The Continuing Challenge Hazmat Workshop 2019 Instructor List
Biography : Cris Aguirre is the co-founder of the HazMatIQ training system. Professional accomplishments include: 35 years of service to Miami-Dade Fire & Rescue; an all hazards response team. Throughout those years, Cris worked as a Firefighter, before being promoted to Lieutenant of his team. As a Master Instructor for the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), Cris has trained responders throughout the nation in the field of Hazardous Materials and WMD. He has also worked with the IAFF on developing numerous courses. In addition, Cris is a featured speaker at many national and international HazMat conferences. Cris\'s unique ability to communicate with other responders and is highly sought after as an invited speaker, keynote speaker, and seminar leader at nationally recognized Hazardous Material Conferences and professional development seminars.
Biography : Todd dedicated over 15 years to Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department. He was assigned to the HazMat Team (Eng Co 7) in 1992 and was soon promoted from Firefighter to Engineer to Lieutenant, within the same house. During those years spent on the HazMat Team, Todd attended over 1,000 hours of training. He was honored to serve on America’s first Fire Service Hazmat Team, where he gained an immense amount of knowledge frim his experiences. Todd began teaching as soon as he started his career with Jacksonville Fire Rescue, as a CPR and First Aid instructor. He soon furthered his instructor experience, as a OSHA Compliance and HAZWOPER regional trainer and was hired in 2006 as an IAFF Hazmat/WMD Master Instructor. Throughout his career, he was also directly involved in developing Hazmat Ops and Tech programs. In 2008, he was invited to join HazMatIQ’s Training Team, as one of its inaugural trainers. Todd is now a Senior Instructor for HazMatIQ, and has been an integral part in the development of PropaneIQ, where he is the lead instructor.
Biography : Special Agent Sheldon Fung is a Bomb Tech and WMD Coordinator for the Sacramento Division of the FBI. He has 20 years of Hazmat/WMD crime scene experience. He has a degree in Biochemistry from UC Davis and a Masters in WMD/Criminology from IUP.
Biography : Karen Riveles is a Toxicologist and Emergency Response Coordinator with the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) in the California Environmental Protection Agency (Cal/EPA). She provides consultation on toxicology and public health with an emphasis on hazardous material emergency planning, coordinates with other federal/state/local toxicologists and emergency response agents on issues concerning regulated hazardous chemicals, and conducts scientific reviews of guidance and regulations that affect the state’s handling of chemical disasters. Karen has worked with CalEPA’s Emergency Response and Management Committee (ERMaC) for nine years in emergency planning, preparedness and response. Karen has been teaching at Continuing Challenge since 2011.
Biography : An advocate for progressive behavioral health practices with first responders, Tina Casola and her team at First Alarm Wellness provide education to individuals, departments, businesses and other organizations desiring a better understanding of emotional distress. The team is experienced in facilitating effective evidence-based treatments for PTSD and other stress related disorders with Veterans, Emergency Service Personnel and Civilians. We understand concerns of a First Responder’s family and that life itself throws curveballs on a regular basis. Whatever your concern, you can feel at ease knowing that we will understand every aspect...not just the label of the job. Interpersonal conflict, infertility, pregnancy loss, grief, family concerns, and substance misuse are just some of the other reasons why people reach out. Whatever is on your mind…we are here to help! Tina has affiliations with several emergency services departments in California and speaks across the country in support of first responder wellness. Additional services available are program consultation: creation, trouble shooting and continued support; crisis services: acute & long-term; Program management and oversight, our Sentinel program takes a behavioral health benefit from a checked box to real people who ‘get’ you. “As for Tina Casola, I really enjoyed hearing her speak. Her cutting-edge knowledge of this topic was riveting. She spoke to, but not at us with what appears to be a genuine caring for us. She was enthusiastic and eager to share her experiences as well as a hope for a better method to help and treat our Brothers and Sisters in the future. It appears that this enthusiasm has ignited a mental health discussion between not only the individuals who were able to attend her lecture but also the crews who have heard about it from their officers. I look forward to her continuing involvement in our department in the future.” -Lieutenant Fire Service