Section 1 - Maine - OPEN
Section 1 - Massachusetts - OPEN
Section 1 - Marc Chappell
I’m Marc Chappell and I’m honored to have the chance to be the State Coordinator and hope to contribute great content to you. I like to introduce myself to the ARFFWG membership & readers. I started by firefighting career by going into the Air Force in 1986. I served 4 years on active duty and then continued in the Air Force Reserves for an additional 10 years. I separated with an honorable discharge in
2000. I was stationed at Hanscom AFB in Bedford Massachusetts. During my active duty time, I started to work part time at the Manchester NH Airport. I decided to leave active duty in 1990, when Pease AFB in
Portsmouth NH was the first military base to close when the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) was implemented under the Clinton Administration. When Pease closed, they had an Air National Guard Base within the active duty property. That property was going to continue to operate and the State of New Hampshire hired State Firefighters to protect the military aircraft, the building and airfield. I was hired as a Firefighter in November of 1990. I worked there for 27 years promoting through all ranks up to Assistant Chief. I retired in December 2017
Throughout my career at Pease, I continued to work the Manchester NH Airport FD which evolved into working full time hours while working full time at Pease. (Yes, 2 full time jobs!!) I promoted to Lieutenant in
1991, Captain in 1995, Assistant Fire Chief in 2005. As an Assistant Chief, I was charged with running the Operations and Training Divisions. Manchester Airport was renamed to Manchester Boston Regional Airport (MHT) in 2006. Since I retired from Pease, I now solely work at MHT as a Captain. I work on shift (24 hr) and am in charge of the Training program as well.
I have attained the following fire training certifications: NFPA Fire Officer III, Fire Instructor III, Inspector II, Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Technician, National Fire Academy Certified Incident Safety Officer, and FAA ARFF Train the Trainer. I am a certified National Registry EMT.
I am a specialty instructor at the New Hampshire Fire Academy for the Airport Firefighter Course and work the ARFF training grounds when airports come to complete their FAR Part 139 Live Fire Training.
I previously held the State Coordinator position for New Hampshire in the 1990’s but am excited to get started again and build my state and region’s exposure to the ARFF specialty. I live in Saco, Maine with my wife. I have 2 adult daughters and a granddaughter.
Manchester Boston Regional Airport Fire Department
402 Kelly Avenue
Manchester, NH 03103
(603) 624-1614 – O
(207) 408-4366 – C
Section 1 - Keith Bagot
New Jersey - Atlantic City
Keith has been with the FAA for 30 years working on various airport safety related research and development programs. He began his career in the Visual Guidance Research Program performing research to improve pilot’s visual cues on the airfield. Over the last 20 years, he has served as the Program Manager for the FAA’s Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Research Program. This program conducts research into the latest fire fighting technologies and tactics specific to aircraft fire fighting. This program’s more recent research efforts have been in the areas of high reach extendible turrets (HRET), composite material fire fighting, and tactical considerations for both new large aircraft (NLA) and cargo aircraft fire fighting.
Keith has also been a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Technical Committee for Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting since 1999. He serves as the Technical Advisor to the FAA member of the International Civil Aviation Organization’s (ICAO) Rescue and Fire Fighting Working Group. He served his local volunteer fire department for over 12 years as a fire fighter, fire captain and training officer. Mr. Bagot has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Aviation Management from the Florida Institute of Technology – School of Aeronautics in Melbourne, FL.
FAA Technical Center
AJP-6311, Building 296
Atlantic City IAP, NJ 08405
Section 1 - Mike O'Connor
My name is Mike OConnor, below you will find a brief account of my professional background. I graduated from a small rural school in western NY in 1989 and immediately left for service in the United States Air Force. My time in the military started in aircraft maintenance as a Guidance and Control Systems Specialist. I was then cross trained as an Aircraft Rescue Firefighter. I completed my time in the Air Force in in 1997 when I was hired as a structural firefighter in Houston County Georgia. During this time I also worked as a paramedic for the the local hospital based ambulance service. In 2004 I took a job as a contract medic in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. I returned home in 2007 to the western NY area and was fortunate to be hired at the Buffalo International Airport as an ARFF firefighter where I still currently serve. I am also currently employed as a New York State Fire Instructor assigned to the New York State Fire Academy. I also work as a part time 911 dispatcher for the East Aurora Police Department.
Section 1 - Rhode Island - OPEN
Section 1 - Vermont - OPEN
Section 1 - Brenden Wilson
Brenden Wilson entered the fire service in 1995, became a career firefighter in 2000 with Pratt and Whitney in Connecticut. He currently holds the rank of Lieutenant in charge of Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness with the Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department, a Lockheed Martin company, located in Stratford, Connecticut. In addition to Shift Commander responsibilities in Connecticut, Brenden leads efforts for Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness for facilities in Pennsylvania and Florida.
He holds the following certifications Fire Officer III, Fire Service Instructor III, Incident Safety Officer, Health and Safety Officer, ARFF Firefighter, Driver/Operator Pumper, NFPA 472 Hazardous Materials Technician, Emergency Medical Technician and Emergency Medical Services Instructor. He is also a Certified Emergency Manager, Airport Master Firefighter.
He has earned the following degrees: 1) Associate of Science Fire Science Technology, Indian River State College; 2) Bachelor of Science Individualized Studies, Charter Oak State College; 3) Master of Science Executive Fire Service Leadership, Grand Canyon University and 4) Master of Arts Disaster and Emergency Management, American Public University System
He is currently perusing the following: 1)Master’s in Public Administration, Columbia Southern University, 2) Doctor of Emergency Management, Cappella University, 3) FEMA EMI Master Exercise Practitioner, 4) EMI National Emergency Management Basic Academy, 5) FEMA L-449 Incident Command System (ICS) Curricula, Train-the-Trainer, 6) Fire Officer 4, and 7) ARFF Training Alliance Airport Fire Officer
Brenden M. Wilson, CEM AMF
Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness
Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department
6900 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
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District of Columbia
section 2 - Michael Frazer
Mike currently oversees the Operations and Training Division for the All Hazards Department, 120 personnel including our Fire Marshall and Prevention Department. I have 18 years with the agency and in total have 35 years of experience in emergency services. I also oversee our Special Operations Division that provides Hazardous Materials, Confined Space Rescue as well as Technical Rescue. We are not the typical ARFF Department we have automatic mutual aid agreements with three of Maryland’s largest Metropolitan Departments to include the city of Baltimore with an annual call volume nearing 5000 per year. I hold an Associates Degree in Fire Science, Pro-Board Fire Officer IV, Emergency Services Instructor III, among many other disciplines. I also work part-time as an Instructor with the University of Maryland Fire and Rescue Institute within their Special Programs Division.
Deputy Fire Chief of Operations and Training
BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department
section 2 - steve listerman
Fire Chief of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport since 2010. CVG operates two fire stations with Crash, Structural, EMS transport, and Technical Rescue responsibilities. The Department has 62 assigned firefighters.
8 years in the US Air Force as a firefighter prior to coming to CVG
Started at CVG in 1992
Bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in Fire and Safety Engineering
Member of the NFPA Technical Committee for ARFF since 2010
Fire Inspector and Fire Instructor
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport
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SECTION 3 - Alabama -- OPEN
SECTION 3 - OPEN
Nassau Int’l Airport Fire Dept.
SECTION 3 - John A. Maddox
John Maddox has served as Battalion Chief since 2010. Bat. Chief Maddox began his career with the department in 1995 as a firefighter. He served a Lieutenant prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief. He also serves as program coordinator for the department’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations. Bat. Chief Maddox holds many certifications including Fire Officer I, Fire Inspector I, Fire Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, State Pump Operator, and Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting. prior to his promotion to Battalion Chief. He also serves as program coordinator for the department’s Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) operations. Bat. Chief Maddox is a member of the Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting Working Group, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and serves on the NFPA’s Technical Committee for ARFF. He is also a member of the Region 4/6 All Hazards Incident Management Team for the State of Florida. He has also completed multiple fire science courses at area colleges and is a graduate of Florida State University’s Certified Public Manager program.
Lakeland Fire Department
701 E. Main Street
Lakeland, FL 33801
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SECTION 3 - North Carolina -Todd Pearson
Charlotte Fire Dept.
Charlotte-Douglas Int’l Airport
5308 Morris Field Dr
Charlotte, NC 28208
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SECTION 4 - John Cumbee
John Cumbee joined the fire service in 2002 as a volunteer with the Lincoln Fire Protection District. Since then, he has become an Assistant Chief and Training officer for the Cornbelt Fire Protection District in Mahomet Illinois, where he resides with his wife and two children. Since 2012 John has worked for the University of Illinois Willard Airport and currently serves as one of its Crash Rescue and Security Coordinators, a position he has held since 2019.
John holds certifications from the State of Illinois as a Firefighter III, Fire Officer, Instructor II, and Airport Firefighter as well as in Haz-mat Operations. He also holds certifications in various NIMS training including ICS 100, 200, 300 and 400. NFPA certified Life Safety Inspector and State of Illinois licensed EMT are also current certifications he holds.
John has completed his Associate Degree in Fire Science from Parkland College and has a Bachelor’s Degree Emergency Management with a concentration in Fire Administration from Waldorf University with a goal of obtaining a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.
When not at one of his fire stations you can find John either cheering on his beloved sports teams or trying to figure out how he can get his family away for a vacation that usually involves a large body of water, most likely the on the gulf coast.
University of Illinois-Willard Airport
#11 Airport Road
Savoy, IL 61874
SECTION 4 - Rick Reed
I have been a member of the Evansville, IN airport Safety department for 29 years and Captain the last 19. I hold many state certified classifications: rope, confined space, hazmat, vehicle/machinery all on the technical level along with holding my EMT certification. I’m a firefighter 1 &2, state ARFF certified, Certified Occupational Safety Specialist with OSHA 500 & 501 status for the past 20 years. Outside of work, I’m the President of our local rural water company serving 3 of our counties and public liaison for TENASKA Solar working on one of the state’s largest solar farms. My proudest titles of all I guess would be husband, father and now grandfather (dang that’s hard to say at 54 years young).
Captain Rick Reed
SECTION 4 - Iowa - OPEN
SECTION 4 - Cliff Cope
Cliff began his fire service career as a Firefighter/EMT with the Mt. Washington Fire Protection District in 2002. He is a 16 year member of the Louisville Regional Airport Authority’s Department of Public Safety and has been a platoon Shift Commander managing airport incidents since 2006.
Cliff is a Firefighter instructor, CPR instructor, Law Enforcement Officer and Firearms instructor. Cliff is responsible for supervising 7 employees working a 24/48 shift providing Police/Fire coverage to the Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport and associated properties. Cliff is responsible for several ongoing projects including Managing the department’s fleet maintenance program, overseeing uniform and equipment procurement, Firearms qualifications and coordinating Public Safety’s involvement with the Jefferson County Fire School. Cliff has an Associate in Applied Science in both Fire Science and Criminal Justice.
Department of Public Safety
Louisville Regional Airport Authority
C: (502) 472-0732
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SECTION 4 - Bill Hutfilz
Bill Hutfilz has 46 years within the Fire Service. He retired after 25 years from the Clark County Fire Department where he served as the Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Training Officer. He oversaw all ARFF training and operations for the Clark County Department of Aviation, which includes McCarran International Airport (LAS) and four general airports. Previously, Bill served in the USAF as a firefighter for 20 years. Bill was also a US government contractor for a year. He is a former ARFF Working Group Director, recipient of the Brain Pugh ARFF Training Officer award, and is an ARFF Working Group Legend.
SECTION 4 - Chad Noyes
My name is Chad Noyes and it is a privilege to serve as State Coordinator for the State of North Dakota. I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and I look forward to working with as many of you as possible.
I was born and raised in North Dakota, spending time in Fargo and Grand Forks. After graduating high school, I joined the North Dakota Army National Guard as an Air Defense Infantryman. After my initial enlistment, I decided to make the switch to a career field more adapted to the civilian life and enlisted in the N.D. Air National Guard as an ARFF Crewmember. I began my ARFF career in May of 2004 and over the course of my enlistment, I deployed to the Middle East five times and backfilled at numerous fire departments around the world.
My civilian ARFF career began in January 2007 with Hector International Airport. At the time, we were state employees, employed by the N.D. Air National Guard. The department provided fire protection for the 119th Wing, as well as the airport. A reduction in force in 2014 caused many of us to relocate or find other jobs and the airport had to start up its own fire department. At that time, I became the Federal Fire Chief for the 119th Wing. I held this position for two years, before accepting a position with the newly formed Hector International Airport Fire Department. I have been with them since May 2016.
I am currently a Captain with the department and I have been the Fire Department Training Officer for the last two years. Recently I have been promoted to Assistant Chief and I will assume that role and responsibility in October.
Some of my hobbies and activities include spending time at the lake, hunting, skiing (snow and water), kayaking, and biking. I am also a die-hard hockey fan!
Again, I look forward to working with as many of you as possible and I look forward to meeting you at the next ARFFWG Conference.
Hector International Airport
Fargo, North Dakota
SECTION 4 - South Dakota - open
SECTION 4 - Wisconsin - OPEN
SECTION 5 - Chad Breeden
I am Chad Breeden and I am honored and humbled to have the chance to be the State Coordinator for Arkansas. I hope to serve well in this position. I would like to introduce myself. I started my career in the fire service in 2000. I served 20 years for the volunteer fire department in the town which I had lived in. During my time on the department I was able to attend the Arkansas Fire Academy and obtain my Firefighter 1 and 2. After the fire academy I went to EMT school and obtained my NREMT. In July of 2004 I was hired by the Northwest Arkansas National Airport Fire Department. I promoted to Captain in 2007, Assistant Chief in 2020 (for just a short time) then I was promoted to Fire Chief in May of 2020. As an Assistant Chief I was responsible for overseeing the training and operations of the fire department. I also served 2 years as a Lieutenant for the Beaver Lake Fire Department here in Northwest Arkansas.
I have obtained the following certifications: Fire Officer I and II, Fire Instructor I, Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials Operations, Airport Master Firefighter through the AAAE and I am currently a national registered EMT as well as an Arkansas state certified EMT.
I am honored and thankful to be a part of the ARFFWG and look forward to working with many of you as possible.
Chad Breeden, A.M.F.
NW Arkansas National Airport Fire Department
1 Airport Blvd. Suite 100
Bentonville, AR 72713
SECTION 5 - Chad Primeaux
Chad Primeaux currently serves as the Public Safety Chief at Lake Charles Regional Airport. He is responsible for the Law Enforcement, security duties associated with TSA regulations and the airport ARFF department operations on Airport Authority property.
Chief Primeaux has been at Lake Charles Regional Airport since 1990 where he started out as outside maintenance, i.e. grass cutter / weed eater while attending McNeese State University. Upon graduation from McNeese with a degree in Instrumentation/Electronics Technology, he was hired as a full-time employee and worked his way up thru the ranks to the position of Security Director (Ward Three City Marshal’s Office OIC / Asst. Fire Chief which he served in until August 2002.
Chief Primeaux left the airport in 2002 to work for the U.S. DHS/TSA as a Deputy Federal Security Director, overseeing the TSA presences at Lake Charles Regional Airport & Lafayette Regional Airport during the initial years of TSA. He served this role until August 2006.
In 2006, he returned to his roots at Lake Charles Regional Airport and serves in his current capacity as Public Safety Chief for the airport.
Chief Primeaux holds many certifications including being a certified Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office deputy as well as an Airport Master Firefighter and also has a Fire Science Administration degree from LSU @ Eunice.
Fire Chief/Director of Public Safety
Lake Charles Regional Airport
Office: 337-477-6051 x248
SECTION 5 - LUKE SMITH
Mississippi State Fire Academy
Phone: (601) 932-2444 EXT 361
Fax: (601) 932-2819
Visit us at:
SECTION 5 - NEW MEXICO - Brandon C. Cadena
Military Service: A native of Aurora, Colorado, Brandon served in the United States Army from 2010 to 2019 and served into the United States Army Reserves from 2019 -2020. During his time in service his assignments included the 7th Engineer Battalion- Fort Drum, NY, the 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) Okinawa, Japan, and served as an Instructor for New Mexico State University’s Army ROTC program prior to receiving an Honorable Discharge. He has one combat deployment to Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom 11-12. He is a recipient of the Combat Action Badge, Basic Parachutist Badge, Basic Army Instructor Badge, Afghanistan Campaign Medal, and the Royal Thailand Parachutist Badge.
Educational Background: Brandon holds an Associate’s Degree in Individualized Studies from New Mexico State University. He currently holds several IFSAC/ Pro Board Certifications which include Firefighter I & II, Fire Inspector I, Fire Service Instructor I, Fire Officer I, Airport Firefighter, Hazardous Materials/ WMD Technician, Driver Operator- Pumper, Driver Operator- ARFF, NWCG Type 2 Wildland Firefighter, FAA Par 139 Basic Aircraft Rescue Firefighting Course. He is also a Nationally Registered and New Mexico certified Emergency Medical Technician.
Career History: Brandon has worked for several emergency service agencies over the course of his career to include the Town of Mesilla, NM Fire Department, Dona Ana County Fire & Emergency Services, American Medical Response, City of Alamogordo, NM Fire Department, and Fort Bliss, TX Fire & Emergency Services.
He currently serves as Captain for the Spaceport America Fire Department. His responsibilities include overseeing the operations side of the department— which includes Fire Protection and Prevention, Emergency Medical Services, Airport Safety, Hazardous Materials Mitigation and Response, and Airport Nuisance Wildlife Control. Brandon also serves as an Occasional Firefighter/ EMT for the New Mexico State University Fire Department and is now serving as the New Mexico State Coordinator for the ARFF Working Group.
Special Projects: Brandon serves as the scheduling coordinator for both full-time and part- time personnel, manages the department physical fitness program, and serves as the department liaison for other emergency serves agencies within Dona Ana and Sierra Countries. Brandon recently served as the interim Fire Chief and was the Incident Commander for Virgin Galactic’s inaugural commercial manned space flight conducted in July of 2021.
Hobbies: In his off-time Brandon is an avid powerlifting and pickleball enthusiast.
Brandon C. Cadena
Spaceport America Fire Department
Fiore Industries Protective Services
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SECTION 5 - MIKE PANSZA
Michaelangelo Pansza, Fire Engineer
ARFF Training & Fuel Compliance Coordinator
San Antonio Fire Department
San Antonio Airport System
1750 Skyplace Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216
SECTION 6 - Gina Gonzales
Gina Gonzales is a Driver-Operator with Loveland Fire Rescue Authority in Loveland, Colorado. She has been a DO for 5 years, and with the fire department for 10 years. Northern Colorado Regional Airport’s ARFF coverage is serviced by LFRA with one full-time, 2-yr rotational position, and 9 ARFF Driver-Operators within their department. Gina has been an ARFF engineer since 2017, and is starting her second rotation as the lead ARFF engineer for LFRA and NoCo Regional Airport through 2021. She has certifications in Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, Blue Card, HazMat Ops, EMT-B, Peer Support, and is a Technician in Trench and Large Animal Rescue. Prior to firefighting, Gina was a critical care veterinary technician for 20 years, specializing in large animals, and has a BS in Animal Science. Currently she is also an instructor to fire departments in technical animal rescue, to the NFPA Standard 1670.
LFRA provides fire and rescue services to the city of Loveland and it’s rural boundaries of 190 square miles, with a population of approximately 97,000. LFRA is a combination department with 9 fire stations, and approximately 120 career members (both uniformed and civilian employees), and a volunteer battalion that serves the Big Thompson Canyon and the town of Drake. Along with ARFF response, LFRA also responds to structure fires, wildland fires, EMS, motor vehicle accidents & fires, Special Operations rescues, ice and water rescues, Hazardous Materials response, tactical fire rescue, rescue task force, and many more.
The Northern Colorado Regional Airport serves a wide variety of users ranging from privately owned aircraft to commercial airlines and is one of only 14 federally certified commercial airports in the State. It has grown to approximately 94,000 operations per year with 245 based aircraft and over 190,000 passengers annually. Therefore, the airport is a vital component of emergency response by LFRA. LFRA works diligently to train with its mutual aid partners, as an aircraft emergency would draw on the needs from many organizations. Thompson Valley EMS, Windsor-Severance Fire Rescue, Poudre Fire Authority, Loveland Police Department, Larimer County Sheriff, Airport Operations Staff, all Larimer County Emergency Managers, just to name a few.
Loveland Fire Rescue Authority
Peer Support Team Member
Special Operations Team Member
LFRA Fire Station 4, Northern Colorado Regional Airport
970-568-6026 – business cell
email@example.com – email
SECTION 6 - Greg Beaver
He is also the Fire Chief of the neighboring small city to the South of the Airport. Greg has been in the fire service for 28 years as a volunteer with multiple departments in the Wood River Valley.
Greg has an executive fire officer certification from the National Fire Academy. IFSAC certification in FF I, FFII and Driver Operator, EPA Hazardous Materials Technician and Idaho State certified code official for the last 11 years.
Greg is a member of the ARFFWG, Idaho Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, International Fire Code, Blaine County LEPC, Blaine County EMS Association and Blaine County Fire Chiefs Co-Op.
Friedman Memorial Airport
1616 Airport Circle
Hailey, ID 83333 USA
SECTION 6 - Roger Xanders
Roger is a member of ARFF Working Group, ALEAN, and AAAE.
Roger has held several positions within the Fire and Police service from Airport Police and Fire Officer, Lieutenant and Captain.
Wichita Airport Authority
2173 Air Cargo Road
Wichita, KS 67209
SECTION 6 - Montana - OPEN
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SECTION 6 - Rob Mathis
I have been involved with the ARFF Working Group for more than a decade and probably closer to 2 decades. It was an honor to serve as the Section 6 Director and I look forward to continuing to work and support Section 6 as the Oregon State Representative.
In June of 2018 I joined Portland Airport Fire and Rescue as their new Assistant Fire Chief. Prior to this I spent 27 years with Boeing Fire Department.
Before joining the Boeing Fire and now the PAF&R I served 4 years in the United States Air Force as a Firefighter. I spent my entire 4 years at Lowry AFB in Denver Colorado. This is where I develop a passion for ARFF.
In addition to the ARFF Working Group I’m also a member of the NFPA ARFF Technical Committee as well as the IFSTA Rewrite Committees for ARFF and Industrial Fire Brigade.
I hold an Associates degree in Fire Science from Clackamas Community College and a Bachelors Degree in Fire Administration from Western Oregon University.
Portland Airport Fire and Rescue
Assistant Fire Chief
SECTION 6 - Al Hoskins
Firefighter Algernon “Al” Hoskins grew up in Chicago, IL and Inglewood, CA. Al joined the Air Force right out of high school and served as an Air Force firefighter for 24 years prior to joining the Salt Lake City Fire Department. While in the military Al was deployed and served in three different wars; Desert Storm, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
Al has been with the Salt Lake City Fire Department since 2000 and is currently assigned to Station 12 at the Salt Lake City International Airport. Al has also worked as a Lead Instructor at the Salt Lake City ARFF Training Center since 2006 where he has quickly become a favorite amongst trainees for his dedication, love of ARFF and ARFF experience. Firefighter Hoskins created and implemented a program for High Reach Extendable Turret (HRET) training for the Salt Lake City ARFF stations which is currently being used by the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Aviation Administration’s Advisory Circular on HRET training.
In his time with the Salt Lake City Fire Department Al has received multiple awards including the Medal of Valor in 2001 and Firefighter of the Year in 2015.
When Al is not working he likes to spend time with his wife and two sons and enjoys dressing up in one of his many suits and enjoying a night out and a great seafood meal. Al also enjoys listening to jazz, skiing and watching football (Da Bears).
Al’s personal motto is; “never be complacent, always go that extra step”.
Salt Lake City Int’l Airport Fire Dept.
P.O. Box 145559
Salt Lake City, UT 84114
SECTION 6 - JR Hudgins
J.R Hudgins is the Boeing Fire Department Assistant Chief of Training & Safety and has been with the Boeing Company since 1986 where he started his career at the Wichita, Kansas facility. He is responsible for training and safety oversight for fire personnel at all Boeing locations across the U.S. He also leads the Boeing Extrication Team for the CST-100 Starliner. Boeings return to manned spaceflight. He is also a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Assistant Chief – Training and Safety
Boeing Enterprise Fire Protection
SECTION 6 - ALTON GEORGE
Alton George, C.M., ACE
Jackson Hole Airport
SECTION 7 - Tom Tucker
Thomas Tucker currently serves as the Fire Chief of the Tucson Airport Authority Fire Department. Chief Tucker has been with Tucson Airport Authority Fire Dept. for the past 17 years. Along with the Administrative and operational duties, he holds the position of Terrorism Liaison Officer with the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center. Chief Tucker was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security and has deployed to natural disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and Wildfires, throughout the country. As a delegate with Tucson Fire Foundation Fire “Fighters without Borders” he traveled to Israel to train with international counterparts. A member of the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center Field Intelligence Team, Chief Tucker works with Law Enforcement at numerous events such as College football playoff and National Championship.”
Tucson Airport Authority
2821 E. Airport Drive
Tucson, AZ 85756
SECTION 7 - Alex Entenman
Alex started his career as a paid-call firefighter with CalFire San Luis Obispo at the airport fire station in 1994, while working toward his Bachelors Degree in Industrial Technology at Cal Poly State University SLO. He also served two seasons as a wildland firefighter with CalFire on the Bear Valley Helitack and Engine crews. After a brief four-year hiatus in the private sector, he returned to the fire field as a Firefighter/EMT with Kern County Fire Department in Bakersfield, California in 2001. He worked up the ranks and was promoted to Fire Captain in 2009. Alex has been stationed at the Bakersfield Meadows Field ARFF station since 2013 as a shift captain, where he has served as the ARFF program training coordinator. Alex is a member of California Interagency Incident Management Team 14 and has worked as a Communications Unit Leader and Incident Comm Center Manager on numerous large fires since 2009. He is a licensed pilot and volunteers as a project leader with his local 4-H chapter.
Kern County Fire Department
1652 Sunnyside Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308
SECTION 7 - Guam - Open
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SECTION 7 - Casey Micone
I’m Casey Micone and I’m excited for this new venture with the chance to contribute even more to my colleagues and to our public’s safety. I’ll take this opportunity to introduce myself to the ARFFWG News
I was born in Reno, NV to Kenneth and Sandra Micone. We’ve lived most of my life in the city adjacent, Sparks, NV. My father was a Sparks Police Officer then later Sparks Marshal. I grew up surrounded by civil service and public safety officers both police and fire. After highschool I knew I wanted to pursue a career in the fire service. I went to Truckee Meadows Fire Academy and graduated in 2001. I became a reserve firefighter with Storey County Fire Department in 2004, then was hired on as a full time Firefighter in 2006. I actually had an application in with the Reno Police Department at the same time
and was offered a position as an officer but choose fire after much self-reflection and also encouragement of family and my eventual wife! I took my education further and obtained my EMTIntermediate
certification for the department as well.
I later had an opportunity to transfer to the Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Fire Department (RTAAFD) in 2013. I have continued to pursue advancements with becoming an Operator in 2016 then in 2017 promoted to my current position of Fire Captain. I’ve served as President of Local 2955 for the last four years and just took a position as an Executive Board Member of Reno’s Local 731. I also serve as the EMS Coordinator for RTAAFD. Through the years between Storey County and Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority I’ve enjoyed being on Honor Guard, obtained Haz-Mat Specialist certification, EMS Instructor certification, completed Fire Officer training courses, and participated in fire grant proposals. There truly is so much more to being a firefighter than I had ever imagined as a wide-eyed kid pretending to drive the trucks.
I met my wife, Sherri, in the spring of 2000 at a local bowling alley. Our families had been friends and we lived just down the street from each other but surprisingly didn’t meet until college through mutual friends. We were married in 2009 here in Reno with all of our friends and family with us. Shortly after our wedding we adopted our niece and nephew, Brooke and Dylan, who at the time were 8 and 9 years old. They are now grown and off to college and living their own amazing lives. Sherri is a Nurse Practitioner and works as a Hospitalist at Northern Nevada Medical Center and operates a private medical practice doing concierge medicine and aesthetics. We had our son Sawyer in 2010 and Annelise in 2013. We’ve kept to our roots and stayed in Sparks NV in a home just 10 minutes down the road from
our childhood homes. We now spend most of our evenings with homework, piano & guitar lessons, ballet, gymnastics, football, baseball and basketball. Needless to say: It’s busy! When I’m not dedicating my time to the community and my fellow firefighters or to the kids’ extracurriculars, we enjoy traveling, camping and planning our next adventure.
We have a rich social life with our extended fire family and have many brothers that are considered blood relatives. I look forward to the many years ahead with my family (both at home and in the fire service) and can’t wait to incorporate ARFFWG into that mix.
I am honored to be a part of the ARFFWG and appreciate again this chance to introduce myself. See you all soon at some of the upcoming events!
Section 7 - Saipan - OPEN
SECTION 8 - alberta - OPEN
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SECTION 8 - MANITOBA - OPEN
SECTION 8 - New Brunswick - OPEN
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SECTION 8 - Northwest Territory - OPEN
SECTION 8 - Nova Scotia - OPEN
SECTION 8 - Nunavut - OPEN
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Prince Edward Islands
SECTION 8 - Saskatchewan - OPEN
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SECTION 9 - Martín Gutiérrez
Diploma in Aeronautical Management (UMSA).
Airport Manager and Instruction Coordinator at “El Alto” International Airport, La Paz – BOLIVIA.
Coordinador de gestión en la seguridad operacional (SMS).
Member of the technical committee for the certification by competencies of the Aeronautical Firefighter (BAE).
Instructor of the Aeronautical Firefighter course.
Instructor of Instructors (Trainair Plus ICAO).
Incident response operator with RNBQ (NFPA 472 and IAEA).
National instructor CPI, SCI, APH, EDAN, TD, PRIMAP, CBF, BAGER.
Level I Professional Firefighter Instructor (NFPA 1001 and 1041).
Founder and Rescuer Commando in Bolivian Air Force. 25 years of operational experience as a rescue worker, aeronautical firefighter and volunteer firefighter.
El Alto International Airport, La Paz – BOLIVIA.
Phone: +591 70635063
SECTION 9 - Antonio Martins
Colonel Military Firefighter from the state of Sao Paulo, retired in 2012.
Magister and Doctor in Emergency Response and Civil Defense.
Current Director of Operations of FALCK BRAZIL.
Lawyer and Professor at the Law School.
Master in Human Rights.
Official Firefighters Course (12000 hours) in the Military Fire Department of Sao Paulo – University of Sao Paulo.
Diving and Rescue (192 hours) Sao Paulo Military Fire Department. Brazilian Navy.
Technician in Medical Emergencies (200 hours) Military Fire Department of Sao Paulo – University of Sao Paulo.
HAZMAT expert (200 hours) Military Fire Brigade of Sao Paulo – University of Sao Paulo.
Heights Rescue (186 hours) Sao Paulo Military Fire Department.
Light and heavy vehicle rescue (120 hours) Military Fire Brigade of Sao Paulo.
BREC (48 hours) Sao Paulo Military Fire Department.
Instructor Trainer Course (40 hours) USAID – OFDA.
Pre-Hospital Care Instructors Workshop (156 hours) OFDA – USAID.
Rescue and First Aid Technician (350 hours) in JIACA Japan.
Instructor SCI (Incident Command System) Government of the Federative Republic of Brazil.
Task Force Leader and Specialist (HAZMAT, Collapsed Structures, K-9, Security and Heavy Rescue Officer). FEMA – USA.
Gas and Oil Pipeline Emergency Specialist. NASFM – USA.
Specialist in Emergencies in Electric Energy (Low and High voltage) NASFM – USA.
Specialist in development and acquisition of vehicles and equipment for ARFF.
ARFF ANAC instructor.
Rescue at Heights and First Aid.
Instructor for more than 20 years in courses for commanders, lieutenants, Captains and high-ranking Officers.
Instructor for more than 20 years in courses for Sergeants and Firefighters. Some director responsible for the development and administration of 3 ARFFs in International Airports (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte).
Phone: +55 11 97477 3068
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Specialist in Rescue and Fire Fighting in aircraft at the General Directorate of Civil Aeronautics of Chile since 1995
He worked at Copiapó Airport and Santiago to date. Pablos has been a Volunteer firefighter since 1992 in Copiapó and Ñuñoa.
He holds Hazmat Levels I, II and C.I. Work courses in Height RIT Instructor
Certificate 1003 in DFW
Phone: +56 9 5092 0018
SECTION 9 - Daniel Riveros Carvajal
Director of Risk Firegroup LTDA Colombia S.A
Task Force Leader Aircraft Fire Program Since 1999 University of Texas A&M Emergency Services Training Institute ( Teex-ESTI) Schools in Spanish
Intructor National Director of Firefighters of Colombia
Instructor of Aeronautical Firefighters since 1989
20 years of experience as an instructor of Voluntary, Structural, mining, oil and Military Firefighters in Hazmat and Rescue Operations
Professional in Occupational Health Doctor Univeritary
Instructor certified NFPA-PROBOARD
Instructor of Coaches in Emergency with Etanol
International consultant NFPA Latin America and the Caribbean in Fire Control OJT ICAO Instructor
Phone: +57 311 2028914
SECTION 9 - Pedro Luis Grullón Guzmán
Coordinator of Rescue and Fire Fighting Services Emergency.
Response Leader-Tactical / On scene Commander, 2019. (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service / SACS Group). Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
HazMat Operations Level, 2019. (Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service / SACS Group). Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.
NFPA 1002 Certification, ARFF Vehicle Operator Strategy and Tactic, 2017. (Dallas Fort Worth Fire Training and Investigation Center). Texas, United States.
Command Corps of Rescue and Fire Fighting, 2016. (ACI / ITAérea). Guadalajara Mexico.
NFPA 1003, ARFF and Live Fire Certification, 2016. (Dallas Fort Worth Fire Training and Investigation Center). Texas, United States.
Diploma in Safety and Health at Work OSH, 2015. (CAPEX / INFOTEP). Santiago.
Diploma in Occupational Risk Prevention, Safety and Industrial Hygiene, 2015. (ARL / INFOTEP). Santiago.
Diploma in Ergonomics Applied to Work, 2015. (CAPEX / ARL). Santiago.
Certification Heart Saver First Aid, CPR and DEA, 2013. (American Heart Association).
ARFF certification, prevention and extinction of aircraft fires, 2012. (Puerto Rico Ports Authority).
Firefighter Rescue Training. Foundation International USA.
First Aid Workshop Course. Union of emergency and Paramedic of the Dominican Republic.
Handling of hazardous materials. SSE (Solutions in Industrial Security and Emergencies).
Basic First Aid (PAB). Dominican Red Cross.
Basic Firefighters Course Fort Myers Florida Fire Department.
Basic Life Support (SVB) and Airway Management. (Pro-Med) Santiago.
Rescue and Fire Fighting. La Canela Fire Department.
Fire Control Workshop.GB Energy.
Phone.: (849) 912-8367
SECTION 9 - Ricardo Jairala Hanze
Chief of the Sixth Brigade of the Benemérito Guayaquil Fire Department.
34 years of service at the institution.
12 years of Chief in the brigade headquarters.
NFPA 1041 Fire Trainer.
Hazmat Operations Technician.
Canine Guide for Search Dogs.
The accredited as an expert in fire investigation is processing.
Registered in the Ecuadorian Secretary of Competences as a trainer of trainers.
Benemérito Guayaquil Fire Department
Phone: +593 99 988 1131
SECTION 9 - Francisco Javier Valladares
Aeronautical Firefighter with 17 years of experience.
APAA Advanced First Aid Assistant.
SEI Fire Instructor. Merchant Sailor Trainer.
Military Fire Instructor. Certified Firefighter in Brazil, Mexico, Honduras and El Salvador.
Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez International Airport and ILOPANGO International Airport
Phone: +503 7480 7427
SECTION 9 - Roberto Carrillo
ICAO Rescue Fire Services Expert
Instructor ARFF ICAO
Instructor ARFF FAA
Instructor NFPA 1041
Hazmat Train the Trainers
NH3 Hazmat Response Specialist
16 years Gas Detection Tech by RKI Instruments Inc
25 years experience ARFF Service & Hazmat Tech / Specialist
PANAMA, Republic of Panamá
Phone: +507 6614 9242
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SECTION 9 - Esteban Santiago Carrero García
Mayor of the Uruguayan Air Force (in activity)
Military Aeronautical Firefighter since 2008
Rescuer from 2006 to 2009
Technologist-Prevention Engineer in Occupational Health and Safety
Currently serving in the National Directorate of Civil Aviation and Aeronautical Infrastructure (DINACIA) as Specialist in Airport Emergency Plans and SSEI since 2012
Member of the Airport Certification Team since 2015
Chief Instructor of the Military Aeronautical Firefighters Courses since 2014
I have courses in the United States, Argentina, Brazil, Peru and Colombia
Experience in UN Peacekeeping Missions in the Democratic Republic of the Congo as an ARFF Officer at Bukavu Airport and as Chief of Scientific Station in Antarctica
Phone: +598 99 321 022
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SECTION 10 - Madhu Sudan Thapa
Greetings from land of MOUNT EVEREST NEPAL
Mr. Madhu Sudan Thapa is an Aviation Firefighter of Civil Aviation Authority of Nepal (CAAN). He graduated as Aerodrome Rescue and Firefighter from Civil Aviation Academy, Kathmandu, Nepal in 2011. Since 2012, he got involved with Nepalese ARFF community. He completed his pressure fed fuel fire , ARFF refresher and ARFF International Instructor course from Copenhagen Airport Rescue and Firefighting Academy CARFA, Denmark . Did his Master TOT on CFRR from USAID.He also worked as a course coordinator for Basic Firefighting course conducted at Bhaktapur Fire station, Nepal. Currently working as a chief fire instructor of various airhostess academy in Nepal, Mr. Thapa also has experiences of working as a committee member of ARFFWG Asia conference in Nepal 2017. For his overwhelming and outstanding service, he was awarded with the Outstanding Service Award by ARFFWG in 2017.
Additionally, Mr. Thapa is also the country coordinator of ARFFWG Nepal Section 10 since 2015.
He has experience of various accident, incident of aircraft in Nepal. Mr Thapa has visited various country as a guest speaker on various aviation conference. He is one among the energetic, enthusiastic and creative persons in ARRF field. Mr. Thapa expresses his gratitude and feels blessed to be a part of this profession, working in the aviation fire and rescue sector. He believes that ARFF personnel are true heroes who risk their life to save the life of others without even a second thought. He adds: Every second decides about the life and death during emergency operations.
Madhu Sudan Thapa
Aviation Rescue Firefighter
Tribhuvan Int’l Airport Airport Rescue and Firefightings
Division Kathmandu Nepal
Mobile no +9779841956622
SECTION 10 - Alvin Lee
Alvin has been in the emergency services field for the last 17 years, of which, the last 3 years was in Changi Airport, Singapore. during his time in Changi Airport, he has served as Commander Military, where he was responsible for the rescue and fire fighting operations at the 4 Military air bases in Singapore. He also served in the role as Head, Planning where he was responsible for the Changi and Seletar Airports’ Emergency Plans as well as to conduct exercises to ensure the robustness and currency of these Emergency Plans.
Alvin is currently serving as Commander Civil. he is thus responsible for the ARFF operations in both Changi and Seletar Airports in Singapore.
Changi Airport Group (S) PTE Ltd.
P.O. Box 168 – Singapore Changi Airport
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