KNOWLEDGEABLE. EXPERIENCED. PROFESSIONALS.
Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute instructors offer a diverse background with vast knowledge in both fire and non-fire related emergencies providing great understanding, insight and intellectual capacity. With extensive practical awareness as first responders (including fire department and/or law enforcement) as well as extensive experience collaborating with security professionals, each of Croker’s instructors presents an unique and broad ranging perspective.
Croker instructors are also active in the assembling of fire and life safety (EAP) plans in addition to performing drills and training throughout New York City. This further provides them with a comprehensive understanding of the evolving day-to-day concerns and complexities occurring at a building level. These familiarities promote in-depth conversations throughout each class, relating course material to industry best practices, protocols and code compliance requirements.
Director of Educational Services
Mark Valentino has in excess of 20 years experience as a firefighter, five years in the capacity of Lieutenant. Additionally, he holds over 20 years of expertise as a consultant in the private sector where he continues to write and design Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plans. Among his many accomplishments, Valentino actively conducts fire safety, emergency action and evacuation related seminars, drills and training for high-rise buildings throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Mark Valentino selflessly responded to the World Trade Center tragedy.
Assistant Director of Educational Services
Michael Hickey is a professional with over 30 years of extensive fire and life safety experience. Hickey holds numerous New York State and Federal Government Certifications in relation to firematics, weapons of mass destruction / terrorism awareness and emergency operations. Additionally, he holds an A.A.S. degree in Fire Science Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in Emergency Management, a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Organizational Leadership.
Bob Imbornoni is a security and life safety professional with over 35 years of experience responding to emergencies of all types. His diverse background includes, but is not limited to, threat and risk assessment, strategic planning, emergency preparedness, crisis response, emergency operations center management, business continuity as well as resiliency and regulatory compliance. Robert Imbornoni has been a volunteer firefighter, NYC paramedic and previously served as the Chief Response Officer of the American Red Cross (ARC) in Greater New York, which is the busiest ARC chapter in the United States. Imbornoni was also a lieutenant and 20-year veteran of the NYPD, where among the roles he served was Emergency Management Liaison where he coordinated planning and response operations between the NYPD (51,000 employees) and the NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM). In such capacity, he planned, coordinated and evaluated 20+ emergency response exercises per year, including large, interagency tests (many financed by the Office of Homeland Security) involving 1000+ personnel to test the city’s ability to respond to a terrorist incident involving Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD). Additionally, Bob has instructed many of these areas during his career and in the School of Business as an adjunct Instructor for Mercy College. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership, as well as numerous professional certificates.
Robert Noonan is an industry veteran of over 28 years with an extensive depth of professional experience in fire and emergency management instruction and consulting. Noonan earned a Bachelor of Science in Fire Science, a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies and a Master of Science in Safety, Security and Emergency Management (with a concentration in Fire Science and Emergency Management). He also serves as an adjunct professor in Fire Science at Nassau Community College, an adjunct professor in Project Management and Information Technology at Adelphi University and a Second Deputy Chief Instructor at Nassau County Fire Service Academy.
Russell Strobel’s background as an educator (NYC Board of Education) and then subsequently over 25 years of experience with the New York City Fire Department provides a diverse and unique skill set to the Croker Fire and Life Safety Institute team. As an FDNY Battalion Chief, Strobel is responsible for incident command of fires, including establishing strategy for fire extinguishment and mitigation of emergencies. He remains responsible for protection of life and property, inclusive of civilian life and property as well as FDNY firefighters. Depending upon the size of an incident, Strobel has also operated as Sector command. Russell Strobel remains well versed in New York City fire codes and building safety inspection. He graduated from the College of Staten Island (CUNY) with a Master’s in Education.
Vincent Doherty is a skilled life safety professional offering 35+ years of operational and instructional experience in emergency management, hazmat, terrorism, incident command, fire safety and first responder communications. Doherty has served as a Commander/Captain of special units and Battalion Chief in the HazMat Battalion, Special Operations Command, for the Fire Department of New York (FDNY) over a 25 year career. While with the FDNY, Doherty worked as a Fire Service and Interagency Board liaison with the Department of Defense (DOD). Doherty executed Recovery Operations for Special Operations Command Personnel during 9/11 Rescue/Recovery at Ground Zero and has served as an advisor to FDNY Senior Staff Chiefs on Hazmat, Terrorism and Incident Command System (ICS) issues.
Doherty’s career has provided him opportunities as a successful consultant, SME (Subject Matter Expert) and facilitator for numerous programs and projects for DHS and FEMA. He has worked in professional capacities with Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Center for Domestic Preparedness (CDP), Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Center for Naval Analysis (CNA), Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) at the Naval Postgraduate School, and professor of Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University.
Throughout his career, Doherty has demonstrated success in developing and delivering curriculum and training materials for various, national specialized courses. He has also been selected to serve as subject matter expert, guest lecturer and Adjunct Professor of Emergency Management, Homeland Security and Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) advanced degree graduate courses at multiple prominent universities (ie: Dartmouth, Georgetown University, Naval Postgraduate School, etc.). He has represented the Center for Homeland Defense and Security at the Naval Postgraduate School on a national level to state, local, tribal and private sector political and career executives. In addition, Doherty launched and instructed courses within the FDNY and the National Fire Academy (NFA) Hazmat Technician programs and Emergency Response to Terrorism.
Vincent Doherty received a Bachelor of Science degree from St. John’s University and a Master of Arts degree (Security Studies: Homeland Security and Defense) from the Naval Postgraduate School.
Jerry Dombrowsky is a seasoned professional with more than 30 years of firefighting experience with the New York City Fire Department. During his tenure with the FDNY, Dombrowsky rose to the rank of Acting Battalion Chief. While serving as an FDNY Captain for 12 years, his responsibilities entailed managing personnel at numerous fires and emergencies as well as supervising and conducting in-service drills and training sessions covering a variety of special emergency conditions. Dombrowsky has been an instructor of fire and life safety certification courses since 2005 and continues to serve as a volunteer firefighter and New York State EMT. Jerry Dombrowsky is a Vietnam Veteran with the United States Army. He graduated John Jay College holding an Associate degree and multiple certifications.
Tom King is a 20 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department. In the fall of 2001, Tom became a lead instructor at the NYC Fire Academy where he was responsible for the safe and effective instruction of nearly 3,000 FDNY recruits during his tenure. He was later assigned to the FDNY’s Special Operations Command where he received a wealth of specialized training, including emergency response to domestic terrorist threats. Tom was involved in advanced classroom and live field training in biological, chemical, radiological and high energy attacks. Tom also served as a member of the FDNY’s citywide HazMat response unit and is well qualified in risk assessment and management of hazardous materials incidents. Tom brings this and a wealth of other experience to his position with Croker.
Tom McNamara is an accomplished instructor with a varied professional background. Having served as both an NYPD officer and FDNY firefighter, McNamara possesses numerous life safety certifications. In addition, he has experience as a Fire, Life Safety and Security Supervisor and a Fire Safety Director, as well as having served as Chief of a New Jersey Fire Department. Tom McNamara holds degrees from Wagner College and Brookdale University and has attended the NYC Police Academy, NYC Fire Academy, Monmouth County Fire Academy and John Jay College.
Bruce Silas has three decades of experience with the FDNY, of which 17 years were at the rank of Lieutenant. Among his experience, Silas was a Right-to-Know Officer and a Building Inspection Coordinator. Bruce Silas has been providing Fire and Life Safety instruction for the past 14 years. His background includes being a licensed NYC teacher and an Instructor at the NYC Fire Academy. In addition, he holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Hunter College and a Master of Science degree in Education from Queens College.
Doug Spano served as a New York City firefighter for 23 years. In addition to performing duties of fire suppression and ongoing training in firefighting techniques, he participated in public education tasks including school visits, demonstrations, and administering first aid, CPR oxygen therapy, and defibrillator training as a Certified First Responder. Prior to joining the Croker team, Spano worked for over 10 years as a Fire Safety and Emergency Action Plan Operations consultant where he successfully conducted over 3,000 drills in New York City, Boston and New Jersey, including but not restricted to, fire drills, emergency action plan (EAP) drills and full building evacuation drills. Spano has received Recognitions of Participation by the International Code Council (ICC) in 2008 and by New York City Fire Code Fundamentals in 2010. He also participated in the rescue and recovery effort following the attack of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.
Michael Steinman is a retired FDNY Battalion Chief with 35 years of service and has extensive experience in firefighting, fire prevention, training, emergency preparedness and response. Since retirement from the FDNY, Steinman has been instructing classes in fire safety and emergency preparedness. Michael Steinman is a graduate of the NYPD Police Academy and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Hofstra University. He is also a certified personal trainer.
KNOWLEDGEABLE. EXPERIENCED. PROFESSIONALS.
With specialized backgrounds and experiences, combined with a unique skill set of expertise through military, police department, fire department and security services, Croker instructors deliver a broad perspective to the classroom, providing students with the knowledge and training needed to succeed as Security Guards.
All Croker Fire & Life Safety Institute instructors are certified accordingly by New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS).
Jim Carroll provides the Croker team with a diverse and extensive background, having over two decades of experience as both an interior structural firefighter and as a NYPD Sergeant/Commanding Officer.
Jim Carroll is equipped with extensive knowledge of fire safety, law enforcement and security protocols. While with the NYPD, Carroll was a member of the elite Hostage Negotiation team. This team was comprised of nearly 100 detectives and supervisors recruited from over 38,000 NYPD police officers. Carroll also holds NIMS (National Incident Management System) 100-300 incident command certification as well as advanced training in Terrorism Awareness, Emergency Psychology, Weapons of Mass Destruction and Hazardous Materials Operations.
Dan Bowe brings a broad range of experience to Croker. Bowe served with the United States Marine Corps (USMC) where he was the Fleet Antiterrorism Security Team Company Section Leader. Subsequently, his tenure in the security industry spanned more than two decades. Bowe has provided security services for many academic institutions including, Stony Brook University, NYU, Quinnipiac University and currently, St. Joseph’s College. He has also facilitated security at numerous events including the New York City Marathon, U.S. Navy Fleet Week and the Super Bowl as well as at venues such as the Jacob K. Javits Center, Lincoln Center, the Guggenheim Museum and the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.
Bowe’s training, certifications and experience include, but are not limited to, FBI Hostage Rescue Team, Joint Special Operations Command and USMC Special Operations (Training) Group, Marine Corps Security Force School, The Executive Protection Institute, International Training Incorporated/Armor Group: Anti-Kidnapping and Counter Surveillance, International Association of Professional Security Consultants (IAPSC), U.S. Navy Explosive Ordinance Disposal Units, the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Fire Arms (ATF) and the United States Department of Defense (DOD).
Bowe is belted in Jiu-Jitsu, Aikido, Judo and Karate and has been published, contributed to and/or quoted in numerous security, fire and life safety related presentations and publications. He currently serves as the Education Chairperson of the Long Island chapter of ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security).
William Brooks is a retired NYPD Captain with extensive hands-on experience in security management and operations. While serving with the NYPD, Brooks was responsible for the development and implementation of the Incident Management Training Curriculum for the department. He is an experienced instructor of New York State security guard training courses who has had additional training in Counterterrorism and Dignitary Protection.
William Brooks served as a Vice President for the 2011 World Police and Fire Games held in New York City where he oversaw all aspects of security and acted as a liaison to all law enforcement agencies that covered sporting events held outside of New York City. Brooks holds a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Communications from Hunter College and a Master of Science (MS) in Criminal Justice/Management Theory from Long Island University.
Keith Brown possesses thirty years of proficiency directing and implementing law enforcement and security programs. Combining extensive experience in the military, law enforcement and security, Keith brings a wealth of knowledge to the classroom. As a United State Marine Corps Reconnoiter Combat Specialist, he served a tour of duty during Desert Storm where his squad performed unconventional special operations to support Battalion units. He later embarked on a career as a Public Safety Officer where he successfully supervised and responded to numerous CUNY campus demonstrations. Brown achieved the rank of Lieutenant for the City University of New York, assigned to LaGuardia Community College.
Keith Brown holds numerous certifications including: Special Events Contingency Planning for Public Safety Agencies (FEMA), Incident Command System (FEMA), Surveillance Detection (FEMA), as well as many other accreditations from the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). He is affiliated with several professional organizations; a partial list includes: State and Local Anti-Terrorism Training (SLATT), National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), NYPD SHIELD, International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety (IAHSS), International Association for Counterterrorism and Security Professionals (IACSP) and National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA).
Ronald Campisi is an accomplished member of Croker’s Security Instructor Team. Campisi brings more than two decades of experience as a NYPD Police Office and Investigator, and has taught law at the NYPD Police Academy. A security professional since 1990, his duties have included supervising and training security guards, conducting fraud investigations as well as physical security services at financial institutions in Manhattan and on Long Island. Campisi holds a Bachelor of Science degree from John Jay College of Criminal Justice, completed the American Bar Association (ABA) Lawyer’s Assistant Program at Adelphi University and has been teaching New York State Security Guard training courses in excess of five years.
Dan Lord is a trained security professional with more than three decades of experience in the security field. During his tenure, Lord has organized executive security details for high profile clients, coordinating efforts with Secret Service, FBI and local law enforcement.
Lord holds numerous certifications and has received advanced training in areas such as Counterterrorism Surveillance, Incident Response to Terrorist Bombings Awareness, and Hazardous Materials. He is a member of multiple professional organizations including, ASIS International (American Society for Industrial Security), NYPD Shield and National Association of Chiefs of Police.
Mark Murray has over 10 years of experience with the Croker team in the capacity of conducting drills and training, as well as creating and amending building-specific life safety plans for fire emergencies and non-fire emergencies.
With more than two decades of service in the New York City Police Department (NYPD), attaining the rank of NYPD Detective (Second Grade), Mark Murray has an extensive resume of service which includes protection of several high profile foreign dignitaries, as well as service at national political conventions. His background includes, but is not limited to, threat assessment training (United Nations Assembly), COBRA Training (Chemical, Ordnance, Biological, Radiological, Awareness) and NIMS Training (National Incident Management System).
Mark Murray is the recipient of several awards including, the 1990 NYPD Medal of Valor, which is the highest decoration for bravery exhibited by public safety officers in the United States. Murray has also received other NYPD awards for Excellent Police Duty (15 time recipient), Meritorious Police Duty (5 time recipient) and commendation. Mark Murray has served as a Fire Chief of his Township Fire Department and has received the Nassau County Fire Service Commission Bronze Medal of Valor. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus.
Dan Powers is an accomplished, well-respected and decorated retired NYPD Detective (Second Grade) with more than twenty years of service. With the City of New York Police Department, Powers served on several high profile cases. Before joining Croker, Powers was employed in the maritime industry and worked as a private investigator.
Powers attended the State University of New York (SUNY) at Cobleskill, New York City Police Academy and Cornell University (School of Labor Management).