Thank you for your commitment to the ARFF Working Group.
Directors of the ARFFWG carry out the management functions of the ARFFWG. From these Directors five (5) Officers are chosen who are delegated to run the day to day administration.
Currently, Sections 1,3, 5, 9 and 11 are running unopposed. Sections 7 and 13 have multiple candidates. Please take a moment to review the nominees information below before voting.
This is your organization and your commitment to be involved is important to all of our members.
2019 BOARD OF DIRECTORS NOMINEES
Christopher Menge — Albany Fire Department
Captain Menge has been a member of the Albany International Airport Fire Department for the past 12 years. He has been the training Captain for 6 years. Captain Menge has been involved in the fire service for 21 years, served in the Air Force National Guard as a firefighter for 10 years including 2 tours in Iraq. Captain Menge has been a NYS Fire Instructor for the past 12 years, and teaches emergency service classes at a local community college.
Captain Menge has been instrumental in making many improvements to our department training program which has been well received by the firefighters. Our FAA inspector has been impressed with the changes made to improve our training and, excellent training records resulting in 5 years of no FAA infractions.
Captain Menge is involved in the planning of our tri-annual drills, a member of the fire department safety committee, firefighter union vice president. He was a member of the former Northeast Training Consortium made up of members from Airports in NY, MA, CT, NH, ME.
I believe that Chris would a great asset to the ARFFWG and to section 1
Larry Lippel — Charlotte County Fire/EMS
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 Sheriff’s 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.
Ronald Krusleski — Houston Fire Department
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 served two terms as Treasurer. Ron is currently serving in Section 5 as the Director and it is my belief that he should continue on with this roll.
Brian Snodgrass — Phoenix Fire Department
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.
Art Andres — City of Ontario Fire Department
Art Andres is currently the Deputy Fire Chief of Special Operations for the City of Ontario Fire Department. He currently oversees the Emergency Medical Service Bureau and the ARFF program at Ontario International Airport, which is an index D airport.
He began his emergency services career in 1988 and has been a paramedic over 27 years, working in 6 different Counties. He has worked in a regional trauma center, as a flight paramedic and been an instructor in various communities. He completed Orange County Fire Department Academy #19 in 1994 and began working for Ontario Fire Department in 1996. He currently serves as the paramedic representative on the California State EMS for Children, Technical Advisory Committee and is the paramedic representative, as well as Chairperson, on the Emergency Medical Care Committee for San Bernardino County.
He holds an Associate’s degree from Saddleback College and a Bachelor’s degree from Cal State Long Beach in addition to being a certified Company Officer and Chief Officer for the State of California.
Deputy Chief Andres served as an FBI certified bomb technician and is currently the Unit Chief for the Ontario Bomb Squad. He regularly speaks on blast injuries to emergency responders and has published several articles.
He will bring a variety of skills to the BOD including: Supervisory skills as a Chief Officer, public speaking and publishing articles, EMS, and Bomb Specialist — ARFF – Building an ARFF Program from the ground up and President of the San Bernardino County Fire Chiefs, EMS Officers Association.
Chief Glen Mitchell — State of Hawaii
Chief Mitchell is currently the Fire Chief at the Daniel K Inouye Int’l Aiport on Oahu, Hawaii. With four decades of service with the Hawaii Department of Transportation – Airport Division, Fire Chief Mitchell oversees the daily operations of the eight FAR 139 Certificated Airports ARFF – Units, 220 members, throughout the State of Hawaii. A strong believer in the power of positive thinking and training to motivate his members, Chief Mitchell also owns a training company, Ho’oma’ama’a LLC, that has been credited with opening 37 Five-Diamond Hotels & Resorts around the world. Glen is the Section 7 State of Hawaii Coordinator.
Alejandro Montegrande — Argentine Federal Police
Alejandro David Montegrande, Sergeant of the Argentine Federal Police. With destination at Aeroparque Jorge Newbery International Airport in Buenos Aires.
He has 5 years experience as a Structural Firefighter in Cuartel VII of the autonomous city of Buenos Aires and 14 years as an Airport Firefighter. Alejandro is certified by the O.A.C.I. (International Civil Aviation Organization) as Operator ARFF and Certified by Oshkosh Corporation as Operator and Basic Maintenance Staff of the Striker. He currently is an instructor of operators S.S.E.I – A.R.F.F in his institution; In addition, Alejandro trains operators from the countries of Peru, Ecuador, Argentina and with projects to expand to other countries.
He stepped in this past year to become the Section 9 Director, a position we have not had filled in some time. Since this time we have seen much activity from Section 9 and our growth from our membership there.
Rob Venmans — Military Aviation Authority Aerodromes
Major R.C. (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 has been serving as the Section 11 Director and part of the ARFFWG Board of Directors for the past term. I would recommend he remain the Section 11 Director as he does a fabulous job
Duane Kann — Rosenbauer
Duane F. Kann is the East Coast ARFF Sales Manager for Rosenbauer. Duane is responsible for ARFF Sales and service at over 250 airports from the Eastern United States and Canada. He assists with writing vehicle specifications, managing the bid and sales process, providing quality customer service, consulting in ARFF operations and a variety of other ARFF and emergency vehicle related services.
Duane retired as the Fire Chief at the Orlando International Airport in 2015, where he oversaw all aircraft and structural fire protection, emergency medical services, and airport emergency management activities. Duane serves as an Intelligence Liaison Officer with the Central Florida fusion center, member of the Florida Region 5 Incident Management Team and member of the IFSTA ARFF 6th Edition development team. He is also a member of the ARFF Working Group and National Fire Protection Association ARFF Technical Committee, previously Chairing both of those committees.
Duane served as a Fire Protection Specialist in the United States Air Force. He earned a fire science degree from Seminole State College and is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, where he has four published research papers. He holds the Airport Fire Officer accreditation from the ARFF Working Group/AAAE and ARFF II certification from Louisiana State University. Duane is a State of Florida Fire Officer and is credentialed in numerous National Incident Management System (NIMS) disciplines, including All-Hazards Incident Commander.
Jack Bermingham — Oshkosh Airport Products
Jack Bermingham is the current ARFF Product Manager for Oshkosh Airport Products, overseeing global ARFF product development. Jack has been with Oshkosh for 6 years holding various ARFF related roles around the world. Jack started his Oshkosh tenure in the Oshkosh Singapore Office working with ARFF customers throughout the Asia Pacific Region. Within this role, Jack assisted in the launch of the latest Striker platform. Jack then championed the LAND 998 Air Transportable ARFF opportunity for the Australian Defence Force. Since then, Jack has had US regional sales responsibilities as he transitioned in the ARFF Product Manager role. Jack has a global ARFF perspective and set of experiences with a leading ARFF manufacturer making him uniquely qualified for a position on the ARFF Working Group Board of Directors.
Jack holds a Mechanical Engineering degree from The George Washington University and is currently pursuing his MBA at the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh.