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<img alt="Chief Gerboth" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/Chief%20Gerboth.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=48Deputy Fire Chief San Diego Fire/Rescue Department 1010 2nd Avenue Suite #400 San Diego, CA  92101<div class="ExternalClass22B046F330A64C8992C6DE490695E933">Chairperson City Fire Departments South</div><div class="ExternalClass2202D991575142F5B12EB4E82AC4D0F8"><p>David Gerboth has been a member of the fire service for over 25 years. He began his career in 1992 with CAL FIRE where he worked in Northern and Southern California. In 1998, Chief Gerboth was hired by the Modesto Fire Department where he worked until hired by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department in 2001. Chief Gerboth has held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain and Battalion Chief. </p><p>David has been assigned to Battalion 1 in Downtown, Battalion 2 in Mid-City and Battalion 5 on the Northwestern Coast. Currently, Chief Gerboth is assigned as the Program Manager for Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8 and the SDFD Technical Rescue Team. </p><p>Chief Gerboth has an Associate Degree in Fire Technology from Shasta College and is currently completing his Bachelor's Degree in Public Administration. David has served as a member of Urban Search and Rescue California Task Force 8, the SDFD Hazardous Incident Response Team, SDFD Technical Rescue Team, Special Operations Officer and Program Manager for the San Diego Urban Area Incident Management Team. Chief Gerboth has responded to incidents of national significance throughout California and the country as a member of a National Type I incident Management Team where he currently serves as a Planning Section Chief. </p><p>Chief Gerboth was selected to serve on the FIRESCOPE Task Force in May of 2016 representing Cities South and serves as the primary liaison to the US&R Specialist Group. </p><p>Chief Gerboth has and continues to serve on several committees and working groups including the California Incident Command Certification System State Task Force / Pace V Committee and the National Wildland Coordinating Group Leadership Subcommittee. </p><p>David lives in San Diego and enjoys spending time with family and friends engaged in various outdoor activities. Chief Gerboth's highest priorities are his wife of 20 years and being a good father to his two sons and one daughter.</p></div>mailto:dgerboth@sandiego.govDavid Gerboth
<img alt="" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/Chief%20Brook%20Spelman.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=53Assistant Chief CAL FIRE 23300 Castle Street Riverside, CA  92518-2200<div class="ExternalClass885F5E777E624514A6945B9582F6303B">Vice Chair<div>CAL FIRE</div></div><div class="ExternalClassB41076F0708742F29C76F0DB13D087D4"><p>Chief Spelman was appointed to CAL FIRE in August of 1998 at the age of 21. Chief Spelman has served the citizens of California while being assigned to San Bernardino, Riverside Units and CAL FIRE Southern Region Riverside. Chief Spelman has held the ranks of Firefighter, Fire Engineer, Fire Captain, Crew Capitan, Training Captain, Battalion Chief of Intelligence, Southern Region Duty Officer and on 12/30/2018 promoted to Assistant Chief. </p><p>Chief Spelman attended Yucaipa High School, Crafton Hills College and the Vanguard University of Southern California. Chief Spelman holds an Associates Degree in Sociology/Psychology/Transfer Studies and completed Vanguard University's Business Management Program with an emphasis in Professional leadership. Chief Spelman is the recipient of the CAL FIRE Director's award for Invitation. He earned this award in 2014 for his assistance in the restructuring of Inmate Fire Crew training curriculum testing. </p><p>Chief Spelman is certified with the California State Fire Marshal as a Fire Officer, Investigator I, Instructor I. In the span of his career he has been assigned to numerous cadres including, LARRO, Rescue Systems, Lead Instructor for Inmate Fire Fighting Training (FFT) at CIW. Chief Spelman is also a state-certified instructor in Confined Space, Trench Rescue, ICS 100, ICS 200, ICS 300, S-190 Intro to Wildland Fire Behavior, S-290 Intermediate Wildland Fire Behavior. Chief Spelman has been assigned to a CAL FIRE Incident Management Team as a Training Tech. Specialist and currently holds a position on the NWCG National Intelligence Subcommittee. </p><p>In December of 2018, Chief Spelman was selected by CAL FIRE Southern Region Chief Johnson to replace promoted Chief Ricci to serve on the FIRESCOPE Task Force. Being associated with such a prestigious organization is one of Chief Spelman's greatest honors where he works proudly alongside a talented group of fire service professionals. </p><p>During his time away from work, Chief Spelman enjoys spending time with his family, friends, and engaging in all types of outdoor activity. He particularly enjoys golf, camping and riding motorcycles. Chief Spelman is very proud of his profession but considers his highest accomplishment to be that he is happily married to his supporting wife and their two beautiful daughters.</p></div> Spelman Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=54Battalion Chief Santa Barbara County Fire Department 4410 Cathedral Oaks Road Santa Barbara, CA  93110<div class="ExternalClassF601E8067D414A09B4E4BE6AC4944042">Secretary<div>Santa Barbara County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClass1F733B62CE7C4D18BA1657C377FEDE1D"><p><br><br></p></div><p>​</p>mailto: garrett.huff@sbcfire.comGarrett Huff
<img alt="" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/Chief%20Dean%20Zipperman.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=7Assistant Chief Los Angeles Fire Department 1800 Bronson Avenue Los Angeles, Ca 90028<div class="ExternalClass930E9545D5654F9C85E91F1AA1F8FE16"><br>Los Angeles FD</div><div class="ExternalClass93BE0F059EBD4E6AB90E90BD5E7086AF"><div><p style="text-align:justify;">Dean Zipperman was appointed to the Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) on February 2, 1986. Having held the ranks of Firefighter, Apparatus Operator, Captain I, Captain II, Battalion Chief, and recently promoted to Assistant Chief and serves as the Assistant Bureau Commander of Operations West Bureau. In his 34 years of service with the LAFD, Chief Zipperman has proudly served the citizens of Los Angeles in assignments across the City and has been part of several large scale emergency events including the 1992 Civil Disturbance, the 1994 Northridge Earthquake, the Devon-Wilshire Residential Hi-Rise Fire and the Trader Joe's Active Shooter Incident.</p><h4>Chief Zipperman has several certifications in ICS, Hazardous Materials, State Fire Training and Wildland. Currently Chief Zipperman is completing his Bachelor Degree in Business Administration. He has attended the University of Southern California (USC) Sol Price Executive Leadership Program, a graduate of the Los Angeles Fire Department's Leadership Academy and attended the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service Program. <br></h4></div><div> </div><div></div><div>In January of 2020, Chief Zipperman was selected to replace Battalion Chief Timothy Kelly on the FIRESCOPE Task Force. Chief Zipperman was selected to serve as the Liaison to the Safety Specialist Group. He has also been assigned to serve as the Secondary Liaison for the GIS Specialist Group. He is proud to be working alongside such a talented group of fire service professionals who are representing local, state and federal fire agencies throughout California.  </div></div>Mailto: dean.zipperman@lacity.orgDean Zipperman Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=45Battalion Chief San Bernardino County Fire Department 275 North 2nd Ave Upland, CA 91786Fire Districts South <div class="ExternalClassC03DD8DDBFAF45629A48E6FBAA623FD4"><p> <br></p></div>mailto: jserrano@SBCFire.orgJason Serrano
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Chief%20Michael%20Lilienthal.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=51Deputy Chief El Dorado Hills Fire Department 1050 Wilson Blvd. El Dorado Hills, CA 95762<div>Fire Districts North</div><div class="ExternalClass9524E43659FD473D98D4B279C5273A45"><p>​<br><br></p></div>mailto: dhall@edhfire.comDustin Hall Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=44Assistant Chief Cal OES Fire and Rescue 6105 Airport Road Redding, CA  96002<div class="ExternalClassD8A7B091EDA047E89F3EBC9332DF05CE"><div>Cal OES</div><div>Fire and Rescue Division</div></div> Johnson Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=43Battalion Chief Santa Clara County Fire Department 14700 Winchester Blvd Los Gatos, CA  95032<div class="ExternalClass0FF26443263A437597093BF483AA5FFF"><div>Counties North </div></div><div class="ExternalClass883C4F25DE1049D9A56188F40B45CC71"><p><br><br></p></div><p>​</p>mailto:matt.brown@sccfd.orgMatt Brown
<img alt="" src="/PublishingImages/Chief%20Breshears.png" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=268Deputy Fire Chief Los Angeles County FD 1320 N. Eastern Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90063 <div class="ExternalClassC1A1CF11D8414814ADC509F99AC2AF51"><div>Los Angeles County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClassDFBEAB257F7745CC846021160DCB68B9"><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Breshears was appointed to the Monrovia Fire Department on February 24 1994, at the age of 23.   Chief Breshears moved to the Orange County Fire Authority in 1999, and began his service with the County of Los Angeles Fire Department in December of 2000 has served the citizens of Los Angeles County for over 20 years.  Chief Breshears has held the ranks of Firefighter, Firefighter Paramedic, Firefighter Specialist, Captain, Battalion Chief and promoted to Assistant Fire Chief on September 1, 2018.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Breshears attended Lutheran High School in LaVerne California, Glendale College, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Kaplan University, and California State University, Long Beach.  Chief Breshears holds a Bachelor's degree in Fire and Emergency Management and a Master's degree in Emergency Services Administration.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Breshears served as the Chief of the Professional Performance Section for over three years, and as a captain served in a special assignment as the Department ICS Coordinator.  Chief Breshears is a state certified instructor, and Type II Operations Section Chief and Deputy Incident Commander for LAC IMT 1.   </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In June of 2021, Chief Breshears was selected by Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby to replace Deputy Fire Chief Jon O'Brien to serve on the FIRESCOPE Task Force.  Being associated with such a prestigious organization is one of Chief Breshears's greatest honors while he works proudly alongside a talented group of fire service professionals.          </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his time away from work, Chief Breshears enjoys spending time with his family enjoys restoring classic cars in his spare time.  Chief Breshears is very proud of his profession but considers his greatest accomplishments in the life to be the father of three amazing daughters. <br></p></div>mailto:dennis.breshears@fire.lacounty.govDennis Breshears Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=52Division Chief Orange County Fire AuthorityOrange County fire Authoritymailto:shanesherwood@ofca.orgShane Sherwood Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=47Battalion Chief Kern County Fire Department 5642 Victor Street Bakersfield, CA  93308<div class="ExternalClass25B2AF832669437F8DBF66C335B133F4"><div>Kern County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClass2096C0BA94F34C75A6A454174356299F"><p>​<br><br></p></div>mailto:jstinnett@kerncountyfire.orgJosh Stinnett
<img alt="Chief James Tomaselli" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/Chief%20James%20Tomaselli.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=46South Ops Coordination Center Manager 23300 Castle Street Riverside, CA  92518<div class="ExternalClass2AC144CA1968455DB4D434DD6A735CC6"><div>U.S. Forest Service</div></div><div class="ExternalClass325A96A1762A4989AC46D17F56129E77"><p>Chief Tomaselli started his career with the Forest Service in June 1987 at the age of 19. Recently Chief Tomaselli has served on the Angeles National Forest as the Division Chief of the San Gabriel River Ranger district, in July 2016 promoting to the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District as Assistant Inter-agency Fire Chief of the California Desert Inter-agency Fire Program (CDIFP). The CDIFP consists the Bureau of Land Management's California Desert District and the National Park Service's Mojave, Death Valley and Joshua Tree National Parks fire programs. In June of 2018, Chief Tomaselli promoted to his current position as the USDA Forest Service Southern Operations Geographic Area Coordination Center Manager. Chief Tomaselli has served the citizens of United States fighting wildland fires in 26 States from Hawaii to Florida on Type 3 Fire Engines, 16 years as a Del Rosa Hotshot (8 as the Superintendent), on Incident Management teams as DIVS, Operations, Type 2 IC Trainee and as a Duty Chief throughout his career. </p><p>Chief Tomaselli attended Yucaipa and Big Bear High Schools, and earned his certificate of study in Wildland Fire Management at Humboldt State University in 2008. Chief Tomaselli was the recipient of the Humanitarian award from the Wildland Firefighter Foundation in 2012. </p><p>In June of 2018, Chief Tomaselli was selected by Assistant Director Randy Skelton to replace retired Deputy Chief Elizabeth Barrara to serve on the FIRESCOPE Task Force. Being associated with such a prestigious organization is one of Chief Tomaselli's greatest honors where he works proudly alongside a talented group of fire service professionals. </p><p>During his time away from work, Chief Tomaselli enjoys spending time with his family, friends and engaging in all types of outdoor activity. Chief Tomaselli feels very blessed to have had the challenges, opportunities, mentors and leaders God has laid in his path throughout his career. Chief Tomaselli considers his greatest accomplishments in his life to be, paying his blessings forward as often as possible, learning something new every day and most importantly the love of his family and his relationship with God. </p><font size="3"><p> </p><p> </p></font></div>mailto:jtomaselli@fs.fed.usJames Tomaselli
<img alt="Chief Horton" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/Chief%20Horton.PNG" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=49Battalion Chief Ventura County Fire Department 165 Durley Avenue Camarillo, CA  93010<div class="ExternalClass316AE8C1DEB24735A754EBBFE700B74A"><div>Ventura County Fire Department</div></div><div class="ExternalClass2BC70D1D953C4454B292DD584844E9EE"><p>Chief Horton began his career in the fire service in August 1995 with the Pismo Beach Fire Department. He was hired by the Ventura County Fire Department in 2001 at the age of 25 and served as a Firefighter, Engineer, Captain, Special Operations Battalion Chief, and Chief of Human Resources. </p><p>Chief Horton grew up in Ventura County and graduated from St. Bonaventure High School in 1993. After graduation, he attended the Allan Hancock College Fire Academy. He is currently pursuing his degree in Fire Administration from Columbia Southern University. </p><p>Through the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, and Captain, Chief Horton served on the Department's US&R Team, Swift-Water Rescue, Ocean Rescue, and Haz-Mat Teams. As the Special Operations Battalion Chief, he had the honor of overseeing the operations of the US&R, Swift-Water, and Hazmat Teams. He is a qualified Strike Team Leader and is currently pursuing Division Supervisor (DIVS). </p><p>In March of 2017, Chief Horton was selected by Fire Chief Mark Lorenzen to replace retiring Battalion Chief Steve Winter to serve on the FIRESCOPE Task Force. Additionally, he is the primary liaison to the FIRESCOPE GIS Specialist Group and Marketing/Messaging Working Group. Being associated with such a prestigious organization is one of Chief Horton's greatest honors, where he works proudly alongside a talented group of fire service professionals. </p><p>During his time away from work, Chief Horton enjoys surfing, camping, and spending time with his family and friends.</p></div>mailto:daniel.horton@ventura.orgDan Horton Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=223Battalion Chief San Francisco Fire Department <div class="ExternalClass1B5D4C4829F04544A58734CCF29A3C47">City Fire Departments North</div><div class="ExternalClass093DEF1FE5DB4CA3A56C31A6B60959B8"><p>​<br></p></div>mailto:patrick.d.darcy@sfgov.orgPatrick D'arcy Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=55Central California District Assistant District Fire Management Officer US Department of Interior Regions 8 &10<div>Department of Interior</div><div>Bureau of Land Management</div>mailto: Dbrinsfi@blm.govDavid Brinsfield Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=56Chief of State Fire Training Office of the California State Fire Marshal State Fire Training 1131 South Street Sacramento, CA  95811<div class="ExternalClass5612F7482C594C2D842CD73620C345C4"><div>State Fire Marshal</div></div> Henning Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=40<div>Volunteer Fire Departments</div>Vacant