Meet the Instructors and Experts

Jason Krusen is the Assistant Chief of Special Operations for the Charleston Fire Department in South Carolina.  With over 25 years of experience, Jason has an Associate’s Degree in Fire Service Administration. Jason is a Planning Manager with State Urban Search and Rescue Team, SC-TF1, the Team Coordinator for the Department’s Type II Collapse Search & Rescue Regional Team and the WMD/Haz-Mat Response Team for Columbia.  Jason is also the Project Manager and Instructor for E-Med Training Services, LLC in Columbia, SC.

Cameron Bucek is the Fire/EMS Clinical Educator for the Masimo Corporation. He has over 22 years of fire rescue experience. He also is a Fire/EMS instructor for Palm Beach State College and an adjunct faculty member for the National Fire Academy’s Hazardous Materials, EMS, and injury prevention courses. He has an Associate’s Degree in EMS Management, and a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science.

Program Consultants

 Chief Bobby Halton, ret. is the editor in chief of Fire Engineering magazine, education director of the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) since 2005, and education director of Fire Engineering University. Chief Halton is a native New Yorker whose family has deep roots in the fire service. He began his career in structural firefighting with the Albuquerque (NM) 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 NFPA technical committees, is seated on the National Advisory board of the Congressional Fire Services Institute. Chief Halton has worked as a subject matter expert in NIOHS firefighter Line of Duty Death investigations. He is active with the National Fallen Firefighters and the Firefighters Cancer Support Network. He has done extensive speaking and training for the fire service in the United States, Canada and internationally.

Mike Gagliano has twenty four years of fire/crash/rescue experience with the Seattle Fire Department and the United States Air Force. He is the Captain of Ladder 5 and a member of the Seattle Fire Department’s Critical Decision/Tactical Training group. Captain Gagliano has written numerous fire service articles, is co-author of the bestselling book Air Management for the Fire Service and the SCBA chapter of the Handbook for Firefighter 1 & 2 from Penn Well Publishing. He is a member of the FDIC Associate Advisory Board, a Director for the Cyanide Poisoning Treatment Coalition and teaches across the country on Air Management, Fireground Tactics, Leadership and Company Officer development. He also partners with his wife Anne to teach on ways to develop and maintain a strong marriage/family and has two sons in the Pre-Med and Pre-Law programs at Seattle Pacific University.

Brian P. Kazmierzak, EFO is the division chief of training & safety for Clay Fire Territory, South Bend, IN.  Brian is the MABAS Division 201 TRT Task Force Leader. He has a bachelor’s degree in fire service administration from Southern Illinois University and serves as the Director of Operations for www.firefighterclosecalls.com. Brian was the 2008 Indiana Fire Chiefs Training Officer of the Year Award Recipient.

Coalition Medical Consultants:

Alan H. Hall, M.D. is a board certified Medical Toxicologist and is President and Chief Medical Toxicologist at Toxicology Consulting and Medical Translating Services, Inc., Laramie, Wyoming.  He is also Clinical Assistant Professor at the Colorado School of Public Health, Denver, Colorado, and was formerly Clinical Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics at the University of Colorado School of Medicine and Assistant Professor of Pediatrics.  Dr. Hall was formerly Research Assistant Professor in the Division of Medical Toxicology, Department of Emergency Medicine, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, El Paso, Texas.  He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University South Bend, South Bend, Indiana from which university he has Division and University wide Distinguished Alumnus awards.  He received his Doctor of Medicine degree from the Indiana University School of Medicine.  Dr. Hall has been in General Practice, trained in Anesthesiology, and practiced Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Emergency Medicine.  He is an honorarily retired United States Air Force Reserve Flight Surgeon.  Dr. Hall was the inventor and for many years Director/Editor and Editor-in Chief of the TOMES Plus (Toxicology, Occupational Medicine, and Environmental Series) databases at Micromedex, Inc., Denver and Englewood, Colorado.  He has a particular interest in occupational and environmental chemical exposures, toxic gases, toxic terrorism preparedness and prevention, Advanced Hazardous Materials Life Support (AHLS verified Provider and Instructor), decontamination of skin/eye chemical splashes, and especially cyanide poisoning and its antidotal treatment.  Dr. Hall has been a consultant or peer reviewer for government agencies including DOL, ATSDR, NIH, and EPA.  He is a peer reviewer for several medical/scientific journals and textbook publishers.  Dr. Hall has more than 90 scientific publications in peer reviewed journals and textbooks, and lectures worldwide on various Medical Toxicology issues.  He is also a professional translator of medical/scientific information from several languages into English.  Dr. Hall is currently a member-at-large of the D-CHAS Executive Committee.

James Brown, PhD is an applied physiologist with a background in cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular aspects of work and exercise physiology. His research focuses on ambulatory measurement of human physiology, especially within the first responder population. Dr. Brown has conducted multiple, federally-funded studies in the fire service and is dedicated to the reduction of firefighter line of duty deaths.

Donald W. Walsh, PhD, EMT-P is President and CEO of the International Emergency Medicine Disaster Specialists and Retired Deputy Chief of the Chicago Fire Department. Dr. Walsh is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of Chicago and adjunct faculty at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Fire Academy and National Emergency training Center.

Coalition Business & Leadership Consultants:

Aaron Johnson brings broad leadership and executive-level experience to the Fire Smoke Coalition with acumen and passion for managing and improving strategic direction, business development, strategic partnering, marketing, and operations. As President of Westhill Group, Inc. over the last 13+ years, he has worked with a variety of clients on contract or as a consultant in related leadership roles, with the last 10+ years spent working with companies in the medical device, public safety, healthcare services and technology industries.

Coalition Leadership – Executive Director:

Shawn Longerich has passionately and successfully served, led, and grown the Fire Smoke Coalition for the past 9 years, since inception. As Executive Director, she has worked with a variety of clients and partners on creating valuable educational programs, content, and distribution models that have resulted in highly successful marketing and sales campaigns, and most importantly highly successful outcomes through formal departmental protocol changes, individual behavior changes, and departmental product acquisitions to put both the right tools and the right mindset in place in order to mitigate exposure to deadly fire smoke and to reduce health risks for firefighters.