Fire Science Faculty, Staff & Mentors


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Raena S. Hoskins

Program Coordinator

2850 Campus Way Drive/745 Baldwin Hall



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Lawrence Bennett, Esq.

Professor-Educator; Program Chair, UC Fire Science & Emergency Management

(513) 470-2744

Cell Phone: (513) 470-2744

University of Cincinnati   Promoted to Professor - Educator (8/2019); Program Chair, Fire Science & Emergency Management (2009 – present); promoted to Associate Professor - Educator (2012); joined UC 2007.  

 Law   Katzman, Logan, Halper & Bennett, 9000 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH (partner: 1992 – 2007) (Of Counsel, 2007 - present); (513-793-4400)



Juris Doctor - Washington College of Law, Wash. D.C. (1970);

B.A. – Gov’t & Pol. Science, American University, Wash. D.C. (1967)

Ohio certified FF I / EMT-B (1979 – present)                      


Textbooks / Other Publications                                                

FIRE & EMS LAW Newsletters (monthly): CASE REVIEWS: 2018- PRESENT [National Fire Academy shares links on TRADENET with 80,000+]

TEXTBOOK: EMS LAW (Second Edition (2018); FREE ONLINE TEXTBOOK: (ISBN:  978-1-949104-03-5); (First Edition, 2012, MBS Direct, Columbia, MO).

TEXTBOOK: FIRE SERVICE LAW (Second Edition) (2017) (ISBN 978-1-4786-3397-6); Waveland Press: (First Edition – Prentice Hall, 2008);

CHIEF FIRE OFFICER’S DESK REFERENCE (2006) Jones & Bartlett – Chap. 4: U.S. Legal System;

FIRE & EMS LAW FOR OFFICERS - Fire Protection Publications, Okla. State: (2005: Employment Best Practices); (2004Safety).


New UC Courses

Terrorism For Emergency Responders (2019), Community Paramedicine: UC Article / Video on Community Paramedicine seminar (2019); Paramedicine seminar (2018); UAVs (Drones) For Emergency Responders (2018): UC Article / video

Fire & Public Service Activities  

Intern. Assoc. Fire Chiefs / Terrorism & Homeland Sec. Comm.            2019 - present

SW Ohio Critical Incident Stress Mgt Team                                              2018 – present; also 1994-2013

FBI – InfraGard                                                                                            2017 - present

Hamilton County Local Emerg. Planning Committee                            2015 - present

Greater Cincinnati HAZMAT Unit                                                              2013 – present

Hamilton County Fire Chiefs Association                                                2013 – present

Therapy Pets of Greater Cincinnati                                                            2008 – present * Cincinnati Enquirer article


Other Employment

Adjunct Prof, Cincinnati State                                                                    2000 – present

VP / General Counsel, Johnson & Hardin Printing Co.                            1992-1997

GE Aircraft Engines - Corporate Attorney/International                         1979–1992

Fed. Prosecutor - Assistant U.S. Attorney, D.C.                                          1970-1977 (U.S. Dept. Justice:1977 – 1979)

Police Officer – Wash. D.C.                                                                           1964-1970 (US Capitol, 64-67; D.C. PD, 68-70)

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Nathan P. Bromen

Adjunct Professor; Retired Chief Fire Officer; Senior Fire Investigator

(513) 250-6123

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Bryan Brown

UC Aerospace - Masters Degree; dev. new course, UAVs [Unmanned Aerial Vehicles] For Emergency Responders

(513) 429-9335

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Brian Canteel

Adjunct Professor; US Army Colonel (retired), Field Artillery

(513) 404-7882

Brian is currently an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati Fire Science & Emergency Management Program. He is also currently serving as a safety professional after he retired, after 25 years, from the Center for HAZMAT, Rescue & Safety Program Manager as the Lead Instructor for the Workforce Development Center at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College. Prior to assuming this position, he was a Department Manager for Safety & Training at the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) Facility, Fernald, Ohio. During his career at USDOE Fernald, Brian was responsible for the development and implementation of all safety training for new radiological clean-up programs. Brian served 6 ½ years on active duty with the US Army prior to starting his civilian career.

In his former role at Cincinnati State, Brian’s focus was working closely with businesses and public sector emergency services (Fire & Police) to develop and deliver hazardous material response, occupational safety, technical rescue and risk based disaster response management related training solutions that help organizations improve safety and organizational efficiency.

Brian has over 30 years’ experience working in industry (manufacturing & construction) and the Emergency Services sector. Brian has multiple teaching and training certifications in the areas of Occupational Safety, Hazardous Materials Response, and Disaster Response Management. He is a certified as an instructor for the US Army Command & General Staff College. His professional memberships include the American Society of Safety Professionals (ASSP) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). He has proven strengths in leadership, communication, developing and executing plans, client understanding, process development, and quality improvements. Brian retired in 2013 at the rank of Colonel from the U.S Army Reserves after 30 years of service. He has held numerous leadership and senior staff positions to include: platoon leader, Field Artillery Battery Commander, Battalion Command and Task Force Command. His last duty assignment was as the US Army North/NORTHCOM State Emergency Liaison Preparedness Officer (SEPLO) to the state of Ohio. In that position he was the US Title 10 officer working directly with the Ohio National Guard and the Ohio EMA to coordinate Department of Defense forces in support of disaster response operations in the state of Ohio. Brian also served two operational assignments in Iraq. Brian is a 25-year member of the Greater Cincinnati Hazardous Material Unit (NIMS Type 1 Regional Team).

Brian holds an M.B.A. (Summa Cum Laude) in Organizational Behavior & Development from the Oklahoma City University. He is also a graduate of the U.S Army Command & General Staff College and the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) Defense Support to Civil Authorities (DSCA) & Homeland Defense program. Brian has numerous military awards and citations to Include the Distinguish Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal (3 awards), Army Commendation Medal (6 awards), Army Achievement Medal (7 awards), and many other service-related awards and citations

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Brian Carlson

Adjunct Professor; Lt./Paramedic, Anderson Twp FD

(513) 616-7995

Brian Carlson is employed with Anderson Township Fire & Rescue as a Lieutenant/Paramedic.  Brian is a graduate of UC’s Fire Science Program, completing his Associate’s Degree in Fire and Safety Engineering Technology in 1999 and Bachelor’s Degree in 2005. Brian also completed received an Associate’s Degree in Emergency Medical Services in 2006 and completed a Master’s Degree in Safety, Security, and Emergency Management from Eastern Kentucky University in 2011. Additionally Brian is an Ohio fire instructor, a member of the Hamilton County USAR team and Ohio Task Force One.

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Chris Eisele

Adjunct Professor; Fire Chief, Deerfield Twp Fire Department, OH

(513) 623-8047

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Mark A. Fyffe

Adjunct Professor; Assistant Fire Chief, Union Twp Fire Department, OH

(513) 484-2102

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Mike Gabennesch

Adjunct Professor

(513) 556-6583 (Call Raena Hoskins)

Michael Gabennesch has been a member of the Adjunct Faculty staff in the UC Fire Science Department since 1995; and has held progressive management positions within the safety & health profession for over 30 years. 


Michael is a Certified Safety Professional (CSP), and a former Certified Hazardous Materials Manager (CHMM), Certified Healthcare Safety Professional (CHSP), and Certified Protection Professional (CPP).  


He has completed more than 500 hours of training on hazardous materials and emergency response operations including: 

• OSHA Industrial Emergency Responder: Technician Level, 

• 16-hour Incident Command training,

• Hospital Emergency Incident Command System (HEICS), 

• Planning, Development, and Operational Use of an Emergency Operations Center (FEMA),

• Emergency Management Exercise Design (FEMA),

• Decon for Hospitals (Ohio Fire Academy’s Outreach Program), and

• Assessment, Treatment and Transportation of the Chemically Contaminated Patient in accordance with 29 CFR 1910.120 and NFPA 473


Michael has experience designing, controlling, and evaluating emergency response drills as well as tabletop, functional, and full-scale exercises for the U.S. Department of Energy and various full-service hospitals.  He was the primary architect and consultant for the Greater Cincinnati Health Council's hazardous materials emergency response training series: HAZWOPER Awareness, Operations, and Incident Command levels; Patient Decontamination, and Drill Design & Evaluation.


Michael is a Professional member of the American Society of Safety Engineers, and serves as a volunteer Government Liaison for the Cincinnati Chapter of the American Red Cross Disaster Services. 


Michael holds a BS in Fire and Industrial Safety Technology from the University of Cincinnati (cum laude), and Associate degrees in Safety/Risk Management, and Loss Control from Cincinnati Technical College (cum laude).

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Randall Hanifen

Adjunct Professor; Shift Captain; West Chester Twp FD

(513) 266-6124

Dr. Randall W. Hanifen is a Shift Captain for West Chester Fire, an Associate Professor at the American Public University’s Emergency Management Program, Adjunct Professor at University of Cincinnati, and a Fire Service Consultant. Randall serves as the Executive Chairperson of a County Technical Rescue Team, a Taskforce Leader for FEMA’s Ohio Task Force 1 US&R team, Professional Development Committee Chair of the Institution of Fire Engineers-USA Branch, and is the Vice-Chair of IAFC Company Officers Section.  He serves as a member of NFPA 1021 Fire Officer and NFPA 1026 Incident Management committees. Randall is credentialed as a Fire Officer by the Center for Public Safety Excellence and has been accepted as a Fellow to the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is the associate author of the textbook Disaster Planning and Control (2009). Randall has provided presentations and trainings for the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, Fire Rescue International, Emergency Management Institute, and is a contract instructor in the Executive Fire Officer Program. He has a B.S. in Fire Administration, an M.S. in Fire Service Executive Leadership and a Ph.D. in Executive Management of Homeland Security. Randall can be reached at


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William (BJ) Jetter

Adjunct Professor; Safety Service Director, Deer Park, OH

(513) 615-3768

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Mark Johnston

Adjunct Professor; Christ Hospital EMS Coordinator; FF/Paramedic (retired)

(513) 497-9358

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Steve Kelly

Adjunct Professor; Fire Chief, Miami Twp FD, Clermont County, OH

(513) 260-2279

Steve Kelly is the Fire Chief for Miami Township Fire & EMS in Clermont County, Ohio and is a 23-year veteran of the fire service. Steve serves as the Southwest District Director for the Ohio Fire Chiefs’ Association, the secretary of the Clermont County Fire Chiefs’ Alliance, and is a founding member of the Butler County/State of Ohio Type III Incident Management Team. Steve has an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Services, a bachelor’s degree from UC in Fire & Safety Engineering Technology, and a master’s degree from Northern Kentucky University in Public Administration. He enjoys the challenge of working to develop the next generation of leaders in the Fire & EMS industries.

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Mark Kissling

Adjunct Professor (in English)

(513) 913-7668

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Tom Lakamp

Adjunct Professor; Assistant Chief, Cincinnati FD

(513) 467-9921

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Kirk McKinzie

Adjunct Professor; Captain, Consumnes Fire Department

(916) 396-0419

Adjunct Professor; Captain Kirk McKinzie, Cosumnes Fire Dept., 911-GO concept developer.  Capt. McKinzie is a SMART First Responder Technologist, a 31 year fire service veteran and is working with international teams of teams, focused on Next Gen solutions.  He functions as a SME, advisor, speaker and author to government, enterprise, academia, start-ups and operators focused on SMART community risk reduction, digital innovation, venture capital and agnostic standard development, for safe and secure SMART regions.  His areas of focus and expertise include, remote sensing, digital twin concepts, bio-telemetry, artificial intelligence, IOT, mixed physics computational fluid dynamics, holographic light display, haptic feedback, 3D+ Virtual/Mixed/Augmented Reality and related lifesaving technological solutions. Noted success includes: collaborator to AUDREY the DHS funded artificial intelligence for first responders’ platform, via the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Jet Propulsion Lab (JPL), National Institute of Standards and Technology Virtual Reality Grant recipient,  Revolutionary Technology Award recipient, Public Sector Partners - RevTechX , Edge of Government-SME adviser to Finalist, World Government Summit Dubai-Advisor Board- Qwake Tech-computer vision solution, Contributor to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Next Generation First Responder Program (NGFR)-Project Responder 5, .  His equity interest is life-the goal is to save one.

He holds Certifications from the California State Fire Marshall Office in:

Fire Investigation

Advanced Rescue Skills

Rescue Systems II

Hazardous Materials Technician

Fire Apparatus Driver/Operator

Fire Instructor

Fire Officer

Confined Space Rescue

Fire Management

Fire Command

Fire Prevention

Fire Fighter II

Fire Fighter I

Fire Prevention 

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Amy McMahon

Assoc. Professor, UC Social Work

(513) 556-4621

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Will Mueller

Assistant Fire Chief, Colerain Twp Fire Department

(513) 473-5427

Will Mueller is an Assistant Fire Chief with the Colerain Township Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services located just northwest of Cincinnati, Ohio.  He is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and holds certifications as a Firefighter/Paramedic, Fire Safety Inspector, Fire Instructor, and EMS Instructor. He is a national speaker on topics such as interdisciplinary approaches to opiate addiction, older adult fall prevention, and fire service education. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati’s Fire and Safety Engineering Technology Program teaching courses in Community Risk Reduction.  Chief Mueller is a member of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Association, International Association of Fire Chiefs, and National Fire Protection Association. Chief Mueller is a graduate of the Ohio Fire Chief’s Ohio Fire Executive Program earning him the Ohio Fire Executive designation.  He also serves on many national, statewide, and regional committees including the Public Health and Emergency Medical Services Director’s Advisory Council, Regional Community Paramedicine Advisory Board, Ohio Fire Chief’s Education Committee, Ohio Older Adult Falls Prevention Coalition, and the Ohio Injury Prevention Partnership serving as Co-Chair of the Falls Awareness Committee.  Chief Mueller holds a Bachelor’s degree in Emergency Services Management and is in the process of obtaining a Master’s degree in Higher Education specializing in Adult Education.

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Mark Ober

Adjunct Professor; (Retired) Fire Chief, Anderson Township OH


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Todd Owens

Adjunct Professor; Fire Chief, Reading, OH


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Eric Reiners

Adjunct Professor; Chief Admin. Officer, Deerfield Twp, OH

(513) 678-1045

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Demond Simmons

Adjunct Professor; Company Officer for Oakland Fire Department (California)

(510) 3014233

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Michael Washington

Adjunct Professor; Assistant Fire Chief, Cincinnati Fire Department

(513) 884-1505

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Doug Wehmeyer

Adjunct Professor; Battalion Chief, Deerfield Twp FD, Warren County, OH

(513) 678-2293

Doug Wehmeyer current serves as a Battalion Chief with Deerfield Township Fire Rescue Department (Warren County), Ohio where he has worked since 2001.  Chief Wehmeyer began his fire service career in 1989 with the Lockland Fire Department where as a second generation firefighter he literally grew up in the firehouse.  He was hired full-time by the Village of Woodlawn Fire Division in 1995, he was promoted to Fire Marshal in 1996, and was promoted to Fire Captain in 1999.  While working at Woodlawn, Chief Wehmeyer began working part-time for Deerfield Township in October of 2001. In September of 2002, he was hired full-time by Deerfield, promoted to Captain, and charged with the responsibility of managing the Township’s Fire Inspections, Fire Investigation, and Community Outreach Programs.  In April of 2008 he was promoted to Battalion Chief and current serves as the Unit One Shift Commander. 

Chief Wehmeyer has a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s of Science in Fire Science from Anna Maria College and an Associate’s of Applied Science Degree in Fire Service Leadership from Cincinnati State.  Chief Wehmeyer is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program and has earned Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.  He also holds the designation of Ohio Fire Chief Officer (OFC) from the Ohio Fire Chiefs Association.  He is a Blue Card Certified Incident Commander and is certified by the NAFI National Certification Board as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI).

Chief Wehmeyer has served as an Adjunct Instructor for Bowling Green State University – State Fire School since 2002.  He is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Cincinnati where he teaches in the Fire Science and Emergency Management Program, he is Adjunct Instructor for Cincinnati State and is Part-Time Faculty for Columbia Southern University.  He a member of the Commissioners’ Advisory Board for Emergency Communications in Warren County and serves on the Policy Board for the Warren County Technical Rescue Team.  

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Jonathan Westendorf

Adjunct Professor; Fire Chief, City of Franklin, OH

(513) 200-3980


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Bryan J. Adams

Mentor; Fire Prev. Officer, Dayton Fire Department

(937) 608-5592

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Chase Bryan

Mentor; Lt., Truro Township FD

(614) 519-0748

I am a career fire fighter, paramedic with the Truro Township Fire Department in Reynoldsburg, Ohio.  My current rank and position is battalion chief assigned to 1-Unit.  I have been in the fire service since 1991.  I began in the fire service as a volunteer and was hired as a career fire fighter in 1996.  I earned my associates degree from Hocking College in 2007 and my bachelor degree from The University of Cincinnati in 2013.  Most recently, I graduated from the Ohio Fire Executive (OFE) program, Class 17, in 2019.

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Stanley G. Deimling

Mentor; Fire Chief, Union Township FD

(513) 528-4446

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John L. Donahue

Adjunct Professor; Fire Chief, Delaware Fire Department, OH

(740) 990-9731

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Mark Gerano, Esq.

Mentor; Attorney; Former Lt., Mason Fire Department

(513) 719-5701

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Jeremy Griest

Mentor; FF/Paramedic, Charleston FD, WV

(937) 312-4490

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Mike Hayes

Adjunct Professor; Retired Battalion Chief; CVG Airport FD; Recent graduate of PA school (Physicians Assistant)

(513) 658-6615

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Adam Howard

Mentor; Battalion Chief, Fairborn FD, OH

(937) 231-7389

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Clayton James

Mentor; Retired Captain, Newport, KY FD

(513) 900-0216

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Gary Kautz

Mentor; Lt., Burton Fire & Rescue, MI (retired)

(810) 813-0480

Lt Gary Kautz served 20 years with Burton Fire & Rescue, 10 years as a lieutenant, and retired in 2006. He has been a fire service instructor since 2002 and teaches Firefighter I & II, Fire Officer I and III, and Company Officer I & II classes in Genesee County. He served on the Genesee County Training Committee from 2003 to 2015 where he served as secretary for 7 years. In 2015 he was hired by Delta Community College as an adjunct faculty to teach in their Fire Science Academy.

He has an Associate degree in Fire Protection Technology from Mott Community College and a Bachelor of Science in Fire Safety and Engineering Technology from the University of Cincinnati. In his first semester at UC his term paper “Full Stop Policy: Apparatus Response Safety” was chosen as Best Term Paper for the Fall Semester 2011.

In addition to teaching fire science classes, Lt. Kautz enjoys bicycling, reading, and spending time with his family and friends. He is a huge college football fan! He may be a UC Bearcat, but the Michigan Wolverines is still his favorite team! He lives in Burton, just east of Flint, with his wife Karen and their cat Newman.

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William Kramer

Professor Emeritus; Retired Director, UC Fire Science; Retired Fire Chief, Deerfield Twp Fire & Rescue

(513) 678-2279

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Steve Ludwig

Mentor; Lt., Middletown FD

(513) 330-3515

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David Moore

Mentor; Former Fire Chief, Glendale Fire Department, OH

(513) 771-7200

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Jeffrey Parker

Mentor; Captain Fort Thomas Fire Department, KY

(859) 802-7240

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Tucker Palmatier

Mentor; Former Captain, Glendale FD

(513) 385-5955

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Garrett Sagraves

Mentor; Firefighter/Paramedic, Washington Twp FD

(937) 608-0044

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Chuck Stenger

Mentor; Lt.,. Jefferson Twp FD, Blacklick, OH

(614) 554-1005

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Daniel Sypen

Mentor; Lt., Maple Heights FD, OH

(330) 998-3317

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Anthony Terrace

Mentor; Lt., Englewood Fire Department, OH

(937) 248-1259

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Scott Vinel

Mentor; Captain, Delhi Fire Department

(513) 432-4446; (513) 478-9900

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Robert Wright

Mentor; Fire Chief, Cincinnati Fire Department (retired)

(513) 432-4446


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