The Next Step: Charleston Facts Part 2

Clearly, the fire in Charleston that took the lives of nine firefighters shook all members of the fire service in one way or the other. Most firefighters were shocked, saddened and upset. Why wouldn't we be? We have lost 9 "more" firefighters-in a...


So who is the initial, primary on-scene in Charleston team going to be? Well, the Project Team Leader will be Chief Gordon Routley, a nationally recognized fire service management expert, consultant and fire protection engineer. Gordon was the fire chief in Shreveport, La. (retired), a National Fallen Firefighters Foundation firefighter safety program specialist and serves on the International Association of Fire Chiefs Safety, Health and Survival Section Board. He spent 16 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, serving as Assistant to the Fire Chief; then from 1989 to 1991 served as the Fire Chief in Shreveport. He was the Director of Fire Service Consulting for TriData from 1992 to 1996, before launching an independent consultancy. Gordon has been very active in the cause of fire fighter health and safety, working on numerous projects and committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the United States Fire Administration, National Fallen Firefighters Foundation and the National Fire Protection Association. He is a past chair of the IAFC Health and Safety Committee. He was directly involved in the establishment of the Fire Fighter Life Safety Initiatives Project for the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He is also a member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE), the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association.

Chief Routley's education includes a degree in Civil Engineering from McGill University, graduate studies in Fire Protection at the University of Maryland and a Master of Public Administration degree from Arizona State University. He was a 2006 recipient of the U.S. Fire Administration's Harvard Fellowship to attend the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Kevin Roche will be the Research and Resource Management Specialist. Kevin is Assistant Fire Marshal in Phoenix, Arizona and served as the Assistant to the Fire Chief in Phoenix and a fire service consultant and researcher-with a very strong focus and background in firefighter fatalities. He was previously responsible for the overall management of Support Services for the Phoenix FD. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection program at Oklahoma State University and has a master's degree in political science and public administration from the University of Florida. Kevin began his career with the Gainesville Fire-Rescue Department in Florida and has been a member of the Phoenix Fire Department since 1990. He is also an active writer and consultant on firefighter safety and management issues, with an emphasis on fire department resource deployment and firefighter health and safety.

Well known and highly respected Chief Tim Sendelbach will be responsible as the Training Specialist. Tim is currently the President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, the former Chief of Training - Savannah Fire and Emergency Services and a well respected fire service training consultant. Assistant Fire Chief for Missouri City Fire & Rescue Services, Texas; and Firefighter/Paramedic with Kansas City FD, Kansas. Tim has earned B.S. degrees in Fire Administration, Arson and an A.S. degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University. He is pursuing a master's degree from Bellevue University and is enrolled in the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. In July 2002, Tim was awarded the prestigious Innovator of the Year Award from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) for his innovative training ideas and concepts in the area of firefighter safety & survival. In 2001, Tim was awarded the George Hughes Award from the Texas Association of Fire Educators for his accomplishments as a speaker and trainer in the state of Texas.

Assistant Fire Chief Brian Crawford from Shreveport will serve as the Administration Specialist. Brian is the Assistant to the Fire Chief in Shreveport, Louisiana, a National Fire Academy (NFA) resident instructor and a Maryland Fire Rescue Institute (MFRI) Staff and Command faculty member. He was a 2006 recipient of the U.S. Fire Administration's Harvard Fellowship to attend the program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government at the university's John F. Kennedy School of Government. He holds a master of arts in industrial psychology, a bachelor of science in organizational management, and an associate degree in paramedic. He is a member of Fire Chief Magazine's advisory board.

Serving as the Fire Prevention and Code Enforcement Specialist is Chief Mike Chiramonte. Mike is a Fire Inspector and Former Chief of Lynbrook, NY. He is a 36-year veteran of the LFD and served as Chief Fire Inspector for over 20 years. He is certified as a NY State Code Enforcement Official and serves on the North East Regional Code Committee of the International Code Council. He is the past chairman and current board member of the VCOS Section of the IAFC and a current member of the Advisory Board of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation. He also serves as 2nd vice president of the Eastern Division of the IAFC and a member of Fire Chief Magazine's advisory board. Chief Chiaramonte serves as an adjunct instructor at the National Fire Academy and the Nassau County, New York, EMS Academy. He was a high school communications teacher at Jericho High School for 34 years. He has a Bachelor of Science in Communication Education from the University of Houston and a Master of Arts in Education from Hofstra University. He has also completed extensive Post Masters Graduate Work in Communications Education.