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FireRescue1 announces expanded editorial advisory board

New members join diverse group of fire service leaders, providing editorial direction and serving as brand ambassadors


By FireRescue1 Staff

FRISCO, Texas — Lexipol’s FireRescue1, the leading online information and training resource for the fire and rescue community, is proud to announce the expansion of its editorial advisory board to help guide editorial priorities and grow its team of brand ambassadors.

The new board members include the following fire service leaders:

  • Dena Ali: Battalion Chief, Raleigh (NC) Fire Department
  • Rocco Alvaro: Battalion Chief, Fairfax County (VA) Fire & Rescue
  • Dr. Reginald Freeman: Chief Risk Officer, HAI Group
  • Dr. Sara Jahnke: Director and Senior Scientist, Center for Fire, Rescue & EMS Health Research at the National Development & Research Institute
  • Darryl Jones: Fire Chief, City of Pittsburgh (PA) Fire Bureau
  • John Oates: CEO, International Public Safety Data Institute
  • Tim Sendelbach: Fire Chief, Loveland (CO) Fire Rescue Authority
  • Dr. Jennifer Taylor: Director, Center for Firefighter Injury Research and Safety Trends (FIRST)
  • Josh Waldo: Fire Chief, Bozeman (MT) Fire Department

Top row L-R: Dena Ali, Rocco Alvaro, Dr. Reginald Freeman, Dr. Sara Jahnke, Darryl Jones. Bottom row L-R: John Oates, Tim Sendelbach, Dr. Jennifer Taylor, Josh Waldo

Headed by Executive Editor Marc Bashoor and Editor-in-Chief Janelle Foskett, the editorial advisory board works closely with FireRescue1 editors to ensure continued quality and a comprehensive library of content on the site.

“Chief Bashoor and I welcome this experienced group of fire service leaders to our editorial advisory board,” Foskett shared. “Having worked with these leaders over the years, we know their drive, dedication and passion for the betterment of the fire service as a common goal. We look forward to working with each of them as we continue to enhance our news efforts, training content and special coverage initiatives.”

The newest members join an impressive lineup of fire service experts currently serving on the FireRescue1 editorial advisory board:

  • Ted Aroesty: Executive Director, Brighton (NY) Fire District
  • Garry Briese: Executive Director, Colorado State Fire Chiefs
  • John Buckman: Fire Chief (ret.), German Township (IN) Volunteer Fire Department
  • Pedro Caceres: Battalion Chief, Wayne Township (IN) Fire Department
  • Billy Goldfeder: Deputy Chief, Loveland-Symmes Fire Department (OH); consultant, Lexipol
  • Billy Hayes: Fire Chief (ret.), Onalaska (WI) Fire Department
  • Nicol Juratovac: Assistant Chief, San Francisco (CA) Fire Department
  • Joanne Rund: Fire Chief, Baltimore (MD) County Fire Department
  • Ron Siarnicki: Executive Director, National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation
  • Keith Stakes: Research Engineer, UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute; Battalion Chief, Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad (MD)
  • Phil Stittleburg: Past Chair, National Volunteer Fire Council (NVFC)
  • Linda Willing: President, Real World Training & Consulting

“We know from the recent What Firefighters Want survey results that many firefighters find themselves at a tipping point in their career, unsure whether the love of the job is enough to stay in a position plagued by staffing challenges and high stress,” Bashoor explained. “Expanding the editorial advisory board is a critical step to reach more corners of our industry, with diverse insights into what firefighters want, so we can provide the key resources to be safe, successful, satisfied and secure in their positions.”

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