To provide services with regard to Urban-Wildland Fire Management planning, including vegetation, environmental impacts and land use; expert testimony concerning urban wildland fire protection, prevention, suppression and management.
1991-Present: Proprietor and manager of an independent consulting firm specializing in urban wildland interface -"I" Zone vegetative fuel treatment including prescribed fire, crushing and burning, vegetation clearing (mastification), strategic recycling and vegetation enhancement. Expert consultation regarding wildfire litigation.
1981-1991: Fire Captain and Vegetation Management Officer, County of Los Angeles Fire Dept. Developed and supervised Los Angeles County Prescribed Burn Program, burning over 32,000 acres of chaparral in the Areas of Santa Monica Mountains, including Bel-Air, Topanga Cyn., Santa Clarita Valley, San Gabriel Mountains, Whittier and Baldwin Hills.
1962-1981: Fire Captain, LACoFD; Fire suppression supervision and training.
1959-1962: Fire Apparatus Engineer, LACoFD; Responsible for driving specialized Wildland Fire equipment as well as structural fire apparatus.
1955-1959: Firefighter, LACoFD; working in wildland fire areas of Los Angeles County.
Prescribed Fire Manager and Chaparral Management Instructor, California Dept. of Forestry (CALFIRE).
BEHAVE Fire Behavior and Fuel modeling System Instructor, CDF & USDA Forest Service.
Advanced Fire Behavior, S-490; CALFIRE & USDA.
Archaeological Site recognition; CALFIRE.
Smoke Management Techniques, CALFIRE.
PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION AND AFFILIATIONS
2006-Present, San Diego County CEQA Consultant, Fire Protection Planning
2005-Present, Member Association of Environmental Professionals (AEP)
1993-94 Member, Wildfire Safety Panel, County of Los Angeles
1993-Present: Member, California Urban Forests Council.
1990-Present: Member, California Native Plant Society.
1978-82-Chairperson, California Water Commission.
1980 Member, Governor's Task force on Fire Flood Cycle.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS, PRESENTATIONS AND REPORTS
1995 Presenter, Brush Fires in California - Fuel Management, Fire Behavior and Prescribed Burning. U.C. Irvine.
1995 Presenter to IAWF, Chaparral Management Techniques for Development: Public and Government Perceptions. Coeur d'Alene ID.
1993 Presenter to IBAMA, Brazil. Wildland Fire and Management Techniques, Brasilia Brazil.
1992 Presenter to Assoc. of Bay Area Govnts (ABAG) Oakland Hills Fire - Liability and Fuel management Issues. Oakland, CA.
1990 Presenter to the University of Menendez, The Role of Fire in Mediterranean Type Ecosystems, Valencia, Spain.
Fremontia, October 1993 Chaparral Management Techniques: An Environmental Perspective.
California's I Zone 1996-Urban wildland Fire prevention and Mitigation :Fuel Management. Prepared for California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, State Fire Marshal.
Developed Fire Service/Community participation for brush removal and hazard abatement in Los Angeles County.
Developed Fuel Management techniques to reduce chaparral fuel loading in and around
Wildland Urban Interface Communities.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Preparation of Fire Safe planning Criteria for residential development in the wildland Urban Interface.
Chaparral Management in an Urbanized setting, with specific attention to environmental concerns.
Expert Assessment, Urban Wildland Fire Litigation.
REFERENCES AND TESTIMONY
California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CALFIRE)
County of Los Angeles Fire Dept.
City of Los Angeles Fire Dept.
Santa Barbara County Fire Dept.
San Bernardino City Fire Dept.
San Diego County Department of Planning and Land use
City of Laguna Beach Fire Dept
Collins Law Firm, Santa Monica, CA
Development Projects: Roger Van Wert Project Expediter (310) 850-5675
In excess of ten projects in Los Angeles County termed "High Risk"
Michael Huff, Dudek & Associates: (760) 947-5147 (City of Chula Vista, CA)
Peter Hummel, Anchor Environmental, Seattle, WA (Sedgwick Reserve, UC Santa Barbara)
John Polito, Project Expediter, (805) 494-0764
Michael Williams, PhD, Sedgwick Reserve Director (805) 686-1941
Dr. Phil Riggan USDA-forest Service, Fire Lab, Riverside, CA