Craig CarterCraig Carter AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Associate BKV Group, Inc.
343 S. Dearborn St. #203
Chicago, IL 60604

Craig Carter is an Associate with BKV Group, an award-winning design firm providing integrated architecture, engineering, interior design, and landscape architecture services to clients across the nation. Craig has been dedicated to working on public sector projects throughout his career, with a particular specialty in fire stations. He leads all fire station design projects at BKV Group’s offices nationwide. He has completed over 30 fire station projects, won numerous design awards, and published articles and spoken on a variety of relevant topics.

Craig holds a Masters of Architecture degree and is a LEED Accredited Professional with a specialty in Building Design and Construction. He has a strong working knowledge of NFPA, FEMA, OSHA and other national standards, a deep understanding of the history of fire station design, and remains up-to-date on the latest national research and trends. Craig is passionate about fire station design and providing excellent buildings that support firefighters in their service to the public.

Don CollinsDon Collins

Fire Station Consultant; Professor Clemson University (retired); Captain, Clemson University FD
112 Allee Street Clemson, SC 29631-1903
864-654-1841 (voice mail) |

Don is a fire station design consultant to architects and fire departments in the US and Canada. Don is a Professor Emeritus at Clemson University where he taught design studios in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture (site planning and design), and graphic design as well as technical studios. Fire station design projects often served as the “teaching vehicle” in his design studios. Fire stations were the focus of his research interest in design. During his 36-year teaching career Don served 3 semesters as Acting Chair of the Department of Architecture followed by 9 years as the Chair of the Department of Planning and Landscape Architecture.

Parallel his college teaching Don worked with the Clemson University Fire Department serving as an operations Captain. In addition to his fire suppression role, he had ongoing responsibilities for apparatus specifications and procurement. Clemson University’s fire department, also an ALS medical transport provider, is the largest university operated fire department in North America. The department’s fleet includes 3 engines, 2 aerials and 3 medic units. The department has a response area of about 16 square miles and serves a town-campus daytime population of about 35,000. Football weekends the population often exceeds 125,000.

Throughout his concurrent and overlapping academic and fire service careers, Don linked his positions to study issues in fire station site selection, site design and station design. His academic research focused on the fire station as a unique building typology. In support of his research in fire station design, Don has visited, studied and photo documented both career and volunteer fire stations throughout North America. In doing so he has been welcomed with “duty tours” in many of them. These tours have allowed him to hear and experience first-hand “post-occupancy” evaluations by end-users at all ranks. These duty tours have sharpened his insights into fire station design concepts issues as well as design features ranging from those that work to those that are varying degrees of failure. His photo collection of fire stations and fire station details is extensive.

Don also chairs the Fire Industry Equipment Research Organization’s Annual Fire Station Design Awards Program, a task that has afforded him yet another venue for the study of fire stations.

Don has always maintained his own active professional design practice parallel to his fire service and academic responsibilities. Since retirement from active teaching, this practice has focused on fire station consulting work for fire departments and architects engaged in a fire station design project.

Don is a graduate of N.C. State University and Harvard University.

Paul R. EricksonPaul R. Erickson, AIA

President and Co-Founder
LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects
11250 Roger Bacon Drive Suite Number Sixteen
Reston, VA 20190
Ph: 703-956-5600
Fax: 703-956-5601

Mr. Erickson, AIA, is president and co-founder of LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects in Reston, Virginia. The firm, established in 1986, has received fifteen prestigious design awards for design excellence in public safety architecture at the local, state and national levels. In 2005, LeMay Erickson Willcox Architects received the highest honor bestowed by the Virginia Society AIA, the T. David Fitz-Gibbon Architecture Firm Award, recognizing two decades of consistently distinguished architecture and professional leadership. Mr. Erickson has practiced in the greater Washington, DC metropolitan area and mid-Atlantic states for nearly 40 years. During that time, he has built a nationally recognized expertise in public safety design with 75 public safety projects including new and renovated fire stations, and various training and public safety centers.

An active member in industry and community organizations, Mr. Erickson served four times as a judge for the Fire Chief Magazine Station Style Awards. For nearly 10 years, he has been an active and popular presenter at national and regional fire station design conferences and symposia. Mr. Erickson has held numerous offices at the state and local levels of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and serves as a Trustee of Sibley Memorial Hospital and the Johns Hopkins Health Services. While Mr. Erickson has received numerous professional awards, he considers honorary membership in the Nokesville and Dale City Volunteer Fire Departments among his greatest professional recognitions.

Rick FosterRick Foster

Vice President, Public Safety Division
PURVIS Systems
88 Silva Lane
Middletown, RI 02842
Ph: 401-849-4750

Rick has more than 17 years of experience in the sales, delivery, and support of innovative hardware and software solutions to mission-critical organizations within the Public Safety and Healthcare markets. As a Vice President at PURVIS Systems, he has responsibility for sales, business development and customer relationship functions within the Public Safety Division of the organization.

Through this role, he has worked with numerous fire departments nationwide in the planning and design of fire station alerting solutions and he is a key member of the PURVIS team responsible for several large-scale fire station alerting system implementations in locations such as the City of Boston, the District of Columbia, the City of New York, and the County of Charleston, South Carolina.

Jeff HarkeyJeff Harkey

WJ Events
Carolinas Fire Page
Raleigh, NC
Ph: 919-449-5148

Jeff is a Fayetteville native that moved to Raleigh in 1982. He is an Architect specializing in major event planning and operations. He is a Partner in Raleigh-based WJ Events. A life-long fire buff, Jeff helped establish the first Photo Unit for the Raleigh Fire Department in 1991.

In 1995, Jeff founded Carolinas Fire Page to help bring together those interested in the Carolina’s fire service. was started in 2003 as a way to extend the sharing of fire service related information. He maintains the websites for various fire service associations and industries.

In addition, Jeff is a juror for the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Awards Program.

His CFP number is 700.

David J. HartmanDavid J. Hartman

Battalion Chief
Special Operations (retired)
Charlottesville Fire Dept.
Fontaine Fire Station 10
Owners Representative
Charlottesville Fire Department
2420 Fontaine Ave.
Charlottesville, VA 22903
Hartman Fire Station Consultants
1040 Fox Hollow Lane
Palmyra, VA  22963
Ph: 434-589-8866

During a 32-year career with the Charlottesville Fire Department (CFD), David has held the position of Firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, Battalion Commander, and Battalion Chief in Suppression, Administration, and Special Operations. He is currently hired by CFD to oversee and be the Owners Representative for the building and completion of the Fontaine Fire Station. This is the first Fire Station built in Charlottesville in 53 years. He has worked on this project since 2003. David not only found the site and created the unique program for the fire station that responded to the very challenging site conditions and the needs of the fire department, he also travelled to 45 new fire stations around the country to cull the successes and failures of various programmatic features to combine the most successful features into the Fontaine Fire Station.

David participated in the selection for the Architectural/Engineering Firm, development of the program, budget, schematic design, and all phases of construction documents. He specified most of the buildings functional spaces and features, and procured all the Furniture, Fixtures and Equipment for the station. He also specified all the operational technology for the facility. He is also the hands-on, day-to-day, on-site Owners rep for construction. He has participated in hundreds of hours of various project meetings, from city work sessions, firm selection, construction progress meetings, and user training and equipment fit out meetings over the course of 4 years of active planning and construction. David has chronicled the entire construction process with thousands of pictures and hundreds of videos.

David is a graduate of James Madison University with a degree in Business Administration. His participation with the FEMA HSEEP program as a peer evaluator, his previous service as a Deputy Emergency Manager, his role in IC for major events, and his current service with the Virginia Department of Emergency Management as a Disaster Reservist has been instrumental in shaping the functionality and operational capabilities of the new Fire Facility for Charlottesville. He has attended 8 Fire Station Conferences and began presenting at FIERO in 2014. In early 2014, he and his wife formed Hartman Fire Station Consultants (HFSC) to help other departments build their projects and his firm can serve as Owner Advocates during any segment or the entire process from Concept through Opening. Currently HFSC is assisting several fire departments in the US.

Professional Accomplishments:

  • 41 Years of both Volunteer and Career service with several Fire Departments & Rescue Squads
  • 32 Years with the Charlottesville Fire Department
  • Created and Designed the University of Virginia Medical Centers Regional Medical Communications Program for both ground and air based EMS: Medcom
  • Served as a Regional Deputy Emergency Manager
  • Serves as a Disaster Reservist for the VA Dept. of Emergency Management with 12 years of field experience
  • Volunteered with several Fire Departments and Rescue Squads over the course of his career.
  • Started Hartman Fire Station Consultants in 2014

Brad KobieluszBrad Kobielusz

Poudre Fire Authority
706 Eastdale Dr.
Fort Collins, CO 80524

Captain Kobielusz began his fire service career in 1976 with the Sheridan County Fire Department in Sheridan Wyoming.  He worked with the Department until 1981 and then started work with Design Concept Architecture/Lord & Associates Architects.  He remained with this firm until he started his own architectural firm in 1983, BCK Architects.  He continues today as owner of the firm.

Captain Kobielusz joined the Poudre Fire Authority in Fort Collins, Co. in 1986.  In 1989, he was assigned a 40-hour work week to work on fire responses and station boundaries for the department.  In 1992, he was assigned another 40-hour work week in Fire Prevention for “Master Plan” work.

Captain Kobielusz was promoted to the rank of Captain in 1995.  During his tenure as a Captain, he took over the CAD management for Fire and EMS in 1998.  In 2005, he became responsible for Command Staff Training.  This was followed by a 5-year assignment as the Captain in Charge of Recruit Academy and later the volunteer program.

Captain Kobielusz received his Bachelor of Architecture Montana State University 1981 and became a licensed architect in the state of Wyoming in 1984.  He is working on his last credit to receive a Masters in Architecture degree.

His other activities include:

  • 2008: ICS 300/400 training, Safety Officer and Fire Instructor 1, CMCB Proctor
  • Member of NFPA Technical Committee for Fire Apparatus (1994-2010)
  • Annual juror and speaker at the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Symposium

Phil KouwePhil Kouwe

Senior Project Manager
Emergency Services Consulting International (ESCI)
25030 SW Parkway Avenue Suite 330 (Corporate Office)
Wilsonville, OR 97070-9616
Ph: 800-757-3724 (corporate)
Ph: 704.660.8027 (Phil Kouwe)

Mr. Kouwe has experience in both public safety and competitive private industry.  He has eight years of project management and consulting experience, backed up by 25 years of fire and emergency services experience.  He joined ESCI in 2000 and has managed over 60 consulting projects including emergency services evaluations, master plans and standards of coverage analysis, strategic planning processes, consolidation feasibility studies, officer development and assessment center programs, and station location studies.  His evaluation and master planning assignments include Hernando County, FL; Chula Vista, CA; Topeka, KS; Owensboro, KY; Wilmington, NC; Key Largo, FL; and Saint Cloud, MN. Consolidation studies include San Diego County, CA; Millcreek Township, PA; Morton Grove and Niles, IL; Carlton County, MN; Cumberland County, PA; and Charleston County, SC.

In addition, Mr. Kouwe spent over fourteen years as a full-time fire chief.  He has directed fire departments in the suburbs of Indianapolis, IN, Cleveland, OH, and in coastal North Carolina, with extensive experience managing high-growth environments through major organizational change.  He has been appointed to several high profile boards and commissions on the state and national level, and received the Governor’s Meritorious Service Award from the State of Indiana.  He holds an AS degree in Fire Science Technology and is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer (EFO) program at the US National Fire Academy.

Robert J. MainRobert J. Main

Captain (retired)
Honolulu Fire Department
Main Street Services
99-829 Auamo Street
Aiea, Hawaii 96701
Ph: 808-294-0631

Captain Main has an unusual blend of building and fire service experience.  He began his professional career as a Drafting Technician for Gem Construction, Inc. in 1983.  After just over a year, he took a similar position with the Department of Public Works, Division of Wastewater Management.  In 1987, he became a Building Inspector for the City & County of Honolulu.  In 1990, he joined Blueprint Builders, Inc. where he began as a Drafting Technician, then progressed to a Project Estimator, and then became a Project Coordinator.  He remained with Blueprint Builders, Inc. until October 2002.

During his tenure with Blueprint Builders, Captain Main joined the Honolulu Fire Department in 1988.  He started as a journey level fire fighter, fire equipment operator, and front-line engine and ladder company commander.  In February 2007, he was transferred to the Administrative Services as a Captain.  He remained in this position until his retirement in December, 2013.

While in Administrative Services, Captain Main was an All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT) Planning Section Chief and a member of the Type III HFD AHIMT.  He was responsible for overseeing facility design as well as construction and maintenance HFD facilities. He developed a long range plan for facility improvement and replacement and collaborated with consultants to create the HFD Core Concept Fire Station Design Program. He was the HFD liaison to other public and private agencies in regards to facilities, and the HFD point of contact for architects, engineers and other licensed professionals on the planning and designing of various HFD facility projects.  Construction activities on HFD facility sites were managed, coordinated, and scheduled through him.  He has several fascinating fire facility projects to his credit.

Upon retirement from HFD, Captain Main started Main Street Services where he provides residential drafting services, assistance with fire station design, facility maintenance and long range planning.

Stephan MitaStephan Mita

Worcester Fire Department
141 Grove St.
Worchester, MA 01605
Fax: 508-799-1819

Stephan has been a firefighter for the City of Worcester, MA since 1991. He earned his BFA in Architecture from Massachusetts College of Art & Design in Boston, MA in 2002.

Since then, he has since served in several capacities as a consultant in both urban design and fire station design.  He has been an adjunct instructor at Worcester State University.  As an instructor, he has taught on the subject of Worcester's history in economic development from the urban renewal period to today.  The emphasis of this topic is the effects on the community and how urban design affects our society.

Firefighter Mita serves as a juror for the F.I.E.R.O. Fire Station Design Awards Program.

Robert Mitchell, AIARobert Mitchell, AIA

Mitchell Associates Architects
29 Thacher Park Road, Voorheesville, NY 12186
Fax: 518-765-2950

Bob is the principal of Mitchell Associates Architects, a firm whose entire focus is public safety architecture.  Prior to Mitchell Associates he was a founding partner and a principal designer at Mitchell Ross Associates Architects, P.C. (MRA).  He has over 20 years of experience designing fire stations, and has been directly involved in over 150 fire stations and emergency services facilities.

Bob has completed more than 50 feasibility studies evaluating renovations and additions to existing emergency services facilities versus building new, and has authored the chapter on fire station renovation and additions for the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ publication, Fire Station: Architectural Insight to Planning, Design & Construction (2010).  Of the seventeen national awards that have Bob’s designs have received, nine were for renovation/ addition projects.

Bob has been renovating buildings since 1969 when as a student he co-founded a not-for-profit to save buildings from the city of Troy, NY’s demolition list by repairing and  turning them over, at cost, to low income families.  This corporation is still in business, and is the oldest organization of its type in the country.  In the 1970’s and 80’s his work converting old buildings into passive solar, energy efficient structures received national recognition.

Joseph M. Mottola

Joseph M. Mottola, RA

Vice President
H2M architects + engineers
Broad Hollow Road
Melvile, NY 11747
631-756-8000 x1355
Fax: 631-694-4122

Joseph Mottola is a partner with H2M architects + engineers, which specializes in the design of emergency response facilities.  He has specialized in the design of fire stations for over 20 years.

Mr. Mottola serves as the market leader for the emergency services market at H2M.  He has been directly involved in over 150 fire station projects for over 90 fire service clients. The projects have included feasibility studies; site analysis; new construction, renovations, additions, and alterations; mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades; emergency generator replacement and upgrades; site upgrades; interior reconstruction; and building envelope investigation and upgrades.

Mr. Mottola is NCARB certified and licensed in four states. Additionally, he has been an active member of the volunteer fire service for over 30 years.  He is a member of the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB); Construction Specifications Institute (CSI); Board of Directors, Nassau County (NY) Fire Museum and Education Center; National Fire Protection Association; NYS Association of Fire Districts; and Massapequa Fire Department, Ladder Co. 2.

Ken NewellKen Newell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C

Senior Principal, Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects
719 East Second Avenue
Gastonia, NC 28054
Fax: 704-865-0046

Since 1988, Ken Newell, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, has earned a national reputation for the programming and design of Public Safety Facilities that are functional, practical and budget-conscious.  Ken has been directly involved in the planning and design of over 200 of the 300+ Fire Stations, EMS Stations and Public Safety Training Facilities projects by Stewart-Cooper-Newell Architects.  He has also consulted other architects on the design of over seventy Public Safety projects, spanning 26 States.  Many of these stations have received design award recognition.

Since 2000, Ken’s practical approach to station design has led to him being a featured speaker at national Fire Station Design Symposiums and State Fire Conferences – presenting on subjects such as Getting Your Project Started, Controlling Station Construction Costs, Sustainable Design for Public Safety Facilities, Maintenance-Free and Durable Stations, along with many others.

Kirk OwenKirk Owen

End Use Marketing Manager – Emergency Response
Asst. Chief Plano FD (ret.)
TenCate Protective Fabrics
6501 Mall Blvd PO Box 289
Union City, Georgia 30291
cell: 404-304-0000
ph: 770-969-1000 x208

Kirk was a member of the Plano, Texas Fire Department for 30 years before retiring at the end of 2006.  During his fire service career he served as a fire fighter, apparatus operator, lieutenant, and captain before being promoted to assistant chief in 1991.  Kirk served as the Operations Chief from 1991 to 1997 and then as the Support Services Chief until his retirement.  In Support Services he was responsible for managing the purchase and maintenance of the department’s apparatus, facilities, protective clothing, and equipment.

After his retirement from the Fire Department, Kirk joined Tencate Protective Fabrics as the End Use Marketing Manager for Emergency Response.  In this position he serves as a resource to fire departments on protective clothing materials.

Kirk has also been actively involved in the National Fire Protection Association, serving as a member of the NFPA Technical Committee on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment from 1990 through 2006, including over ten years as chairman.  He was also a member of the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment from 1995 through 2006, serving as chairman briefly before his retirement.  Kirk is a member, and Past Chairman, of the NFPA Fire Service Section.

Curt PronkCurt Pronk

Administrative Services Manager
Rochester MN Fire Department
Rochester Fire Department Facebook
201 4th Street SE Room 10
Rochester, Minnesota 55904
Ph: 507-328-2816

Curt is a member of the Rochester Minnesota Fire Department approaching 10 years of service.  During his time with the fire service he has completed two fire station building projects with the most recent being this year.  He serves as the Administrative Services Manager for the Rochester, Minnesota Fire Department, working with department budget development and strategic planning as well as land acquisition, site development and building design for new fire stations.  He has implemented department projects for station video conferencing, station alerting, New World software utilization, and apparatus connectivity that use the software.  His first project with the fire department was the construction of a Fire Station 5 in Rochester.  Prior to that station, Rochester had operated with four fire stations for over 40 years.

Curt brings a wide array of private and public sector business experience to his present position, notably through his long-term tenure serving as a Claims Manager and then as a Risk Services Director with the Mayo Foundation.  In addition to his extensive work experience, he has a strong educational background in organizational and risk management.

Curt has a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from Winona State University and a Master’s in Organizational Management from Concordia University.  On a professional level, he has served on a variety of statewide associations, task forces and committees and has presented at national conferences for workers’ compensation and risk management.

Blake ReddenJeffrey “Blake” Redden

Charlotte Fire Department
5740-B West Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28208
Board Member /Juror F.I.E.R.O.
Ph: 704-588-0700

Blake Redden has been in love with the fire service since childhood.  He started his fire service career in 1996 when he joined the Valley Hill Fire Department in his hometown of Hendersonville, NC.

Captain Redden moved to Charlotte in 2000 to attend the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and was accepted into the College of Architecture the following year.  During his schooling, Blake found out about F.I.E.R.O.’s Fire Station Design Symposium in 2005 and has been involved ever since.  Between semesters at UNCC he could wait no longer and proudly joined the ranks of the Charlotte Fire Department in 2005.  He completed his Bachelor of Architecture in 2006 and is currently a Captain with the Charlotte Fire Department, assigned to Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

During his time as a firefighter, Captain Redden was assigned to Ladder 27, Engine 34, Engine 11, and Ladder 4 but managed to work at least one shift in all 42 firehouses in the city.  He learns something from every firehouse he visits and always asks the members what they like or dislike about their firehouse.  At the end of the day, it’s not about having a pretty building, but a functional building that promotes community between the crew members and enhances our ability to achieve our primary goal, rapid emergency response!

Kevin RocheKevin Roche


FACETS Consulting
PO Box 26891
Phoenix, AZ  85068
Ph:  602-421-7602
Fax:  602-324-7603

Kevin Roche is a partner in FACETS Consulting of Phoenix, Arizona.  FACETS provides public safety-related consultation to governmental, commercial, and not for profit organizations.

Kevin retired after 24 years with the Phoenix, Arizona Fire Department where he served as an Assistant to the Fire Chief. He is a graduate of the Fire Protection and Safety program at Oklahoma State University and earned a Master of Arts in Political Science from the University of Florida.

Kevin’s experience includes significant work in the areas of fire department facilities planning, firefighter safety, and fire department logistics. He was the author of the “Capital Resource Management” chapter in the text Managing Fire and Rescue Services, published by the International City Management Association. He is also an active writer and consultant on firefighter safety and fire service management issues.

 Kevin was the editor of the first NFPA 1500 Handbook in 1992 and has delivered numerous seminars on NFPA 1500 for the NFPA. He was a principal developer of the National Fire Academy courses “Incident Safety Officer” and “Health and Safety Officer”. He has been the author of the annual United States Fire Administration “Report on Firefighter Fatalities in the United States” since 1998.

Dennis A. RossDennis A. Ross, AIA

Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C.
72 Voorheesville Avenue
PO Box 558
Voorheesville, NY 12186
Fax: 518-765-5107

Dennis is an architect and founding Principal of Pacheco Ross Architects, P.C. (PRA) an award-winning, nationally recognized architectural firm dedicated exclusively to the design of Emergency Response Facilities. PRA has designed, constructed and worked on over 200 fire stations including training, ARFF, EOC, PSAP, police and EMS facilities. Ross is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He has over 40-years of experience including a long tenure in real estate development and construction, which allows him to assess projects from multiple points of view.

Dennis is NCARB certified; a member of the American Institute of Architects; the NFPA; the International Code Council; and, is licensed in 14 states.  He is an honorary member of the Kingston Fire Department.

His expertise in project management, land use, budgeting, construction and focus on solutions to difficult problems has enabled him to knowledgeably write and speak on a variety of fire station design issues.  Dennis is a published author, a featured presenter at national fire station design conferences and leader of numerous One-on-One Conference fire station design sessions.

James G. ZwergJames G. Zwerg, AIA

Architect/Facility Manager
Phoenix Fire Department
Facility Management Section
2625 S. 19th Ave.
Phoenix AZ 85009
Fax: 602-252-2348

Jim is the principal in charge of repairs and renovations to existing Phoenix Fire Department facilities. He has been an Architectural Project Manager for over 25 years specializing in fire station design and construction. He has been with the Phoenix Fire Department for the past 15 years. He has been a registered Architect for 15 years.

Jim’s responsibilities include management of new fire station design and construction projects as well as the maintenance, repairs, and renovations of the existing 75 facilities currently in the Phoenix Fire Department. He coordinates the efforts of the Cities various support departments--primarily Engineering and Public Works. He manages the repair, renovation and remodel budgets, reviews drawings and specifications for new facilities, utilizes a diverse computerized data tracking system, and co-supervises a staff of 10.

Jim is currently managing dozens of projects that range from routine maintenance call-out requests to new design and construction meetings. He provides coordination and oversight for Public Works projects like ADA compliance, standby generator installations, parking lot repaving, A/C replacements, kitchen and restroom remodels.

Jim is affiliated with the following:

  • The American Institute of Architects (AIA)
  • Construction Specification Institute (CSI)
  • The City of Buckeye, Arizona – Planning and Zoning Commission