Fire Tract Presenters
Anthony Avillo, M.S., retired in 2015 after a 30-year career in the fire service. He holds a master's degree in National Security Studies and a bachelor's degree in Fire Science from New Jersey City University. Currently, Anthony is director and deputy fire marshal at the Monmouth County (N.J.) Fire Academy and an adjunct instructor at New Jersey City University. He has authored and co-authored several key textbooks in fire studies, serves on the Fire Engineering editorial advisory board and contributes a regular column in a fire rescue magazine. Avillo also co-hosts a radio show, "Fireground Strategies and Other Stuff from the Street," with Chief Jim Duffy on Fire Engineering BlogTalk Radio.
Frank Babinec, M.B.A., has served as chief of the Coral Springs-Parkland, Fla. Fire Department since 2014. The department is comprised of approximately 400 members, with core services including fire administration, fire operations, emergency medical services, community risk reduction, training (State Certified Regional Training Center) and community emergency response team. A native Floridian and resident of Coral Springs since 1991, Chief Babinec joined the department in 1993 and has dedicated more than 25 years of service to the communities of Coral Springs and Parkland. He holds a bachelor's degree in Organizational Leadership and an M.B.A. in Public Administration. Chief Babinec and the department have been recognized with esteemed awards for excellence.
Leadership Development Concepts - David and Larry Conley
David Conley is committed to the professional improvement of government and corporate employees nationally. He has facilitated or developed programs for organizations such as General Mills and the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department. He utilizes highly effective and interactive corporate theatre techniques.
Larry Conley serves the City of St. Louis Fire Department as captain of one of the busiest firehouses in St. Louis. He is a fire service instructor and evaluator, and past director at large with the International Society of Fire Service Instructors, where he has contributed to the development of ISFSI training materials. Larry and his brother, David Conley, developed GLUE (Growing Leaders Using Empowerment) a decade ago to empower emergency service workers with building their personal leadership skills. In addition to his fire service responsibilities, Larry serves as camp director at the Midwest Children's Burn Camp and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in Fire Administration with a master's degree in Organizational Leadership.
EMS Tract Presenters
Fred Benzel began his EMS career in 2001. In addition to serving the Grand Island, Nebraska Fire Department, he is currently a lead instructor for the Central Community College Paramedic program in Grand Island. Throughout his career, Fred has worked in a variety of settings including private, government and transport services. He is currently pursuing a bachelor's degree in Health Science Administration. Benzel is committed to educating colleagues as a conference presenter and continuing education instructor for community EMS programs and volunteer fire departments.
Peter Lazzara, NREMT-P, B.S., is a 34-year emergency medical services veteran and paramedic field chief with the Chicago Fire Department. He has expertise in the field of pediatrics and is an experienced critical care transport flight medic. Lazzara is the founder and president of EMSed, an educational company specializing in EMS educational concepts. In 2010, Peter was awarded the Chicago Fire Department's EMS Educator of Year award. He is a nationally-recognized speaker and presents at EMS conferences throughout the country.
Jamie Temple, B.A., NRP, CCP, currently serves as the manager for EMS and Public Safety for Eastern Iowa Community Colleges in Davenport, Iowa, and works with MEDIC EMS, where he has been running calls for 27 years. He has a bachelor's degree in Biology, holds instructor status in ACLS, PALS, BLS, PHTLS, TBI, and PEPP, and has served as a primary educator for the last 17 years. Jamie also serves as the coordinator for the Quad Cities CISM Team and is a contributing author for EMS textbooks. He has presented at numerous conferences, and is known for an engaging style that is casual, informative and downright fun!