Instructors

Brad Clark (Lieutenant - Hanover, VA Fire)

Instructor

Lieutenant Brad Clark, Hanover Fire-EMS. 13 years in the fire service. Prior career in the US Army. Served as a squad leader and acting platoon sergeant. Fire department assignments in Operations and Training division. Served as a lead instructor for recruit academy. Virginia State Fire Instructor II, and a member/instructor with the 350' line training group. Had the privilege of being a presenter at Andy Frederick's Training Days 2017.

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Jeremiah Connell (Firefighter - Olathe, KS Fire)

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I started my Fire career in 2005 and became a paid firefighter in 2007. I've worked at Wellington Fire, Sedgwick county EMS and Arkansas City Fire. In 2015 I made the decision and was lucky enough to be hired by Olathe Fire Dept as a Fire/Medic. I earned my AAS in 2007 and a BGS in Physics, Chemistry and biology with a minor in mathematics in 2011. I grew up on a small farm where if you needed something you either fixed it or built it yourself. I've learned this applies well to the fire service. I love training, both hands on and studying. I don't believe you rise to the occasion, but you rise to your level of training.

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Aaron Eastland (Firefighter - Olathe, KS Fire)

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Aaron began his career in 1998 as a volunteer for a small rural department. After graduating college with a AA in Fire Science and a BA in Heatlh and Fitness he was hired full-time with the same department. In 2004 he was hired by Kansas City Fire Department and was promoted to Captain in 2015. Aaron is a Fire Instructor II and is a adjunct instructor for Blue River Community College Fire Academy. He also serves as President of I-49 F.O.O.L.S. of the KC Metro Area.

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Isaac Frazier (Firefighter - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Isaac Frazier is the owner of Tactical Advantage Training and a Firefighter with the Wichita Fire Department. Prior to WFD he served as a Special Operations Captain with St. Johns County Florida’s Heavy Rescue “Squad 4”. First due to the deadliest stretch of roadway in the nation, Frazier teaches from personal street experience providing tried and true tactics. Frazier travels nationally sharing his passion. Frazier has been a FDIC lead HOT instructor, FDIC lecturer, Fire Engineering Contributor, Fire Officer II, Special Operations Officer, Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and Hazmat Tech.

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Jonathan Hall (Captain - Saint Paul, MN Fire)

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Jonathan Hall has over 17 years of fire service experience. He is currently a Captain with the Saint Paul, MN Fire Department. In addition, he serves as a lead instructor for the department’s Training Division teaching recruit academies and company level training. He helped develop the department’s Truck Company and Engine Company apprenticeship programs. Previously, he served as a firefighter and a training and safety officer for the Township Fire Department in Eau Claire, WI. Jonathan is a certified instructor and has presented at Firehouse World, Firehouse Expo, and FDIC. He is the co-owner of Make The Move Training, LLC.

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Michael Heeney (Firefighter - Austin, TX Fire)

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I have been a firefighter since 1998 with multiple agencies until settling down in Austin Texas. I started my career there in 2006. Firefighting is a family tradition my father did 30 years on Philadelphia Fire dept. So I am living the dream. I am a Rescue Squad Officer on Texas Task Force 1 and currently assigned to Rescue 14 in the middle of the city. I am married to Allison and have 1 son Michael Jr. I am a product of the USMC and the Philly public school system so I believe in Common sense and Brotherhood at all times.

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Samuel Hittle (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Samuel Hittle is a Captain with Wichita Fire. He has an Associates in Fire Science, is an FDIC, Traditions Training, and Wichita HoT Instructor, FDIC Lecturer, contributing author for Fire Engineering, Urban Firefighter, Fire Rescue, Fire Nuggets, and FiRescue Interactive publications, is a two time Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award recipient (2012 and 2015), a Wichita Fire Truck Company Coordinator, serves on the Interior Attack Technical Panel for UL, and a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board.

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Jonathan Jarvis (Firefighter - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Jonathan has been a member of the Wichita Fire Department for 9 years where he currently serves at Fire House 9 on Truck 3. He is a member of the Technical Rescue Team as well as a structural collapse technician and rescue diver. He has been a member of the Wichita Fire Truck company for 7 years. Jonathan has assisted instructing the Nozzle Forward class as well as Forcible Entry and lectured on Extreme Ownership in the Fire Service at Wichita H.O.T. He also serves as a member of the Wichita Fire Peer support team which is designed to help and encourage firefighters who have dealt with exceptionally difficult situations on the job and off.

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Brian Jetton (Captain - Frisco, TX Fire)

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Brian Jetton started his fire service career in 1998. Currently is a Captain with the Frisco Fire Dept (TX) where he is a member of Truck Co 2. He also holds Fire Officer IV, Instructor II, Haz-Mat Tech, Rope Rescue II, and Paramedic Certifications. In Frisco Brian works with the Training Division on setting standards for Truck Company operations, department wide training, and is an Instructor for recruit classes.

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Scott Kleinschmidt (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Scott is a 20-year veteran with the City of Wichita Fire Department currently assigned to Heavy Rescue 4. He is a Rescue Technician/Manager with KSTF-5 regional USAR team. He is a department instructor/coordinator in Truck Company operations and coauthored the departments current SOP’s for Truck Company Operations. Lieutenant Kleinschmidt is an adjunct instructor to the departments training division providing recruit instruction and hands on training to suppression companies throughout the city. He provides lecture and hands on training in Truck Company, Rescue Company, and reduced staffed fire ground operations at the local, state, and national level. Captain Kleinschmidt is a past FDIC presenter and contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine.

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Kevin Lewis (Captain - Cobb County, GA Fire)

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Kevin Lewis, Captain Cobb County Fire & Emergency Services, GA. Kevin is a 22 year veteran of Cobb Fire assigned to Truck Company 4. He has a BA from the University of Delaware and has taught both classroom and HOT courses at Firehouse Expo, FDIC, FH World, and extensively throughout the United States. He is a member of the NFPA 1931/1932 Technical Committee for Fire Service Ground Ladders and has been published in both Firehouse and Fire Engineering Magazine. He is also a founding member of the Georgia Chapter of the Terry Farrell Firefighter's Fund.

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Bobby Magee (Lieutenant - Ocean City, MD Fire)

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Bobby Magee has 30 years of experience in the Fire Service. Starting his FF career in the U.S. Navy (U.S.S. Sumter LST 1181), later starting at Millville, DE Volunteer Fire Company and is a past Chief of the Department. Bobby started his career in 1991 working for Sussex County, DE as a Paramedic advancing to rank of Captain. Bobby then started with his current Department in 2000 in Ocean City, MD and is currently a Lieutenant developing, coordinating and delivering Fire/Rescue Training for the Ocean City Fire Department. In addition, Bobby has been an Instructor for Delaware State Fire School, written articles for Fire Engineering Magazine and has taught for various Departments and training groups (F.O.O.L.S.)across the Country.

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Ray McCormack (Lieutenant - FDNY)

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Ray McCormack is a Lieutenant and thirty seven year veteran of the FDNY, Fire Department of New York. He is a panel member for both the UL Fire Stream Attack Study and Coordinated Fire Attack Study. He delivered the Keynote "True Values of a Firefighter" at FDIC in 2009. He was the co creator of Urban Firefighter Magazine. He lectures on tactics, leadership and culture in the American Fire Service. His column Urban Essentials can be found in Fire Rescue Magazine. Ray can be contacted via E-mail at Firenymen@aol.com and Twitter @LtRayMack

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Cameron Meier (Lieutenant - Sedgwick County, KS Fire)

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Cameron is a 12 year member of Sedgwick County Fire District #1. He is currently serving as a Lieutenant at Firehouse 37 which covers the North East end of the Fire District. Cameron currently instructs with the FOOLS of OZ around the state and is an instructor covering Forcible Entry for the recruit academy.

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Dan Mishler (Firefighter - Sedgwick County, KS Fire)

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Dan Mishler is a Firefighter for Sedgwick County Fire District #1. He has 10 years in the fire service and is currently assigned to the Hazardous Materials Team at Firehouse 33. Firefighter Mishler is a fire instructor and teaches RIC, “Saving Your Own,” and forcible entry with the FOOLS of Oz and the SCFD recruit academy. He assists with Engine Company Operation, Vehicle Extrication, and RIC with Hutchinson Community College Fire Science.

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Chris Moren (Firefighter - Austin, TX Fire)

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Chris started his fire service career chasing wildland fires in California working for the USFS on the Los Padres National Forest. After 4 seasons, he was hired by Austin Fire Dept where he has worked for 18 years. Chris worked at Station 18 (busiest station) for 14 years, then transferred to drive Rescue 14. While assigned to 18's, Chris drew a design for a tool on a brown folding napkin that is now known as The Pig.

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Keith Niemann (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Keith Niemann has been a member of the Wichita Fire Department for 17 years, where he currently serves as the Captain assigned to Engine Company 10. Keith is a charter member and President of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz, and been published in Fire Engineering as well as Urban Firefighter. He has had the honor of presenting at numerous fire schools and conferences to include FDIC, Wichita HOT, and Maryland State Firefighters Association Conference. Keith is an adjunct instructor for Hutchinson Community College, Butler County Community college, and with the Wichita Fire Department assisting with both recruit academy and department drill cycles.

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Daniel Nelms (Firefighter - Nashville, TN Fire)

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Daniel Nelms has been a career firefighter for the Nashville (TN) Fire Department for 7 years. He is currently assigned to 26 Engine on the south side of the city. He is also a Shift Commander with the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department, where he has volunteered for 10 years. He is a Senior Instructor /Co-Owner of Nelms Fire Company. He is a State of Tennessee Journeymen Firefighter, a certified Fire Instructor, and Fire Officer, as well as a nationally certified AEMT.

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Trey Nelms (District Chief - Nashville, TN Fire)

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Trey Nelms is a 25+ year member of the fire service where he has served in career and volunteer organizations. He has been with the Nashville (TN) Fire Department since 1994 where he has served as Dispatcher, Firefighter, Captain, and District Chief. Trey is also the Assistant Chief of Operations/Training for the Pleasant View (TN) Volunteer Fire Department, where he has served 15 years. He is part owner of the family training business (Nelms Fire Co.), that provides instruction in numerous topics, while also bringing passion to the profession.

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Sid Newby (Battalion Chief - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Sid Newby is a battalion chief and 36-year veteran of the Wichita Fire Department. He has held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the Operations Division. He is a Kansas State and nationally certified fire service officer and instructor. He has an associate degree in fire science and a BA degree in education from Wichita State University. He lectures nationally on various fire/ rescue topics. He provides lecture and hands on training in Incident Command, Engine Company, and Fireground Operations. Chief Newby is an instructor at the Fire Department Training Network. He is a past FDIC presenter and contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

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Scott Peterson (Firefighter - Fulton, MO Fire)

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I am starting my 11th year in the fire service and 6th year as an EMT. I got my start as a volunteer with the Montgomery Fire Protection District, and I am currently their Training Officer. I am now a career Firefighter Engineer with the City of Fulton Fire Department. I have been an Instructor for 7 years and assist with certifications for our Firefighters to obtain their Hazmat Awareness, Operations, and Fire 1 & 2. I also assist with the Montgomery County Fire Alliance training as well as give a class I designed titled “Motivation in Training, Getting it Back to our Department”. I like to be involved in our community and several fundraising campaigns through our IAFF Local 2945, and currently the Secretary / Treasurer of that local. I instruct an impact class at one of the State of Missouri’s Prison treatment facilities as a community partner. I am the Vice President of the Lake Area FOOLS chapter and enjoy doing a lot of outside training. I have received the honor of being named Firefighter of the Year in 2016 by our Local 2945, Fulton Professional Firefighters. I also received a service award from Montgomery Fire Protection District for serving them as Firefighter, Chief Engineer, and finally as Assistant Chief. I have presented my class across the state of Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, and Kansas to numerous Departments both career and volunteer. I have also presented it at Missouri Winter Fire School, Iowa State Fire School, NATA conference, and Wichita H.O.T. My goal is to keep on learning every day and be a student of the trade, every day is a day to become better. Through my teaching and continued education, I hope to help change the way we look at training and how to become more motivated to be there and train.

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Shawn Raymond (Firefighter - Gallatin, TN Fire)

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Shawn Raymond is a first generation firefighter. He began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Pleasant View (TN) Volunteer Fire Department. Shawn has been with the PVVFD since 2014, where he has functioned as a Firefighter, Driver/Operator, and acting Shift Commander. He is still one of the PVVFD's most active volunteers. Shawn was hired by the Gallatin (TN) Fire Department in 2015 as a career firefighter where he is currently assigned to Engine Co. 1 "C". Shawn has taken advantage of his short time in the fire service obtaining state certification as a Fire Instructor I, Fire Officer I, and AEMT. Shawn is currently pursuing a Fire Science Degree at Volunteer State Community College.

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David Rhodes (Captain - Atlanta, GA Fire)

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David Rhodes is a 32-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Captain with the City of Atlanta Fire Department. He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a Hands-on-Training Coordinator for the FDIC conference, an Editorial Advisor and author for Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue and Fire Apparatus and Equipment Magazine. Creator of the Hump Day SOS Blog of Fire Engineering.com. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, and Advisory Board Member for Underwriters Laboratory Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He serves as an Incident Commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency - All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a Task Force Leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. He is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc. which provides public safety training, consulting and promotional assessment centers.

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Stephen Runyan (Lieutenant - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Stephen Runyan is a 9 year Lieutenant with Wichita Fire currently assigned to Truck 1 in Downtown. Stephen is a Wichita HOT Instructor, 2014 Firehouse Heroism Award Winner, WFD Truck Company Coordinator/Instructor, Hazmat Technician, and works for FDIC. He also has a Associates in Fire Science and worked as a fireman in the US Air Force from 2002-2008.

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Nick Sequenzia (Firefighter - Frisco, TX Fire)

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Nick started his fire service career in 2005. Currently is a firefighter with the Frisco Fire Dept (TX) where he is a member of Truck Co 2. His previous experience includes the Washington D.C. Fire Dept where he was assigned to Engine Co 19. He also holds Haz-Mat Tech, Rope Rescue, and Paramedic Certifications. In Frisco Nick works with the Training Division on setting standards for Truck Company operations, department wide training, and is an Instructor for recruit classes.

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Trevor Steedman (Chief - Palm Beach Shores Fire)

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Trevor is a 30 year veteran of the Fire Service and is the Chief of the Palm Beach Shores Fire Department in Palm Beach County, Florida. Trevor began his Fire Service career with the Ocean City (MD) Fire Department in 1988 after joining the Department as a Cadet in 1987. He has been a career fire officer since 1999, serving as the Commander in several roles and capacities including Special Operations, the Office of Training, Health & Safety, and City-Wide Operations. He retired as a Captain (Battalion Chief) from the Ocean City (MD) Fire Department in 2016. Chief Steedman is a principal member on the NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment (FAE-RPE). He has been a Senior Instructor with the University of Maryland - Maryland Fire & Rescue Institute since 1995, teaching in several disciplines including Fire, Rescue, HazMat, Management and Special Programs. His instructional background also includes numerous National, State and Regional training conferences including FDIC International. Trevor has been published in Fire Engineering magazine and other trade media and is the Owner of Strike the Box Training, LLC. Chief Steedman earned a Bachelor of Science degree Fire Science from the University of Maryland and is currently in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. He is also the Past President and founding member of the Ocean City FOOLS (Alpha Chapter) of FOOLS International.

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Seth Taylor (Firefighter - Lewisville, TX Fire)

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Seth Taylor is a second generation, 24 yr firefighter with urban and rural volunteer experience. He is a current member of Lewisville FD dive team and assigned to Truck 7. Over the last 15 years he has designed and constructed a variety of training props used for fire service training recently including the Braskey Force Door. Seth is a NWCG qualified Engine Boss, Sawyer, and Texas Forest Service TIFMAS Sawyer evaluator. He has responded to a variety of state incidents on both all hazards and wildfire responses. Since 2008 he has coordinated the annual “All Saws” Class which teaches chainsaw & radial saw techniques, maintenance, and safety to metro, urban, and rural firefighters in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Tim Vandermeer (Lieutenant - Austin, TX Fire)

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Tim started as a volunteer 15 years ago and has now been with the Austin Fire Department for 10 years. Before recently promoting to Lt, he worked in the Special Operations Division splitting time between an engine and an inner city rescue company. He is also a member of Texas Task Force One as a rescue specialist. Tim has devoted his career to learning and teaching others.

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Michael Walker (Chief - Oklahoma City, OK Fire)

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Battalion Chief Michael Walker is a 25+ year veteran of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He has served a training officer, Hazardous Materials and Technical Rescue officer, assistant fire coordinator for Eastern Oklahoma County Technology Center Fire Training, and Task Force Leader for Oklahoma Task Force 1. He has instructed numerous times at FDIC and written for Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, and Urban Firefighter.

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Dennis Walton (Firefighter - Allentown, PA Fire)

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A 24 year veteran of the fire service. Starting at a volunteer in a combination department and becoming a career firefighter for the City of Allentown Pennsylvania. A career academy instructor, Pennsylvania adjunct suppression instructor, On Scene Training Associates Instructor and a FDIC international HOT instructor. Focused on firefighter safety and survival, RIT operations, Truck operations and building construction. Prior to becoming a career firefighter I obtained my journeyman status with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union where I was a foreman and Superintendent for commercial construction gaining a strong background in all construction, codes and blueprint reading. President and a founding member of the William Penn FOOLS in Pennsylvania

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Chad Winton (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Chad Winton is currently serving as a Captain with Wichita Fire Department Special Operations Battalion, assigned to Truck 1 in the downtown district. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. Chad is a Certified Advance Emergency Medical Technician, certified thru the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services. He is certified as a Tactical Combat Medic (TCCC) thru National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). He currently is the Rescue Coordinator, with the Hutchinson Community College Fire Science program, and also an instructor with Kansas State Fire Marshal Office USAR Instructor. Chad adjuncts as an instructor with the Wichita Fire Department and Wichita Police Department Training Division. Chad is an 18 year member of the Wichita Fire Special Operations Technical Rescue Team. He is a rescue technician and manager with the Kansas Task Force 5 Regional USAR team. He has become highly proficient in the years of service at multi disciplines and is frequently employed to instruct on fire tactics, tactical medicine and Rescue Company disciplines, at the local, state and national levels. Chad is continually drawing from over 20 years of public safety experience of which he has been assigned to some of the busiest companies in the State.

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Nick White (Captain - Hutchinson, KS Fire)

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Nick White has been in the fire service since 2007 and is a Captain on the Hutchinson fire department. He is an FFI and FFII instructor at Hutchinson community college fire science.

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Wichita HOT Board

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  • Captain Michael Crosby
  • Captain Kelly Ross
  • Lieutenant Mark Misek
  • Lieutenant Stephen Runyan
  • Firefighter Wade Holle
  • Firefighter Jonathan Jarvis
  • Firefighter Josh Griffin

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