Directors

Christopher Menge

Christopher Menge

Section 1

I just wanted to take a moment to introduce myself to the group.

I was born and raised in Hagaman a small town in upstate New York. I began my ARFF career in the Airforce in 2001 graduating from Goodfellow AFB. My military career gave me the opportunity to receive amazing training and have some fantastic mentors. One thing instilled during my military time was the importance of training and education. I pursued both over time reaching National Certification in Fire Officer 4 and Fire Instructor 3, as well as earning my master’s degree in Emergency Management from the University of New Haven. After the military, I was onto the Albany International Airport, where I currently serve as a Captain in the training division.

Today, I also participate in many other things. I work as a New York State Fire Instructor teaching outreach fire training at the academy and throughout the state. I teach some courses at the Fulton Montgomery Community College as well with 139 Fire delivering ARFF training across the country. I do spend most of the time working as a part owner of Calderwood Training Solutions. We develop custom training programs across the emergency services spectrum as well as offer safety training and exercise design.

In my down time, I’m a big sports fan, the Yankees take most of my time in spring and summer, and the Redskins own the fall. I love watching my daughters play softball, basketball and volleyball coached by my wife.

Though I have had some great mentors no one had been more important to my life then my wife Nicole. She has always pushed me to achieve my goals, and supported me thru them all, from taking care of our 2 daughters Emma (8) and Avery (6) so I can attend training, or reading papers at midnight to ensure I have the correct punctuation and spellings.

I hope to be able to bring good communication and build partnerships in section 1. I hope my experience and networking will be able to help solve some of the issues we are challenged with as well as increase the profile of the ARFF community in the emergency service arena. Thank you for electing me to the position and I hope to serve the group well.

Albany Airport Fire Dept.
518-242-2332
menge218@yahoo.com
Kevin Garber

Kevin Garber

Section 2

I was born and raised in the Shenandoah valley, where  My father was Career Chief of Augusta County Fire and Rescue Department for 31 years, he retired 3 months prior to 9/11, and my older brother is current Fire Chief of the City of Staunton Fire and Rescue Department.  Shortly thereafter September 11 occurred.  I was employed by the City of Harrisonburg Fire Department, as a Firefighter.  After a short 5-year stay, I was hired by the Richmond International Airport where I was employed for 14 years.  Of those 14 years, I was an ARFF Officer for 12 years of those 14, 2 as a Lieutenant, and the rest as a Captain.  I had the great opportunity to work for Retired Chief Jim Nilo, and  the current Chief Shannon Winebarger.  During My extent at the Airport I had the opportunity to grow as a person and as an ARFF Professional.  Currently I hold several Regional positions:  Operations Team Leader for the Metro Regional Foam Task Force, Assigned the Central Virginia IMT as a Logistics Chief, serve as a Virginia Fire Programs ARFF Instructor.  Regional I am assigned the Regional Radio Upgrade committee (200 million Dollar Project), work with Region in Apparatus design of foam systems, and apparatus, based on their assignments.  Statewide I am curtly assigned Logistics for the Virginia Fire Officer Academy, and Virginia Chief Officer Academy, that is held every year at the University of Richmond.  At the Airport I was assigned the following: ARFF Training of current and new employees, Apparatus design and specifications.   Assigned several other tasks with Airport Police, Communications, and Operations.  I have received several commondations while at work at the Airport.  ARFF WG Heroism Award (2011), Commodation of Service from the FBI (2017), VCU Gala Heroism Award (2013), and ccommondation of life saving award from the County Henrico Division of Fire (2013).  Thank the Chief Charles Lavene for allowing me to assit him as hid duties as the Section 2 Director.

Kevin Garber
kevin9612dawn@verizon.net
540-448-3978

Kevin Rink

Section 3

Battalion Chief Rink has been a firefighter for 25 years serving various roles as an airport firefighter since 2012 with the Charlotte Fire Department at Charlotte Doug Int’l Airport.  Chief Rink currently serves as the ARFF Coordinator overseeing all training and compliance matters., the apparatus fleet and airport fire station maintenance issues.  Chief Rink has a Bachelor of Science/Business Administration degree from Western Carolina University.  Chief Rink is a Certified Member thru AAAE Airport Master Firefighter and ARFF Instructor.  Since coming to the ARFF stations, Chief Rink has been involved in every aspect of ARFF life, from foam testing to accident response to FAA inspections and attended numrous working group conferences and training opportunities.  He wants to continue this learning process and help the ARFF community.

Anthony (Tony) Gutierrez

Anthony (Tony) Gutierrez

Section 4

Tony Gutierrez has been employed with the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fire Department for twelve years. He has spent the last four years as a Captain and has now been promoted to Fire Chief. Tony has 22 years in the fire service where he has been a structural and aircraft rescue fire fighter. He is a certified AAAE/ARFFWG Airport Master Firefighter, a State of Michigan certified Professional Emergency Manager and also a National Incident Management System Incident Command System 300/400 Instructor. Tony is a State of Michigan Fire Instructor II where he has been instructing in the fire service since 2005. For the last 20 years, he has been a hazmat technician on a County Hazardous Materials Response Team and has been the Hazmat Chief for the past two years. Tony is also a Hazmat Instructor and serves as the Hazmat Technician Program Coordinator for Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center.  He is also a current FAA Private Pilot and is currently working on his AAAE Certified Member designation. Tony is a graduate of Columbia Southern University with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management and an associate degree from Baker College in EMS Management. He lives in West Michigan with his wife and two children. Tony is looking forward to working with the Board of Directors and serving the members of Section 4.

Tony Gutierrez
Fire Chief
Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fire Department
5500 44th Street SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49512
616-233-6077 (office)
231-578-2870 (cell)
agutierrez@grr.org

Ronald Tocci

Ronald Tocci

Section 5

Ronnie Tocci entered the fire service in 1985, became a career firefighter in 1992, and has been a member of the Dallas Fire Department since 2000.  He currently holds the rank of Fire Captain is assigned as the Training Coordinator for the department’s ARFF Program.  He functions as the Assistant ARFF Coordinator and is responsible for management of the ARFF training program.  This includes curriculum development and revision, training record management, compliance reporting, as well as administration of both the recurrent ARFF training program as well as the ARFF apparatus driver qualification program.  He also serves as a liaison between the fire department and the Department of Aviation regarding ARFF matters at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Dallas Executive Airport (RBD), and the Dallas CBD Vertiport (49T).

He holds the following certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection: Fire Officer II, ARFF Firefighter – Master, Structural Firefighter – Master, Incident Safety Officer – Fire, Fire Investigator – Master, Driver/Operator – Pumper, Fire Service Instructor III – Master, and Field Examiner.  He is also licensed as a paramedic by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

He earned the following degrees: 1) B.A. Management – Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, Louisiana); 2) A.A.S – Fire Services Administration – Weatherford College (Weatherford, Texas); and 3) A.A.S. Fire Science and Safety Technology – Weatherford College (Weatherford, Texas).

Fire Captain, ARFF Training Coordinator
Dallas Fire Department
Phone – (214) 288-5077
Email – ronald.tocci@dallascityhall-tx.gov

Jason Schnase

Jason Schnase

Section 6

Jason P Schnase joined the Port of Seattle Fire Department in 2003. Jason currently works in the Training Division leading recruit academies, in-service training, & research and development. He is the current chair of the POSFD Safety Committee.

Jason’s instructional background includes teaching within the Port of Seattle Fire Dept., the Washington State Fire training Academy and Big Bend Community College. Topics of instruction include all aspects of ARFF to include FAR 139 standards. As well as, Structural Fire Tactics and Incident Command.

 Port of Seattle Fire Department
Battalion Chief – Training and Safety
2400 South 170th St.
Seattle, WA 98158
 206-787-4087
 Schnase.j@portseattle.org

Brian Snodgrass

Brian Snodgrass

Section 7

Brian has been in public service with the City of Phoenix for 25 years; starting his career with the Phoenix Police Department in 1993 and then transferring to the Phoenix Fire Department in 2000. In Brian’s time with the City of Phoenix he has served as a Tactical Training Officer, Field Training Officer, Fire Arms Instructor, Defensive Tactics Instructor, Driving Instructor, Arson Training Officer and ALS Engine Captain. Captain Snodgrass joined the ARFF program with Phoenix Fire in 2009 and has served as the ARFF Training Coordinator and Captain since 2013. Brian maintains dual certification as a member of Phoenix Fire and the Phoenix Police Department. Captain Snodgrass also serves as the Terrorism Liaison Officer for Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.

In Captain Snodgrass’s time as the ARFF Training Coordinator he has excelled at building a successful and knowledgeable ARFF training program. Brian’s involvement with the airport is remarkable and his knowledge and experience is sought after by airport administration on matters concerning not just fire but security of the airport, major event preparation and, drill planning/preparation and more.

Captain Snodgrass has co-presented at multiple ARFF Working Group Conferences on Airport Terrorism and the Changing Responsibilities of ARFF Personnel. In 2018 Brian was nominated and honored with the Brian Pugh Outstanding ARFF Training Officer of the Year Award by the ARFF Working Group for his dedication and contribution to ARFF Training.

Captain Snodgrass will bring a unique perspective as a Director for the ARFF Working Group with his experience as both a firefighter and police officer and his unique focus of airport terrorism. Brian has a true passion for the ARFF industry. His leadership and management skills will be an asset to the ARFF Working Group and Section 7. Brian has proven to be a true advocate for the ARFF industry and will be an excellent representative for airports and airport firefighters.

Brian Snodgrass
Captain/ARFF Training Officer/TLO
3547 E Sky Harbor Blvd
Phoenix Az. 85034
602-534-4262 Desk
602-228-9303 Cell
Section7@arffwg.org

 

Leah Kosolofski

Leah Kosolofski

Section 8

Leah Kosolofski serves as a fire captain for the Winnipeg Airports Authority in Winnipeg Manitoba.  Leah began her career in 1993, working as a structural firefighter paramedic first then transitioned into ARFF in 2004.

Leah also volunteers as the Manitoba provincial representative for GlobalFire.  GlobalFire is a foundation that delivers humanitarian aid around the world by collecting and donating fire suppression equipment and fire gear to fire departments that are in need.

Leah is very excited and honored to be serving as the section 8 director

L.A. (Leah) Kosolofski
Fire captain
Winnipeg Airports Authority
Personal Cell #: 204.299.5048

Alejandro David Montegrande

Alejandro David Montegrande

Section 9

Alejandro David Montegrande has been the director in Latin America since October 2018. Sergeant of the Federal Police of Argentina (in activity) destined at the Aeroparque Jorge Newbery International Airport in Buenos Aires but runs through all the airports of the country trained to the personnel.

With 5 years of experience as a Structural Firefighter in Barracks VII of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires and 15 years as an Airport Firefighter.

Certified by ICAO (International Civil Aviation Organization) as an ARFF Operator and Certified by Oshkosh Corporation as an Operator and Basic Maintenance Personnel of the Striker.

He is currently an instructor of SSEI – ARFF operators in the institution;  He trained operators from the countries of Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and with projecting to other countries.

Married to Cintia Lopetegui and with 2 beautiful boys, Benjamin and Dante, they are his engine to continue growing professionally.

Tel: (+549) 11 3594 8644.

alejandromonte@hotmail.es

Peter McMahon

Peter McMahon

Section 10

Internationally recognised as one of the world’s most experienced and credible emergency management / public safety leaders in the aviation field, Peter McMahon has proven capability as a change-maker having worked in over 40 countries expanding organisational capacity, enhancing operational capability and strengthening resilience through the application of innovative, robust solutions to meet organisational requirements in complex environments.

Peter has a wealth of diverse experience in ARFFS including operational command, training, incident investigation, project management and risk analysis. He held the position of Assistant to the Chief Fire Officer (National Operations Standards Manager), responsible for over 980 ARFFS operational staff and 26 airports in Australia and currently holds board positions on several international emergency service agencies.

Peter and his team recently developed an internationally recognised competency (proficiency) based training and assessment curriculum and qualifications framework for ARFFS which is now used around the world. In addition, Peter has been busy setting up ARFFS training facilities in China where he and his team train over 700 firefighters each year.

Peter has a real passion to enhance operational capability and is determined to bring the international ARFFS community together, sharing knowledge and resources for the benefit of those we protect.

 

Peter McMahon, Managing Director
Aviation Rescue Services
Suites 1-12, 826 La Trobe St.
3350 Victoria  –  Australia
+61 400 250 653

peter@aviationrescueservices.com

Majoor R.C. (Rob) Venmans

Majoor R.C. (Rob) Venmans

Section 11

Majoor R.C. (Rob) Venmans Rob Venmans is currently working as Senior Advisor Fire Service and Security as well as Inspector Aerodromes at the Netherlands Military Aviation Authority. He is also member of the NATO Crash Fire Fighting and Rescue Panel and is acting in the Board of Civil and Military Airport Fire Chiefs in the Netherlands. Rob joined the Aviation Fire Service in 1982 as a Fire Fighter in the Netherlands Royal Air Force (RNLAF). He served at several Fire Stations throughout the Netherlands and followed all the ranks and corresponding positions as a Non Commissioned Officer. In 2000 he graduated the Military Academy and became the Fire Chief of the RNLAF Pilot Training Airbase. After this first position as an Air Force Officer, Rob was promoted to the rank of Major and served for five years as Staff Officer Fire Service at the headquarters of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. After this assignment he became the Head of the Netherlands Air Force Fire Academy. From 2013 till 2016 he worked as Section Head Disaster Emergency & Fire Prevention at the NATO HQ Joint Force Command Brunssum. In 2006 he was for six months positioned in Podgorica, Montenegro and acted as a Monitor for the EU Monitoring Mission (EUMM) before, during and after the referendum for the independence of Montenegro. Beside his positions in the Air Force, Rob was from 1984 until 2000 an active member of the volunteer Fire Service in his home town Tilburg. Rob Venmans is married with Carolien and lives in Kapelle, a small town in the southwest of the Netherlands. They have three children, Bernice, Nick and Nicole. Since a few years they are also the proud grandparents of Noa, Luke and Mads. Rob looks forward to being a part of the ARFF WG Board of Directors and hopes to increase the number of members from the Section 11 area to make the ARFF WG a more mature International platform.

Rob Venmans
Military Aviation Authority Aerodromes and Airspace
PO Box 7577 1118 ZH Schiphol
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 6 1343 8866
rc.venmans@mindef.nl

Natalee Tueller

Natalee Tueller

Section 12

Natalee Tueller currently serves as the Program Manager for 139 Fire. Natalee brings over 20 years of business and office management experience to the ARFF Working Group with a vast skill set that includes management and leadership skills, marketing, finance and planning.

Natalee spent six years as the Office Manager and Training Facilitator for the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center. Since joining the ARFF Training Center team in 2012 Natalee developed a passion and excitement for the ARFF industry. As a result of her work at the training center Natalee was recognized as the Administrative Professional of the Year in 2016 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals. Along with her co-workers and peers Natalee and the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center team received the ARFF Working Group Outstanding Service Award for their contributions to the ARFF community and over 21 years of service in 2018.

In her free time Natalee likes to spend time with her family and friends. Natalee also enjoys traveling, especially to her home away from home in Arizona. She loves any activity or sport that allows her to be outside, building and remodeling, and anything that has to do with Indy Car Racing and the New England Patriots.

139 Fire
(724)699-2948
Natalee@139fire.com

Scott Beecher

Scott Beecher

Section 13

Scott started working at Ward Diesel Filter Systems in April of 2007 as Vice President. In 2013 he purchased the company along with several other manufacturing companies. Ward Diesel is very active in many advocacy aspects within the fire industry and local, state, and national government on the health and safety concerns for the Fire and EMS Industry.

As President and Owner of Ward Diesel Filter Systems Scott helps coordinate several health and safety efforts across the US within the Fire/EMS Industry. His goal is to drive awareness of the extremely harmful issues facing Firefighter and EMS Personnel.

He is currently involved in many Fire/EMS Industry Organizations, Committees, and events. Here are a few of the key Organizations:

  • NFPA 1585 Technical Committee
  • ARFF Working Group – Section 13 Section Manager
  • ARFF Working Group – Health & Safety Sponsor/Committee
  • VCOS Cancer Committee Sponsor Member (R & D, Marketing and Committee Strategy)
  • VCOS – Assists in the coordination of all sponsors for VCOS Symposium
  • VCOS West – Key Sponsor – one of the first sponsor initiating the program
  • NVFC – Sponsor Member
  • Lavender Ribbon Report – 11 Best Practices for Firefighter Cancer Prevention Chair, Author and Steering Committee Member
  • IAFC – Current Member as a Health & Safety Products Manufacturer
  • IAFC – FSTAR Health & Cancer 360 – Get Checked Campaign Key Supporter
  • Metropolitan Fire Chiefs – Gold Level Sponsor
  • FAMA – Current Member as a Health & Safety Products Manufacturer of equipment for emission systems within apparatus
  • FAMA – Technical Committees for both Chassis and ARFF
  • FAMA – Government Affairs Committee Member
  • Fire Service Conference and Trade Event Sponsors – Participate in over 70 Fire Chief Conferences, Seminars and Trade Events annually

In addition to Ward Diesel Scott has a family of companies located at BEST Corporate Park (formerly the Schweizer/Sikorsky Aircraft Manufacturing Facility) in Horseheads, NY. Our other companies are Ward Apparatus, Ward Clean Air Products, Filter Cleaner, EL Manufacturing, Sealmaster Clamps, BOSS Security & Automation, and BEST Corporate Park.

Scott is looking forward to having meaningful dialog if elected to the ARFF Working Group Board of Directors on how we can make an impact within the fire service to mitigate the risk of exposure to carcinogens and other toxic conditions.

Juan R. Espinosa

Juan R. Espinosa

Section 14

Juan R. Espinosa, a native of Dallas, Texas, is a Master Gunnery Sergeant in the US Marine Corps serving at the Pentagon as the Deputy Director of Aviation & Expeditionary Firefighting & Rescue Chief for Installations & Logistics. His primary military occupational specialty is Expeditionary Firefighting & Rescue (7051) and has served in numerous billets, stations and squadrons as an ARFF marine. He has served in protection for American embassies around the world, including Yemen, Damascus, Syria, Bahrain, Pakistan, and the United Kingdom with the Department of State and as an instructor at the Marine Security Guard School in Quantico, Virginia. He also served as a congressional defense fellow for Senator Kay Hagan (D-NC) managing foreign relations, veteran and emerging threats policy. He has completed multiple combat tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria and Yemen.

Juan R. Espinosa, MGySgt USMC
Deputy Director Aviation (Ground)
Expeditionary Firefighting  & Rescue Chief 🚒
Marine Corps Installations Command (MCICOM)
Installations & Logistics (I&L), HQMC
3000 Marine Corps Pentagon
Washington, DC 20350-3000
Pentagon, Room 2D153A

703.439.7124
juan.espinosa@usmc.mil