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Michael W. Bardwell

Denton Fire/Rescue
Captain/B-shift/Sta.1/PPE-Uniform Officer
332 E. Hickory St.
Denton, TX 76201
Ph: 940-349-8871 (office)
Cell: 940-453-7176

Michael W. Bardwell

Mike was born in McKinney, TX and has lived in the Allen/Fairview area his entire life. He graduated high school from Allen in 1986 and I started my fire career in 1987 as a Firefighter/Paramedic in the USAF. He has been a member of the Denton Fire Department since 1992, promoting to the rank of Captain in 2003. He was a Flight Paramedic for Careflite in Dallas from 1998-2001.

Mike has been the PPE/Uniform Officer for almost 10 years and is responsible for managing and purchasing ALL uniforms and PPE for the department. This includes managing the entire Uniform/PPE budget as well as the PPE design and bid specifications. The Denton Fire/Rescue Department currently has approximately 185 Operations personnel.

Mike is also the Sales/Customer service representative for Gear Cleaning Solutions (GCS) in Dallas, where he has worked since 2010. At GCS, he personally handles several fire department accounts that entail services performed, route scheduling, pricing, etc.

Cindy Ell
Founder/Executive Director

Fire Fighter Cancer Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 2830
Wilmington, DE 19805
Ph: (toll free) 866-411-FFCF (3323)
Fax: (302) 571-9159

Cindy Ell

Cindy Ell offers leadership for the FFCF from her home base in Wilmington, Delaware. She is a retired firefighter/paramedic with a background in critical care and emergency communications. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing. Her career experiences are quite diverse and include labor representation, legislative lobbying, public relations, marketing, security, investigative, paralegal, airline, and hotel work. She has spent over twenty years researching fire fighter cancer trends and occupational diseases with recent concentration devoted to exploring a cancer cluster among fire fighters she served with in Maryland. Cindy's mother is a colon cancer survivor of seven years. Cancer struck close to home in 2005 when Cindy was diagnosed with melanoma and experienced the cancer process through a series of surgeries. The melanoma reminded her of the importance of a strong support system and the value of an organization to provide resource guidance. Helping people is something that Cindy has always enjoyed. Her efforts have supported the Muscular Dystrophy Foundation of Maryland, Baltimore Regional Burn Association, and 9/11 Responders and families with fund raising and outreach projects.

  • Most recent projects include the launch of 2 new divisions: FFCF Law Enforcement & FFCF Veterans
  • New education modules addressing a variety of cancer related topics including fire investigator exposures
  • New wellness, strength & conditioning program
  • Latest research: Collaboration with University of Cincinnati (Firefighter gear/carcinogen linkage) Early disease & cancer detection utilizing cancer sniffing dogs / blood / urinalysis
  • Legislative research/assistance for fire fighter cancer presumption bills
  • Ongoing:
    "Strive to Survive" resources for firefighters & family members diagnosed with cancer
    Advocacy assessment for the ill and training for caregivers
    "Save Our Survivors" program for 9/11 Responders (receive free air purifiers)
  • Foundation expansion with the addition of offices in Atlanta

Frederick K. Jandrucko
Captain Supply Warehouse Manager

Fort Worth Fire Department
City Of Fort Worth
2900 West Bolt Street
Fort Worth, TX 76110
Ph: 817-922-3454
Cell: 817-688-8893

Frederick K. Jandrucko

Fred has been a member of the Fort Worth Fire Department for the past 36 years. Starting with the department in 1978, he has been a firefighter, engineer, lieutenant, and has been a captain since 1996. He has worked in the field and has worked in the Fire Prevention Bureau where he was a commercial sprinkler and underground inspector. He has worked in ARFF (Aircraft Rescue Firefighter) as the Meacham Airport Manager. He came to the Supply Warehouse in 2012 to finish his career with the City of Fort Worth.

In his position as Supply Warehouse Manager, Fred has helped in the process of getting the department the best personal protective gear available. He has upgraded the PPE cleaning and inspection process to include being the first fire department in the nation to have an in house Independent Service Provider (ISP). This allows the department to make all necessary repairs to the Bunker Gear and has saved the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Before Fred leaves the City of Fort Worth, he would like justify the increase the number of personnel for the PPE program. Though the department continues to grow, staffing for the PPE program has remained stagnant for many years.

Pamela A. Kavalesky
Senior Project Engineer
Member NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting and NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting

Intertek Testing Services
3933 US Route 11
Cortland, NY 13045
Ph: 607-758-6651
Cell: 607-345-9085

Pamela A. Kavalesky

Pam has worked for 13 years as a test lab supervisor, product designer and modelmaker for Rubbermaid, Inc. in Wooster, OH. She has worked the past 7 years as an engineer in personal protective equipment (clothing) for Intertek Testing Services in Cortland, NY.

Pam received her A.A.S Degree in modelmaking at Genesee College, NY. She received her B.S. Degree in Industrial Design at the University of Cincinnati.

Pam is a very active participant in the following NFPA Technical Committees:

  • Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Emergency Medical Services Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Hazardous Materials Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Special Operations Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective and Clothing and Equipment
  • Wildland Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment
  • Flash Fire Protective Garments

Pam is also a member of the following:

  • ANSI/ISEA 105 Standard on Hand Protection Selection Criteria
  • ANSI/ISEA 107 Standard on High Visibility Safety Apparel and Headwear
  • Expert panel member to the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) Bomb Suit standard

Steve B. Lumry
Battalion Chief; Member NFPA Fire Service Section Board, Member NFPA Technical Correlating Committee, Member NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment for Fire and Emergency Services

Oklahoma City Fire Department
820 NW 5th St.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73106
Ph: 405-841-2411
Cell: 405-326-3408

Steve B. Lumryl

Battalion Chief Steve Lumry works in the Suppression Division of the Oklahoma City Fire Department. He has been with the Oklahoma City Fire Department since January 10, 1986. He graduated Phi Theta Kappa with an AA degree in Municipal Fire Protection from Oklahoma State University in Oklahoma City. He has twenty-eight years on the Oklahoma City Fire Department and two years of experience as a volunteer firefighter with the Nicoma Park Fire Department in Oklahoma.

Chief Lumry has over ten years of experience as a union officer with the Oklahoma City Fire Fighters Association, Local 157, has served as the Chairman of the Oklahoma Firefighters Pension and Retirement System, as the President of the Oklahoma State Firefighters Association, and as Chairman and Trustee of the Oklahoma City Firefighters Health and Welfare VEBA Trust.

Chief Lumry served over 10 years on the NFPA Technical Correlating Committee on Protective Clothing and Equipment for Fire and Emergency Services and was a founding member and Recording Secretary for the NFPA Technical Committee on Electronic Safety Equipment for Fire and Emergency Services. He currently is in his second term on the NFPA Fire Service Section Board.

Chief Lumry has worked on, or led, several LODD or substantial injury firefighter investigations throughout the State of Oklahoma and has conducted investigations into many firefighter related issues.

Robert A. Manley
Compliance Officer Region 4

Texas Commission on Fire Protection
TCFP mailing address:
PO Box 2286
Austin, TX 78768-2286
TCFP physical address:
1701 North Congress, Suite 105
Austin, TX 78701
Ph: (512) 825-9640

Robert A. Manley

Bob has worked as a compliance officer for the Texas Commission on Fire Protection - Region 4 since February 2003. A retired captain with the Plano Fire Department, he also retired from the McKinney Fire Department as a fire inspector.

Bob’s education includes an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science from Collin College in McKinney and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Literary Studies & Public Administration from the University of Texas-Dallas.

Bob’s TCFP certifications are:

  • Master Structural Firefighter
  • Master Fire Inspector
  • Level II Instructor

The thing he enjoys most about his job is the continuing interaction he has with firefighters and the responsibility of insuring their safety through the TCFP compliance inspection program.

Holly A. Mischnick
Fire Rescue Specialist, Program Specialist, Stations, PPE, and Uniforms

Plano Fire-Rescue
4121 W. Parker Road.
Plano, TX 75093
Ph: 972-769-4872 (office)
Cell: 469-525-6409

Holly A. Mischnick

Holly has been a member of the Plano Fire-Rescue team since February 1999, serving in a number of capacities. She spent the first eight years on shift at Station 1 in the “Olde Towne” district. In March 2007, she made a decision to move to Fire Administration and join the ranks of Support Services.

In Support Services, Holly’s primary responsibilities included purchasing station uniforms and ensuring the department’s 11 stations run like a well-oiled machine. In 2009, she took on the responsibility of managing the department’s PPE program.

While in this role, with many hours of hard work and input from Support Services personnel, Fire Station 12 and the Fire Logistics Warehouse opened in late 2009 at a tri-complex property in the middle of the city. Having a centrally located, one-stop building to serve the department more efficiently has proven to be a huge advantage to the city of Plano. This new warehouse includes a carefully planned PPE storage and laundering facility, as well as fleet and EMS offices and warehousing.

Holly maintains the department’s NFPA 1851 compliance paperwork, coordinates the bi-annual inspection by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection, and manages the specifications, purchase, issuance, and recordkeeping of all protective clothing. In the event of damage or contamination to protective clothing, many sizes of clean gear are maintained and available for immediate change-out and are accessible 24 hours a day.

Kirk H. Owen
End Use Marketing Manager — Emergency Response
Past Chair NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting and NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting

Asst. Chief Plano FD (ret.)

TenCate Protective Fabrics
6501 Mall Blvd.
PO Box 289
Union City, Georgia 30291
Ph: 770-969-1000 x208
Cell: 404-304-0000

Kirk H. Owen

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, apparatusoperator, 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 currently a member of the NFPA Fire Service Section Executive Board.

J.D. Schulgen

Garland Fire Department
1500 East State Hwy. 66
Garland, TX 75040
Ph: 972-781-7100 (department)
Ph: 214-677-8115

J.D. Schulgen

JD has been a member of the Garland Fire Department for 29 years. He has served as a firefighter/paramedic, driver-engineer, and lieutenant. With his promotion to captain came a transfer to the Support Services Division where he served for 15 years. During this assignment, JD and his team, procured and delivered station & EMS supplies, uniforms, firefighting equipment, PPE and more.

Personal protective equipment was one of the most challenging and rewarding facets of the job. PPE not only provides protection but enhances the firefighter’s ability to perform. JD suffered burns in a 1988 house fire and was hospitalized for several days. His oldest son John serves with him in Garland.

“With my son serving as a firefighter and remembering my burn injury; PPE takes on a personal dimension. Selecting and maintaining gear is a top priority, because it can save a firefighter from injury and long-term illness.”

Tim W. Tomlinson
Firefighter/Paramedic; Member NFPA 1971: Standard on Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting and NFPA 1851: Standard on Selection, Care and Maintenance of Protective Ensembles for Structural Fire Fighting and Proximity Fire Fighting; Chair NFPA 1851 Cleaning and Disinfecting Task Group

Addison Fire Department
4798 Airport Pkwy
Addison, TX 75001

Gear Cleaning Solutions
2221 Manana Dr., Suite #190
Dallas, TX 75220
Ph: 940-300-5718

Tim W. Tomlinson

Tim Tomlinson is a 15-year veteran of the fire service. His career began in California with CalFire where he served as an engineer (driver). In 2002 Tim relocated to Texas and is employed as a fire equipment operator (driver) and paramedic for the Town of Addison Fire Department (Addison, Texas), where he is currently the PPE officer.

Tim currently serves as a voting member on the NFPA 1851/1971 Technical Committees on Structural and Proximity Fire Fighting Protective Clothing and Equipment and the Technical Correlating Committee on Fire and Emergency Services Protective Clothing and Equipment. Tim is also the Vice President and co-owner of Gear Cleaning Solutions (GCS), a verified independent service provider (ISP) which provides NFPA 1851 care and maintenance services to fire departments across the United States.