Brock Archer - Conference IC & Guest Speaker 

Brock Archer is the former Assistant Fire Chief for the Hopland Fire District.  He is a multifaceted California State Fire Training Instructor, and teaches vehicle extrication, swift water and rope rescue at the NFPA level.  He is also a contributing author to Fire Engineering and other various publications. Teaching auto extrication throughout the world, Brock’s courses cover modern vehicle safety concerns and techniques to overcome new vehicle construction features. Brock also spends time consulting and writing ERG's for many vehicle manufactures. 


Bobby Halton - Guest Speaker / Opening Ceremony 

Fire Chief Bobby Halton ret. is currently editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine and education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). Chief Halton began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque Fire Department and rose through the ranks to include chief of training. Bobby was chief of operations until his retirement from Albuquerque in 2004. He then became chief of the Coppell (TX) Fire Department, Bobby left Coppell to assume the duties as editor in chief of Fire Engineering Magazine.

Chief Halton is a graduate of the University of New Mexico, left a member in good standing with the International Association of Fire Fighters, is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, and has served on several of the National Fire Protection Association technical committees. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters the Congressional Fire Services Institute and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States and internationally.


Randy Wells - Teaching Course 112 - "Bridge Collapse Extrication" 

Special Operations Chief - Denver Fire

Associates degree in public service

19yr veteran of the Denver Fire Department

12yrs Truck Company experience Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain   

Chop Shop auto extrication Lead instructor 

Fire science instructor for Red Rocks community college. 

Adjunct instructor for Advanced Extrication


Todd Taylor - Teaching Course 111 - "Over the Road Incident Extrication" 

Todd Taylor, Captain - Todd has been in the fire service for over 33 years. He is currently assigned as the L84 Captain on B-Shift with the Wayne Township Fire Department.  Todd is also a Rescue Team Member with FEMA INTF-1, the lead instructor of the FDIC Heavy Truck Extrication cadre, and the Chief Officer of Advanced Rescue Solutions LLC.  Todd was instrumental in the founding and startup of the Fishers Fire Department Technical Rescue Team in 1995 and has been involved in all types of technical rescue for over 30 years.


 Randy Schmitz - Teaching Course 110 - "Big Rig H.O.T."  


Randy has been actively involved in Extrication for over 26 years and is an Acting Captain with the Calgary Fire Department. He serves as the Developer and Senior Presenter for BIG RIG H.O.T.S. Frequently he conducts training in vehicle rescue presents extrication seminars and training sessions throughout North America and around the world. Randy also writes articles for various fire magazines and is published in Fire Engineering, Fire Fighting in Canada, FS World (UK) and Canadian Firefighter Magazine. He instructs at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) in Indianapolis, Indiana USA on a regular basis. Randy is currently the Chairman for the Alberta Vehicle Extrication Association and former Educational Chairman for Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee Canada for the last 10 years, He has competed and judged regionally and internationally in extrication challenges for over 20 years.


Eric Rickenbach - Teaching Course 109 - "Farm Tractor and Machinery Rescue" 

Eric J. Rickenbach is a 35+ year veteran of the emergency services from Berks County, PA. He has been a vehicle and machinery extrication instructor for over 20 years and serves as a senior instructor for the Penn State Agricultural Rescue Training program.  Eric conducts hundreds of hours of training each year and has traveled both nationally and internationally to teach. In addition, he serves on several state and national committees related to vehicle and machinery rescue.


Robert Hnatko - Teaching Course 108 - "Up On Red"


Robert Hnatko – Co-Owner & Emergency Response and Preparedness Director for Spec Rescue International. Lt. Robert Hnatko is a company officer with the Chesapeake Fire Department currently assigned to Ladder 12. Over his 19 years with the department, he has been assigned to technical rescue and hazardous materials response units. With 15 years of volunteer service in rural Pennsylvania prior to his career position, he understands the challenges small departments face when dealing with technical rescue incidents. He has developed several of the vehicle and machinery rescue coursed offered by Spec Rescue and has delivered programs in both domestic and international classes. He is currently a Rescue Squad Officer and CFD’s Agency Representative for FEMA US&R VA-TF2.


Tim O’Connell - Teaching  Course 107.5 - "Real World Stabilization" 

Tim O'Connell is the Founder and CEO of Rescue 42, a manufacturer of advanced stabilization and extrication tools. Tim will train you in advanced stabilization techniques and new technologies for experienced rescuers. Tim is a former Nuclear Engineer from Fast Attack Submarines, holds numerous rescue tool patents and has been a Firefighter for over 40 years. He will be assisted by several Hurst Jaws of Life regional managers who will provide advanced skills training in a small group setting to provide lots of hands-on time to the students.


Cris Pasto - Teaching Course 107 - "Lifting Struts As An Active Rescue Tool" 

Firefighter 20 years - Spencer, NY

Founder, former owner, designer, engineering director - RES-Q-JACK Inc./Cepco Tool Company 1992-2004

Current Training Director -Res-Q-Jack, Inc

Designed, Developed, Patented rescue strut equipment and application methods.

Train ffs internationally in object stabilization, lifting, rolling, or otherwise moving using rescue struts.

Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Clarkson University

Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering - Watson School, Binghamton University


Steve Jason - Teaching Course 106 - "Extrication Confined"

Instructor Steve Jason, 23 years in the fire service and currently assigned Special Ops Captain, Proboard level 2 instructor, FDIC HOT Instructor for Extrication, and Training Officer for the Revolutionary FOOLS of Northern NJ.
A member of the UASI Metro USAR team in northern New Jersey.


Toranze Lee - Teaching Course 105 - "Patient Vehicle Movement"

Toranze Toot Lee started his fire & rescue career in 1990 with Beaver Lane Fire & Rescue. At the present time he holds rank as the fire chief at Beaver Lane. Toot has been teaching for South Piedmont Community College in NC for the past 15 years. He also teaches across the US with his company Premier Extrication on all types of vehicle extrication. Toot also covers the states of North and South Carolina for Newton's Fire & Safety as a Hurst Jaws Of Life Rescue Tool Specialist.


Jeff Hakola - Teaching Course 104 -  "A Methodical Approach to Heavy Vehicle Rescue" 

Owner/ CEO Blue Collar Training Network LLC, Jeff Hakola is currently serving as a Firefighter assigned to Truck Company 51 for the City of Merced Fire Department, where he has been employed since 2006. Jeff began his fire service career in 1993 as a Fire Explorer with Orange County Fire in Irvine, California, and served in that capacity until being hired in 1998, when he was hired as a Paid Call Firefighter in the City of El Toro where he worked his way up thru the ranks to Station Captain, prior to getting hired by the City of Merced.  Concurrently, since 2013, Jeff also serves as a Relief Fire Captain for the Twain Harte Fire District in Twain Harte, California. Beginning in 2011, Jeff began as a Southern California Big Rig Instructor; in 2012, Jeff has been instructing at: Southern California Auto Extrication, Fresno Training Symposium (Forcible Entry, Live Fire, and Commercial Vehicle Extrication), and the Utah Fire Academy (Auto Extrication); and beginning in 2013, he has been an IAFF Fire Ground Survival Instructor and a Hurst/Paratech Rescue Specialist.  Additionally, he has been certified by the California OSFM to instruct: Auto Extrication; River and Flood Water Rescue; Firefighter Survival; RIC Operations; Trench Rescue; Confined Space Awareness; Alternative Fuels Vehicles; Fire Control 3A, 3B ; Rescue Systems 3 ; and Confined Space Operations (T). From 2008-2013, Jeff was the President of the Central Valley Officers Association and currently serves on the IFSTA Rewrite Committee for Auto Extrication. Jeff is in the final stages of completing his A.S. Degree in Fire Technology.


Jason Defosse - Teaching Course 103 -  "Advanced Rapid Response Extrication"

Jason started his Firefighting career in 1995 and is a proud member of the Quinte West Fire Department.( Trenton, Ontario Canada ) He has proudly served as an Infantry soldier in the Canadian Armed Forces. Jason is an International Instructor who specializes in Advanced Extrication has delivered over 1200 extrication courses / training sessions to the Canadian Military, Mine Rescue and Fire Departments extensively throughout Canada, The United States and South America through Code 4 Fire & Rescue. Guest speaker and presenter for the Ontario Fire Chiefs Association, Northeastern Fire Education Conference and Lead Instructor for FireCon Thunderbay Ontario. Jason is an FDIC Instructor and has worked worked with countless top instructors and more recently received extensive training with FDIC Lead Instructor Brock Archer of Advanced Extrication. This exposure has helped shape and create new training programs for the rescuers. 


Jim Bolton - Teaching Course 102 - "Bus Rescue & Extrication"

Jim has 30 years in the fire service.  He started his career in Oregon where he worked for two different departments as a firefighter and a Paramedic.  Jim taught at Central Oregon Community College where he developed and taught the Rescue Practices Curriculum for the Fire Science and Paramedic degree programs.  He has sat on State committees that have helped establish State recognition for NFPA 1670 and 1006 standards.  Currently, Jim is a Captain at the City of Reno Fire Department.  He is the Director of the department US&R program and is a Hazardous Materials Technician.  He is one of the coordinators of the vehicle extrication program as well.

In addition to his fire career, Jim has been an active instructor in the fire and emergency services industry.  He has been teaching professionally for 23 years and teaches both in the US and internationally.  He is a certified fire service instructor in Oregon and holds a Master instructor in the State of Nevada.


Les Baker - Teaching Course 101 - "Cars Hanging Around"

LES BAKER is an engineer with the Charleston (SC) Fire Department. He has a bachelor of science degree in fire science from Columbia Southern University and is an adjunct instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy. He speaks and instructs throughout the world on motor vehicle extrication and has had more than 80 articles published in various trade magazines. He is the founder of Speed Simplicity Boldness ( which provides extrication training.