Certified Instructors

Instructors

  • Jim wills, Founder, Chairman of the Board for Firestorm

    Jim wills

    Founder
    Chairman of the Board for Firestorm

    Jim Wills has over 30 years of on the ground wildland fire experience and over 25 years in the classroom teaching. Jim taught wildand fire courses for 7 years at Shasta Junior College and has been training in the classroom and in the field with Firestorm since its inception. Since 2007, Jim has been a lead instructor in over 80 wildland fire classes, totaling 1175 hours. Jim is qualified as a Strike Team Leader, Burn Boss Type I and Faller C.

    Jess wills

    Jess wills

    President
    Operations Manager

    Jess began his Wildland Firefighting Career in 1997, was certified as a Single Resource Boss in 2002 and in 2007 he became an official NWSA Lead Instructor. As an NWSA instructor, Jess has taught over 20 wildland fire courses totalling over 430 classroom hours. Jess is a Qualified Single Resource Boss, Crew & Engine, Burn Boss Type 2 and Faller C.

  • Josh hiller

    Josh hiller

    Emergency Services Coordinator
    Operations Manager

    Josh began his Wildland Firefighting Career in 1996 with Firestorm. Qualified as a Single Resource Boss in 2002, Josh has been training in the field and in the classroom. In 2007 he was officially certified as an NWSA Lead Instructor. Since then, Josh has been an instructor in over 70 courses with over 1400 classroom hours. Josh is a qualified Task Force Leader, Incident Commander Type 4, Burn Boss Type 2 and a Faller C.

    Dan Kelleher

    Dan Kelleher

    Engine Boss
    Wildland Fire Training Program Coordinator

    Dan started his fire career in 1977 with the California Department of Forestry, then spent several years with the United States Forest Service as a Firefighter, Engine Operator and Station Captain. From 1987-2003 Dan went to the structure side of fire, serving as the Training Officer for the Fire Department at Port Townsend, WA. He left as a Lieutenant and came to Firestorm in 2004. Dan became a certified NWSA Instructor in 2007 with Firestorm and has taught over 45 wildland fire courses for over 750 hours. Dan is a Qualified Single Resource Boss, Crew & Engine and Ignition Specialist Type I, Incident Commander Type IV, Aircraft Rescue & Firefighting and Faller C.

  • David howard

    David howard

    Crew Superintendent
    Type II IA Hand Crew

    David started working with Firestorm in 2000, right out of high school after where he also completed two years in ROP Fire Science. David has completed over 22,000 hours in wildland fire, prescribed fire and other forestry related work since he started with Firestorm. He became a certified NWSA Instructor in 2007 and has over 20 courses under his belt for over 300 classroom hours. David is a qualified Single Resource Boss, Crew & Engine, Burn Boss Type III, Incident Commander Type V and Faller C.

    Dan Kelleher

    Joe king

    Business Development Coordinator

    Joe has over 40 years in the widland fire management industry. He started with the Forest Service where he received his education, training and experience and served as a Crew Superintendent and also filled overhead positions on Incident Management Teams, including Operations Section Chief. After Joe left the Forest Service as an employee, he began providing contract Basic Wildland Fire training for the Forest Service and he continues to provide Basic Wildland Fire Training today.

  • Paul cano

    Paul cano

    Loss Prevention Manager

    Paul Cano is the Loss Prevention Manager for Firestorm. Paul has 20 years in the fire service serving as a firefighter, hotshot, helitack crewman, law and prevention officer, crew boss, engine captain and a Battalion Chief with the BIA. During his time with the BIA Paul became involved with wildland fire training, arson investigation, wildfire vegetation mitigation and prescribe fire. Paul has both CA State Fire Marshal certification and National Wildfire Coordinating Group certification as a Chief Officer. Paul is a qualified Incident Commander Type IV, Single Resource Boss, Engine and Crew.

    stanley hankins

    stanley hankins

    Crew Superintendent with Firestorm
    Type II IA Handcrew

    Stanley is currently a Crew Superintendent with Firestorm on a Type II IA Handcrew. Stan has been teaching with Firestorm as Unit Instructor for the past several years both in the classroom and in the field. Stan is a Qualified Single Resource Boss, Incident Commander Type V and Faller B.

  • Richard sandidge

    Richard sandidge

    Handcrew Superintendent
    Type II IA Handcrew

    Rick Sandidge started his Fire career with Firestorm in 2001. He took a few years off to strengthen an injury, but returned back in 2012 where he has been serving as a Type II IA Handcrew Superintendent. Rick is a qualified Single Resource Boss, Crew & Engine, Incident Commander Type V and Faller C.

    Chris sprague

    Chris sprague

    Crew Superintendent with Firestorm
    Type II IA Handcrew

    Chris Sprague started his Fire career in 2002 with the California Conservation Corps as a Crew Leader. He then spent several years with the Forest Service as an Apprentice Firefighter and then began with Firestorm in 2010. Chris is currently a crew superintendent for a Type II IA handcrew. Chris is a qualified Single Resource Boss, Crew, Incident Commander Type V and Faller B.

  • Ken maples

    Ken maples

    Engine Boss

    Ken started his Fire career with the Shasta County Fire Department in 2001. In 2005 he achieved his Engine Boss qualification and continued to work with Shasta County and Cal Fire until 2010 at which time he started with Firestorm. Ken serves as an Engine Boss for Firestorm and has been assisting with training in the classroom and in the field. Ken is a qualified Single Resource Boss, Engine and Faller B.

    Kenneth Bailey

    Kenneth Bailey

    Crew Superintendent with Firestorm
    Type II IA Handcrew

    Kenneth started working with Firestorm in 2006 with a few seasons already under his belt and became a Crew Superintendent for a Type II IA Handcrew for Firestorm in 2012. Ken has been teaching with Firestorm as Unit Instructor for the past several years both in the classroom and in the field. Ken is a Qualified Single Resource Boss, Incident Commander Type V and Faller C.

  • Matt willis

    Matt Willis

    Engine Boss & Fire Safety Consultant

    Matt Willis started his fire career with the United States Forest Service in 1984, working for different Ranger Districts in both California and Idaho where he spent a majority of his time working helitack. In 2000, Matt went to work for North Tree Fire as an Engine Captain and then started working with Firestorm in 2003 as an Engine Captain, fill-in Crew Superintendent and a Fire Safety Consultant. Matt serves as an educator both in the classroom and to our clients in the field. He is a certified Incident Commander Type IV, Single Resource Boss Crew and Engine, Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting and Faller B.