Operational Officers

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Meet FCSN’s Operational Officers.

Bryan Frieders


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).

Trey Kelso


Trey Kelso, is the Deputy Fire Chief of the the Beltsville Volunteer Fire Department, and is a Past Fire Chief of the Laurel Volunteer Fire Department. Both departments are in Prince George’s County, MD.

Kelso is a designated Chief Fire Officer (CFO) through Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). He is a Maryland Instructor Certification Review Board State Emergency Services Instructor in the Management Track for the Maryland Fire Rescue Institute.  He has more than 25 years of experience in the fire and emergency services.

In 2009, Trey started the Maryland Chapter of Firefighter Cancer Support Network (FCSN), and he serves as the Maryland State Director. Trey was elected to the FCSN Board of Directors in 2012, where he currently serves as the Chief Financial Officer.

Trey holds an MBA from Frostburg State University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Information Technology and Management from Syracuse University.

Joe Schumacher


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.”

Tony Cruz


Tony Cruz retired from the FDNY, where he was assigned to Res2cue, and is the fomer fire chief for the Smithtown (NY) Fire Department. Cruz launched FCSN’s New York operation in 2008 with fellow prostate cancer survivor Ron Barz. Cruz now works more than 40 hours a week to further FCSN’s support, awareness, and prevention missions.

Curtis Dunn


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.

Steve Westcott


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. Westcott graduated in 2019 and become a Physician Assistant.

Mike Leon


Holden “Mike” Leon joined the Lafayette Fire Department in 2008 and currently holds the rank of Engineer. In 2016, he joined the FCSN Louisiana Chapter as a Liaison and is now the State Director. In 2019, he was elected onto the Board of Directors as National State Director West. Currently, he is in enrolled at Louisiana State University of Eunice to earn his Associates Degree in Fire Science and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK).

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