UL FSRI DHS/FEMA Size-Up and Search & Rescue Technical Panel Selected
Craig Weinschenk
February 28, 2019

We would like to thank the record 500+ firefighters that submitted an application to serve on the technical panel for the Study of Fire Service Residential Home Size-up and Search & Rescue Operations. All that applied were both highly qualified and very passionate, making the selection process very difficult. Members were selected based on fire service experience, geography, department size, and department type. Additional input and guidance for this project will also be provided by the UL FSRI Advisory Board. Those that applied and were not selected are encouraged to stay engaged with the project and UL FSRI as there will continue to be opportunities to participate.

Name Department
Kristofer DeMattia Prince George’s County Fire/EMS Department, MD
Christopher Finelli District of Columbia Fire and EMS Department, DC
Hale Fitzgerald South Portland Fire Department, ME
Kekoa Gonzales Federal Fire Department Navy Region Hawaii, HI
Tommy Hofland Seattle Fire Department, WA
Bryan Lynch Colorado Springs Fire Department, CO
Randall McDermott NIST Fire Research , MD
Justin McWilliams Clackamas Fire District #1, OR
Richard Ray Creedmoor Volunteer Fire Department, NC
Gerard Smith Baltimore City Fire Department, MD
Ron Smith Gary Fire Department, IN
Derek Sutherland Clark County Fire Department, NV
Ryan Tripp Los Angeles County Fire Department, CA
Jason Truesdale Sidney Fire & Emergency Services, OH
Samuel Villani Montgomery County Fire Rescue Service, MD
Eric Wheaton Winter Park Fire Department, FL
David Wolf Estes Valley Fire Protection District, CO
David Young Beavercreek Township Fire Department, OH

To improve continuity between research projects, three members of the Study of Coordinated Fire Attack utilizing Acquired Structures technical panel were voted by members of their panel to serve on this project as well.

Name Department
Christopher Byrne Colorado Springs Fire Department, CO
Russell Gardner Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District, CA
Steve Lopez Dallas Fire Department, TX


UL Firefighter Safety Research Institute is dedicated to increasing firefighter knowledge to reduce injuries and deaths in the fire service and in the communities they serve.