Instructors 2017-07-26T16:52:25+00:00

Dave Baker, Captain

Urban Search & Rescue Division

Captain Dave Baker is a 24 year veteran in the fire department. He has 21 years of experience in specialized rescue with over 19 years in teaching to other fire department personnel and private industry. David is an active member in the City of Anaheim CAL-EMA Type I US&R Team and a Rescue Team Manager with FEMA CATF-5. Captain Baker is a Senior Instructor in Rescue Systems I, II and III. He is also an instructor in Structural Collapse Technician (SCT), Low Angle Rope Rescue (LARRO) , and a primary instructor in Confined Space.

Wayne Chapman, Captain

Urban Search & Rescue Division

Captain Wayne Chapman began his career in 1989 with Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA), currently ranked as a Captain, Helicopter Crew Chief and FEMA Urban Search & Rescue Coordinator with OCFA. He is a FEMA Instructor, Certified Level II in Structural Collapse Technician and FEMA recognized SME in Rigging. Captain Chapman is a California State Fire Training Instructor for Rescue Systems I, II and III, Confined Space Rescue Technician, and Rope Rescue Technician. Captain Chapman is also a member of California State Fire Training Rope Rescue Technician Curriculum Development Working Group and Confined Space Technician Working Group, member of  FEMA Heavy Equipment and Rigging Specialist Curriculum Update Ad-Hoc, member of California OES, Regional Task Force Working Group, member of ASTM F-32 Committee on Search and Rescue, member of FEMA Rescue Sub Group, Nationally Certified Rigger Level I and II (NCCCO).

Joe Mathias, Captain

Urban Search & Rescue Division

Captain Joe Mathias is a 15 year veteran in the Orange City Fire Department. He has been an active member of the Orange City Fire Department’s CAL OES Type I US&R Company for 13 years. Captain Mathias is also a Rescue Specialist on FEMA US&R Orange County Task Force 5. He is a Senior Instructor for Rescue Systems I (RSI) and Primary Instructor for Low Angle Rope Rescue Operational (LARRO). He is also the Master Instructor in the Santa Ana Basic Fire Academy for LARRO and RSI. 

Stan Klopfenstein, Retired Division Chief 

Technical Rescue Instructor 

Stan Klopfenstein is a Retired DIvision Chief of the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department.  He began his Fire Service career with the Santa Fe Springs Fire Department in 1977.  He became a Technical Rescue Instructor with North Net Training Center in 1996. He is a California State Fire Training Instructor.  He is a Senior Instructor for Rescue Systems II, Confined Space Rescue Technician and Trench Rescue Technician. He is a Primary Instructor in Rescue Systems 1 and Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations.  He is a member of California State Fire Training. He is in the Trench Rescue Technician-Curriculum Development Working Group (Chair of Committee), Rescue Systems 2-Working Group and Rescue Systems 1-Working Group.

Alan Baker, Engineer

Technical Rescue Instructor 

Alan Baker is currently a Engineer for Newport Beach Fire Department, since 1992.  Engineer Alan Baker has been a Technical Rescue Instructor for the North Net Training Center since 1994.  He is a California State Fire Training Instructor. He is a Senior Instructor for Rope Rescue Technician, Rescue Systems II and Trench Rescue Technician.  He is a Primary Instructor for Rescue Systems I and Low Angle Rope Rescue Operations.  He is part of the Society of Professional Rope Access Technicians (SPRAT) Level 1.  Engineer Baker is a Member of the California State Fire Training.  He is in the Trench Rescue Technician- Curriculum Development Working Group, Rescue Systems 2-Working Group and the Rescue Systems 1-Working Group.

Bob Masonis, Retired Captain

Urban Search & Rescue Division

Retired Captain Robert Masonis is a veteran firefighter of 30 years working for the City of Newport Beach. He is a Senior Instructor for the State Fire Marshall’s Office, and California Emergency Management Agency.  He also teaches for FEMA, in the field of Urban Search and Rescue. Retired Captain Masonis is a past member of US&R FEMA Task Force 6, and the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue Incident Support Team. He has been a part of rewriting Rescue Systems I, Rescue Systems II and Trench Rescue manuals for the State. Retired Captain Masonis, a Senior Instructor for Rescue Systems II just completed his 17th year of instruction at North Net Training Authority.

Dave Sherman, Captain/Paramedic

Driver Operator Instructor

Captain Dave Sherman is a 27 year veteran in the fire department. He began his career as a Firefighter/Inspector and through the years he has held the positions of Firefighter/Paramedic, EMT instructor, Engineer/Paramedic and is currently a Fire Captain/Paramedic with Orange City Fire Department. Captain/Paramedic Sherman has an A.S. Degree from Santa Ana College. Captain/Paramedic Sherman’s additional education includes: Contemporary Leadership Challenges for Chief Officers, Intermediate Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) OCIAC, Command Officers Response to Terrorism, Auto Extrication Specialist, Designated Subject Teaching Credential Long Beach University and California DMV Employer Testing Program Administrator Testing. Captain/Paramedic Sherman is a State Certified Instructor.