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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 experience serving 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 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 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 that 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. He has presented 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 -
Chief DiMaria began his fire service and EMS career as a volunteer at the age of 16. He retired in February 2016 from the Miami Dade Fire Rescue Department after 30 years of service. During his time with the department he served as a firefighter, lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief. For most of his career he worked first as a firefighter and then company officer assigned to a rescue squad. After being promoted to battalion chief he worked as an assistant to the division chief and then as a covering chief assigned to the departmentís Central Operations Division. During the last eight years of his career he was assigned to the departmentís Airport Division, the last six years as the Chief of ARFF Training and Safety. In this role he also oversaw Research and Development for the Airport Division. The Airport Division is responsible for ARFF services at Miami International Airport 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 34 years.
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.
Riechmann - Contributing Editor
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.
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.
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
was a member of the validation committee for the fourth edition of the
International Fire Service Training Association's Aircraft Rescue Fire
He has also had articles published in the, International
Firefighter, American Fire Journal, and Fire
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
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.
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.
P. Parkinson - Contributing
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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