The ARFFWG Board of Directors consist of fourteen (14) Directors who carry out the management functions of the ARFFWG. Of the fourteen (14) Directors, five (5) Executive Board Officers are chosen who are delegated to run the day-to-day administration. Each even year, even number section Director positions are open and must be filled. Each odd year, odd number section Director positions are open and must be filled. All Board of Director positions serve a two (2) year term and may be elected to three (3) consecutive terms, totaling six (6) years. Becoming a director is an excellent opportunity to be directly involved in the management of ARFFWG. Nomination forms must be postmarked or e-mailed no later than May 29, 2022. Please use the attached nomination form. All nominations received by the deadline will be given an opportunity to speak in front of the members at the Annual Symposium. Nominations will not be accepted from the floor. All accepted candidate nomination forms will be posted online for the membership to view.
During the election process only those that are running opposed will be appear on the ballot.
The following have been nominated to fill the open positions.
Kevin is currently the Section 2 Director for the ARFF Working Group. He spent 15 years at Richmond International Airport, holding the ranks of Firefighter, Luentantent, Captain, and Fire Chief. He started teaching ARFF in 2007, for the State of Virginia Department of Fire Programs and has become one of the Lead ARFF instructors for the state. Kevin is currently a Shift Commander at Dupont Spruance plant loacted in Richmond Virginia. He is currently a Flammable Liquid Specialist, as well as a Team Leader (Chairman) for the Central Virginia Fire Chief’s Flammable Liquids Task Force.
Tony Gutierrez has been a member of the ARFFWG since July 2010. He is currently the Section 4 Director and has been on the board since September 2020. Since then has lead the monthly Section 4 calls along with the Monthly C/D Index calls. In September 2021, Tony was nominated and selected to serve as the ARFFWG Treasurer. He also serves on three ARFFWG committees, one being the IFALPA Dangerous Goods committee, the Marketing committee and the AMF/AFO committee.
Tony currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Gerald R. Ford International Airport Fire Department. He has over 24 years in the fire service. 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. 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 bachelors degree in Business Administration/Management and an associate degree from Baker College in EMS Management.
Tony is looking forward to continuing to serve the ARFFWG and Section 4!
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.
Leah is the Canadian contact in the ARFF Organization, and is fully involved in the ARFF Working Group. She has always stepped up to do any task that is given to her. She stays in contact with her Canadian counterparts to keep them abreast of the latest information in the ARFF World. She will be a great asset to the group if re-elected to this position.
Chief Moore is a veteren of the ARFF service with more than 40 years service. He is currently Chief Fire Officer of Christchurch International Airport and Section 10 Manager for the ARFF Working Group. Chief Moore leads the training committee for the entire ARFFS in New Zealand and is committed to the progression of ARFFS.
Chief Moore is extremely well respected and connected throughout the ARFF community in this region and will undoutably grow membership for Section 10. He is the perfect fit for the role of Section 10 Director and I assure you, he will progress the organisation throughout this region.
Natalee has been in the aircraft rescue and firefighting industry for 10 years working as the Office Manager and Training Facilitator at the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center and currently working as the Program Manager for 139 Fire who provide training to ARFF, fire and airport personnel from around North America. Natalee brings over 25 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, curriculum development and more.
Natalee was awarded the Administrative Professional of the Year in 2016 by the International Association of Administrative Professionals and, in 2018, 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 providing service and training to ARFF personnel around the world.
Since joining the ARFFWG in 2014 Natalee has volunteered her time to help grow the ARFFWG in multiple positions. She served as the Section Manager of Section 6 from 2017 to 2018 at which time she was elected to the Board of Directors as Director of Section 12 in which she has served since 2018. Natalee was elected as the 2nd Vice Chair of the ARFFWG Board of Directors Executive Board in 2019 and served in this position until 2021 at which time she was
elected as 1st Vice Chair for the organization.
Natalee has served on the ARFFWG Bylaw Committee, Webinar Committee and currently serves on the Marketing Committee and ARFF News Committee. She currently oversees the ARFF Working Group website, ARFF News Magazine and Leadership and Annual Symposiums/Conferences.
ARFF WG members,
I want to extend my sincere thanks and appreciation for consideration to serve on the Board of Directors of the ARFF Working Group. I have witnessed firsthand the time and energy that each member must devote for this organization to succeed and feel that I could be a positive influence representing the vendors and their perspective views to the board.
My involvement as a participating vendor representative with the ARFF WG dates to 2004, serving on several site visit groups to evaluate and provide feedback to the board for their choice of venue, food, exhibit hall layouts, and entertainment. It’s the details and work accomplished well in advance and behind the scenes that makes all the difference for the overall experience of the attendees and vendors once the registration desk opens at each conference.
A brief bit of detail about my experience and qualifications to serve on the board. I have been involved in the fire industry for 25 years, serving in several escalating roles of responsibility within not only E-ONE, Inc. but also our entire group of fire apparatus companies.
2002- 2004, Senior Customer Service Representative, E-ONE
2004- 2008, ARFF Technical Application Manager, E-ONE
2008-2018, Sales and Product Manager for U.S. Government and Airport Products, E-ONE
2018-2021, Aftermarket Key Account Manager, REV Fire Group
2021- Present, Director of Sales- U.S. Government and Airport Products, REV Fire Group
I am also an active principal member of the Technical Committee on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting AIR-AAA, since March 2009.
Ronald “RJ” Jones
Director of Sales- REV Fire Group
U.S. Gov. and Airport Products