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Williams spent over a dozen years in California law enforcement and was a POST certified field training officer. In 2006 he founded the Fire Services Training Institute to find solutions to the challenges confronting the volunteer fire service. He has been an active member of California State Firefighters Association (CSFA) since 1994, having served on the volunteer and public relations committees, and as a southern division deputy director. Since 2008, Williams has served on the California State Board of Fire Services representing CSFA and California volunteer fire fighters.
Anthony J. Miranda, Corporate Secretary – Business Development
Anthony J. Miranda is the Corporate Secretary of FSTI and serves as the Director of the FSTI Media Group.
A founding member of the FSTI Board of Directors’, Anthony has extensive business experience in the telecommunications and entertainment industry. As the President and founder Protocol Telecommunications. Mr. Miranda designed special temporary tactical wireless systems that have been deployed around the world.
Film clients include Warner Bros, MGM, 20th Century-Fox, Paramount and Disney. Artist clients have been U2, Neil Diamond, The Police, and David Bowie, Anthony’s public safety projects include telecommunications systems for the 1984 Democratic Convention, The 1988 Republican Convention, The Philadelphia 1992 Columbus Quincentenary and The 1997 President’s Conference for a Better America. Local clients have included special projects for UCLA, UCSB. UCI, Police and Community Services Organizations and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department.
Tom Walton, Director CERT Training and Operations
Tom Walton has over 30 years of law enforcement experience with an extensive background in field operations as a patrol deputy and field supervisor with the Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Department. He has over 15 years experience as a supervisor of Ocean Dive Team Operations, Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT), Civil Unrest Operations and Planning, Technology Research and Implementation and as Operational Area Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Operations Section Coordinator. Sergeant Walton has participated in CalEMA LEMA meetings and has provided Law Enforcement Mutual Aid debriefs, on major wildfire operations. He served as the Department Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) and was responsible for the Homeland Security Grants. Sergeant Walton has written or assisted in writing plans and guidelines for law enforcement operations in pandemics, civil unrest, wildfire evacuations and flood evacuations. He has participated in the Joint Operations Center (JIC) planning process a at the Operational Area level, including planning for mass fatality events. Tom is uniquely qualified to lead CERT training and operations for FSTI and the community.
Monty W. Gearheart, Technology Manager
Monty is an 8-year U.S. Air Force veteran and CCAF graduate with expertise in multiple, secure hardware and software platforms to include secure communications systems and earth terminal deployment/operations. He owns the technology company, WCES, Inc., started in 1996, which caters directly and exclusively to first responder industries. An ISP, “coder” and overall “uber-geek,” Monty is also an expert in on-line training delivery technology to include fire and rescue equipment simulations.
Monty is the Information Systems/Technology Director and Business Development Director for the California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA). His current tasks include assisting FSTI with on-line programs, training, website development and overall information project management.