Education Line-Up for the 44th LFCA Conference is Excellent!


John K. Murphy, J.D. M.S, PA-C, EFO, a career firefighter beginning his fire service career as a Firefighter/Paramedic and retiring as a Deputy Fire Chief after 32 years of service. Mr. Murphy is an attorney whose focus is on firefighter health & safety, firefighter risk management, employment practices liability, employment policy, internal investigations, expert witness and litigation support and consulting on risk management for fire departments. He is a licensed and practicing Physicians Assistant. 

Mr. Murphy is a frequent author, legal columnist, blogger and member of Fire Service Court Radio on Blog Talk Radio and FDIC presenter for Fire Engineering; lecturer at the IAFC Fire Rescue International, Iwomen’s Conference’s and numerous other national Fire and EMS conferences. Mr. Murphy authored an EMS textbook entitled Legal, Political and Regulatory Environment of EMS and co-authored: Cooling the Flames: Verbal De-escalation of Mentally III and Aggressive Patients. A Comprehensive Guidebook for Firefighters and Emergency Medical Services. He is a distance learning instructor at the University of Florida Fire and Emergency Services programs and legal counsel and member of ISFSI.


Glenn P. Corbett, PE, is the former assistant chief of the Waldwick (NJ) Fire Department, an associate professor of fire science at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City, and a technical editor for Fire Engineering. He served on the Federal Advisory Committee of the National Construction Safety Team and is a member of the Fire Code Advisory Council for New Jersey. He is the coauthor of the late Francis L. Brannigan’s Building Construction for the Fire Service, 5th Edition; editor of Fire Engineering’s Handbook for Firefighter I and II; and an FDIC executive advisory board member. He is the recipient of the 2013 Tom Brennan Lifetime Achievement Award.


John B. Tippett Jr., CFO, FIFireE, has been the deputy chief of operations for the Charleston (SC) Fire Department since 2009. He has been intimately involved in the development and delivery of the department’s officer development program. Prior to Charleston, John spent 33 years with the Montgomery County (MD) Fire and Rescue Service. He worked his way through the MCFRS system, retiring in 2009 as the safety battalion chief. John has a broad background in fire service organization, operations, safety, leadership, training, strategy, and tactics, and urban search and rescue. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Fire Science and a Master’s Degree in Emergency Services Management. John also worked extensively on national firefighter safety initiatives from 2000 to 2009 including introducing Crew Resource Management to the fire service and the National Fire Fighter Near-Miss Reporting System. He writes and lectures frequently on the topics of leadership, decision-making, fire fighter safety, and strategy and tactics. John is an at-large board member on the International Association of Fire Chief’s Safety, Health and Survival Section, holds a certified health and safety officer credential through the Fire Department Safety Officers’ Association and has earned a Chief Fire Officer Designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence. He was the 2006 recipient of the George G. Post Instructor of the Year from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors.


Thomas Dunne is a deputy chief and a 33 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department with extensive experience working in Mid-Manhattan and the Bronx. He has been the incident commander at hundreds of fires in residential, commercial, and high rise buildings. He also served as the training and safety coordinator in Division 7 in the FDNY and functioned as a liaison with the media and community groups.
Chief Dunne has lectured at conferences, colleges, and fire academies across the country including FDIC in Indianapolis and Firehouse EXPO in Baltimore. He has written numerous articles for Fire Engineering magazine and also serves as an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy. A Fordham University graduate, he writes and lectures on a variety of fire service topics through his “Third Alarm Fire Training” seminars.



Kingman Schuldt currently serves as Fire Chief and Administrator for Greater Naples Fire Rescue District (GNFD) in Collier County, Florida.  GNFD is the largest independent fire district in the state of Florida, responding to nearly 20,000 emergency incidents and performing over 6,000 life safety inspections annually.  The District is comprised of 210 fire-rescue and life safety professionals, operating from 19 facilities, serving in excess of 150,000 residents within the District’s 1,512 square miles.
Kingman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University, Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology from Broward College, a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Services LEAD program at the University of Virginia and the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation Emergency Services Leadership Institute.  In 2005 Chief Schuldt received designation as Chief Fire Officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.
Kingman currently serves as the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs’ 2nd Vice President, Collier County Fire Chiefs’ Association President, NFPA Florida Sprinkler Coalition Chair and member of the Florida EMS Advisory Council.
Kingman previously served as President of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association, Technical Advisor to the International Association of Fire Chiefs’ Intrastate Mutual Aid System, Vice-Chair for the Florida Statewide Emergency Response Committee, and committee member of the Florida Department of Health EMS Advisory Council Disaster Response Committee.  In July of 2013 Kingman was recognized by his colleagues as the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Fire Chief of the Year, and in 2014 as the Florida State Fire Chief of the Year.
Kingman is active with several community and charitable organizations.  He serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Naples Chamber of Commerce and Golden Gate Civic Association as well as an Advisory Committee member for the A Safe Haven for Newborns, a charitable organization that works to save lives of unwanted and abandoned newborns.