Rick Freier, IAAI CFI, CI, ICC Inspector I
Course: Scientific Method for Middle School – A Program to Reduce the Number of Fires Set by Kids
Firefighter Rick Freier started his career with Spokane Valley Fire Department March 1, 1999. He served as a firefighter until March 1, 2004, when he was promoted to Fire Inspector and later Assistant Fire Marshal. After 11 years in the Prevention Division, he returned to his original position of Firefighter in July 2015.
While serving in the Prevention Division, Rick attended numerous classes regarding fire investigation and code enforcement. He attended the police academy in 2006 and received a special commission from the Spokane County Sherriff. Rick has investigated more than 500 fire scenes since 2006 and assisted with several more. In 2010, Rick became a certified accelerant detection canine handler and he and Mako worked 195 scenes together over a period of 5 years.
While serving as a fire investigator, Rick developed a middle school program centered on the Scientific Method. This program has been presented to more than 5,000 kids between the ages of 12 and 14. The hour-long presentation focuses on how the scientific method is used to investigate fires and how it can be used to prevent fires in the home.
Chief Jeff Johnson (Ret.)
Keynote: You’ll rarely meet the life you save!
Jeff is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Western Fire Chiefs Association and Vice Chairman of Board of Directors for the First Responders Network Authority (FirstNet). He is the Past President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and retired as Fire Chief and Chief Executive Officer of Oregon’s Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue (TVF&R) following a 32-year fire service career. Chief Johnson served as TVF&R’s chief executive for over 15 years during which time the organization became recognized as one of the nation’s premier fire and rescue service providers.
Jeff is internationally known as an innovator and ambassador for excellence. He sits as the chairman or board member for a number of private corporations and has authored two industry books.
As a Sisters resident, Jeff is an avid outdoorsman and student of Oregon history. He enjoys hiking, camping, fishing, and motorcycling in Oregon’s back country.
Session: Administrative (Inspection) Warrants
Scott is Fire Marshal / Paramedic with Hoodland Fire District #74, where he’s worked for 33 years, 20 of those as a volunteer. Prior to starting as a career firefighter, Scott worked 16 years for the U.S. Forest Service as a Fire Prevention Technician and a firefighter on the Zigzag Hotshot crew. For 2 years, he also acted as the Fire Marshal for the Estacada Fire District on a part-time basis. He graduated from Portland Community College with an Associate of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology, Eastern Oregon University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Geography and Regional Planning, and Oregon Health Sciences University with a Certificate of Paramedic Education. Scott currently sits on the NFPA 1620 Technical Committee (Pre-Incident Planning), is the past president of the Clackamas County Fire Investigation Team, is a member of the Clackamas Fire Prevention Co / Op, and the International Association of Arson Investigators. And, Scott is a 3rd Year Director on the OFMA Board of Directors.
Course: Public Fire & Life Safety Educator Level I
Don has been a member of the fire service since 1980. He began his career with Happy Valley RFPD as a student and volunteer. In 1983, Don became a Firefighter / EMT with the Salem Fire Department, and in 1984, he was hired by Portland Fire & Rescue, serving his first six years as a firefighter / EMT and working as a hazardous materials specialist. A few years later, Don began working with the youth firesetting intervention program, becoming the manager when he was promoted to Fire Inspector and assigned to the Public Education Office (PEO). In 1996, Don was promoted to supervise the PEO, overseeing all outreach activities. In 2004, Don was reassigned to a specialist position in PEO to focus on the development of the Safety Learning Center & Fire Museum, a project he completed in 2008. Don was re-assigned to his supervisory position in 2010 where he remained until his retirement July 2011.
Don now works as a fire and injury prevention consultant in his community and state, and across the nation, working with organizations such as Vision 20/20, Stop At 4 Child Window Fall Prevention Campaign, and other similar efforts. Since 2011, he has served on the Executive Committee of “YFIRES,” a project of the IAFF. Don has served as President of “SOS FIRES: Youth Intervention Programs” since the non-profit’s inception in 1996, and until its conclusion in 2016. Don also serves on the Education & Training Committee for OFMA.
4 Sessions: Senior Outreach – The Power of Partnerships; Community Risk Reduction as a Credo for Your Fire Service Organization – More Than Just an Activity; Community Risk Reduction for All Fire Departments (Yes, This Includes YOUR Department!); CRR By the Numbers; Taking Your Community Risk Reduction to the Next Level
Jim has served in the Maryland fire and rescue service for 40 years. He has been a member of the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad since 1976, where he currently serves as a Battalion Chief and paramedic. He also worked as a full-time, career firefighter and paramedic for 28 years for the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service (MCFRS), retiring with the rank of Battalion Chief in 2014. His plans to then become a school teacher were put on hold when he was offered a position to work as a contractor for the MCFRS as the Program Manager for Senior Outreach and Education. In his current role, Jim has provided educational programs to nearly 10,000 Montgomery County seniors on a variety of fire and injury-prevention topics and Jim has done more than 1,000 home safety and smoke alarms checks, and lead teams that have done thousands more.
Jim has a Bachelor of Arts in Geography from the University of Maryland – Baltimore County. Jim is a baseball fan with his allegiance split between the Orioles and the Nationals and he likes spending time with his wife, Beth, his kids Andrew, Ben, and Phillip, and his dog, Benji. He is honored to be speaking to the Oregon Fire Marshals Association and is hopeful that the messages and ideas that he can share will become a part of the proud history, tradition, and future of the fire service of the great State of Oregon.
Course: CPSE Agency Accreditation & Insurance Services Offices as it Relates to CRR
Greg is the Fire Marshal for Spokane Valley Fire Department, in Spokane Valley, Wash. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Engineering Technology–Fire Protection and Safety, and is currently working on a Master’s Degree in Fire Emergency Management Administration through Oklahoma State University.
Greg has been in the fire service for 24 years, starting as an instructor in 1992 at the Oklahoma State Fire Service Training Center, Fire Safety Engineer with North Metro Fire Rescue in Broomfield, Colo. He also served as Peer Reviewer for the DPSE and was assigned to the reimagining group for the next phase of CPSE.
Greg has developed and taught several courses in Washington, Oregon and Colorado, including International Fire Code classes, Fire Company Officer Inspection classes, as well as Basic Understanding of the Fire Code and Basic Fire Investigations classes for Olympic College.