Michael Ader

Michael Ader is a fourth generation fireman, following the family tradition started by his great grandfather. He joined the fire service as a volunteer fireman in Montgomery County, Maryland while still in high school. Mike continues to volunteer in Montgomery County and has served in all ranks through Captain at the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department. Employed with the Washington, DC Fire Department, Mike was appointed to Engine Company 24 and spent the remainder of his time as a Private assigned to Rescue Squad 2. As a Sergeant he was the Battalion Fire Chief of Special Operations Battalion Aide. Mike is currently a Lieutenant assigned to Truck Company 17. He is a certified Fire Service Instructor III and has taught as an adjunct instructor at the District of Columbia Fire Department Training Academy.

Chad Cave

Chad Cave is a 26 year veteran of the fire service. He began as a volunteer with the Baker Heights Vol. Fire Department in West Virginia. Chad served 6 years as a firefighter with the 167th Air National Guard, and 2 years with the Montgomery County Md. DFRS before taking employment with Frederick County Maryland DFRS. Chad has served most of his time in Frederick County assigned to the four city stations, and is currently the Captain of Engine Co. 31 - Westview. He is a Maryland Level 2 instructor and assists with the FCFR recruit academy. Chad brigs lots of knowledge of engine company operations and has been involved with working on some of Frederick County's busiest engine company's.

Nicholas DiVesta

Nicholas DiVesta is a second generation Fireman, continuing the tradition and following in his father's footsteps who has been a Volunteer for 40yrs. Nick has 17yrs experience in the fire service, beginning in 2002 when he joined the Phoenixville Fire Department and currently a volunteer with the Minquas Fire Company in Newport, DE where he serves as Rescue Captain. Nick is a Career Fireman with the City of Wilmington Fire Department, Assigned to SQUAD Co. 4 on the City's East Side.

Charles Hendry

Charles Hendry is a second generation Firefighter with over 33 years experience in the fire service. He is a Lieutenant in the FDNY Special Operations Command assigned to Squad 252 in Bushwick Brooklyn and Chief of Training for the Hempstead fire Department and 33 year member of Harper Hook & Ladder Company 1 in Hempstead New York. He is also a NYS Fire Instructor 2 and Deputy Chief Instructor at the Nassau County Fire Service Academy, FDNY Technical Rescue School and NYS OFPC Special Operations Division.

Robert James (RJ)

Robert James (RJ) is a 22 year veteran of the fire service. He started as a volunteer firefighter with the Cromwell Volunteer Fire Department in Cromwell, Connecticut. Robert relocated to Maryland and joined the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department in Montgomery County Maryland. He is currently employed with the Frederick County Fire Department, where he is a Lieutenant in Special Operations Command assigned to the 3rd Battalion. Robert has received numerous citations and awards from the Rockville Volunteer Fire Department, Frederick County Fire Rescue and the state of Maryland. RJ has served as a lead instructor for many fire department trainings, and works as an instructor with Frederick Fire Department’s Training Academy and Capitol Fire Training LLC. He has written articles for many different trade magazines and has taught on national fire service platforms.

Kevin Larkins

Kevin Larkins has 23 total years of experience in the fire service. He currently holds the rank of Emergency Vehicle Driver within the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD), where he is assigned to the Special Operations Command Battalion. He is an adjunct instructor at the BCFD training academy teaching their truck company operations program as well as contributing Rapid Intervention Team based articles to BCFD’s “The Baltimore Beat” magazine. Kevin started his career as a volunteer with the Savage Volunteer Fire Company located in Howard County, MD where he held several positions up to the rank of Assistant Chief. He served on the Howard County Fire and Rescue Training Board committee which oversees county wide department training standards for six volunteer corporations within the county. Since relocating to Carroll County, MD to raise a family with his beautiful wife Katie and son Preston, Kevin has joined the Sykesville-Freedom District Fire Department. There he holds the rank of Tower Captain, as well as being an adjunct instructor with the Carroll County Fire and Rescue training academy. Kevin is a certified State of Maryland and Pro Board Level 3 instructor. When he is not busy juggling work, volunteer, and family life, he is working towards the completion of his degree in Public Safety Administration from University Maryland University College.

Cameron Peek

Cameron Peek has over 25 yrs experience in the fire service. He started his career with the Uniondale Volunteer Fire Department where he rose to the rank of Chief of Department. He has served with the Roosevelt Volunteer Fire Department as Captain of the Truck Company. Cameron is also a member of Rescue Company # 2 of the FDNY in Special Operations Command. Cameron is a N.Y. State Instructor and an adjunct instructor at the FDNY Rescue School. He is also a Rescue Technician with FEMA/USAR NY-TF 1 as well as a Dive Master with the FDNY Scuba Unit.

David Polikoff

David Polikoff has been in the fire service for over 30 years. David is an Assistant Chief with the Frederick County Maryland Fire Department. He retired as Battalion Chief from the Montgomery County Maryland Fire Service with 34 years of service. He is a Volunteer Firefighter and Life Member with the Kentland Volunteer Fire Department Sta. 33, and is currently a Deputy Chief with the Sykesville Freedom District Fire Department. David is a Maryland State certified instructor. He is a past presenter at FDIC & Firehouse Expo and taught for Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) in Champagne Illinois where he assisted with the Truck Company Operations class. Dave has taught all over the country leading in Truck, Engine, RIT and Incident Command.

Tony Tricarico

Tony Tricarico has been a member of the fire service since 1977 and was hired by the FDNY in 1981. Tony has served in the South Bronx, Brooklyn and Manhattan. In 2002 he was assigned to the Special Operations Command where he served as the Captain of Squad 252 until his retirement on the last day of 2008. Tony is a National and New York State certified fire instructor and has instructed at the FDNY Technical Rescue School, multiple Training agencies and has trained and instructed for many FD’s throughout the country. He additionally instructs and lectures throughout the country on engine op’s, truck op’s, RIT/ firefighter survival, and special operations tactics and elevator rescue. He has been the Lead Instructor in the Fire Emergency Training Network and American Heat training video's on collapse, elevator operations and SCBA emergencies, to name a few. Tony continues to do training with different agencies and is formerly the Technical Operations Advisor and Northeast Regional Director for a fire suppression operations company, where he has trained firefighters in the U.S., Europe, the Middle East and Asia Minor. Tony studied Fire Science and Building Construction at John Jay College in Manhattan and has been a presenter at FireHouse Expo, FDIC, Fire Chiefs Conference and FireHouseWorld, as well as other major venues in the U. S. & Europe. He is a former member of the Mount Sinai Volunteer Fire Department on Long Island and past Chief of Department. Captain Tricarico is a Contributing Editor and has had articles published in multiple fire related periodicals both in the U. S. and Europe. He is currently the PIO for the United Communities Volunteer Fire Department on Kent Island in Maryland.

Sam Villani

Sam Villani is a Battalion Chief with Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS) in Maryland, presently assigned to the Fourth Battalion, C-Shift and is the department’s Deputy Technology Section Chief. He is a decorated 30-year fire service veteran, who was raised by the Ocean City Volunteer Fire Company and volunteered in Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties before being hired by MCFRS in 1999. Sam has been a Maryland instructor for 15 years and taught for Capitol Fire Training since it’s inception in 2011. He has been published by Fire Engineering and presented at the Fire Department Instructor’s Conference (FDIC). Sam is a member of the UL Fire Safety Research Institute’s technical panel on residential size-up and search and rescue. When not working or teaching, Sam focuses on raising his two daughters alongside his Wife Maria.

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