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About The Kitchen Table Blogger Biographies
The Kitchen Table is a place for the fire service to come together and talk about anything and everything. FireRescue1's Kitchen Table is an online place for industry experts, writers and outspoken members to have an ongoing virtual discussion.

Blogger Directory:
Douglas Cline
Doug Cline is a 29-year firefighting veteran, currently serving as training commander with the High Point (NC) Fire Department. He is also administrative assistant chief with the Ruffin Volunteer Fire Department. Cline hosts the monthly "Training and Tactics Talk" pod cast on and is a contributing editor to Firehouse and The Pennsylvania Fireman Magazine. He has hosted training videos on topics including,RIT training, vehicle fires, hose line management, emergency vehicle operations and fire ground safety and survival.
Bill Delaney
Bill Delaney is the program manager for community safety education at Montgomery County, Md., Fire & Rescue. He has been a member of the fire service for more than 25 years, including 17 years as a career firefighter with the City of Fairfax, Va., Fire & Rescue and two years as a volunteer. Delaney received the City Of Fairfax Firefighter of the Year award in 1997 for efforts in the fire and injury prevention arena. Delaney currently chairs the Washington D.C.– Metro Area Council of Government's Life Safety Educators section, and helps oversee the group's blog at
Rich Gasaway
Richard B. Gasaway has served as a fire chief since 1990. His emergency services career started in 1979 and he has worked for six emergency services organizations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Minnesota. Dr. Gasaway has authored more than 80 journal articles, books and book chapters on leadership topics and he has presented more than 500 fire, rescue, EMS and safety oriented programs. Dr. Gasaway is the recipient of the British Fire Journal/W.L. Gore 2008 Research Excellence Award. He is the host of The Leader’s Toolbox radio podcast show on and he hosts two blogs, The Fire and Emergency Services Leadership Initiative and Woppy Jawed. Both are accessible through his website:
Art Goodrich
Art was active for 22 years with the Clover Township Fire Department in Woodhull, Illinois and served as chief the last 14 of those years. He is currently in his 5th year of service as president of his fire district's board of trustees. When he's not working in the fire service, Art works full-time as a risk manager for a large logistics company. He is a member of the Illinois Fire Chiefs Association, the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts and the American Society of Safety Engineers
Peter Lamb
Peter has more than 30 years experience in the fire service and currently serves as fire Chief in the Town of North Attleboro Massachusetts. He served on the Department of Fire Services of Massachusetts for many years, culminating with his appointment as the Director of State Training for the Massachusetts Fire Academy. Peter's extensive background in training, his personal experiences (both positive and negative), and his thought-provoking insights have offered him many speaking and lecturing opportunities. Peter has spoken and given presentations at FDIC and the Firehouse EXPO. He has also published articles in fire service publications including Fire Engineering and Firehouse magazines.
Cristi Laquer
Cristi is an associate web site manager at and the administrator of The Kitchen Table. She graduated from Brown University in 2007, where she was a managing editor at the College Hill Independent and a peer writing tutor. Her start in blogging was Invented Usage, a pop-linguistics blog she's maintained since 2005. Cristi lives in San Francisco, but hails from Oklahoma City.
Jeffrey Lindsey
Jeffrey Lindsey is the Chief Learning Officer for Health Safety Institute. His work as a teacher and lecturer, along with his 29 years of experience in emergency response, led him to create his FR1 column, The Rehab Training Center, an online lesson plan to help fire departments set up a rehabilitation program and teach their firefighters to rehab effectively. He retired from the fire service as the Fire Chief for Estero Fire Rescue in Estero, Florida.
Jay Lowry
Jay Lowry edits and He is also a columnist with FireRescue1 and has written for Fire Engineering, Fire Chief, American Fire Journal and other national and international publications. Jay is a former firefighter and Fire Marshal. He is/was a member of: International Association of Fire Fighters, IAFM, SCFFA, SCFMA, NFPA Technical Committee(4), The Authors Guild, Society of Professional Journalists, DAV and the ICC. He has appeared frequently on television and radio discussing issues related to firefighters. He can be reached at
Michael 'Mick' Mayers
Michael "Mick" Mayers has been in emergency services since 1980 and serves the resort community of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina as a Battalion Chief. He is a Deputy Director for the South Carolina Urban Search and Rescue Task Force (SC-TF1) and Vice-Chairman of the State Urban Search and Rescue Alliance, as well as Chairman of NFPA 1006. Chief Mayers is an author on emergency service issues and maintains a blog at He holds a degree in Fire Science Technology from Savannah Technical Institute. A native of Montgomery County, PA, Chief Mayers lives on Hilton Head Island with his wife and three daughters.
Mike Morales
After obtaining his B.S from SJSU, Mike went to work at the Santa Clara County Juvenile Probation Dept., where he was instrumental in formation and implementation of their fire training program. When the program was disbanded he went to work for Cal Fire and eventually retired medically as a fire captain. Mike has been married 27 years and has two boys nearing college age. He also operates a small online marketing company. As a contributor to Kitchen Table, Mike's focus will be on wildland fire issues. Since 2004 Mike has been the owner/operator/editor at Firefighter Blog.
Mike McEvoy
Mike McEvoy is the EMS Coordinator for Saratoga County and the EMS Director on the Board of the New York State Association of Fire Chiefs. Formerly a forensic psychologist, he is a clinical specialist in Cardiac Surgery and teaches Critical Care Medicine at Albany Medical College. Mike is a paramedic for Clifton Park-Halfmoon Ambulance and chief medical officer for West Crescent Fire Department. He is the fire-EMS editor for Fire Engineering magazine and recently published a book titled "Straight Talk About Stress for Emergency Responders." In his free time, Mike is an avid hiker and winter mountain climber.
Christopher Naum
Christopher Naum, SFPE, is the Chief of Training, Command Institute, Washington, DC and a 36-year fire service veteran and a highly regarded national instructor, author, lecturer and fire officer. He is a distinguished authority on building construction, command management and fire fighter safety issues affecting the fire and emergency services and has traveled throughout the United States and internationally. Naum has developed original cutting-edge concepts, emerging methodologies and practices, and incorporated these into highly acclaimed training program, lectures and seminars that are being delivered throughout the United States. A former chief officer, architect and fire protection engineer, he has delivered training to over 210,000 personnel throughout his career and is the Executive Producer of the highly acclaimed fire service websites; and He's the Second Vice President, International Society of Fire Service Instructors and a NFFF/EGH Firefighter Safety Advocate, and writes extensively in various eMedia and print publications, internet training forums and groups including Fire Engineering, Firefighter Nation, FireRescue1 and Firehouse Magazine & He hosts the monthly online radio show, Taking it to the Streets, a Buildingsonfire Series on
Shannon Pennington
A former member of I.A.F.F. out of Calgary, Alberta, Canada, Shannon left the fire service as an Acting Lt./Senior Fire Fighter/Nozzleman after serving for 26 years on the front lines. As part of his long-time work in stress and crisis management and firefighter veteran advocacy, Shannon is currently Senior Chief with N.A.F.F.V.N. (North American Fire Fighter Veterans Network), and runs the group's website at
Jason Poremba
Jason T. Poremba is the owner and creator of, a leading video blog focused on firefighter safety. Jason is currently a 14-year member and 1st Lt. in an engine company of a volunteer fire department in New York. His specialty training includes rapid intervention, firefighter survival and engine company operations. Jason's hope is to educate firefighters via video to help put an end to unnecessary repeated firefighter mishaps.
Mary Ellen Shea
Mary Ellen Shea has been the Training and Education Planner for The Firemen's Association of the State of New York (FASNY) for four years. FASNY is a membership-based organization continuing education to the volunteer emergency services across NYS. She writes monthly for The Volunteer Firefighter magazine. She joined the Voorheesville Fire Department and is still a "probie" with one year of service under her belt. She is passionate about firefighter training and safety, particularly as it applies to seatbelt usage. She also created and maintains a blog regarding her "newbie" adventures in firefighting at
Jamie Thompson
Jamie Thompson oversees the day-to-day operations of FireRescue1, and produces original news stories exclusive to the site and liaises with its team of columnists on articles. He is a senior qualified journalist from the U.K., where he worked as deputy chief reporter and fire reporter on a daily regional paper in the south of England for five years. Jamie then joined BBC News Online as a multimedia journalist and worked as a reporter/copy editor for China Daily in Beijing and Shanghai, before joining FireRescue1.
Ben Waller
Ben Waller has been a firefighter since 1975. He is a Battalion Chief for Hilton Head Island Fire & Rescue and is currently the Chief of Training. He is the Safety Officer for South Carolina US&R Regional Response Team 4 and is a member of the command staff for the Hilton Head Island-Bluffton Hazardous Materials Team. Ben serves the South Carolina Fire Academy as an adjunct faculty instructor and as a member of the Water Rescue and Rope Rescue Technical Development Committees. Ben holds a Master of Public Administration degree and undergraduate degrees in Fire Administration and Paramedic/Allied Health. In his spare time Ben enjoys whitewater sports, travel, and reading.
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