John Fox, Chief, San Juan Bautista Fire Department (retired)
Currently John Fox is the retired Fire Chief with the San Juan Bautista Fire Department, San Juan Bautista, CA. John has been the Chief for San Juan Bautista for 6 years. 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. He is a retired 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 active responders with the Arizona Equine Rescue Orginization, responding to incidents throughout central Arizona. 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 was a leader 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. Currently John and Deb are active responders with the Arizona Equine Rescue Orginization, responding to incidents throughout central Arizona.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 and Rider Trainer, 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.
John Maretti, Firefighter (retired), Chico Fire Department, Chico, CA
John Maretti started as a Firefighter with the City of Chico Fire Department in 1984 and served on their Technical Rescue Team and well as the Butte Interagency Rescue Group (BIRG) for the majority of his career. A recently-retired full-time Firefighter, John is a Technical Rescue Specialist, Hazardous Materials Specialist, Helicopter Crew Chief, Emergency Medical Technician, and Swiftwater Technician. He has extensive training in Rope, Water, Large Animal, and Aviation Technical Rescue. In 2002, John founded the North Valley Animal Disaster Group (NVADG) in Northern California which Butte County has adopted as their recognized County Animal Response Team (CART). He is currently serving on the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs (NASAEP) Best Practices Working Group as a Subject Matter Expert for Animal Search and Rescue.
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