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SPEAKERS AND INSTRUCTORS

 EDITOR IN CHIEF/FIRE CHIEF TIM SENDELBACH 

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Tim SendelbachTimothy E. Sendelbach is a 30-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Firehouse. He is responsible for the content and editorial direction of Firehouse® Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and related products. He has served as an assistant fire chief with the North Las Vegas, NV, Fire Department, as the chief of training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services and as assistant fire chief for Missouri City, TX, Fire & Rescue Services. He is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer and has earned a master’s degree in leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in fire administration and arson and an associate’s degree in emergency medical care from Eastern Kentucky University. You can e-mail him at tim@firehouse.com.

 

 


ASSISTANT CHIEF BRUCE BJORGE – BEYOND HOOKS & HOSES

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Bruce Bjorge is currently a paid-on-call Battalion Chief with the Western Taney County Fire Protection District in Branson, Mo. Prior to 2015, he served as the Assistant Chief of Training for seven years before deciding to semi-retire. In his 32-year fire service career, Bruce has held positions with career, combination, volunteer and military fire agencies, including the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport and

Appointed 2nd Vice President to the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Board of Directors  Florida State Director on the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Board of Directors, representing Florida’s fire service.  President of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association representing nearly 2,000 fire service professionals and 600 fire rescue agencies throughout Florida.  Various Board positions of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association including Regional Director, Secretary/Treasurer and 1st Vice President.  Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office responding to numerous large-scale disasters in Florida and Mississippi as part of the Florida Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Services Branch.  Contracted IMAS Technical Expert for the International Association of Fire Chiefs to assist the states of Mississippi, North Carolina and Maine in the development of a statewide emergency response plans for the management of large-scale disasters.  Florida Statewide Emergency Response Committee Vice-Chair where I utilize my expertise in the deployment and management of emergency responders during times of regional and statewide disasters including hurricanes, tornados, wildland fires and environmental emergenciesthe Springfield Fire Department. He is also the Fire Training Coordinator for Lexipol.

 

Bruce holds Training Officer and 1403 Live Fire Facility Instructor credentials from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Training Program Management course. He currently serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the College of the Ozarks Fire Science program. Bruce has been an active instructor and evaluator for the past 26 years.

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FIRE CHIEF KINGMAN SCHULDT, GREATER NAPLES FIRE & RESCUE

 

Currently serves as the President-elect of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Board of Directors

 Florida State Director on the Southeastern Association of Fire Chief’s Board of Directors, representing Florida’s fire service.

 President of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association representing nearly 2,000 fire service professionals and 600 fire rescue agencies throughout Florida.

 Various Board positions of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association including Regional Director, Secretary/Treasurer and 1st Vice President.

 Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office responding to numerous large-scale disasters in Florida and Mississippi as part of the Florida Emergency Management Agency’s Emergency Services Branch.

 Contracted IMAS Technical Expert for the International Association of Fire Chiefs to assist the states of Mississippi, North Carolina and Maine in the development of a statewide emergency response plans for the management of large-scale disasters.

 Florida Statewide Emergency Response Committee Vice-Chair where I utilize my expertise in the deployment and management of emergency responders during times of regional and statewide disasters including hurricanes, tornados, wildland fires and environmental emergenciesthe Springfield Fire Department.

Fire Training Coordinator for Lexipol.

 

KELLY WALSH & DAN JONES- SWFCA LEADERSHIP ACADEMY INSTRUCTORS (1 Smart Career)

Uniquely qualified to work with Fire Departments, Kelly has 20 years of experience in Human Resources with 10 years as an HR partner (partially imbedded) to a 350 person municipal fire department in Mesa, Arizona. She holds a Master of Education degree with a major in Counseling, is a certified leadership coach and mediator, and has worked in organizations as a recruiter, leader, mentor, trainer, coach, and strategist.

The development of future leaders and creating a culture of well-being for employees are at the cornerstone of Kelly’s expertise.

She has authored, and is featured as an industry expert in, articles published in the Wall Street Journal, Computer World, CEO Blog Nation, Huffington Post, and others.

 

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