ON SCENE TRAINING INSTRUCTORS
What separates us 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, approachable, and up-front philosophy makes On Scene Training an outstanding choice to further your your organization’s training needs.
MEET ON SCENE TRAINING, LLC INSTRUCTORS
Aaron Heller began his fire service career in 1984. He is a captain with 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 past chairman of the Plumsted Township Board of Fire Commissioners. Heller is a senior instructor with the Mercer County Fire Academy. Capt. Heller instructs and has been a presenter at several national, regional, and local training events throughout the United States and abroad. Captain Heller has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine, Fire & Rescue Magazine, The Fire Department Training Network, and several local publications. He is a co-host of Fire Engineering’s Humpday Hangout on Training. Aaron is a founding member of the Jersey F.O.O.L.S chapter of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherhead Society. Heller holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. 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.
Carl J. Haddon
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.
John “Bart” Simpson
John “Bart” Simpson is a 39 year veteran and student of 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 Rescue, Titusville Fire Department and is currently employed by Osceola County Fire Rescue 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 On Scene Training Associates LLC. He has taught for Brevard Community College Fire Training Academy. He also has been an Instructor at FDIC, FDIC East, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and has been featured on Fire Engineering’s “Training Minutes” along with teaching nationally and internationally. John is the lead instructor for his department’s Truck Company Operations program. He is one of the founding members of the Fraternal Order Of Leatherheads Society (F.O.O.L.S. International).
James K. Crawford is the Assistant Fire Chief for Midway Fire Rescue in Pawleys Island, SC. He retired as the Assistant Fire Chief of Operations with the Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire in 2010 after 20 years of service. He is also the retired Deputy Fire Chief of Operations for the 171st Air Refueling Wing Fire Department, Pennsylvania Air National Guard after 23 years of military service. He is a graduate of the Air Force Fire Academy spending four years on active duty as a firefighter. Jim is also the past Deputy Chief of Training for the Pennsylvania USAR Strike Team where he also served as a Rescue Manager. He is a life member and past Fire Chief of the Ben Avon Volunteer Fire Company in the suburbs of Pittsburgh. He has over 42 years’ experience in the career and volunteer fire service. Chief Crawford was the lead HOT instructor at FDIC for the popular HOT program “RIT Combat Drills” for the past 19 years. He has also taught RIT programs at events such as Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Firehouse on the Road, Worcester Safety Symposium, Houston Safety Symposium, Boise Safety Symposium, FDIC International and FDIC East. He was a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and Firehouse.com authoring several articles on firefighter rescue. Jim received the Instructor of the Year award in 2002 from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors for his aggressive national efforts in firefighter rescue training. Chief Crawford lectures nationally on the subject of firefighter rescue operations and holds several national fire service certifications. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He is an instructor for the training groups Rapid Intervention Training Associates (RITA) and On Scene Training Associates (OSTA).
Eric Hankins is a Captain with the Yuba City Fire Department in Northern California. His fire service experience includes of 25 years of service in both rural volunteer and municipal career departments. Captain Hankins is a State Certified Fire Officer and Fire Instructor. Eric has taught at local and regional fire academies for over 15 years as well and training programs across the county. He has presented many times at FDIC as both a HOT instructor and a classroom presenter. Eric previously served as the Vice President of the F.O.O.L.S. International.
Lieutenant Paul Combs is a twenty-three 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, an adjunct instructor for The Ohio Fire Academy, and the 2018 ISFSI Instructor of the Year. Paul is also the editorial cartoonist for Fire Engineering Magazine and JEMS, creating satire on fire and EMS service issues, training, leadership, and daily life.
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.
Steve Gillespie began his fire service career in 1983 as a volunteer in Ridgefield, NJ. In 1994 he joined the ranks of the FDNY where he served over 21 years, retiring in 2015 as a Lieutenant assigned to Engine 43. Spending his whole career in The Bronx, previous assignments included Engine 63 and 13 years in Squad 41. Steve has taught at the FDNY Probationary FF School, FDNY Technical Rescue School, Firehouse Expo and FDIC as a lecturer and a HOT Instructor. Currently, he is the Assistant Training Officer of the North Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina.
Lt. 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 a 14-year veteran of the FDNY where he spent 3 years in Engine 53, transferred “across the floor” and 10 years assigned to 43 Truck in Spanish Harlem. Currently a Lieutenant assigned to the 6th Division covering in Central Harlem and the South Bronx, Nate is also a member of the FDNY Counter Terrorism Task Force and instructs at several local training events specializing 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 Art Bloomer began his firefighter career in 1979. He recently retired from 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 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 a past 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.
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.
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.
Deputy Chief Rusty Ricker is a 3rd generation firefighter with nearly 30 years in the fire service. A certified fire instructor, he is currently employed as a career Firefighter/Paramedic in Metro Boston. Rusty works on a paid-call/part time basis in the Merrimack Valley of Massachusetts, holding the rank of Deputy Fire Chief. He is the President and Founder of the New England Chapter of FOOLS International.
Chief Steven Kraemer is a 25 year veteran of the fire service currently serving as the Chief of Hamilton Township 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, a NJ EMT, and a founding member of the HTFD SOC Chief Kraemer also instructs at the Mercer County Fire Academy.
Lt. Bert Davis started his fire career in 1975 as a call fire fighter for Charlton, Massachusetts fire Department. In 1980 he began his 34 year career with the City of Worcester , EMS and Fire Department, retiring in 2014 as a Lieutenant.. His entire career with Worcester was spent on various Ladder companies. Lt Davis is currently employed by the Massachusetts State Fire Academy as a certified SCOTT S.C.B.A. technician.He is also a training officer for the Dudley, Massachusetts Fire Department and a member of New England FOOLS.
Robert J. Faas Jr.
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 began his career with the North Charleston Fire Department in 2004 and currently serves as a Captain on Engine 210. He is also a resident fire instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy and teaches with On Scene Training Associates. He has also taught at FDIC, FOOLS events, and charitable benefits around the country doing both HOT classes as well as lecture.
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.
Captain Fred Taylor began his career in 1990. He a captain assigned to training with Hamilton Township (NJ) Fire District # 9. Fred is a NJ Level 1 Fire Instructor. He is a life member of Hope Fire Company #1, Allentown, NJ where he is a past chief as well as holding other positions. Fred has been a Fire Instructor at the Mercer County Fire Academy in Lawrenceville NJ for 15 years; and is also a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor. Fred is a member of the Hamilton Township Professional Firefighters Pipe & Drum Band.
Lt. Jeff Barker began his fire service career in Glenn Rock, PA in 2004 and is currently a lieutenant with the Lufkin, Texas Fire Department assigned to the Special Operations Team. Barker is a certified fire instructor, paramedic, fire inspector, rope rescue technician, swiftwater technician, confined space technician, and haz-mat technician. Lt. Barker is the commander of the Lufkin Fire Department Honor Guard and is the East Texas Regional Honor Guard Response Commander for the Texas LODD Task Force. Jeff also serves as a volunteer firefighter with the Hudson Volunteer Fire Department where he is a captain, company president and the training officer. Lt. Barker also serves as an instructor with the Angelina College Fire Academy in Lufkin.
Firefighter Sean Golden is a 20 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 and the Hamilton Township Fire Department SOC.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Mark Williams started his career as a volunteer Firefighter in Upstate and Western NY in 2001 while serving in the military. In 2006 Mark was appointed to the Boston Fire Dept where he is a Lieutenant currently on an Engine in the Brighton section of Boston.He is also a member of the New England FOOLS where he helps instruct topics from Engine/truck ops to RIT. Lieutenant Williams is a Massachusetts and Pro Board certified FF I/II as well as Fire Instructor I/II.
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.
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.