Ca·dre  noun ˈka-ˌdrā, ˈkä-, -drē;

1. a nucleus of trained personnel around which a larger organization can be built and trained
2. (Military) the nucleus of trained professional servicemen forming the basis for the training of new units or other military expansion
3. a basic unit or structure, esp of specialists or experts; nucleus; core

James ‘Gordo’ Gordon


James ‘Gordo’ Gordon has 29 years of Fire Department experience with 21 of them working for DC Fire department. He currently serves as a Captain for the Washington, DC FireDepartment assigned to Truck Company 11. In his career, he has spent 8 years in Special operation. Six of those years as a private at Rescue Company 1 and two years as a Sergeant assigned to Rescue Company 3.

Nathan Demaree


Nathan Demaree has over 20 years experience within the fire service.  Currently he serves a technician with Truck 17 in the District of Columbia Fire Department.  The first seven years as a career firefighter was with Loudoun County Fire and Rescue, the majority spent in Technical Rescue.  He also regular serves as an instructor at DC's training academy and throughout the Department.  He is an experienced instructor with a background in Leadership Training. Nathan’s specialty is in his innovative “Stress Induced Training and Education” class which was featured in Fire Engineering.

Jeremy Pope



Jeremy Pope has been a Captain for a fire department in Northern VA where he has served for 10 years. He has been a firefighter since 1990. Starting as a volunteer in Fauquier County, VA and is currently a member of the Warrenton Vol. Fire Company. Jeremy has worked for Walter Reed Fire Department and Vint Hill Fire Department. Jeremy served six years in the VA Army National Guard as an Infantryman and Combat Engineer.

Tony Carroll 


Tony Carroll is a Battalion Fire Chief with the Washington DC Fire Department and was was appointed to DCFD in March 1992. He has served in some of the District of Columbia’s busiest Engine Company’s and Truck Company’s, as well as serving in Rescue Company 2. Tony also served as a fire instructor at the DC Fire Academy where he has taught rookie firefighters, Rope Rescue, Firefighter Survival, “Back to Basics”, Firefighter Escape Systems and other classes. Tony is a certified Level-3 instructor, an authorized Petzl EXO Escape Systems instructor and a FDTN Rapid Intervention Team instructor (T-t-T).

Jan Sipes



Jan Sipes began his career in the fire service in 1992, with the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton VFD in Woodbridge, VA.  He previously worked in the City of Manassas Park and the Arlington County Fire Department before joining the ranks of the Washington D.C. Fire Department in 2000.

He is currently assigned to Rescue Squad 3 in the Special Operations Division, where he holds the rank of Sergeant.  Prior to his working at Squad 3, Jan had been promoted to the DC Fire & EMS Training Academy where he assisted with the re-launch of the Department’s In-Service Training Office.  He was instrumental in developing curriculum and coordinating classes for live fire training, forcible entry, “Back to Basics” as well as driver training and special operations exercise planning.

Jan has presented at the IAFF Redmond Health and Safety Symposium as well as the FIERO PPE Symposium.  Additionally, he had the distinction of attending the NFFF Tampa2 Summit as a scholarship recipient for the 10th Anniversary of the Firefighter LIfe Safety Initiatives.

Jan has an extensive background in PPE and is passionate about educating others about FF health and safety.