In 3 point Firefighter, I discuss all things fire service, especially those things that deal with the 3 points, Pride, Training, and Physical Fitness. I discuss these things with firefighters around the country. These are the firefighters that I feel are making a difference in their department and in the fire service in general.
Aaron Adams is the president of Fire Facilities and Tactical Training Systems Inc. He draws on his experience and industry knowledge from both public sector service and private business leadership. Starting his public service career in the Chicago area he joined the police department in Skokie, IL as a police officer and worked as a scout/sniper on the Tactical Intervention Unit and a field training officer. He moved over to the fire service in Palatine, IL and retired after working as a firefighter paramedic, arson investigator, rescue diver, also serving as the dive training coordinator and President of IAFF Local 4588. He moved into private business in the construction manufacturing industry and concurrently accepted a Governor and State Fire Marshal’s appointment to serve as a fire service representative on a safety committee for the state of Illinois for the past decade. Aaron understands the value of the safe, consistent, quality training evolutions firefighters need to build skills and stay sharp.
Jacob is a 21 year “journeyman” of the craft. Starting at Katy Volunteer Fire Department as a Junior Explorer Post Firefighter at 15 years old. He was basically a glorified water boy for all the firefighters who were on the scene of a fire, but he was able to train with them every week and ride the apparatus when there was an open seat. Throughout the years He has moved up in the ranks and changed departments in 2007. He was one of the original full time members ever hired by the Pearland Fire Department where He currently sits today as a proud member of the B shift as a Battalion Chief. He has taught at numerous schools around Texas and has started traveling over the last year to teach his mentoring class. He is very proud to be apart of FD Tactics under Chief Howard Rinewalt who gave him his start in presenting his class. He is first a Husband and a Father to a beautiful family back home. Wife Lauren and son Luke. He enjoys hunting and playing golf on his days off. If you can't find him there He will be in his office at home enjoying a book, magazine or podcast with a glass of Jameson in hand. The fire service is his passion but Mentoring and seeing others succeed is what drives his soul and defines his mission.
Matt Backeberg is the training chief for Cheyenne Mountain complex. He served in the USAF as a firefighter. Matt has dedicated his life to the fire service and continues to pass on his passion for the job. I served with Matt in Saudi Arabia and we quickly became good friends. We lost touch over the years and because he spells his name funny, I had a hard time tracking him down. I finally found him and reconnected.
Sean Duffy is a 16 year student of the craft and a Firefighter Paramedic for the City of Wyandotte in Southeast Michigan. He is a Co-Founder of Build Your Culture, Co host of Make Due Suburban Fireman podcast and the unlock your culture webcast. He has an Associates in Fire Science and holds many professional as well as technical certifications. Sean is also an active member of the Marion County Fools chapter and enjoys passing on knowledge gained from real world experiences, in an effort to leave the fire service better than he found it. He strongly believes in realistic fire training and preparation in order to have the most successful outcomes possible both on and off the fireground.
On October 11, 2018, Hanover County Fire-EMS experienced the tragic LODD of Lt. Brad Clark.
Over the past 2 and a half years since Brad’s death, Melanie has made it her life’s mission to carry on his legacy. She has left a career in dental administration behind to focus on highway safety awareness within the fire service, to change and enhance move over laws in Virginia and to raise awareness about the move over laws to its citizens and visitors.
She has gone from someone who would be described as quiet, especially compared to her VERY outspoken husband, to someone who cannot be silenced.
On any given day, you can find Melanie at the Virginia State House meeting with lawmakers in the House of Delegates and Senate, speaking in front of a group of public safety professionals at conference’s to include FDIC international, Texas Fire Chiefs, Drive Smart Virginia, Virginia Occupational Safety and Health annual conference to include a few.
She also works closely with the Tunnel To Towers Foundation, who came to her aid in the early days after Brad’s death.
Recently she launched a Move Over Va Facebook page that highlights the service of a firefighter, police officer, or tow truck operator weekly for Move Over Monday, to remind motorists the importance of Moving Over for all emergency personnel who work our dangerous roadways daily.
She has transformed herself, while simultaneously grieving the loss of her soulmate, rising to the challenge and clearly seeing God’s vision for her to press forward.
Chief Tod Chambers
Fairbanks Fire Department Chief Tod Chambers has 29 years of fire service experience in Alaska. He has experience as a volunteer firefighter and has career experience from firefighter to fire chief, serving with North Pole Fire Department, Fairbanks Fire Department, University Fire Department, and Capital City Fire Rescue. He has trained a wide variety of classes and courses for local departments, the University of Alaska, and the State of Alaska since 1994. He is a strong advocate for realistic and effective training. Tod is a member of local, state, and national fire service organizations, and serves on the board of directors for a local non-profit service organization for adults with developmental disabilities.