California Health & Rescue Training


Kent L. Freeman 

Kent Freeman is a 30 year veteran of the Fire Service. He currently a retired Captain of the Roseville Fire Department in the greater Sacramento, California area.  He is the author and developer of California State Fire Training Divisions, Confined Space Rescue "Awareness" program and served as the project leader for the Confined Space Rescue "Technician" program. He has worked extensively in the area of Confined Space Entry/Rescue since 1989, assisting in the development of numerous teams and six permanent confined space rescue training centers as a Senior Confined Space Rescue technician instructor. He has completed work with Cal-OSHA on a project developing a text to guide general industry on developing regulatory compliant confined space entry programs. Kent is also certified to instruct programs in River and Flood Rescue, Low and High Angle Rope Rescue, Vehicle Rescue as well as C.P.R., First Aid, Automatic External Defibrillator and Blood Borne Pathogens. Kent serves on the California State Fire Training working group for the Trench Rescue "Technician" curriculum. He assisted in the development of the California State Fire Training program for personal Watercraft Rescue, and was awarded the prestigious California Fire Instructor of the Year for 1999. Kent is a dynamic speaker with a diverse background in technical rescue.


Shep Harper
Shep Harper is a 28 year veteran of the fire service. He began his career as a seasonal wild land firefighter in Riverside county. For the past 17 years he has been a full-time member of the City of Vacaville Fire Department. The past 10 of which he has held the position of Captain. Shep has developed and now manages the Confined Space Rescue program of the City of Vacaville Fire Department and coordinates the Solano County Hazardouse Materials Response Team.  Besides work with the City of Vacaville Fire Department, Shep is an instructor with Solano College. He is also recognized by the California Fire Service Training and Education System to teach; Confined Space Rescue Technician, Confined Space Awareness, ICS 100 & 200 and Fire Command 1A.


Alan Widling
Alan has been a member of the Fire Service for 25 years and a California State Licensed Paramedic for 24 years. Currently he is a Battalion Chief with the Santa Maria City Fire Department and serves as Program Coordinator for the department's Urban Search and Rescue Program. Since 1994, Alan has held Associate Faculty status with Allan Hancock College and has a limited teaching credential for instruction in the California State Fire accredited Firefighter 1 Academy. He began training in Confined Space Rescue in 1992 and is currently certified through California State Fire Training as a Confined Space Rescue "Technician" instructor.  Alan also instructs in the areas of EMT, Fireline EMT, Automated External Defibrillator, MCI, Vehicle Rescue and Water Rescue. The Tri-Counties Fire Training Officers Association of Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties named him Fire Training Officer of the Year for the year 2000.


Greg Cavolt
Greg is a 25 year veteran in Emergency Medical Services working as a Paramedic and a 20 year veteran of the Fire Service. He currently is employed as a Captain for the Roseville Fire Department and is a member on the Hazardous Materials Team. Greg also serves as primary instructor for EMT-1 at a local community college and instructs for a local private post-secondary educational institute in several basic and advanced EMS disciplines. In the past he has served as a voting board member representing public agencies for Sierra-Sacramento Valley Emergency Medical Services Authority. Greg is certified to instruct EMS programs in the areas of Advanced First-Aid, CPR, Automatic External Defibrillator, EMT-1, EMT-Paramedic, Advanced Cardiac Life Support and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.


Stan "Kloppy" Klopfenstein
Captain Stan Klopfenstein is a 33 year veteran with Santa Fe Springs Fire Department, in Los Angeles County, California. He has served as the Urban Search and Rescue Coordinator and directed the efforts of their state recognized Heavy Rescue unit. Stan was instrumental in the certification of California Regional Task Force 2, an OES Urban Seacrch and Rescue team.

Stan is a certified instructor for the State of California and is a lead instructor at the North Net Regional Fire Training Center in Anaheim for Rescue Systems II and Emergency Trench Rescue. He is a Senior Instructor in Confined Space Rescue Technician and he currently serves as the Project Leader for California State Fire Training Division work group, developing the Trench Rescue Technician program.  He instructs throughout the United States where he has earned the respect of both industry and fire service personnel for his teaching style and techniques. 


Arthur Taylor
Arthur currently works as a Captain for the Roseville Fire Department and serves as a member of the department's technical rescue team.  Art has 30 years of experience in emergency services, which includes 25 years of municipal fire service and 5 years as a medic for a private ambulance service.  As a member of the Roseville Fire Department Technical Rescue Team, he is certified in Low Angle Rescue, Rescue Systems I and II, Trench Rescue, Vehicle Extrition and Confined Space Rescue Operations.

As an instructor, Art has completed the Confined Space Rescue, Train the Trainer program and assists with departmental and private sector training.  Art is also certified with the American Red Cross and the American Heart Association in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation,  Automatic External Defibrillation, First Aid and Blood Borne Pathogens Training and Tower Rescue Training.

Joseph M. Tuoto III
Joe Tuoto is a 28 year veteran of the Fire Service. He currently serves as a Fire Captain/ Paramedic, Paramedic Training Coordinator and Quality Improvement Coordinator for the City of Roseville Fire Department. He also is a Paramedic representative on the Regional EMS Care Committee, which develops treatment guidelines for five counties.

Joe is also on staff at Sierra College, California Heath and Rescue Training and Industrial Emergency Council. He is certified to provide instruction in, Confined Space Rescue, Trench Rescue, Emergency Medical Technician, Emergency Medical First Responder, First Aid, C.P.R., Automated External Defibrillator and Blood Borne Pathogens.



Dan Harlan
Dan is a 30 year veteran of the Fire Service.  He has recently retired from the Roseville Fire Department spending the past several years performing truck company operations as well as cross staffing their Haz-Mat unit while still running EMS calls.  Prior to a vast background of all fireground operations, he performed as an Advanced Care Provider (EMT II) before the region went Peramedic.  He also has a background as an emergency room supervisor while on active duty with the United States Air Force.

Dan has been certified in numerous fields of instruction such as First Aid, CPR, Bloodborne Pathogens and AED's.

Matt Loughran
Matt Loughran is a 28 year veteran of the Fire Service.  He currently serves as a Captain and Coordinates much of the Urban Search and Rescue activities for Fremont Fire Department in the San Francisco bay area.  He has worked extensively in the area of Emergency Building Shoring since the early 1990's.  Matt serves as a Rescue Team Manager with California USAR Task Force 4 and serves on FEMA committees developing USAR standards.

Matt is certified to instruct programs in Confined Space Rescue, Low and High Angle Rope Rescue, Rescue Systems 1 and Rescue Systems 2, as well as worked on the California State Fire Training Rescue Systems 2 curriculum.