F.I.E.R.O. PPE cancer workshop


Paul R. Erickson, FAIA, LEED AP
Principal / President

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
11250 Roger Beacon Drive
Suite 16 Reston, VA 20190
Ph: 703-956-5600

Paul R. Erickson

Throughout his nearly 40-year career, Paul Erickson has been consistently recognized as one of the Commonwealth of Virginia's most acclaimed architects. He has managed and designed award-winning projects and served the profession as an active leader of the Virginia State and Northern Virginia Chapters of the American Institute of Architects, a juror for prominent design competitions, and is a popular speaker at national conferences and symposia.

Paul is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB), allowing him to practice nationwide, and is currently licensed in the states of Virginia, Maryland, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri and the District of Columbia. His designs for fire and rescue stations have been recognized for design excellence with 23 design awards from national, state and local organizations.

LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects is the proud recipient of the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Award, the Virginia Society AIA highest honor for a firm that has consistently produced distinguished architecture for a minimum of 10 years. For his cutting edge design work and advancement of health and well-being of fire fighters in fire station design, Paul was elevated to Fellow in the American Institute of Architects, the highest membership honor bestowed on only 3% of the 90,000+ members of AIA.

Kirk H. Owen
Southwest Regional Sales Manager Asst. Chief Plano FD (ret.)

Veridian Fire Protective Gear
3710 W. Milwaukee St. Spencer, IA 51301
cell: 712-260-3547 | ph: 712-262-5200 x217

Kirk H. Owen

Kirk was a member of the Plano, Texas Fire Department for 30 years before retiring at the end of 2006. During his fire service career Kirk rose through the ranks from fire fighter to assistant chief. He served as the Operations Chief from 1991 to 1997 and then as the Support Services Chief until his retirement.

Kirk has been actively involved in the National Fire Protection Association, serving as a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment from 1990 through 2006, including over ten years as chairman. Kirk was also a member of the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment from 1995 through 2006, and is a past Chairman of the NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board.

After his retirement from the Fire Department, Kirk joined TenCate Protective Fabrics as the End Use Marketing Manager for Emergency Response. He was in this position for over eight years where he served as a resource to fire departments on protective clothing materials; including selection, performance, care and maintenance.

In March 2015 Kirk became the Southwest Regional Sales Manager for Veridian Fire Protective Gear. In this position he supports Veridian's dealers and continues to serve as a resource to fire departments on protective clothing.

Kevin Roche

FACETS Consulting
2395 North Colter Drive Flagstaff, AZ 86004
Ph: 602-421-7602 | Fax: 602-324-7603

Kevin Roche

Kevin Roche is a partner in FACETS Consulting of Phoenix, Arizona. FACETS provides public safety-related consultation to governmental, commercial, and not for profit organizations.

Kevin retired after 24 years with the Phoenix, Arizona Fire Department where he served as an Assistant to the Fire Chief. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection and Safety program at Oklahoma State University and earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Kevin's experience includes significant work in the areas of fire department facilities planning, firefighter safety, and fire department logistics. He was the author of the "Capital Resource Management" chapter in the text Managing Fire and Rescue Services, published by the International City Management Association. He is also an active writer and consultant on firefighter safety and fire service management issues.

Kevin was the editor of the first NFPA 1500 Handbook in 1992 and has delivered numerous seminars on NFPA 1500 for the NFPA. He was a principal developer of the National Fire Academy courses "Incident Safety Officer" and "Health and Safety Officer". He has been the author of the annual United States Fire Administration "Report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States" since 1998.

Marni Schmid, MBA

Fortunes Collide Marketing and Business Consulting, LLC
7226 Quackenbush Dexter, MI 48130
Ph: 612-247-6429

Marni Schmid

Marni Schmid has been involved in fire fighter protective clothing and materials for 15 years. Originally a product marketer for flame resistant enhanced visibility products at 3M (including Triple Trim), Marni has spent the majority of her time over the last 13 years working with F.I.E.R.O. (Fire Industry Education Resource Organization) developing, planning, marketing, and operating the F.I.E.R.O. Fire PPE Symposium, and Fire PPE Regional Workshop, and planning and marketing the Fire Station Design Symposium.

Marni has attended NFPA 1971 (Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting), NFPA 1851 (Standard on Selection, Care, and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting), and Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment—Correlating Committee meetings for over 13 years, is Robert Tutterow's alternate on 1971 and 1851, and has been committee secretary for four years. Marni is active on committee task groups including the Ret, cleaning, test methods annex, and editorial task groups, among others.

In addition, Marni is heavily involved with NFPA FPRF projects including the Contamination Control Campaign, and PPE Cleaning Validation. As a neutral voice, Marni is committed to advocating for the fire service.

Jeffrey O. Stull

International Personnel Protection
P.O. Box 92493 Austin, TX 78709
Ph: 512-288-8272 | Fax: 512-344-9588

Jeffrey O. Stull

Jeff was an officer in the Coast Guard from 1979-1988. During his service, he was assigned to the Office of Research and Development and was responsible for managing PPE projects. From 1988 to 1993, he was President and Program Manager TRI/Environmental where he led several PPE projects and ran the PPE laboratory.

In 1993, he formed his own company, International Personnel Protection, Inc. As President of the company, he has been heavily involved on PPE for emergency responders. He is an active member of several NFPA Technical Committees that develop PPE standards.

Jeff's awards include:

  • Coast Guard Commendation medal (1987)
  • ASTM Award of Merit (1999)
  • NFPA Service Award (2007)

Jeff's education includes: a BS degree in Physical Science from the Coast Guard Academy in 1979; an MS degree in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Tech in 1983; and, an MS degree in Engineering Management from Catholic University in 1988.

Robert Tutterow
Charlotte Fire Department Health & Safety Officer (ret.)

F.I.E.R.O., President
www.fireppesymposium.com | www.fierofirestation.com | www.fieroonline.org
1029 Lansdowne Rd. Charlotte, NC 28270
Ph: 704-576-1386

Robert Tutterow

Robert has 41 years of experience in the fire service. He is retired with 24 years of service as the Health & Safety Officer for the Charlotte Fire Department. Concurrent with this position, he was the Logistics Officer for the first 14 years. Before that, he was a volunteer firefighter and chief officer for 10 years while employed by the Ingersoll-Rand Company. Currently, he is President of F.I.E.R.O. (Fire Industry Education and Resource Organization)—an organization he co-founded in 1990. As President of F.I.E.R.O., he has led the development and managing of its annual Fire Station Design Symposium and its biennial Fire PPE Symposium. Both events are highly acclaimed.

Robert has been a very active participant in the NFPA's (National Fire Protection Association) standards development for past 28 years. He has served on the Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health technical committee and the Fire Department Apparatus technical committee. He is currently serving on the Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment technical committee and the Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment Correlating Committee. He is also vice-chair for the NFPA's Fire Service Executive Board. Robert is a strong advocate for fire fighter health and safety.

Robert received his A.A. degree from Brevard College, Brevard, NC and his B.S. degree from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, NC. He, and his wife Sally, enjoy spending time in the North Carolina mountains.

Keith Tyson
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue (ret.)

VP Education, Research and Outreach Firefighter Cancer Support Network
10217 SW Fernwood Avenue Port St. Lucie, FL 34987
Ph: 786-351-3276

Keith Tyson

Keith served 34 years with the Miami-Dade Fire Rescue and was diagnosed with cancer 6 months after retirement at the age of 55. He currently presents educational seminars across the country on fire fighter cancer awareness and common sense prevention techniques.

He works with multiple researchers and scientists on different projects. This includes work with Casey Grant of the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation on cleaning of PPE. He also works with Dr. Caban-Martinez and his team at the University of Miami Sylvester Cancer Center on multiple programs including research into cancer causes, mitigation, education and exposure tracking methods.

Keith worked on the FCSN's first White Paper which has been recognized across the fire service as an outstanding document leading to many changes. And, he worked on the just-released White Paper #2. He has written many articles for various national and international magazines..