Our team of Subject Matter Experts bring over a century of combined experience in firefighting, RIT, technical rescue, law enforcement (including SWAT, Mobile Field Force, and Bike Patrol).
Eric Allen (SME): Eric is the creator of the FAST Board and Co-founder of FAST Rescue Solutions, LLC. Eric began his career in firefighting in the United States Navy.... In 1996, after an honorable discharge, he joined the Philadelphia Fire Department. In 2004 Eric joined Philadelphia’s Special Operations and was assigned to Squad 47. . Other accomplishments include being a member of PATF 1 as a Rescue Specialist, Technical Search Specialist and Technical Search Manager Specialist. He has also spent many years as a USDoD Contractor (Ret.)
Michael Horst (SME): Mike is a retired Senior Battalion Chief with over 34 years of experience at the Harrisburg Bureau of Fire, an urban capital city in the Commonwealth ...of Pennsylvania. Promoted through the ranks as firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain, and on to Senior Battalion Chief, Mike retired as both the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations and Acting Chief of the Department. Mike has served for many years as a member of one of our regions’ most progressive volunteer fire departments as a firefighter through Assistant Chief and has been involved in the training of emergency responders for most of his 45 years in the fire service. Mike is a current member of the FEMA USAR PA-TF1 Urban Search and Rescue Team, serving as a Task Force Safety Officer. Mike has been involved with FAST Rescue since the inception of the FAST Board and is currently FAST Rescue Solutions’ Senior Director of Business Growth & Development as well as a lead training instructor. He also currently operates a multiple discipline training company, Trident Training Specialists, LLC, and Team Gold Front Training, providing fire-centric specialty classes. Strategy & Tactics, Leadership, and Officer Development are his strengths. He is also currently an instructor for the Harrisburg Area Community College Fire Service Unit specializing in Front Seat Rider Development, Strategy and Tactics, and Fire Officer Development.
Chris Simpson (SME): Chris joined the FAST Tribe in the Spring of 2017 and has traveled around the country providing demonstrations for different disciplines ... including fire, medical, industrial safety, and technical rescue. Chris joined the FAST Tribe knowing that the FAST Board was designed by a firefighter for firefighters. Chris has 15 years of firefighter and rescue experience both volunteer and career. Chris volunteered for 10 years before becoming a career firefighter with Harrisburg Bureau of Fire working in the Allison Hill section of the city. Chris later joined the Philadelphia Fire Department where he is currently assigned to Ladder 19/HAZMAT 1. Prior to his current assignment, he worked on an engine in West Philadelphia. Chris removed and saved an unconscious victim from an apartment fire in April 2018 using the Multi-Loop Rescue Strap. Chris graduated with a B.S. from The Pennsylvania State University prior to seeking firefighting as a career. Chris is trained in firefighting, medical, HAZMAT, vehicle, confined space, rope, water, ice, trench, and structural collapse rescue.
Steve Jason (SME): Steve joined the FAST Tribe in 2016 as their representative for Northern New Jersey. Since then Steve has expanded his area to include the upper 2/3 of NJ. …. Steve first met creator, Eric Allen, through a mutual friend on the fire service. At first glance, Steve knew the FAST board was a true game-changer in our industry. Steve began showing the FAST Board around North Jersey even before becoming a rep, knowing that departments needed to have this tool available to them. Steve is a career Captain in the Millburn Fire Department and has 24 years in the fire service with both volunteer and career time. He is a level 2 ProBoard instructor with strong experience in many areas of the job including Engine, Truck, and Rescue company skills. Steve is a member of the NJ Metro Strike UASR team. He has taught at FDIC and NAHRS as well as locally at academies.
Eladio Martinez (SME): Eladio has been with the FAST Tribe since 2016 and is currently a training instructor. Eladio joined the Philadelphia Fire Department in 2007.... In 2016 he joined Philadelphia’s Special Operations and was assigned to Squad 47. Eladio is a Rescue Specialist, Hazmat Specialist, Logistics Specialist for FEMA PA-TF1. He is also certified in Swift Water Rescue, High Angle/Rope Rescue, Structural Collapse, and Confined Space Rescue.
Matt Pieper (SME): Matt has been a member of the Hustisford Volunteer Fire Dept for 19 years, serving as the Chief for the past 9 as well as a Firefighter/Paramedic for the Watertown ...Fire Department since 2004. Matt joined the FAST Tribe because he knew the FAST Board makes a difference in how we rescue downed firefighters. He also loves the passion and drive of the FAST Tribe and feels it matches his own. Matt is determined to do all that he can to get a FAST Board in every department in his area, in order to ensure true firefighter safety!
Tommy Shaw (SME): Tommy began his career in the fire service 2001 in upstate NY. In 2009 he landed his first career fire job in Fayetteville, NY and later landed a position in ...Norfolk, VA. In 2016 he moved back north and was hired on with the City of Philadelphia where he continues to provide service on an engine company in North Philadelphia. He joined FAST Rescue Solutions in order to further his own skills while also being able to provide training and innovative products to firefighters everywhere.
Bob Toomey (SME): Bob has been with Fast Rescue Solutions since the beginning. A Philadelphia native, Bob joined the fire service in 2006 and has been working with FAST ...Board creator, Eric Allen, at Squad 47 in Philadelphia since January 2013. He realized that Eric was on to something big and knew he had to help him reach his goal. Bob is certified in structural collapse, confined space, rope rescue, trench collapse, vehicle extrication, rapid water rescue, and Hazmat. He has also been a member of PATF1 Pennsylvania’s U.S.A.R. Team since 2014. Bob is one of FRS' lead instructors and teaches the FAST Board with an obvious passion. He has trained companies in many parts of the U.S. and abroad as far as Taiwan. He sincerely enjoys educating people about the FAST Board. Extrication of downed fireman has been a thorn in the side of the fire service for many years and now Bob is positive that the FAST Board is the easiest and fastest way to get the job done and save one of our own!
Colin Ryan(SME): Colin began his law enforcement career in 1994, working for both suburban and large city police departments. Since then, he’s had the privilege... to be a member of specialized units such as Crime Prevention Unit, Investigations, SWAT, Mobile Field Force, CISM, Plain Clothes, and Bike Patrol. Additionally, Colin has been an instructor for law enforcement and the military in Defensive Tactics, Handcuffing. Baton, Taser, Edged Weapons, and Mobile Field Force. He joined the FAST Tribe in 2018 to continue serving the First Responder community. He saw what an incredible force multiplier the FAST Board is, and respected that the Board was designed and manufactured by end-users to save end-users and accomplishes that mission with astonishing ease and speed. Immediately Colin saw the potential for its application to law enforcement and military work. Joining with FRS’ Research and Development team Colin brought about adaptations such as the addition of a ballistic panel and a handle configuration for deploying the Board as an entry shield, all supported by curriculum and training he was instrumental in developing.
Enrique Reyes (SME): Enrique joined the FAST Tribe when the company moved into its Bridgeport, PA location in the Spring of 2018. “Riq” is the head of FRS’ Production Department..., with his hands on every single Board the company produces and is a key member of the Operations team. Enrique brings 25 Years of active Security experience to developing and training Security personnel: from bouncer/greeters to executive protection specialists. With 10 years as an active Combatives Instructor and Executive Protection Specialist with CONUS/OCONUS experience and his time as a USDoD Contractor (Ret.) Enrique is also a valued asset as SME to FRS’ LEO/MIL corps.
Jeremy Mathis (SME): Jeremy joined the FAST Tribe in 2019. He began in his career in fire service as a volunteer with Newton County Fire Service in 2000. He was hired on to Covington Fire ...Department in the Metro Atlanta area in 2004, where he is currently a Captain. Jeremy holds many NPQ certifications including Haz-mat Tech, Confined Space Tech, Trench Rescue Tech, and is a Level 2 instructor in both Fire and EMS. Jeremy also earned an associate degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University. He was first introduced to the FAST Board at a conference that his department had hosted and immediately felt that this device was going to save lives. He joined FAST Rescue Solutions in order to share with other departments in his area this game-changing device.
Gerald Chreiman (SME:) Jerry joined the FAST Tribe in 2019. He started his law enforcement career in January of 2000. During this time he has served as a patrol officer, Field Training Officer..., Lead Department Trainer, and is currently serving as a Patrol Sergeant. During his tenure in the Department's Training Unit Jerry was responsible for the initial certification and recertification for all sworn police officers in the areas of Firearms (pistol, shotgun, and patrol rifle), Taser, Emergency Vehicle Operations (EVOC), Expandable Baton, OC Spray, Handcuffing, Response to an Active Shooter, Management of Aggressive Behavior (MOAB), and Defensive Tactics. He is also a certified Simunitions instructor. Jerry was selected to the department's Emergency Response Team (SWAT) in 2004 where he has served as a team member/operator, Assistant Team Leader, and is now serving a Team Leader. Additionally, he is still serving as the team's lead trainer in the utilized weapons systems and all areas of tactical operations such as high-risk warrant service, response to a barricaded person, hostage rescue tactics (HRT), and dignitary protection. In addition to his duties as a sworn police officer, Jerry is also a current instructor for the Montgomery County Municipal Police Academy in the areas of firearms, physical fitness, and basic classroom curriculum. He has over 30 years of martial arts experience in various disciplines and was a member of the 1998 US Cup Tae Kwon Do Team. He has been training in the art of Sayoc Kali since 2008.
Peter Cotter (SME:) Peter joined the FAST Tribe in 2020. He is a 2nd generation Firefighter and EMT. Peter got his start at age 15 on the youth squad as an EMT. He continued his career with the Fire service in 2007, went on...to complete his NJ FF3, and is currently part of Bushkill Vol. Fire Co. Firefighter safety and survival has always been a passion for Peter. When he saw the FAST Board on social media, and again at a neighboring department, he got Steve Jason to do a demo for his department. They bought one on the spot and Peter knew he had to be a part of this amazing product and team.
Chuck Boehmer (SME:) Chuck Boehmer joined the FAST Tribe in early 2020. He began his firefighting career in 2010 with the Seattle Fire Department and became a member of Seattle's Rescue Company 1 in 2013. Chuck is a technician in Structural..., Collapse Training (SCT) for the fire agencies around the greater Seattle area. Rescue 1 was able to purchase a FAST Board in 2016 and has helped the company become more proficient and informed with its multitude of uses. He has been a Rescue Specialist on Washington Task Force 1 since 2015 and deployed with them as part of two FEMA responses. Chuck attended the US Naval Academy and served in the Navy from 2000 until 2009.
Michael Sice (SME:) Michael joined the Tribe in September 2020. He is a Massachusetts native and New Hampshire resident. Mike joined Nashua Fire Rescue in May 2004. He is a certified Firefighter, assigned to Amherst Street ..., Station, Engine 1 and Ladder 1 He is disciplined Rescue Diver, Ice certified, Haz-Mat Technician. Amherst Street is currently the Oldest Working Fire Station in NH, put in service in 1893. Mike comes from an Emergency Service and Sales back round, spending 12 years in the Service and Sales field. Working extensively in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont I have developed some great relationship. In his spare time Coaches son’s hockey team, avid golfer, saltwater fish on Cape Cod Ma. His three children Keira, Brody, Emeri mutts, Lulu and Winnie. Winnie is a mother to 7-puppies.
Nick Di Vesta (SME:) Nick joined the FAST Tribe in early 2021. He is a 2nd generation firefighter from his hometown ..., of Phoenixville, PA. After moving to Delaware in 2009, he worked at Christiana Fire Co and Mill Creek Fire Co, as well volunteered at Minquas Fire Co where he held the ranks of Rescue Captain, Engine Captain and Assistant Chief for several terms before getting hired with the City of Wilmington Fire Department in 2013. Nick has recently rejoined the volunteer fire service as a member with the Cranston Heights FC. While gaining experience in his career and Pro Board Certs in Rope Rescue Tech I/II, Confined Space Rescue Tech I/II, Swift Water Rescue Tech, and USAR Rescue Tech, Nick joined the New Castle County HACSR Team / SWRT Team / Collapse Rescue Team, and DE-TF1. After a tragic fire in Sept 2016 that ultimately took the lives of 3 WFD members, FAST Rescue Solutions visited WFD to provide training and donation of a board for the dept. After being actively involved with the rescue operations that Sept night and having hands on training with the board, Nick knew this board was a major game changer for the fire service, and one every fire dept needed on their apparatus. While also being an instructor with Capitol Fire Training LLC where he has helped re-design The Dynamic RIT Co program and instruct multiple other programs provided by CFT, teaching firefighters to help further their training is a passion he holds near and dear. In 2019 FAST Rescue Solutions and Capitol Fire Training joined together for a podcast, and after that day ... the rest is history.