Owner/Operator of Fire Force Inc from 1985 to current. U.S. Air Force veteran/ARFF firefighter from 1970-1977. Retired Captain/Training Officer from Madison Twp Fire Dept -1977-2000(Groveport,Oh) .
Accomplished firefighting instructor w/35yrs experience. Master metal fabricator w/ extensive knowledge in live fire prop development. Gene holds degrees in Fire Service Supervision from Ohio Fire Academy, Hazardous Materials and Associates Degree in Fire Science from Columbus Technical Institute...as well a being member Ohio Fire Chiefs Association and ARFF Working Group.
Todd is co-owner of Fire Force Inc. A firm that specializes in building custom fire training simulators as well as hands on fire training. Fire Force Inc. provides over 140 years of firefighting experience between 5 instructors! Todd is designer/fabricator of Fire Force Inc's Forcible Entry Simulators. Todd serves as lead instructor for many of FFI's training classes including forcible entry, flammable liquids & ARFF.
Currently a career firefighter in suburban Central Ohio city for nearly two decades. Holding certifications as a State of Ohio Fire Instructor/NFPA 1403 Instructor as well as being a member of the (COST/USAR) Central Ohio Strike Team/ Urban Search & Rescue.
Steve (left) is an Instructor with Fire Force Inc. U.S. Navy veteran/shipboard firefighter w/damage control training. Currently a lieutenant with Madison Twp Fire Dept (Groveport,Oh.) with 30+ yrs experience. Holds an Associates degree in Fire/EMS along with being state of Ohio Fire Instructor and NFPA 1403 Instructor.
JD (Jack) Vasbinder is a decorated 17 year veteran of the Fire service, JD currently serves a large municipal department and is assigned to the In Charge position on a heavy rescue. JD has particular expertise in RIT/FF Survival and Vehicle and Machinery Rescue as well as general fire ground operations and technical rescue operations. JD is a dedicated educator and instructs personnel ranging from recruits to advanced rescue technicians. He currently instructs for the OFA, CSU, BGSU, Howell Rescue, and Rescue Methods,
Captain Greg Lash has recently retired after serving a large municipal Fire department for almost 40 years. During his illustrious career, he spent the majority of his time as an officer assigned to Rescue 2 and Ladder 1, and assigned to the Training Academy as a rescue training specialist, a fire grounds instructor, and an officer development and tactics instructor . Captain Lash is a driving force within the training community as a recognized expert in high rise ops, aerial ops, and general truck operations. He is also a revered provider of leadership training from tactics to character development. Captain Lash is a mentor, instructor, and beloved example to the Fire Service and particularly Fire Force. The awards, citations, and accomplishment of Captain Lash's career cannot be accurately described in this bio but here is a sample.
Chad has over 20 yrs of experience serving with the City of Westerville FD. He is a great asset to Fire Force Inc having extensive discipline in Forcible Entry as well as strengths in Rescue and Fire Attack. Also, Chad is a long standing member of the COST/USAR Team and an NFPA 1403 instructor. Chad currently instructs for Fire Force Inc., Columbus State College and BGSU.
Jeff Stiver has over 22 yrs of experience serving the last 19 and counting with the City of Westerville FD. Jeff is an extremely well rounded firefighter holding strengths in all Rescue diciplines, Forcible Entry and Fire Attack. Jeff's no nonsense down and dirty approach to fire training makes him a great asset. He is a long standing member of the COST/USAR Team as well as teaching with FFI for last 5 yrs.