John Fox, Chief, San Juan Bautista Fire Department
Currently John Fox is the Fire Chief with the San Juan Bautista Fire Department, San Juan Bautista, CA. John has been the Chief for San Juan Bautista since 2010. Previously he was a Firefighter/Engineer for 8 years and a Captain/Duty Officer with Felton Fire Protection District for over 15 years. He was a Captain/EMS Coordinator with Lockheed Fire Dept. in Sunnyvale, CA for over 3 years until closure of the department. Currently he is a Senior Investigator/Peace Officer for the CA State Department of Public Health. An avid horseman, John established the Felton Fire Dept. LAR Unit that responds mutual aid throughout central California. Currently John and Deb are the leads for the Large Animal Rescue Unit with the San Juan Bautista Fire Department. His analytical mind continues to resolve the many challenges of LAR incidents to build routine responses to highly volatile situations. He is the primary developer of LAR-Operations, approved by CA State Fire Training and POST in 2000 and is a CA State Fire Instructor 1.
Deb Fox, FF2/EMT Retired, San Juan Bautista Fire
Deb is a retired Firefigheer II/ EMT with the San Juan Bautista Fire Department with over 16 years fire sevice experience. She is currently a lead for the departments Large Animal Rescue Unit. Deb was a Firefighter II/EMT and lead for the Large Animal Rescue Unit with the FFPD for 9 years. A horsewoman with over 28 years experience, she is a lead in the LAR Unit with 18 years of LAR experience. With a passion for horses, Deb continues to develop and apply an understanding of horse behavior and characteristics to on-scene handling and safety. Deb is a CA State Fire Instructor 1 and was a developer of LAR-Operations. She also works as a rare books/paper Conservator for Stanford University.
Jason Smith, Captain, Monterey Fire Department
Jason Smith was been with FFPD for 12 years as a Captain-Duty Officer/Firefighter/Engineer and is currently a Captain with the Monterey Fire Department. He spent 6 years as a fulltime Lieutenant/training officer for the Monterey Airport Fire Department. Jason previously worked with a rescue equipment supply firm and conducted many hours of confined space stand by. Jason is well versed in rope rescue systems and brings this perspective to scenarios. He is a LAR Unit Lead with many years of LAR experience as a rescuer and as Command.
Kristi Fredrickson, Horse Handling, Human coaching.
Kristi has been involved with horses for twenty-plus years; the most recent sixteen of those has been spent studying with Buck Brannaman, Ray Hunt, Bryan Neubert and Tom Dorrance. She currently works full-time teaching horsemanship, developing bridle horses in the California Vaquero tradition, starting colts and working with problem horses. In addition to her work for private clients, she evaluates and rehabilitates horses in the custody of local shelters and rescues, and teaches horse handling skills to volunteers and workers. She's assisted the local shelter in trailer-loading for a number of horse rescues, and participated in horse evacuations during the 2008 central California fires. Kristi was recently featured in the film “Buck”, winner of “Best Documentary” Sundance Film Festival 2011.
Chief Ron Rickabaugh, FFPD
Ron has been with FFPD for over 30 years and has seerved as the chief for the last 15 years. Ron is well versed all aspects of Large Animal Rescue and brings the "Command" perspective to the scenarios. Ron has over 12 years of LAR experience from all perspectives.
Vaka Tanami, Firefighter, Goodyear Fire Department, Goodyear, AZ
Vaka Taimani is currently a firefighter with the Goodyear Fire Department in Arizona. Vaka was with FFPD for 8 years as a Firefighter and has years of experience in large animal rescues. Vaka is will versed in the use of rope systems and equipment application for Large Animal Rescues
Angela Gonzales, Engineer/Paramedic Central Santa Cruz Fire Protection District
Angela has been with Central Fire for several years as a Firefighter and is currently an Engineer/Paramedic.
Jeff Christner, Captain of Animal Rescue & Control at PHS/SPCA
Jeff Christner has been with the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA since 2002, he is the Chief Humane Officer, a POST Certified Field Training Officer (FTO), and currently leads the Department of Animal Rescue & Control as their Captain. PHS/SPCA is the sole provider of animal control services and humane investigations for all of San Mateo County. Jeff was the driving force behind PHS/SPCA forming a Large Animal Rescue Team and their 20 Humane Officers respond to an average of six LAR calls per year.