The Industrial Emergency Council (IEC) was founded to serve as a link between the private sector and public agencies, focusing on the theme of emergency preparedness and response. The IEC offers a wide range of training and consultation services in many different areas including but not limited to:
ARFF - Aircraft Rescue Fire Fighting
Earthquake and Disaster Contingency Planning and Response
High Rise Emergency Planning
Emergency Medical Services
The Incident Command System
Bruce Meisenbach enjoyed a 33 year career in the California Fire Service. The last 26 years of his career was spent with the Redwood City Fire Department. During his time in Redwood City, Bruce was a member of the San Mateo County Hazardous Materials Team, the Coordinator of the City's Office of Emergency Services, Coordinator of the Department's Create a Smile Foundation, Co- Coordinator of the City's Police & Fire Toy Drive, and managed the Department's Safety Equipment program.
Mr. Meisenbach is a proud alumnus of De Anza College and San Jose State University and holds a California Community College Teaching Credential. Additionally, he is an Outreach Instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, and American Heart Association.
His affiliation with the IEC dates back 23 years when he began assisting with the delivering State of California certified Hazardous Materials training. He became the Hazardous Material Coordinator in 2005, appointed to Deputy Director in 2011, and was named Executive Director in 2012.
Rick Franchi joined IEC as a Training Coordinator in October, 2012 after retiring from a 30 year career in the fire service. Most recently Rick worked as a Fire Captain for the City of Redwood City. During Rick's tenure in the fire service, he served on many committees including Hiring, Human Relations Committee and heading up the air pack program for the department.
In addition to his career in the fire service, Rick has also held a private sector job for over twenty years, working in management for an emergency services company. Rick's background in fire service coupled with his private sector management experience brings a well-rounded perspective to his role at IEC.
Brian Ponty comes to IEC with over 30 years of finance experience He has served as the Redwood City's Finance Director since 1993 where he oversees a department of 34 employees in three divisions: Financial Services, Revenue Services, and Information Technology. From 1985 to 1993 he served as Redwood City's Assistant Finance Director. Mr. Ponty holds a Masters Degree in Business, with an area emphasis in Finance, from California State University, East Bay and an undergraduate degree in Accounting from the University of San Francisco.
Brian has taught finance and accounting classes at Golden Gate University and presently serves on the Board of Directors of the San Mateo Credit Union, a financial institution with over $700 million in assets.
Brian lives in San Carlos with his wife Ann and son Kevin. Outside of work he enjoys golfing, skiing, and spending time with his family.
Dan Belville is a fire and emergency response service special advisor with 38 years experience in the fire service. He has served as Fire Chief for the Cities of San Mateo, Foster City and other interim assignments totaling nine years as chief. In addition to extensive municipal government experience, his last two assignments include comprehensive work with fire districts.
As fire chief, Dan led or helped develop numerous strategic planning efforts that included multiple agency participation. He participated in the development of San Mateo County's model ALS/JPA program, managed the County's Hazardous Materials Emergency Response and Recovery Program, and was the principal executive in the Foster City/San Mateo joint fire administrative merger. He was a founding member of "Fire Safe" and proponent of multiple JPA's throughout San Mateo County.
His career can be characterized as being highly collaborative with regard to joint ventures, mergers, partnerships and professional relationships. He is an advocate for a well-managed, highly educated fire service that embraces change and the need to re-examine the delivery of fire protection and emergency response services.
Dan is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the National Fire Protection Association, California Fire Chiefs Association and served on the board of Cal Fire Chiefs Operations Section. He holds an MPA in Public Administration from California State, Hayward (East Bay) and is a California Certified Chief Fire Officer.
Kevin McWhirter comes to the IEC after spending 32 years with the Millbrae and Central County Fire Department. Kevin served as Division Chief in Training for 14 years.
As Division Chief of Training Kevin was responsible for the Central San Mateo County Training Division that provided services to the fire departments of Belmont, Foster City, San Mateo, Central County (Burlingame, Hillsborough, and Millbrae) and the San Bruno. The training division was responsible for all operational and EMS training.
Kevin’s primary role with the IEC will be the State Fire Training program.
Nick Weber comes to IEC after 30 years in the Fire Service. Nick retired in 2012 as a Battalion Chief with the Foster City / San Mateo Fire Department. During his career Nick served as Operations Chief, Training Chief, Suppression Battalion Chief, and Safety Officer, and was in charge of the Apparatus and Vehicle Maintenance. On his days off from the fire house Nick worked as the Transportation Safety Division Manager for and Independent Fuel and Oil Distributer in San Francisco. He served there for over 30 years. Nick has a diverse background to help guide IEC’s transportation requirement.
Gerald “Sarge” Stein started with Industrial Emergency Council in January 2018 as the lead ARFF Training Coordinator and lead Instructor delivering 40 Hour ARFF Basics, Apparatus Operator training and "Live Burn" compliance Certification for FAR 139 and DOD Fire Departments.
Sarge started his career with 3 years Active Duty (1983-1986) US Naval Reserves on the USS Enterprise CVN 65 receiving training in shipboard and aircraft rescue firefighting, then served 2 years (1986 - 1988) reserve duty at Moffett Field for MMVU 0280. Sarge was then hired (1987 to 1998) at the Port of Oakland serving at Metropolitan Oakland International Airport performing wide range of duties primarily in ARFF, EMS, Airfield Safety & Security roles including aircraft fueling and airport operations. When they merged with the City of Oakland Fire Department Sarge assisted with ARFF training and earned a Cal State Certified Fire Control 5 "ARFF Basics" Senior Instructor in 2002 for the Oakland Fire Department. He created a comprehensive ARFF Training Program that is still in use today by the OFD. Sarge consulted and trained for ARFF Pros Consulting L.L.C. and retired from the OFD after serving 16 years from January 1998 to November 2013.
Upon retiring from the Oakland Fire Department, he was hired as a contract ARFF Fire Chief for Australian Hostile Environment Services/Falck in Papua New Guinea working for Exxon/Mobil at the KOMO Airfield in the Central Highland Region of Papua New Guinea.
Dan Voreyer joined IEC in October 2013. Prior to this he served in the San Bruno Fire Department for 28 years starting as a Firefighter and retiring as Fire Chief in 2007. He was a department training officer both as a Captain and Battalion Chief and also served as the Fire Marshal. Additionally he oversaw the update of the city's emergency operation plan and the emergency operation center as the Emergency Services Coordinator for the city.
Since 2007 Dan has worked as a fire and life safety consultant and as an emergency planning consultant for private companies and various local government and state agencies.
Dan holds a Bachelors degree in Vocational Education from Cal State Long Beach, an Associates degree in Fire Science from College of San Mateo, and an Associates degree in Criminal Justice from Skyline College. He is a California Community College Credentialed Instructor in Fire Science Technology.
Dan's role at IEC focuses on the Fire Department In-Service Training Program where he coordinates the program between various fire agencies, Palo Verde College and IEC.
Mike Berry currently works for the City of Torrance Fire Department and has been involved with the Hazmat Team and Program for 10 years. He has been involved in developing and implementing HAZMAT Standard Operating Guidelines for the Torrance Fire Department and has extensive operational experience.
Mr. Berry has been an instructor with the Industrial Emergency Council for 5 years. He now coordinates and helps to develop training and course curriculum for the IEC in Southern California. Mr. Berry is The President of BioSmart a company that helps multiple private industry companies develops their emergency operation plans and trains their personnel in the field for emergency response. Mr. Berry is an alumnus of the University of Oklahoma where he studied Communications and Political Science.
Tim McHenry retired from the San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, as the Captain of field operations overseeing a paid and volunteer staff of over 300 people. During his 37 years of service he served in a number of positions including the manager of the Sheriff's Area Office of Emergency Service. He also served 6 years in the US Army Reserve, Military Police, and training unit.
Mr. McHenry has an AA degree from the College of San Mateo, a teaching certificate from California Community Colleges and has been an instructor for over 30 years at several community colleges in the area. Additionally, he has been an outreach instructor for the California Specialized Training Institute, the Governor's Office of Emergency Services, Search & Rescue, the American Red Cross and American Heart Association.
Founder of the Industrial Emergency Council which was established as a non-profit training and educational corporation on July 1978. Jim retired from South County Fire Department in 1996 as a Battalion Fire Chief after 40 years of service. He held the position of Executive Director with IEC which lasted until 2013 and then semi retired, but still holds an office at the training office.
Carla joined IEC in 2014 to provide support to the Executive Director, Finance Director and support the Hazardous Materials Course Program. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration and an Associates Degree in Liberal Studies. She worked for FedEx as an Account Executive for 13 years and has an extensive background in Customer Service and Sales. She is familiar with the fire service being married to Tom Cuschieri Captain for Woodside Fire Protection District. They have two boys and live in San Carlos.
Lucrezia Mota joined IEC in 2016 to provide administrative support to the IEC coordinators to implement upcoming classes. Originally from Italy, Lucrezia grew up in Redwood City and graduated from Woodside high. She attended Canada College and later started a company named Skyway Communication. Lucrezia is a mother of three and married to retired Battalion Chief Tommy Mota.
John Paine is a consultant to the specialty gas industry where he has worked since 1971. He held a number of management positions (operations, sales, quality systems) in his 25 years with Liquid Carbonic Industries. He held leadership positions for SEMI (Semiconductor Equipment and Materials International) over the last 20 years and worked on behalf of the Compressed Gas Association (CGA) in the development of hazardous materials code language for the Uniform Fire Code. He is a graduate of San Jose State University with a degree in Chemistry.
Andrew M. Stark (Fire Chief Retired) - Chief Andrew M. Stark is a veteran of 36 years in the fire service. He began his career in 1968 with the City of Oakland Fire Department, rising to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief-Operations. In 1992 Chief Stark left Oakland to assume the role of Fire Chief of the City of South San Francisco, and served in that capacity until joining the City of Pacifica in 1997. He retired from the fire service in 2004.
He has authored technical papers published by the National Fire Protection Association and the American Public Works Association and has spoken before professional organizations across America. He serves as an adjunct faculty member at FEMA's Emergency Management institute as well as the Center for Domestic Preparedness.
Keith Marshall spent 32 years with the Burlingame Fire department. He retired in 2003 as Assistant Chief Fire Marshal. Keith's background includes a State of CA teaching credential and a career as a Fire service instructor since 1987. He studied at CSU Long Beach toward a Bachelor of Vocational Education Degree. Keith has taught classes for College of San Mateo, City College of San Francisco, and many other colleges throughout CA. He is currently the Fire Technology Program Director for the College of San Mateo, and has been in that role since 2004. He has been associated with IEC as a contract instructor since 1999 and is now a member of the Board of Directors for IEC. His background in teaching and training in the fire service provide a unique perspective to the IEC Board.
A public safety professional, Mr. Silano has over 35 years of combined law enforcement and emergency management experience. Presently, Mr. Silano is an Intelligence Officer as a Senior National Security Intelligence Analyst for the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center in San Francisco, CA. In the past, he served as the Chief of Threat Intelligence assigned to the Northern California Regional Intelligence Center, representing the California Emergency Management Agency. The NCRIC is one of 77 DHS Fusion Centers specializing in research involving the terrorism threat and emergency management situations as it relates to law enforcement, fire, public health, emergency services and the private industry.
Director Silano serves the fire district as the Vice President. In that capacity, he serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and represents the district on the San Mateo County (LAFCo) Local Agency Formation Commission and the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors. Additional duties include, being a voting member of both the Board for the San Mateo County Pre-Hospital Emergency Medical Services; Joint Powers Act and the California Special Districts Association.
As a private safety professional, Mr. Silano has served in various capacities within Emergency Management, Loss Prevention, Security Operations and Corporate Investigations. He holds positions on three (3) company boards of directors, one (1) a non-profit organization.
In the past, Mr. Silano has had experience in domestic and international operations as a former U.S. Department of Justice Special Agent with the Drug Enforcement Administration. Former Special Agent Silano has held positions as a City of Miami Police Officer, Task Force Commander, Police Instructor, Supervisory Special Agent, and a Senior Manager with the U.S. Department of Justice, DEA. He holds a Top Secret Government Clearance, Baccalaureate and Master's Degrees and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy Session 158.
Director Silano is married and has lived in Menlo Park since 1988. Rob and Barbara have 2 grown children that have attended Menlo Park schools.
Retired Commander of the San Carlos Police Department.
Instructor at the College of San Mateo in the Administration of Justice Division. Instructs classes in Criminal Law and Legal Aspects of Evidence.
Past President of the San Carlos Rotary Club and currently serving as the district trainer.
San Carlos Citizen of the Year in 1999 for his work with youth in the community and his volunteerism.
Married to wife Leslie. Enjoys traveling and his grandchildren.
Bill Lent has been the Hazardous Materials Program Manager for San Mateo County's Environmental Health Division for the past 29 years. In this position he has managed a number of programs including the Household Hazardous Waste Collection Program. Currently Bill is responsible for the Division’s CUPA program that includes the hazardous waste, underground tank and other hazardous materials regulatory programs. He is the past chair of the California CUPA Forum and is currently a member of the CUPA Forum Board as the CCDEH representative. In addition Bill coordinated the County’s Hazardous Materials Emergency Response program for the Joint Powers Authority for 15 years and has been a member of the response team since it was formed in 1985. In that capacity Bill has responded to more that 500 Hazardous Materials Emergency Response calls throughout the County. In 2011 Bill received the California Environmental Protection Agency’s "Environmental Achievement Award" and the Cailfornia CUPA Forum’s "Outstanding CUPA Individual Award" in 2005.
Bill has been the Conference Chair for the annual "Certified Program Training Conference" twelve times. The "CUPA Conference" is the premier training event for regulatory staff throughout California, and attracts more than 1400 attendees and provides over 100 technical training sessions each year. Bill has been the statewide Training Coordinator for the California CUPA Forum for the past ten years.
Bill has been involved in a number of enforcement cases involving both hazardous waste and underground storage tanks. He has received specialized training in Emergency Response, Hazardous Waste Management, Weapons of Mass Destruction, etc. He has been called as an expert witness routinely for trials involving hazardous waste. Bill has a B.S. in chemistry from Chico State, and managed an analytical laboratory prior to coming to the county.