Guest Columnists


Daniel Jones

Guest Columnist,


Chief Dan Jones entered the fire service in 1974 and came through the ranks including Firefighter, Paramedic, Company Officer, Training Officer, EMS Chief, Deputy Chief and currently Fire Chief. Jones served in the Pinellas Park, Florida Fire Department before relocating to Chapel Hill, North Carolina in 1990 to become Fire Chief. Chief Jones has served on a variety of committees, councils and boards at the local, state and national levels. Jones was Editor-in-Chief of the journal, National Fire & Rescue Magazine for ten years.

He is Past-President for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Chief Jones was selected as Firefighter of the Year for his Department in 1978. Jones was Florida Fire Instructor of the Year in 1981 and the American Fire Sprinkler Association named him National Fire Service Person of the Year in 1997.

In 2000 he was awarded the International Fire Chiefs Association President’s Award. He was a co-recipient of the 2004 Goodmon Award for Regional Leadership in the Triangle Region of North Carolina Chief Jones has written numerous articles for trade journals and is a co-author of the fire service textbook Managing People (pub. 1987). He is currently an occasional on-air commentator for CNN Headline News Network on breaking fire and rescue stories. He is also considered an authority in the field of motorsports safety and fire department leadership. He is a frequent emergency services conference speaker.

He is a guest lecturer at the University of North Carolina and has taught in thirty-one states, Canada, England, Germany, Scotland and Botswana, Africa. Chief Jones attended St. Petersburg College, Alamance Community College, the National Fire Academy, and the British Fire College at Moreton-in-Marsh and the Institute of Government at the University of North Carolina. He currently resides in Chapel Hill with his wife and their home has a residential fire sprinkler system.



Dennis L. Rubin

Dennis L. Rubin

Guest Columnist,


Dennis L. Rubin is the principal partner in the fire protection consulting firm DL Rubin & Associates. The firm provides training, course development and independent review of policy and procedures for all types of fire and rescue agencies.

In his more than 35 years in the fire service, Chief Rubin has served as a company officer, command-level officer and fire chief in several major cities including Washington, DC, Atlanta, Georgia and Dothan, Alabama

Chief Rubin holds a bachelor’s of science degree in fire administration, an associate’s in applied science degree in fire science management, and he graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program and the Naval Post Graduate School.

Rubin has taught at several universities and colleges as well as at the National Fire Academy. He frequently speaks and lecturers at local, state, national and international events.

Chief Rubin’s textbooks Rube’s Rules for Survival and Rube’s Rules for Leadership are available at Chief Rubin recently published his third book D.C. Fire. You can follow him on Twitter at @ChiefRubin



Cheif Ed Hartin

Edward Hartin, MS, EFO, MIFireE, CFO

Guest Columnist,

Ed Hartin presently serves as Fire Chief with Central Whidbey Island Fire & Rescue in Washington. Previously he served as Training, Safety, & EMS Division Chief with Gresham Fire & Emergency Services (GFES), in Gresham, Oregon. GFES had a comprehensive compartment fire behavior training (CFBT) program that began in the probationary firefighter academy and continues with ongoing in-service training. The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) recognized Gresham Fire and Emergency Services compartment fire behavior training (CFBT) program with an Award of Merit at its 2006 Annual Conference. June 30, 2009 my position was eliminated due a major reduction in the department budget.

In 2002 he watched Under Fire a Discovery Channel special on firefighting in Sweden, narrated by John Taylor from the Greater Manchester, UK Fire Brigade. Intrigued, he did a bit of research and through a circuitous process made contact with John and arranged a trip to attend a Fire Behavior Instructor course at the Uppsala Fire Brigade in Sweden. Along the way he became friends with Paul Grimwood (London Fire Brigade, ret.) and Shan Raffel (Queensland Australia Fire Rescue). In 2004, he was asked to be part of a multi-national team to write a book about the concept of 3D Firefighting and CFBT. Over a two-year period, he collaborated with Paul, Shan, John McDonough, and worked to bridge the gap of our common language and author 3D Firefighting: Training, Techniques, and Tactics.

Chief Hartin established CFBT-US, LLC in 2006 to provide fire behavior training and related consulting services on an international basis. Working with colleagues from around the world, he had the opportunity to provide seminar presentations and training in Australia, Malaysia, Germany, Croatia, England, Canada, Chile, and Sweden as well as throughout the United States. He is a frequent contributor to fire service publications and serve as a member of the Editorial Board of Fire-Rescue magazine. He also had the opportunity to contribute to the development of the fire behavior chapters in the International Fire Service Training Association (IFSTA) Essentials of Firefighting (5th ed.) and Fireground Support Operations (2nd ed). Over the last 35 years he had the opportunity to work in diverse settings as a firefighter, fire officer, and educator. He served as a firefighter, company officer, and chief officer with several municipal fire departments in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, and Oregon. In addition, Chief Hartin has worked as an instructor with the Massachusetts Firefighting Academy, as a Training Specialist with the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

He holds a Member grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers (MIFireE) and has been granted Chief Fire Officer (CFO) Designation by the Commission on Professional Credentialing. His academic background is as diverse as his career. He obtained an AS in Fire Protection and Safety Technology in 1979 from Middlesex Community College and then began the long quest to complete his bachelor’s degree. He graduated with a BS in Fire Services Administration from Eastern Oregon University in 2001. Attending the Portland State University Graduate School of Education, and was awarded a MS in Postsecondary, Adult, and Continuing Education in 2003 and is currently a doctoral candidate (EdD) in Educational Leadership. His doctoral research is focused on how firefighters beliefs about knowledge and learning influence experiential learning (about fire behavior).

Ed Hartin, is fire chief of Central Whidbey Island (Wash.) Fire & Rescue and owner of CFBT-US, LLC, delivering training in practical fire dynamics internationally. He also serves as a member of the UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute Advisory Board and on the technical panels for several UL research projects. Hartin is one of the co-authors of 3D Firefighting: Training, Techniques, and Tactics. For more information, e-mail him at ed.hartin@cfbt-us.comor visit his blog at



Ed Kaplan

Edward J. Kaplan

Guest Columnist,


Ed Kaplan, has 35 years of experience in professional development in the public and private sectors. He retired from the U. S. Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy (NFA) as section chief of education, training and partnerships in 2014.

His 35-year career of leading training and higher education programs included supervising NFA’s outreach programs, launching the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (“FESHE”) and leading the Degrees at a Distance Program. In 2014, he was the first recipient of the “Edward J. Kaplan Professional Development Legacy Award” named in honor of his leadership at NFA to standardize fire science curricula and fire service professional development.

Ed is the founder and president of Gettysburg Learning Partners which provides problem-centered training, group facilitation and professional development consulting for public and private sector clients.

Since 1995, he has served on the Carroll Valley, Pennsylvania planning commission (as chairman since 2011) where in 2004 he successfully spearheaded passage of the borough’s residential fire sprinkler ordinance.

He has a master’s degree in public administration, a bachelor’s degree in government and graduate work in international affairs.




Joseph Pronesti

Guest Columnist,


Joe Pronesti is a 26 year Fire Service veteran and a Captain of the City of Elyria, Ohio Fire Department located near Cleveland.

He is a certified fire instructor currently on the staff at the Cuyahoga Community College Fire Training Academy and is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Executive Officer Program.

He is currently participating on the Underwriters Laboratory Advisory Board studying the effects of positive pressure ventilation and its use in fire attack.

He is a contributor to several fire service eMedia, social media and websites and is a frequent contributor to Fire Engineering,, FireRescue Magazine and He is actively engaged in promoting improved operational practices, insights and protocols in firefighting operations, building construction and fire dynamics.

He has developed and delivered numerous programs related to these firefighting and training topics regionally and nationally at fire schools, conferences and academies and is presenting at the Fire Department Instructors Conference –FDIC in 2015.