#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802
This track is designed for those individuals who are currently or will soon be serving as a company or chief officer charged with managing initial operations at an emergency scene.
This track will be presented by accomplished company and chief officers who will share their knowledge and expertise on the critical factors to consider as a first arriving officer to an evolving incident.
This program will include detailed tactical discussions related to single family, commercial, highrise and wildland events. Instructors will also provide leadership tips, recommendations on operational risk management, go, no-go decision-making and guidelines for managing a mayday event.
Last updated: February 18, 2020
Derek is a 30-year career veteran of the fire service, serving as an Assistant Chief with the Los Angeles County (CA) Fire Department. He oversees the Air and Wildland Division. Derek has been instrumental in establishing the agency as a leader in fireground safety and fire service wellness/fitness. A firm proponent of training, he has developed and implemented innovative programs supporting fireground tactics, survival, and firefighter health.
Derrick is a 21 year veteran of the Los Angeles County Fire Department, currently assigned to Battalion 1 in the high-rise district of West Hollywood and Marina Del Rey. Chief Chapman has spent many years working in a high-rise area as a firefighter, an engineer and now as a battalion chief. In addition, he is a member of the Department-recognized High Rise Committee, responsible for training and equipment.
Ken has been a member of the Los Angeles City Fire Department for 18 years. He has held the rank of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Emergency Incident Technician, Captain I, and Captain II. He’s established himself in the administration as the Chief Deputy’s Emergency Operations Liaison Officer and has pursued his passion as a training officer with the Los Angeles Area Regional Training Group since 2012. His commitment to increased firefighter safety and agency interoperability, along with his tireless evaluation of emergency responses and desire to perform at the highest level, has separated him as a fire service leader.
Mitch is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently serving with his agency’s Training Services Division. Prior to promoting to battalion chief, Mitch served as a Wildland Superintendent, training Captain, and station Captain at numerous fire stations. Prior to promoting to Captain, he served as a fire prevention inspector, and engineer on engines and trucks. He spent about seven years as a fire crew supervisor, becoming qualified as a strike team leader. He has also been a paramedic and served on his department’s search and rescue team. Mitch has earned an associate degree from Oxnard College and bachelor’s from California State University in fire administration. Mitch has many CICCS qualifications including Planning Section Chief Type 1. He has been the Planning Section Chief on California Interagency Incident Management Team #4 since 2012.
Logan is a 24-year veteran of the fire and emergency service currently serving as a Captain with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Captain Fields is currently assigned to the Los Angeles Regional Training Group focusing on personal and professional development of firefighters, company and chief officers. Prior to promoting to Captain, Logan held the rank of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, and Staff Assistant with the LAFD.
Robbie is a 25-year veteran of the fire service, currently serving as Deputy Chief of Support Services with the Long Beach FD. Robbie has served as Firefighter, Firefighter/Paramedic, Captain, Training Captain, Battalion Chief, Assistant Chief and Director of Training. Robbie helped develop LBFD’s Officer Development Program. Robbie has completed certifications from Columbia Southern University, Santa Ana, and Cerritos College. He has been an integral part of the Rescue Task Force and is a licensed general contractor.
Joe has been with the FDNY for over 34 years. He serves as Assistant Chief and leads 600 personnel. Joe was previously FDNY’s Chief of Safety. He has served in rescue and squad companies and as Battalion Chief in the Rescue Battalion. A longtime member of NY-TF 1 and the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue system, Joe is currently a Deputy Incident Support Team Leader. Joe serves as chair of the NFPA 1700 Technical Committee and has a seven-year appointment to the NFPA Standards Council. Joe received a bachelor’s in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland and a master’s in management from Thomas Edison State University.
Drew is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently working as a field Battalion Chief serving Western Los Angeles County. A second-generation firefighter, he started his career with the Los Angeles County hand crew in 1988. Drew and is currently completing his bachelor’s in leadership and organizational development. Drew has served as Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Engineer, Captain, and Superintendent. Drew is a qualified FBAN, OPSC, and RXB1, an instructor for NWCG at the National Advanced Fire and Resource Institute for S-590 since 2004, and a steering committee member.
Tom is a 31-year veteran of the fire service currently working as a field Battalion Chief serving the Santa Clarita Valley. A second-generation firefighter, he started his career with the Los Angeles County hand crews in 1988. Tom has held the positions of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Engineer, and Captain and has been a Battalion Chief for the last 7 years. As an Operations Section Chief, Tom has significant experience in both initial attack and extended attack incidents.
Jim has been a member of the Los Angeles County Fire Department for 23 years. He is the current department director of training as well as a California State fire instructor. He is the chairman of the Fire Behavior Committee and has assisted with the continuing development of the fire behavior curriculum taught to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.