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Meet Our Team

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 honorable discharge, he joined ...Philadelphia Fire Dept. 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 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 a firefighter, Lieutenant, Captain to Senior Battalion Chief. Mike retired as both the Acting Deputy Chief of Operations and Acting Chief of the Department. Mike has also 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. 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):  joined FAST Rescue Solutions in 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 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 Philly. Chris removed and saved an unconscious victim from an apartment fire in April 2018 using the Muli-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):  joined FAST Rescue Solutions in 2016 as the rep 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 when through a mutual friend on the fire service, at first glance Steve knew the FAST board was a home run and a true game changer in our industry. Steve began showing the FAST Board around North Jersey even before becoming a rep knowing departments needed to have this tool available to them. Steve is a career Captain in the Millburn Fire Dept and has 24 years in the fire service with volunteer and career time. He is a level 2 ProBoard instructor with lots of 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 joined the Philadelphia Fire Dept. 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. Eladio joined the FRS team in 2016 and is currently a training instructor.


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 deternined to do all he can to get a FAST board in every department in his area, this will 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 decided to move back north and was hired on with the city of Philadelphia where he continues to provide service on an engine company in North Philly. He joined FAST Rescue Solutions to continue on his own skills while being able to provide training and innovative products to firefighters everywhere.


Bob Toomey (SME):Bob has been with Fast Rescue Solutions since the beginning. Born and raised in Philadelphia, 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 is certified in structural collapse, confined space, rope rescue, trench collapse, vehicle extrication, rapid water rescue and Hazmat. He is also a member of PATF1 Pennsylvania’s U.S.A.R. Team since 2014. Bob is one of our lead instructors and teaches the Fast Board with an obvious passion. He has trained companies in many parts of the U.S. and as far out as Taiwan. He enjoys teaching and educating people about the FAST Board. He realized that Eric was on to something big and knew he had to help him reach his goal. Extrication of downed fireman has been a thorn in the side of the fire service for many years and now Bob is positive that this 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 to FAST to continue serving the First Responder community. He saw what an incredible force multiplier the FAST Board is. The Board was designed and manufactured by end-user’s to save end-users and accomplishes that mission with astonishing ease and speed. Immediately he saw the potential for its application to law enforcement and military work. We have made some adaptations such as adding a ballistic panel, handle configuration for deploying as an entry shield all supported by curriculum and training.


Enrique Reyes (SME): 25 Years active Security experience developing and training Security personnel from bouncer/greeters to executive protection specialists. 10 years as active Combatives Instructor and Executive Protection Specialist with CONUS/OCONUS experience. USDoD Contractor (Ret.)


Jeremy Mathis (SME):  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 and 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, as well as 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. Jeremy immediately felt that this device was going to save lives and he joined Fast Rescue Solutions to help and reach other departments in his area with this game changing device.