With over 34 years’ incident command and management experience, John gained critical experience in response positions large and small. Spending his career in a myriad of agencies and organizations, John has successfully served as a responder and a trainer of incident response.
Starting his wildfire career back in 1973, John began work with the USDA Forest Service in McCall, Idaho, where he served as a fire lookout, helitack, hotshot, and smokejumper for seven years. Moving from Idaho to Alaska, he switched to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), Alaska Fire Service as a smokejumper firefighter.
In 1985, John started work as the logistics supervisor for the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry (DOF) in McGrath, Alaska. In this role, he was responsible for all warehousing, maintenance, housing and feeding, retardant site operations, and remote fuel caches in support of fire operations in a 66.3 million acre suppression area. Indicative of his logistical expertise, he ascended to the job of Department of Forestry’s Southern Region Logistics Coordinator from 1990 to 1993, responsible for the mobilization, movement and tracking of fire resources in the southern half of the state.
From 1993 through 2000, John served as the Fire Management Officer for Department of Forestry’s Kenai/Kodiak Area. In this position, he was responsible for all aspects of the fire program: planning, prevention, training, suppression operations, logistics, maintenance and warehousing.
After leaving the fire services, John moved into the oil spill removal organization (OSRO) industry. As the Operations Manager for the Alaska Chadux Corporation 11 years before retiring, he was responsible for organization, direction, and control of preparedness and response operations within the corporation. During an incident, John served in variety of incident management positions from Section Chief to Corporate Liaison to the IMT or responsible party.
In his current role on a National Area Command Team, he serves as an Assistant Area Commander Logistics Chief. Recognized as an ICS Subject Matter Expert, John is a certified trainer and has taught ICS classes for state and federal agencies, as well as the oil industry. He also continues to participate and facilitate ICS table top exercise drills for a wide variety of clients and members in the oil industry.
John holds a degree in Fire Science Administration from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and served as the primary Logistics Section Chief on one of the 18 National Incident Management Teams from 1996-2001. He is currently qualified as a Type I Logistics Section Chief and Assistant Area Commander Logistics (ACLC) for one of the four National Area Command Teams for all risk incidents.