Marine Emergency Response Group
Maritime Training for Maritime Professionals

Public Safety Emergency Response Training
NASBLA BOAT Program Courses
USCG Captains License Courses
Jet Boat Operations


Jon began his career in the fire service as a volunteer with the Occoquan-Woodbridge-Lorton Volunteer Fire Department (OWL VFD) in 1988, rising through the ranks holding every office up to Assistant Chief, which he has held for the last several years.  He served as the OWL VFD Chief of Marine Operations for seven years and for the past ten years has been the Chief of Maintenance.  For 19 years, Jon has chaired multiple apparatus specification committees, including the 1999 committee that was looking for a new fire boat to replace an aging fleet of small boats.  The committee had no idea that they had just helped design what would become an entire series of fire boats, “FIRESTORM.”  The “PHOENIX” series followed thereafter.


For several years Jon was a certified mechanic for a local fire truck dealer.  In 1996, Jon was hired as a firefighter in Washington, D.C., where he is currently a Marine Operator in the Special Operations Division.  He holds a USCG Master 100 ton with towing and radar endorsements.  Jon is certified at the Technician level for the following: Swift Water Rescue, HAZMAT, Confined Space, Rope Rescue, Trench Rescue, and Structural Collapse.  He has been certified in Rescue/Tactical Operations using RHIBs.  Jon holds a Homeland Security certification for WMD Incident Complexities and completed Incident Response to Terrorist Bombing Awareness training from New Mexico Tech.