|James T. Steffens, CEO
Chief (Ret.) James T. Steffens, FIFireE, EFO
Chief Steffens formed the firm in 1988 and, after his retirement in 1992, expanded its operations to a full time endeavor. His experience in the fire and emergency service field totals over 45 years in both the volunteer and career components. Prior to assuming a career position in the fire service Chief Steffens was an urban planning and development consultant to various units of government throughout the country.
Jim served as the Chief of the Southern Manatee Fire & Rescue District (initially named the Oneco-Tallevast Fire Control District) from 1982 until his retirement in 1992. During his fire service career he has served at all ranks from fire fighter to Fire Chief. While serving as Fire Chief Jim was active with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) and represented the organization on the NFPA Fire Department Apparatus Committee.
For over twenty years, Jim has worked with a variety of fire service organizations including developing and delivering educational programs for VFIS during the mid and late 1990's. He also served for over 20 years, until recently, as an active adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy in the Executive Fire Officer and Management Science Programs. Beginning 1994 through 2002, he initiated the development and delivery of several management programs for both the New Zealand Fire Service and the Australasian Fire Authorities Council (AFAC).
In 2014, Jim changed his position from CEO to Chairman and took a less active role in the firmís operations. While he still participates in the firmís activities, the management of the firm is administered by Lisa Hart, the firmís CEO.
President and Chief Executive Officer
With over 25 years of fire service experience, Lisa has been affiliated with the firm since 2002 starting as an associate, senior associate, the Chief Administrative Officer, and in 2014 being promoted to the position of Chief Executive Officer and primary owner of the organization. CEO Hart was active in the fire service with both a large rural county as well as the Gainesville, Florida Fire Rescue Department until her retirement in 2002. During the latter part of her fire service career, she served as the Logistics Officer for the department and was involved in all aspects of supplies, and equipment.
Prior to starting her fire service career Lisa was trained and participated in childhood education and development activities and worked with several schools in this capacity. She continued her educational efforts after joining the fire service through the delivery of public education programs; including teaching fire and life safety education through the art of clowning.
Since joining the organization, Mrs. Hart has been involved in all aspects of the firm's activities including the development and delivery of a wide variety of employing and promotional processes and analytical studies, as well as directing the firm's administrative functions.
(ret.)WILLIAM M. GULBRANDSEN, CFO, MIFireE
Director of Field Operations
Chief Gulbrandsen has been associated with The JTS Association for several years. He has served as a Subject Matter Expert for several organizations since the 1990ís and has developed Assessment Center Based Promotional Processes for multiple Public Safety Agencies of all sizes. He has been an active instructor in Fire & EMS programs since the mid 1980ís and maintains current Fire Instructor-III, Paramedic, and Advanced Cardiac Life Support Instructor certifications.
Bill has served in Florida as a Chief Officer since 1989 and is an experienced facilitator in the Strategic Planning Process. Bill has more than 40 years of experience in emergency services, starting as a Firefighter for the City of West Palm Beach in 1975. Bill served the majority of his career with Boynton Beach Fire Rescue and worked in nearly every rank and position up through Battalion Chief. In 2007, he was honored by his peers as Floridaís Fire Chief of the Year, in recognition of his dedication to Floridaís Fire Service and success as the founding Fire Chief of Sumter County Fire Rescue. Following his tenure in Sumter County, Florida which included the implementation of; career firefighter staffed fire stations, ALS Engines, three new fire stations funded through a FEMA / DHS Grant, and the identification of Battalion Chief Response Areas
Following his nine (9) year career in Sumter County, Chief Gulbrandsen accepted the position of Fire Chief / Emergency Manager for the City of Longwood, Florida. Billís knowledge and experience gained from over 14 years as a Fire Chief / Department Director in contemporary county and municipal government adds a unique depth of institutional knowledge to our organization and the programs that we offer. Chief Gulbrandsen remains active in Fire and Emergency Services, teaching Fire & EMS programs in the Central Florida region, serving with the Florida Fire Chiefsí Association and as Vice-Chair of Floridaís Firefighter Employment, Standards, and Training Council. Bill holds a B.A. in Public Administration from Florida Atlantic University along with A. S. Degrees in Fire Science - Administration and E.M.S. Management from Palm Beach State College.
During his association with the firm, Bill has participated in a number of positions and functions. In addition, has directed promotional processes for a variety of departments throughout Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina as the Director of Field Operations.