#iFIRELAFTC // May 4-6, 2020
Long Beach Convention Center - Seaside Ballroom // Long Beach, CA 90802
This track is designed to prepare aspiring leaders (firefighters and fire officers) who are currently or soon will be seeking promotion to a company officer or chief officer position.
This track will be presented by experienced and accomplished fire officers who will provide detailed discussions and exercises to prepare candidates for the promotional process.
This track should also be considered for training officers or members currently assigned to the training division who may be searching for ideas and assistance in designing or developing their departments promotional/company officer development program.
Last updated: February 17, 2020
As a former firefighter, U.S. Army Ranger and CIA counterterrorism operator, Jeff has dedicated his life to discovering what separates success from failure. He has conducted operations and been responsible for producing powerful results in over 23 countries, including two combat zones and multiple high-threat environments. He’s worked with senior officials and personnel on the ground. Jeff is known to produce results in highly diverse cultures with tremendous barriers to success and through all of this, he’s learned how to connect, unify, enroll, inspire, move people into action, and produce results that far exceed expectations.
Scott has over 30 years of service with the Los Angeles Fire Department. He has held the ranks of FF, FF/PM, Engineer, Captain I, Captain II and Battalion Chief. He served as the drill master for the LAFD Academy for two years. Scott has been a part of LAAFCA’s Regional Training Group (RTG) for 5 1/2 years.
Joe is a 38-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He has served as Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Captain I, Captain II, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief, and Chief Deputy. Chief Castro’s last assignment was as commander of Emergency Operations, which is organized into four geographic bureaus, 14 battalions, and 106 stations with over 3,000 members, and an annual operating budget of $600 million dollars. Chief Castro has received his department’s highest honor, the LAFD Medal of Valor for bravery, and an Emmy award for his participation in an LAFD news television program.
Marc is a 34-year public servant with over eight years in the U.S. Marine Corps and 26 in fire and rescue. He has served as a volunteer in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Maryland and is a 24-year veteran of Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department. Marc spent 18 years as a bucket firefighter, engine and truck driver, and truck officer. With an earlier assignment in the Training Division as a basic training officer, he has recently been assigned back and charged with developing an officer development training unit for the department. He teaches regionally and nationally on leadership and tactical fieldcraft and coordinates multiple training opportunities for aspiring and incumbent officers.
Sean is a 32-year veteran of the fire service currently serving with the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, assigned to the Los Angeles Area Regional Training Group. Prior to promoting to Battalion Chief, Sean served as a line Captain on E-32 and as a member of USAR Regional Task Force 2. Sean has earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati in fire and safety engineering and is currently working on his master’s. Sean is a credentialed fire officer with the California State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Johnny began his career 30 years ago with the Los Angeles Fire Department. Prior to promoting to Fire Captain II, he held the positions of firefighter, dispatcher, chief officer’s staff assistant, planning captain, grants management officer, fire prevention officer, and Captain I. Educational accomplishments include the Harvard Kennedy School's executive program, a master's in emergency services administration from California State University Long Beach, a bachelor's in business management from the University of Phoenix, the LAFD's Leadership Academy, and the U.S. Military Academy West Point. He has expertise in large-scale incident management, aircraft rescue firefighting, arson investigations, hazmat, industrial firefighting, grant management, and fire prevention.