Richard B. Wilson is at the forefront of the continuously evolving emergency services industry. He has devoted the last ten years leading his team as the Fire Chief for the Allegheny County Airport Authority through numerous changes; creating new business models as an innovate, adaptable, solutions driven environment for the operations of the Fire Rescue Department and FAA Regional Fire Training Facility at Pittsburgh International and Allegheny County Airports. He believes the continued development and empowerment of the team consisting of firefighters, fire officers and administrators is the key to continued growth and success for the airport and the region.
Richard aligned with many key stakeholders in the emergency management community over a span of the last 25 years, building relationships that led to mutual aid partnerships. He worked on a team of industry experts to evaluate mental health cultures in emergency responders and incorporated the findings into a standardized guideline for the department and partners. He developed a business plan and successfully led the opening and operation the FAA Regional Training Facility at Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT). He also coordinated and executed the opening of an Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) facility at a non-certificated airport. Richard has developed and led a local Incident Management Team as Incident Commander.
Richard believes the development of strategic plans and key performance indicators with a focus on heightened customer awareness drives a culture of engagement and pride. Richard’s creation and implementation of the on-going professional development program provides room for advancement and promotions. Currently there are 4 internal leadership promotions and 7 internal managerial promotions. His trainer qualifications avail him to instruct many miscellaneous programs relating to; airport and airfield operations, aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF), business continuity as well as NIMS ICS series.
Richard is an AAAE Airport Fire Officer, currently holding a position as the Chairman of the North-East Chapter/AAAE ARFF Committee. He holds an adult methodology trainer certification as a nationally certified ARFF Firefighter, Fire Instructor I, and Fire Officer II, in addition several other national certifications, delivering training both locally and nationally,
Richard attended City College of Chicago while a member of the United States Air Force with concentration in Fire Science. He was a firefighter for over fifteen years, a deputy fire chief for seven and a proud veteran of the US Air Force as a fire protection specialist then serving Andrews Air Force Base Maryland for Air Force One. He is married with two children residing in the North Hills of Pittsburgh.
Emergency Management, Fire Service Executive
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
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!
Captain John Cole
Port of Seattle Fire Department
Bill Hutfilz is currently the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Training Officer for the Clark County Fire Department. He oversees all ARFF training and operations for the Clark County Department of Aviation which owns and operates McCarran International Airport and four general aviation facilities. Bill is a Retired USAF Firefighter, Airport Master Firefighter (A.M.F.) and has more than 42 years in the fire service
McCarran Int’l Airport
P.O. Box 11005
Las Vegas, NV 89111
569 Clintonville Rd.
North Haven, CT, USA, 06473
203 494 5409
Peter is the Chief Fire Officer and Manager Airfield Operations of Christchurch Int’l Airport. He has served 35 years which includes thwo (2) years as Manager Airport Fire Service, Rarotonga, Cook Islands and 20 years concurrent service with New Brighton Volunteer Fire Brigade
Chirstchurch Int’l Airport
107a Major Hornbrook Rd.
Kim Thorbjorn Olsen
Kim Olsen has worked within aviation world for more than 35 years. Before starting at Copenhagen Airports Airport Security/Police, Kim Olsen served 5 years in the Danish Army. A promotion and a new job at Roskilde Airport meant getting involved with ARFF. After returning to the Copenhagen Airports Fire & Rescue Dept. in 1989 he has worked his way through the ranks. Kim Olsen is a member of both IAFPA and the ARFFWG, has served 7 years as a Director for section 11 on the Board of Directors in the ARFFWG. Currently holding a position as Sectional Manager for section 11 and functioning as the Lesion Officer for ARFFWG to IAPFA. Kim Olsen is Head of Copenhagen Airport Fire & Rescue Academy. He is an Instructor DEMA the Danish Emergency Services College. Teaching ARFF Incident Command and Interdisciplinary Command courses.
Head of Copenhagen Airport Fire & Rescue Academy
Kobenhavns Lufthavne A/S
Brand & Redning
P.O. Box 74
2770 Kastrup, DK