The 2017 Board of Directors will be sworn in at the Annual Membership Meeting on Friday, April 28th during FDIC 2017 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

International Director

Jason Arns

Jason Arns is a Training Captain with the Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services in Ontario. He is also an Officer and Training Officer with the Point Edward Volunteer Fire Department. He joined Chatham-Kent Fire and Emergency Services after spending several years as Program Coordinator for Pre-Service Firefighter and Fire Science programs at Lambton Fire College. He started out his career in Calgary Fire Department where he attained the rank of Hazardous Materials Officer, A/ Hazardous Materials Coordinator.

He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Science and is currently working on a Master’s degree in Emergency Management. He also holds a College Educators certification and is a NFPA 1041 III instructor and Adult Educator. He holds numerous Officer, Tech level and Firefighter specialty NFPA standards, Blue Card Command instructor, Flashover Instructor, Live Fire instructor, Incident Command and Incident Management instructor, Transportation of dangerous goods instructor and inspector, CBRNe technician and instructor, automotive mechanic and a Scouts Canada Leader.

He has travelled and delivered talks to county wide conferences, meetings and has delivered training at FDIC Atlantic.

He has sat on many committees including: NFPA 2 Hydrogen Technologies, Canadian National Standards for Radioactive Response, Transportation of Dangerous goods routes establishment, CBRNe Recommended Equipment List selection committee, International Association of Bomb Technicians and the California Air Response Planning Alliance subcommittee.

He has professional affiliations with Fire Department Safety Officers Association (FDSOA), Ontario Association of Fire Training Officers (OAFTO), International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and the IAFF.

In his spare time he travels delivering instruction on many topics to Fire Departments on a no-fee basis to “share” knowledge- hoping to keep firefighters safe through quality training using modern firefighting techniques.  

Director At Large

Peter Van Dorpe

Peter Van Dorpe is a Fire Chief of the Algonquin-Lake in the Hills Fire Protection District. He recently retired as Director of the Chicago Fire Department’s Training Division after a 33 year career with the CFD. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in the Fire Science Management from Southern Illinois University. He has made presentations on modern fire ground challenges at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Fire Rescue International and the National Fire Academy. In 2012 he delivered the General Session Keynote at FDIC and addressed the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on the “Effectiveness of Furniture Flammability Standards and Flame Retardant Chemicals”.

In addition to his work as a Field instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute, he has been a lead instructor for the Chicago Fire Department’s Fire Officer School, and has taught building construction for the fire service through the City Colleges of Chicago. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Underwriters Laboratories’ Firefighter Safety Research Institute, and lectures throughout the country on the application of the UL/NIST studies.

He has recently participated as a Subject Matter Expert for UL’s research on “Structural Stability of Engineered Lumber In Fire Conditions”, the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s, Evaluating Firefighting Tactics Under Wind Driven Conditions”, the IAFF/NIST “Firefighter Safety and Deployment Study” in high rise buildings, and the NIOSH investigation in the Line of Duty Deaths of two Boston firefighters that occurred on March 26th, 2014. Chief Van Dorpe is the 2016 recipient of the Fire Engineering/ISFSI George D. Post Instructor of the Year award.


Eastern Region Director

Brad French

Brad French is a lieutenant with the Dayton (OH) Fire Department, assigned to a downtown engine company. He is a 16-year member of the fire service, and holds degrees in fire science and fire administration. He is a lead instructor at the DFD Training Center, member of the Board of Directors for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), and contributing author for Fire Engineering and Firehouse magazines and online content. He is an instructor at FDIC, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and also serves as an instructor in the ISFSI “Principles of Modern Fire Attack” and “Training Officer Credential” programs. Brad is a principal member of the technical committees for NFPA 1700 and NFPA 1402, represents the ISFSI in the NFPA Responder Forum group, and is an adjunct professor in the University of Cincinnati and Sinclair Community College Fire Science programs.


Western Region Director

James Silvernail

Jim Silvernail is the Fire Chief of the Kirkwood Fire Department of St. Louis County, MO and is international accredited as a “Chief Fire Officer” (CPSE). He is the author of Suburban Fire Tactics (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2013) and the co-author of Suburban Fire Tactics from the Right Seat video (Fire Engineering Books and Videos, 2016). He has been published in Fire Engineering Magazine five times since 2011. Jim has over 19 years of operational experience and is a lead instructor at the St. Louis County Fire Academy, specializing in truck company operations. He is a member of MO-TF 1 (a FEMA Urban Search & Rescue team), serving as a Planning Team Manager.

Jim is currently the incumbent Western Regional Director for the ISFSI. He has been instrumental in planning and oversight in the society’s nationally renowned projects with a perfect board attendance record. Jim has been instrumental in the society’s Principles of Modern Fire Attack, both as a classroom and hands-on instructor and as a content developer for the PMFA video production. He was the principle writer and producer of the “Rescue” segment of version 2 of the PMFA video series. In addition to reviewing content for the ISFSI “Academy” newsletter, Chief Silvernail was also a contributing developer to the Training Officer Credentialing Program. He is a regular attendee of the Fall Conference, instructing in 2014 in Columbus, OH.

“In the past two years a Board Member, I have seen the ISFSI produce high quality, nationally recognized programs to benefit the fire service instructor. I have also witnessed the society become a more influential presence within the industry. My goal is to continue to produce beneficial programs and to continue to improve the society’s position and influence while promoting advantageous relationships. The society’s membership is increasing due to out marketing and advancement as an industry leader. Our job as an organization is to have a congressional voice, have a presence with the industry publishers and technical committees, and to produce real content that benefits the fire service instructor. With my influence in the industry, current relationships, and existent program knowledge, I intend to make this happen.”

Chief Silvernail’s Formal education includes: an AAS in Fire Protection Technology, a BA in Business Administration, and an MS in Human Resource Management. He is a workshop instructor at the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC)(2011-2016) and presents at various regional deliveries. Chief Silvernail is a principle member of the NFPA technical committee 1710.