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34th Annual MU FRTI Winter Fire School

February 6-8, 2015

Winter Fire School will be on February 6 - 8, 2015 in Columbia, Missouri. Classes will be held on the University of Missouri campus in Columbia on the 7th and 8th. The Equipment Exposition will be presented at the Columbia Expo Center which is located in the Holiday Inn Executive Center.

Look Who Is Coming to Winter Fire School, February 6-8, 2015!

Alan Brunacini

Alan Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958. He has served in every department position. He was promoted to Fire Chief in 1978 and retired in 2006. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection Technology program at Oklahoma State University. He has a BS and an MPA from Arizona State University. He is the past Chairman of the Board of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the NFPA Fire Service Occupational Safety Committee (standard 1500). He is the current Chairman of the NFPA Fire Service Career Organization and Deployment Committee (standard 1710). He and his two firefighter sons are currently developing and teaching the local command level “Blue Card“, a hazard zone management program. They also present workshops, seminars and conferences to many fire departments throughout the country on various topics. He is the author of Fire Command, Command Safety, Timeless Tactical Truths, Essentials of Fire Department Customer Service and The Anatomy and Physiology of Leadership. He is currently working on several other fire service books. He and his son John own and operate the fire service website which is available at

Dennis Compton

Chief Dennis Compton is a well-known speaker and the author of several books including his latest titled Progressive Leadership Principles, Concepts, and Tools. His previous books include a three-part series titled When in Doubt, Lead, and another titled Mental Aspects of Performance for Firefighters and Fire Officers. He was the Co-Editor of the third edition of the textbook titled Managing Fire and Rescue Services and currently authors a monthly column for Firehouse Magazine titled Fire Service Politics.

Dennis was the Fire Chief in Mesa, Arizona for six years and Assistant Fire Chief in Phoenix, Arizona where he served for twenty-seven years. Chief Compton is Past Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) and Past Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Committee. He is currently the Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors.

Chief Compton is a past recipient of the George D. Post National Fire Service Instructor of the Year Award and was named the American Fire Sprinkler Association Fire Service Person of the Year during his career. Dennis was once selected as the Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the University of Phoenix, and has received the Mason Lankford National Fire Service Leadership Award. He has also received the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a charter member of the Arizona Fire Service Hall of Fame.

Dave Dodson

Dave Dodson is a 25-year fire service veteran that started his Fire Service Career with the U.S. Air Force. After the USAF, Dave spent almost seven years as a Fire Officer and Training/Safety Officer for the Parker Fire District in Parker, Colorado. He became the first Career Training Officer for Loveland Fire and Rescue (CO) and rose through the ranks including time as an Engine Officer, Hazmat Technician, Duty Safety Officer, and Emergency Manager for the City. He accepted a Shift Battalion Chief position for the Eagle River Fire District in Colorado before starting his current company, Response Solutions, which is dedicated to teaching firefighter safety and practical incident handling. Dave is the author of Delmar’s Fire Department Incident Safety Officer and coauthor of Firefighter’s Handbook. He is also the author of Fire Engineering’s Training DVD series The Art of Reading Smoke. He continues to write and deliver classes on firefighter safety and survival issues and first-due officer procedures. Chief Dodson has served as the Chairman of the NFPA 1521 Task Group (Fire Department Safety Officer) and served on the Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health Technical Committee for NFPA. Dave is also a past president of the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association. In 1997, Dave was chosen as the ISFSI George D. Post Fire Instructor of the Year.

Sean Gray

Sean Gray started his fire service career in 1993 and is a Lieutenant with Cobb County (GA) Fire and Emergency Services. He has a Bachelor's degree in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati and has presented at FDIC. He is an Advisory Board member for the UL-Firefighter Safety Research Institute and has served on the Exterior/Attic Fire UL Technical Panel.

Curt Isakson

Curt Isakson is a 25 year veteran of the fire service. Curt is currently the Battalion Chief for Escambia County Fire Rescue. Previously worked 9 years with the Pensacola Fire Depart-ment where he was assigned as the Company Officer on Rescue 31. Curt's fire service experiences started at a young age as a Junior firefighter with the Midway Fire Protection District and rose through the ranks to Captain. He has worked in volunteer, career, and combination departments. Curt has held all ranks up to Battalion Chief and been assigned to operations, training, inspections, and was Chief of Special Operations for 7 years. Curt owns and operates that covers a very diverse range of fire tactics topics. He has annual contracts with numerous departments to provide standardized monthly training for these departments that respond daily together under an automatic aid agreement. Curt teaches nationally to include; FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, Orlando Fire Conference, Atlanta Fire Conference, Bowling Green State University, and many other venues. He is a Florida certified Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Arson Investigator, and Urban Search and Rescue.

John Norman

Deputy Assistant Chief (RET), John Norman is a veteran of more than 40 years in the fire service, including over 27 years with the FDNY, the majority of that time in Special Operations units. Chief Norman served as a firefighter with Engine Co. 290, and Ladder Co. 103 in Brooklyn, Rescue Co. #3 which covered the Bronx and Harlem, and helped organize Hazardous Materials Company #1 at its inception in 1984. As a Lieutenant, he served with Rescue Co.#2, which covered all of Brooklyn, and as a Captain, he was the Company Commander of Rescue Company #1 which is located in the heart of Manhattan's high rise district, just off Times Square. While still assigned to Rescue 1, John worked with the Safety Command and the Fire Commissioner's High Rise Fire Safety Task Force, investigating and then developing high-rise fire safety legislation in the wake of the fatal Vandalia Avenue and Macauley Culkin fires, which killed three firefighters and six civilians. In the days after September 11th, 2001, John was designated as the Search and Rescue Manager for the World Trade Center site. He operated in that position for two months before assuming the job of Chief of Special Operations on a full-time basis.

Ryan Pennington

Ryan Pennington

Ryan Pennington is the Leading Authority and expert in Heavy Content Firefighting(Also Known as Hoarder firefighting). He is a highly sought out instructor, speaker, author, blogger and podcast host.

Ryan has lectured and trained thousands of firefighters and fire departments from across the United States and internationally both at their departments and at large conferences like Firehouse Expo. He has been published in FireHouse, FireRescue Magazine, Firefighting in Canada Magazine among others and has been interviewed on the top firefighter training podcasts and radio shows in the country like FirefighterToolbox Podcast, Podcast's.

He is the founder of which is the leading Heavy Content Firefighting Online Training Academy for fire departments worldwide. This website has the best heavy content online training with Heavy Content Firefighting Academy, heavy content fire news, case studies, interviews, podcasts, and more fully dedicated to training firefighters on the risks and best practices of heavy content fires.

Ryan blogs and podcasts about the views of a street level firefighters at,, and Jumpseat Radio on iTunes. He is passionate about keeping our focus on street level preparation at every level.

Ryan has over 21 years in the fire service and currently holds the position of Firefighter/Paramedic in Charlestown, WV. He is married to his wife Heather and they have 2 children.

Forest Reeder

Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1978. He currently serves as Division Chief / Training & Safety with the Des Plaines (IL) Fire Department. Forest is the Fire Officer 1 & 2 coordinator for the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association and also serves as the Eastern Regional Director of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.

Additionally, Forest is the author of the weekly drill feature at and at He was the coeditor and contributing author of Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 1st edition published by Jones and Bartlett. He has instructed at FDIC for over 10 years and trains both locally and nationally on fire service training, safety and officer development related topics. Several articles on these programs have been published in major trade publications.

Forest holds many Illinois fire service certifications and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. He was awarded the George Post Instructor of the Year by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors at FDIC in 2008.

Michael Wilbur

Michael Wilbur has been a career firefighter with the New York City Fire Department for 27 years, and is also a volunteer firefighter. In the FDNY, Mike was assigned to Ladder Company 56 for 15 years, 8 as an Apparatus Operator, and in 1995 he was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant. He is presently assigned to Ladder Company 27 in the Bronx. Lieutenant Wilbur also serves on the FDNY apparatus purchasing committee, and has given state certification to the FDNY chauffeurs school. Mike is also a contributing editor for Firehouse Magazine and Fire Apparatus Journal. He has served on the IFSTA validation committees for the Apparatus Operator and Aerial Operator Manuals.

University of Missouri-Columbia Campus

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MU Student Center


The new MU Student Center will be open during the 2014 Winter Fire School. There will be a variety of dining options available and many restaurants within walking distance of campus as well. You can see more at the website for the new MU Student Center.

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