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Instructors

Fire Academy Director

Drew Smith, Deputy Chief

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District, 34 years

  • Executive Director: MABAS 3 Technical Rescue
  • Committee Chairman: MABAS Statewide Technical Rescue Committee
  • Adjunct Instructor: Oakton Community College

Fire Academy Coordinators

Scott Exo, Battalion Chief

Morton Grove Fire Department, 19 years

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 27
  • Fire Instructor: Prairie State College

Mike Fox, District Chief

North Maine Fire Protection District, (ret.)

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Ken Koerber, Battalion Chief

Deerfield-Bannockburn Fire Protection District, 23 years

  • Rescue Manager: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Structural Collapse Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Fire Academy Instructors

Steve Ehas, Lieutenant

Des Plaines Fire Department, 26 years

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Task Force Safety Officer: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3

Sam Foster, Firefighter (Physical Fitness Program Manager)

Des Plaines Fire Department, 9 years

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • PEER Fitness Instructor

Jim Hall, Lieutenant

Des Plaines Fire Department, 25 years

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 1

Kurt Harms, Lieutenant (Hose Program Manager)

Skokie Fire Department, 29 years (ret.)

  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Brandon Hatch, Engineer

Des Plaines Fire Department

Ryan Hughes, Firefighter

Highland Park Fire Department

Don Kaderabek, Lieutenant

Niles Fire Department, 25 years

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Fire Officer Instructor: NIPSTA/SUFD

Thom Kanelos, Firefighter/Engineer

Northbrook Fire Department, 14 years

  • Hazardous Materials Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Dennis Kennedy, Firefighter

Morton Grove Fire Department

  • Rescue Specialist: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3

Joe Klemm, Firefighter

Northbrook Fire Department

Minas Klikas, Firefighter

Des Plaines Fire Department

Glenn Kosieniak (Hazardous Materials Program Manager)

Bedford Park Fire Department, 22 years

  • Hazardous Materials Specialist: MABAS 21
  • Hazardous Materials Instructor: NIPSTA/Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • Fire Investigator: Bedford Park F.D.

Zeke Kuzmanovich, Firefighter

Park Ridge Fire Department

Al Lermer, Captain

Evanston Fire Department

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Tom Lewis, Firefighter

Des Plaines Fire Department, 26 years

  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Jim Leibach, Firefighter (SCBA Program/Public Education Program Manager)

Niles Fire Department

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3

Pat Maloney, Captain

Chicago Fire Department

  • Search Manager: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Structural Collapse Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute

Jered Milton, Firefighter (Physical Fitness Program Manager)

Des Plaines Fire Department, 8 years

  • PEER Fitness Trainer

Ron Mortiz, Captain (Prop Construction Manager)

Skokie Fire Department (ret.)

  • Live Fire Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: McHenry County College

Scott Nacheman, Structural Specialist (Building Construction Program Manager)

Northbrook Fire Department

  • Forensic Engineer/Architect: Thornton Tomasetti, Inc.
  • Structures Specialist: MABAS 3 Technical Rescue
  • Structures Specialist: DHS/FEMA US&R Incident Support Team
  • Structures Specialist: DHS/FEMA Indiana Urban Search & Rescue (I-TF-1)
  • Structures Specialist: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)

Dave Nellesson, Firefighter

Skokie Fire Department

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Mark Oeltgen, Battalion Chief

Prospect Heights Fire Protection District

Will Paces, Firefighter (Rope Rescue & Structural Collapse Program Manager)

Morton Grove Fire Department, 8 years

  • Rescue Specialist: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Rope Rescue Coordinator: NIPSTA
  • Structural Collapse Coordinator: NIPSTA

Steve Perrino, Captain

Evanston Fire Department

  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Frank Rodgers, Battalion Chief

Morton Grove Fire Department

Hank Sajovic, Lieutenant

Skokie Fire Department

Pat Schey, Lieutenant (Prop Construction Manager)

Morton Grove Fire Department, 26 years (ret.)

  • Search Team Manager: Illinois Urban Search & Rescue (IL-TF-1)
  • Technical Rescue Specialist: MABAS 3
  • Structural Collapse Instructor: Illinois Fire Service Institute
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Tim Smeltzer, Captain (Maintenance Program Manager)

Northbrook Fire Department, 23 years

  • Co-Chair: MABAS Water Rescue Committee
  • Water Rescue Coordinator: MABAS 3
  • Fire Instructor: MABAS 3

Dave Traiforos, Chief (Ret.)

Franklin Park Fire Department

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