Board of Directors
Friendly Faces Ready to Help
Meet the FCSN Board of Directors.
Michael Dubron is a firefighter/paramedic with the Los Angeles County Fire Department, where he is currently assigned to flight operations. On February 06, 2003, at the age of 39, he received the news, which came as a complete shock, and was met with disbelief. Mike was diagnosed with cancer.
Upon Mike’s return to work after a nine-month absence, he established a program where firefighters and their families can get immediate assistance to cope with a cancer diagnosis. The Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN) is comprised of firefighters and their families who are cancer survivors, care givers and volunteers providing comfort strength and hope to those diagnosed with cancer, provide cancer awareness and education.
Mike continues his work as a firefighter, and he proudly bears the title Founder of the Firefighter Cancer Support Network as well as cancer survivor.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER
Bryan Frieders is the retired Fire Chief of the Pasadena (CA) Fire Department. He is also the President of the nationwide non-profit Firefighter Cancer Support Network. Bryan has more than 28 years of Fire/EMS experience in a variety of assignments ranging from operations to emergency management. He is a well-known speaker on the topic of firefighter health and safety, leadership, and cancer risk reduction. Bryan holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocational Education, and an Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology. He has also been designated as a Chief Fire Officer (CFO) by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE).
CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER
is FCSN’s state director for Virginia and a member of FCSN’s education committee. Joe is a retired engine captain with the City of Fairfax (VA) Fire Department. “I lost both of my parents to cancer, and I am a two-time survivor myself. I want to help prevent other firefighters from having to endure a fight against cancer.”
VICE PRESIDENT – EAST
VICE PRESIDENT – WEST
Curtis Dunn, a second-generation firefighter, retired at the rank of lieutenant after a 36-year career with the Arlington (TX) Fire Department. He has been affiliated with FCSN for seven years. Dunn also is the district vice president for the Texas State Association of Firefighters.
VICE PRESIDENT OF GOVERNANCE & OVERSIGHT
Ben is a partner at Straussner ♦ Sherman, a law firm in Los Angeles that is dedicated to representing firefighters afflicted by job-related cancer. Ben’s representation has helped many firefighters and their families prove industrially caused cancer for purposes of workers’ compensation and disability retirement benefits. These legal victories have helped shaped the case law surrounding California’s “firefighter cancer presumption laws.” Ben earned his JD from the University of Oregon and is admitted to the California State Bar.
NATIONAL STATE DIRECTOR – EAST
Steve Westcott joined the Perkins Township (OH) Fire Department in 2001 and served for nine years. He was 25 when diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Westcott is a two-time cancer survivor; he’s been an FCSN mentor since 2009. He received a bone-marrow transplant and has been cancer-free for seven years. He teaches at the Ohio Fire Academy and Lorain County Community College. He earned an EMTP certification and bachelors of science in fire engineering and a master’s in industrial and organizational psychology. Currently, Westcott is in school to become a Physician Assistant and expected to graduate in 2019.