SUREFIRE Advisors and Consultants

The SureFire approach to meeting the needs of our clients is a unique approach in harnessing the skill set, teaching ability, proficiency, experience and integrity of our consultants, advisors and work leaders. We only solicit the best in their field of expertise and pride ourselves to be in association with these esteemed professionals. We are in constant recruitment for such professionals to meet the needs of our clients in all geographic areas and will add our affiliates as we grow into our clients needs. Please read our professional staff's curriculum vitae below. If you have additional questions or special needs, please call us at your convenience so we can discuss adjustments that will fit your needs. 

R. Woody Bouska is president and owner of SURE-FIRE TRAINING INC.  He has an extensive background that includes over 30 years of experience in the wildland and municipal fire/rescue service, with over 13 years as a Fire Crew Captain with Cal Fire. His areas of specialized expertise include: leadership development, life safety, hazard mitigation, emergency preparedness, and fire suppression tactics and strategy.  During the last four years of his tenure with Cal Fire, Woody worked closely with the California Conservation Corps (CCC) providing leadership and crew development as part of a joint cooperative agreement between the CCC and Cal Fire in southern California.

 

Woody is a qualified wildfire mitigation specialist who has extensive experience with wildland urban interface issues including: fuels management, hazard assessment, and pre-suppression planning techniques.  He has been responsible for the planning, implementation and supervision of prescribed fires, fuels management projects, pre-suppression and community wildfire plans for private and government entities.

 

Woody is an accredited California State Fire Instructor who teaches a variety of courses at Fire Academies and other venues throughout the State. Woody has multiple all-risk State and Federal qualifications including: Safety Officer, Strike Team Leader, and Division Supervisor.  He holds a C-Faller certificate and was a regional chainsaw program coordinator, instructor, and certifier for Cal Fire. He has also authored and developed numerous training programs and articles. He received his formal education from UC Davis in the Biological Sciences.

Dave Kalahele

Dave Kalahele has worked in the public service with the East Bay Regional Park District for over 35 years as a Park Ranger, Firefighter and Union Officer.  He served as an active Union Officer for 33 years, and has seasoned experience in the leadership positions of: Union President, Executive Board Officer, Chief Union Steward, and Council Delegate.  He has a wealth of expertise in employee and management relations, contract negotiations, conflict and problem resolution, and supervisor and employee motivational techniques. Dave is a Certified State Fire Training Instructor and has intensive experience providing leadership methodology, coaching, mentoring and employee development training.

Our leadership and team-building classes provide the practical skills to enable your organization to handle both day to day employee relations issues and build a positive long-term work environment.

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