Captain Seth Barker
Seth Barker is a Captain and Training Officer for the Big Sky Fire Department in Montana. He is a state fire instructor for the Montana Fire Service Training School, and a state lead EMS instructor. Captain Barker holds a Blue Card Instructor certification, and serves as an ISFSI instructor and as logistical coordinator for FirefighterCloseCalls.com. In 2014, he was awarded a scholarship as a future fire service leader to the Tampa 2 Summit held by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is a contributing author for Fire Rescue Magazine, and sits on multiple wildland-urban interface committees. He has taught for Fire Engineering’s Fire Department Instructors Conference delivering multiple topics on preparing communities in an all hazard disciplines.
Captain Stephen Beuerlein
Steve Beuerlein, born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona is currently a Phoenix Fire Department Captain assigned to Ladder 1. He began fire service career in 1985 and was hired by the Phoenix Fire Department in 1990 where he has been an active member throughout his 27-year career. Captain Beuerlein is also the President of the United Phoenix Fire Fighters Association IAFF Local 493 which represents more than 2400 members working in Phoenix, Peoria, Glendale, Tempe, Chandler, and also the Phoenix Fire Command Officers Association. As a member of the Phoenix Fire Department’s SCBA Labor/Management committee in 1994, Steve made it a priority to develop the first SCBA with an integrated PASS device. He is a member of the Fire Service Occupation Cancer Alliance Steering Committee.
Dawn Bolstad-Johnson is the Director of Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality for PHI Air Medical LLC. Dawn holds a Master of Public Health and is a Certified Industrial Hygienist and a Certified Safety Professional. Prior to joining the PHI Air Medical team, Dawn spent 19 years working for the Phoenix Fire Department in the Safety Section. In 1998, Dawn completed a comprehensive study on Firefighter Exposures during Fire Overhaul. This study was the first published on firefighter exposures during fire overhaul, and has been referenced over 127 times in other firefighter exposure related studies.
Jefferey Burgess, MD, MS, MPH
Dr. Burgess is Associate Dean for Research and a professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health. He has been collaborating with firefighters on research involving a broad range of health and safety issues for over 25 years. He is the Principal Investigator (PI) for the current Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) grant The Firefighter Multicenter Cancer Cohort Study: Framework Development and Testing, and a second FEMA grant, Cancer Prevention in the Fire Service: Exposure Assessment, Toxic Effects and Risk Management, working with the Tucson Fire Department. Dr. Burgess is a steering committee member of the National Fallen Firefighter Foundation’s Fire Service Occupational Cancer Alliance and a co-chair of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health National Occupational Research Agenda (NIOSH-NORA) Public Safety Sector.
Chief Dennis Compton
Chief Dennis Compton is a respected executive advisor, a well-known speaker, and the author of several books including his latest titled Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts, and Tools. Dennis was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for 5 years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix where he served for 27 years. Chief Compton is Past Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association, and Past Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute’s National Advisory Council. He is currently Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors and Co-Chairman of the Fire Service-Based EMS Advocates Steering Committee.
Robert D. Daniels, Ph.D.
Dr. Daniels has over 30 years experience as a safety professional serving the military, private sector, and federal government. He has been with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) as a health physicist and epidemiologist since 2001. His research interests include exposure science and health effects among working populations, with emphasis on cancer among firefighters and workers exposed to ionizing radiation. He is also the NIOSH liaison to the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) for the World Trade Center Health Program (WTCHP). He is certified by the American Board of Health Physics and received a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine. He has authored several papers published in leading scientific journals, including multiple works from the NIOSH pooled study of U.S. firefighters and the International Nuclear Workers Study (INWORKS).
Firefighter EMT/ Driver Robert Dirham
Bob Dirham works for the City of Kennewick Fire Department. He has been a career firefighter for just over 16 years, and holds the rank of Firefighter EMT/ Driver Operator for the department’s ladder company. For the last 14 years has also worked closely with their union, Kennewick Firefighters IAFF Local 1296 as an E- Board member for seven years and Vice President for the last seven years. For Bob, the fight against cancer hits close to home, as he lost both parents to cancer related diseases. Bob was fortunate enough to be asked to participate in a Washington State grant study that is today known as Healthy In Healthy Out. He is dedicated to helping figure out and pass along some of the best practices to reducing exposures related to fire service occupational cancers. Bob looks forward to passing on his knowledge to help slow the spread of cancer-related illnesses among our fire service brothers and sisters from across the country.
Mike was diagnosed with cancer. After a nine-month absence, Mike returned to work and established a program where firefighters and their families could get assistance and support after receiving a cancer diagnosis. Initially an idea that would provide assistance to members of his own department, the Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) has since grown to become a worldwide non-profit foundation. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) is comprised of firefighters and their families who are cancer survivors, caregivers, and volunteers, providing comfort, strength, and hope to those diagnosed with cancer, and promoting a proactive education and approach with the fire service and the citizens we serve regarding occupational cancers.
Paul R. Erickson, FAIA
Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Paul Erickson has been consistently recognized as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia’s most acclaimed architects. His designs for fire and rescue stations have been recognized for design excellence with 23 design awards from national, state, and local organizations. Mr. Erickson is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), allowing him to practice nationwide. As an industry thought leader, Mr. Erickson is dedicated to improving the quality of life and longevity of firefighters.
Douglas Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. Evans received his Ph.D. in 2001 in Environmental Health (Chemistry) for generation of model air pollution particles for human exposure studies from the University of Birmingham (UK). He spent 2 years as a postdoc at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, studying aerosol sampler performance in occupational environments. He Joined CDC/NIOSH in Cincinnati in 2004 as a Senior Service Fellow, working on ultrafine particle and engineered nanomaterial exposures in the workplace. Doug is a Research Physical Scientist with research interests spanning fine/ultrafine particle exposures within the fire service, fine particle exposures and dust generation from powdered engineered nanomaterials, and application of direct reading instruments to the workplace. He serves on CDC/NIOSH steering committees for the Nanotechnology and Direct Reading Methods and Sensors research programs. In recent years, Doug has worked on NIOSH research teams to better understand fire service exposures during vehicle and structure fires.
Kenneth Fent, Ph.D.
Kenneth Fent obtained his Master of Science and doctoral degrees in Environmental Sciences and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Fent joined NIOSH in 2008, where he currently works as a research industrial hygienist. He is also a Commander in the U.S. Public Health Service, where he is a member of a rapid deployment team and has responded to numerous emergency events, including the Ebola response in West Africa. Dr. Fent’s research has focused on assessing dermal and inhalation exposures to combustion byproducts in firefighters. Currently, he is involved in a comprehensive study of cardiovascular and carcinogenic risks during modern firefighting in collaboration with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and the UL Fire Safety Research Institute (UL-FSRI) and a prospective firefighter cancer cohort study (in collaboration with the Universities of Arizona and Miami).
Fire Commissioner Joseph E. Finn
Commissioner Joseph E. Finn was sworn in as Fire Commissioner and Chief of Department on July 27, 2014. He began his career with the Boston Fire Department in October of 1984, and rose through the ranks of the department. In his 31 years with the Boston Fire Department, Commissioner Finn made significant contributions to the department, including establishing an EMT training program that increased the number of EMTs on the Boston Fire Department by 50 percent, assisting in the development of state regulations for the use of semi-automatic external defibrillators, and of legislation that made the fire service a major participant in the delivery of Emergency Medical Services. Commissioner Finn served in the United States Marine Corps from 1979 to 1982. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Northeastern University in 2008, graduating magna cum laude.
Deputy Chief Bryan Frieders
Deputy Chief Bryan Frieders, of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department, is President of the non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN). He was elected president in October 2014 and re-elected in November 2016. Chief Frieders previously served on the FCSN Board as Director of Communications; he remains FCSN’s liaison to the IAFC Safety, Health, and Survival Section. Chief Frieders earned a Master’s degree in public administration, a Bachelor’s degree in vocational education, and an Associate’s degree in fire science. He has more than 20 years of fire/EMS experience, including training and emergency management assignments, and is an instructor for the Virginia Fire Officer Academy.
Captain Beth Gallup
Beth started her career with the Kent (WA) Fire Department in 1989, and was promoted to Captain in 2004. She has worked in suppression, on the hazmat team, and in fire prevention, and is currently assigned to the Facilities Maintenance Division taking care of fire stations and workgroups. Beth has been a member of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network since 2012. In 2014, she applied for and received a grant from the State of Washington – Safety Health Investment Project. Through this grant, the Healthy In, Healthy Out manual and video were developed.
Casey C. Grant, P.E., FSFPE
Casey Grant is the Executive Director for the Fire Protection Research Foundation, a non-profit organization that works with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) as its research affiliate. Casey holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Maryland, and a Master of Science degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute, both in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a registered professional engineer in fire protection engineering in the states of California and Tennessee, and is a member of both the Beta and Gamma Chapters of the Salamander Fire Protection Honorary Society. Casey is a fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a fellow of the Institute of Fire Engineers, and has one fire protection-related U.S. patent. Prior to joining the Research Foundation in 2007, Casey was the Secretary of the NFPA Standards Council, and Assistant Chief Engineer.
Chief Charles Hood
Charles Hood began his fire service career in 1984 when he joined the City of Phoenix Fire Department and steadily rose through the ranks. He was sworn in as the Fire Chief of the City of San Antonio on April 16 2007, becoming the first outside Fire Chief and the first African American Fire Chief in this historically significant city. Chief Hood’s progressive leadership style and vision has resulted in numerous achievements. In 2010, he established a Health & Wellness Program and recently added a Certified Athletic Trainer. In addition, Chief Hood has collaborated to establish a Fusion Center; created a Safety Division, and Fitness Program which includes becoming an official CrossFit Affiliate. In 2015 Chief Hood launched a Mobile Integrated Healthcare Program which represents one of the most progressive evolutions in the delivery of community based care. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Service Management from the University of Ottawa and has attended the Harvard Kennedy School of Executive Education. He is an Adjunct Faculty at Texas A&M University National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center.
Gavin Horn, Ph.D.
Gavin Horn has served as the Director for the IFSI Research program at the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI), a department within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, since 2004. In that same year, he received a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Horn’s research interests lie in the areas of first responder technology development, firefighter health and safety research, material testing and design, infrared imaging, and nondestructive evaluation. He is a member of NFPA’s Technical Committee on Special Operations Clothing & Equipment, Chair of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers Fire Service Committee and a member of the Advisory Board for UL’s Firefighter Safety Research Institute.
Sara A. Jahnke, Ph.D.
Dr. Jahnke is the Director of the Center for Fire, Rescue, and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc. She completed her doctorate in Psychology with a Health Emphasis at the University of Missouri – Kansas City and the American Heart Associations’ Fellowship on the Epidemiology and Prevention of Cardiovascular Disease. Dr. Jahnke has served as the Principal Investigator of several large-scale studies of the health and readiness of the U.S. fire service. She serves as a consultant to fire service organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, and is an active member of the Safety, Health, & Survival Section of IAFC.
Chief Kara Kalkbrenner
A native Phoenician, Fire Chief Kara Kalkbrenner joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1985. During her more than 32 years of service, she has held the ranks of fire engineer, fire captain, division chief, deputy chief and executive assistant chief of administration. Chief Kalkbrenner is one of only six female Fire Chiefs of large metropolitan fire departments in the country. She holds an Associate Degree in Fire Science from Phoenix College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Service Management from Ottawa University. She has served as adjunct instructor for the Fire Services program at Maricopa County Community Colleges.
Chief Jim Keiken
Jim Keiken is the Deputy Director at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and advises on all IFSI policy and executive issues. Chief Keiken retired in 2013 from the City of Madison (Wisconsin) Fire Department where he was the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations and Administration. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program and the International Associations Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI). Chief Keiken is also a Member Institution of Fire Engineers. He has a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale and Masters of Science in Management from Cardinal Stritch University. Chief Keiken has Chief Fire Officer (CFO) and Chief Training Officer (CTO) designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Chief Keiken is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Association of Fire Protection District “Kenny Long” Award.
Dan Madrzykowski is a research engineer with the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute (FSRI). He has been conducting research in the areas of fire suppression, large fire measurements, fire investigation, and firefighter safety for more than 30 years. Dan has a Master of Science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and collaborates with many fire organizations to apply this research in the field. He is an Honorary Battalion Chief with the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) and has received several awards including: International Society of Fire Service Instructor of the Year (2009), IFSTA Granito Award for Excellence in Fire Leadership (2012), Service to America Medal (2013), and the International Association of Fire Chiefs President’s Award.
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell
Dr. Lori Moore-Merrell is an Assistant to the President of the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) in charge of Data, Research and Technical Assistance. Lori’s expertise is in community risk assessment, emergency response system design, staffing and deployment of mobile resources, system performance measurement and evaluation. Her experience includes 7 years of service as a fire/paramedic with the City of Memphis Fire Department. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Master of Public Health degree in Epidemiology and a Doctor of Public Health degree in Policy with expertise in Quality Performance Measurement from The George Washington University School of Public Health.
Larry Petrick, Jr.
Larry Petrick is the IAFF Deputy Director of Occupational Health & Safety. He is retired from the Shaker Heights (Ohio) Fire Department, with the rank of lieutenant, after serving 32 years. He served on the Executive Board for IAFF Local 516 for over 20 years, and is a past president. He served as the Director of Health, Safety, & EMS for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters for 21 years. Additionally, he was a Trustee for the Ohio Police & Fire Pension Fund Ohio for 11 years, representing active firefighters. He holds an Associate’s degree in Fire Science Technology and a Bachelor’s degree in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology.
Allan Rice was appointed as City Administrator of Hoover, Alabama in November 2016. Prior to that, he served nine years as the Executive Director of the Alabama Fire College and Personnel Standards Commission, and was President of the North American Fire Training Directors. His public safety career spans twenty five years, including service as a firefighter/paramedic, fire science and EMS degree coordinator, consultant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and trauma and flight nurse. He holds a Paramedic certificate and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a Master of Public and Private Management degree from Birmingham-Southern College.
Robert D. Tutterow, Jr.
Robert Tutterow has 40 years of experience in the fire service. Robert is retired with 24 years of service as the health and safety officer for the Charlotte Fire Department. He was also a volunteer firefighter and chief officer for 10 years. Currently, he is president of F.I.E.R.O. (Fire Industry Education and Resource Organization) — an organization he co-founded in 1990. As president of F.I.E.R.O., he has led the development and managing of its annual Fire Station Design Symposium and its biennial Fire PPE Symposium. He received his Associate’s degree from Brevard College in Brevard, North Carolina and his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
Assistant Chief Eric Valliere
Eric Valliere has been an active member of the fire service for more than 25 years. He started as a Firefighter with the Mesa Fire Department in 1991, and came to the Scottsdale Fire Department as a Battalion Chief in 2005, when the department was transitioning to a municipal organization. During his career he has held the ranks of firefighter, engineer, captain, battalion chief, deputy fire chief, and currently holds the rank of assistant fire chief. He has been a certified paramedic since 1996 and a Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA) nationally certified Incident Safety Officer since 2004.
Michael A. Wieder
Mike Wieder currently serves as Associate Director of Fire Protection Publications (FPP) at Oklahoma State University. Mike also serves as executive director of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA), which is co-located with FPP in Stillwater, Oklahoma. Mike holds an A.A.S. in Fire Technology from Northampton (PA) Community College, an A.D. in Fire Protection Technology, a Bachelor of Science in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology, and a Master of Science degree in Occupational and Adult Education M.S. from Oklahoma State University. He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE).