- Office of State Fire Marshal overseeing the Prevention, Programs and Grants Division for nearly 15 years.  In addition, she worked as the State Director of Safe Kids North Carolina which included 42 coalitions covering 72 counties for 11 years.  Kelly and her husband live just south of Raleigh, NC and have two daughters- 15 years old and 8 years old. 

 

Derek Reid
Derek Reid is the President and Founder of the NNPSN. He is a career Fire Captain with the Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District and has served in the fire and EMS industry for 25 years. Derek spent his first six years in EMS as a paramedic on an ALS ambulance with REMSA. Derek began his fire career in 1999 at Central Lyon County Fire Protection District and took advantageof further career opportunities with the Nevada Division of Forestry, Sierra Fire Protection District, and Reno FireDepartment.  He has been an educator with Truckee Meadows Community College and serves as an Instructor / Facilitator for the Phi Theta Kappa International Public Safety Leadership & Ethics Institute.

Derek spearheaded the first comprehensive mental health wellness program for Truckee Meadows Fire. As founder and lead for their Peer Support Team, he was instrumental in starting the Chaplain program and on-boarding of Truckee Meadows Fire's first licensed psychologist. In addition, he is the former Water Entry Special Team leader, and Instructor for the Officer Development School at Truckee Meadows Fire Protection District.  Derek is also published / co-contributor of Fire Standards through the Nevada Department of Education.  Derek's vision is to build unity within the first responder.

Ali Rothrock

Ali Rothrock is a speaker, author, educator and advocate who has delivered over 500 presentations nationwide. Ali has been in the volunteer fire service since 2005, enjoying more than a decade as a firefighter and Emergency Medical Technician. Ali is the CEO & Lead Instructor for On the Job and Off, an online platform dedicated to building more resilient first responders.

Steven Shepard, Ph.D.

Dr. Steven Shepard is the founder of the Shepard Communications Group in Williston, Vermont, co-founder of the Executive Crash Course Company, and founder of Shepard Images. A professional author, photographer, audio producer, and educator with more than 35 years of experience in the technology industry, he has written books and articles on a wide variety of topics, including technology, business, biographies, history, photography, children’s stories, storytelling, wildlife recording and fiction. His published books number 84 and counting.

 

Steve is the creator and host of the Natural Curiosity Podcast, which is devoted to the discovery of the joy and wonder of the natural world and based on the idea that curiosity leads to discovery, discovery leads to knowledge, knowledge leads to insight, and insight leads to understanding. It’s available on iTunes, or on SoundCloud.

 

Dr. Shepard received his undergraduate degree in Spanish and Romance Philology from the University of California at Berkeley (1976), his Master’s Degree in International Business from St. Mary's College (1985), and his PhD at the Da Vinci Institute in Rivonia, South Africa (2009). He spent eleven years with Pacific Bell in San Francisco in a variety of capacities followed by ten years with Hill Associates in Colchester, Vermont before forming the Shepard Communications Group in early 2000. 

 

In addition to his work with a wide range of industries, Steve works extensively in the education sector. He is a Senior Fellow of the Da Vinci Institute of South Africa; Adjunct Professor in the University of Southern California’s Marshall School of Business; a Founding Director of the African Telecoms Institute; and an Emeritus member of the Board of Trustees of Champlain College. He was the Resident Director of the University of Southern California’s Executive Leadership and Advanced Management Programs for more than 25 years, and is adjunct professor at Emory University, the University of Vermont, and the Ivey School in London, Ontario, among others. 

 

Dr. Shepard specializes in international issues in technology strategy, with an emphasis on the social, geopolitical, economic, and competitive implications of technological change. He has written and directed more than 40 videos and films, and written and produced technical presentations, white papers, Podcasts, speeches, and articles on a broad range of topics for companies and organizations worldwide. He has written, recorded, and photographed in more than 90 countries, serving clients across many different industries including telecommunications, IT, media, advertising, healthcare, transportation, government, software development, education, professional services, NGOs, venture capital, and regulatory.

 

Thanks to a childhood spent in Spain, Steve is native fluent in Spanish and routinely publishes and delivers presentations in that language.  He lives in Vermont with his wife Sabine, who has put up with him for more than 40 years.


Mark Sicuso

Mark is a 16 year veteran of the Norwich Fire Department. He is a currently a Lieutenant and second in command of the Norwich Fire Hazmat Operations. He holds two Bachelor’s degrees from the University of New Haven in Fire Science Administration and Arson Investigation. Mark is a HazMat Specialist/Safety Officer for MATF-1 a Fema US&R team. He is an alternate on FEMA US&R IST as a HazMat Specialist. He is currently the Co-Chair of the Region 4 (Cerrit) Hazardous Materials response team. Mark is an Adjunct instructor at The Connecticut Fire Academy, The Massachusetts Fire Academy and the co-owner of All Hands Operating Training. Mark has instructed nationally and holds numerous Fire Service Certifications/Qualifications.


Dean Sparaco
Dean leads PACT’s Public Safety Design practice out of our Denver office. He is a nationally renowned thought leader on Public Safety Design and frequent guest speaker on the topic of Health and Wellness in the Fire and Police Service. He has a passion for sustainable design and construction that is reflected in the body of work that he has carefully crafted over the last 25 years. Dean has extensive experience in Public Safety, Health Care/Senior Living, Multi Family, Town Planning and Urban Design and has studied under, worked with and learned from some world renowned planners, authors and architects. This employment history has afforded Dean with extensive Design, Administration and Construction Management experience on a wide variety of projects.

Dean is a life long Fly Fisherman and outdoorsman. A former college athlete, two of Dean’s children have followed suit and play at the collegiate level. Dean is heavily involved in youth sports, coaching Football and Baseball.


An admitted Bibliophile, Dean has the largest collection of romance novels west of the Mississippi


Paul Strong
Paul Strong entered the fire service in 1990 and is a Battalion Chief with the Valley Regional Fire Authority in King County Washington. Paul has been an educator in the public and private sectors for over 25 years. He has served as a training officer, medical program specialist, hazmat technician, and a rope/dive rescue technician. He is also an adjunct instructor for the Washington State Fire Training Academy as well as the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission.  Paul’s focus in education is providing energetic programs that keep the audience engaged through interactive participation and thought-provoking delivery. Paul has well over two decades of delivering effectual classroom and conference programs to police, fire, and EMS personnel as well as private business leaders and industry workforce.

Bob Sullivan
Bob Sullivan is the Southwest Regional Director for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  Mr. Sullivan has over 31 years of experience serving on fire departments in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and Colorado, including several years at the rank of Lieutenant. Prior to coming to NFPA, he served on the Thornton Fire Department in Colorado as the Senior Fire Protection Engineer and Deputy Fire Marshal, focusing on new development construction and fire code enforcement. Previously, Mr. Sullivan worked for National Foam Inc./Kidde Firefighting USA and Industrial Risk Insurers. He has a Master's Degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist.

Paul Sullivan
Paul Sullivan is Fire Chief of the Weber Fire District. He has 40 years of combined Fire and EMS experience, including 21 years with the Chandler, Arizona Fire Department, where he retired at the rank of Battalion Chief.  He has been a certified emergency paramedic for 38 years, currently holding certifications in Utah and Arizona. Paul has been a fire service instructor for 28 years, teaching command, WMD, truck company operations, leadership, and other topics. Paul has an Associates in Fire Science, a Bachelors in Public Safety Administration, and a Masters of Administration from Northern Arizona University.

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward has been the fire chief for the Layton City (UT) Fire Department since 2004. Prior to his appointment, Chief Ward served 24 years with the Chandler (AZ) Fire Department, retiring as a battalion chief. He has served as an officer for over 36 years of his career.  While in Chandler, Ward served as a training officer, public information officer, hazardous materials team coordinator, wildland fire program coordinator, administrative battalion chief, and emergency medical services (EMS) division chief.  Prior to his promotion to battalion chief, Ward spent 18 years as a captain/paramedic on both engine and ladder companies. Chief Ward has achieved qualifications through the National Wildfire Coordinating Group as an engine boss, strike team and task force leader, structure protection specialist, and Type 3 incident commander. He has been an instructor for the Utah Fire & Rescue Academy Command Training Center since its inception. Chief Ward currently serves as Vice President of the Utah Fire Chiefs Association and chairs the Utah Fire Officer Designation Program.

Jeffrey Zientek

Jeff Zientek is a retired Fire Captain who served 33 years with the Phoenix Fire Department.  Jeff title was On-Duty Safety Officer, and he responded to all hazardous materials incidents, technical rescue incidents, and all greater alarm fires, not only in Phoenix, but the surrounding 27 other fire departments in the Phoenix automatic aid system, covering approximately 2000 square miles.   Jeff is a certified Technical Rescue Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician, and Helicopter Rescue Crew Chief and when not responding and working special operations incidents his responsibilities included; evaluation, purchasing, and inventory of all the hazardous materials equipment used by the 6 Phoenix Hazardous Material Teams, assisting with continued education classes for the Hazmat and Technical Rescue technicians in Phoenix and surrounding agencies, managing the helicopter rescue program by continued training of rescue Crew Chiefs, ground crews, and coordination with the Phoenix Police Department rescue pilots.                                        

Jeff was a member of the FEMA team, Arizona Task Force 1 (AZTF-1) beginning in 1995, and was responsible for maintaining the hazardous materials cache and equipment, along with training and continuing education of current hazmat members.  In addition, Jeff was an appointed member of the Hazardous Materials Workgroup for FEMA, and along with other members from around the country, worked to keep consistency for the teams in relation to, training, procedures, & equipment.  In his time with FEMA he has been on deployments to Atlanta for the 1996 Olympics, 9/11 terrorist attack in New York City, and the devastating hurricanes of 2005 in southern U.S. (Katrina/Rita). 
 

Jeff is also the author of the book “Hazmat Response; A Field Operations Guide” which gives 1st responders and Hazmat Technicians critical information for working a hazardous materials incident.  The book is currently in its 2nd Edition.  In his spare time, he likes to ride his mountain or road bike, hike the many trails and canyons in AZ, and ride his motorcycle across the country. 
 

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