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Do not go where the path may lead.....

Go instead where there is no path.....

And leave a trail.....


Quote by Ralph Waldo Emerson

Battalion Chief Johnny Brewington (Retired) - Fire Service Management: OH

Served as the Seventh President for the International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters (2002 – 2008) and retired Battalion Chief for the Cleveland Division of Fire (Ohio). 

Served as a national spokesperson for the USFA Campaign to Reduce Fire Deaths among African-American Infants and Toddlers in 2004. 

An Alumnus of the Carl Holmes Executive Development Institute at Dillard University and the National Fire Academy. 

Awards of Valor: Cleveland Fire Department, City of Cleveland, Rotary Club, State of Ohio, International Association of Black Professional Fire Fighters, and Firehouse Magazine. 

Community Activities:

Akron University Fire Protection Advisory Board, American Red Cross Operation Save A Life, Base Cleveland Veterans Committee, Cleveland Metropolitan School District Martin Luther King Municipal Careers Public Safety Academy Advisory Board, Firefighters ABC Advisory Board, Fire 20/20 Advisory Board, Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Community Advisory Committee, NFPA Urban Fire Safety Task Force, and Vision 20/20 Steering Committee.

Fire Chief Daryl L. Osby - Fire Service Management: CA

Los Angeles County Fire Department

Over his numerous years in the fire service, Fire Chief Osby's rapid rise in rank included heading the East Regional Operations Bureau for the Los Angeles County Fire Department prior to being named Deputy Chief.

With a strong orientation for community service and recruitment, he was very involved with the Katrina relief effort as well as the Educational Development Institute. He is also a member of the Stentorian organization for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Fire Chief Osby's primary contribution to Firefighter's ABC's is assistance in the area of optimizing Firefighter Diversity Recruitment Council programs that allow them to be conducted effectively and in a cost efficient manner.

He does this through his mentorship to Firefighter's ABC's as well as providing much needed insight into the workings of the fire service from a top down perspective.

Chief Osby was the youngest Fire Chief in the history of the Los Angeles County Fire Department - one of the largest fire departments in the United States.

Oh, by the way his father Robert E. Osby was the Fire Chief of Oceanside, San Diego, San Jose and Inglewood Fire Departments and his mother once worked for Gilroy Fire Department.

Chief Michael E. Smith (Retired) - Fire Management Liaison: CA

In 1978, Mr. Smith became the first African-American firefighter in Monterey, California. He joined the San Jose (CA) Fire Department in 1981 and rose through the ranks to become Deputy Chief.

The progression through his thirty-year career in the fire service culminated in the role of Fire Chief for the cities of Fresno and Fairfield in California.

Throughout his career, Mr. Smith has exercised a firm commitment to diversity recruitment within the fire service. This driving force has led to his ongoing outreach efforts within the faith-based and educational segments of the communities that he has served.

Mr. Smith has held memberships in a number of fire related professional organizations. Additionally, Mr. Smith has served as President for the League of California Cities (Fire Section) and as a Board Member of Metro Chiefs.

Ph.d. Rhonda R. Farber - Educational Outreach: CA

Is retired after working for the Campbell Union High School District from 1972-2012.

Most importantly she held the position of Superintendent from 1999-2012.

Rhonda has been a friend of our founder since 1968 when they met while attending SJSU.

Having received her Ph.D. along with many other awards she has a handle on the educational requirements for those in high school. These diverse high school students are our target for the next 21st Century firefighter.

Yes, when it comes to items involving high school education Rhonda is our go to person.

Deloris Osby - Community Outreach: CA

  • BA - Business Administration
  • Masters - Adult Education & Training 

She has been involved with the fire service for many years and also had a very close relationship with the following departments:

  • San Diego Fire & Rescue Department
  • Inglewood Fire Department
  • San Jose Fire Department
  • Gilroy Fire Department
  • She has a brother who retired as a B/C in a metro fire department located in CA
  • And most likely as it relates to the fire service the item that brings her the most joy is that her son became the fire chief of Los Angeles County Fire Department one of the largest fire departments in the United States (he was the first person of color to achieve the rank  of fire chief in this department)
  • She has been a true resource as the Community Outreach Manager

LaJoyce “Joy” Hayden - Office Management: CA

She began her career with the City of San Jose as a Fire / Police / EMS / Public Safety Dispatcher in 1971 and had a 31 year career in the dispatch field:

  • As the first black dispatcher for the City of San Jose she:
    • Served the Police Department and Fire Department
  • Working for Santa Clara County she worked in the Santa Clara County Communications Division
  • Working for the City of Gilroy she work for both the Police Department and the Fire Department
  • And has been a co-owner of Firefighter’s ABC’s since 1999

Fred Hayden - Business Management: CA

  • AA - Solano Jr. College
  • BA - San Jose State University
  • MBA - Stanford University

He was invited to take part in the Olympic trials throwing the discus, however he had to make a choice of either the trials or attending Stanford, and he went for the Stanford deal – a wise choice.

He went on to work for companies such as:

  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Levi Strauss
  • Apple
  • As well as other world know companies
  • He now dabbles in his real estate holdings and woodworking

Branson Quirke - Social Media Manager: CA

He is a 21 year old college student going to Arizona State University for a BA in Film and Media Studies.

Branson has worked on a multitude of projects the past three years, acting in 13 Reasons Why on Netflix, working production of three Paramount Pictures, as well as two Marvel movies.

Branson also works as the Graphic Design Specialist at South Valley Community Church. He plays guitar every Sunday and leads the high school ministry in music.

Branson has aspirations to become involved in the entertainment industry, whether that is behind the scenes or on camera, he is up to the task for both. 

His knowledge of social media will hopefully propel Firefighter's ABC's as we seek to embrace the next 21st Century diverse firefighter.

If you wish to be a member of our social media team as a volunteer intern please contact Branson as info@firefightersabcs.com. 

Emma Candelli - Social Media and Membership Intern: CT

I am a female junior in high school who believes that anything is possible if you work hard enough.

I am known to help in my community. I have many awards for community service in my town.

Also, I am involved with a local fire department.

When I am older, I want to be a Firefighter/EMT and a mechanic. 

The reason I chose this internship is that I want to learn as much as possible in the fire and EMS field.

More teens should do this program because you can learn many skills to help you in the future.

I joined as a social media intern on 5/1/20

Tamir Bell - Social Media and Membership Intern: IL

Is a high school student, who loves being a videographer and athlete.

When finished with high school he plans to major in sports management and minor in communication management.

He started the internship program in April of 2019.

Olivia S. Gentry - Social Media and Membership Intern: MO

I am a senior in high school who’s all about coming together as a team to work through hard times and good times with all situations.

Also, I’m a three-sport athlete (Basketball, Volleyball and Track) but when off the sports scene I’m a dedicated student in the classroom.

My focus is Law Enforcement / CSI at Northland Career Center on top of my high school classes.

I plan to attend college at Texas A & M to major in Criminal Justice and minor in Forensic Science.

As it relates to the Firefighter’s ABC’s internship I decided to do this internship to raise awareness and grow diversity in the fire service and to also support and prepare teens to become more marketable when it’s time for them to enter the workforce be it fire or another career of their choice.

Update 5-18-20

I am now enrolled at Park University, MO on a basketball scholarship.

Major: Criminal Justice Administrations

Minor: Sociology

Articulate Solutions - Website Design: CA

Based in Gilroy California - The builders of the Firefighter's ABC's site

Katherine Filice CEO - Executive Creative Director

Katherine Filice is a highly awarded creative director with over 25 years of experience leading cohesive brand development for a wide variety of B2B and B2C companies as well as government agencies, higher education institutions, and non-profit organizations.

Katherine helps clients develop and manage their branding strategy across all media to create a fully consistent consumer experience. Her specialties include identity design, creative communications, and illustration and design, as well as innovative website and social media development. She also has deep experience with corporate communications, media relations, and community outreach.

Katherine holds a B.S. degree in Organizational Leadership and is an Alpha Sigma Nu Lifetime Honor Society member and long-time Rotarian. Katherine is also a professional artist who has exhibited her works in London, New York, and Hong Kong.

Simply put they have a great team.

Mitch Selltzer - IT Administrator: CA

All IT issues related to our site were designed, built and are maintained by Mitch.

Mitch was hired to be a part of the Firefighter's ABC's team in 1999.

He is well sought out for his expertise in the IT field and we are proud to have him as part of our support team.

Yes, although he has many clients - we feel Firefighter's ABC's is his special one.

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