2011 Fire Engineering Editorial Advisory Board

TECHNICAL EDITORS 

Glenn P. Corbett, PE, is an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, is a technical editor for Fire Engineering, and wasan assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department. He previously held the position of administrator of engineering services with the San Antonio (TX) Fire Department. Corbett has a master of engineering degree in fire protection engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and is pursuing a Ph.D. in public administration from Rutgers University. He authored two chapters on fire prevention/protection in The Fire Chief`s Handbook, Fifth Edition (Fire Engineering Books, 1995) and is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan's Building Construction for the Fire Service, 4th Edition. He is editor of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II. Corbett is an FDIC Executive Advisory Board member. He has been in the fire service since 1978.

John (Skip) Coleman retired as assistant chief from the Toledo (OH) Fire Department. He has written Incident Management for the Street Smart Fire Officer (Fire Engineering 1997), Incident Management for the Street Smart Fire Officer, Second Edition (Fire Engineering 2008), and Managing Major Fires (Fire Engineering, 2001). He serves on the Executive Advisory Board for FDIC and is technical editor for Fire Engineering magazine. He is the recipient of the 2011 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mike McEvoy is the EMS coordinator for Saratoga County, New York, and EMS technical editor for Fire Engineering. He teaches at Albany Medical College and is a critical care nurse, paramedic, firefighter, and EMS director for the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Anthony Avillo, a 25-year veteran of the fire service, is a deputy chief in North Hudson Regional (NJ) Fire & Rescue, assigned as 1st Platoon regional tour commander. He has a B.S. in fire science from New Jersey City University and is an instructor at the Bergen County (N.J.) and Monmouth County (N.J.) Fire Academies. Avillo is a member of the FDIC advisory board and the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board. He is the author of Fireground Strategies, 2nd edition (Pennwell, 2008) and Fireground Strategies Workbook Volume II (Pennwell, 2009). He is a contributing author to Fire Engineering‘s Handbook for Firefighter I and II (2009) and co-author of the Fire Engineering Firefighters Handbook Study Guide (Pennwell, 2009).  

Alan Brunacini joined the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department in 1958. He served in every department position, was promoted to chief in 1978, and retired in 2006 with 48 years of service. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University. He has B.S. and M.P.A. degrees from Arizona State University. He is the past chairman of the board of the NFPA and the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety Committee (standard 1500). He is chairman of the NFPA Career Fire Service Career Organization and Deployment Committee (standard 1710). He is the author of Fire Command, Command Safety, Timeless Tactical Truths, Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service, and The Anatomy and Physiology of Leadership. He and his son John own and operate the fire service Web site www.bshifter.com.

Eddie Buchanan began his fire service career in 1982. He is a division chief with Hanover (VA) Fire & EMS. He is president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and the author of the Volunteer Training Officer’s Handbook. He has an associate degree in fire science and a bachelor’s degree in human resource management.

John M. Buckman III is the branch chief for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, responsible for the development and delivery of training through the Indiana Firefighter Training System. He has served as chief of the German Township (IN) Fire Department for more than 30 years. He is a member of the FDIC executive advisory board, is treasurer of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association, and was president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (2001-2002).

Michael N. Ciampo is a 25-year veteran of and a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York. Previously, he served with the District of Columbia Fire Department. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY.  He is the lead instructor of the Truck Company Essentials FDIC H.O.T. class. He wrote the ladder chapter and co-authored the ventilation chapter for Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter 1 and II and is featured in “Training Minutes” truck company videos on www.fireengineering.com. He is the author of Fire Engineering’s monthly “back-page” column “On Fire.”

Paul T. Dansbach is the fire marshal in the Bureau of Fire Safety in Rutherford, New Jersey. He has worked in code enforcement for the past 31 years, the past 24 as fire marshal. He is also a fire instructor at the Bergen County Law & Public Safety Institute, Fire Academy, Bergen County, N.J., and has been a member of the Rutherford Fire Department for 32 years; he is a past chief, having served 10 years as a chief officer. He is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering and an advisory board member of FDIC. He is co-author of the Study Guide for Fireground Size-Up and the author of Chapter 7, “Building Construction,” in Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II (PennWell, 2009). He is a member of the N.J. Fire Safety Commission’s Code Advisory Council. He is featured in building construction “Training Minutes” on fireengineering.com.

Frank L. Fire worked for40 years in the plastics industry andretired as executive vice president of sales, marketing, and international from Americhem, Inc., Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He has a B.S. degree in chemistry and an M.B.A. degree in marketing, both from the University of Akron. He has taught “Chemistry of Hazardous Materials” to emergency responders for 32 years in the Fire Protection Technology program at the University of Akron (OH) Stark State College; at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland; and to civil support teams of the National Guard in Missouri and Minnesota. He is the author of The Common Sense Approach to Hazardous Materials, The Common Sense Dictionary for Emergency Responders, A Study Guide to the Common Sense Approach to Hazardous Materials, Combustibility of Plastics, Chemical Data Notebook: A User’s Manual and a coauthor of SARA, Title III: Intent and Implementation of Hazardous Materials Regulations. He has written more than 120 articles on individual hazardous materials for Fire Engineering.

Richard A. Fritz joined the fire service in 1973. He has served with various career and volunteer fire departments, including the Muscatine and Davenport (IA) Fire Departments; Penfield (NY) and Hampton (IL), Union Fire Company #1, Carlisle (PA), and Williamsport (MD) Company #2 volunteer fire departments. He retired as battalion chief of training from the High Point (NC) Fire Department. He was director of fire training for the Illinois Fire Service Institute in Champaign, Illinois. He is a former adjunct instructor for Guilford Technical Community College in Jamestown, NC; has served on the NFPA 1001 committee; and is the author of Tools of the Trade: Firefighting Hand Tools and Their Use (Fire Engineering, 1997) and four supporting training videos on firefighting hand tools.

Mike Gagliano has 25 years of fire/crash/rescue experience with the Seattle (WA) Fire Department and the United States Air Force. He is the captain of Ladder 5 and a member of the Seattle Fire Department’s Critical Decision/Tactical Training group. He has written numerous fire service articles and is coauthor of Air Management for the Fire Service and the SCBA chapter of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II (Pennwell, 2008)l. He is a member of the FDIC Advisory Board and a director for the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition and teaches across the country on air management, fireground tactics, leadership, and company officer development. He and his wife Anne teach strategies for developing and maintaining a strong marriage/family.

William Goldfeder, EFO, has been a firefighter since 1973 and is deputy chief of the Loveland-Symmes (OH) Fire Department. He is a member of the FDIC Executive Advisory Board and of the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board. He chairs the IAFC Safety, Health and Survival Section and is a member of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation board of directors, the September 11th Families Association, and the National Firefighter Near-Miss Reporting System. He is an honorary battalion chief of FDNY and owns, with Gordon Graham, the Web site www.FireFighterCloseCalls.com.

Bill Gustin is a 38-year veteran of the fire service and a captain with the Miami-Dade (FL) Fire Rescue Department. He began his fire service career in the Chicago area and conducts firefighting training programs in the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean. He is a lead instructor in his department’s officer training program, is a marine firefighting instructor, and has conducted forcible entry training for local and federal law enforcement agencies. He is an editorial advisory board member of FDIC and Fire Engineering.

Leigh T. Hollins began his fire career in 1976 at Nottingham Fire Company in Hamilton Square, New Jersey. He relocated to Manatee County, Florida, in 1977. He serves as a battalion chief in the training division at Cedar Hammock (FL) Fire Rescue and is vice president and director of STARFIRE Training Systems, Inc. He is the author of numerous fire-related articles, teaches nationally, and produced Fire Engineering's School Bus Extrication DVD as well as several “Training Minutes” videos for fireengineering.com. He serves on FDIC’s executive advisory board and on Fire Engineering’s editorial advisory board. He has been an FDIC H.O.T. lead extrication instructor since 1997. 

Arthur L. Jackson is chief investigator for Peter Vallas Associates, a fire origin and cause forensic analysis and private detective agency, where he has worked for 16 years. A 36-year veteran of the fire service, he is also chief of fire prevention and fire subcode official for the Hasbrouck Heights (NJ) Fire Department.

Steve Kreis has been a member of the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department for 36 years. He began in 1975 as a firefighter, was promoted through the system, and now holds the position of executive assistant chief of fire department emergency services. He has a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public administration from Arizona State University. He was an adjunct instructor at Phoenix College and an instructor at Arizona State University in the fire science curriculum. He is a member of the FDIC Executive Advisory Board and served on the International Fire Service Training Association executive board for eight years. He is an editorial advisor to Fire Engineering.

Rick Lasky, a 30-year veteran of the fire service, is chief of the Lewisville (TX) Fire Department. He began his career as a firefighter in the suburbs on the southwest side of Chicago and while in Illinois received the 1996 International Society of Fire Service Instructors “Innovator of the Year”award for his part in developing the “Saving Our Own” program. He served as the co-lead instructor for the H.O.T. Firefighter Survival program at FDIC for more than 10 years and is an editorial advisory board member of Fire Engineering;he also serves on the FDIC advisory board. He is the author of the “Pride and Ownership--A Firefighter’s Love of the Job” leadership series featured in Fire Engineering and the book published by Fire Engineering and is the host of the “Pride and Ownership” radio show on fireengineering.com.

John M. Malecky is a retired battalion chief of the Bayonne (NJ) Fire Department. He joined the department in 1970 and was named a lieutenant in 1987, a captain in 1994, and a battalion chief in 2000. He is author of Apparatus Deliveries in Fire Engineering.

David McGrail is a 29-year veteran of the fire service and a district chief with the Denver (CO) Fire Department (DFD). He instructs internationally on high-rise firefighting and standpipe operations and has been a keynote speaker at FDIC and international conferences. He is a member of the FDIC educational advisory board and the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board. He is the author of Firefighting Operations in High-Rise andStandpipe-Equipped Buildings (Fire Engineering, 2007). He has two A.A.S. degrees in fire science technology and two B.S. degrees, one in human resource management and the other in fire service administration.

John W. Mittendorf retired from the Los Angeles (CA) Fire Department as a battalion chief after 30 years of service. He is actively engaged in teaching fireground operations in this country and Europe. He is the author of Truck Company Operations, published by PennWell, and received the 2008 Fire Engineering Lifetime Achievement Award.

Frank C. Montagna, is a 41-year veteran of and a battalion chief in the Fire Department of New York; he has been a chief officer for the past 24 years. He is assigned to FDNY’s Bureau of Training and is responsible for curriculum, officer, and simulation development. He has a degree in fire science from John Jay College, where he teaches a course based on his book Responding to “Routine” Emergencies (Fire Engineering, 1999); is a member of Fire Engineering’s editorial advisory board; and has published numerous articles in Fire Engineering and FDNY’s WNYF magazine.

Jack J. Murphy Jr. is the principal in JJM & Associates, LLC. He retired as the fire marshal of Leonia (NJ) Fire Department, where he also served as deputy chief. He has a master’s degree in education and several undergraduate degrees. He is a member of the editorial advisory board for Fire Engineering and of the FDIC educational advisory board. He is vice chairman of the New York City High-Rise Fire Safety Directors Association and a member of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) High-Rise Building Safety Advisory Committee. He has more than 20 years of experience in dealing with high-rise buildings in the United States and worldwide; he served as the Citigroup vice president for Global Fire Protection. He is the author of RICS/Rapid Incident Command System (Fire Engineering, 1998).

Mike Nasta is a 26-year veteran of and deputy chief with the Newark (NJ) Fire Department. He is also a member of the South Hackensack (NJ) Volunteer Fire Department and served two terms as chief. He is a New Jersey- certified level 2 fire instructor and a senior fire instructor at the Bergen County (NJ) Fire Academy. He is a H.O.T. coordinator for FDIC. He coauthored Fireground Officer Development with Anthony Avillo and has authored numerous fire service articles. He is also an adjunct instructor at Kean University and New Jersey State University, where he teaches the program he coauthored.

Gerard J. Naylis has served more than 33 years as a firefighter, company officer, chief officer, and training officer in career and volunteer fire departments. He has written and lectured extensively on fire-related topics, including at FDIC. Naylis has a bachelor’s degree in fire safety from Jersey City State College and a master’s degree in administrative science from Fairleigh Dickinson University. He is a member of the New Jersey State Fire Safety Commission.

Gregory G. Noll, CSP, CHMM, has 40 years of experience in the fire service and emergency response community and is a senior partner with Hildebrand and Noll Associates, Inc., a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning, response, and incident management issues. He is the program manager for the South Central Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force. He is also the hazmat/WMD manager for PA-TF1, US&R. He is the coauthor of nine textbooks on hazmat emergency response and management topics and is the chairperson of NFPA 472, Standard for Competence of Responders to Hazardous Materials/Weapons of Mass Destruction Incidents. He is a member of the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board and the FDIC executive advisory board.

John P. O’Connell retired from the Fire Department of New York after 26 years of service. For his last 18 years with FDNY, he was assigned to the department’s Collapse Rescue Company No.3. He is a principal member of the NFPA 1670 committee and is the task group chair for the structural collapse section. A former task force leader and rescue team manager for New York City’s US&R Task Force 1, he has served on several FEMA development committees in the past 15 years, as well as a lead instructor for FEMA’s rescue specialist training. He is a rescue team manager with IN-TF-1. He is the lead H.O.T. coordinator for FDIC. He is the president of Collapse Rescue Systems Inc., an international training company specializing in technical rescue. An author of numerous articles on structural collapse and technical rescue, he is also the author of Emergency Rescue Shoring Techniques (Fire Engineering). He is a member of the FDIC executive advisory board.

William C. Peters retired after 28 years with the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department, having served the final 17 years of his career as battalion chief/supervisor of apparatus. He served as a voting member of the NFPA 1901 apparatus committee for several years and is the author of the Fire Apparatus Purchasing Handbook, the apparatus chapters in The Fire Chief’s Handbook, and numerous apparatus-related articles. He is a member of the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board and of the FDIC executive advisory board.

David Rhodes is a 25-year veteran of the fire service and a battalion chief for the Atlanta (GA) Fire Department. He also serves as the Atlanta Fire Department’s task force leader for urban search and rescue. He is the chief elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program and an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He was voted President Emeritus by the Atlanta Professional Fire Fighters, Local 134. He is a member of the FDIC executive advisory board and a H.O.T. coordinator for FDIC. He was the keynote speaker at the FDIC 2000 and FDIC West 2000 conferences. He has several published articles and the video Marketing the Mission (PennWell Publishing).

Frank Ricci is a lieutenant with the New Haven (CT) Fire Department and co-author of the Safety and Survival chapter of the Fire Engineering Handbook for Firefighter I and II (PennWell, 2008). He was the project manager for Emergency Training Solutions for the Firefighters Handbook I and II Power Point® presentations. He won a landmark case before the U.S. Supreme Court. He testified before Congress and has been a lead consultant for Yale on several studies. He worked on a heavy rescue unit covering Bethesda and Chevy Chase, Maryland, and was a “student live in” at station 31 in Rockville, Maryland. He developed the Fire Engineering film “Smoke Showing” and is a co-creator of Fire Engineering’s Tactical Building Blocks poster series, is featured in several “Training Minute” video segments, and created the DVD “Firefighter Survival Techniques” (Fire Engineering); he is currently filming the “Tactical Perspectives” series: Command, Ventilation, Search, and Fire Attack.

Rob Schnepp, is the chief of special operations for the Alameda County (CA) Fire Department. He is the author of Hazardous Materials: Awareness and Operations (Jones and Bartlett Publishers) and is on the editorial advisory board of Fire Engineering and FDIC. He is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel and of the task group charged with revising NFPA 473, Standard for Competencies for EMS Personnel Responding to Hazardous Materials. He is an instructor for the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency, providing hazmat/WMD training to an international audience.

William J. Shouldis is an instructor at the National Emergency Training Center in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He served with the Philadelphia (PA) Fire Department for more than 34 years and retired as a deputy chief. He was the command officer for one-half of the city of Philadelphia, director of training, and department safety officer. He earned a master's degree in public safety and has been an editorial advisory board member for Fire Engineering for more than 10 years.

Michael A. Terpak is a 35-year fire service veteran, spending the last 31 years as a deputy chief and a citywide tour commander with the Jersey City (NJ) Fire Department. He has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 and 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, as a chief of the city’s 2nd Battalion, and is the former chief-in-charge of the city’s training division. Terpak lectures around the country on fire/rescue and related topics and is the founder of Promotional Prep, a New Jersey-based consulting firm designed to prepare firefighters and fire officers studying for promotional exams. He has a B.S. degree in fire safety administration from New Jersey City University and is the author of two best-selling books, Fireground Size-Up and Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics. His next release is Operational Guides for the Fire Service.

Jerry Tracy, during his 31 years with the Fire Department of New York, developed numerous training programs. He authored many articles for Fire Engineering and FDNY’s training publication WNYF. He was engaged in researching smoke management in high-rises and strategies dealing with wind-driven fires.

Andrea Zaferes has been teaching thousands of water rescue/recovery personnel worldwide for 21 years. She is vice president of Lifeguard Systems, a NAUI/ACUC course director, an author, a medicolegal death investigator, and a public speaker. She has received such awards as the DAN-Rolex Diver of the Year and the Beneath the Sea Diver of the Year.