Paul Rottenberg, MBA, MPH
Paul Rottenberg is the president of FireStats, LLC. He has been performing statistical analyses for municipal fire departments since 1999 and has been working for over 25 years as a consultant to business and government, providing analysis and public policy support to cities, special districts, and public contractors throughout the United States.
Paul has a Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration in health policy and management from the University of California at Los Angeles and he has an MBA from the University of San Francisco with a concentration in management and international business. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from San Francisco State University as well as having taken additional undergraduate studies in foreign language at the University of California, Berkeley and economics Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.
Paul spent ten years as a paid-call firefighter/apparatus operator/EMT with small municipal combination fire department in the Northern California Sierra foothills and keeps his certifications current including Firefighter I, Class B CDL, EMT, certifications in Hazmat, et. al.
He is a designated subject matter expert in deployment analysis at the National Fire Academy in Emmitsburg, MD, works regularly for the Center for Public Safety Excellence as an instructor in curriculum he created, and is regular speaker at fire service conferences, including FRI and the CPSE’s Excellence Conference. While now focused exclusively on fire, EMS and public health,Paul has been involved in a large variety of environmental and public works projects over the course of his career — including several years of work as the principle economist on a $500 million, internationally-funded environmental project in East Asia involving mechanical, chemical, hydraulic and civil engineering, gas to energy, wastewater treatment, maritime services, exchange rate modeling, and funding from disparate sources such as the US Export/Import Bank, the United Nations, US Department of State and the World Bank..
Richard Minnick, MPA, Fire Chief (ret.)
Rick is a retired Fire Chief from the Vista Fire Department in North San Diego County, California. Rick started his 35-year fire service career in wildland fire as a Hotshot and Helitack crewmember, then moved to municipal fire as a firefighter/paramedic, promoting through the operational and administrative ranks to Fire Chief.
The Vista Fire Department is a comparatively busy, ALS, transporting, all-risk urban/suburban agency protecting a total of approximately 130,000 within its boundaries. Vista is a council/manager, incorporated charter city that also provides fire protection to the adjacent county area by agreement with a five member elected board of directors. The department is part of several regional entities including a joint dispatch and regional communication system with a regional boundary drop. Vista and its neighbors in San Diego County also have almost year-round significant WUI exposures.
Rick had considerable experience in managing the complexities of both a city and contract district, regionalization of services, ALS transport, labor dynamics, and the effects of the economic downturn of 2008 on the department. In addition, the Vista Fire Department was accredited through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International (CFAI) while Rick was Deputy Chief. As Fire Chief he oversaw preparations for the reaccreditation in 2016.
Rick has been an active member of the North County Dispatch JPA Board of Chiefs, San Diego County Fire Chief’s Association, United Disaster Council, Urban Area Working Group, Cal Chiefs and the IAFC and has served in several leadership roles on regional bodies in the San Diego County North Zone – an area that is home to approximately one million people. He has a Bachelor’s degree and an MPA from San Diego State University.
John Fesenko, MS., FireStats Senior Programmer/Analyst
Mr. Fesenko is the principal statistician and computer programmer for FireStats. John is a highly accomplished scientist who brings both academic and healthcare-sector expertise to the analysis of Fire Service data. John has a Master’s of Science in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) where his emphasis in course work and lab research was on neurobiology. His Bachelors of Science degree is in biochemistry from Rutgers University, also with an emphasis on cognition and neurochemistry. In addition to his work for FireStats, LLC., John works for a major research hospital developing programming and analysis for neurobiological and neurochemical research studies. John resides in the San Francisco Bay Area where he and Paul Rottenberg meet regularly to review project status.
Elise Fisher, MS., GISP, FireStats Senior GIS Analyst
Elise Fisher is the owner of EF Geographic, which provides a broad range of technical support and software expertise to FireStats, LLC. Elise is proficient in ArcGIS 9.3, including Network, Spatial, 3D, and Geostatistical Analyses. She is also proficient, among other things, in ModelBuilder, ArcView 3.1, and ArcSDE 9.0, which is a valuable tool for storing and managing spatial data in a relational database management system.
Elise has a Masters of Science Degree from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, in Geographic and Cartographic Sciences. She is a Certified Graphic Information Specialist with and has a great deal of practical experience in the application of GIS to fire service deployment and response capability analysis.Elise worked for four years for the International Association of Firefighters doing geospatial analysis and has extensive private industry experience in the application of GIS in public works and public utility service delivery models.
She served on the National Alliance for Public Safety GIS (NAPSG) from 2007 to 2009 and was a member for workshops and training on their Credentialing and Standards Task Force. She has published numerous works and made presentations on Public Works GIS, as well as on fire suppression and emergency services response capability, including being published in the International Fire Service Journal of Leadership and Management.