State  Coordinators

Section 1 - Maine - OPEN

Maine

Section 1 - Massachusetts - OPEN

Massachusetts

Section 1 - Marc Chappell

Section 1 - Marc Chappell

New Hampshire

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
mchappel@flymanchester.com

Section 1 - Keith Bagot

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
609-485-6383
keith.bagot@faa.gov

Section 1 - Mike O'Connor

Section 1 - Mike O'Connor

New York

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.

 

716-548-3745
oconnor6337@yahoo.com

Section 1 - Rhode Island - OPEN

Rhode Island

Section 1 - Vermont - OPEN

Vermont

Section 1 - Brenden Wilson

Section 1 - Brenden Wilson

Connecticut

 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
Lieutenant
Emergency Management and Disaster Preparedness
Sikorsky Aircraft Fire Department
6900 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06615
203-386-6688
bigft357@hotmail.com

Section 1 - Joseph Mriss

Section 1 - Joseph Mriss

Deleware

I have been in the fire service for 36 years starting as a volunteer firefighter/EMT.  I began my civil service career with the U.S. Air Force 28 years ago with the last 26 years being at Dover AFB, De.  While at Dover I have held the position of firefighter, Lieutenant, Assistant Chief and for the last 3 years have served as Deputy Fire Chief.  I became a member of the ARFFWG in 2016 and am also a member of the Kent County Fire Chiefs, De. State Fire Chiefs and the Eastern Division of the IAFC.

JOSEPH S. MRISS
Deputy Fire Chief
Dover AFB Fire Emergency Services
(302) 677-4402  DSN 445-4402
Email: joseph.mriss@us.af.mil

section 2 - Chris Wanka

section 2 - Chris Wanka

District of Columbia

Christopher Wanka
Christopher.wanka@mwaa.com
(954)324-5269

section 2 - Michael Frazer

Maryland

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.

Michael Frazer
Deputy Fire Chief of Operations and Training
BWI Airport Fire and Rescue Department
443-340-9582

 

section 2 - steve listerman

section 2 - steve listerman

Ohio

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

Licensed paramedic

Fire Inspector and Fire Instructor

Steve Listerman
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky Int’l Airport
slisterman@cvgairport.com
(859)767-3114

Section 2 - Timothy Holmes

Section 2 - Timothy Holmes

Pennsylvania

Tim Holmes is the Acting Fire Chief for the Allegheny County Airport Authority (ACAA).  He is responsible for ARFF, structural, EMS first response and Emergency Preparedness for Pittsburgh International Airport and Allegheny County Airport.  Tim has more than thirty-eight years of emergency services experience.  Prior to beginning his career with ACAA Tim spent four years of active duty in the US Army Infantry and was a paramedic with several EMS agencies in the Pittsburgh area.  Hired as a firefighter in 1999, Tim worked his way through the ranks becoming a Lieutenant in 2007, a Deputy Chief in 2008 and Acting Chief in 2019.  In addition to a number of firefighting certificates, Tim is a Pennsylvania Suppression Level Fire Instructor and has a Bachelor of Arts in Public Administration with a concentration in Fire Service Administration.  When he isn’t tied to his desk or stuck in a meeting, he enjoys spending time in the outdoors, spending time with his family, motorcycling and RVing.  You can reach him at tholmes@flypittsburgh.com.

Timothy P. Holmes   
Deputy Fire Chief
P. +1 412-472-5606
F. +1 412-472-5614
E. THolmes@FlyPittsburgh.com

Section 2 - Kevin Garber

Section 2 - Kevin Garber

Virginia

Currently a Captain at the Richmond International Airport, located in Richmond, Virginia.  I was hired at the Airport after my family relocated to Richmond Area from the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. I was born and raised in the Shenandoah valley, where  My father was Career Chief of Augusta County Fire and Rescue Department for 31 years, he retired 3 months prior to 9/11, and my older brother is current Fire Chief of the City of Staunton Fire and Rescue Department.  Shortly thereafter September 11 occurred.  I was employed by the City of Harrisonburg Fire Department, as a Firefighter.  After a short 5-year stay, I was hired by the Richmond International Airport to which I have been employed for 14 years.  Of those 14 years, I have been an ARFF Officer for 12 years of those 14, 2 as a Lieutenant, and the rest as a Captain.  I had the great opportunity to work for Retired Chief Jim Nilo, and my current Chief Shannon Winebarger.  During My extent at the Airport I have been the opportunity to grow as a person and as an ARFF Professional.  I have been assigned task by the airport, region, and state level.  Currently I hold several Regional positions:  Operations Team Leader for the Metro Regional Foam Task Force, Assigned the Central Virginia IMT as a Logistics Chief, serve as a Virginia Fire Programs ARFF Instructor.  Regional I am assigned the Regional Radio Upgrade committee (200 million Dollar Project), work with Region in Apparatus design of foam systems, and apparatus, based on their assignments.  Statewide I am curtly assigned Logistics for the Virginia Fire Officer Academy, and Virginia Chief Officer Academy, that is held every year at the University of Richmond.  At the Airport I am assigned the following: ARFF Training of current and new employees, Apparatus design and specifications.   Assigned several other tasks with Airport Police, Communications, and Operations.  I have received several accommodations while at work at the Airport.  ARFF WG Heroism Award (2011), Accommodation of Service from the FBI (2017), VCU Gala Heroism Award (2013), and accommodation of life saving award from the County Henrico Division of Fire (2013).  Thank the Chief Charles Lavene for allowing me to assit him as hid duties as the Section 2 Director. 

Kevin Garber
Richmond International Airport,
Richmond  Virginina
kgarber@flyrichmond.com
Station (804)226-8550
Cell (540)448-3978

SECTION 2 - Ralph McNemar

West Virginia

Ralph McNemar
West Virginia Fire Service Ext.
rwmcnemar@mail.wvu.edu
(304)406-7490

SECTION 3 - Alabama -- OPEN

Alabama

SECTION 3 - Lloyd Gardiner

Caribbean

Nassau Int’l Airport Fire Dept.
Golden Gat #2, #7 Tangerine St.
Nassau
Bahamas
242-361-6954
lgardinerjr@gmail.com

SECTION 3 - John A. Maddox

Florida

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
863-834-8268
John.maddox@lakelandgov.net

SECTION 3 - Eric Kave

SECTION 3 - Eric Kave

Georgia

Eric Kave is a Section Chief with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department in Atlanta, Georgia and leads the Airport Training Section at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).  Chief Kave has thirty years of experience in the fire service, a bachelor’s degree in Emergency and Disaster Management and is currently working on an advanced degree in Public Safety Administration.  His current research goals and aspirations encompass an extensive advancement and growth relative to contributions within the fire service, aircraft rescue & firefighting (ARFF), emergency management, and homeland security fields.

Eric Kave
Section Chief – Airport Training
Atlanta Fire Rescue Department
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Int'l Airport 
m: (404)291-8062 o: (404)382-1054  

SECTION 3 - North Carolina - Open

North Carolina

SECTION 3 - Mike Seigler

SECTION 3 - Mike Seigler

South Carolina

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
864-848-6213
mseigler@gspairport.com

SECTION 4 - Michael Lopina

SECTION 4 - Michael Lopina

Illinois

Michael J Lopina is a 31 year fire service professional who currently serves as Commander of the ARFF Division for Lockport Township Fire Protection District. He has served as Commander since instituting the ARFF Division in 2006. He has been involved with ARFFWG since 2007 and advocates for departments with General Aviation and Regional airports not subject to FAA 139 to have access to quality ARFF training and procedures

Lockport Township Fire District
316 E. 16th Street
Lockport, IL 60441

(815)693-1090
MLopina@beecherfire.org

SECTION 4 - Indiana -- OPEN

Indiana

 

SECTION 4 - Iowa - OPEN

Iowa

SECTION 4 - Carl Faulconer

Kentucky

(859) 425-3124

SECTION 4 - Joseph Dancz

Michigan

5500 44th St., S.E.
Grand Rapids
MI
49512
USA
616-233-6044

SECTION 4 - Dave Burke

Minnesota

6307 34th Avenue, South
Minneapolis
MN
55450
USA
612-726-5435
SECTION 4 - Bill Hutfilz

SECTION 4 - Bill Hutfilz

Missouri

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.

702-249-7318
bhlas52@charter.net 

SECTION 4 - NOrth Dakota - Open

North Dakota

SECTION 4 - South Dakota - open

South Dakota

SECTION 4 - Wisconsin - OPEN

Wisconsin

SECTION 5 - Gilbert Neil

Arkansas

Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport
One Airport Blvd.
Bentonville, AR 72712
479-790-4160
SECTION 5 - Chad Primeaux

SECTION 5 - Chad Primeaux

Louisiana

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
Email: cprimeaux@flylakecharles.com

 

 

SECTION 5 - LUKE SMITH

Mississippi

Luke Smith
Senior Instructor
Mississippi State Fire Academy
Phone: (601) 932-2444 EXT 361
Fax: (601) 932-2819
Email: lsmith@msfa.ms.gov
Visit us at:
www.msfa.ms.gov

SECTION 5 - NEW MEXICO - OPEN

NEW Mexico

 

 

 

 

SECTION 5 - Dan Heinrichs

Oklahoma

Captain
Training Officer – ARFF

Tulsa Fire Department – Airport
P.O. Box 581838
Tulsa, OK 74158
918-838-5042
dan.heinrichs@cityoftulsa.org

SECTION 5 - Nick Molinaro

Tennessee

Nick Molinaro
Battalion Chief Memphis Fire Dept. Email: Nicholas.Molinaro@Memphistn.gov Office: 901-636-5579 Cell: 901-489-6352

SECTION 5 - MIKE PANSZA

Texas

Michaelangelo Pansza, Fire Engineer
ARFF Training & Fuel Compliance Coordinator
San Antonio Fire Department
San Antonio Airport System
1750 Skyplace Blvd.
San Antonio, TX 78216
210-334-1995 Cell
210-207-3446 Office
michaelangelo.pansza@sanantonio.gov

SECTION 6 - Bob Lee

Alaska

Beacon OHSS
800 Cordova St.
Anchorage, AK 99501 USA
blee@beaconohss.com
907-441-7230
SECTION 6 - Gina Gonzales

SECTION 6 - Gina Gonzales

Colorado

 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.

Gina Gonzales
ARFF Engineer

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
gina.gonzales@lfra.org – email

SECTION 6 - Greg Beaver

SECTION 6 - Greg Beaver

Idaho

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
208-788-9003
greg@flyfma.com

SECTION 6 - Roger Xanders

SECTION 6 - Roger Xanders

Kansas

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
rxanders@wichita.gov

SECTION 6 - Montana - OPEN

Montana

SECTION 6 - Terry Haese

Nebraska

Omaha Airport Authority
5111 Boeing Court
Omaha, NE 68110
402-661-8040
terry.haese@flyoma.com
 SECTION 6 - Rob Mathis

SECTION 6 - Rob Mathis

OREGON

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.

Contact info:

Rob Mathis
Portland Airport Fire and Rescue
Assistant Fire Chief

rob.mathis@portofportland.com
503-460-4612
206-491-0997

SECTION 6 - Al Hoskins

SECTION 6 - Al Hoskins

Utah

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
801-556-1132

algernon.hoskins@slcgov.com 

SECTION 6 - Keith Taylor

SECTION 6 - Keith Taylor

Washington

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
206-787-7242
206-452-9332
taylor.k@portofseattle.com

SECTION 6 - ALTON GEORGE

SECTION 6 - ALTON GEORGE

Wyoming

Originally from Tennessee and graduated from MTSU. Studied pro pilot then moved in to aero admin in hope of a career at Jackson Hole Airport. I love snowboarding, fishing and dirt biking hence the need to get to Jackson. I am currently the Operations Manager at Jackson Hole Airport and effectively the ARFF Captain, though we do not go by titles. I had no interest in firefighting until attending my ARFF 40 hour and completing my FF1, now I’m just as passionate about it as I am my career. I also Volunteer at the town dept Jackson Fire/EMS. I will be completing my FF2, ADO and Hazmat Tech this year.

 

Alton George, C.M., ACE
Operations Manager
Jackson Hole Airport
(307) 413-1519
alton.george@jhairport.org

SECTION 7 - Tom Tucker

SECTION 7 - Tom Tucker

Arizona

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
520-573-8161
ttucker@flytucson.com

SECTION 7 - Alex Entenman

SECTION 7 - Alex Entenman

California

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.

Alex Entenman
Kern County Fire Department
Station 62
1652 Sunnyside Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Fire Captain
661-330-0177 Cell
661-393-9311 Work
aentenman@kerncountyfire.org

SECTION 7 - Derek McCarthy

SECTION 7 - Derek McCarthy

California

Derek McCarthy served in the Marine Corps for 22 and retired 1 Oct 2019.  He has experience in planning, developing, and implementing fire department guidelines, procedures, and policies.  His assignments while on active duty included firefighter, engineer, captain, deputy, and ARFF chief.  He is a graduate and instructor of the Marine Corps’ “Top Gun” course and holds a Master’s of Science in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management.   Derek is the Airport Program Manager for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department overseeing the ARFF Program on San Diego International Airport.

Derek is enthusiastic about his new role within the ARFFWG (California State Coordinator).  He has had a constant presence at both the Leadership and Annual Conferences since 2015.

San Diego Fire Rescue Dept.
600 B Street
San Diego, CA 92101
dmccarthy@sandiego.gov 
619-318-1892

SECTION 7 - Guam - Open

Guam

SECTION 7 - Hawaii - Open

Hawaii

SECTION 7 - Casey Micone

SECTION 7 - Casey Micone

Nevada

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
readers.

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

Saipan

Provincial  Coordinators

SECTION 8 - alberta - OPEN

Alberta

SECTION 8 - Daryl Moulder

British Columbia

Emergency Services Superintendent
Prince George Airport F.D.
#10 4141 Airport Rd.
Prince George, British Columbia V2N 4M6
250-963-2409
dmoulder@pgairport.ca

SECTION 8 - MANITOBA - OPEN

Manitoba

Fire Captain
Winnipeg Airports Authority
154 Oliver Ave.
Selkirk, Manitoba R1A 0C3
204-299-5048
lkosolofski@waa.ca

SECTION 8 - New Brunswick - OPEN

New Brunswick

SECTION 8 -Todd Brophy

New Foundland

Fire Chief
St. John’s Int’l Airport
127 Airport Service Rd.
St. John’s, New Foundland A1A 0E5
709-758-8556
tbrophy@stjohnsairport.com

SECTION 8 - Northwest Territory - OPEN

Northwest Territories

SECTION 8 - Nova Scotia - OPEN

Nova Scotia

SECTION 8 - Nunavut - OPEN

Nunavut

SECTION 8 - Phillip Rocca

Ontario

Operations Supervisor
Greater Sudbury Airport
5000 Air Terminal Dr., Suite T202
Garson, Ontario P3L 1V4
705-693-2514 x225
phillip.rocca@flysudbury.ca

SECTION 8 - Denis Girouard

Quebec

Fire Chief
YQB – Aeroport de Quebec
505, Rue Principale
Quebec G2G 0J4
418-640-2700
dgirouard@yqb.ca

SECTION 8 - Todd Bannister

Prince Edward Islands

Supervisor Safety & Security
Charlottetown Airport Authority
250 Maple Hills Ave., Suite 132
Charlottetown, PE C1C 1N2
902-566-7997
tbannister@flypei.com

SECTION 8 - Saskatchewan - OPEN

Saskatchewan

SECTION 8 - Doug Burgis

Yukon

Airport Fire Chief
Whitehorse Airport
75 Barkley – Grow Cres
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 0A1
867-667-8453
doug.burgis@gov.yk.ca

SECTION 8 - Joshua McNutt

ONTARIO

MWO-FTS Standard
CFFCA
Borden, Ontario L0M 1C0
705-424-1200
joshua.mcnutt@forces.gc.ca

Country Coordinators

 SECTION 9 - Martín Gutiérrez

SECTION 9 - Martín Gutiérrez

Bolivia

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
martinbolivia@hotmail.com

 SECTION 9 - Pablo Andrés Mercado Aros

SECTION 9 - Pablo Andrés Mercado Aros

Chile

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

pmercado@dgac.gob.cl

SECTION 9 - Daniel Riveros Carvajal

SECTION 9 - Daniel Riveros Carvajal

Columbia

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

COLOMBIA
Phone: +57 311 2028914
danriver3@hotmail.com

SECTION 9 -  Pedro Luis Grullón Guzmán

SECTION 9 - Pedro Luis Grullón Guzmán

Dominican Republic

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).

Courses:

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
pedrogrullon21@gmail.com
pgrullon@aic.com.do

SECTION 9 - Ricardo Jairala Hanze

SECTION 9 - Ricardo Jairala Hanze

Ecuador

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.

ARFF firefighter.

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
r_jairala@hotmail.com

SECTION 9 - Francisco Javier Valladares

SECTION 9 - Francisco Javier Valladares

El Salvador

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
monty.valladares@gmail.com

SECTION 9 - Roberto Carrillo

SECTION 9 - Roberto Carrillo

Panama

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
Haztec2011@gmail.com

 

SECTION 9 - Puerto Rico - OPEN

Puerto Rico

SECTION 9 - Esteban Santiago Carrero García

SECTION 9 - Esteban Santiago Carrero García

Uruguay

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

URUGUAY
Phone: +598 99 321 022
ecarrerogarcia@gmail.com

 

SECTION 10 - Australia - OPEN

Australia

SECTION 10 - Selvaraj Arumugam

India

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
91-9538882305
selvarajfire@gmail.com

SECTION 10 - Madhu Sudan Thapa

Nepal

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

SECTION 10 - Alvin Lee

Singapore

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
SINGAPORE 918146

SECTION 11 - Brian Eeg

SECTION 11 - Brian Eeg

Denmark

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
45-291-60381
b.eeg@cph.dk

SECTION 11 - Risto Aatola

Sweden

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
Halmstad
Sweden
+46352662266
Risto.aatola@mil.se

SECTION 11 - Pierre van Griensven

SECTION 11 - Pierre van Griensven

Netherlands

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
PGM.v.Griensven.01@mindef.nl

SECTION 11 - Belgium - OPEN

Belgium