Roster and Biographies



<img alt="" src="/Governance/PublishingImages/Lists/Firescope%20Roster%20and%20Biography/EditForm/Matt%20Menard%20-%20UAS.jpg" width="1974" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=320Chair Fire Captain Menlo Park Fire Protection District 170 Middlefield Road Menlo Park, CA <div class="ExternalClass2AF6F0E5B61349D3A5C19A8866679507"><p>​Menlo Park Fire Protection District<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassC8B38861059845A98532659125052F93"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Captain Menard was appointed to the Donner Summit Fire Department as a Firefighter/Paramedic in July 2000 at the age of 26.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">He was then hired by the Menlo Park Fire Protection District in April 2002 and promoted to the rank of Fire Captain in May 2018.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Captain Menard also served two years as a Critical Care Flight Paramedic for Care Flight in Reno, NV.</span><span style="text-align:justify;">  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Prior to his fire service career, Captain Menard worked as a professional ski patroller and whitewater river guide.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Menard attended Athenian High School, UC Santa Cruz, and then Prescott College where he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1996.  In 2017 he earned his Master of Arts degree in Organizational Leadership from Brandman University.  Currently he is working towards his Doctorate in Emergency Management at Capella University and his thesis topic is related to the utilization of UAS in the fire service.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Menard serves FEMA USAR CA-TF3 in the primary position of Task Force Safety Officer with a secondary position as Task Force Medical Specialist.  Additionally, he is a Medical Unit Leader (MEDL) for Incident Management Team #12.  Captain Menard has deployed numerous times over the years on large wildland fires as a Fireline Paramedic, REMS team member, and Medical Unit Leader.  Captain Menard is a UAS Pilot for the Menlo Park Fire Protection District's UAS team and authored the organization's UAS Operations Guide.  Captain Menard received the Fire Academy Director's award in 2002 and the Firefighter of the Year award in 2017.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Menard was appointed as the Chair of the FIRESCOPE UAS subcommittee in August 2018 and is currently working to develop and implement UAS guidelines that will help bring this valuable tool to the state-wide emergency scene in a safe, efficient and effective manner.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his time away from the fire service, Captain Menard enjoys spending his days riding mountain bikes, playing golf, cruising his Harley Davison motorcycle, whitewater kayaking, and being with his wife, daughter, and their Pug Charlie.<br></p></div>mailto: matthewm@menlofire.orgMatt Menard
<img alt="Ryan Gifford" src="/PublishingImages/Ryan%20Gifford%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=322Vice Chair Captain/Paramedic Sacrament Metro Fire 10545 Armstrong Ave Mather, CA<div class="ExternalClass7AC642AF7BB345F99CDF913B1BE92C92"><p>​Sacramento Metro Fire<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass551735F3E6B5458DA2EB448F6F55BE0A"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Captain Gifford was appointed to the Sacramento Metropolitan Fire District as a Firefighter/Paramedic at the age of 27 and has served the citizens of Sacramento County since then. He began in the fire service in 2002 as a volunteer in Yolo County, before being hired by Metro Fire in 2004 and promoting to the rank of Captain in July of 2011. </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">He began his adult education at the United States Military Academy at West Point, completing his Bachelor's degrees from the University of California, Davis in 1999, as well as obtaining a fire service degree after that. Beyond his duties as a Fire Captain, he also serves as the Program Manager for the Metro Fire UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) Program, as well as the Coordinator for the Sacramento Regional UAV Operators Group which encompasses more than 20 law and fire agencies across the greater Sacramento Region. Captain Gifford is also a Medical Team Manager for FEMA CA TF-7, and holds additional duties as an Operation Safety Officer and CAD coordinator for Metro Fire.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Gifford is certified as a HazMat Specialist and qualified as a Rescue Specialist with Metro Fire. Additionally, he teaches UAV operations both locally and across the country, specializing in over-water UAV SAR for rivers and floods, and night operations.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In November 2018, Captain Gifford was selected to the newly formed UAS Sub-committee to the FIRESCOPE AOSG.  Being part of developing and implementing UAS guidelines that will help bring this valuable tool to the state-wide emergency scene in a safe, efficient and effective manner is a highlight of his career.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his time away from work, Captain Gifford is an avid traveler. He and his wife have been traveling all around the world for the past 20 years. He also enjoys woodwork, metal crafting and fabrication, as well as barbecuing and brewing. He credits an amazingly patient wife for allowing him be so dedicated and passionate about the fire service, and promises he'll make it up to her some day.<br></p></div>mailto: Gifford
<img alt="Grant Parker" src="/PublishingImages/Grant%20Parker%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=323Secretary Engineer Merced Fire Department 99 East 16th Street Merced, CA<div class="ExternalClassB51BDBCECEB04E95928179D573C807FD"><p>​Merced Fire Department<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassE1A7815306A94C1FB401509022166A08"><p style="text-align:justify;">​Engineer Parker was appointed to the City of Merced Fire Department on November 11<sup>th</sup> 2002 at the age of 21. Engineer Parker promoted to the rank of Engineer from Firefighter on January 30<sup>th</sup> 2006.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Engineer Parker attended El Dorado High School, and Santa Ana College.  Engineer Parker holds an Associate Science degree in Fire Technology. Engineer Parker graduated from the 122<sup>nd</sup> Santa Ana College Fire Academy. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Engineer Parker is a rescue specialist. He serves on Regional Task Force 5 and is certified in Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Swift Water Rescue, and is a part 107 UAS Pilot. Engineer Parker oversees the City of Merced Fire Departments Audio Visual, UAS, and Thermal Imager programs. As an Engineer on the Truck Company he is relied upon for many special needs within the community. He is currently working on standards for joint UAS operations within the city between the Police and Fire Departments. Engineer Parker also sits on the Social Media Committee for the City of Merced. Engineer Parker is also a Firing Boss and is enthusiastic about serving throughout the state when called upon. Recent deployments included Santa Rosa Complex, Thomas Fire, and Camp Fire. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In January of 2019 Engineer Parker joined the UAS subcommittee under the Aviation Operations Specialist Group.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">When not serving at the fire department Engineer Parker can't be found sitting still. When not spending time with his loving wife and two boys, he can be found outdoors. As the president of an all-volunteer non-profit who oversees the construction of a 700-acre mountain bike park he keeps active on or off the mountain bike. As an Ironman and active triathlete most days are filled with some aspect of swimming, biking, and/or running. Lastly, he is an avid professional photographer and enjoys being behind the lens of any motion or still photography production. <br></p></div>mailto: parkerg@cityofmerced.orgGrant Parker Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=321Battalion Chief San Diego Fire Rescue Department Air Operations Section 4302 Ponderosa Ave San Diego, CA<div class="ExternalClass42F511DD552D46449CC335B1046C4526"><p>​San Diego Fire Rescue Department<br></p></div>mailto: cmacfarland@sandiego.govChuck Macfarland
<img alt="Jeff Ring" src="/PublishingImages/Jeff%20Ring%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=325Bomb Squad Commander- UAS Program Manager San Deigo Fire Department 600 B Street, Suite 1300 San Diego, CA <div class="ExternalClass0224DC7A3AD347B79AA560EB0A0561B7"><p>​San Diego Fire Department<br></p><p><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass93BA00FD027D4E2981B988E30A910CC4"><p>​C<span style="text-align:justify;">aptain Ring was hired by the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department on October 7, 1996 at the age of 20. Captain Ring began his journey in the fire service at 16 years old as a San Diego Fire-Rescue Department Cadet.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Captain Ring served as the Chief of the Cadet Program prior to starting the 51</span><sup style="text-align:justify;">st</sup><span style="text-align:justify;"> fire academy. Captain Ring has held the ranks of Firefighter, Fire Engineer and was promoted to Fire Captain in August of 2008.</span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Ring is a native San Diegan and graduated from University City High School.  Captain Ring has also studied at both Miramar and El Camino junior colleges.  Captain Ring completed his state Fire Officer Certification in 2007.  Captain Ring was certified as a Bomb Technician in March of 2012 at the FBI's Hazardous Devices School in Huntsville, Alabama.    </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Captain Ring began developing the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department's UAS Program in the summer of 2016.  In November of 2017 Captain Ring assumed the role of UAS Program Manager.  In January of 2018 Captain Ring was selected as the Bomb Squad Commander for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">In February of 2019 Captain Ring was appointed as the Cities South Representative of the FIRESCOPE UAS subcommittee.  Captain Ring is honored to work alongside some of the State of California's UAS pioneers and looks forward to being a part of making this valuable technology available at large emergency incidents throughout the State.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">While not at work Captain Ring along with his wife and son enjoy the beautiful Southern California weather.  As a family they enjoy desert off-roading, sailing and vacationing in the Caribbean.<br></p></div>mailto: jring@sandiego.govJeff Ring
<img alt="Craig Little" src="/PublishingImages/Craig%20Little%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=326Firefighter Specialist Co-Lead UAS Pilot LA County Fire 1320 North Eastern Ave Los Angeles, CA <div class="ExternalClassB563FB5FC9B94DD1ADB0C3017413035B"><p>​Los Angeles County Fire<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass5A6BA6D33AB9498186B1743DC6B5BD4A"><p>​Firefighter Specialist Craig Little started his fire service career as an Auxiliary Firefighter for the City of South Pasadena, then was hired as a full-time firefighter with Ventura County Fire Department in February of 1998. He was then hired by the County of Los Angeles Fire Department 9/11/2000. </p><p>FFS Craig Little has served the County of Los Angeles Fire Department in various capacities such as Hazmat Specialist in Santa Clarita and Marine Fireboat firefighter/deckhand in Marina del Rey. He has also served as a long-time member of the LACoFD Honor Guard. He has recently promoted to the rank of Firefighter Specialist (Engineer) and is currently assigned to the Hazmat Task Force located in unincorporated Compton. </p><p>FFS Little is co-lead pilot for the department's relatively new sUAS program. In 2019, FFS Craig Little completed the DJI sponsored UTC Commercial UAS Training Level 1 certification course at RMUS in Salt Lake City.</p><p>Firefighter Specialist Craig Little graduated from Daniel Murphy Catholic High School in Los Angeles, then attended California State University, Northridge where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree. He is also a graduate of the LAFD Leadership Academy.<br></p><p>Prior to working in the fire service, FFS Craig Little worked in various sales capacities for companies such as the Los Angeles Clippers Basketball Team, United Airlines and the marketing firm of L. Norman Howe & Associates.<br></p><p>​During his time away from the fire service, Firefighter Specialist Craig Little enjoys spending time at home with his wife and two mini Schnauzers, Zeke & Frida, travel, beach volleyball, online chess, flying his numerous drones, learning to play golf with his wife and training to become a professional Voiceover actor.<br></p></div>mailto: craig.little@lacounty.govCraig Little
<img alt="Lyndsay Alarcon" src="/PublishingImages/Lyndsay%20Alarcon%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=327Division Chief UAS Aviation Mgt Specialist US Forest Service 34580 Lockwood Valley Road Frazier Park, CA<div class="ExternalClass710F15100CE74C8C8BC2553BD7C2FBE1"><p>​US Forest Service<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass172730193178490DB63C0010131CB237"><p>​Chief Alarcon was appointed to the United States Forest Service (USFS) as a wildland firefighter (Forestry Technician) in May 2003 at the age of 19.  Her career began on a Type III Fire Engine on the Los Padres National Forest. In 2007, she worked her first season on a Type II Helitack crew and in 2010, was promoted to the role of a Helitack Squad Leader.  In 2013, she received a promotion on the Angeles National Forest as a Helitack Captain on the agency's only Night Flying Helicopter Type II Helitack crew.  In 2015, she received a promotion back to the Los Padres N.F. as a Helitack Superintendent managing a 15-person Helitack module.  Since 2019, she has served as a USFS Region 5 Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Aviation Management Specialist.  Prior to her fire service career, Chief Alarcon worked as an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) in Los Angeles County, Ca.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Alarcon attended Oxnard High School and then Oxnard College where she earned her Associates Degrees in Fire Technology in 2004.  In 2016 she earned her professional certificate in Aviation Technology: Helicopter Aviation Safety Management Systems through Treasure Valley College.  In 2019, she received her professional certificate from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for Public Safety Certificate and in 2020, she completed Safety Management for Remotely Piloted Aircraft through the University of Southern California.  Additionally, she possesses her Part 107 UAS pilot's license through the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).  Currently she is working towards her Bachelor's in Aviation Safety Management at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Alarcon serves as an Air Operations Branch Director on an Interagency Incident Management Team #13.  Additionally, she serves as a General Services Administration (GSA) Federal Aviation Safety Officer through the Interagency Committee for Aviation Policy (ICAP).  Lastly, Chief Alarcon serves as a Region 5 UAS coordinator in support of UAS deployments on wildland fires within California.  This includes the coordination of pilots and aircraft in support of UAS missions such as aerial ignition, accident investigation, situational awareness, elliptical optical video footage, etc.  Lastly, she serves as an agency instructor capable of delivering National Wildfire Coordinating Group and Interagency Aviation Training courses.<br></p></div>mailto: lyndsay.alarcon@usda.govLyndsay Alarcon
<img alt="Ted Kalnas" src="/PublishingImages/Ted%20Kalnas%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=328Captain II Asst. Commander UAS Training Officer LA City Fire Department 8900 South Emerson Ave Westchester, CA<div class="ExternalClassAC88801E18D34094B89B7BF986756E18"><p>​Los Angeles City Fire Department<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassBAA2A331D00B49BE94EC68B6DAE4FA4C"><p>​Captain II Ted Kalnas was appointed to the Los Angeles City Fire Department on August 10, 1980 at the age of 19. Captain Kalnas has served the citizens of the City of Los Angeles California and has held the ranks of Firefighter, Engineer, Captain I, and was promoted to Captain II on February 1, 2009.</p><p>Captain Kalnas attended Crespi Carmelite High School and Pierce College. Captain Kalnas holds an Associate's Degree in Fire Technology and has attended numerous Leadership symposiums and courses. <br></p><p>Captain Kalnas is the recipient of the Medal of Valor award for his actions during the Las Vegas "Route 91 Harvest Festival" Country Music Concert on October 1, 2017. <br></p><p>Captain Kalnas is a member of the FEMA CA-TF 1 Urban Search and Rescue team as a Rescue Specialist Manager.  He is also a registered instructor for the California State Fire Marshall for Firefighter 1 program, Live Fire, ARFF, Flashover, Incident Command System, Trench Rescue Technician, Confined Space Technician and Technical Rope Rescue.  He is also certified firefighter for NASCAR @ Auto Club Speedway. Also, Swift Water Technician certified. </p><p>Captain Kalnas is the training officer and assistant unit commander for the LAFD UAS Unit.  As an FAA certified pilot 39 years and an LAFD Captain for 25 years, Captain Kalnas believes that being part of FIRESCOPE can help further the LAFD UAS unit in accomplishing its mission by learning from this well-respected organization.</p><p>​Captain Kalnas enjoys time with family and friends.  He likes to fly, camp and boat.  He is a proud member of the LAFD and considers being a father as his greatest accomplishment in life.  Serving his community and fellow Americans makes him proud and considers being a Medal of Valor Award recipient as one of his proudest moment.<br></p></div>mailto: ted.kalnas@lacity.orgTed Kalnas
<img alt="Frank Granados" src="/PublishingImages/Frank%20Granados%20-UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=329Fire Apparatus Engineer UAV Prg Manager Orange County Fire Authority 1 Fire Authority Road Irvine, CA<div class="ExternalClass9521EA0E814B47758F31851E0B7AF2AC"><p>​Orange County Fire Authority<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassF52428CC1E9444ED91635FB938A37F0F"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Frank G</span><span style="text-align:justify;">ranados was appointed to the Orange County Fire Authority on Nov 2013 at the age of 24. Frank Granados has primarily served the city of Santa Ana because it is the local community he was born/raised in. Frank Granados has held the rank of Fire Apparatus Engineer and promoted to the position in December 2019.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Engineer Granados attended Santa Ana High School, Cal State Fullerton and Santa Ana College. Engineer Granados holds a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology with an emphasize in Sport Studies. Engineer Granados also holds an Associate's degree in Fire Science. Engineer Granados represented OCFA's Battalion 3 and was nominated for the Departments 2019 Firefighter of the Year.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Engineer Granados is involved with Homeland Security. He is part of the First Responders Robotic Operations System Testing (FRROST). Frank also holds a Paramedic License.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In October 2019, Chief Tim Perkins selected Engineer Granados to represent the Orange County Fire Authority at the FIRESCOPE Air Ops Committee meetings as part of the UAS section. Engineer Granados was a vital part in developing the program for OCFA. The Orange County Fire Authority has a vested interest in developing the state curriculum for UAS.<br></p><p style="text-align:justify;">​During his time away from work, Engineer Granados is a big basketball fanatic. Having played Div.1 Basketball at Cal State Fullerton, he enjoys watching college basketball. Frank loves traveling with his wife Sandra and running around with his bullterrier named Rocco. Frank loves coming to work every day but considers his greatest accomplishment in life to be in 2010 defeating UCLA at Pauley Pavilion on ESPN in double overtime.<br></p></div>mailto: frankgranados@ocfa.orgFrank Granados Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=330Division Chief State Aviation Manager Bureau of Land Management California State Office Sacramento, CA<div class="ExternalClassE6391C0C43AF4CBEA885E9F5C2264E3E"><p>Bureau of Land Management<br><br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass18527D77FA4C44A8BAF12ED2EE34561F"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Darrin started his career in wildland fire as a crewmember on a 20-person hand crew on the Idaho Panhandle National Forests in Wallace, Idaho in 1994. In 1997 he was offered a job on the Eldorado Hotshot crew, he accepted and moved to California, he spent 2 years on the crew primarily running a chainsaw and performing the duties of a Senior FF. In 1999 he was hired as an apprentice firefighter and spent the season working on the Big Hill Helitack Crew, he went back to the Hotshots after that season where he finished his apprenticeship. In 2001 he was offered a squad leader position at Big Hill and worked his way up the ranks of the crew eventually being promoted to Superintendent. In 2015 he detailed to the Angeles National Forest and filled the role of Forest Aviation Officer. In 2020 he accepted a detail with the Bureau of Land Management as the State Aviation Manager and was later promoted into that position in December of 2020.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">Darrin graduated from Wallace High School in Wallace, Idaho in 1990. He then went on to further his education at the University of Idaho graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Physiology and Health and Wellness Promotion. In 2005 he went back to school and completed his multiple subject California teaching credential with hopes of teaching and coaching at the High School level, during that time he received two promotions and stayed with the Forest Service. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Darrin maintains several wildland fire qualifications, Air Tactical Group Supervisor, Helicopter Coordinator, Helicopter Manager, Helibase Manager and Division Group Supervisor. During his wildland career he has fought fires in all western states in addition he has fought fire in Canada, Mexico and Hawaii. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">Before moving to the BLM he was the Chair of the Federal Helicopter Managers Working Group (FS, BLM, NPS) for California. He was also the Chair of the Helicopter Equipment Committee. </p><p style="text-align:justify;">During his time away from work he enjoys golfing, whitewater rafting and camping. He also likes to spend time with his wife, 2 daughters and hiking companion Archie (5 YO yellow lab).<br></p></div>mailto: dyost@blm.govDarrin Yost
<img alt="Jake Sjolund" src="/PublishingImages/Jake%20Sjolund%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=331Division Chief Tactical Air Operations CAL FIRE 1416 Ninth Street, 16th Floor Sacramento, CA<div class="ExternalClass868743B3915D4CEC99D6663D68325BA5"><p>​CAL FIRE<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClassF74486483A7A48068244ADBE494D0812"><p>​<span style="text-align:justify;">Chief Sjolund began his career with CAL FIRE as a seasonal Firefighter in May of 1997 at the age of eighteen. Chief Sjolund has served the citizens of California through assignments in the Nevada-Yuba-Placer Unit, Butte Unit and Tehama-Glenn Unit.  </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Chief Sjolund has held the ranks of Firefighter II, Fire Apparatus Engineer, Fire Captain, Battalion Chief and Division Chief. Firefighting assignments within CAL FIRE have included Schedule A (municipal), Schedule B (wildland), Hand Crews (CDCR Camp), Training and Safety Bureau and Air Operations. </span><span style="text-align:justify;"> </span><span style="text-align:justify;">Beginning in 2014, Chief Sjolund served as a Battalion Chief and Air Attack Officer at the Grass Valley Air Attack Base until November of 2019 when he promoted to Special Operations Chief, Emerging Technologies and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) with Tactical Air Operations.</span></p><p style="text-align:justify;">In 1998, Chief Sjolund obtained an Associates of Science degree in Fire Science from Butte College and prior to his permanent employment with CAL FIRE in 2001, attended Chico State University studying Agricultural Science, Agricultural Business and Chemistry.</p><p style="text-align:justify;">Chief Sjolund's specialized assignments within CAL FIRE include serving in the Logistics and Planning Sections as a member of Incident Command Team (IMT) #4 from 2004-2011; OSHTAC WUI Pre-Plan Working Group from 2011-2012; Wildland Firefighter Safety and Survival Training Advisory Working Group for level two curriculum development from 2012-2014; and C-378 Aerial Supervision Curriculum Development Group since 2019.  Chief Sjolund is a qualified Branch Director, Air Tactical Group Supervisor (ATGS), Helicopter Coordinator, Air Tactical Supervisor (ASM) and ATGS Check Airman.  </p><p style="text-align:justify;">In March of 2020, Chief Sjolund was requested to serve on FIRESCOPE's Unmanned Aerial Systems Working Group by FC/Group Chair Matt Menard.  Chief Sjolund is excited to participate in the development of UAS operational management and appreciates FIRESCOPE Staff for providing the opportunity.  <br></p></div>mailto: Sjolund
<img alt="Sky Bonillo" src="/PublishingImages/Sky%20Bonillo%20-%20UAS.jpg" style="BORDER:0px solid;" /> Roster and Biography/DispForm.aspx?ID=332Engineer Santa Barbara County Fire Department 4410 Cathedral Oaks Rd Santa Barbara, CA<div class="ExternalClassFD132FAD8F2E496FB3DC182197CA210F"><p>​Santa Barbara County Fire Department<br></p></div><div class="ExternalClass9A698477294A493AB1181A5DD3674FBE"><p>​Engineer Bonillo began his Fire Service career in 2002 with the Los Padres National Forest working at the Santa Barbara Air Attack base where he helped test the nations first video and image transferring program from an Air Attack platform to personnel in the field.</p><p>Engineer Bonillo attended Santa Barbara High School and Allan Hancock College Fire Academy. He is qualified as a Part 107 Pilot, RCDM, ENGB, FAL3, and FOBS (trainee). He is actively pursuing his Sports Pilots license. </p><p>Engineer Bonillo serves on the USAR CA-TF12 Team. He began development of the Santa Barbara County Fire Departments UAV program in 2013. Once the FAA introduced Part 107 in 2016 Engineer Bonillo and Engineer Jake Braitman re-developed the departments UAV program. It currently has seven qualified (part 107)  pilots and one dedicated UAV recon vehicle.</p><p>Engineer Bonillo was appointed to the FIRESCOPE UAS subcommittee in December 2021. He is committed to making UAV platforms a widely used tool in the Wildland arena with a focus on heavy-lift UAVs for logistical support to personnel in the field.</p><p>On his days away from work, Engineer Bonillo enjoys beach days, traveling and hiking with his wife and two children.<br></p></div>mailto: sky.conillo@sbcfire.comSky Bonillo