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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


Rodney is a division Chief with the US Forest Service. He is currently working in California for the Happy Camp Ranger District. Mendes has been involved in the fire service going on 38 years and will be retiring at the end of this year. As of late he has been teaching classes for the US Forest Service and local agencies at the Northern California Training Center for the USFS as well as working with the Humboldt County Office of Education's HROP program on the north coast. Rodney has a passion for fire fighting and has been involved in instructing SFM and NWCG classes for most of his career. Mendes started his exposure to a fire career as a Marine in 1970 as a crash fire rescue man, then a short stint as a federal firefighter with the Department of Defense at Naval Air Station Alameda. In 1976 he started his Municipal Fire Career with the San Leandro Fire Department, Retiring early in 1995 to seek a second career in wildland fire. He has been involved as a member of Interagency Incident Command Teams and has experience in large fire operations across the western US.

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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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