Chairman (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 Master ARFF, Master Structure 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 currently serves as the Chairman of the ARFF Working Group. He represents the ARFF Working Group on the NFPA Committee for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting, In 2015 he became a Board member for the ARFF Working Group as the Section 5 Director and has served two terms 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
Houston Fire Department
1st Vice Chair (Section 3)
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”
2nd Vice Chair (Section 13)
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.
Treasurer (Section 6)
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
Secretary (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.