Chief Kyle Smith

Instructor Bio | Kyle Smith is a Battalion Chief with Cobb County Fire and Emergency Services. He has been in the fire service for over 26 years and worked in career and volunteer fire departments. Chief Smith also works as a consultant for Telgian Engineering & Consulting, a worldwide provider of comprehensive fire, security, life safety consulting, testing and inspections, and engineering/design services, where he has obtained fire protection certifications from NFPA and NICET. He has been a certified instructor since 2004, teaching for local and State agencies, both hands-on and classroom. Kyle serves as the team leader for the High-rise group tasked with teaching high-rise firefighting and alarm systems to all new recruits. Capt. Smith also represents the fire service on the NFPA 14-Standpipe Systems technical committee.

Chief Daniel Shaw

Instructor Bio | Dan, a fire service student since 1992, is the Assistant Chief of Fire Operations in the Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Department in Northern Virginia. Dan has an Associates Degree in Fire Service Supervision, a Bachelors degree in Business Administration, and is a graduate of the West Point Leadership Program.

He has instructed at FDIC, Firehouse Expo and Andy Fredericks Training Days on various fireground topics. He is a Vice President of Traditions Training, LLC. He has been published in Fire Engineering magazine, co-host a monthly podcast on firefighting on Fire Engineering Talk Radio, a principle member of NFPA 1400, fire service training and in 2013 co-authored his first book with Lt. Doug Mitchell, entitled “25 to Survive: Reducing Residential Injury and LODD”

Captain Douglas Mitchell Jr

Instructor Bio | Doug is a member of the New York City Fire Department with 30 years of fire experience, the last 23 with the FDNY. He is currently the Captain of Ladder 38 in the Bronx’s 7th Division. Doug served as the Executive Officer of Probationary Firefighters School and is a PIO for the FDNY IMT. He was a Lieutenant in the Bronx, a Fire Marshal in Queens and a Fireman in Manhattan.

Doug previously worked for Fairfax County Va. Fire & Rescue Department. He has lectured and conducted hands-on-training programs nationwide as a vice president of Traditions