Mark your calendars Forge Fire Alliance 2024 Leadership Summit >>> Click Here For Details!

Forge Fire Alliance 2024 – Leadership Summit

Mark Your Calendars!

Sept 20th - 22Nd

Forge Fire Alliance 2024 Leadership Summit


Conference Dates: Sept 20th & 21st (Lectures) Sept 22nd (HOT Classes)


Day 1 & 2 Lectures: Albany Conference Center 12938 Worthington Rd. Pataskala, OH 43062
Day 3: HOT Classes @ West Licking FD 7072 National Rd SW Pataskala, OH 43062 (station 402 training grounds)


  • Day 1 Lectures $75
  • Day 2 Lecture & Ruck $50
  • Day 3 HOT Class $150
  • *** If purchasing all 3 days take $25 off to make it $250 plus FREE TSHIRT***
  • *** Contact Todd via email ( for group rate discount***

September 20th


  • 0830-0930 Chief Todd Magers
  • 0930-1100 Justyn Fraize
  • 1100-Noon Lunch (food trucks will be available)
  • Noon-1330 Alex Rodriguez
  • 1330-1600 Chief David Rhodes
  • 1800-2200 *** SOCIAL AFTERWARDS*** Location is TBD

September 21st


  • 0830-1100 John Spera
  • 1100-Noon Lunch (food trucks will be available)
  • Noon-1400 Mike Vaulx

(FREE & strictly voluntary w/ Challenge Coin Awarded to those who Complete the Ruck)

  • 1400-1600 Ruck for the Fallen lead by Michael Vaulx Head of Go Ruck Training Ops & ex Special Forces Operator
  • 1800-2200 *** SOCIAL AFTERWARDS*** Location is TBD

September 22nd

HOT Classes:

  • 0830-1030 Basic Forcible Entry
  • 1030-Noon FE Super Gauntlet
  • Noon-1300 Lunch (food trucks will be available)
  • 1300-1600 Advanced Forcible Entry:
    • -Roll Up Door Cutting
    • -Window-to-Door Conversion
    • -Barred Security Door/Gates

Chief David Rhodes

David is a 38-year fire service veteran retired from the Atlanta, Georgia Fire Department. He currently works for Clarion Events as the editor in chief for FireEngineering magazine and the educational director for the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC). He is a Chief Elder for the Georgia Smoke Diver Program, a served on the Fire Department Instructors Conference (FDIC) Executive Advisory Board, was the Hands-on-Training Coordinator for the FDIC conference, and author for Fire Engineering Magazine, and Fire Apparatus and Equipment Magazine, authored the Hump Day SOS column for Fire Rescue, 

served as an adjunct instructor for the Georgia Fire Academy, and is an Advisory Board Member Emeritus for Underwriters Laboratory Firefighter Safety Research Institute and current Board Member of the Firefighter Air Coalition. He served as an Incident Commander for the Georgia Emergency Management Agency – Type III All Hazards Incident Management Team was a Task Force Leader for the Georgia Search and Rescue Team. He is president of Rhodes Consultants, Inc. which provides public safety training, consulting and promotional assessment centers.

Michael Vaulx

Michael Vaulx born and raised in New York City graduated high school and did a variety of jobs from general construction, home remodeling cabinet making, to becoming a bartender at various five start restaurants and dance clubs. It was after getting into a little mischief that I was offered and opportunity to join the military. What started out as just a two-year enlistment to get myself straight and go back to New York City to become a fire-fighter turn out to be 24-years of military service. I had the disgusted privilege to serve in some of the United States Army premier special operations units starting off with the 2nd Battalion 75th Ranger

Regiment for a number of years serving as a rifleman, machine gunner, sniper, fire team leader, and senior squad leader. While serving in the 75th Ranger Regiment I deployed all to various areas of the world; Southeast Asia, Middle-east and Europe.

I later decided in my military career to go a different path and volunteered, and completed a rigorous selections process and became a U.S. Army Special Forces operator earning the coveted Green Beret and Special Forces tab and qualifications. I started out a as 18C/Special Forces engineer with a specialty in explosive breaching. I was sent to 1st Special Forces Group Airborne, 2nd Battalion A Co Operational Detachment Alpha (ODA) 144, and would spend a number of years there on a military free-fall team conducting various operational and national strategic reconnaissance mission. It was during this time that 9/11 would occur and new orders sending to Ft. Bragg, North Carolina where I would become an advanced explosives instructor for a couple years. Upon beginning promoted to Master Sergeant/E-8 I was reassigned to a forward deployed unit, 1st Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group Airborne ODA 1132. This was a special mission unit that specialized in counter-terrorism, hostage rescue, weapons of mass destruction. I spent 5 years leading both a troop and company multiple combat tours in Iraq and Philippines.


I retired from the military after 24-years in 2011 where I worked for some military contracting companies which put me back overseas, but later decided to go to college and pursue a degree in Homeland Security. I attend the University of Maryland University College, Maryland graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Homeland Security. I moved with my family to Delaware, Ohio and while reconnecting with former team members, was introduced to GORUCK, where since 2013, I have worked in the event operations section leading both tactical and endurance events.

I live on 15-acres in the northwest portion of Delaware, Ohio and have been married for almost 25-years, to Christie Vaulx who also is a military veteran, JAG Officer that has 13-years active duty and is currently serving in the U.S. Army Reserves. We have two great kids Carson 20-years old and Alison who is 18-years old. My passions are my family, tactical pistol and rifle shooting, and endurance events.

Justyn Fraize

Justyn has been a husband to his wife Angela for 21 years, has a son in college and a daughter in high school. Justyn is a 24-year veteran of the fire service and is currently a Captain assigned to Squad 18 in The Colony TX. He is an adjunct instructor for the North Central Texas College fire academy and has taught at various fire conferences around the country. Justyn has an A.A.S. in Fire Science Technology, is certified as a Master Firefighter and Instructor, an active member of the H.O.T. FOOLS and Georgia Smoke Diver Association.(GSD #950).

Justyn Fraize

John Spera

23 Year Backseat Firefighter

Founder of Fit To Fight Fire

john spera

Chief Todd Magers

Fire Chief with 35 years of experience with fire and EMS work. 14 years’ experience as a Chief Officer. Started at West Licking Fire District as a Part time employee and have worked through the ranks and is currently serving as the Fire Chief. Fire and EMS Instructor for 30 years and Director of the fire program for C-TEC in Licking County.

Major Alex Rodriguez

Major Alex Rodriguez is a 20+ year law enforcement veteran with the New Mexico State Police, overseeing the East Zone Uniform Bureau. Throughout his career, Alex has worked within the Uniform Bureau, Investigations Bureau, and Special Operations Bureau, and served as a member of the New Mexico State Police Tactical Team. Alex has  demonstrated a passion for teaching active shooter training, threat assessment, and advanced firearm techniques throughout the State of New Mexico.


Alex has been certified as an instructor in Active Shooter Threat Training and Basic Tactical Medical Training through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center. In addition, Alex served as an instructor for LASER (Law Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response),
trained through the Louisiana State University NCBRT program.

Following the tragic Uvalde School Shooting, Alex began working to create a forcible entry/breaching program within the State of New Mexico. In collaboration with the New Mexico State Fire Academy, he developed a course now certified by the New Mexico State Law Enforcement Academy. He facilitated the purchasing of “irons” for all New Mexico State Police Officers and the purchase of four entry training doors to ensure officers remain proficient in their skills.