Big Stick Fire Training

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Battalion Chief Ted Corporandy (ret), a 36 year veteran, began his career in 1970 with the U.S. Forest Service where he served as a smokejumper, helitack crewman, and engine crewman. He joined the San Jose Fire Department in 1975 and left for San Francisco in 1978.  He served on various committees including Co-Chair of the Mutual Aid Committee and Chairman of the High Rise Committee. Corporandy is a California State Certified Fire Instructor, Chief Officer level instructor for High Rise Operations and Multi-Alarm incidents and  former member of the Educational Advisory Committee for FDIC-West (Sacramento).  He was a member of the adjunct faculty at College of the Siskiyous and Columbia College, both in California. He has developed and instructed training programs for fire departments and presented at numerous seminars and conferences in California, Colorado, and Idaho. He has written manuals, training bulletins, and periodicals, and was a contributor to American Fire Journal Magazine and several fire service text books. He is a member of the National Fire Academy Alumni Association and the National Smokejumper Association. After 28 years of service with the San Francisco Fire Department he retired. He recently co-developed and successfully completed TDA driver-tiller training packages for the Alameda Fire Department, Novato Fire Protection District, Palo Alto Fire Department and Contra Costa County Fire District.

Lieutenant Bob Cunningham (ret) served in the San Francisco Fire Department from 1981-2009 as a firefighter, pump operator, aerial driver, and tiller operator, field lieutenant and retiring as a lieutenant at the Division of Training. He is an Emergency Vehicle Operations Instructor and is a California State Certified Fire Instructor. He was very active as a member of several SFFD committees which included designing apparatus and rewriting manuals. Throughout his career he received numerous Chief’s Letters of Commendation, Unit Citations, and a medal for valor for the rescue of two elderly civilians in a Chinatown hotel fire.  In 1985 he was named Firefighter of the Year. He recently co-developed and successfully completed TDA driver-tiller training packages for the Alameda Fire Department, Novato Fire Protection District, Palo Alto Fire Department and Contra Costa County Fire District. His experience as a commercial truck driver for most of his life is particularly beneficial as an aerial driver instructor.

 

Ted Corporandy

Ted Corporandy

 

Bob Cunningham

Bob Cunningham