Sharing Knowledge

Sharing Knowledge

Eric is an engaging instructor who has been creating training classes and seminars for over 5 years.  During the past decade Eric ascended through the ranks of an accredited 911 Communications Center from Dispatcher, to Lead Dispatcher, to Supervisor and Operations Manager.  During that time he hosted fire communications seminars with up to 50 students each, covering various topics pertaining to fire dispatch. These seminars included radio interoperability; structural fires, wildland interface fires, hazardous materials, severe weather and incident based dispatching.

Eric is Managing Partner of Critical Incident Simulations, LLC and he is a certified Blue Card Instructor.  Eric has taught incident command and communications training to firefighters and command officers for several fire districts along the Colorado Front Range.

Why public information?  During his tenure as a Fire Communications Supervisor and Operations Manager, Eric also had split responsibilities as a Public Information Officer and transitioned to that role fulltime in 2017.  After attending all of the available FEMA and NWCG PIO training he could, Eric discovered a serious lack of available information and training outside of the ICS and major incident environment.

The majority of incidents that fire department PIO’s will respond to are Type 5 and Type 4 level, handled locally and during the first operational period.  For the majority of fire departments in the United States, PIO’s will be needed during an incident scene several times during the span of a week or month.  While the ICS and major (Type 3 and above) incidents are imperative to learn about; more focus needs to be provided on the day-to-day incidents and events that effect us on a local level.

Eric combines his knowledge and experience as a firefighter, dispatcher, photojournalist and public information officer to connect the dots of what’s needed before, during and after an incident has occurred.  Public Information Officer training can be tailored to individual agency needs or presented on a broader scale.

Eric specializes in the use of social media during critical incidents, incident scene photography and videography, and mastering public information interviews.