Chairman (Section 2)
Jason Graber, Battalion Fire Chief- Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department
Jason Graber is a Battalion Fire Chief with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire and Rescue Department. Graber has been with MWAA since 2003 and served in various roles of progressively responsibility during his career including Firefighter, Firefighter/Technician and Captain. Graber has served on the ARFF Working Group Board of Directors since 2012 and has filled the positions of Secretary, 2nd Vice Chair, 1st Chair and Chairman during his time on the Board. Graber has been a member of the ARFF Working Group since 2004 and served as the Sectional Manager of Section Two and previously as the Education and Training and affairs officer.
Graber has been in the fire service since 1998 serving stints as a volunteer firefighter and officer with the Darien Volunteer Fire Company in Genesee County, New York and the Leesburg Volunteer Fire Company in Loudoun County, Virginia. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from SUNY Canton, a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Administration from Bowling Green State University and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He and his wife Kelly reside in Leesburg, VA.
Metropolitan Washington Airports Auth.
101 Hampshire Square, S.W.
Leesburg, VA 20175
1st Vice Chair (Section 1)
Ted Costa retired as Deputy Chief with Massachusetts Port Authority Fire Department at Boston Logan International Airport. Ted was with Massport Fire Rescue since 1990. In his position, Ted was responsible for directing and administering Fire Prevention, Special Hazards, and the Planning Divisions. Ted also served as the Information Technology liaison, to provide planning support for mitigation and preparedness programs, as well as being tasked with managing the operational and infrastructure support requirements of his department and providing technical oversight of specialized emergency services and support systems at Massports three airports. Ted is certified as a Hazardous Materials Technician, Incident Safety Officer, and is a credentialed Fire Prevention Officer. Ted has numerous NIMS and ICS certifications. Ted is a member of the National Fire Protection Association ARFF Technical Committee. Ted also serves as chairman of the Massachusetts Bay Marine Incident Response and Training (MIRT) Group and holds a USCG Captains License.
2nd Vice Chair (Section 3)
Larry Lippel currently serves as a Battalion Chief for the Charlotte County, Florida, Fire Department. He began his career in 1987, working for the Canton Township Fire Department in Stark County, Ohio. He held various positions at that department: Firefighter/Paramedic, Engineer, Inspector, Captain, and member of the Swift Water/Dive team. In August 1998, he joined the Charlotte County Fire Department as a Firefighter-Paramedic and served as a Lieutenant prior to being appointed to his current position, in August 2008.
In his professional role, Battalion Chief Lippel serves as the coordinator for the department’s Aircraft Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) Operations Team for the Punta Gorda Airport. He also serves as a Tactical Flight Officer with the Charlotte County Sheriffs office.
He is a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and the ARFF Working Group, for which he is the acting Florida State representative. Battalion Chief Lippel holds a Bachelor degree from Hodges University, is a certified paramedic, Instructor III and Live Fire Instructor.
Battalion Chief / ARFF
Charlotte County Fire & EMS
“To Exceed Expectations in the Delivery of Public Services”
Treasurer (Section 5)
Ronald Krusleski joined the fire service in 1986 and became a member of the Houston Fire Department in 1990. He currently holds the rank of Senior Captain since 2006 and a paramedic since 1991. In March of 2008 he became the Assistant ARFF Coordinator for IAH and HOU airports. Krusleski holds certifications from the Texas Fire Commission as Advanced ARFF Certified, Advanced Firefighter, Fire Instructor, and Examiner. He served as a Fire Instructor at the Houston Fire Academy, taught paramedics for Houston Community College, and was a flight paramedic for Hermann Life Flight.
Krusleski serves on the NFPA Committee on Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, representing the ARFF Working Group. In 2015 he became a Board member for the ARFF Working Group as the Section 5 Director and is serving his second term as Treasurer.
Krusleski has two main goals that he works on every day:
- To look beyond today and constantly research ways to improve ARFF.
- Most importantly, give our ARFF members the tools and training they need to be successful and go home safe to their families at the end of their shift.
Ronald J. Krusleski
Assistant ARFF Coordinator
Houston Fire Department
IAH Office: 281-233-7935
HOU Office: 713-845-6888
Secretary (Section 4)
Battalion Chief Matt Mauer has more than 25 years of experience fighting fires, EMS delivery, and providing hazmat and rescue services to Kansas City’s citizens and guests. For the last 10 years, he has led the Kansas City Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue Division, ensuring a prepared and professional level of response to aviation emergencies at both Kansas City, Missouri airports. Within the ARFF Working Group he has worked for the last 5 years on the ARFF News.
He views as the relationships he has built both nationally and regionally in the ARFF and airport communities as a special benefit of ARFFWG membership. Those relationships have provided ARFFWG member airports and fire departments numerous ARFF training programs and opportunities. He acknowledges that those relationships with other ARFF professionals are partly responsible for the 19 consecutive discrepancy-free FAA ACSI inspections of ARFF services at the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s two 139 airports, while earning multiple FAA Medals of Excellence.
Chief Mauer believes that serving on the BOD is an opportunity to ensure that the ARFFWG membership will continue to derive great value from the organization.