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2022 RFT Featured Instructors
Adam Haywood is the main/sole instructor and owner of Independent Fire Training. He has been a firefighter for 11+ years and a professional career fireman for 8+ years. Other accomplishments and credentials include:
-Fire instructor in various forms for several years, SME at career academies in Denver metro area, lead
instructor at volunteer academies, member of the Training Division at my career department, Hazmat
team lead at career department
-Coastal Fire Training instructor cadre member, taught with CFT at Revolutionary Fire Tactics 2021
-Maintains all applicable Colorado Fire certs: Fire Officer, Hazmat Tech, Fire Instructor, DOP, proctor, etc.
-IAFF member since 2013, ISFSI member since 2020
Andy has served in the fire service for the past 15 years. He has spent the previous 9 years of his career as a firefighter and driver/operator for the Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department. Currently, Andy works as a full time Fire Instructor at the Tennessee Fire & Codes Enforcement Academy where he oversees the driver/pump & aerial programs. Throughout his career, he has served as a driver/operator for career and volunteer fire departments on engine and truck companies. Andy is also the owner of The Water Thieves, LLC, a business which specializes in delivering street smart driver/pump operator classes.
Anthony Rowett, Jr. is a Captain with the Mobile (AL) Fire Rescue Department. He has been in the fire
service for 15 years. He spent his first 3 years in the fire service as a firefighter with the Ogdensburg (NJ)
Volunteer Fire Department before being hired by the Mobile Fire Rescue Department, where he has
worked for the past 13 years. He has multiple degrees in both fire science and emergency services
management. He is a graduate of the Alabama Smoke Diver course. He is the owner of Port City Fire
Training. He is also an industrial firefighting instructor at Gulf Coast Emergency Response Academy. He is
a contributing author for multiple fire service publications including Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue,
Firehouse, Fire Department Training Network, and Firemanship Journal. He has instructed at multiple
fire service conferences including FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Water on the Fire, High-Rise
Operations Conference, 3rd Coast Conference, and others as well as for individual fire departments. He
is a member of the NFPA 14: Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems Committee.
He is also a co-host on the Generation Engine podcast on Fire Engineering Blog Talk Radio.
Benjamin Martin has over seventeen years in public safety and currently serves as a Captain with a large metro fire department in Virginia.
His leadership articles have appeared in publications including Fire Engineering, FireRescue, Fire Department Training Network (FDTN), International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), FirefighterToolbox, and FirefighterWife. He is the founder of EmbraceTheResistance.com which features leadership training for existing and aspiring leaders.
Bobby Is a Second-Generation Fireman from Collingswood, NJ. Getting his start in the Fire Service as a
Junior in 1996. In 2006 he left Collingswood as career Firefighter/EMT to pursue a career in the Camden,
NJ Fire Department. Bobby spent 10 years as a private being assigned to Engine 9, Ladder 1, & Squad 7.
In 2016 he was promoted to Captain and is currently assigned to Ladder Company #1 at Fire
Headquarters. He is a Pro Board Level II Instructor, and has a B.S. in Public Safety Administration from
Neumann University. Along with his wife they own and operate Eckert Fire Tactics LLC, an Experienced
Based Street-Smart Approach to Fire Ground Tactics, Leadership, and Fire Training. He currently resides
in Bellmawr, NJ with his wife Brynlee, and their children Bobby, Ryan, Kennedy, and Reese.
Chief Mike Lombardo
Mike Lombardo is a 30-year veteran of the fire service, retired from the Buffalo (N.Y.) Fire Department where he was the Commissioner/Chief of Department of the Buffalo Fire Department from Jan. 2006 to Jan. 2010. He is a New York State fire instructor and was a member of the development team for New York State firefighter survival and rapid intervention programs. He has been an editorial advisor for Fire Engineering Magazine, a member of the Advisory Board for FDIC and lead instructor for FDIC live fire training. He is a two time Firehouse Magazine Heroism Award recipient (1988 and 1994) and the recipient of the FDIC 1999 Training Achievement Award. He is an instructor on fire tactics, live fire attack, firefighter survival, and command throughout the United States.
Chris Kessinger has been a student of the craft for 17 years, currently holding the role of Lieutenant with
the City of Riverside Fire Department. Chris serves as the lead instructor and owner of Citizens First Fire
Training in addition to the role of training officer/instructor for numerous schools, training facilities and
departments. Chris has a deep passion for this job and making sure that that the blue-collar traditions of
our foundation stay alive and well. As an active member for the Central Ohio FOOLS chapter, Chris is
able continually spread those traditions and keep our service headed in the right direction. His passion,
that one thing on the job that drives his soul will always be with truck company operations. Be
aggressive in the search, aggressive in throwing ladders, aggressive in ventilation but most of all be
aggressive in LOVING the job! Those core values is what Chris lives by. Chris is a nobody from nowhere
that just loves the job and spreading the passion everywhere he goes. Our citizens are our absolute
number 1 priority, anything other than that is simply unacceptable.
CORLEY MOORE: 25 year veteran of the Fire Service, all 25 in Moore Oklahoma where I currently serve
at the rank of Battalion Chief. Founder of Firehouse Vigilance and the never ending fight against
complacency. Host of the Live show/podcast The Weekly Scrap, and author of 'Challenge Your
Leadership', a book written specifically for firefighters looking to expand their leadership skills.
Craig A. Haigh began his fire service career in 1983 as a volunteer in his hometown of Hampton (IL). He served as Hampton’s volunteer fire chief from 1991 – 1995. During that time, he developed and implemented their EMT-Intermediate/Advanced EMT program. In 1988 he was hired full time as a firefighter with the City of Rock Island (IL) Fire Department. He ultimately was appointed as their first EMS Coordinator and as such developed and implemented the department’s paramedic program. He left Hampton and Rock Island in 1995 to become the first paid fire chief of the King (NC) Volunteer Fire Department. There he was tasked with transitioning the all-volunteer department into a combination agency (volunteer and paid employees). While in King he served as the primary architect responsible for merging the independent volunteer department into the City of King making it a municipal government agency.
He returned to Illinois in 2002 to serve as Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management for the Village of Hanover Park. He was the 2012 Illinois Career Fire Chief of the Year. Chief Haigh also works as a Field Staff Instructor with the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) where he has been since 1995. In his work at the University of Illinois he is a regular partner with IFSI Research and Skidmore College First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory. He is the recipient of the 2019 International Association of Fire Chiefs -Chief Alan Brunacini Executive Safety Award given for his work in developing operational practices based on scientific research in an effort to reduce firefighter deaths and injuries due to cardiovascular/medical events.
In addition to his duties as Hanover Park’s Fire Chief/Director of Emergency Management, Chief Haigh has served as the Interim Village Manager and was also tasked with the creation of the Inspectional Services Division. This new division merged fire prevention, the building department, and the health department into a single agency under the control of the fire department. He also created, implemented, and has managed the Village’s strategic planning program. He frequently does work as an independent fire service consultant working on a variety of management/leadership projects. He presents and speaks internationally. He has written numerous training programs for the fire service and is the author of more than thirty fire service trade journal articles. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering and a Master of Science Degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership. He is a graduate of the United States National Fire Academy – Executive Fire Officer Program, is a nationally certified paramedic, an accredited Chief Fire Officer, and a Member of the Institute of Fire Engineers. He is married to his wife Beth and they have two adult children, Melody and Lee.
Dennis Reilly is a 47-year veteran of the fire service and is currently the Fire Chief in Pittsburg, Kansas. Prior to moving to Kansas Dennis was the Fire Chief in Sunrise Beach, Missouri, and he is a retired Battalion Chief with the Cherry Hill, New Jersey Fire Department. He was one of the original members of the New Jersey Urban Search & Rescue Task Force 1 and deployed to Ground Zero on 9/11. He holds an MPA from Penn State and is a CFO. In addition to his fire service career Dennis is a combat veteran of the US Army and worked as a private security contractor in Iraq & Afghanistan.
Devin Craig has 20+ years in the fire service in multiple ranks with 14 of those as a company officer. He has an AAS in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and 20 Texas Commission on Fire Protection certifications. Devin is a Georgia Smoke Diver and is Co-Owner of Train or Die Training Company.
Captain Jeremy Sanders that has 18 years in the fire service and has joined the Wood’s FE Team. Jeremy is the creator of Crew 1st Culture and podcast. Jeremy has written a article published by Fire Engineerings community along with several published on Firehouse Vigilance website.
Jonah grew up in Richmond, VA where his exposure to the fire service began in the Church Hill area of the RVA with some of the best firefighters in the city. Jonah attended the University of South Carolina for both a Bachelors and Masters and started with the Columbia Fire Department in 2003. After a few years, Jonah pursued a career with the Charlotte, NC Fire Department where he began in 2005. He has served as a Captain since 2010 serving on Engine Companies on the City’s South side. He is currently assigned as a shift Safety Officer, responding to all working incidents in the City on C Shift. Additionally, since the day he received his certifications in 2003, he has volunteered with departments including the Lexington County FD and Columbia Fire Department. Currently he serves as an Assistant Chief at the Pleasant Valley Fire Department in South Carolina. Jonah is a 6 time FDIC instructor and has presented at numerous conferences to include: Firehouse Expo, Fire Rescue International, South Carolina Fire Rescue, Metro Atlanta Firefighters Conference and the South Atlantic Fire Rescue Expo. He is married with 2 children.
Jonathan is a career firefighter with the Denver (CO) Fire Department. He has served in both volunteer and career departments in three states. In 2008, he graduated with a BBA in Finance and he also hold various fire service certifications, including Firefighter II and Fire Instructor II, . Previously, Jonathan served as the Training Officer for the Westfield Fire Department (Harris County, TX) and is also a founding member of the Space City FOOLs chapter.
Jonathan has been instructing on the national level since 2016, both as an individual and as part of a cadre member with Fire by Trade, LLC.
Josh started in the fire service in 2001. He currently works for the Oklahoma City Fire Dept. as a Lieutenant and is assigned to the special rescue station. Josh is a nationally registered Paramedic and has worked for ambulance based, fire based, and flight based EMS services. He have been a fire, EMS, Dive and a technical rescue instructor for several years. Josh started and operates Training Solutions LLC a company providing hands on training around the country. Josh has been honored to speak across the country at various conferences and training events. Including multiple years as an Instructor for (FDIC) fire dept Instructors Conference in Indianapolis presented by fire engineering magazine. He enjoys training and working with others to learn more about the fire service and share knowledge that he has acquired over the years. Josh also serves on (OK-TF1) Oklahoma Task Force One Urban search and Rescue team as a Search Team Manager/ Helicopter Rescue Specialist.
Justin Mann has 17 years in the fire service with a passion for Engine Company Operations and Forcible Entry. Faith, Family, and fire fuel his life. Instructor with Fire by Trade, Stretching for Success, Training Solutions and partner in the Wood's Forcible Entry Door Kit. Has a bachelors in Fire Administration currently an Engineer for his department.
Michael R Horst has 49 years of fire service experience and is a retired Battalion Chief. He spend 34 years with the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire in Harrisburg Pennsylvania. He was also on Pennsylvania Task Force-1 USAR Team and retired with about 20 years of service to the nation. He currently serves with FAST Rescue Solutions, LLC as the Director of Training.
Nick Peppard is a Captain with the Holley-Navarre (FL) FD. He is a 16 year career FF/Paramedic and has achieved the following: FF2, NRP, AS degree in Fire Science, AS in EMS Technology, AA in General Studies, HAZMAT tech, Fire Officer 2, Instructor 2, LFTI, Inspector 1, Investigator 1, Pump Operator certification, two terms away from completing a bachelor’s degree, owner of North Florida Fire and EMS Training, LLC, President of the North Florida Fire Expo, adjunct instructor at Northwest Florida State College Fire Academy, co-host of the Make Due/ Suburban Fireman Podcast, and published author in Fire Engineering (The Long and Short of It: Maximizing Primary Search on the Suburban Fireground, September 2021 issue), Vice President of IAFF Local 4695, paramedic with Lifeguard EMS, and AHA and VFIS instructor. Co-developer of the HNFD Engineer Development Program.
13 years in the fire service. 15 year in EMS. Has served as a member of special operations teams. HAZMAT Technician, Rope Rescue Technician, VMR Technician. Serves as a member of the Marion County Fire Rescue Training Division, Peer Fitness Trainer.
Rob has 18 years in the fire service, 16 paid, 9 as a Lieutenant, 2 as a Captain. He has been delivering The Art of Reading Smoke for 4 years in class sizes from 5 to 300. Classes have been presented in lengths from 60 minutes to 8 hours.
Rob has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, March 2019 - "Reading Smoke: Understanding the White Smoke Traps"
Rob is currently serving as a Captain with the Thornton (CO) Fire Department.
Captain Rob Ramirez has been a student of the Fire Service for over 22 years and holds a degree in Fire
Science. Rob is a state certified Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer II, Safety Officer and Live Fire Training
Officer. Since 2006, he has served as a Rescue Team Manager for the Department of Homeland Security
F.E.M.A. U.S.A.R. Florida Task Force 2. He has been on many high-profile deployments including
Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and in the Haiti earthquake in 2010. Rob is the lead instructor for Fire, Military, and Special Operations for National Rescue Consultants, an all-hazards national training company based out of West Palm Beach, Florida.
He is the founder of the Firefighter Advanced Survival Techniques program, formerly delivered at the Coral Springs Fire Academy located in Florida from 2014-2018. Rob is also the lead instructor for the Firefighter Rescue and Survival program at the annual Ft. Lauderdale Fire Training Expo; an Engine Company Instructor at both the Orlando Fire Conference (OFC) and the Metro Atlanta Firefighter Conference (MAFFC).
Throughout his Fire Service career, he has held the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Lieutenant, Dept.
Training Officer, and Captain. He is currently assigned to the Operations Division of a busy urban
suppression truck company in Broward County, Florida.
15 years in the fire service. Holds an A.A.S in fire science. State certified Fire Officer 1, Live Fire Instructor, Fire Service Instructor, Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician
Steve Kimker retired from Richmond Heights Fire Department after serving for 25 years. The last 5 years he served as the training captain, in the central core of St. Louis County, Missouri. For 19 years, Steve was a lead instructor for the St. Louis County Fire Academy. He is a Level II instructor and Lead Evaluator for the Missouri Division of Fire Safety, teaching and evaluating classes in multiple disciplines on a regional, state, and national level. He has AAS degree in Fire Science from ECC and is an Advanced Tactical Paramedic. Additionally, Steve specializes in teaching vehicle extrication, tactical medicine, technical rescue, swift water rescue, and SCBA.
Teaching Vehicle Rescue and Tactical EMS classes Internationally has allowed Steve to hone his skills and techniques. His attention to detail and street-smart approach to vehicle extrication enables him to take complicated situations and break them down into a streamlined approach. One of Steve's biggest strengths is helping students learn to remain calm during challenging situations. His strength in teaching students to calmly evaluate, plan, and execute real-life scenarios provides them the opportunity to develop their skill sets in order to perfect their techniques
Tim O’Connor is a Firefighter in a combination company in Delaware. He has been in the fire service for
16 years and has held various positions during that time up to and including Deputy Chief. He is
employed as a Firefighter/EMT in an urban combination department. Tim is Lead Instructor with Back to
Basics Firefighter Training and an Instructor at the State Fire School. He holds an Associate’s Degree in
Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. Tim has written articles published in Firehouse and Fire
Engineering Magazine and has taught at various conferences around the Country including FDIC, FH
Expo, and local conferences in PA and VA
Tim's Published Works:
The Successful Short Staffed Engine (Fire Engineering October 2018);(Firehouse Expo supplement
2017);FDTN Fire Training Magazine March 2017)
Street Smart Extrication (Firehouse Magazine July 2018)
Driver or Operator; Semantics or Significance (Fire Apparatus Magazine February 2021)
Todd has 35 years of experience, including 25 as a Company Officer & Chief Officer. He currently owns and operates his own training company and serves as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy. He is a certified live fire instructor and have written over 100 training programs for the Atlanta Fire Department.
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