Forest Reeder began his fire service career in 1978. He currently serves as Battalion Chief / Director of Training & Safety with the Pleasantview Fire Protection District and is the Director of Training for Southwest United Fire Districts. These responsibilities include the design, implementation and coordination of in-service training activities as well as a full-service fire training academy program.
Additionally, Forest is the author of the weekly drill feature at www.firefighterclosecalls.com and at www.fireengineering.com. He was the coeditor and contributing author of Fire Service Instructor, Principles and Practices, 1st edition published by Jones and Bartlett. He has instructed at FDIC for over 10 years and trains both locally and nationally on fire service training, safety and officer development related topics. Several articles on these programs have been published in major trade publications.
Forest holds many Illinois fire service certifications and a Masters Degree in Public Safety Administration from Lewis University. He was awarded the George Post Instructor of the Year by the International Society of Fire Service Instructors at FDIC in 2008.
Robert Colameta retired in 2011 after serving as a professional firefighter in the City of Everett Massachusetts. He has over 25 year’s professional experience in adult education. He worked for the Massachusetts Department of Fire Services developing curriculum for Massachusetts firefighters. In 2003 he developed his own unique online training network called The Public Safety Education Network (www.publicsafetyedu.com). His company offers municipal departments a method to provide in house custom training unique to their specific needs as well as Incident Safety Officer online certification training. He served as the National Program Manager for Courage to Be Safe and Leadership, Accountability, Culture & Knowledge both part of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation, Everyone Goes Home campaign from 2005 through 2012. He is affiliated with the Fire Department Safety Officers Association and the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. He also was named the George D. Post Instructor of the Year in 2010.