Craig Nelson works for the Fargo (ND) Fire Department as a battalion chief and works part-time at Minnesota State Community and Technical College – Moorhead as a fire instructor. He also works seasonally for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources as a wildland firefighter in Northwest Minnesota. Previously, he was an airline pilot. He has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in executive fire service leadership.
Dane has been in the fire service since 1989. He spent 24 enjoyable years pulling hose, throwing ladders, cutting line, and teaching in a variety of capacities and places before promoting to battalion chief in 2013 for the Fargo (ND) Fire Department. Dane has had the chance to serve in urban, suburban, rural, and wilderness areas while working for city, county, state, and federal agencies over the years. In his spare time, he co-writes for Fire Engineering magazine, co-produces a radio show for Fire Engineering Talk Radio, and co-teaches leadership classes that support higher reliability organizing in the fire service.
In a bit of irony, the fire service was a viable option for Dane because education requirements were relatively low at the time. However, he realized how important education was as time passed and ended up in graduate school. The focus of Dane’s graduate studies was leadership and organizational behavior; specifically, human behavior in the fire service. It is a study of what influences people in an organization to make the decisions they do. The higher reliability concept became a part of the focus because of its positive influence on decision making and its ability, hopefully, to reduce firefighter injuries and line of duty deaths while improving service to the community.
For more information, please see Dane’s LinkedIn profile.
Jeff Wallin began his fire service career in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota. He was hired with the Moorhead, MN Fire Department in 1994 where he is an assistant chief of training. Jeff is one of the three voices behind the mic on Tailboard Talk. He also teaches regularly at a fire program for M State; a local community college. Jeff is an Executive Fire Officer Program graduate, holds a bachelor degree in fire Science from the University of Cincinnati, and a Master of Business Administration from the University of Mary.
Paula Nelson entered the education field in 1996. She holds a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in special education. She also has a master’s degree in teaching and learning and a graduate certificate in the area of autism. The majority of her teaching career has been in special education, where she has worked with students in K-12 with mental impairments, including students on the Autism Spectrum. Her passion is making sure that her students receive the education, resources, experiences, and rights they deserve.