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Fire Management Consultant: Meet the Trainers and Instructors

Meet the Team

Fire Management Consultant wouldn't be where it is today without the wide range of specialized and skilled professional instructors and staff. We have to meet our expectations of providing the highest quality, safest, most up to date training and our team provides those qualities we value most. Select a Team Member below to view their Bio.

Phillip Queen - CEO, Founder & Instructor

Steve Bitto - Dvision Chief - Ocean Surf Rescue

Rodney Mendes, Fire Service Training - Instructor

Dennis Orbus, Fire Service Training - Instructor

Karen Takai, Fire Service Training - Instructor

Rusty Witwer, Fire Service Training - Instructor

David Glaser, Rescue Operations Training - Instructor

Julie Gardner, Rescue Operations Training - Instructor


I retired from the United States Forest Service on October 31st 2007 after 40 fires seasons at the age of 57. I started my career with the California Department of Forestry (now Cal Fire) in 1967 transferring to the US Forest Service in 1971. My last position was the Region 5 Fire Training Officer and ESF 4 liaison to FEMA Region 9. My current ICS IQCS qualifications are ESF4 and Operations Section Chief Type 1.

Over my career in fire management I spent 7 years on engine modules, 22 years in the Hotshot crew program, 3 years as a battalion chief, 6 years in Coop Fire and three years as the Regional Training officer.

I was a member of the type 1 California Incident Management team 1 and 2 for twelve years serving as a Division Branch and the last 5 years as the Operations Section Chief. I have also served as the ESF 4 on 9 different FEMA Assignments in Micronesia, Hawaii, Texas Space Shuttle, Katrina in Alabama and Ophelia in North Carolina.

I have been a qualified ICS instructor since 1979 and in my current positions as the Regional Training Officer I oversee 5 training centers who accomplish over 300 I and S courses at the 300 and 400 level. I have participated in the 2007 National Response Plan rewrite and have worked during disasters as an ESF 4 at the field, JFO and NRCC level.

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Redding Fire Department

Instructor was clearly knowledgeable on the subject and I enjoyed his relay of past experience.


The class was well put together. The instructor’s ability to relate course work to real life was great!


Instructor was very knowledgeable of the subject, had great experiences to share with class, cares about the subject presented.

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