Instructors

Arthur Ashley (Captain - Lexington, KY Fire)

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Arthur Ashley has been a firefighter since 1986. He has been with the City of Lexington, Kentucky for 23 years, assigned to both engine and ladder companies. Arthur is a Captain assigned to Ladder Company 1 in downtown Lexington, the 34th busiest firehouse in the U.S. Arthur is a Kentucky Level II Instructor and is a Kentucky State Fire School instructor, an instructor with Lexington Fire Training Academy,. Arthur travels throughout the state of Kentucky and around the country teaching hands on training sessions and speaking on leadership and crew management. Captain Ashley is a co-creator and administrator of Truckie Talk, a social media based training page focused on passing along training tips and highlighting the rich tradition of the fire service. Arthur is also a promotional assessor, traveling to departments around the country assisting with their promotional processes. Arthur’s strong belief in doing the right thing fuels his passion for the greatest job in the world.

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Jeremiah Connell (Firefighter - Olathe, KS Fire)

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I started my Fire career in 2005 and became a paid firefighter in 2007. I've worked at Wellington Fire, Sedgwick county EMS and Arkansas City Fire. In 2015 I made the decision and was lucky enough to be hired by Olathe Fire Dept as a Fire/Medic. I earned my AAS in 2007 and a BGS in Physics, Chemistry and biology with a minor in mathematics in 2011. I grew up on a small farm where if you needed something you either fixed it or built it yourself. I've learned this applies well to the fire service. I love training, both hands on and studying. I don't believe you rise to the occasion, but you rise to your level of training.

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Isaac Frazier (Captain - St. John's County, FL Fire/Rescue)

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Isaac Frazier is a Special Operations Captain with St. Johns County Florida’s Heavy Rescue “Squad 4”. First due to the deadliest stretch of roadway in the nation, Frazier teaches from personal street experience providing tried and true tactics. Frazier is the owner of Tactical Advantage Training and creator of the course Tactical Extrication. Frazier travels nationally sharing his passion teaching fire and extrication courses. Frazier is a FDIC lead HOT instructor, FDIC lecturer, Fire Engineering Contributor, Fire Officer II, FL Paramedic, Special Operations Officer, Florida State Instructor, FLUSAR Tech, Diver, and FL Hazmat Tech.

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Jonathan Hall (Captain - Saint Paul, MN Fire)

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Jonathan Hall has over 16 years of fire service experience. He is currently a Captain with the Saint Paul, MN Fire Department. In addition, he serves as a lead instructor for the department’s Training Division teaching recruit academies and company level training. He helped develop the department’s Truck Company and Engine Company apprenticeship programs. Previously, he served as a firefighter and a training and safety officer for the Township Fire Department in Eau Claire, WI. Jonathan is a certified instructor and has presented at Firehouse World, Firehouse Expo, and FDIC. He is the co-owner of Make The Move Training, LLC.

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Michael Heeney (Firefighter - Austin, TX Fire)

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I have been a firefighter since 1998 with multiple agencies until settling down in Austin Texas. I started my career there in 2006. Firefighting is a family tradition my father did 30 years on Philadelphia Fire dept. So I am living the dream. I am a Rescue Squad Officer on Texas Task Force 1 and currently assigned to Rescue 14 in the middle of the city. I am married to Allison and have 1 son Michael Jr. I am a product of the USMC and the Philly public school system so I believe in Common sense and Brotherhood at all times.

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Jonathan Jarvis (Firefighter - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Jonathan has been a member of the Wichita Fire Department for 9 years where he currently serves at Fire House 9 on Truck 3. He is a member of the Technical Rescue Team as well as a structural collapse technician and rescue diver. He has been a member of the Wichita Fire Truck company for 7 years. Jonathan has assisted instructing the Nozzle Forward class as well as Forcible Entry and lectured on Extreme Ownership in the Fire Service at Wichita H.O.T. He also serves as a member of the Wichita Fire Peer support team which is designed to help and encourage firefighters who have dealt with exceptionally difficult situations on the job and off.

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Brian Jetton (Captain - Frisco, TX Fire)

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Brian Jetton started his fire service career in 1998. Currently is a Captain with the Frisco Fire Dept (TX) where he is a member of Truck Co 2. He also holds Fire Officer IV, Instructor II, Haz-Mat Tech, Rope Rescue II, and Paramedic Certifications. In Frisco Brian works with the Training Division on setting standards for Truck Company operations, department wide training, and is an Instructor for recruit classes.

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Scott Kleinschmidt (Lieutenant - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Scott is a 20-year veteran with the City of Wichita Fire Department currently assigned to Truck Company 2 on the city’s south side. Prior to promotion he was assigned to the city’s Rescue Company and is a Rescue Technician/Manager with KSTF-5 regional USAR team. He is a department instructor/coordinator in Truck Company operations and coauthored the departments current SOP’s for Truck Company Operations. Lieutenant Kleinschmidt is an adjunct instructor to the departments training division providing recruit instruction and hands on training to suppression companies throughout the city. He provides lecture and hands on training in Truck Company, Rescue Company, and reduced staffed fire ground operations at the local, state, and national level. Lieutenant Kleinschmidt is a past FDIC presenter and contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine.

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Timothy Klett (Lieutenant - FDNY)

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Lt.Tim Klett is a 34 year veteran of the fire service. Lt. Klett was a volunteer firefighter with the Newington, CT. Fire Dept. for 5 yrs. Until becoming a full time paid firefighter with the City of New Britian, CT. Fire Dept. Lt. Klett spent 4 yrs. as a New Britain firefighter until his appointment to the New York City Fire Department in 1990. He worked in Engine Co.69 in Harlem for12 years until his promotion. He currently works in the Bronx and is assigned to Engine Co.88 in the 7th div. Lt. Klett was also a HOT instructor for Live Fire Training and has served as the lead instructor for the same. Lt. Klett speaks frequently about Engine Company Operations and other fire related topics. He is the Author of “ Stretching and Operating the First Line” produced as “Fire Notes” by the Fire Department Training Network and is also the lead engine instructor there. He has also written several articles for “FireEngineering”, “Firehouse.Com” ,“Firescue Interactive” and “Size-Up”.

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Cameron Meier (Lieutenant - Sedgwick County, KS Fire)

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Cameron is a 12 year member of Sedgwick County Fire District #1. He is currently serving as a Lieutenant at Firehouse 37 which covers the North East end of the Fire District. Cameron currently instructs with the FOOLS of OZ around the state and is an instructor covering Forcible Entry for the recruit academy.

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Chad Menard (Captain - Madison, AL Fire/Rescue)

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Chad Menard is a 14 year student of the craft and it all began while volunteering at the age of 16; in which he still continues to do so. He holds the position of Captain/Paramedic and is assigned to Heavy Rescue 1 with Madison Fire and Rescue. He is a recent graduate of the National Fire Academy's Managing Officer Program, is a certified USAR rescue technician with Alabama Task Force 3, a Level II State Certified Fire Instructor and Fire Officer, and a graduate from Columbia Southern University. He's attended and received professional training from various regional and national campuses, has his Fire Officer designation, and maintains the Graduate level member grade through the Institution of Fire Engineers.

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Dan Mishler (Firefighter - Sedgwick County, KS Fire)

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Dan Mishler is a Firefighter for Sedgwick County Fire District #1. He has 10 years in the fire service and is currently assigned to the Hazardous Materials Team at Firehouse 33. Firefighter Mishler is a fire instructor and teaches RIC, “Saving Your Own,” and forcible entry with the FOOLS of Oz and the SCFD recruit academy. He assists with Engine Company Operation, Vehicle Extrication, and RIC with Hutchinson Community College Fire Science.

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Robert Mitchell (Lieutenant - Bexar-Bulverde, TX Vol. Fire)

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Rob Mitchell has been a student of the fire service for the past 20 years. In this time, he has worked as a Volunteer, Career Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Lieutenant. Rob is assigned to Station 103 for Bexar-Bulverde Vol. Fire Department as a Lieutenant, additionally he is a member of the Department Special Operations Team and the County HazMat Team. Rob is an instructor for the Department academy and teaches several different classes including Ropes, Vehicle Extrication and Firefighter Survival/RIT Rob is married to his wife Lisa and has three boys, Chaise, Kory, and Kegan. Rob has been a member of the F.O.O.L.S. since 2002 and is a former member of the Mountain F.O.O.L.S. and is the current President of the Alamo Area F.O.O.L.S.

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Chris Moren (Firefighter - Austin, TX Fire)

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Chris started his fire service career chasing wildland fires in California working for the USFS on the Los Padres National Forest. After 4 seasons, he was hired by Austin Fire Dept where he has worked for 18 years. Chris worked at Station 18 (busiest station) for 14 years, then transferred to drive Rescue 14. While assigned to 18's, Chris drew a design for a tool on a brown folding napkin that is now known as The Pig.

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Keith Niemann (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Keith Niemann has been a member of the Wichita Fire Department for 17 years, where he currently serves as the Captain assigned to Engine Company 10. Keith is a charter member and President of the Wichita Metro Area FOOLS of Oz, and been published in Fire Engineering as well as Urban Firefighter. He has had the honor of presenting at numerous fire schools and conferences to include FDIC, Wichita HOT, and Maryland State Firefighters Association Conference. Keith is an adjunct instructor for Hutchinson Community College, Butler County Community college, and with the Wichita Fire Department assisting with both recruit academy and department drill cycles.

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Daniel Nelms (Firefighter - Nashville, TN Fire)

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I am a firefighter with the City of Nashville, were i have worked for 6 years. I work on the busiest Truck in the City, Truck 26, on the south side. I am also a Shift Commander with the Pleasant View Volunteer Fire Department. I have been a member here for 12 years. I also serve as the assistant Training officer for the organization. I'm a 2nd generation firefighter.

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Sid Newby (Battalion Chief - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Sid Newby is a battalion chief and 36-year veteran of the Wichita Fire Department. He has held the rank of Lieutenant, Captain and Battalion Chief in the Operations Division. He is a Kansas State and nationally certified fire service officer and instructor. He has an associate degree in fire science and a BA degree in education from Wichita State University. He lectures nationally on various fire/ rescue topics. He provides lecture and hands on training in Incident Command, Engine Company, and Fireground Operations. Chief Newby is an instructor at the Fire Department Training Network. He is a past FDIC presenter and contributing author to Fire Engineering magazine. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program.

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James Payne (Division Chief - Midway, SC Fire/Rescue)

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James Payne is currently serving as Division Chief of Special Operations and Training for Midway Fire Rescue in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina as well as a current member of South Carolina Task Force 1. He also served for 27 years in the City of Baltimore. He has been an officer for 18 plus years, rising through the ranks to Captain. His focus while serving the citizens of Baltimore City was involved in Special Operations, commanding Baltimore’s only Heavy Rescue. Jim has been a member of various specialized Rescue teams such as the BCFD Dive Rescue Team, The Special Operations Team, and a member of a Type 3 Incident Management Team. Chief Payne has served with the Maryland Search and Rescue Task Force 2 Team as a Hazardous Materials Specialist. Chief Payne currently travels the country training in various disciplines. Jim has also traveled various countries such as France to instruct in Fire Service Operations as well as Dive Rescue Team Operations and to South Korea to assist in various Rescue training procedures. "Jimmy" is a proud member of the Ocean City FOOLS. He is a firm believer in the Fire Service tradition of Officers leading by example and mentoring their crew.

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Scott Peterson (Firefighter - Fulton, MO Fire)

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I have 10 years in the Fire Service. I started out in the Volunteer service which I am still apart of as Montgomery Fire Protection Dist. Training Officer. I have held the rank of Asst. Chief with them and currently a Firefighter with the City of Fulton. I am a current member of the Lake Area F.O.O.L.S., Assist with Montgomery County Fire Alliance training section. Been selected as Local 2945, Fulton Professional Firefighters, Firefighter of the Year award as well as recognition for my services with MFPD. I have been instructing for 7 years and attend FDIC, MU FRTI Inst Conf. on a regular basis. My passion is instructing and seeing the Fire Service grow and keep moving in a positive direction.

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David Rhodes (Captain - Atlanta, GA Fire)

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David Rhodes is a 32-year fire service veteran currently serving as a Captain with the City of Atlanta Fire Department. He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a member of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, a Hands-on-Training Coordinator for the FDIC conference, an Editorial Advisor and author for Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue and Fire Apparatus and Equipment Magazine. Creator of the Hump Day SOS Blog of Fire Engineering.com. He serves as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, and Advisory Board Member for Underwriters Laboratory Firefighter Safety Research Institute. He serves as an Incident Commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency - All Hazards Incident Management Team and is a Task Force Leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. He is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc. which provides public safety training, consulting and promotional assessment centers.

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Steve Robertson (Lieutenant - Columbus, OH Fire)

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Steve has been in the fire service for 28 years, the last 24 of which has been with the Columbus Ohio Division of Fire. He is a member of the USAR Central Ohio Strike Team and an adjunct instructor for the Ohio Fire Academy. In addition, Steve is an instructor for Rapid Intervention Training and Associates and has taught rapid Intervention and engine company tactics nationally. Steve currently serves as the Lieutenant on Engine Company 18 in the South Linden neighborhood of Columbus. Steve has been a HOT instructor at FDIC for the past several years teaching rapid intervention. Additionally, Steve is the lead instructor of the Street Smart Engine class at State fire school. He has also instructed at the High Rise Operations Conference and Command Officers Bootcamp in Pensacola Beach Florida. He has Also lectured at FDIC on Engine company tactics. For the past 23 years Steve has also been a state certified Fire Safety instructor. He is also a member of the State of Ohio Fire Training Committee.

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Stephen Runyan (Lieutenant - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Stephen Runyan is a 9 year Lieutenant with Wichita Fire currently assigned to Truck 1 in Downtown. Stephen is a Wichita HOT Instructor, 2014 Firehouse Heroism Award Winner, WFD Truck Company Coordinator/Instructor, Hazmat Technician, and works for FDIC. He also has a Associates in Fire Science and worked as a fireman in the US Air Force from 2002-2008.

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Nick Sequenzia (Firefighter - Frisco, TX Fire)

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Nick started his fire service career in 2005. Currently is a firefighter with the Frisco Fire Dept (TX) where he is a member of Truck Co 2. His previous experience includes the Washington D.C. Fire Dept where he was assigned to Engine Co 19. He also holds Haz-Mat Tech, Rope Rescue, and Paramedic Certifications. In Frisco Nick works with the Training Division on setting standards for Truck Company operations, department wide training, and is an Instructor for recruit classes.

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Trevor Steedman

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Trevor Steedman is a 28-year veteran of the fire service and the owner of Strike The Box Training, LLC. He is a career Captain with the Ocean City (MD) Fire Department, where he is head of the Office of Training, Health & Safety. He has been a career fire officer since 1999 serving in several capacities including Shift Commander, Special Operations Commander and Fire Training Officer. Trevor is the Past President and current Vice President of the Ocean City FOOLS Alpha Chapter.

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Trey Stout (Captain - Frisco, TX Fire)

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Trey started with Frisco Fire Department in 1998. He is currently a Captain on Rescue 1. Rescue 1 serves as both the city's heavy rescue and haz mat team. His certifications include Rope Rescue II, Instructor II, Swift Water, Haz Mat, Trench Rescue, and Georgia Smoke Diver 984.

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Russell Sykes (Sergeant - Atlanta, GA Fire/Rescue)

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Russell Sykes is a 13 year student of the fire service. He is currently a Sergeant with the Atlanta Fire Rescue Department, serving as an engine driver in Southwest Atlanta. Russell is a HOT instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference as well as a Lead Instructor with the Georgia Smoke Diver program. He is certified Georgia Smoke Diver #671.

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Seth Taylor (Firefighter - Lewisville, TX Fire)

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Seth Taylor is a second generation, 24 yr firefighter with urban and rural volunteer experience. He is a current member of Lewisville FD dive team and assigned to Truck 7. Over the last 15 years he has designed and constructed a variety of training props used for fire service training recently including the Braskey Force Door. Seth is a NWCG qualified Engine Boss, Sawyer, and Texas Forest Service TIFMAS Sawyer evaluator. He has responded to a variety of state incidents on both all hazards and wildfire responses. Since 2008 he has coordinated the annual “All Saws” Class which teaches chainsaw & radial saw techniques, maintenance, and safety to metro, urban, and rural firefighters in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area.

Tim Vandermeer (Lieutenant - Austin, TX Fire)

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Tim started as a volunteer 15 years ago and has now been with the Austin Fire Department for 10 years. Before recently promoting to Lt, he worked in the Special Operations Division splitting time between an engine and an inner city rescue company. He is also a member of Texas Task Force One as a rescue specialist. Tim has devoted his career to learning and teaching others.

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Chad Winton (Captain - Wichita, KS Fire)

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Chad Winton is currently serving as a Captain with Wichita Fire Department Special Operations Battalion, assigned to Truck 1 in the downtown district. He has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science and is pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Occupational Health and Safety. Chad is a Certified Advance Emergency Medical Technician, certified thru the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services. He is certified as a Tactical Combat Medic (TCCC) thru National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT). He currently is the Rescue Coordinator, with the Hutchinson Community College Fire Science program, and also an instructor with Kansas State Fire Marshal Office USAR Instructor. Chad adjuncts as an instructor with the Wichita Fire Department and Wichita Police Department Training Division. Chad is an 18 year member of the Wichita Fire Special Operations Technical Rescue Team. He is a rescue technician and manager with the Kansas Task Force 5 Regional USAR team. He has become highly proficient in the years of service at multi disciplines and is frequently employed to instruct on fire tactics, tactical medicine and Rescue Company disciplines, at the local, state and national levels. Chad is continually drawing from over 20 years of public safety experience of which he has been assigned to some of the busiest companies in the State.

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Coordinator

Deputy Chief Tammy Snow

esnow@wichita.gov
(316) 268-4510 Office
(316) 259-9118 Cell
Wichita Fire Department
455 N Main St 11th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202

Questions

Account Clerk Colleen Shirley

Available Monday - Friday: 7:30AM - 4:30PM
cshirley@wichita.gov
(316) 268-4485 Office
Wichita Fire Department
455 N Main St 11th Floor
Wichita, KS 67202

Wichita HOT Board

  • Deputy Chief Tammy Snow
  • Battalion Chief Sid Newby
  • Captain Michael Crosby
  • Captain Keith Niemann
  • Captain Kelly Ross
  • Lieutenant Mark Misek
  • Firefighter Wade Holle
  • Firefighter Dan McElroy