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2017 Speakers

Bob Athanas

Bob Athanas Fire Fighter, FDNY; President, SAFE-IR 110 Jefferson Road Montgomery, NY 12549
Ph: 845-457-2421 Fax: 845-457-2427

Bob has more 30 years experience as a firefighter and is also a senior instructor and president of SAFE-IR, Inc., a thermal imaging training and consulting group that has been training firefighters in the safe application of thermal imaging cameras in fire departments throughout the world for more than 15 years. He and SAFE-IR also serve as consultants to thermal imager and core manufactures as well as end users and research organizations. He is a New York State Certified Instructor and a lead instructor at the FDNY Fire Academy teaching thermal imaging at the Technical Rescue School, First Line Supervisors Training Program (FLSTP) and Battalion Chiefs Command Course.

Bob is currently the chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment The committee is responsible for the following documents:


As chair of this NFPA Technical Committee, he is automatically a member of the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment.

Karl J. Beeman

Karl J. Beeman CSHM, CSMP, HSO-FES

OSH Support Services 9724 Casper Peak Ct.
Ph: 702-513-2828,

Karl Beeman has devoted most of his professional career towards occupational safety & health; specializing in general industry, disaster response, and fire & emergency services.

Karl has worked for manufacturing and distribution as a technical specialist in protective ensembles for fire & emergency services and, served on three NFPA technical committees on protective ensembles for firefighting applications. As the health and safety manager, Karl has also worked for a MGM property with extensive exposure to general industry, heavy construction, and environmental regulations and risks. Karl has retired from the US Air Force Reserves after 23 years of service of which 4 were active duty. While with the US Air Force Fire & Emergency Services, he worked in operations, communications, training, fire prevention, and as a health & safety officer.

As an instructor, Karl currently teaches numerous certificated courses for OSHA’s Region 9 Training Institute EC at Chabot Las Positas. In addition to teaching for OSHA’s Training Institute EC, Karl also teaches the 30-hour General Industry hazard recognition course and the 15-hour Disaster Site Worker course as an OSHA Outreach Trainer. He also presents the Essentials of Occupational Health & Safety for the FES Health & Safety Officer (SC1521), Personal Protective Ensembles for Structural and Proximity Firefighting (SC1851), and OSHA Regulatory Standards and Hazard Recognition (SC1910) courses through the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association.

As a consultant, Karl specializes in developing health & safety training programs, injury & illness prevention programs (I2P2), and hazard based compliance programs. He has extensive experience in performing work site inspections, health & safety program audits, accident investigations, job hazard analysis, and creating risk management plans for emergency services and general industry.

Karl is an active member with the American Society of Safety Engineers, the Institute for Safety & Health Management, and the Fire Department Safety Officers Association.


  • Institute of Safety and Health Management (ISHM) Certified Safety & Health Manager (CSHM) and Certified Safety Management Practitioner (CSMP)
  • OSHA General Industry Trainer
  • OSHA Construction Industry Trainer
  • OSHA Disaster Site Worker Trainer
  • Pro-Board Certified Health & Safety Officer, Fire Inspector (1&2), and Fire Instructor (1)

Home is Las Vegas, NV where he lives with his lovely wife Benita and cats PJ, KC, and Hoodlum.

David Bernzweig

David Bernzweig Battalion Chief Columbus Fire Department 444 Brookside Drive Columbus, OH 43209
Ph: 614-774-7446

Chief Bernzweig started his career with the Columbus Fire Department in 1997 and has risen through the ranks to his current assignment as a Battalion Chief. He was the Department’s Safety Officer from 2014-2016. He began his fire service career in 1986, having served the Chesterland VFD (Chesterland, OH) the Clinton Township Division of Fire (Columbus, OH) and the Jackson Township Fire Department (Grove City, OH).

Chief Bernzweig is actively involved in many fire service organizations. He has been the Director of Health and Safety for the Ohio Association of Professional Firefighters since 2014. Other involvement includes:

  • Member of NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health (2010 to present); serving as a Task Group Chair for NFPA 1500, 1521 and 1584
  • Member of NFPA Technical Committee for Respirator Protective Equipment (2004 to present)
  • Member of NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Project Panel—Validation of Cleaning Procedures for Fire Fighter PPE
  • Member if the IAB (Interagency Board)
  • Member of the FDIC Advisory Board (2006 to present)

Chief Bernzweig is active in IAFF Local 67, having served as an officer and trustee. He has presented at many conferences and received numerous service awards.

Chief Bernzweig has received two BA degrees: An Economics degree and a Political Science degree--both from Ohio State University.

Henry J. Costo

Henry J. Costo Deputy Fire Commissioner, Technical Services Philadelphia Fire Department (ret.); Costo Fire Consulting, LLC

4820 Holder Road Orange Beach, AL 36561
Ph: 215-327-9506

Deputy Fire Commissioner Henry Costo recently retired from the Philadelphia Fire Department after nearly forty-one years of service. Since his appointment as a firefighter in 1974, the Commissioner has held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Chief, Safety Officer, Executive Chief of Health & Safety, and Deputy Commissioner of Technical Services (Car 3). Henry also functioned as Deputy Commissioner of Operations (Car 2) on a most frequent basis.

The units under Chief Costo's command upon his retirement included: the Division of Fire Prevention & Community Risk Reduction; the Fire Marshal's Office (investigate and determine fire cause and origin); the Fire Communications Center (call-taking, dispatching, and operational communications); the Fire Code Unit (inspections and Fire Code enforcement); and the Technical Support Unit (Apparatus, Equipment, Facilities, and Research & Development).

From January, 2004 until his retirement in mid-2015, Commissioner Costo was responsible for all phases of the management and administration of the Department’s comprehensive Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) Program. He is a nationally recognized fire service subject matter expert in PPE and has authored numerous articles published in FireRescue, Fire Chief, Fire Engineering, and Firehouse magazines.

For several years Henry has served as the Metro Advocate Coordinator of the "Everyone Goes Home" Program of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF). As such he has been deeply and passionately involved in efforts to address the psychological stress and trauma experienced by first responders on a daily basis; as well as efforts to provide family intervention and support to those experiencing behavioral health issues. Commissioner Costo has also been a recognized leader in cancer research and prevention efforts in the fire service. Commissioner Costo presently serves as an Expert Technical Reviewer for the National Institute of Occupational Safety & Health (NIOSH) "Firefighter Fatality Investigation & Prevention Program", and as a board member on numerous fire service advisory and editorial boards.

Chief Costo graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton school of Business (4.0 GPA) with dual majors in Accounting and Management and possesses a Bachelor’s degree in Fire Science as well.

Shawn Deaton

Shawn Deaton Special Projects Director N.C. State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) 1020 Main Campus Drive Raleigh, NC 27695
Ph: 919-749-6384

Shawn has worked for N.C. State’s Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) for over 15 years. He is responsible for the day to day operations of the Center and oversees a number of research projects related to PPE and comfort. He has worked on a number of research and testing projects related to fire fighter PPE. These project related to the protection, comfort, or functionality of the PPE and the interactions they have with one another. His main areas of interest relate to use of manikin technologies to assess the heat burden and the protection provided from full ensembles.

Shawn holds a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Material Science and a Master's Degree in Textile Engineering from North Carolina State University.

Beth Gallup

Beth Gallup Captain Kent Fire Department Regional Fire Authority 24611 116 Avenue, SE Kent, WA 98030
Ph: 253-856-4300 Fax: 253-856-6300

Captain Gallup began her career with the Kent Fire Department in 1989 and was promoted to Captain in 2004. She has worked in Fire Prevention, Fire Suppression and is a HazMat Technician. During her tenure, she has managed the department’s SCBA program, the Site Plan program, and is now the Facilities Director.

In 2014, Captain Gallup applied and received a grant from the State of Washington’s Safety and Health Investment Project. Through this grant, the "Healthy In, Healthy Out" manual and video were developed.

Captain Gallup was awarded the first "Fully Involved" award by the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters in 2016. She is a member of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network.

Mark Havener

Mark HavenerAssistant Chief Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Organization

Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue Organization 11945 SW 70th Avenue Tigard, OR 97223
Ph: 503-259-1110

Chief Havener was hired by TVF&R in 2010. As its Assistant Chief of Integrated Operations for 3-1/2 years, he was responsible for managing the activities, programs, and emergency services delivered by 21 fire stations and approximately 350 career firefighters. In addition, he had oversight and budget management for TVF&R's three Operating Centers (responsible for prevention, community services, public education), and its EMS, Health and Safety, and Training divisions.

Today, Chief Havener serves as the Assistant Chief of Business Operations. He has held this role since 2013. In this assignment, he oversees the activities and programs that support all emergency delivery support. This includes Human Resources, Supply Services, Facilities support, Fleet maintenance, Occupational Health and Wellness and all land acquisition and capital construction. TVF&R is in a growth phase currently planning to open eight new stations in the next ten years. TVF&R will also be completing three station remodels that include seismic retrofits. The most recent station opening is a new concept which forms the basis of the presentation.

Prior to coming to TVF&R, Chief Havener was the Fire Chief of South Pend Oreille Fire & Rescue (SPOFR) since 2004, a department of eight stations and 100 personnel. While there, he helped facilitate the merger between SPOFR and two other fire districts to increase efficiency and improve service delivery. Prior to that he spent time as a Deputy Fire Chief and was a Firefighter/Paramedic for 13 years.

Chief Havener is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program and attended University of Cincinnati (OH) and Iowa State University. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and Oregon Fire Chiefs Association.

Dr. Gavin Horn

Dr. Gavin Horn Director of Research IFSI Research at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute 11 Gerty Drive Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: 217-265-6563

Dr. Gavin Horn has served as the IFSI Director of Research since 2004, immediately after receiving his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a member of NFPA's Technical Committee on Special Operations Clothing & Equipment and the Technical Committee on Fundamentals of Fire Control within a Structure Utilizing Fire Dynamics. He is also on the NFPA's Fire Protection Research Foundation's Board of Trustees and serves on the Advisory Board for UL's Firefighter Safety Research Institute.

Dr. Horn has published over 45 peer-reviewed journal articles and given more than 70 presentations.

Dr. Horn also serves as a volunteer firefighter/engineer with the Savoy (IL) Fire Department, where he was named the 2011 Firefighter of the Year.

Richard Kelser

Richard Kesler Research Scientist IFSI Research at the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute 11 Gerty Drive Champaign, IL 61820
Ph: 217-300-6141

Richard Kesler is a Research Scientist at the Illinois Fire Service Institute within the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research interests revolve around fire fighter health and safety, focusing on the effect of fire fighting PPE and fire fighting activity on the fire fighter.

Richard is a 2013 graduate of the University of Illinois with a Master's of Science degree in Bioengineering and is also a volunteer fire fighter at the Savoy Fire Department.

Bob Keys

Bob Keys Battalion Chief (ret.) FDNY

8 Winchester Lane Huntington, NY 11743
Ph: 516-901-3964

Bob Keys is a decorated Battalion Chief who recently completed a 31-year career within the Fire Department of New York, FDNY. He is considered an industry expert on the incorporation of new technology into the Fire Service, improving communication and personnel safety.

During his tenure with the FDNY, Chief Keys held a number of fire fighting and leadership positions, including Commander of the 39th Battalion in East New York Brooklyn, and Chief in Charge - Research and Development Unit. While leading the Research and Development Unit, he was responsible for the testing, development and certification for all new and existing equipment used by the over 11,000 Firefighters in FDNY.

Chief Keys also played a key role in the rebuilding of the FDNY following the aftermath of 9/11. He has been awarded numerous medals for heroic/life-saving acts of bravery including the FF Thomas Elsasser Medal in 1993 and the FDNY 9/11 World Trade Center Rescuer Medal in 2001.

Chief Keys also is an advocate for promoting firefighter safety worldwide. He has explained the evolution of safety equipment and innovations in the FDNY at numerous conferences.

Chief Keys holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from Hofstra University.

Dr. Meredith McQuerry

Dr. Meredith McQuerry Assistant Professor Florida State University/N.C. State University 120 Convocation Way 308 Sandels Building College of Human Sciences Tallahassee, FL 32306-1492
Ph: 859-613-2474 Fax: 850-645-4673

Dr. Meredith McQuerry is an Assistant Professor in the Retail, Merchandising & Product Development department at Florida State University (FSU). She completed her doctorate in Textile Technology Management at North Carolina State University in the College of Textiles, where she worked in the Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC)—January 2014-August 2016.

While at TPACC, Dr. McQuerry worked on FEMA/DHS AFG sponsored projects. Through these projects, she worked with many major fire service PPE manufacturers and component suppliers. During her time as a student, she was the recipient of two first place awards in student paper competition. One award was from AATCC and the other from ASTM. Also during her time at TPACC, she taught Apparel Merchandising at Meredith College in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dr. McQuerry also holds a master's degree and two undergraduate degrees from the Merchandising, Apparel and Textiles program at the University of Kentucky (UK). She has six years of experience as a Senior Lab Technician and Supervisor of the Textile Testing Laboratory at UK. She is Six Sigma Green Belt certified and has experience attaining ISO A2LA Lab Certification. She has been published in Fire Technology, Fire Engineering, Interflam Fire Conference, Textile Research Journal, and AATCC Journal.

Dan Melia

Dan Melia Battalion Chief, Safety Command FDNY, (ret.)

15 Driscoll Avenue Rockville Centre New York, NY 11570
Ph: 516-864-9073

Battalion Chief Dan Melia recently retired from the FDNY after 34 years of service. The last 8 years, he served as the Executive Officer to the Chief of Safety overseeing all FDNY safety investigations and the Research and Development Unit. He was a Chief Officer for the last 18 years.

Chief Melia has been a member on NFPA Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment Technical Committee representing the FDNY for the last 11 years. This committee is responsible for deciding what standards and testing criteria are adopted into NFPA 1971 and NFPA 1851.

Chief Melia is a Pro Board certified Health and Safety Officer and Incident Safety Officer. He often teaches the Health and Safety Class for the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association (FDSOA). He has taught numerous safety classes for all ranks of the FDNY at the Department’s Fire Academy. He has also presented at the FDNY Symposium several times on Safety programs within the FDNY.

Chief Melia recently started consulting to share his experiences focusing on firefighter safety. He holds a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York College at Cortland (SUNY Cortland).

Dr. R. Bryan Ormond

Dr. R. Bryan Ormond Research Assistant Professor N.C. State University Textile Protection and Comfort Center (TPACC) 1020 Main Campus Drive Campus Box 8301 Raleigh, NC 27695
Ph: 919-524-1569

Dr. Ormond began work for N.C. State's Textile Protection and Comfort (TPACC) as a graduate student in May 2007. He received his Doctorate in Fiber and Polymer Science in May 2012.

As Research Assistant Professor since 2013, he has focused his research on chemical protective clothing and protecting first responders and soldiers from a variety of threats. He has specialized in vapor and particulate protection evaluations of whole chemical/biological ensembles.

Most of Dr. Ormond's research projects have relied on fire fighter and law enforcement input and feedback to help develop novel concepts and designs for the next generation protective equipment.

Dr. Ormond serves on NFPA and ASTM committees as well as being the Chair of ASTM's Chemical Hazards Subcommittee.

Larry Petrick, Jr.

Larry Petrick, Jr. Deputy Director Occupational Health & Safety

IAFF 1750 New York Ave. Washington, DC 20006
Ph: 202-824-1577

Larry Petrick has been the IAFF Deputy Director of Health and Safety since March 2014. He retired as a career fire fighter with the Shaker Heights Fire Department with 33 years of service. He held the rank of Lieutenant when he retired.

While with the Shaker Heights Fire Department, he served 21 years as Director of Health and Safety for the Ohio Association of Professional Fire Fighters. He also served 11 years as a trustee for the Ohio Police and Fire Pension Fund—representing active fire fighters.

Lawrence received his Associate Degree in Fire Science Technology from Cuyahoga Community College. He received his Bachelor Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati.

Dan N. Rossos

Dan N. Rossos Training Lieutenant (ret.) Portland Fire and Rescue

Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training 4190 Aumsville Hwy. SE Salem, OR 97317
Ph: 503-708-0894

Lieutenant Rossos has over 35 years of experience in the fire service. He is currently a private consultant regarding fire industry safety, training, standards, and budget forecasting. He also consults for the State of Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training. During his years of service to the Portland Fire and Rescue, his assignments included: Training, Administration, Special Operations and the Marine Division.

Lieutenant Rossos is currently the chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Respiratory Protection Equipment. The committee is responsible for the following documents:

  • NFPA 1981 – Standard on Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus for Fire and Emergency Services
  • NFPA 1852 – Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Open-Circuit Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus
  • NFPA 1989 – Standard on Breathing Air Quality for Fire and Emergency Services Respiratory Protection
  • NFPA 1984 – Standard on Respirators for Wildland Fire Fighting Operations

As chair of this NFPA Technical Committee, he is automatically a member of the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment.

In addition to his work on firefighter respiratory protection, Lieutenant Rossos is also a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Fire Service Training. This committee is responsible for the following documents:

  • NFPA 1401 – Recommended Practice for Fire Service Training Reports and Records
  • NFPA 1402 – Guide to Building Fire Service Training Centers
  • NFPA 1403 – Standard on Live Fire Training Evolutions
  • NFPA 1404 – Standard for Fire Service Respiratory Protection Training
  • NFPA 1405 – Guide for Land-Based Fire Fighters Who Respond to Marine Vessel Fires
  • NFPA 1410 – Standard on Training for Initial Emergency Scene Operations
  • NFPA 1451 – Standard for a Fire Service Vehicle Operations Training Program
  • NFPA 1452 – Guide for Training Fire Service Personnel to Conduct Dwelling Fire Safety Surveys
Jeffrey O. Stull

Jeffrey O. Stull President International Personnel Protection

International Personnel Protection P.O. Box 92493 Austin, TX 78709
Ph: 512-288-8272 Fax: 512-344-9588

Jeff was an officer in the Coast Guard from 1979-1988. During his service, he was assigned to the Office of Research and Development and was responsible for managing PPE projects. From 1988 to 1993, he was President and Program Manager TRI/Environmental where he led several PPE projects and ran the PPE laboratory.

In 1993, he formed his own company, International Personnel Protection, Inc. As President of the company, he has been heavily involved on PPE for emergency responders. He is an active member of several NFPA Technical Committees that develop PPE standards.

Jeff's awards include:

  • Coast Guard Commendation medal (1987)
  • ASTM Award of Merit (1999)
  • NFPA Service Award (2007)

Jeff's education includes: a BS degree in Physical Science from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979; an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983; and, an MS degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University in 1988.

Rick Swan

Rick Swan Director Wildland Fire Fighting Safety & Response

IAFF 1750 New York Ave., NW Washington, D.C. 20006
Ph: 202-824-8631

Rick Swan is the Director of Wildland Fire Fighting Safety & Response, where he oversees for the advocacy, awareness, research and training on WUI and wildland firefighting issues for the IAFF.

Rick retired as a Deputy Chief with CAL FIRE - San Luis Obispo after 33 years with Program experience in: Operations, Aviation, Camp, Paramedic, and Fire Marshal.

Rick is currently chair of the NFPA Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment Technical Committee (1977 & 1877). He is also chair of the NFPA Wildland and Rural Fire Protection Technical Committee (1141, 1142, & 1144).

In addition, Rick is chair of ISO/TC 94/SC 14/WG 03 (Wildland firefighting protective clothing) and chair of ISO TC 94/SC 14/WG 03 (Wildland firefighting protective clothing). Rick serves as a member of the Advanced Personal Protection System (APPS) Wildland Firefighting Personal Protective Equipment Program.

Rick has over 20 years of union leadership on the executive board of CAL FIRE Local 2881 representing the over 6000 men and women of CAL FIRE, holding the following positions: General Vice President, Supervisor Director, Retiree Director, District Vice President, Training Director, and Health and Safety committee member.

Tim Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson FEO/Paramedic Addison Fire Department

Addison Fire Department 4798 Airport Parkway Addison, TX 75001
Ph: 972-450-7201

Tim has been with the Addison Fire Department as a Driver Operator/Paramedic for 15 years and was with CalFire as a Firefighter for 4 years prior to that.

Tim has been involved with PPE on multiple levels for over 10 years. He is also a principal partner in Gear Cleaning Solutions (GCS), an independent service provider which provides NFPA 1851 education, cleaning, inspection and repair services to fire departments across the country.

Tim has been a voting member of NFPA 1851, NFPA 1971 and the NFPA TCC on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment since 2011. He has been heavily involved in many of the projects within those committees and much of the work within the standards revision processes. He is currently chair of the Task Group on PPE cleaning and decontamination.

Tim routinely presents on a regional level to fire departments, fire academies and state level organizations on the implementation of NFPA 1851 programs. Additionally, he had the opportunity to present at the inaugural FIERO Regional PPE Workshop held at DFW.

International Airport Fire Department on the requirements of NFPA 1851.

Keith Tyson

Keith Tyson Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (ret.) VP Education, Research and Outreach Firefighter Cancer Support Network

Firefighter Cancer Support Network 10217 SW Fernwood Avenue Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
Ph: 786-351-3276

Keith served 34 years with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and was diagnosed with cancer 6 months after retirement at the age of 55. He currently presents educational seminars across the country on fire fighter cancer awareness and common sense prevention techniques.

He works with multiple researchers and scientists on different projects. This includes work with Casey Grant of the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation on cleaning of PPE. He also works with Dr. Caban-Martinez and his team at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center on multiple programs including research into cancer causes, mitigation, education and exposure tracking methods.

Keith worked on the FCSN's first White Paper which has been recognized across the fire service as an outstanding document leading to many changes. And, he worked on the just-released White Paper #2. He has written many articles for various national and international magazines.

Bruce H. Varner

Bruce H. Varner, CFO, CFIFireE Principal BHVarner and Associates

BHVarner and Associates 14175 W. Indian School Rd. B4-419 Goodyear, AZ 85395
Ph: 602-448-1161 Fax: 602-476-2756

Bruce H. Varner retired December 30, 2010 as the Fire Chief of Santa Rosa (CA) Fire Department having served in that position since May 2004. Chief Varner began his fire service career with the Phoenix (AZ) Fire Department in 1967, promoting through the ranks to Deputy Chief in 1985. He became the Fire Chief in Carrollton (TX) in 1992, serving there until 2004.

Chief Varner's fire service experience includes administration, operations, communications, safety, airport operations, training, fire prevention and investigations. He has taught numerous fire service training classes throughout the United States and is recognized for his expertise in firefighter protective clothing and safety issues.

Chief Varner holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science. He is a member of: California State Firefighters Association, Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, National Fire Protection Association, Sonoma County Fire Chiefs, International Association of Fire Chiefs, International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a Companion Fellow in the Institution of Fire Engineers.

Chief Varner is a Nationally Accredited Chief Fire Officer, completing his 3rd re-accreditation in 2010. He is a Blue Card certified IC, Blue Card Instructor and a Master Instructor in the Federal Highways SHRP2 National Traffic Incident Management Responder Training Program. He is Pro-Board certified as a Health Safety Officer and Incident Safety Officer. Chief Varner also holds OSHA 30 and 511 certificates.

Richard (Dick) Weise

Richard (Dick) WeiseCaptain Los Angeles County Fire Department 1320 N. Eastern Ave. Los Angeles County Fire Department
Ph: 951-807-1914

Captain Weise has 37 plus years of fire service experience. He has been with the Manhattan Beach and Costa Mesa Fire Departments. For the past 30 years, he has been with the Los Angeles County Fire Department and has served 18 years as a Company officer. For the entire 37-year career, he has been a certified paramedic. He has an AA degree in fire science.

Captain Weise is a certified Fire Prevention Officer and teaches truck operations and EMS at the Fire Academy. Within the LA County FD, he has served the following committees:

  • Los Angeles Area Fire Chiefs (EMS Paramedic Coordinator)
  • Los Angeles County Medical Council
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department EMS Committee
  • Multi Causality Incident Task Force Group for the County Department of Health
  • Heat Issue Working Group
  • Wildland Firefighter PPE Integrated Process Team with Natick

Outside of Los Angeles County, Captain Weise is currently a member of the following:

  • NFPA Fire & Emergency Services Protective Clothing & Equipment Correlating Committee
  • NFPA Technical Committee for Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment (1971/1851)
  • NFPA Technical Committee for Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment 1977/1877 Protective Clothing and Equipment for Wildland Fire Fighting with Selection, Care, and Maintenance
  • SAFER (Southern Area Fire Equipment Research) Past VP & current Board Member
  • Association of Foresters and Fire Wardens
  • Equipment Development Committee for LA County Fire
  • Fire Department Safety Officers Association
  • Advise FIRESCOPE Safety Specialist Group