On Scene Training Instructors
“You may wonder what separates On Scene Training Associates from the rest of the training groups available today. Simply put, our instructors don’t just teach or consult in the emergency services, they live it! Our staff brings decades of real-life experience in all aspects of response, planning, and leadership to your department that is second to none. Our instructors /evaluators have held every rank from probationary member up through chief and above all, have never forgotten where we came from. This honest, humble, and up-front philosophy makes On Scene Training a step above many in the training industry.
“ Aaron Heller began his fire service career in 1984. He is a captain in charge of training for the Hamilton Twp. NJ Fire District #9 where he has served since 1990. Capt. Heller is a NJ Level 2 instructor, fire official, and EMT. He is a past chief of the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company and serves as Treasurer of the Plumsted Township Board of Fire Commissioners. Heller is a senior instructor with the Mercer County Fire Academy under the auspices of the Mercer County Community College. Capt. Heller instructs and has been the keynote presenter at several national, regional, and local training events throughout the United States and abroad. Captain Heller’s writings have been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire & Rescue Magazine, The Fire Department Training Network, and several local publications. Captain Heller was recognized by the County of Ocean and the New Jersey State Assembly for his life-saving efforts in the rescue of an elderly woman from an apartment fire in 2004. Aaron is a founding member of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherhead Society. He is the owner of On Scene Training Associates, LLC.Lt. MICHAEL CIAMPO joined the fire service in 1979 as a volunteer and began his professional career in 1985, he is a lieutenant in the Fire Department of New York. Previously, he served with the District of Columbia Fire Department and Wyckoff, NJ VFD. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire science from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, NY. He is the lead instructor for the FDIC Truck Essentials H.O.T. program and teaches at numerous seminars around the country.. He wrote the Ladder chapter and co-authored the Ventilation chapter for Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II (Fire Engineering, 2009) and is featured in “Training Minutes” truck company videos on www.FireEngineering.com. His video Bread & Butter Portable Ladders DVD is available from Pennwell. His monthly column ON FIRE is on the back page of FIRE ENGINEERING. John “Bart” Simpson has over 32 years experience in the fire service. He started his fire service career with the Peters Township Fire Department (Pa), where he held the rank of Captain. John then moved to Florida where he has worked for Palm Bay Fire Department, Titusville Fire Department and is currently employed by Osceola County Fire Rescue and is assigned to Tower Ladder 72. He has held the position of Training Officer with all the departments he has worked for. John currently teaches at The Central Florida Fire Institute as well as Gaston College and has taught for Brevard Community College Fire Training Academy. He has also been an Instructor at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World as well as teaching nationally and internationally. John is one founding members of the Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society (FOOLS International). John has been an instructor with On Scene Training Associates since 1995. Carl J. Haddon started his fire service career in 1983 in Southern California. Since the early 1980s he has also served as a fire/safety director for numerous racing organizations, including Penske Motorsports, NASCAR, USAC and Mickey Thompson Racing. Carl also does consulting work for several fire service equipment manufacturers.For the past 10 years Carl served as Asst. Chief and Fire Commissioner for North Fork F.D. in Idaho. He presently serves as a S.O.C. Rescue Specialist / Trainer for the State of Idaho, and is assigned to the Salmon (River) Task Force. As a level 2 instructor, Carl has taught fire / rescue programs and done emergency planning across the U.S., China, and the South Pacific. He has been an FDIC instructor since 2012, and is a monthly columnist for Fire Apparatus Magazine (To the Rescue & Rurally Speaking), and is a member of the Fire Apparatus & Emergency Equipment Magazine editorial advisory board. Ray McCormack joined the FDNY in 1981 and is a lieutenant with Ladder 28 in Harlem. He is the co creator of Urban Firefighter Magazine and on the editorial board at FireEngineering Magazine. He delivered the keynote at the FDIC Fire Department Instructors Conference in 2009 and he is the author of Tactical Safety for Firefighters. Bill Hopson is a 33 year veteran of the New Jersey Fire Service. He started his career in 1978 as a firefighter for the Seaside Heights Fire Department and currently serves with the Beachwood (NJ) Fire Department. Since October of 1986, he has served as a Deputy Fire Marshal, for the Ocean County, NJ Fire Marshal’s Office. From 1998 to 2002, he served as the Fire Training Coordinator at the Ocean County Training Center – Fire Academy. Bill is a State of New Jersey, Division of Fire Safety Level II certified Fire Service Instructor. He is a published author with both Fire Engineering magazine and the Fire Department Training Network. He is the Lead Instructor and creator of the FDIC H.O.T. evolution “Fixed Burn Building Instructor Training” and has instructed at FDIC, FDIC East and FDIC West. Since 1999, he has also instructed for the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety for both Rutgers University and Kean University. Bill is a certified State of New Jersey, Hazardous Materials Technician and is certified to instruct several National Fire Academy field courses. He is a licensed Fire Official and Fire Inspector for the State of New Jersey. Bill is a founding member of the Jersey FOOLS chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherhead Society and is a past president of the organization Lt. Dave Gallagher is a retired decorated Lieutenant of the Huber Heights Fire Division. He has over 30 years of line experience in career and volunteer departments. He specializes in Firefighter Survival, RIT and Truck Company Operations training and is a nationally known Hands-On-Training Instructor for FDIC, Firehouse Expo, and Firehouse World in Engine/Truck Company Operations. He has authored several articles and podcasts for national fire service trade magazines and sites. Dave is a member of the New England FOOLs and a charter member of the Miami Valley (Ohio) FOOLS. Steven Gillespie is the Assistant Training Officer with the North Charleston, SC Fire Dept. Previously, he retired as a Lieutenant with the FDNY after 21 years. Assigned to Engine 43 as a LT and Squad 41 as a FF. He spent his entire career in the Bronx. Steven has instructed at the FDNY Probationary FF School, FDNY Technical Rescue School, FDIC and Firehouse Expo. Captain Michael Clark began his career in 1966. He has served as a firefighter, officer, and instructor. Mike retired as a captain from the Hanover, NH Fire Department in 2009.He currently serves as a senior staff instructor with the New Hampshire Fire Academy, an adjunct instructor with the National Fire Academy and a Structural Collapse Technician Instructor II with the National FEMA/USAR response system . Mike is a Firehouse Expo instructor specializing in truck and engine company operations. He has an Associates degree in fire protection and is an NFPA Level 4 instructor. Capt. Clark is a member of the New England FOOLS. District Chief Kevin Maloney joined the fire service in 1975 as a volunteer with the Milbury, Ma. Fire Department .and began his professional career in 1978 with Worcester Fire Department. He is an adjunct instructor at the Massachusetts Fire Academy and has taught numerous classes on firefighter safety and survival, rapid intervention, and strategy and tactics throughout the country. Chief Maloney has been an instructor with On Scene Training since 2011. Firefighter Nate Evans has been a member of the fire service since 1992 when he began his career as a volunteer with Ladder 21 of the Pottsville, PA Fire Department. Nate is an 8 year veteran of the FDNY where he is assigned to 43 Truck in Spanish Harlem. Nate instructs at several local training events and specializes in Truck company operations with OSTA. Lt. Tom Decker retired after 28 years with the Cherry Hill (NJ) Fire Department where he served as a Lieutenant on Ladder Company 24. Tom has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Environmental Science. Lt. Decker is an instructor with the Camden County Fire Academy and has served as a H.O.T. Instructor with FDIC and FDIC East. Tom is a NJ Level 1 certified fire instructor. He is a founding member of the Jersey Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society and currently serves as the Vice President. He is a frequent instructor on Truck Company operations and RIT. Captain Eric Hankins is a Captain with the Yuba City Fire Department in California. Eric has over 20 years in the fire service; with experience that spans from rural fire operations to municipal fire departments. Captain Hankins has taught at various fire trainings across the country including FDIC in Indianapolis, IN. Firefighter EJ Mascaro joined the fire service in 1998 and is a 3rd generation firefighter. He started his firefighting career with West Lake Fire Department, located in Erie, Pennsylvania. After serving in the Army for 5 years and completing 2 ½ tours in Iraq, he was awarded some of the highest military honors including the Purple Heart, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Accommodation Medal, amongst many others. EJ has transitioned from the Army and currently works for North Charleston Fire Department, South Carolina. EJ is a member with the Technical Rescue Team with North Charleston Fire Department and also a member of South Carolina Task Force 1 as a Search Technician and Swift Water Technician. Ej is a Instructor with South Carolina Fire Academy as well as a FDIC Instructor and FDIC HOT Instructor. His certifications range from IFSAC/Pro Board Firefighter 2, Fire Instructor 2, Fire Officer 2, and NREMT-B. He holds Bachelors from Pennsylvania State University, Associates from Columbia Southern University, and is working on his Masters from Charleston Southern University in Organizational Management/ Leadership. Firefighter Sean Golden is a 14 year fire service veteran currently serving as a firefighter with the Hamilton Township Fire District #9. Sean began his career as a volunteer with the Enterprise Fire Company of Hamilton, NJ. Prior to working in Hamilton, he was a career firefighter / EMT with the Bordentown Township Fire District #2. Sean has been an instructor with the Burlington County Fire Academy teaching Engine Company operations and the Firefighter 1 program. He is a founding member of the Hamilton Township Fire Department Pipes & Drums Band. Firefighter Art Bloomer began his firefighter career in 1979. He is firefighter with the Kearny N.J. Fire Department, assigned to Station 2, housing Squad 2, Tower 2, and Technical Rescue 2. Art is also a member of the Brick Township Fire Department, Station 24, where he is a past Chief and commands the township’s Technical Rescue Team. He is also a Rescue Specialist with New Jersey Task Force 1. He is a NJ certified Level II instructor and currently is a Lead Instructor for the Ocean County Fire Academy, Northern Division, teaching Truck Company Ops, Special Operations, USAR, and Incident Command. He has been a H.O.T. Instructor for F.D.I.C. and is currently teaching both classroom and H.O.T. Workshops for F.D.I.C. He is also the President of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S. chapter of F.O.O.L.S. International. Art has over 30 years on the job. Captain Steven Kraemer is a 21 year veteran of the fire service currently serving as the Captain of Truck 13 in Hamilton Township, NJ Fire District #3. Steve began his career as a volunteer with the White Horse Fire Company of Hamilton Twp. He is a NJ level 2 instructor as well as a Confined Space instructor, and an NJ EMT. Captain Kraemer also instructs at the Mercer County Fire Academy. Lt. Jeff Gallagher began his career in 1996 and is a 4th generation firefighter. He has worked in volunteer, part-time, and career positions. Currently, he is career Lieutenant with the Huber Heights, OH FD, where he is assigned to L-22. He is an Ohio certified instructor and instructs with the Sinclair Community College Fire Academy. He has also instructed at FDIC and numerous local fire schools. Jeff is also an EMT-P and trained in multiple technical rescue disciplines. He is a member of the Ohio Region 3 USAR Strike Team and a squad leader with the HHFD’s SOG team. Anthony Correia began his fire service career in 1977. Anthony rose through the ranks to various emergency service leadership positions. Mr. Correia is the recently retired Director of the Burlington Township, NJ Fire Dept. Previous to that he served as the Fire Chief in Warrensburg MO. He is also an active paramedic in Pennsylvania. Chief Correia led a workgroup of Fire & EMS personnel in NJ to develop a collaborative Emergency Incident Rehabilitation guideline for NJ. He is active in many local, state and national organizations. He is an instructor in several fire, EMS, and Emergency Management courses throughout the country and abroad. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and is a Certified Public Manager. Chief Richard Kraemer is a 20 year veteran of the fire service with Hamilton Township Fire District 6, Hamilton, NJ. Chief Kraemer is Firefighter I and II certified (NJ), NJ EMT, NJ IMSL3, Fire Officer I Certified, HAZMAT/WMD Technician, Rad/NUC Technician with extensive Incident Command and Rapid Intervention Training. He is also part of the Special Operations Command (SOC), for Hamilton Township and is trained in various technical rescue specialties, including Confined Space, High Angle, Trench Rescue and Swiftwater Rescue. He is a Level II Fire Instructor and also instructs at the Mercer County Fire Training Center, Mercer County, NJ. Firefighter Fred Taylor began his career in 1990. He has been a Firefighter/EMT with Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District # 9 for 13 years. He is a NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor. He is a life member of Hope Fire Company #1, Allentown, NJ where he was past chief as well as holding other positions. Fred has been a Fire Instructor at the Mercer County Fire Academy in Lawrenceville NJ for 11 years; and is also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor. Fred is also a member of the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band. Deputy Chief Rusty Ricker is a 3rd generation firefighter with over 23 years in the fire service. A certified fire instructor, he is currently employed as a career Firefighter/Paramedic with the Town of Wakefield Mass. Rusty is also a member of the Georgetown Fire Department, holding the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. He is the President and Founder of the New England Chapter of FOOLS International, which is celebrating its ten year anniversary in 2013. Firefighter Chris Losee began his career in 1997 with the St. Lucie County Fire District. He’s been assigned to station 14 under Special Operations Command for the last 15 years. Chris is a certified state of Florida instructor for the past 13 years. He teaches the minimum standards courses as well as special operations for the State of Florida. He has taught and regional and state training programs throughout the Southeast.
Dennis Walton started as a volunteer firefighter for the Boro of Wyomissing Pa. Fire Department in 1994 until becoming a career firefighter for the City of Allentown Pa. In 2013. Dennis is a member of AFD’s technical rescue team and fire academy instructor.
He is a Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and Bucks County Community College adjunct instructor 2.
Prior profession was a member of the Philadelphia carpenters union where he gained his construction management degree from Drexel University.
Michael Clarke retired as a Captain/Paramedic with the City of Bath Fire Department. He began as a volunteer in 1985, advanced to full time in 1988 and retired as captain / paramedic in 2013. He is currently serving as Fire Chief for General Dynamics Bath Iron Works in Bath Maine.
A veteran of the fire service since 1985, Mike is a certified fire instructor and has been instructing Hands-on Rapid Intervention, Self Survival, Engine Company operations, as well as Urban Search and Rescue programs for over 20 years. He has presented Hands-on Training at several national fire conferences including FDIC, and Fire/Rescue Las Vegas. He is also a certified Marine/Maritime Firefighter.
In 1995 Mike became a member of the National Urban Search and Rescue Task Force, Massachusetts Task Force One. Mike was deployed to New York City on September 11, 2001. Additional deployments include an array of disasters and high security events. His is currently a Rescue Specialist and Planning Manager for the Task Force.
Mike is a United States Navy Veteran serving both with the Navy and Marine Corps on active duty and reserve. He holds a Baccalaureate of Science from the University of Southern Maine in Leadership and Organizational Studies.
Roger Kendrick began his career with the Boston Fire Department in 2000. As a Firefighter he served on Engine 37, Tower Ladder 3 and was also the Aide to Division One. He is a Massachusetts state certified EMT and holds a BS in Business Management. In November 2014, he was promoted to Fire Lieutenant where he is assigned to Engine 39. Roger is also a proud member of the New England FOOLS.
Don Kernan began his Fire Service career in 2000 with the New Egypt Volunteer Fire Company, where he continues to be active. He holds many offices including Assistant Chief and President. He also served proudly with the Falls Township (Pa) Volunteer Fire Company. He is a NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor and a NJ certified Fire Officer and Strike Team Leader. He started a Junior Firefighter Program at New Egypt and now one of his proudest accomplisments is that his first group of “kids” are his officers. He believes that the best part of him is being in the Fire Service and the Best part of that Best part is being able to instruct juniors and probies.
Robert J. Faas Jr. is a Career Lieutenant with Montgomery County Fire Rescue in Montgomery County MD. where he is a member of Maryland Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, A Haz- Mat technician on the county HIRT, as well as an instructor at the PSTA. He is also currently the Assistant Chief with Blue Ridge Mountain Volunteer Fire Company. Bob is also currently serving as the Vice President of F.O.O.L.S. International and the President of Central Maryland F.O.O.L.S. He has served with The Schooley’s Mountain Fire Protection Association in Long Valley NJ, the Rindge Fire Department in Rindge, NH and Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Company in Sharpsburg, MD. Bob was part of a sit in committee in the State of NH that was responsible for the development of the state RIT program, he also was part of the committee that developed the RIT program for Montgomery County Fire Rescue and was one of the committee members responsible for the redevelopment of the MFRI Safety and Survival Program.
Captain Christopher Gay, North Charleston Fire Department. Christopher Gay began his fire service career in 2004 and currently serves as a Captain on Engine 211 with the North Charleston Fire Department. Prior to this assignment Capt. Gay served on Rescue Company 207 in addition to Tower Ladder 201 for NCFD. Capt. Gay is a Graduate of the South Carolina Fire Academy and is currently pursuing his Associate Degree at Greenville Technical College. Capt. Gay is an International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Firefighter II, Fire Officer I, Fire Instructor I, National Registry of EMT- Basic, and holds certification in: Rope Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician, Trench Rescue Technician, Swift Water Advanced, and Structural Collapse Technician. In addition to his duties with NCFD Capt. Gay is a Resident Fire Instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy & Joint Charleston County (SC) recruit Schools Instructor and Member of the South Carolina SC-TF1 USAR Team.
Mark Williams has been with the Boston Fire Department since 2006. Prior to that he was a volunteer firefighter in Western New York. He is currently assigned to Ladder 14 in the Allston section of Boston. Mark is also a member of the New England FOOLS and has assisted in hands on training topics such as Truck Company Ops, And Rapid Intervention. Mark is a Massachusetts and Pro-Board certified Fire Instructor I and II.
Lieutenant Paul Combs is a twenty-one year veteran for the City of Bryan Fire Department (Ohio) where he is a Firefighter, NREMT, HazMat Technician, and instructor for the Bryan Regional Fire Training Academy. He is an FDIC presenter and Hands-On-Training assistant instructor for the RIT Combat Drills, and an adjunct instructor for The Ohio Fire Academy. Paul is also the editorial cartoonist for Fire Engineering Magazine, FireRescue Magazine, and JEMS, creating satire on fire and EMS service issues, training, leadership, and daily life.
Firefighter Matthew Paglione (FDNY) started his fire service journey in 1994 as a Jr. firefighter with the Hightstown Engine Company in NJ. While earning his AAS in Fire Science at Colorado Mountain COLLEGE he worked as a student resident FF with the Eagle River Fire Protection District. In 2001 he returned back east working per-diem with the Robbinsville Fire Department. In August of 2001 Matthew began his tenure at the FDNY as an EMT. He was sworn in as a New York City firefighter in 2003. Matthew is currently assigned to 27 Truck in the Bronx. He also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Nyack Fire Department.
Firefighter Dan MacAuley (Boston Fire Department)- Dan began his fir service career as a call firefighter with the Nantucket Fire Dept. and later as a volunteer with the Christiana Fire Company (Delaware). In 2012, he joined the Boston Fire Department where he is assigned to Ladder Co. 6 in the Dorchester section of the city. Dan is a member of MA-TF1 and the New England Fraternal Order of Leatherheads Society. He is a veteran of the United States Coast Guard.