Sectional Managers

David Cook

David Cook

Section 1

David Cook started his career with the Albany Int’l Airport Fire Department in 1991. He started as a firefighter/EMT, then as a shift Captain, and in 2000 he was appointed Chief of the Department. Since becoming Chief he has overseen the construction of the new fire station, upgraded a new fleet of fire apparatus, and implemented new test requirements for new firefighters. He started programs that required all new firefighters to become NYS/National certified firefighters and National certified ARFF firefighters. This consisted of attending 40hr ARFF basic school and the NYS recruit firefighter training program. He has been instrumental in receiving grant money to place AEDs throughout the airport terminal and other buildings on the airport. He also secured a FEMA grant for exercise equipment to be placed in the new state of the art firehouse work out room. He worked with Federal Express to acquire a retired Boeing 727 cargo aircraft used for training airport firefighters along with the surrounding fire departments.

David started in 1974 as a volunteer firefighter and is a life member with 45 years’ service, rising to the rank of Captain, serving as a driver training instructor, and was on several truck purchasing committees. In1975 he joined the US Air Force and served his time as a Crash Rescue Firefighter obtaining the rank of sergeant.

Since beginning his career, he has become a member of numerous organizations, including NYS Association of Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, Albany County Fire Advisory board, and Aircraft Rescue Firefighter working group (ARFFWG).

David Cook
Fire Chief
Albany Int’l Airport
Fire Department

(P) 518-242-2385
(C) 518-378-4865


Section 2

Allen Ward

Allen Ward

Section 3

Allen Ward has thirty-seven years’ experience as a firefighter and emergency medical technician, in the military, municipal, and private sectors. His military career as a firefighter spanned 24 WARD PHOTOyears. His is a military historian and author of the book, “Army Fire Fighting: A Historical Perspective”, detailing the history of Army firefighting from Civil War to present day. He has been employed with Rural/Metro Fire Dept., Inc., for 15 years, serving as an aircraft rescue fire fighter, fire captain, and fire chief at the Port Columbus International Airport. He currently leads the Specialty Fire Division, which is responsible for providing firefighting services to airports and industrial customers nationwide.

Rural/Metro Fire Dept
Command Fire Chief – Specialty Fire Group
8140 Enclave Way, Unit 101
Sarasota, FL 34243

Adam Brown

Section 4


Adam Brown
Captain, Fire Training Coordinator
Wayne County Airport Auth.
Detroit, MI 48242

Ronald Krusleski

Ronald Krusleski

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 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 served as the Chairman of the ARFF Working Group from 2020-2021.  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.

John Cole

John Cole

Section 6

John has been married 17 years to his wife Rachel.  He has 16 year old son Johnny and a 14 year old daughter Anne.  John has spent 20 years in the fire service, 19 years with the Port of Seattle Fire Department.  He has been 3 ½ years as ARFF Training Captain.  John spent 24 years as a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter pilot Army National Guard.  He had 2 deployments to Iraq.  John has a Bachelor of Science degree from Washington State University, Go Cougs!

Contact Info:
Captain John Cole
Training Division
Port of Seattle Fire Department
Cell: 206-437-2786

Oscar Scott

Oscar Scott

Section 7

Captain II Oscar Scott has been a member of the Los Angeles Fire Department for over 30 years.  He has held the rank of Firefighter, Firefighter Emergency Incident Technician, Captain I and for the past 11 plus years Captain II.

Captain Scott is currently the Fire and Life Safety Agency Representative – Liaison Officer for the Los Angeles World Airport (LAWA).  Captain Scott has served in this position over 10 years.

The following are examples of some of his duties:

  • LAFD/LAWA Fire Department Agency Representative/Liaison Officer at emergency incidents.
  • Responds to all major emergencies at LAWA.
  • Fire Department Representative for the LAWA Department of Operations Center (DOC).
  • Coordinates multi-agency training, fire protection and public events.
  • Safety Officer

Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) duties:

  • Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting certified – Captain II Scott often serves as the on-duty ARFF Commander at Fire Station 80 where he is in charge and responds to aircraft emergencies aboard ARFF 1.   (The ARFF apparatus is the big greenish-yellow 6 wheel drive fire trucks used to fight large aircraft fires).
  • ARFF Working Group member – The Working Group serves to promote the science and improve the methods of aviation fire prevention and protection.
  • ARFF NFPA Co-Chair – Assist with developing best practices for aircraft fire suppression, passenger and firefighter safety.

Prior Assignments:

Captain Scott’s previous assignments includes Westchester Fire Station 5.  He served in the capacity of Firefighter for over 3 years and as a Firefighter Emergency Incident Technician for nearly 6 years.  As a Firefighter Emergency Incident Technician he was part of the Battalion Command Team that was responsible for managing all fire stations from Venice to Westchester included LAWA fire stations and ARFF.  Captain Scott was promoted to Fire Captain I in 2006 where he would eventually come back to Westchester Fire Station 5 and server as Captain.

Captain Scott was born and raised in Los Angeles where he excelled in academics and athletics.  He is a people person that wanted to give back to his community.  He joined the Los Angeles Fire Department and dedicated his service to the citizens of Los Angeles.

Captain Scott has served the Westchester/LAWA community for nearly 20 years of his 30 plus year career with the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Capt. Oscar Scott
LA Fire Dept.
200 N. Main St.
Los Angeles,  California  90012
213 – 305-2027


Section 8

Paul Looney

Paul Looney

Section 9

569 Clintonville Rd.
North Haven, CT, USA, 06473


Section 10

Lars Erlandsson

Lars Erlandsson

Section 11

Lars Erlandsson has been in the ARFF industry since 1986. Before the ARFF experience Lars did serve in the Royal Swedish Army and in the Swedish Civil Defense. Presently he serve at Swedavia AB, Swedish Airports, as Manager Airport Academy and ARFF advisor to the company. He was a co-author of the Swedish ARFF handbooks and has experience of ARFF consulting and training internationally since the mid-90’s.  Lars served 6-years on the Board of Directors and three (3) of those as the Treasurer.

Lars Erlandsson
Manager Airport Academy
Swedavia AB Airport Academy
Stockholm-Arlanda   SWEDEN

Phone: 46-8797-6465

Mitch Iles

Mitch Iles

Section 12

A member of the Fire Service industry since 2000, Captain Mitch Iles joined DFW International Airport in 2004. Captain Iles is the course coordinator and lead instructor for the Basic and Advanced ARFF courses, and all hands-on skills offered through the DFW Fire Training Research Center. Captain Iles also schedules and coordinates all research projects that are done at the FTRC. He is DFW Fire Department’s foam/PFAS subject matter expert. He currently holds a position on the AAAE PFAS workgroup, ACI/AAAE/NFPA Alternative Firefighting Agent Expert Advisory Group, and ARFFWG PFAS workgroup. He has certifications with the Texas Commission on Fire Protection as an Advanced Aircraft Rescue Firefighter, Advanced Structural Firefighter, HazMat Technician, Training Facility Instructor, and is an EMT. Captain Iles is a front-line supervisor bringing field experience into the classroom for all students.

Mitch Iles
Public Safety

Dallas Fort Worth International Airport
1530 W. 27th St.
DFW Airport, TX  75261-9428

T (972) 973 8457
M (817) 729 3843
Lars Andersen

Lars Andersen

Section 14

Deputy Chief
Royal Danish Air Force
Moellholm Landevej 73


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