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A Little About The AVIATION FIRE JOURNAL Team

William Mulcahey - Editor / Executive Publisher

William Mulcahey is a retired 27-year veteran Fire Captain of the Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) and was assigned throughout his career as both a fire fighter and fire officer in the busiest firehouses in The Bronx.  He has over 35 years of combat firefighting and rescue career as a member of the volunteer, military and professional municipal Fire and EMS services and has earned  numerous local, state and national fire training certifications.  A decorated FDNY Fire Officer, he was awarded the Henry D. Brookman Medal and the Firefighter Thomas Elsasser Memorial departmental Medals for Valor among numerous numerous other citations for meritorious acts.  He is a member of the FDNY Honor Legion, FDNY Emerald Society and a retired member of the FDNY Uniformed Fire Officers Association (IAFF Local 854).

Bill served Honorably in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War as a Fire Protection Specialist, and has conducted extensive international research on Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting (ARFF) services, firefighting tactics and airport fire safety issues for over 38 years and is a FAA/AAAE certified ARFF fire fighter. Bill holds degrees in Fire Science and as a Professional Registered Nurse (RN) and is also a trained Paramedic.

Bill served as the past Secretary and afterwards the Vice-Chairman of the Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting Working Group (ARFFWG) during its' early years, and also served for many years as the Associate Editor of their membership newsletter, "ARFF NEWS".  While an active member of the ARFFWG, he was awarded three ARFFWG Journalistic Excellence Awards, and a Certificate of Appreciation for his work as the International Region IX (Int'l) Manager When he left that organization to begin publication of AVIATION FIRE JOURNAL, he received the ARFFWG's most prestigious award: the ARFF Working Group Outstanding Service Award.   Bill was the primary impetus for the founding, establishment and organizing of the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA), and served as the organizations first founding Association Director for several years. He is also an honorary member of the Indian Aviation Fire Safety Specialist Group (IAFSSG).

Bill has consulted for many municipal and airport fire services and has been invited to evaluate many airport disaster exercises.  In addition, he has organized and conducted many regional, national and international fire training seminars and ARFF conferences.  A prolific writer and published author in many international fire fighting and airport journals, he is a sought after international lecturer and instructor for both municipal and aircraft fire fighting and has conducted lectures and training seminars in India, Singapore, Iceland, The Peoples Republic of China (several), Canada, the U.K. and many other U.S. and international venues. He is available as an objective evaluator for your triennial airport disaster exercise or to conduct customized fire fighting training for your personnel. He can be contacted using the FEEDBACK FORM

Bill is the founder, Editor and Executive Publisher of the largest internationally distributed and read AVIATION FIRE JOURNAL digital magazine which was first published in January 1999. AVIATION FIRE JOURNAL is a publication of AFJ Multimedia, which provides municipal and airport fire fighting training and consulting services.

 

 

 

 

Philip DiMaria - Contributing Editor

Recently retired, Battalion Chief DiMaria has served with the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department for the past 28 years. During that time he rose through the ranks of the department serving as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief.  For the past five years prior to his retirement he served as the Chief of Training and Safety for the departmentís Airport Division. In this role he also oversees Research and Development for the Airport Division. The Airport Division is responsible for ARFF services at Miami International Airport (MIA) as well as four general aviation airports.

He has been involved in aviation for more than 30 years and holds a commercial pilotís license with ratings in both airplanes and helicopters.

He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering from the University of Cincinnati. He has completed postgraduate study in aviation safety at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a Florida State certified Fire Instructor III and has been a Nationally Registered Paramedic for more than 30 years.

 

Donald H. Nelsen Jr. - Contributing Editor

Donald Nelsen is an 18 year veteran of the New Jersey (NJ) Fire Services including serving seven years as a Firefighter with the Carteret Volunteer Fire Department, 3 years as a Fire Officer with the Woodbridge Volunteer Hazardous Materials Unit, 4 years as the Airport Fire Chief at Morristown Municipal Airport (MMU), and presently over the last 8 years as a Fire Instructor for the Morris County Fire Academy, Hunterdon County Emergency Services Training Center, and NJ Division of Fire Safety as a consultant through both Rutger University and Kean University.

Don is certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) as a Senior Level Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighter (ARFF) and has successfully completed numerous American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) training schools including Advanced ARFF, ARFF Chief, and Airport Emergency Response.  Don maintained active memberships in the National Fire Protection Associationís (NFPA) Aviation Section, International Association of Fire Chiefís (IAFC) Industrial Section, ARFF Working Group, AAAE, International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), and formerly served as the first Regional Manager of the Americas for the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA).

Don has been called upon to evaluate disaster drills at Newark Liberty International Airport, Atlantic City International Airport, and Teterboro Airport and served on ARFF service contract and ARFF apparatus specifying committees at Trenton Mercer Airport.  In addition to being a contributing editor for AVIATION FIRE JOURNAL, Don has been published in Air Traffic Solutions and Airport Technology International magazines on ARFF subject matter.  Don has presented various ARFF related topics for the AAAE, IAFPA, Morris County NJ Fire Academy, AFJ Multimedia, Hunterdon County NJ Emergency Services Training Center and the New Jersey Division of Fire Safety.

Having earned an Associate in Science degree from St. Johnís University in New York and completed his junior year at Rutgers University, Donald is currently matriculating for a Bachelor in Science degree at Thomas Edison State College in Trenton majoring in Emergency Disaster Management.  Don is certified by various agencies as a Fire Fighter, Fire Officer, Fire Chief, New Jersey Fire Instructor, Emergency Medical Technician, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Incident Management Specialist, Emergency Management Specialist, and Open Water Diver.  Donald served 6 years aggregate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve as an Infantry Rifleman, in the Army Reserve as an Infantry Weapons Instructor, and the NJ Army National Guard as an Armored Cavalry Scout.

 

Jeffrey Riechmann - Contributing Editor

Jeff Riechmann retired with over thirty years experience in the fire service having served as a Firefighter and training specialist in the Kern County Fire Department (California) as well as retiring from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a Deputy Fire Chief.  In addition, he formerly operated his own aviation safety consulting business since 1992.

His experiences included being assigned to Space Shuttle rescue teams as well as an USAF airborne firefighter on a crash rescue helicopter.  He has assisted in developing contingency plans to support Space Shuttle landings and coordinated fire department support for SpaceShipOne during its X-Prize winning space flights. He has also received numerous awards for his work with the Space Shuttle.

His certifications include Airport Firefighter and Fire Officer II through the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress and he is "red carded" as a fixed wing parking tender, fixed wing ramp manager and Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) support specialist through the US Forest Service.  He also has earned an Associates of Arts degree in Fire Technology from Antelope Valley College and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Professional Aeronautics with a minor in aviation Safety from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

Jeff was a member of the validation committee for the fourth edition of the International Fire Service Training Association's Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting manual.  He has also had articles published in the, International Firefighter, American Fire Journal, and Fire Rescue magazine. 

He is also a member of Kern County Fire Fighters Local 1301 and is a life-time member of the Flight Test Historical Foundation at Edwards Air Force Base, were he has coordinated the restoration of three vintage ARFF vehicles.

 
Les Omans - Contributing Editor

Well known and respected in the ARFF profession throughout the world, Les Omans spent thirty-years with the San Jose Fire Department (California, USA) and retired at the rank of Captain.  During his career he worked in structural, rescue company, hazardous material, and airport fire units.  Les also retired from the military reserves, having served in fire protection with the U.S. Coast Guard, Navy, and California Air National Guard. 

He was a member of the founding Board of Directors of the ARFF Working Group, as well as committees for the past three IFSTA ARFF Manuals.  He also developed the computer based ARFF training program for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

 

 

 

Dr. Eric James Russell - Contributing Editor

Dr. Eric James Russell is a retired Captain from the Department of the Air Force Fire and Emergency Services, with combined service consisting of active duty, reserves, and civil service.  He presently serves as an Assistant Professor with Utah Valley Universityís Department of Emergency Services teaching homeland security and emergency management and an Adjunct Faculty Professor with American Military University teaching fire science.

His formal education consists of a Doctor of Education in Organizational Leadership-Instructional Leadership and a Master of Science-Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University. He also holds a Master of Business Administration, a Bachelor of Science in Management-Fire Science, and an Associate of Applied Science-Fire Science. Eric is certified Fire Officer III, Fire Inspector III, Fire Instructor III, as well as certified Airport Fire Fighter, Hazardous Materials Technician/Incident Commander, and Rescue Technician through IFSAC, a PADI Divemaster, and a Utah State EMT-I. Eric also serves as the ARFF Training Chief with the Wendover Airport Fire Department.

 


 

 

Ronald J. Tocci, II  - Contributing Editor

Ronnie Tocci has been involved in the fire service since 1985 in both Louisiana and Texas.  As a member of the Dallas Fire Department in Dallas, Texas, he has risen through the ranks of Fire & Rescue Officer, Driver/Engineer, Fire Lieutenant, and Fire Captain.  His assignments have included: fire suppression, emergency medical services, fire dispatch, and aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF).  Currently assigned as the ARFF Training Coordinator, he manages the training program for DFD personnel assigned to ARFF duties at Dallas Love Field (DAL) and Dallas Executive Airport (RBD).

He holds Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP) certifications as a Firefighter, Driver/Operator, Fire Service Instructor, Fire investigator, ARFF Firefighter, Fire Officer, and Incident Safety Officer.  He is a Licensed Paramedic through the Texas Department of State Health Services.

 He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Management from Southeastern Louisiana University in Hammond, Louisiana.  He also holds two Associate of Applied Science degrees (Fire Services Administration and Fire Science & Safety) from Weatherford College in Weatherford, Texas.

 

 

  Gary P. Parkinson - Contributing Editor

Gary P. Parkinson is very well known in airport fire fighting vehicle circles in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. He has built up a close working relationship with the key suppliers of ARFF vehicles to UK civil airports, the UK Military of Defence and with the Sales Managers of major fire-engine suppliers throughout the western world. Before the digital age he was invited to do official photography for a number of British fire-engine manufacturers (of their latest deliveries), and to contribute to a number of now defunct fire-engine related journals.

For the past 25 years he has worked for the British Ministry of Justice, and for the past six years he has been a part time service engineer with the Perren Engineering Limited. His work with the latter company has opened up many new doors in aviation fire and rescue circles world-wide. A selection of his digital ARFF vehicle images from his travels around the world can be viewed in his album on the Six Appeal Wheel Group site.


 

 

 

Anthony C. Lorenti - Contributing Editor

Anthony C. Lorenti, is a Captain (Pilot) with Expressjet Airlines (d.b.a Continental Express) and works out of Newark-Liberty International Airport. He is a Single and Multi-Engine Land Rated Pilot qualified to fly ERJ 135/145 and ATR-42/72 aircraft.

Certificated Flight Instructor (Single and Multi-Engine Land), and a Certificated Ground Instructor, both Basic and Advanced. He has been a Pilot since 1999 and has about 9,000+ flight hours.  Anthony has also served as a Firefighter II, EMT-B with the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department from 2003-2010. He holds a BS in Business Management from the Southern Connecticut State University.

 

 

 

 

 

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