Academy Mentors & Trainers
The Interactive Media Laboratory (IML) specializes in combining emerging technology with innovative instructional design. VTRA assembles some of the fire, EMS, police and FBI communities' finest as mentors and trainers. They, along with dozens of local, state and federal responders, helped IML develop and test the new Virtual Terrorism Response Academy.
Alan Brunacini, who led the Phoenix Fire Department starting in 1978, retired in December 2006. He joined the department in 1958. Chief Brunacini is recognized worldwide for urging the use of incident management systems, improving firefighter safety, and embracing the customer-service approach. He was named 2006 Career Fire Chief of the Year; recognized by "FireRescue" magazine in 2005 as the fifth-most-important person in the history of the American fire service; and hailed as one of "the 20 people who most shaped the American fire service in the 20th century" by "Fire Chief" magazine in 2000.
James O. Page pioneered the concept of emergency medical services that has since spread worldwide. During his varied career, he rose through the ranks from firefighter to fire chief; served as a state EMS director; and founded JEMS, which publishes the "Journal of Emergency Medical Services" and "FireRescue" magazines. In addition, he was an attorney and founding partner of Page, Wolfberg & Wirth, LLC. In 2000, Jim was named one of "the 20 people who most shaped the American fire service in the 20th century" by "Fire Chief" magazine. Jim died in 2004 shortly after completing his work on VTRA. There's a tribute to him accessible from the VTRA program's bulletin board.
Gordon Graham, a captain in the California Highway Patrol, is a 30-year veteran of California law enforcement. He is a nationally-recognized lecturer and trainer specializing in public-safety risk management and a seasoned attorney. Through the auspices of Graham Research Consultants, he teaches about organizational and operational risk management, civil liability, professionalism, ethical decision making and related topics.
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For more than 15 years, John Eversole played a major role in shaping legislation affecting the public-safety community — particularly related to hazardous materials, firefighter safety, and terrorism. Eversole was district chief of special operations for the Chicago Fire Department before his retirement. As of 2006, he was immediate-past chairman of the NFPA Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials/WMD Response Personnel (NFPA 472) and the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Hazardous Materials Committee. He received the Congressional Fire Services Institute's Mason Lankford Leadership Award in 2001. He was frequently invited to testify before Congressional committees on hazardous materials and terrorist threats. John passed away May 20, 2007. You may read more about his career in the IAFC's memorial press release at their website.
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Mike Callan is a 20-year veteran of the fire service. He is a former captain with the Wallingford (Connecticut) Fire Department, where he was team leader of the Wallingford Hazardous Materials Team. Callan has delivered fire suppression, safety, and hazardous materials training for more than two decades. In 1989 at the Fire Department Instructors Conference, he was selected from among 7,000 municipal and private sector instructors as the International Society of Fire Instructors' George D. Post Instructor of the Year.
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Greg Noll is a senior partner in Hildebrand Noll Associates, a consulting firm specializing in emergency planning, response and incident management issues. He serves as the program manager for the South Central Pennsylvania Regional Counter-Terrorism Task Force and the hazmat/WMD manager for the Pennyslvania Task Force-1 urban search and rescue unit. He has more than 36 years' experience in safety and emergency response. Noll also served as the hazardous materials coordinator with the Prince George's County (Maryland) Fire Department, where he managed the Level III Hazardous Materials Team. He is a Certified Safety Professional and a member of the NFPA 472 technical committee. In 2006, he received the IAFC Hazardous Materials Committee's Level A Award for his lifetime contributions to the hazardous materials training and education community.
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FBI Special Agent Ed Cronin is assigned to the Boston field office's Bomb Data Unit. He began his career following graduation from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1984. During his five years of service, he was assigned to conduct criminal and counter-intelligence matters. Cronin became a treasury agent in 1989. He joined the FBI in 1996.
Dione Mazzolini is a hazardous materials officer with the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Hazardous Materials Response Unit. HMRU assists FBI special agents and other law-enforcement officers with technical and scientific support when processing crime scenes involving chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear hazards. Ms. Mazzolini has been with the HMRU for more than four years and has been deployed to numerous incidents throughout America and abroad. She is involved with the FBI's HMRU Operations training program, which includes the FBI's Hazardous Materials Response Teams, Hostage Rescue Team, and Special Weapons and Tactics Teams. Ms. Mazzolini received a bachelor of science and master's of science in environmental engineering and worked as a consultant to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Jim Zerylnick is the full-time Associate Director of Emory University's Consortium for Operational Readiness Education (Emory C.O.R.E.) in Atlanta, Georgia. He is a licensed paramedic, a registered nurse, and a certified police officer. Before joining Emory C.O.R.E., he was with the Medical College of Georgia's Center for Operational Medicine where he contributed to the development of the National Disaster Life Support Foundation's Basic, Advanced, and Core Disaster Life Support programs (BDLS, ADLS, and CDLS) as well as programs for various federal agencies. Zerylnick is a reserve deputy with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department in Atlanta, where he serves as a tactical medic for the department's SWAT team. He's also an instructor for the department.
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