Our instructors come from all across the United States and Canada. Each instructor is a fulltime firefighter and holds certification as a state or nationally certified instructor. Some instructors’ work for large urban fire departments, some moderate sized suburban departments, and others small departments with only one firehouse. Many of our instructors were volunteer or part time firefighters before being hired full time. It is this comprehensive group of instructors from various department types and backgrounds that allows us to relate to and understand firefighters from any department regardless of size or makeup.

 

About The Owners
 

 

Andrew Brassard

Andrew is a co-owner of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC.  Andrew previously owned Phoenix Fire Ground Training, which specialized in hands-onforcible entry training. Phoenix Fire Ground Training officially merged with Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. on December 1st, 2008. 

Andrew joined the Milton Fire Department (Milton, Ontario) as a volunteer firefighter. In 2002, he was hired as a career firefighter in the Milton Fire Department. Additionally, Andrew also serves as a Training Officer in Milton, Ontario and as an instructor at Conestoga College, teaching the Pre-Fire Service Program.    

In 2006, Andrew was one of two Milton Firefighters who received both the Ontario Medal for Firefighter Bravery and the MSA Fireslayer of the Year Award for Heroism for his role in saving the life of a civilian.  E

Chris Collier

Chris joined the Mt. Laurel Fire Department (Mt. Laurel, NJ) in 2000 as a volunteer firefighter where he served until 2007.  In 2003, he was hired by the Wildwood City Fire Department (Wildwood, NJ) as a paid part-time firefighter/EMT.  In 2004, Chris was hired by the North Wildwood Fire Department (North Wildwood, NJ) as a paid part-time firefighter/EMT.  In 2006, Chris was hired by the New Jersey State Fire Marshal’s Office.  Chris served the Wildwood City and North Wildwood Fire Departments and the New Jersey State Fire Marshal's Office until 2007. Chris was hired by the FDNY in 2007.  He  is currently assigned to a ladder company in the Bronx.  Chris holds an Associates of Applied Science Degree in Fire Science, continues to pursue  a bachelors degree.  

Chris joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009, serving the Eastern Division.

Kevin Legacy

Kevin is a co-owner of Brotherhood Instructors, LLC.  Kevin joined the Holden Fire Department (Holden, MA) as a cadet firefighter in 1986.  In 1989, he was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter.  Kevin was later promoted to Lieutenant, taking on responsibilities in the training division.  In 1993, Kevin was hired by the Fort Devens Fire Department (Fort Devens, MA) as a Firefighter/EMT.  Additionally, Kevin took on the responsibilities of Training Officer while employed at Fort Devens.   

In 2002, Kevin was hired by the FDNY and is currently assigned to a company in The Bronx.  Kevin joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2007.

 

 

 


 

 

Rich Adams

Rich joined the Kissimmee Fire Department (Kissimmee Fla.) in 2003. After working as a career Firefighter/EMT for two years, Rich moved back to his hometown of Syracuse, N.Y. and was hired by the Syracuse Fire Department in 2006. Rich worked 3 years at Engine Co. 3 before being transferred to Rescue1. Rich holds a Bachelors degree in Sociology form LeMoyne College.

 

 


 

 

 

Lou Amoroso

Lou started his fire service career in 1989 as a member of a small combination department in upstate New York. Lou has served in various positions including company officer. He has also held training and safety positions. He developed, administered and maintained a hazardous communication standard and an OSHA safety program. 
Lou instructs at various New York State Fire Academy classes. In 2003, he was hired by the FDNY and assigned to a company in the Bronx. Lou joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2007. 
 

 

Matt Black

Matt was hired by the Kansas City Fire Department (Kansas City, MO) in 2002, and is currently assigned to Rescue 31.  Additionally, Matt is a member of Missouri Task Force 1 (MOTF-1) and an instructor for the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MUFRTI).  Matt is a former member of the U.S. Coast Guard. 

Matt joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009, serving in the Midwest Division


 


Rob Blair

Rob "R.B.", joined the Minooka Fire Department (Minooka, IL.) in 1999 as a paid-on-call Firefighter/EMT.  He served the Minooka Fire Departmentuntil 2006.  In 2002, Rob joined the Morris Fire Department (Morris, IL, where he currently serves as a firefighter.  In 2005, Rob was hired by the Kankakee Fire Department (Kankakee, IL) where he currently serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic. 

Additionally, he serves as a Lead Instructor at the Chief Shabbona Fire Academy and assists in various training capacities at his and other local departments.  Rob joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2008.
 

 


Tom Byrne

Tom is a 23-year veteran of the Kansas City Fire Department (Kansas City, MO. In 2007, Tom was promoted to the rank of Battalion Chief. Tom previously served as a company officer on various engine, truck and rescue companies. 

Tom joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009, serving in the Midwest Division.

 

 

 


 

Dan Crowley

In 1997, Daniel started his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with the Hope-Jackson Fire Company in Scituate, RI. In 2003, he was hired as a career firefighter in the City of Central Falls, RI. Over the years, Daniel became an active member in Training with the CFFD. In 2007, Daniel was hired by the FDNY and is currently assigned to an engine company in The Bronx.
Daniel is a Nationally Pro Board Certified Fire Instructor. He holds an Associate’s Degree in Fire Science from the Community College of Rhode Island and is currently pursuing a Bachelors degree in Fire Service Administration from Empire State College.
Daniel joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2011.
 

 

Chad Dailey

Chad was hired by the Kansas City Fire Department (Kansas City, MO) in 1991. He has been a Company Officer on a rescue company since 2000 and a member of the MO Task Force 1 Since 1999 where he serves as a rescue specialist and rescue squad officer. Chad also instructs for the University of Missouri Fire Rescue Institute.

 

 



 

 



Dusty Dines

Dusty was hired by the Kansas City Fire Department (Kansas City, MO) in 1999.  He worked in a truck, quint and an engine company until his transfer to Rescue 31 in 2001 where he is currently assigned.  Additionally, he serves as an Instructor for the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute (MUFRTI). 

Dusty joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009 serving in the Midwest Division.

 

 

 



 

Kevin Grebinar

Kevin joined the Holden Fire Department (Holden, MA) in 1994 as a paid-on-call Firefighter/EMT. In 2000, Kevin was hired as a career Firefighter/EMT on the Douglas Fire Department (Douglas, MA). In 2001, he was hired at the Westford Fire Department (Westford, MA) as a career Firefighter/EMT. In 2007, Kevin was hired by the Hudson, NH Fire Department where he currently serves today at the rank of “Captain of Training & Safety”.

In Kevin’s current position, he is tasked with the development, delivery and supervision of the department’s training program.  He has been actively involved in the training divisions in each of the departments which he served.  In addition to the career departments that he has worked, Kevin has maintained the status of paid-on-call firefighter on the Sterling Fire Department (Sterling, MA) since 1999.  Kevin joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2007.

 


Nick Hintz


Nick started his fire service career in 2003 in the 
Center Township Fire Department
 (St. Joseph County, IN).  Center Township FD has since merged with multiple jurisdictions to form SouthwestCentral Fire Territory.  
In 2003, Nick was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter at Notre Dame University (South Bend, IN). Nick currently serves the Southwest Central Fire Territory and Notre Dame University Fire Departments today in various capacities. In 2006, Nick was hired by the Elkhart Fire Department (Elkhart, IN), and currently serves at the rank of Engineer, assigned to Engine 4.  Nick holds a Bachelors of Science in HistoryEducation for Secondary Education from Huron University in 
South Dakota.  Nick also serves as a District #2 Instructor for the State of Indiana.

 

Nick joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009, serving in the Midwest Division.

 



 

Paul Hoekzema

Paul started his fire service career in 2001 for multiple paid-on-call/part-time fire departments in the suburban area of Cincinnati, OH. In 2006, he was hired by the FDNY and assigned to a ladder company in The Bronx. 

Paul joined the Brotherhood Instructor team in 2010, serving the Eastern Division.


 

 

 

Steve Kalman

Chief Kalman is a twenty-three year veteran with the Hackensack Fire Department, currently serves as the Deputy Chief-in-Charge of the Training Division. He was an engine officer for thirteen years and tour commander. He is a Level-2 Instructor with the Bergen County Fire Academy for nine years. Chief Kalman has also served as a volunteer firefighter for twenty-two years.


 

 

 

Grant Light

In 1977 Grant joined his first fire department as a volunteer on the Mariemont FD. He soon moved to the Madeira & Indian Hill FD where he started as a volunteer and transitioned to part time as the department grew. In 1994 he was hired as a career member of the Cincinnati FD where he worked on busy engine companies and received his Paramedic certification. He promoted to LT in 2002 and moved to the training division where he spent 4 years teaching recruit, flashover and Rapid Intervention to the 800 member department. He currently serves as a LT on Heavy Rescue-9 covering half the city for fires, technical rescue and Haz-Mat incidents. In addition he works part time with the Sycamore Twp FD, Rescue team manager OH-TF1, Rescue team Manager Hamilton County USAR, BGSU Technical Rescue lead instructor and is involved in may Ohio State and National Fire/Rescue committees and working groups.

 

 

Josh Materi

Josh started his fire service career as a volunteer in 1998 in the Seattle, WA area. He is currently a member of the Seattle Fire Department assigned to Ladder Company 8. Josh has taught at several regional and national training conferences as well as the Tacoma Area Technical College. Prior to joining the fire service Josh worked in the building trades. 

Josh joined the Brotherhood Instructors in 2010.

 

 

 

 

 

August Matt
 

Auggie joined the Fayetteville Fire Department (Fayetteville, NY) in 1998 where he served in the ranks of Junior Firefighter, Firefighter andLieutenant until 2006. Additionally, Auggie served as a paid part-time firefighter in the Manlius Fire Department (Manlius, NY). Auggie was hired by the Syracuse Fire Department (Syracuse, NY) in 2005, and is currently assigned to Rescue 1.  Auggie holds a Bachelors of Science in Fire Administration from the University of New Haven (CT, and is the owner and developer of the SEARCHSLEEVE fire service product (www.searchsleeve.com).

 

Auggie joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2009, serving the Eastern Division.

 

 

Jaimie Morelock

Jamie began his fire service career in 1994, joining the Gibsonburg-Madison Twp.  Volunteer Fire Department (Gibsonburg, OH). In 1998 he was hired by the Fremont Fire Department (Fremont, OH). While there, he served the department in several capacities; as a line firefighter, training officer, acting officer, and for equipment specification/purchasing. Since 2006, Jamie serves the Toledo Department of Fire and Rescue Operations (Toledo, OH) assigned to an engine company. 

Jamie is a State of Ohio Certified Fire Instructor, and an adjunct instructor for several state and local fire training programs. Additionally, Jamie serves as an FDIC H.O.T. Instructor for Truck Company Operations: Ground Ladders as well as a lecturer on Truck Operations.

Jamie is a frequent contributor to several trade publications, including Fire Engineering and Fire Nuggets, on the topic of truck company operations.Jamie joined the Brotherhood Instructors, LLC. team in 2008. 
 

 


Steve Oberg

Steve joined the Holden Fire Department (Holden, MA) in 1986 as a paid-on-call Firefighter. In 1996, Steve was hired as a career firefighter in a central Massachusetts town. In 1997, he was hired by the Worcester Fire Department (Worcester, MA) as a career Firefighter. Steve was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant in the Worcester Fire Department, where he currently serves today.  Additionally, Steve serves as an Adjunct Instructor for several programs of the Massachusetts Fire Academy including the academy's Recruit Program.

 


 

 





Chris Overpeck

Christopher “Deacon” Overpeck is a 17 year veteran of the fire service. He began his fire career in 1993 during his tenure in the Navy aboard the USS Carl Vinson. After his Navy service time Chris served as a Wildland Firefighter in Riverside County California. Chris returned to Indiana and served as a Firefighter/Lieutenant with German Township Fire Department while working full time as a career Firefighter/Rescue Specialist assigned to Squad 2 in Gary Indiana where he served for 6 years. Currently Chris is serving the citizens of Elkhart Indiana where he assigned as the O.V. Firefighter on Truck 18, also serving as the B shift Training Instructor, Haz-Mat shift coordinator, and dive team member. 

Chris has spent time in both the volunteer and career aspects of the fire service. During his service Chris was employed as an Instructor/Rescue Team Member with Safety Training Services, Inc. based in Hammond Indiana teaching Industrial Rescue, Haz Mat, and OSHA 10. Chris joined Brotherhood Instructors in 2011 serving the Midwest Region.
 

Ken Pagurek

Ken Pagurek is a 17 year veteran of the Philadelphia Fire Department, presently assigned as the Lieutenant of Special Operations Command. Ken is currently a member of the PA TF-1 Urban Search & Rescue Team, the South Eastern PA Regional Taskforce PACO-2 where he serves in the position of Taskforce Leader Operations and is the Philadelphia Representative to the SEPARTF Urban Search & Rescue Sub-Group. 

His previous assignments include Squad 47, Engine 70, Pipeline 50, Ladder 12, Squrt 8 & Division 1. Ken has received numerous unit citations, has been awarded the department Heroism award twice and was the recipient of the Firefighter of the year award in 2001. Prior to starting his career in The Philadelphia Fire Department Ken was a volunteer firefighter with the Mount Laurel Fire Department and held the ranks of Lieutenant, Captain & Battalion Chief. Ken also served 4 years in of the United States Air Force prior to starting his fire service career. 

Ken joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2010.


 

Gary Rauch

Gary joined the Blue Island Fire Department (Blue Island, IL) as a cadet firefighter in 1971.  In 1975, Gary became a paid-on-call member in Blue Island where he served until 1985.  In 1985, Gary was hired as a paid-on-call firefighter on the Downers Grove Fire Department (Downers Grove, IL).  In 1987, he was hired as a career member of the Downers Grove Fire Department and assigned to an engine company.

Six years later, Gary transferred to the truck and squad company where he is currently assigned.  In the past Gary instructed for the Downers Grove Fire Academy and R.I.C.O. classes.  Gary currently instructs for the Illinois Fire Service Institute and his department’s training division.  Gary joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2007.



Brian Stevens

Brian Stevens began his fire service career with the Manlius Fire Department (Manlius, NY) as a volunteer in 1997, where he served for six years. In 2003, he was hired as a career Firefighter/EMT with the Manlius Fire Department, serving an additional two years. In 2005, Brian was hired by the Syracuse Fire Department (Syracuse, NY.) After serving several years at Engine Co. 8, Brian is currently assigned to Rescue 1. Brian holds an Associates Degree of Applied Science in Fire Protection Technology. 

Brian joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2011.

 

 

Rob Underhill

Rob “Moe” joined the Minooka Fire Department (Minooka, IL) in 2002 as a Cadet. He has been with Minooka ever since and currently serves in a part-time and P.O.C. capacity. In 2009 Rob was hired by the Kankakee Fire Department (Kankakee, IL) as a Firefighter/Paramedic. Rob served in Kankakee until July 2011 when he was hired by the Plainfield Fire Department (Plainfield, IL) where he currently serves as a Firefighter/Paramedic. 

Additionally, he serves as an instructor at the Chief Shabbona Fire Academy and assists in various training capacities at his and other local departments. Rob is a recipient of the Illinois State Medal of Valor for his actions performing V.E.S. at a fire and saving 2 young children. Rob joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2011. 
 

 

 


 

Dave Wiechen

Dave joined the Morris Fire Department (Morris, IL) as a firefighter in 1997.  In 2003, Dave was hired as a career Firefighter/Paramedic on the Kankakee Fire Department (Kankakee, IL) where he is currently employed. 

In 2006, Dave was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant at the Morris Fire Department where he has taken on several training responsibilities for the department.  Dave instructs at various local fire academies and fire departments.  Dave joined the Brotherhood Instructors team in 2008.a


 

 

 

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