Speaker Bios

Listed Alphabetically by Last Name

Mark Baker
Rick Bayer
Chief Jeff Cash
Chief Jon Cohn
Randall F. Downs, CFPS
Dr. David Griffin
Attorney Kyle Gulya
April Hammond
Chief Steve Hansen
Chris Hohol
Rick James
Chief Ed Janke
Wayne Kinally
Scott Larson
Attorney James R. Macy
Tim McGrath, PhD
Allison Moore
Dr. Denis Onieal
Karl Ristow, CFO, MIFireE
Brian M. Satula
Ralph Sheffer
Peter Silva, Jr.
Chief Philip C. Stittleburg
Kristen Strother
Matthew A. Thompson
Keith Tveit
Chief Gary L. Weiss
Chief Robert Whitaker
Michael Wright 

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Mark Baker
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Are You or is Your Department Ready to Respond to a Grain Bin Engulfment?

Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Does Your Department Have the Training to Safely Extricate a Victim From a Tractor Rollover? 


Mark Baker is the owner/operator of Baker's Acres Dairy in Orangeville, IL. Mark is currently a 25 year veteran of the Orangeville Volunteer Fire Department, first responder for 15 years, and Stephenson County Technical Rescue Team member for 16 years. Mark has taught farm rescue for 30 years for several farm rescue agencies including the National Education Center for Ag Safety. He founded the Stateline Farm Rescue Program, currently serving as the lead instructor and coordinator.

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Rick Bayer
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Discipline and Wrongful Termination Part 1 & 2

Rick Bayer has been the Manager of Loss Control for Cities and Villages Mutual Insurance Company (CVMIC ) for the last 19 years. As Manager of Loss Control he is responsible for coordinating and providing a wide range of risk management, loss control, and loss prevention services to CVMIC’s 47 Members. A large part of his job is developing and conducting management, supervisory and safety training programs and providing on-site assistance to members in the risk management and employment practices liability areas.

He has conducted over 2,000 training programs for local government. Rick regularly presents training programs like “Work Place Harassment”, “Strategic Management Planning” “Hiring and Interviewing’, “Contractual Risk Transfer”, “Generations”, etc. for state professional organizations at their annual conferences.    

Prior to joining CVMIC he spent 20 years in the field of Human Resources and Risk Management; 18 years for the City of Appleton and 2 years for Rock County. He also has a B.S. in Business Administration and Psychology from U.W. Stevens Point.

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Chief Jeff Cash
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Make Me A Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Part 1 & 2

Jeff Cash has been in the fire service since 1979 and has served as Cherryville Fire Chief since 1986. He received a degree in Fire Protection Technology from Cleveland Community College and holds the designation of Chief Fire Officer from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. Jeff is a North Carolina certified Firefighter, EMT, Rescue Technician, Fire Officer, Arson Investigator, Fire Code Enforcement Officer, and Instructor. He has taught fire service subjects all across North Carolina and in other states, and is an adjunct instructor for Gaston College. Jeff was President of the North Carolina State Firemen’s Association (NCSFA) in 2001 and serves on the NVFC Executive Committee. Jeff’s many awards: NCSFA Firefighter of the Year (1990), North Carolina Association of Fire Chief’s Chief Officer of the Year (2007), IAFC – VCOS John Buckman III Leadership Award (2007), and NVFC E. James Monihan Director Award (2010). He serves on the NFPA 1021 committee and is the NVFC liaison on the IAFC’s Safety, Health, and Survival board. Jeff has testified before Congress on two occasions regarding AFG and SAFER. He and his wife Cynthia have two sons, Chad and Quentin, who are both firefighters. Jeff is a deacon and Sunday school teacher at the First Baptist Church in Cherryville, and he serves his community in various volunteer capacities, including President of Cherryville Little League Baseball. He is an avid history buff and a Civil War re-enactor with the North Carolina 26th regiment.

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Chief Jon Cohn
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Mobile Integrated Health / Community Paramedic: How Do You Do That?

 

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Randall F. Downs, CFPS
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
ISO Schedule Revision

Randy Downs is the Midwest Region Manager for ISO.  He manages 10 states and 21 field representatives for ISO. These states are North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and Indiana. Randy is a frequent speaker and presenter of educational programs on ISO to fire, water, and communication center associations.

Prior to becoming manager, Randy was a field representative in Iowa for 6 years.  Randy currently serves as a volunteer firefighter, and is the training officer of his department. Randy also holds the CFPS (Certified Fire Protection Specialist) designation.

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Dr. David Griffin
Thursday, June 23 :: 9:00am - 3:00pm
In Honor of the Charleston 9:  A Study of Change Following Tragedy

Dr. David Griffin is a Captain with the City of Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, South Carolina. He was the operator of the first due engine on June 18, 2007 when nine of his fellow firefighters perished in the line of duty. He has a Bachelor of Science in education from The Citadel, a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership, and a Doctorate of Education in organizational leadership and development. He is the author of the Best Seller In Honor of The Charleston 9: A Study of Change Following Tragedy and ACTION: 9 Missions for Personal and Professional Growth. David is also an international speaker and instructor, a certified Chief Training Officer and Fire Officer with The Center for Public Safety Excellence, is currently completing the Executive Fire Office Program at The National Fire Academy, and owner of On A Mission, LLC at drdavidgriffin.com.

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Attorney Kyle J. Gulya
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Labor and Employment Law Update: What the Chief Needs to Know for 2016

Attorney Gulya represents public-sector employers throughout Wisconsin. He frequently works with Fire Chiefs and Police Chiefs regarding personnel management issues including internal investigations, discipline, and legal compliance, as well as matters requiring involvement of Police & Fire Commissions.

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April Hammond
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
DSPS 330 and Updates

April Hammond currently serves as an Occupational Safety Inspector with the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services (DSPS.) April has served in the fire service as volunteer firefighter for over 15 years and she is currently serving as her local fire department’s training officer.  April has worked in the past as a wildland firefighter, emergency dispatcher, police officer, and EMT.  April’s educational background is in criminal justice and fire science. April lives in Cottage Grove, WI with her husband and two daughters.

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Chief Steve Hansen
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Can You Hear Me Now – Radio Communications 101

Chief Steve Hansen has been a firefighter for almost 34 years serving the last 9 years as Fire Chief for the City of Racine. Chief Hansen became involved with radios and radio communications in the mid-1990's as emerging technologies started to become more prominent in the Fire Service. Chief Hansen current serves as the Fire Service representative on the State Interoperability Council, is a member of the Statewide Systems Management Group (WISCOM), Chairperson of the Mutual Aid Frequency Coordinating Committee, and is the MABAS Wisconsin Communications Committee chairperson. Chief Hansen has many years of radio programming experience with both portable and mobile radios. Chief Hansen currently operates an FCC licensed radio repeater system for the benefit of a Fire Service Rehab Group in Southeast Wisconsin.


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Chris Hohol
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Complex Incident Management - Are You Prepared?

Management/Administrative/Training
Retired Fire Chief for the Village of Bellevue WI and Industrial Firefighter and HazMat Technician with 31 years experience in the Fire Service; including Municipal and Industrial. Active in management level positions since 1997; provided leadership and management for a 55-member fire department and liaison with contracted Law Enforcement Staff of 9. Responsible for Animal Control Officers and Village Emergency Management as Deputy Emergency Management Director. Held Positions as Firefighter, Team Leader Captain of Special Operations, Captain of Training, Interim Chief and Chief.

Prior to working for the Village of Bellevue, held Positions in the Industrial Fire and HazMat Response profession for several multi national and international private contractors. In these positions was responsible for management of Emergency Response Operations, including Emergency Response to fires, hazmat releases and natural disasters. Current Owner of Fire & Industrial Response Enterprises, LLC a training and consulting company specializing in the fields of Occupational Safety and Health, Public Safety, Mine Safety and Health Part 46, Emergency Management, and other related Emergency Response and preparedness fields. Currently an Adjunct Instructor for Fire and Public Safety at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Green Bay, WI. Currently the Planning Section Chief for the State of WI Inter-Agency Complex (Type 2) Incident Management Team.

In addition to other certifications, Board Certified as a Certified Instructional Technologist and Certified Environmental Trainer in the areas of Occupational Safety and Health and Emergency Response as Accredited by the Council of Engineering and Scientific Specialty Boards.

Emergency Management
Held the position of the Deputy Director of Emergency Management and a member of the Emergency Operations Committee for the Village of Bellevue; authored several Annex/Emergency Support Function sections of the Village's Emergency Operations Plan; responded to and coordinated many Village wide emergencies through the Village's local emergency operations center, designed many exercises and after-action reviews; utilized the Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program; member of the planning team/exercise evaluator for the Central Brown County Water Authority exercise in Brown and Manitowoc County; thoroughly familiar with E-sponder virtual emergency operations software.

Incident Command
Extensive experience as a practitioner in the National Incident Management System/Incident Command; over 20 years command experience, having held most Incident Command and General Staff positions on events with multiple operational periods.; Currently possess instructor's certifications in National Incident Management System Incident Command System (NIMS-ICS) and in Incident Management Team (IMT) operations. Have worked within the Incident Command Structure on various Incidents of National Significance. These include amongst others Hurricanes Charlie, Katrina, Rita, the Columbia Space Shuttle Disaster and the Deep Water Horizon BP Oil Spill. Current member and trainer for the Northeast Wisconsin Incident Management Team based out of MABAS 112 in Green Bay, WI, and as the Planning Section Chief for the State of WI Complex (Type 2) Incident Management Team. Been deployed on several National and Regional deployments as an IMT member.

Special Responsibilities
Past Vice President of the Fire Chiefs Association Brown County Wisconsin, and Coordinator of the MABAS Communications Committee for Brown County. Founding member and Past Board Member of the Wisconsin Association of Hazardous Materials Responders. Contributing editor to several publications, and have spoken or presented at regional and national events and conferences. Have previously been on various Local Emergency Management Committees, Wisconsin Governor's Committee of Contingency Plan Revision (Appointed by Secretary Meyer WDNR) and the USCG Area Committee Milwaukee, WI as well as several USCG Port Safety and or Security committees.

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Rick James 
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm 
Fire and Emergency Service Training Opportunities at the REACT Center and Volk Field

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Chief Ed Janke
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fireground Management Session III 

Chief Ed Janke began his public safety career in 1983 and has been a firefighter since 1991. He currently serves as the Director of Public Safety for the Village of Howard. The Howard Fire Department is an ISO Class 3, full service combination department providing a range of traditional and non-traditional emergency and community services. A Chief Officer since 2004, he has served as company officer and training officer.

Ed is a former Associate Dean of Public Safety with the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College (NWTC) in Green Bay, WI. A career law enforcement officer, he ultimately held the rank of Chief Deputy at the Brown County Sheriff's Department prior to retiring. While at the Sheriff's Department, he also commanded the Emergency Response Unit, which is comprised of the Tactical Unit, Field Force and the Bomb Squad.

A graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and also a graduate of the FBI National Academy, he holds an M.S. in Organizational Management. Ed is a Certified Fire Officer, Engineer/Aerial Operator and Fire Instructor. He instructs all levels of Incident Command courses including Command and General Staff, as well as position specific instruction. He also instructs management related topics including leadership, organizational assessment, risk management, and strategic planning.

Ed is also a law enforcement instructor. He holds State of Wisconsin Unified Tactical Instructor ratings in Professional Communications, Firearms, Defense and Arrest Tactics and Emergency Vehicle Operations. He is a Wisconsin Department of Justice, Training and Standards Instructor-Trainer for Vehicle Contacts Instruction. Ed is an Instructor-Trainer for explosive related terrorism courses as well as SWAT Command, SWAT Operator Counter-Terrorism, Force Protection as well as Counter Terrorism courses related to biological and chemical weapons.

Ed serves on the Wisconsin NIMS Advisory Group and the Brown County Fire Investigation Task Force Board of Directors. He has served as the President of Brown County MABAS Division 112 since 2007 and is the Coordinator for the MABAS Division 112 IMT. Ed was appointed as Vice President of MABAS Wisconsin in 2009 and has been President of MABAS Wisconsin since 2011.

 

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Wayne Kinally
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:10am
MABAS WI & WIDNR Working Together 

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Scott Larson
Saturday, June 24 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Are You or is Your Department Ready to Respond to a Grain Bin Engulfment? 

Saturday, June 24 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Does Your Department Have the Training to Safely Extricate a Victim From a Tractor Rollover? 

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Attorney James R. Macy
Friday, June 24:: 2:00pm – 3:15pm
Friday, June 24:: 3:30pm – 5:00pm
Labor and Employment Law Update: What the Chief Needs to Know for 2016

Mr. Macy is a resident shareholder and Branch Manager of the Oshkosh office of Davis & Kuelthau, S.C. and has over 30 years of experience representing private and public sector management in employment issues. He is the past team leader of the firm's Labor & Employment section and a past member of the Firm's Board of Directors. He has been selected for inclusion in "Best Lawyers in America" every year since 2006 as well as selected as a "Wisconsin Super Lawyer" by Milwaukee Magazine.

Jim is a past member of the State Legislative Committee to study and provide input on § 62.13 of the State Statutes and is the author of the handbook "Police & Fire Department Discipline in Wisconsin". He assisted in the drafting of the more recent provisions within § 111.70 that reinstituted the Janesville principle that § 62.13 is the exclusive provision for addressing police and fire discipline matters and not through a grievance procedure in a collective bargaining agreement. More recently, Jim was instrumental in re-opening the discussion of the permissive nature of a fire department duty day before the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. He has represented chiefs in the prosecution of police and fire discipline cases as well as represented Police & Fire Commissions in hearing and determining such matters.

Mr. Macy is involved in a variety of professional and community activities including being an Adjunct Professor at Marian University and the University of Wisconsin- Oshkosh Member of the State Bar of Wisconsin (Labor Law Section); the Florida Bar; the American Bar Association (Employment, Municipal and Sports Law Sections); and a frequent lecturer and author on topics of labor and employment law. 

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Tim McGrath, PhD
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
Volunteer to Combination

Dr. Tim McGrath is President of McGrath Consulting Group, Inc. a public safety & human resource consulting firm with clients in 23 states and the United Arab Emeritus. He has over 33 years of experience in the fire/EMS service and 16 years as a consultant.

Dr. McGrath began his career as a volunteer firefighter and became a career firefighter/paramedic rising to the rank of Fire Chief. He holds a Doctorate degree in Management; dual Masters degree in Public Administration & Management; Bachelor degree in Education; & Associate degree in Fire Science.

Tim has been speakers for the Illinois Fire Chiefs, Wisconsin Fire Chiefs, Indiana Fire Chiefs, St. Clair County Homeland Security & Emergency Management Michigan, and Northern Illinois Public Safety Training Academy.


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Allison Moore
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
Make Me A Firefighter Recruitment Workshop Part 1 & 2

Allison Moore has been a member of the NVFC staff since 2007. As Program Manager, she is the primary contact for the NVFC's national recruitment campaign. Allison received her bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Mercyhurst College and her M.P.S. in Political Management from The George Washington University.

 

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Dr. Denis Onieal
Friday, June 24:: 10:00am – 11:00am
The Future of the Fire and Emergency Services

Dr. Denis Onieal was appointed Deputy Fire Administrator for the United States Fire Administration (USFA) in May, 2015. He is responsible for managing USFA facilities, data and public education programs and training activities at the National Emergency Training Center.  

He joined the Jersey City Fire Department in 1971, rose through the ranks from firefighter to Deputy Chief, and then acting chief in 1995, leading a uniformed force of 620 firefighters and officers. He spent his entire time “in the street” as a line fire officer. 

He completed a Bachelor of Science Degree from New Jersey City University in 1976, a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Fairleigh (Fair-Lee) Dickinson University in 1978 and a Doctor of Education degree from New York University in 1990. He taught in the Master and Doctorate programs in Education at NYU for five years and has written numerous articles in the fire field.

Dr. Onieal served as Superintendent of the National Fire Academy (NFA) from 1995-2015, and during his tenure the NFA expanded its outreach program to work more closely with State and local training agencies to increase NFA training from 15,000 in 1995 to 100,000 today. All courses have been completely revised to include college credit recommendation and continuing education units for all resident and off-campus deliveries.The Academy’s on-line training program trained over 45,000 people last year. In cooperation with over 100 colleges and universities, the NFA has standardized the Associate and Bachelor degree curriculum across the Nation. The NFA now offers courses from 10 minutes to 10 days in all professional development topics depending upon the students’ needs.

Beginning September 12th, 2001, he led the USFA’s team at the World Trade Center, working behind the scenes to help the New York City Fire Department re-establish their systems of command, control and on-site communications. In 2005, he was sent to Atlanta GA to lead the in-processing, training and dispatch of 4,000 firefighters to assist in the response to Hurricane Katrina. 

In March of 2015 he was awarded the James O. Page EMS Achievement Award from the International Association of Fire Chiefs EMS Section. This award honors those who demonstrate professionalism, a drive for excellence, and exemplary performance and leadership.


In April of 2015 the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) awarded Dr. Onieal the CFSI/Motorola Solutions Mason Lankford Fire Service Leadership Award. The award recognizes individuals who have been proactive at the local, State and Federal government levels to improve and advance fire/emergency services and life safety issues.

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Karl Ristow, CFO, MIFireE
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Fire Service Accreditation and Credentialing: What is it All About?

Karl Ristow is currently with the Center for Public Safety Excellence as Program Director for the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.  He has 35 years of fire service experience having served as firefighter through fire chief. Karl is a retired United States Air Force firefighter having served throughout the world in defense of his country. He is a visionary, educator, mentor, and advocate. Karl holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, and Associate Degrees in Fire Science and Instructor of Technology. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He is also a Chief Fire Officer Designee through the Commission on Professional Credentialing and a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. Karl is married to his wife Barbara and they have 5 sons.

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Brian M. Satula
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
WEM Update

Brian Satula was appointed by Governor Walker in 2011 and currently serves as the Administrator for Wisconsin Emergency Management. He is a former fire chief with over 33 years of service and has extensive incident management experience, with over 25 years at the command and multi-agency coordination level. Brian served as his city’s director of emergency management and was a member of the Milwaukee Urban Area Security Initiative Advisory Group.  He currently sits on the Governor’s Homeland Security Council, the Statewide Interoperability Council and Wisconsin’s Cyber Incident Management Team. Brian is also a member of the National Emergency Management Association, where he chairs and sits on multiple committees and workgroups.  Brian has a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Communications from Concordia University and a Master’s Degree from the Naval Post-Graduate School, Center for Homeland Defense and Security. 

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Ralph Sheffer
Friday, June 24 :: 2:00pm - 3:15pm
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
MABAS WI & WIDNR Working Together 

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Peter Silva, Jr. 
Friday, June 24 :: 3:30pm - 5:00pm
WTCS Fire Service Training Update

Pete Silva has been in the fire service for 31 years, starting as a U.S. Air Force firefighter and instructor then with the City of Kenosha, WI Fire Department. He has been the WTCS Fire Service Education Director since 2010.

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Chief Philip C. Stittleburg 
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am – 10:00am
Wisconsin Law and the Fire Chief

Chief Philip C. Stittleburg, B.A., J.D., FIFireE, CFOD, entered the volunteer fire service in 1972 after working as a paid member of a combination fire department. He has been chief of the La Farge (Wisconsin) Fire Department since 1977. 

Chief Stittleburg is the immediate past chairman of the National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC), having served seven 2 year terms as chairman. He is also the immediate past chairman of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and has served on the board of directors of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation for the past 14 years. Additionally, Chief Stittleburg represents the United States on the board of directors of the Organization de Bomberos Americanos. 

In 1998, Chief Stittleburg was named Fire Chief magazine’s volunteer fire chief of the year. He currently serves on the FireRescue 1 and Fire Chief editorial advisory board.

Chief Stittleburg has authored over 100 published articles on various fire service topics and was a regular contributor to Fire Chief magazine’s legal column for over twenty years. He has written portions of several fire service books, has written and taught undergraduate university fire service courses, and frequently speaks to fire service audiences throughout the United States and internationally. 

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Kristen Strother
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
Peer Support - What is it and Why YOU Need if for Your Fire Department 

 

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Matthew A. Thompson
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am – 10:00am
Railroading 101- “Everything You Always Wanted to Know About the Railroad but Didn't Know Who to Ask"

Matthew Thompson, Manager of Hazardous Materials for Union Pacific Railroad has lead, directed and managed the emergency response to numerous hazardous material releases in the Chicago area. Prior to becoming a railroader, he served as a Firefighter/EMT for Cherry Valley Fire and has worked as a project manager for an emergency response contractor. In his time with the railroad he has presented various safety programs to first responders, shippers, and regulators with focus on safety when responding to rail emergencies. 

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Keith Tveit
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Fire Ground Management Session III

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Chief Gary L. Weiss
Saturday, June 25 :: 10:30am - 12:00pm
GFD Staffing Referendum - Lessons Learned

Gary L. Weiss was appointed Chief of the Germantown Fire Department in May of 2014. Chief Weiss’s fire service experience spans more than 35 years. He served as firefighter/paramedic and company office for Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in South Florida until his retirement in 1998. Chief Weiss was then appointed a Deputy Fire Chief for the South Walton Fire District located in the panhandle of Florida for 5 year until he accepted the position of Fire Chief for a small community in central Florida.

In 2009 Chief Weiss was appointed by the Governor of Florida to Florida State Emergency Response Commission for Hazardous Material. Chief Weiss is a member of the NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Department Ground Ladders.

Chief Weiss educational accomplishments include an Associated Degree in Fire Science, a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Occupational Safety and Health. Chief Weiss is a 2001 graduate of the National Fire academies Executive Fire Officer Program and has received his designation as a Chief Fire Officer and Chief Emergency Medical Service Officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.

Chief Weiss has authored several articles for Fire Engineering, Florida Fire Service Today, the Wisconsin Fire Chief and Dublin (Ireland) Fire Brigade Magazine.

Chief Weiss lives in Germantown, WI with his wife and has a 24 year old stepdaughter living in Florida.

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Chief Robert Whitaker 
Saturday, June 25 :: 8:30am - 10:00am
What We Learned from Consolidation and How it Can Help You

Mr. Whitaker has worked in fire, emergency medical and emergency management settings for 24 years. He currently serves as the Fire Chief/Administrator for North Shore Fire/Rescue, just outside of Milwaukee, WI. As Fire Chief/Administrator, Mr. Whitaker’s responsibilities focus on strategic direction of the organization, fiscal management, information technology and intergovernmental relations between the department and the multiple municipalities served by the organization.

Mr. Whitaker has worked in a number of roles within the fire and emergency medical/service field. He started his career as a paid-on call firefighter, moving to career firefighter, firefighter/paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, Operations Battalion Chief, Battalion Chief of Training and Emergency Medical Services, Deputy Chief of Administration and now, Fire Chief/Administrator. Throughout his career, he has managed programs that included transition of records management systems, professional development and training for the organization and transition of 911 PSAP and Communications/Dispatch responsibilities to a newly consolidated center.

Mr. Whitaker is an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Association, the Great Lakes Fire Accreditation Managers Association, the International City/County Managers Association, serves as a member of Curriculum Committee for the Wisconsin Fire Chiefs Education Association and as the Secretary/Treasurer of the Milwaukee County Association of Fire Chiefs.

Education
Oklahoma State University – Masters of Science, Fire & Emergency Management
Southern Illinois University – Bachelor of Science, Fire Service Management

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Michael Wright
Saturday, June 25 :: 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Mobile Integrated Health / Community Paramedic: How Do You Do That?