ALL HANDS FIRE – TRAINING STAFF
Our programs are developed, prepared and presented in a professional and informative manner by a carefully selected staff of Fire Instructors who are chosen based on their experience and knowledge. Our staff is comprised of experienced fire officers and firefighters from both career and volunteer fire departments. Many are IAFF members and place a strict focus on student safety and effective teaching.
|DANNY ARROYO: Danny Arroyo has been a firefighter for the past 13 years with 5 years as Career Firefighter for the City of Perth Amboy. He is a graduate of the Union County College Paramedic Program and works as a NJ state certified Paramedic. Danny is a State certified Fire Instructor. He serves as the Commander of the Perth Amboy Fire Department’s Honor Guard Unit. He is also a dedicated member of the department’s Special Operations Division and Marine Division.|
|JAMES BASTAN: Battalion Chief Bastan was a 31 year member of the Jersey City Fire Department, before retiring in March 2010. He is presently an active member of NJ Task Force 1 – Urban Search and Rescue Team, where he serves as a Task Force Leader and is responsible for the Search Component. For more than three decades, Jim has developed extensive knowledge and experience in leadership, firefighting and rescue operations. He also has vast experience as a technician and as an instructor in water rescue and rescue boat operations. He is a certified instructor with Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Jim is also a Past President of the State Urban Search & Rescue Alliance (SUSAR) and a Disaster Search Canine Evaluator.|
|DUANE BORWEGEN: Duane is a Battalion Chief with the Edison Fire Department. He is also a member of NJ Task Force 1 USAR Team. Duane is an instructor at the Somerset County Fire Academy.|
|PATRICK BUCKLEY: Pat joined the fire service in 1996 as a member of Hillsborough Fire Co. #2 in Somerset County NJ where he has held every leadership position and recently held the position of Fire Chief. Pat is a NJ State Level 2 Fire Instructor and a Fire Instructor at the Somerset County Emergency Services Training Academy in Somerset County NJ where he teaches the Truck Company, Bailout, CEVO, Pump Operations, Air Management as well as many of the Firefighter 1 & 2 courses. Pat has developed several courses such as Electrical Safety for Firefighters, Tactical Truck Operations, Truck Work, Traffic Incident Management, Utility Incident Management, Air Management and Solar System Safety. Pat is an Adjunct Professor in the Emergency Services – Fire Science Program at Raritan Valley Community College. Pat has worked in the utility/power industry for the past 36 years and holds a BS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Energy Management.|
|MICHAEL BURZICHIELLO: Mike is a firefighter for the City of Trenton, New Jersey and is presently assigned as a firefighter with Rescue Co. 1. Mike is also a member of Trenton’s Task Force 1 that is responsible for hazardous materials response, dive and water rescue, and technical rescue assignments. Prior to being assigned to Rescue 1, Mike worked at Ladder 4, Engine 10, and Engine 6, and he also teaches Trenton's probationary fire recruits. Mike holds a BA from Rider University and an AAS in Fire Science from Mercer County Community College. He is a staff instructor with the Mercer County (NJ) Fire Academy and a member of the FMBA, Trenton Firefighters, Local 6.|
|TONY CARROLL: Tony is a Fire Captain with the Washington DC Fire Department and was was appointed to DCFD in March 1992. He has served in some of the District of Columbia’s busiest Engine Company’s and Truck Company’s, as well as serving in Rescue Company 2. Tony also served as a fire instructor at the DC Fire Academy where he has taught rookie firefighters, Rope Rescue, Firefighter Survival, “Back to Basics”, Firefighter Escape Systems and other classes. Tony is a certified Level-3 instructor, an authorized Petzl EXO Escape Systems instructor and a FDTN Rapid Intervention Team instructor (T-t-T).
|DONALD COLARUSSO: Don has been in the fire service for 29 years. He served as Chief of Department of the Neptune (NJ) Fire Department and commanded fire department operations during Hurricane Irene and Hurricane Sandy, which devastated the Jersey Shore. Don previously served as Fire Chief in Wall Township, NJ. He is a NJ State Level II Fire Instructor and a staff instructor with the Ocean County NJ Fire Academy, where he was awarded Northern Class "Instructor of the Year" in 2012. Don is a manufacturer authorized instructor for the nations leading NFPA-certified firefighter escape systems.
|TOM COSGROVE: Tom is a firefighter with the New York City Fire Department, assigned to Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. For the past several years he has instructed at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis.|
|PATRICK J. COVERT: Pat joined the fire service in 2001 with the Sea Bright NJ Fire Department. He serves as Lieutenant and training officer.|
|CHAD COX: Chad has been a member of the Wichita KS Fire Department for 13 years, where he currently serves as Lieutenant on Engine Company 2. He is a Sterling F4 Firefighter Escape Systems instructor. He also teaches Forcible Entry, Engine Company Operations and Safety & Survival. Chad assists the departments recruit academies with instruction on a variety of topics, including the Gemtor Harness and personal bailout systems.|
|MEGAN ELLZY: Firefighter for the City of Alexandria in Virginia, currently serving at firehouse 206 Engine and Rescue Company. Megan is on the City's Technical Rescue team. She is a PETZL EXO instructor, helped with recruit school and department training and is a Fire Ground Survival instructor.|
|JAMES "GORDO" GORDON: Gordo is a Fire Captain with the Washington DC Fire Department, assigned to Truck Company 11. He also teaches basic fire recruits at the DC Fire Academy.|
Carl is a career Lieutenant with the City of Long Branch Fire department and his service spans over 22 years. Carl started and continues with the Monmouth Beach Fire Department where he served as Chief in 2002, 2007, 2008 and currently as Asst. Chief. He also serves as Deputy coordinator for Long Branch Emergency Management leading its Haz-Mat team. He is NJ State level I instructor, Proboard/Ifsac level II instructor, NJ State EMT and technician level training in Haz-mat, Swift Water, Ice Rescue, Trench and Confined Space rescue. Carl is also an authorized Sterling F4 and Petzl Exo trainer.
|DANIEL HARKER: Dan is a chief officer with the Neptune (NJ) Fire Department in New Jersey. He was formally a Captain and training officer with the Neptune's downtown firehouse, Station 4. Dan is a member with the township's Special Operations Technical Rescue Team. He is a certified Emergency Medical Technician.|
|JOEL KANASKY: Joel Kanasky is a Logistics Section Chief for FEMA Urban Search & Rescue and is also a retired member of New York City’s Rescue Company 1 in Manhattan. Before joining the FDNY, Joel was a firefighter with the Alexandria VA Fire Department and also served as a Sergeant in the US Marine Corps. Joel instructions nationally on Technical Rescue operations and a large variety of other fire and rescue topics.|
|CHAD LALLIER: Chad is in his 18th year with the Alexandria, Va Fire Department. Currently serving as a Lieutenant at Station 6, Engine and Rescue Company, which is the City's Technical Rescue Company. Chad has over 25 years as a Volunteer serving at every rank to include Fire Chief, in Prince George's County Maryland. Chad is an instructor in many disciplines, including assisting with Alexandria's Recruit Academy, Fire Ground Survival training, SCBA Emergencies, Air Consumption, Petzl Exo Escape Systems, FFI & II, Pump Operator, Swiftwater Rescue, and others.|
|VINNY LAZZARA: Vinny is a member of NJ Task Force 1 USAR Team, assigned to the Search Component. He is also an instructor for the team. Vinny is an Ex-Chief of the East Freehold Fire Department.|
|ANDREW LONTHAIR: Andy is a fire officer with the City of Rochester Fire Department in New York.|
|PATRICK MOSES: Pat started his fire service career with the Ocean Grove Fire Department in 1997. Since then, Pat has worked with departments in Charleston and Pawleys Island SC assigned to Rescue and Truck companies as well as the department Technical Rescue teams. He is an Assistant Chief of Beach Operations with the Ocean Grove Beach Patrol and has worked with fire departments developing there ocean rescue services. Pat believes in a "Don't train until you get it right, Train until you can't get it wrong attitude".|
|PATRICK MURPHY: "Murph" is a Captain with the Jersey City NJ Fire Department. Prior to his promotion to Captain, Murph was assigned to Rescue Company 1.|
|CHRIS OSTRARTICKI: Chris is a Firefighter/EMT with the Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst Fire Department in New Jersey. His emergency services career spans over 15 years, which includes being an active volunteer with the Brick Township Fire Department. Chris is a NJ Certified Instructor, a DOD/IFSAC Instructor and a Vehicle Rescue instructor. He is a Technical Rescue Technician in Rope Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Ice Rescue, Water Rescue and is a Hazmat Tech and an authorized Sterling F4 Escape Systems instructor.
|JASON PALMER: Jason has more than 18 years of experience in the fire service. He presently serves as a career Fire Captain with the Robbinsville Fire Department in Mercer County, New Jersey. He also is assigned as a Logistics Manager with NJ Task Force 1 – Urban Search & Rescue and serves on their Swift Water Rescue Team. Jason is a NJ Certified Level 2 instructor and is a Swift Water and Emergency Boat Operator instructor through the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. Jason earned a degree in Fire Science Technology from Burlington County College in 2004.|
|JARRED PIERSON: Jarred is a career firefighter in Hamilton Township, NJ. He began his firefighter career in 2008 as a member of the North Myrtle Beach Fire Department in South Carolina. Jarrod is also presently a member of the NJ Urban Search and Rescue Team and is a part of their Swift Water Rescue component. He is a NJ Certified Level 1 Fire Service Instructor and is also trained to the technicians level in Rope Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Structural Collapse and Hazardous Materials.|
|ALIDER PRATTS: Al, is a captain at North Hudson Regional Fire and Rescue, where he is assigned to Tower Ladder 3 in West New York, NJ. He has spent his career working in the busiest companies within the department, Squad 1 and Ladder 3. Al is a member of North Hudson's UASI Task Force, which is trained to respond to structural collapse, trench, confined space, and high angle rescues. He also trains members of his department in Petzl EXO Bail-outs, Engine Co Ops, Rapid Intervention, Search & Rescue, VES, and Aerial Master Stream Ops. Al is also a NJ state certified Level 1 Fire Service Instructor.|
|KEVIN RICE: Kevin was appointed to the Trenton Fire Department in 2001 and holds the rank of Captain assigned to Rescue Co. 1. Kevin has been teaching Swift Water Rescue since 2002. He has traveled throughout the east coast teaching all levels of swift water rescue. He was an integral part of the training team which taught the swift water rescue programs to the Trenton Fire Department in 2011, 2012, and 2013. Kevin has been involved in numerous water related incidents, including a team rescue of a nearly unconscious male in a rain swollen Assunpink Creek in Mill Hill Park in 2010. He is a certified EMT and a NJ Level I Fire Instructor. Kevin also maintains a technician-level certification for Hazardous Materials, Confined Space, Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Extrication and a PADI certified diver.|
|JOHN SAHATJIAN: John joined the fire service in 2001. He rose through the ranks and presently serves as the Chief of Department for South Wall Fire Rescue Company – Fire District #3 in Wall Township, NJ. John formed the Special Operations Team specializing in Structural Collapse, and presently serves as the Team Commander. He attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ. He is also an Instructor at Middletown Fire Academy. John is a certified National Level 2 Instructor, certified Sterling F4 Escape Systems instructor, EMT and a CPR instructor. Also certified to teach NECI Basic Telecommunicator and Emergency Medical Dispatcher.|
|BILLY SIEGRIST: Bill is a member of the Wayne Fire Department since 1981 and a members of the Technical Rope Rescue / Confined Space Rescue / HazMat Response element of the Wayne Fire Department Special Response team since 1984. Bill is a Fire Academy Instructor Level II/Drill Ground instructor since 1992, working at the Passaic County Fire Academy since 1992. There he instructs Firefighter I and II curriculum, as well as being a lead instructor for Technical Rope Rescue/Confined Space Training programs for the Fire/EMS Divisions. Billy has more than 25 years of training and experience in technical rope and confined space rescue. He is also a New Jersey State Police Hazardous Material Response Unit (NJSP-HMRU) Certified Confined Space trainer since 1993. He is also versed in HazMat emergency response, and is a HazMat Technician, Incident Command (Level 700- NIMS), a National Fire Academy Safety Officer, and has held every fire line officer position including the rank of Chief. Bill is a Construction Project Manager/Engineer by trade, having received his BSCE from NJIT in 1981. Working with the Army Corps of Engineers in Military Construction for 8 years and active in the Heavy Construction industry for the past 36 years.
|FRANCIS SUTPHIN: Frank as been in the fire service for nearly 40 years. He served as Chief of Department for the Bradley Beach NJ Fire Department and was Deputy Chief of the Neptune (NJ) Fire Department. He is an active member of Station 4 with the Neptune Fire Department and is an Assistant Team Leader with Neptune’s Special Operations Technical Rescue Team.|
|MICHAEL TERPAK: Michael Terpak has been in the fire service for 40 years spending the last 36 years with the Jersey City NJ Fire Department where he is assigned as a Deputy Chief and City-Wide Tour Commander. Throughout his career he has worked in the city’s Lafayette and Greenville areas with Engines 10 & 17, Ladder 12, Rescue 1, Chief of the city’s 2nd Battalion and the former Chief in-charge of the city’s Training Division. In addition to the above, he is also the High-Rise Training Coordinator for Jersey City. Chief Terpak, who also holds a BS degree in Fire Safety Administration from the City University of New Jersey, is the author of five best-selling books, “Fire Ground Size-Up” , “Assessment Center Strategy and Tactics” ,“Fire Ground Operational Guides” “Assessment Center Management and Supervision” and Fire Officer Oral Assessment Study Guides.”|
|JOSHUA TURNER: Josh is a firefighter with the Alexandria Fire Department in Virginia.|
|FRANK VISCUSO: Deputy Chief Frank Viscuso is twenty-year veteran of the fire service and a Tour Commander in one of the most densely populated counties in the country. He is a certified level 2 NJ fire instructor, public speaker and a writer of books, screenplays and articles. His first book, “Common Valor, true stories from New Jersey’s bravest“ was published in 2003. He has since become a regular contributor to Fire Engineering Magazine and FireOpsOnline.com and has co-authored a book with Deputy Chief Michael Terpak titled “Fireground Operational Guides”. Frank is a successful grant writer and was instrumental in helping his department acquire millions of dollars in grant money. He has also developed more than fifty SOP’s (GOG’s) and has served as his department’s Training Officer for ten years. Frank has received degrees from the University of Charleston, West Virginia and Jersey City State College.|
|DOUG VORP: Doug is a career firefighter with the Plainsboro Fire Department. He served as fire chief from 2009-2011.|
|JASON WEYMEYER: Jason is a Captain with the Alexandria Fire Department in Virginia, assigned to the Training Division.|
|WELLS WILSON:Wells Wilson is a Captain with the City of Alexandria (VA) Fire Department assigned to Engine & Rescue Company 206. He is the program manager for the department’s Technical Rescue Team and is a regular instructor at Alexandria’s Recruit Academy. A Petzl EXO instructor he also teaches Engine Company Ops, Pump Ops, Rapid Intervention and Technical Rescue skills. Wells joined the fire service in 1999 as a volunteer with the East Franklin VFD in Somerset, NJ. He is a life member and served as a line officer up through the rank of Assistant Chief prior to being hired in Alexandria.
All Hands Fire Training sometimes works cooperatively with PL Vulcan Fire Training Concepts, SAFE-IR, Safety & Survival Training and other reputable trainers in order to deliver the best training available. Our ability to offer training in this fashion has clearly set us above many other trainers, because the customer / student / fire department truly receives the absolute best and most diverse training available.
With regards to sub-contracting, like most training companies, our instructors are either issued an IRS 1099 or we use a cooperative partner training company. All training companies / instructors are fully insured and utilize certified and/or authorized instructors. This process allows us to provide the highest caliber of training available in the industry. The instructors are off-duty firefighter rescue professionals. Students receive the benefit of their experience in presenting their knowledge, experiences and technical guidance. Together, we have trained literally thousands of volunteer and career departments, including a large number of IAFF members.
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