Dave Casey – EFO, MPA, Co-Owner
With 35 years in the fire service, he is the State Fire Training Director for Louisiana and previously served in a similar position for the State of Florida. Prior to that, he was the Chief of Clay County (FL) Fire Rescue for 11 years and during 15 years with the career Sunrise Fire Rescue Dept. he rose through the ranks to Division Chief and served 14 years with the volunteer Plantation Fire Dept., the last six as Assistant Chief. He is a frequent presenter at the FDIC and state Chief’s and Training Conferences. He has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Publications: Lead author of the NFPA/IAFC text Live Fire Training: Principles and Practice, articles published in Fire Engineering and other fire service journals.
Chris Niebling – Co-Owner
He entered the fire service in 1973 and recently retired with over 36 years of service. A Fire Officer, Fire Instructor, Paramedic, and past IAFF union local President. He has spoken at FDIC and state conferences. Chris is the past Chairperson of the Florida Training Improvement Conference, and Vice President of the Florida Chapter of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Chris represented the Florida State Fire Marshal’s Office as a Standards Examiner, responsible for conducting state written and practical certification examinations. He currently is an active member of the Mantoloking Volunteer Fire Department, and serves as a deputy for the Office of Emergency Management for the Borough of Mantoloking, New Jersey. Publications: Senior editor for the IAFC/NFPA text Pump Operator – Principles and Practice; and technical advisor for Fundamentals of Fire Fighter Skills DVD series, both by Jones and Bartlett Publishers. He has been published in fire service publications including Fire Engineering magazine.
For thirteen years Dave and Chris were the vice president and president (respectively) of Fire Service Technologies, Inc. (FST). FST was a provider of promotional exams and specialized fire service training programs in the US and internationally. FST’s methods of avoiding testing conflicts from differences in written procedures and actual practice made them popular with candidates and fire department administrations. Dave
and Chris closed FST when Dave was appointed as Florida’s Chief of Fire Standards & Training, managing the state’s over 9000 state certification tests annually. In that role, Dave oversaw major testing process overhauls and improvements.