Lonnie Inzer has been a college instructor, professor, department chair, and division dean for the last 27 years. He has a master's degree in organizational leadership from Fort Hays State University, and a B.S. from Colorado State University.
He served as a department chair and academic division dean for 17 years, and has more than 23 years of experience in public safety leadership. He is now the Emergency Manager for El Paso County Colorado, which experienced the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires in recent years. He is a retired fire captain from the Colorado Springs Fire Department, where he developed fire and medical response units where there were none before.
Lonnie began his career as a park ranger and forestry technician before entering the public safety field as a firefighter. He attained certification to be an instructor for the Phi Theta Kappa Leadership and Ethics Development program at the National Fire Academy. Lonnie is a Professor Emeritus (28 years) for Pikes Peak Community College in Fire Science Technology and Emergency Management, and he currently is an affiliate professor for Colorado State University, Southern New Hampshire University, Bowling Green State University, and Charter Oak State College.
Mary Sovick is the owner of Fireline Training & Consulting, and developer of Ignite Your Writing training seminars. She is a retired firefighter from South Metro (Denver) Fire Department and an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy.
Mary is a member of IAFC Professional Development Committee, Colorado Fire Training Officers Association, American Society of Training and Development, and the National Fire Academy Alumni Association.
She completed a master's degree in education with a focus on adult education and training from Colorado State University, as well as a master's-level certificate in technical communications from University of Denver. Her professional services include presenting Ignite Your Writing seminars, teaching adult instruction workshops, speaking at regional and national conferences, providing program development services, editing various fire department projects and emergency operational plans, and consulting with fire departments for development and evaluation of written components of promotional exams and assessment centers. Mary has written extensively on the need to elevate writing standards and skills in the fire service.
Warren Jones is a retired fire chief and chief executive officer of the Evans Fire Protection District, Colorado. Prior to his service with the district, he served six years as fire chief for the City of Evans and 27 years with Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Colorado. In his 30+ years of fire and emergency services experience, Chief Jones has worked in all areas of fire service, including operations, training, administration, fire prevention, and emergency management. He has extensive ICS experience in many ICS positions, and has served as the incident commander of large fires, hazardous materials incidents, and natural disasters. He is a member of the Eastern Colorado Type III Incident Management Team.
Warren attended Colorado State University for his bachelor's, master's and Ph.D. His Ph.D. is in education and human resource studies. He very much enjoys teaching for his alma mater in a field he has been in for years.
D.J. Himstedt has been in the legal and insurance industry since 1977. After earning his Juris Doctor from Denver University, he worked as an attorney for the prestigious firm of Prior Carney & Johnson, where he focused on defense litigation in medical malpractice and bad faith. In 1986 he became staff counsel for CIGNA Insurance with Florey Associates, providing legal opinions on coverage, workers compensation, and bad faith cases. In 1987, he decided to launch his own private investigations firm, with an emphasis on personal injury defense investigations and product liability. Currently, he is the president of Legal Investigations Inc., located in Denver, Colorado.
D.J. was a Fire Chief for Indian Foothills Volunteer Fire Department, and also an EMT. While on the fire department, D.J. earned an associate's degree in fire science technology, completed the National Fire Academy's Chief Officer Training Curriculum, and attended sessions at the NFA. He has taught classes in emergency vehicle operation to volunteer departments across Colorado, and has lectured at various state and national fire conferences.
Chief Blackwell began his fire service career as a volunteer in 1979 with the Chesnee, South Carolina Volunteer Fire Department. He served as Fire Chief there from 1991-1996. After that, Chief Blackwell changed careers and became a police officer with the City of Chesnee. He was soon appointed Police Chief. Chief Blackwell has also held positions as Fire Chief at Athol, Idaho Fire Protection District, Assistant Fire Chief with Pantex Fire Department in Amarillo, Texas, and Fire Chief with the Northern Lakes Fire Protection District in Idaho. In 2007, Chief Blackwell was appointed Fire Chief of the Stillwater, Oklahoma Fire Department.
In 2011, Chief Blackwell was appointed as Fire Chief of the Spartanburg, South Carolina Fire Department, where he currently serves. He has a Ph.D. in fire and emergency management administration from Oklahoma State University, M.S. in executive fire service leadership from Grand Canyon University, B.P.S. in fire administration and fire prevention from University of Memphis, and A.S. in criminal justice from Spartanburg Methodist College. He also completed the Executive Fire Officer Program with the National Fire Academy. In addition to his education, Chief Blackwell has been conferred the Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center of Public Safety Excellence and granted Fellow status with the Institute of Fire Engineers.
David S. Becker started his EMS career in 1975, and has been a licensed paramedic since 1977. He currently serves as the immediate past chair of the emergency medical services section for the International Association of Fire Chiefs. For the past 20 years, he has served on the executive committee.
Chief Becker has been an adjunct faculty member for Colorado State University, teaching online EMS Management, since 2008. He works full time as faculty member for Columbia Southern University in EMS Management and EMS Administration. Prior to this he was an EMS program director for Sanford-Brown College in St. Louis. Chief Becker worked for 22 years in fire service, including 15 years as a Chief Officer.
In 2006 he was appointed to work on the Educational Standards Project as the Core Content Leader for Operations through a project for NHSTA. He currently is a member of the 2017 Scope of Practice Expert Panel, and recently served on the NHTSA/NASEMSO Project on Evidence-Based Fatigue Risk Management Guidelines for EMS. He currently serves on three other national committees, including: CoAEMSP, CAAHEP, and EMS Management Degree Curriculum Development for FESHE at the National Fire Academy.
His education includes a master's degree in health services management, and he is a licensed nursing home administrator in Missouri. Chief Becker is a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
Jim was born in Redwood City, California in 1961. Upon graduation from Sequoia High School in 1979, he relocated to Denver, Colorado where he worked until he joined the United States Air Force in 1980. He held a range of positions from firefighter to fire chief. Jim also negotiated fire protection contracts for remote satellite tracking stations around the globe. He retired from the United State Air Force in 2000 as a First Sergeant.
In 2000, Jim became the Fire Marshal for the town of Monument, Colorado. He updated and modernized its fire inspection program, using digital photos to show actual fire code concerns. Jim also worked toward stopping the use of wood shingle roofs in this heavily urban-wildland interfaced community.
Jim became El Paso County Fire Marshal in the rank of Commander with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office in 2003, where he was responsible for the Office of Emergency Management. During his tenure, he brought in several million dollars of Homeland Security funding to the South Central Region (consisting of the City of Colorado Springs, and El Paso, Teller, Park and Lake Counties) for emergency response. He was the Agency (county) Representative for the Type 1 team response during the Waldo Canyon fire. He became a sworn officer after graduating the law enforcement academy. He also successfully worked with the state legislature to revamp waste tire regulations, and chaired the State Waste Tire board for four years.
Since 2013, Jim has been Executive Director of the Department of Public Works (DPW) for El Paso County. He is still responsible for the Office of Emergency Management, and oversees recovery efforts of the Waldo Canyon and Black Forest Fires. Jim has established an academy for entry-level highway candidates and a mechanized wildland fire team under the DPW umbrella.
Jim holds an A.A.S. in fire science, A.A.S. in personnel management, B.S. in organizational management, and is a graduate of the National Executive Fire Officer program.
Kevin Milan is an Assistant Chief with South Metro Fire Rescue in Colorado, with more than 25 years of fire service experience in roles from firefighter through battalion chief. His experience with emergency service training is highlighted with a six-year tenure as division chief of training, and a director for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy (NFA) Executive Fire Officer Program, and possesses Chief Fire Officer Designation through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.
Kevin holds a Ph.D. in fire and emergency management from Oklahoma State University and a Master of Science in executive fire service leadership. He is past president of the Colorado Training Officers Association, Colorado Instructor of the Year in 2015, State Advocate for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, a Governor's appointee to the Colorado Fire Safety Advisory Board, and recipient of two NFA outstanding research awards.
Chief Randy Callahan started his fire career in 1979. He has diverse experience from volunteer, industrial, combination, and career fire departments. During his 20 years at Poudre Fire Authority (PFA), he has served as a firefighter, driver/operator, captain, and shift battalion chief. In his current role as training chief, he is responsible for training, education, and certification programs for PFA employees. With a commitment to lifelong learning, Chief Callahan earned a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Studies from California State University - Long Beach (2009), a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership from Colorado State University - Global Campus (2013), and a Chief Fire Officer Credential from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (2016).
Larry Grosse, Ph.D., began his fire service career as the organizer and manager of five volunteer fire departments for the Texas Youth Council facilities. During his tenure as the Chief of Construction for the Texas Youth Council, he was certified as an Advanced Fire Prevention Inspector by the Texas Commission on Fire Prevention Personnel Standards and Education. After completing a bachelor's degree in architecture, he became licensed by the State of Texas as an architect. He returned to school and completed a Master of Science degree in construction management and a Ph.D. in urban and regional science, from Texas A&M University. His dissertation: Fault Tree Analysis of the High-Rise Hotel Fire Refuge Concept, was the catalyst to his research focus on smoke movement and detection. He led a research team at Texas A&M University that helped define the updated smoke detector requirements for residential occupancy. Dr. Grosse was an invited member of the National Smoke Detector Project sponsored by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. He has authored, co-authored, and contributed chapters to eight books that relate to fire-safe building design and smoke movement and detection, in addition to contributing to a number of peer-reviewed publications.
Dr. Grosse served as a charter member of the National Fire Academy adjunct faculty, where he worked on a team that developed three courses offered by the National Fire Academy. In his role as an NFA adjunct faculty member, he taught the courses to fire personnel in 38 states.
For 15years, he served as a professor and department head for the Department of Construction Science at Texas A&M University, then 12 years as a professor and department head of the Department of Construction Management at Colorado State University. In this role, he created the Fire and Emergency Services Administration online degree program at Colorado State University. Since his retirement from CSU, he has continued to teach and serve as a program coordinator for the FESA program.
Kurt started as a career industrial firefighter for Bethlehem Steel Corporation in 1974. He promoted through the ranks to fire chief in 1996. In 2003, he was hired as the fire science program coordinator/assistant professor for Colorado Mountain College (CMC). In 2013, he left CMC to be closer to his grandchildren in Fort Collins. In addition to being a career firefighter and educator, he has served as a volunteer firefighter for more than 43 years, and is currently the Deputy Fire Chief for the Gypsum Fire Protection District in Gypsum, Colorado. In 2016, he served as the Interim Fire Chief for the Greater Eagle Fire Protection District, in Eagle, CO while they completed a search for a permanent chief. He has been a guest instructor for the Duneland School of Emergency Response (1999-2007, Chesterton, Indiana), the Front Range Flammable Liquids School (2003-2012, Commerce City, CO), and the Annual Industrial Fire School, Texas A&M University (2005-2017, College Station Texas.) Kurt is a life member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association. He attended the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education Annual Conference from 2003 to 2014, and has been a member of the International Fire Chiefs Association since 1996. Kurt has earned degrees from Indiana Vocational Technical College, Purdue University, and Southern Illinois University.