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Instructor of the Year Awards


Congratulation to Dan Roghair from the Orange City Fire Department for being voted the 2019 Instructor of the Year. Dan serves as 1st Asst.Chief and is also a Training Specialist 1 for the Iowa Fire Service Training Bureau.  

Congratulations to Rex Heisdorffer from the Newton Fire department for being voted the 2018 Instructor of the Year


Congratulations to Cliff McFarland. Cliff was voted our 2017 Instructor of the Year. He also was awarded the life time membership of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors. Pictured with Cliff is Directors Jim Silvernail and Brain Zaitz of the ISFSI.

Congratulations to Richard Andersen. Richard was voted our 2016 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to Greg Neville, from Odebolt Fire Department.  Greg was voted our 2015 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to Rich Rodewald of the Council Bluffs Fire Department. Rich was voted our 2014 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to Scott Meinecke of the Sheldon Fire Department. Scott was voted our 2013 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to John Zlabek of the Hiawatha Fire Department. John was voted our 2012 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to Jim Whitaker of the Burlington Fire Department. Jim was voted our 2011 Instructor of the Year.

Congratulations to Roger Carr for being the recipient of the 2010 Instructor of the Year! Roger has been on the Waterloo Fire Department for 22 years and has more than 30 years of teaching experience, including teaching at the State Fire School in the PITS when the PITS were still in use. Roger was nominated by his peers and a few of the comments include:

"Roger works hard and is a real inspiration to other instructors. I admire the work he has done over many, many years of great service."

"I hope someday I will and can live up to everything he has accomplished."

Thank you Roger, for your outstanding contribution to training in the Fire Service.

“I couldn’t imagine when I went into this all those years ago that it would have lead me to this weekend,” said John Ballou after receiving the prestigious honor of Instructor of the Year for the Iowa Society of Fire Service Instructors at their annual conference in Ames, Iowa on November 20, 2009. John has been a volunteer fire fighter for the Audubon Fire Department since 1973, and a field instructor with the Fire Service Training Bureau for over thirty years. Working as a FSTB field instructor, John has taught hundreds of classes and been a lead instructor for the FSTB Interior Fire Attack Simulator (a mobile training prop used for training firefighters statewide). John has earned the respect of his peers and is considered to be a guru in teaching the essential skills needed for becoming a firefighter.

Congratulations to John Ballou for this outstanding achievement.

Randy Novak, FSTB Bureau Chief, congratulates Jerry Eslick, of the West Des Moines Fire Department. Jerry was the 2008 recipient of the Instructor of the Year Award.


Chief Ron Moore, Battalion Chief and Training Officer, McKinney, Texas, Fire Department, and Keynote Speaker of the 2007 Instructor's Conference, congratulates Doug Allen, Captin of the Ames Fire Department and Training Specialist for the Fire Service Training Bureau, for being selected as the 2007 recipient of the Instructor of the year award for outstanding contribution to training in the Fire Service. Congratulations Doug!

Denny Hansen - Iowa City Fire Department, 2005 recipient of Instructor of the year award for outstanding contribution to training in the Fire Service.

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