Anthony (Tony) Turiello is the founder and CEO of Rescue Air Systems, Inc. of San Carlos, California, the industry leader in building-installed firefighter breathing air replenishment systems (FBARS). Prior to founding the company in 1993, Tony was a 30-year veteran of the design and construction industry. Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Tony is a second-generation mechanical plumbing contractor. He apprenticed through Local 467 and became a journeyman plumber. He went on to become a field supervisor for one of the largest design/build contractors in Northern California and later started his own contracting firm, enjoying a decade of success in commercial industry.

Tony became aware of the need for firefighter air systems in 1989 and was so intrigued by the concept that he founded Rescue Air Systems and used his vast knowledge of commercial construction to develop, refine and ultimately patent the technology. He holds multiple U.S. patents and currently has eight U.S. and foreign patent applications filed and pending approval with the USPTO. Fire service officials around the county have praised his systems, calling them the most important safety innovation to be introduced in decades.

Tony has guided the growth of the company and the continuing evolution of the technology since its inception. He is considered the industry expert on firefighter air systems both nationally and internationally, and has worked with scores of fire departments, municipalities, architectural firms, contractors and builders. He is a frequent lecturer, and has addressed the New York Fire Safety Directors, the Fire Department of New York City, the Phoenix Fire Department, as well as numerous city councils and boards of supervisors. At the invitation of the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), he served on a special FBARS task force for the Uniform Pluming Code (UPC). IAPMO acknowledged Tony for his participation in IAPMO's standard development process for IGC 220-2005 entitled "Breathing Air Replacement Systems" (BARS). He was also acknowledged by OSHA for his contribution to their document "Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems."

Tony lives in Portola Valley with his wife and four children.



Ronny J. Coleman

With more than 45 years of experience, Ronny J. Coleman is one of the most respected figures in the national fire service. He retired from state service in 1999 after serving as the State Fire Marshal for the State of California and the Chief Deputy Director of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. Since that time, he has served as the Interim Fire Chief for the cities of Mountain View, Santa Rosa and Fremont, CA. He is currently the Business Development Manager for The Emergency Services Consulting, Inc., Group. He has been honored as President Emeritus of the Fire Education Training Network (FETN) and Chairman Emeritus of the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI). Upon his retirement in 1999, the California Fire Chiefs Association created an annual "Fire Chief of the Year Award" named in his honor.

Fireman's Fund Heritage Foundation recently appointed Chief Coleman as a Fire Service Advisor for the distribution of national grants to fire departments. He also serves as a consultant to numerous local, state, federal and international organizations. He has authored 15 textbooks and worked as a columnist for two industry magazines, Fire Chief and Sprinkler Age. His latest publication is entitled "Twenty Years of Chief's Clipboards" published by Jones and Bartlett. He is the original author of the "Standards of Response Coverage" document being published by the Public Entity Risk Institute in Washington, D.C. He holds a Masters of Arts degree in Vocational Education from California State University/Long Beach, a Bachelors of Science degree in Political Science from California State University/Fullerton and an Association of Arts degree in Fire Science from Rancho Santiago College.

Jack Murphy

Jack Murphy has nearly 30 years of experience in the fire service and fire safety industry and is considered one of the country's leading experts in the field. Currently, he serves as the vice-chairman of the New York City High-Rise Fire Safety Directors Association (FSDA) and as a member of the NFPA High-Rise Building Safety Advisory & Pre-Incident Planning Committees. Jack is also a contributing editor with Fire Engineering magazine and a member of the FDIC Executive Advisory Board. He has served as fire safety director for Cornell University Medical Center, a major high-rise hospital complex in New York City, and as a corporate vice president of Citigroup Global Fire & Emergency Preparedness that provided technical expertise in fire protection & crisis management for more than 300,000 employees in over 105 countries.

He has professional affiliations with FSDA, NFPA, IAFC and ICC as well as various local and state fire organizations. He also serves as an adjunct professor for fire science programs & high-rise building emergency action plans for both undergraduate and graduate level courses at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City and Kean University in New Jersey for fire inspector re-certification programs. His many areas of expertise include fire litigation, codes and inspections, emergency preparedness and fire and life safety practices. He is the recipient of numerous citations and awards, including being named an Honorary Battalion Chief of the New York City Fire Department in 1997.

Dave Parsons

Dave Parsons is a 35-year veteran of the Los Angeles Fire Department and a consultant to the liquefied natural gas industry since 2003. During his tenure at the LAFD, he was involved at all levels and in every aspect of fire fighting and fire prevention. He attained the rank of deputy chief and from 1996 until his retirement in 1998 he was responsible for all emergency and non-emergency activities of 2700 personnel at more than 100 work locations. Prior to that, he was the Fire Marshal for the City of Los Angeles, managing a 250-person Fire Prevention Bureau, and overseeing code development and enforcement, fire cause determination and prosecution of arson cases.

He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy and completed the Program for Senior Executives at the JFK School of Government at Harvard University under a FEMA Fire Service Fellowship. He is currently a member of numerous NFPA boards and committees, including the NFPA Fire Protection Research Foundation, and served on the Standards Council and as chair of the Motion Picture and Television Industry Technical Committee. He is married and has three children, eight grandchildren and a son and a son-in-law in the fire service.

 

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