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Sara A. Jahnke, PhD is the Director of the Center for Fire, Rescue and EMS Health Research at the National Development and Research Institutes, Inc.  Dr. Jahnke has served as the Principal Investigator of several large-scale studies of the health and readiness of the U.S. Fire Service funded by the Department of Homeland Security, the National Institutes of Health, and the American Heart Association.  Current projects include studies focused on evaluating the NFFF’s Stress First Aid program, the health of women in the fire service, research on workplace violence, exposure assessments on the fire ground, and randomized controlled trials of wellness interventions. She serves as a co-investigator of several other studies focused on fitness, nutrition and health behaviors in both firefighters and military populations.  Dr. Jahnke regularly serves as a consultant to several fire service organizations including the National Volunteer Fire Council and the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.  She is an active member of the Safety, Health & Survival Section of IAFC.  Dr. Jahnke grew up around the fire service as her dad, Bill Jahnke, retired after more than a decade as Chief of the Overland Park Fire Department in the Kansas City suburbs before purchasing WHP Training Towers.  He was an active voice in the national fire service and continues to collaborate with departments internationally.  His dedication to the fire service and improving firefighter safety has inspired Dr. Jahnke to focus on the health and well-being of firefighters in her own career.

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Tonya Hoover is the Superintendent of the U.S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA). She was named to this position in May 2017. As Superintendent, Ms. Hoover provides leadership for the NFA, which focuses on enhancing the ability of fire and emergency services and allied professionals to deal more effectively with fire and related emergencies.

Ms. Hoover is an accomplished executive with more than 20 years of management experience in both local and state government. She has successfully worked at high levels of government in developing and implementing fire protection, fire prevention, fire training, and community risk reduction programs.

From July 2009 to July 2016, Ms. Hoover served as the California State Fire Marshal, where she was responsible for statewide fire prevention, fire service training, pipeline safety, code and regulations development, and analysis and implementation. She was the California Assistant State Fire Marshal from September 2007 to June 2009. Previously, Ms. Hoover served as a fire marshal/battalion chief for a local fire department and was a deputy campus fire marshal for the University of California at Berkeley. Ms. Hoover was on the Board of Directors for the National Fire Protection Association and the International Fire Service Training Association, and is an active committee member with the International Code Council.

Ms. Hoover received her MBA in Business and Human Resources from the University of Phoenix in 2006 and a Bachelor of Science in Technical Education, specializing in Fire Protection and Safety, from Oklahoma State University in 1985. She holds an associate degree in Fire Protection Engineering Technology (also from Oklahoma State University) and possesses a California lifetime teaching credential for fire science.

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Dan Madrzykowski, Ph.D., P.E. has been conducting research with the fire service for over 30 years.  He is a member of the NFPA and serves on the committees for Fire Service Training, Structural Fire Fighting, and Fire Investigation. Dan is a member of the ISFSI and co-developed the Understanding and Fighting Basement Fires course.  Dan has developed two IAFC on-line programs on Fire Dynamics and Firefighting Research.  He has been honored with many awards including: the ISFSI Instructor of the Year, the rank of Honorary Battalion Chief with the FDNY, the IFSTA Granito Award, and the IAFC President’s Award for his firefighting research.

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Gary Loesch, sworn in as Sacramento’s 22nd Fire Chief in October 2018, possesses extensive experience in directing, and overseeing personnel performing fire suppression, medical response, rescue, prevention, and hazardous materials mitigation functions. Chief Loesch’s career spans 33.5 years in the fire service. In his previous position, he served as the City of Philadelphia’s Deputy Fire Commissioner, where he commanded over 2,700 personnel. Chief Loesch is a graduate of Neumann University, and he is also a 2018 graduate of the Fire Service Executive Development Institute administered by the International Association of Fire Chiefs.

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Jefferey L. Burgess, MD, MS, MPH, is Associate Dean for Research and Professor at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health.  He is American Board of Medical Specialties certified in Occupational and Environmental Medicine and Medical Toxicology.  His research focuses on occupational and environmental toxicology and reduction of exposures and injuries.  Dr. Burgess has been carrying out research in partnership with fire departments for over twenty-five years, including studies of the effectiveness of respiratory protection, respiratory and cardiovascular health effects and injury prevention.  For the current OFCA meeting, he will discuss prevention approaches for fire service vehicle crashes.

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Roberto DiGiulio is 15 year veteran of law enforcement and serves as a training Sergeant with the Hillsboro, Oregon, Police Department.  Roberto holds numerous instructor certifications ranging from firearms, defensive tactics, and less lethal weapons as well as other related tactical fields.  Roberto is also a nationally recognized expert in active shooter situations and has taught at the state, regional, and national level on these matters. Roberto has served as a patrol officer, full time-training officer, detective, youth services officer, patrol sergeant, SWAT team member and training sergeant. Roberto is also responsible for research and development of the agency’s high liability areas relating to force response and tactics.  Roberto’s pioneering efforts in developing an integrated public safety response to active shooter situations has received national attention.

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Jeff Gurske has served 20 years in the emergency services for municipal and industrial organizations. Jeff is a Division Chief with Hillsboro Fire Department overseeing training.  Within his years at Hillsboro, he has worked extensively with law enforcement to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of joint public safety responses. He has since spoken about and delivered joint agency Active Shooter/Hostile Event Response (ASHER) response training throughout the U.S. and internationally. Jeff has also contributed to serval articles and after action event reports pertaining to national active shooter events.

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Jason Jantzi is a Senior Risk Management Consultant for the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO). He is the key risk management contact for fire district members.  He conducts risk management assessments and assists members with safety and liability training programs.  Jason came to SDAO from Oregon OSHA where he spent his final 8 years there as the Public Education Manager.

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