BOARD OF DIRECTORS
R.A. John McDermott
IAAI-FIT, MIAAI, SCO (Fire)
Big Lakes County Fire Services
R.A. John McDermott began his career in emergency services in January of 2000 with the Lesser Slave Regional Fire Service. Among other things, he’s been educated, trained and certified as a Professional Firefighter, HAZMAT Operator, Fire Service Instructor and Fire Investigator. John has extensive experience in operational firefighting, command, formal instruction and fire origin & cause investigations including evidence collection. In 2013, he became certified by the International Association of Arson Investigators as a Fire Investigation Technician (IAAI-FIT). He is also FI-210 trained as a Wildfire Investigator.
John serves the FIAA, Chapter #38 of the IAAI as the President (2017-2019). In addition to sitting on the Board of Directors of the FIAA since 2010, he also serves the IAAI as a Training & Education Committee member. As a Committee member, he sits on the ITC Sub-Committee (Co-Chair), the Curriculum Development Sub-Committee (Committee Member) and the Non-U.S. Outreach Sub-Committee (Chair), working with Fire Investigators from around the world to bring training and education to the fire & arson investigation community, globally.
John lives in Northwest Alberta where he serves Big Lakes County Fire Services as Fire Chief where he oversees five stations.
Trevor Mistal began his emergency services career in 1997 with the Vermilion Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter. He was hired as full time Deputy Chief of Training in Sturgeon County in 2004 and remained in that position until 2009 when he moved to Stony Plain Fire Department in the same capacity. Trevor was promoted to Stony Plain Fire Chief in 2014. He was active in response, training and investigations in any of his positions held.
Trevor is a Master Electrician, has completed and is certified to NFPA levels, 472, 1001 level 2, 1002, 1031, 1033, 1035 Level 1, 1041 Level 2, 1051, 1081, 1521. Alberta Safety Codes Officer – B1 & C2. IAAI-Fire Investigation Technician. Graduate of the NAIT Public Sector Emergency Management certificate program.
Trevor joined the Fire Investigation Association of Alberta in 2000 and has had the opportunity to participate in many great training courses and meet many awesome people. He joined the FIAA Board of Directors in 2016 and hopes to continue the legacy to ensure the FIAA remains a world class organization to provide training and a place for investigators to network.
When not at work, Trevor can be found at the lake with his wife, daughter and son.
SCO (Fire), MIAAI
Mundare Fire & Rescue
Glenda Dales joined the fire service in 1986 as a firefighter in Chipman, Alberta. She has since been with Mundare Fire & Rescue since 1993 as a firefighter, and has since occupied the positions Training Officer, Deputy Fire Chief. Glenda has been the Fire Chief in Mundare since 1998 and is very active in the community.
She has been a member of the AFCA for over 22 years and was on the Board for 8 years. Glenda has been an active member of the FIAA, joining in 1993 and was elected to the Board of Directors in 2007.
Glenda Dales has been awarded the Commander of the Most Venerable Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the 12 Year Exemplary Service Medal for St. John Ambulance, the Queens Golden Jubilee Medal, the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Alberta Centennial Medal, the Alberta Emergency Services Medal and the Exemplary Service Fire Services Medal.
Alan WEICKER has over 38 years in the fire service and began investigating fires for the Edmonton Fire Rescue Service in 1992. He currently investigates both public and private fire losses. He has demonstrated commitment to continuing education with NAFI as a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator (CFEI) and Certified Vehicle Fire Investigator. He is a Level II Safety Codes Officer and is also a Canadian Interagency Forest Fire Centre FI-210 Wildfire trained investigator. Since 2007, Fire Investigator Weicker has routinely presented a variety of fire investigation topics, most recently to the Saskatchewan Association of Fire Chiefs – Inspectors Division.
Jeff graduated from Fleming College in 1981 with a diploma in Forestry and has worked in the profession since 1979, 31 years with the Alberta government, the last 20 in wildfire management. He has conducted wildfire investigations since 1999. Currently a member of the NWCG international wildfire investigation working team, and the CIFFC wildfire investigation training group. With over 500 wildfires investigated, he has been the Lead Investigator on several major wildfire events within the province. Jeff is currently the Senior Wildfire Investigator for the Alberta Government.
Darryl Shyian joined the emergency services in 1992 as a volunteer with the Bonnyville Fire Department. He is an active emergency responder/fire investigator within the Bonnyville Community, who spent many years promoting the development of fire prevention and education activities. Currently, Darryl holds the position of Station Chief, Bonnyville Station #5 responsible for 30 volunteer firefighters and 6 junior firefighters. Darryl has successfully completed his NFPA 1001 certification, and is a Safety Codes Fire Inspector Group B Level 2 and Investigator Group C Level 2. Darryl joined the Fire Investigation Association of Alberta in 2006 and has been a strong supporter of the training sessions. In 2017 he became a a member of the FIAA Board of Directors and also became a member of the IAAI.
Alongside his volunteering in the fire service, Darryl has been working in the oil and gas industry since 1988 in the safety and engineering departments.
When not involved with work or fire department activities, Darryl enjoys spending time with his wife, daughter, son and Bailey, the four-legged canine who runs the household.
Chris Shannon has been specializing in electrical forensic fire investigation since 2009 with Shannon & Associates Engineering Ltd. He has been on the FIAA board since 2016.
Mike Zajac began his career in emergency services in August of 1999 with the Wetaskiwin Fire Services as a Paid on Call Firefighter. Mike moved through the ranks and became the full time Deputy Chief in May of 2005 and held that position until taking a position as the Director of Emergency Services for the County of Wetaskiwin in September of 2012, which he still holds today. Mike has completed a Bachelor of Applied Business: Emergency Services through Lakeland College, and is certified to NFPA 472, 1001 Level 2, 1002, 1006, 1021 Level 2, 1033 Level 2, 1041 Level 2, 1521, among numerous other certifications. Mike has extensive experience in firefighting operations, fire ground command, fire instruction, public education, fire prevention, fire inspection and investigation. Mike has been a member of the FIAA since August of 2005, and was elected to FIAA Board of Directors in October of 2018.
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SCO (Fire), MIAAI
Trochu and District Fire Department
Lawrence started with the fire service in 1974 with the Trochu Fire Department. At that time there was a town and a rural side of the fire department which was in later years combined into one. At the urging of the (then) Fire Chief, he began taking courses at the Alberta Fire Training School (AFTS) and where ever they were offered. In 1982 Lawrence was appointed Local Assistant to the Fire Commissioner and as such became more involved in the cause and determination of fires. Lawrence has been a Director for the AFCA, (and now Life Member) a Councilor for local government, an Appeals Member for the Province of Alberta, a FIAA Director for two terms, received, the Alberta Emergency Services Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and Bar of Canada and the Queens Jubilee Medal. In January of 2013, Lawrence stepped down as Fire Chief for the Trochu Department to Deputy Fire Chief / Chief Fire Investigator
Lawrence has been married to his wife Karen for 39 years; they have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Adam Saturley began his career in emergency services in 1999 where he started as a dispatcher in the Emergency Link Centre with STARS. He then obtained his EMR and EMT-A certifications and work with various ambulance and fire services before settling in Lethbridge where he is currently employed as a Fire Prevention Officer with the Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services Department – Fire Prevention Bureau. Adam is certified as a Level II Fire Inspector and Investigator with the Safety Codes Council of Alberta, and has been a member of the Fire Investigation Association of Alberta since 2010. Adam has also acquired his Fire Investigation Technician and Evidence Collection Technician designations through the International Association of Arson Investigators. Adam is also working with FireStorm Consulting Group to further enhance his experience and knowledge in the area of fire investigations.
IAAI-FIT, IAAI-ECT, SCO (Fire), MIAAI
Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Services
I’m Jay Goupil, Sr. Fire Inspector/Fire Investigator with the Regional Emergency Services in the RMWB based in Fort McMurray. I am joining the board with nearly 10 years of experience in the fire investigation field. Before my current role, I worked as a fire sprinkler system designer/project manager in Ontario, Quebec, and North Carolina. I am excited to join the board of the FIAA and hope to complement this great organization with new and exciting ideas. A born and raised bass fisherman from South-Eastern Ontario, you can usually find me now on my fishing boat catching big Northern Alberta gators. I’m looking forward to working with and for all of you.