11th Annual Sissonville Fire & Rescue School

Name Biography

Lanny Adkins
Lanny has been active in the fire service for over 46 years, including 38 years with the City of Huntington Fire Department. During his career he has operated in a number of capacities, most notably as a Captain, Training Officer, and Safety Officer. Since 2008, he has served as Program Coordinator of Fire Service Extension and the State Fire Academy in Weston, West Virginia. He has also served as the West Virginia Representative on several national fire protection agencies in-cluding the NFPA 1500 Committee. He has degrees from Marshall University in Fire Science and Occupational Safety and Health.

Shawn Alderman
Shawn is currently employed as an investigator by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office- Fire and Explosion Investigation Division / Special Operations. He is a 35 year student of the Fire Service and is a retired Captain of the Nitro Fire Department (WV). He is a fire service instructor, law enforcement instructor and a sworn ATF Task Force Officer through the United States Marshal Service. He is a Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI) and Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (NAFI).

Brent Burger
Brent is the Director of Support Services for Kanawha County Ambulance Authority and Retired Chief from the Culloden Fire Department with 30+ years of service. He is also a Supervising Instructor with RESA 3 Public Ser-vice Training having taught Fire, Hazmat and EMT classes for over 15 years. Brent has also been a team member with the Kanawha County Ambulance CISM team since the early 1990’s.

Chris Burger
Chris has been a member of Culloden Volunteer Fire Department for 16 years and currently serves as Fire Chief. Chris is employed by Dunbar Fire Department where he has worked as a Firefighter/EMT for 4 years. He has been a RESA Instructor for the past two years where he has taught Fire, Rescue and HazMat courses. Chris currently resides in Culloden, WV with his wife Averill and their two children Grace and Gage.

Jason Burger
Jason joined the fire service in 2000 as a volunteer at Culloden Fire Department, where he still cur-rently serves as Deputy Chief. He has held many different positions while there, including Chief. In 2005, he began his ca-reer at Dunbar Fire Department, where he currently serves as Assistant Chief/Shift Commander. Jason is an Instructor with RESA III.

Lance Carney
Lance began his fire service career in 1999 currently serves as Chief of the Saint Albans Fire Depart-ment. He has worked many years with both the Sissonville Volunteer Fire Department and the Tyler Mountain Volunteer Fire Department, and has been a RESA and WVU Instructor since the early 2000s. He began his career with the City of Saint Albans in 2001, and has held every Fire Department rank since becoming Chief in 2015. He also served as SAFD Training Officer for more than a decade.

Corey Carr
Corey began his fire service career in 2007 and currently holds the rank of Lieutenant at Pinch Volunteer Fire Department. Corey works at the City of St. Albans Fire Department and the Teays Valley Fire Department. He is also a RESA Instructor. Corey has been teaching Forcible Entry for two years and has been instructing in West Virginia, Kentucky and Virginia. He currently resides in Pinch and is active in education in the fire service.

Steve Cavender
Bio not available at print time.

Kevin Clendenin
Bio not available at print time.

Gary Davis
Gary is a long time Paramedic recently retiring from the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority with over 30-years of experience. He is a 30-year EMS and Fire Instructor for RESA 3.

Jeff Elswick
Jeff is a 24 year Veteran of the fire service. He is currently a Shift Captain at the 130th Airlift Wing Fire Department in Charleston WV where he has dedicated 15 years and serves as President of IAFF Local 4889. Jeff is also Captain at Glasgow VFD where he got his start 24 years ago. Jeff is currently a RESA and WVU Instructor of 12 years.

Ritchie Gobble
Ritchie began his career as a volunteer with the Ripley VFD. Ritchie is currently working for the City of South Charleston Fire Department. He is a certified fire fighter and an instructor for RESA. Ritchie began teaching forci-ble entry two years ago and has since been actively involved with instructing in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Virginia. Ritchie currently resides in Ripley and is actively instructing in multiple disciplines in the fire service.

David Gray
Dave began his fire service career in 1986. He has been instrumental in the start up of hazmat and rescue teams. Additionally, he has served as an assistant emergency services director and a president of a Local Emergency Planning Council (LEPC). Serving in emergency services, David has experience in commanding large scale incidents, managing federal response to natural disasters, planning for events such as the Greenbrier Classic and Presidential Details. Currently, he serves in a volunteer capacity for the Sissonville Fire Department as a firefighter. He is a WVU Fire Service Instructor.

James Hill
James began his fire service career as a volunteer at Tyler Mountain Fire Department in 1999. He has held positions of Captain and Training Officer. Since 2000, James has been employed with the City of St. Albans, WV Fire De-partment where he serves on the Water Rescue Team and the department Training Committee. James is a RESA and WVU Fire Service Instructor.

Scott Holmes
Scott is a 20+ year veteran of the Fire and EMS Service. Scott began his fire service career at the Sis-sonville Volunteer Fire Department where he currently serves as EMS Captain and the Secretary of Board of Directors. He works as a career Firefighter at the City of Charleston Fire Department assigned to Rescue 2 and also as an EMT for the Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority.

Randy Hunter
Randy started in the fire service as a junior firefighter in rural Pennsylvania at the age of 15. After high school, he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps as a firefighter in the Aircraft, Rescue, and Firefighting Division and served for four years. In 1998, he was hired by the City of Morgantown West Virginia as a Firefighter/EMT/Deputy Fire Marshal and served for ten years. Randy also was an Instructor for West Virginia University Fire Service Extension and RESA 7. In September of 2008, Cap-tain Hunter joined the Bluffton Township Fire District (South Carolina) as the Assistant Training Officer. He currently serves this position and that of the Public Information Officer for the District. He is an active instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy.

Candice McDonald
Dr. Candice McDonald is a Firefighter/EMT/PIO with the Winona Fire Department (Ohio) and Sebring Fire De-partment (Ohio) and works for NASA in the Office of Protective Services. She is the co-chair of the Cumberland Valley Volunteer Fire-men’s Association Reputation Management Committee and an active member of the ResponderSafety.com outreach team, is a trustee for the International Association of Women in Fire and Emergency Services, and has served as the appointed Fire Corps State Advo-cate for Ohio and in other capacities for the National Volunteer Fire Council since 2009. She an instructor at Stark State College, con-tributing author to Fire Engineering, Fire Rescue, Fire House and has presented at major fire conferences across the country.

Tom Miller
Tom has 31 years of experience in the fire service. He is a Pro Board Certified Fire Instructor III; Hazardous Materi-als Technician; Swift Water Rescue Technician; a Certified Firefighter II and Fire Officer II, and has extensive training in all aspects of Emergency Management and Response. He is West Virginia's Representative on the National Volunteer Fire Council and is a Fire-fighter with the Sissonville Fire Department. Tom serves as the NVFC's representative on the NFPA 472/473/1072/475 Technical Standards Committees for Hazardous Materials and WMD Training. Tom is also on the Legislative Committee for the West Virginia State Firemen's Association.

Ryan Pennington
Ryan is a Lieutenant /Paramedic for the Charleston Fire Department in Charleston, West Virginia. He is currently assigned to the Training Division and is part of the West Virginia Task Force 1 USAR team. He has over 22 years of combined Fire, Rescue and EMS experience. Ryan started with a local volunteer department and continued through EMS to spend five years as a Critical Care Paramedic. Ryan transferred to the career fire service in 2003 and has worked for the City of Charleston since 2007.

Jan Rader
Jan serves with the City of Huntington Fire Department where she currently operates in the position of Fire Chief. She is also a Registered Nurse. Jan is a WVU Fire Service and RESA Instructor.

Louie Robinson
Louie is currently a Flight Paramedic for HealthNet Aeromedical Services. He is a retired career Cap-tain from the South Charleston Fire Department. Louie also has 25 years service with Ripley Fire Rescue and is a RESA Fire and EMS Instructor.

Thomas Robinson
Thomas is currently employed as a Firefighter/ Paramedic at Charleston Fire Department. He be-gan his fire service career in the Volunteer Fire Service in 2000 at Ripley Fire Rescue. He is a RESA Fire and EMS Instruc-tor.

Scott Rodes
Scott is a fire investigator currently employed by the West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office, Fire & Ex-plosion Investigation Division. He is a 20+ year veteran of the Fire Service and Law Enforcement in both West Virginia and North Carolina. He is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor who also holds the following certifications: Certified Fire Investigator (IAAI), Certified Fire & Explosion Investigator and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator (NAFI).

Jim Shedd
Jim is the Director of Public Service Training for RESA 3 and a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI). HE has over 30 years of EMS and Firefighting experience. His career began at the Ravens-wood VFD (WV) and has worked for several EMS agencies including Putnam County EMS and the Charleston FD (WV). He also worked at the WV Office of EMS as the Education and Licensure Coordinator. While there he became a member of the National Council of State Emergency Medical Services Training Coordinators serving on the Executive Committee.

Les Smith
Les currently serves as a Captain with the Charleston Fire Department (WV). He started in the fire service in 1986 as a volunteer in Northern Virginia. He is the team leader for the West Virginia Regional Response Team - Hazard-ous Materials and USAR.

John Smoot
John started in the fire service as a volunteer firefighter for the Cedar Grove Fire Department and has enjoyed a long fulfilling career in emergency services as a Firefighter with the City of St. Albans Fire Department in the early stages and then retiring from Kanawha County Emergency Ambulance Authority as Director of Operations. He has been a member of the Teays Valley Fire Department since 1990 and is currently serving as Fire Chief. After retiring, he became the Director of the EPTC for RESA 3 Public Service Training in Dunbar, WV.

Dan Taaffe
Bio not available at print time.

Darin Virag
Darin is a 19 year veteran of the fire service. He currently serves as a Captain with the Charleston Fire Department (WV). He has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Biology and Chemistry. Darin is also a member of the West Virginia Regional Response Team.