State  Coordinators

Bob Lee

AK Alaska – Anchorage (Section6)

Beacon OHSS
800 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99501 USA

Greg Garner

AL Alabama-Huntsville (Section3)

Chief of Public Safety
Hutsville Int’l Airport
1000 Glenn Hearn Blvd.
Huntsville, AL 35824

Gilbert Neil

AR Arkansas – Bentonville (Section5)

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
One Airport Blvd.
Bentonville, AR 72712

Tom Tucker

Tom Tucker

AZ Arizona – Tucson (Section7)

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


Dale Carnes

CA California (Section7)

Fire Chief Dale Carnes has been a professional firefighter for 32 years. Prior to taking command of the Sacramento County Airport Fire Department in 2017, Dale worked for the City of Vancouver Fire & Rescue, the City of Las Vegas Fire & Rescue, and the San Francisco Fire Department. During his career, Dale has worked assignments in Suppression, EMS, Training, Arson Investigation and ARFF.  Dale has been involved in ARFF since 2008, when he was assigned as a Lieutenant to the SFFD Airport Rescue Division at SFO. Dale went on to work as a Shift Captain at SFO and ultimately as the Airport Chief starting in 2013.

Chief Carnes holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and is a licensed Paramedic, certified rescue technician and Hazardous Materials Specialist.

Sacramento County Airport System

7201 Earhart Drive

Sacramento, CA 95837


Angela Cook

Angela Cook

CO Colorado (Section6)

Angela Cook joined the Denver Fire Department in 1992.  She spent a large portion of her career at Station 10 in inner-city Denver where she was a member of the Hazardous Materials Decontamination Team.  Angela has served 3 tours of duty at the Training Division leading recruit academies, in-service training, & research and development.  She promotes ongoing structured mentoring on the department and until recently was chair of the DFD Incident Safety Committee.  Since 2009, Angela has been assigned as the Division Chief of Fire at Denver International Airport where she commands Operations, the ARFF Training Academy, and a Fire Prevention Team, totaling 110 personnel.

Angela’s instructional background includes teaching within the Denver Fire Dept., the IAFC Company Officer Leadership Symposium, the International Assoc. of Women in Fire and Emerg. Services as well as facilitating courses for various fire departments around Colorado and California including San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Her teaching topics include: Incident Management, Risk Benefit Analysis, Strategy and Tactics, Promotional Preparation, Conflict Resolution, and Recruitment & Retention.

Extracurricular activities have included teaching Fire Science classes at Red Rocks Community College, participating as a Search Specialist for Colorado’s F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. Task Force, and writing and implementing an introduction to firefighting curriculum for the Denver Public Schools’ Career Education Center.  She is currently a VP on the board of the Denver Firefighters’ Burn Foundation.

Denver Fire Department/ARFF
8525 Newcastle Street
Denver, CO 80246

Jason Graber

DC District of Columbia (Section2)


Metropolitan Washington Airports Auth.
101 Hampshire Sq.
Leesburg, VA 20175

John A. Maddox

FL Florida – Lakeland (Section3)

Battalion Chief/ARFF Coordinator

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

Jeremy Kendrick

Jeremy Kendrick

GA Georgia/Augusta (Section3)

R. Jeremy Kendrick is a veteran firefighter and has been in the profession for 19 years. He holds many certifications within the fields of the Fire service and Emergency Medical Field. During his career in the fire service he has obtained a major degree from a renown University. In 2007 Mr. Kendrick obtained his Associates’ degree in Fire Science and he is currently finishing his Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. Previous to coming to work at the Augusta Regional Airport Fire Department he completed one tour in Iraq, as a Fire Captain and his responsibilities were managing Training and Fire Inspections as well as filling in for the Assistant Chief. Mr. Kendrick is a state of Georgia Fire Officer, and Fire Instructor. Mr. Kendrick holds many certifications ranging from State, National Fire Academy, Emergency Management Institute, and (NIMS) National Incident Management System, National Pro Board Qualifications.

Augusta Regional Airport Fire Dept.
1501 Aviation Way, Station 1
Augusta, GA 30906


Hawaii (Section7)

Greg Beaver

Greg Beaver

ID Idaho- Hailey (Section6)

Greg is currently the training officer at Friedman Memorial Airport and has worked ARFF at Friedman for 14 years.
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

Dave Rigney

IL Illinois-Waukegan (Section4)

Waukegan Fire Dept.
3221 North Greenbay Rd.

Dale DeYoung

IN Indiana-West Lafayette (Section4)


Roger Xanders

Roger Xanders

KS Kansas (Section6)

Roger has been with the City of Wichita for 23 years and is currently the Chief of Airport Police and Fire for the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita Kansas. He is responsible for the security, law enforcement, medical response and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) operations on Airport Authority property.

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
(316) 946-4747
(316) 215-2715

Carl Faulconer

KY Kentucky – Lexington (Section4)

(859) 425-3124

Thomas Calamari

LA Louisiana-New Orleans (Section5)

4624 Kent Avenue

Christopher Wanka

Christopher Wanka

MD Maryland – College Park (Section2)

Chris Wanka has been in the fire service since 2005 as both a volunteer and career firefighter, with the past 4 years involved in ARFF. He is currently a firefighter/paramedic as well as Haz-Mat Technician at his assigned airport. He holds Bachelor’s degrees in Fire Science and Criminology & Criminal Justice. Chris is also a student in the Emergency Health Services Master’s degree program at UMBC. In addition, Chris is a Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and fire inspector, and co-authored the “Arson Investigations” chapter of The Criminal Investigation Handbook.

Metropolitan Washington Airports Auth.
8603 49th Ave.
College park, MD 20740

Joseph Dancz

MI Michigan-Grand Rapids (Section4)

5500 44th St., S.E.
Grand Rapids

Dave Burke

MN Minnesota-Minneapolis (Section4)

6307 34th Avenue, South

Luke Smith

MS Mississippi-Jackson (Section5)

Mississippi State Fire Academy
#1 Fire Academy USA
Jackson, MS 39208
601-932-2444 x358

Matt Mauer

MO Missouri-Kansas City (Section4)

Battalion Chief Matt Mauer has more than 25 years of experience fighting fires, EMS delivery, and providing hazmat and rescue services to Kansas City’s citizens and guests. For the last 10 years, he has led the Kansas City Fire Department’s Aircraft Rescue Division, ensuring a prepared and professional level of response to aviation emergencies at both Kansas City, Missouri airports. Within the ARFF Working Group he has worked for the last 5 years on the ARFF News.

He views as the relationships he has built both nationally and regionally in the ARFF and airport communities as a special benefit of ARFFWG membership. Those relationships have provided ARFFWG member airports and fire departments numerous ARFF training programs and opportunities. He acknowledges that those relationships with other ARFF professionals are partly responsible for the 19 consecutive discrepancy-free FAA ACSI inspections of ARFF services at the City of Kansas City, Missouri’s two 139 airports, while earning multiple FAA Medals of Excellence.

Chief Mauer believes that serving on the BOD is an opportunity to ensure that the ARFFWG membership will continue to derive great value from the organization.


Brian Goodwin

NC North Carolina – Raleigh (Section3)

Brian has 30 years of experience in the fire service industry. He spent the last 28 years at RDU International Airport and has served as Deputy Fire Chief since July 2013. In addition, he serves as the operations chief and is responsible for writing and editing the policies and procedures for the department, station quartermaster and personal protective equipment. He also oversees ladder testing, SCBA maintenance and repair, fit testing, fire extinguisher inspection and repair, pre-plans and serves on the apparatus committee.

Brian is actively pursuing his Airport Master Firefighter certification through the American Association of Airport Executives. . He serves on the PPE committee for Wake County and stays active in the fire service by working for several fire departments in Wake County as a part time employee on his days off from RDU. Brian is excited about his opportunity to serve as the ARFF representative from North Carolina in section 3.

Raleigh-Durham International Airport
P.O. Box 80001
RDU Airport, NC 27623
919-840-2121 x0

Terry Haese

NE Nebraska-Omaha (Section6)

Omaha Airport Authority
5111 Boeing Court
Omaha, NE 68110

Keith Bagot

NJ New Jersey-Atlantic City (Section1)

FAA Technical Center
AJP-6311, Building 296
Atlantic City IAP

Sean Parker

Sean Parker

NM New Mexico- Ruidoso (Section5)

CHILDHOOD / SCHOOL – I was born in Clovis, NM but lived in Portales, NM until about the age of 4 when I moved to Ruidoso, NM and started school.  I graduated from Ruidoso High School in 1987.  In high school I was involved in Distributive Education Clubs of America (D.E.C.A.), and Business Professional of America (O.E.A./B.P.A.),  of which I won awards at the state level competitions, proceeding to Nationals in both organizations my Junior and Senior years.  I played football for the Ruidoso Warriors, winning a State Championship my Junior year, and State Runner-Up my Senior year, receiving honors as Most Improved Player, All-District, and All-State Honorable Mention.  I have 2 sisters.  One sister lives next door to me; the other is in Lubbock, TX.  My father is a retired High School Teacher, and mother is a retired Child Development Coordinator from the State of New Mexico.  I went to college in the fall of 1987 at New Mexico State University (NMSU) in Las Cruces, NM.  After a few small distractions in my social life, I finally graduated NMSU in December of 1992 with a Bachelors in Business Administration & Economics, my Major was Aviation & Transportation Management.

CAREER & FAMILY – My Firefighting career began my senior year in high school.  I had already been a “Green Horn” at the Ruidoso Downs Volunteer Fire Department for almost two years, when after my 18th birthday I received my Fire Fighter II certification, allowing me to respond to calls.  I continued that for another two years while finishing high school and part of my freshmen year at college.  That was my first taste of Fire Fighting.  After I graduated college, I applied with a few local Fire Departments for a job, but no one was hiring.  So, with a couple of other life dissapointments and lessons, a job opportunity with an Airline opened up.  So with the vision of travelling the world for free, in the summer of 1993 I accepted a job with America West Airlines in Las Vegas, NV.  But after an almost two year hiring and pay freeze, I decided the airline industry was too combustable for my liking.  After three years with the Airlines, in 1996 I sought and gained employment with the Clark County Department of Aviation at McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas, NV.  I was finally doing something toward my degree, working in Landside Operations overseeing the taxicabs, limos, and buses, and making sure they were paying their airport fees, etc. Looking for more excitement, and something closer to the Firefighting field, in 1997 I accepted an opportunity in Airside Operations as an Airport Operations Coordinator, responsible for the overall coordination of Airport Emergency response to Aircraft, HAZMAT, Terrorist, security, and medical situations that would require mutual aid agencies to respond at the airport.  As my expertise grew in the aviation field, I was later given special assignments such as Airport Security Investigations after the terrorist attacks of 9-11 for one year.  I interpreted, and implemented newly aggressive programs developed by the TSA for Fingerprinting & FBI investigations on all 11,000+ McCarran Badged employees, and a newly mandated explosive detecting K-9 unit made of three handlers and their assigned dogs.  I was later named the Emergency Exercise Coordinator for McCarran, putting together quarterly table top exercises and three separate Triennial Full-Scale emergency exercises.  My job was to work with Clark County Fire Dept., Las Vegas Fire Dept., Henderson Fire Dept., Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Dept., Clark County Office of Emergency Management, Clark County Joint Terrorist Task Force (JTTF), and the Clark County Emergency Medical Services.  I also had the unique opportunity to be the V.I.P. Coordinator working with visits from Air Force One, Air Force Two, other cabinet members, and elected state & federal elected officials, Middle East Kings, Princes, and Sultans, and finally TV, Movie, and Sports dignitaries.     During this tenure at McCarran I experienced marriage, divorce, and two kids, a boy (now 16) and a girl (now 12).  Eighteen years had gone by in Las Vegas, NV, and I was beginning to yearn to come back home to the Mountains and my family in Southeast New Mexico.  I was very lucky to find that an Operations Manager / ARFF Chief position was open at Sierra Blanca Regional Airport (SBRA) outside of Ruidoso, NM.  In 2011, I was hired as the Operations Manager, and one year later was promoted to Assistant Director and ARFF Chief.  I am proud of the Department I have built from the ground up.  We are now a small department taking care of ARFF, Fire, Vehicle, and Medical calls in the SBRA jurisdiction.

ORGANIZATIONS / CERTIFICATIONS – Organizations Iparticipate in are; American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE), AAAE – South Central Region, New Mexico Airport manager’s Association, and the ARFF Working Group as the New Mexico State Coordinator.  My certifications includes; Airport Safety & Operations Officer, NIMS 100, 200, 700, & 800,  Firefighter II, ARFF Command & Control Officer, Senior Fire Officer, Senior Official All Hazard Preparedness, OSHA Construction Safety & Health, and Emergency Medical Responder.

Sierra Blanca Regional Airport
313 Cree Meadows Dr.
Ruidoso, NM 88345

James Derrick

NV Nevada – White Pine (Section7)

White Pine County Fire District
P.O. Box 150262
Ely, NV 89315


Ohio (Section2)

Dan Heinrichs

OK Oklahoma-Tulsa (Section5)

Training Officer – ARFF

Tulsa Fire Department – Airport
P.O. Box 581838
Tulsa, OK 74158

Tyler Lyons

OR Portland (Section6)

Port of Portland
5250 N.E. Marine Dr.
Portland, OR 97218

Al Tropiano

Al Tropiano

PA Pennsylvania – Philadelphia (Section2)

Captain Al Tropiano-Philadelphia Fire Department/Philadelphia International Airport

Al has been a firefighter with the Philadelphia Fire Department for 21 years, structural firefighter for 16 years, certifications: EMT, FFII, haz-mat operations level, fire instructor II, ARFF, fire officer I, fire academy instructor, ARFF training and safety officer.

#13 Hog Island Road
Philadelphia, PA 19153

Jeremy Souza

RI Rhode Island (Section1)

Jeremy Souza
T.F. Green Airport Fire Rescue
2000 Post Road
Warwick, RI 02886

Mike Seigler

Mike Seigler

SC South Carolina – Greenville (Section3)

Michael B. Seigler is a Lieutenant and training officer for the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport Fire Department in South Carolina. Mr. Seigler has been with the airport since 1990. Mr. Seigler got his start in the fire service as a junior firefighter in his local county department in 1983. From there he worked through ranks to assistant chief before moving from the area. Mr. Seigler is now a lieutenant at the Tyger River Fire Department and serves as their training officer as well. In 1995, he became an adjunct instructor at the South Carolina Fire Academy. Mr. Seigler holds a degree in Business Management from Spartanburg Community College, and a degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University.

Greenville-Spartanburg Airport District
2000 GSP Drive, Suite 1
Greer, SC 29651

Mark Weeks

TN Tennessee-Memphis (Section5)

Memphis Fire Department
2785 Rudder Rd.

Ronald Tocci

Ronald Tocci

TX Texas – Dallas (Section5)

Ronnie Tocci entered the fire service in 1985, became a career firefighter in 1992, and has been a member of the Dallas Fire Department since 2000.  He currently holds the rank of Fire Captain is assigned as the Training Coordinator for the department’s ARFF Program.  He functions as the Assistant ARFF Coordinator and is responsible for management of the ARFF training program.  This includes curriculum development and revision, training record management, compliance reporting, as well as administration of both the recurrent ARFF training program as well as the ARFF apparatus driver qualification program.  He also serves as a liaison between the fire department and the Department of Aviation regarding ARFF matters at Dallas Love Field (DAL), Dallas Executive Airport (RBD), and the Dallas CBD Vertiport (49T).

He holds the following certifications from the Texas Commission on Fire Protection: Fire Officer II, ARFF Firefighter – Master, Structural Firefighter – Master, Incident Safety Officer – Fire, Fire Investigator – Master, Driver/Operator – Pumper, Fire Service Instructor III – Master, and Field Examiner.  He is also licensed as a paramedic by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

He earned the following degrees: 1) B.A. Management – Southeastern Louisiana University (Hammond, Louisiana); 2) A.A.S – Fire Services Administration – Weatherford College (Weatherford, Texas); and 3) A.A.S. Fire Science and Safety Technology – Weatherford College (Weatherford, Texas).

Fire Captain, ARFF Training Coordinator

Dallas Fire Department

Phone – (214) 288-5077

Email –

Al Hoskins

Al Hoskins

UT Utah (Section6)

Salt Lake City Int’l Airport Fire Dept.
P.O. Box 145559
Salt Lake City, UT 84114

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”.

James Laskarzewski

VT Vermont-S Burlington (Section1)

Vermont ANG ARFF
1 Mohawk Avenue
Essex Junction

Chris Larson

Chris Larson

VA Virginia – Bristow (Section2)

Chris Larson has been in the fire service for 32 years and with MWAA Fire & Rescue for the past 16. He is currently assigned as the Battalion Chief – Special Operations. He has been a member of the ARFF Working Group since 2002 and has served the last six years as the Virginia state representative.

Metro. Washington Airports Auth.
12113 Stretford Forest Ct.
Bristow, VA 20136

Keith Taylor

Keith Taylor

WA – Primary Washington (Section6)

Keith Taylor joined the Port of Seattle Fire Department in 1990. As the current Operations Chief, Keith oversees all Fire Suppression shifts and the Training Division and represents the Port of Seattle Fire Department in various areas and committees inside and outside of the Port of Seattle.

Keith’s instructional background includes running Big Bend Community College’s ARFF program for approx. 12 years, which included traveling around the Pacific Northwest region training other Fire Agencies in the theories of ARFF.

Keith also was a member of Northwest Disaster Search Dogs for a period of 13 years and included training both a live scent and cadaver K-9’s for WA TF-1/FEMA.

Port of Seattle Fire Department
Assistant Fire Chief/Operations
2400 South 170th Street
Seattle, WA 98158

Jason Schnase

Jason Schnase

WA – Alternate Washington (Section6)

Jason P Schnase joined the Port of Seattle Fire Department in 2003. Jason currently works in the Training Division leading recruit academies, in-service training, & research and development. He is the current chair of the POSFD Safety Committee.

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

Bill Ewing

WI Wisconsin – Green Bay (Section4)

2129 S. Oneida St.
Green Bay


WV (Section2)

Mike Hendershot

WY Wyoming – Casper (Section6)

Mike D. Hendershot joined the Casper/Natrona County International Airport Public Safety Department in 1985. He started his career with the Airport as a firefighter/law enforcement officer. He currently holds the position of Chief of Public Safety a position he has held for the last 9 years. He has served as training officer, fire inspector/investigator, Hazardous Materials Technician, Captain and Director of the Wyoming State ARFF Training Facility and continues to instruct classes for the facility. He is the Airport Security Coordinator for the Airport.

Mike has conducted trainings for the department, Natrona County Sheriff’s Office, Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy, Casper Collage and fire departments in Natrona County.

He is part of the Natrona County Exercise Design Team and has been involved in designing exercises for the last 12 years including 4 tri-annual drills for the Airport.

Mike has an Associates degree in Fire Science from Casper College and a Certificate of Completion in Fire Administration from University of Maryland College Park. He is a member of the ARFF Working Group, NFPA and the ICC.

Casper/Natrona County Int’l Airport
8500 Airport Parkway
Casper, WY 82604
307-234-4491 x81

Provincial  Coordinators

British Columbia (Section8)


Manitoba (Section8)



Alberta (Section8)


New Brunswick (Section8)


New Foundland (Section8)


Northwest Territories (Section8)


Nova Scotia (Section8)


Nunavut (Section8)

Rober Tyrer

Ontario (Section8)

Greater Sudbury Airport
5000 Air Terminal Dr., Suite T202
Garson, Ontario P3L 1V4
705-693-2514 x225 


Quebec (Section8)


Prince Edward Islands(Section8)


Saskatchewan (Section8)


Yukon (Section8)

Country Coordinators

Chris Nerdal

Chris Nerdal

Norway (Section11)

Chris has been active in the ARFF industry since 1999. Presently serving as an aircraft rescue firefighter, SCBA instructor & HSE chief delegate. Employed at Torp Sandefjord Lufthavn 130 km south of Oslo. Specializes in risk management, preparedness and prevention. Active contributor to the local fire departments knowledge and training for aircraft/ airport emergency operation, risk and interaction.

Sandefjord Airport
PO Box 25 Haukerød
3246 Sandefjord
47 92 29 00 54

John Olsen

John Olsen

Germany (Section11)

John A. Olsen is a fire and emergency services consultant and senior ARFF instructor based out of Dresden, Germany. His fire protection career began in New York in 1976 and has spanned over thirty-six years serving both the civilian and military fire and emergency services at locations world-wide. After serving almost 21 years as a fire protection specialist and emergency service manager with the United States Air Force, John joined the Fraport AG, Frankfurt International Airport Fire Service in 2001 and served as senior program manager for international activities, managing the fire training centers international programs. As Joint Managing Director of Strategic Fire Solutions, John is actively involved in providing emergency management consultancy training services at various airports and industrial complexes around the world. John has been a long time member of the Aircraft Rescue & Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFF WG) and is the group’s regional manager for the Middle East Region. John is also an affiliate member of the International Air Transport Association Aircraft Recovery Task Force, International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA), JOIFF the International Organization for Industrial Hazard Management, and the European Aviation Group for Occupational Safety.

Strategic Fire Solutions
Wilhelm-Franke Strasse 25
Dresden – Germany
49 172 290-6379

Brian Eeg

Brian Eeg

Denmark (Section11)

Brian Eeg has worked in ARFF industry since 1996. Is today incident commander and head of one of the four fire and rescue team in Copenhagen airports.

Before I started the fire and rescue, I worked as a mechanic at the airport.

My responsibility areas are fire and rescue training facilities and Copenhagen Airport ARFF academy.

Furthermore, I teach at the national fire school for new firefighter and officer

Copenhagen Airports
Helmonde Alle, Dragor
Copenhagen 2791 Denmark

Lloyd Gardiner

Caribbean (Section3)

Nassau Int’l Airport Fire Dept.
Golden Gat #2, #7 Tangerine St.

Risto Aatola

Sweden (Sectio11)

Risto Aatola joined the Swedish Air Force 1991 and started a career as Incident Commander in 1996 and has been working at several Air Force bases during the years. Since many years Risto has been working for the Air Force Academy as Instructor and at present with the rank of Captain serving as Chief Instructor for the training of Air Force ARFF Incident Commanders and other personnel within the Air Force rescue services. Ristos responsibilities is also to develop the ARFF function as well as the training program including monitoring and quality assurance of fire rescue, tactics, rules and equipment.

Swedish Armed Forces
Air Combat Training School
R3 School

Glenn Wood

Australia (Sectio10)

Glenn commenced employment with Airservices Australia – Aviation Rescue Firefighting (ARFF) service in 1986 at Perth Airport in Western Australia. From 1986 until 2002 he worked at various locations and rank levels, including a secondment to the ARFF training college as an Instructor in 2001. In early 2003 Glenn was promoted to the position of Fire Station Manager at Canberra Airport in the Australian Capital Territory.

In 2004 Glenn joined the ARFF Senior Management team as a Superintendent and in 2005 was promoted to his current level and became a member of the ARFF Executive. From 2005 to 2008 Glenn was the Australian representative on the ICAO ARFF Working Group and in 2006/2007 he managed a project team to provide assistance to the ARFF service at Mumbai International Airport, India.

Glenn was seconded in early 2008 to negotiate the employment (industrial) agreements for all Airservices Australia’s employees (ARFF, Air Traffic Control and the Corporate/Support areas). In 2010 Glenn successfully completed his Master’s Degree in Management.

During 2011/2012 Glenn spent time working in the Airservices Air Traffic Control (ACT) group as a member of the ATC Executive. In late 2012 Glenn was asked to rejoin the ARFF Executive and take up the role of Chief Fire Officer. Glenn is now based at Airservices head office in Canberra, but also spends much of his time across AFF’s 26 Fire Stations.

Chief Fire Officer

Airservices Australia
25 Constitution Avenue
Canberra, ACT 2600

Pierre van Griensven

Pierre van Griensven

Netherlands (Sectio11)

Deputy Chief Fire Services

Working for the MOD since 1977 as a FF since 1982.

1982 – 1996 as FF, Royal Netherlands Air force (RNLAF)

1997 – 1999 as FF instructor

1999 – 2000 as On Scene Commander Airbase Eindhoven

2000 – 2002 as WO Preparation FF, (this period I followed the FF Academy for officers in the Netherlands)

2002 – 2006 as Fire Chief Airbase Eindhoven

2006 – 2011 as Senior employee for the Military Aviation Authority (FF and Security)

2011 (South) Sudan for 6 months as an ops-officer

2011 – until now as Deputy Fire Chief for Fire Services of the RNLAF

Also a NATO CRFF panel member for 8 years.

Royal Netherlands Air Force Command
Luchtmachtplein 1
Postbus 8762
4820 BB Breda
+31 (0)76 544 7328


Belgium (Sectio11)

Madhu Sudan Thapa

Nepal (Sectio10)

Mr Madhu Sudan Thapa is an aviation firefighter with the ARFF Department working for Nepal’s Kathmandu Int’l Airport since 2012. Mr. Thapa is very hardworking and enthusiastic. He has good contacts and is a renowned person among his peers.

Madhu Sudan Thapa
Aviation Rescue Firefighter
Tribhuvan Int’l Airport Airport Rescue and Firefightings
Division Kathmandu Nepal

Selvaraj Arumugam

India (Sectio10)

Mr. Selvaraj Arumugam is academically a Post Graduate in Applied Sciences and MBA (HRD). His professional qualifications include Graduate of Institute of Fire Engineer (India), Associate Member of IFE (UK), PG Diploma in Industrial Safety, First Rank holder Senior Airport Fire Officer course at FTC, New Delhi. He is “Gold” Medalist of Station Officers course at National Fire College (Min of Home Affair). Nagpur India.

He has experience of 20 years in Aviation Fire Safety in Central Government Public Section M/S Hindustan Aeronautic Limited. Bangalore and currently with M/S Bangalore International Airport for last seven years as Asst. General Manager, Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting and Airport Fire Prevention Officer.

He is also recipient of Global CSR Award for quality education to the neighboring airport community during 2012 for his exemplary contribution towards community volunteer service.

He is Professional Member and Treasurer of IAFSSG, Member of IFE (India & UK), NAFO, ARFF WG, IAFPA.

He has published various technical and scientific research papers in polymer chemistry, ARFF, Fire safety in airport buildings, ARFF Operations. He is also a research scholar in ARFF field for pursue of Doctoral degree from Reva University, Bangalore, India

Asst. General Manager, ARFF
Bangalore Int’l Airport
Bangalore, INDA

Alvin Lee

Singapore (Sectio10)

Alvin Lee Fook Wing

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