Meet The Team

Paul H. Stein

Chief Stein retired from the Santa Monica Fire Department after a 31-year career. After his retirement he served as interim Fire Chief for the Lakeside Fire Protection District.

Chief Stein is considered to be one of the top emergency service keynote speakers in the United States. He has keynoted over fifty conferences and conventions and spoke at over 100 events.


31 years with the Santa Monica Fire Department

  • Interim Fire Chief for the Lakeside California Fire Department

25 years command experience as a Captain and Chief Officer.

8 years as Commander of the In-Service Training Section for the SMFD

  • 5 years as Fire Marshal, Santa Monica FD
  • 20 years instructor and coordinator of Fire Technology Program Santa Monica College
  • Provide expert fire service consulting services for over 25 years
  • Written fireground, leadership, incident mitigation and fire prevention articles for most national fire service magazines
  • Conducted fireground and leadership workshops for many national fire service conferences
  • Keynote Speaker for over 100 fire service conventions.
  • Past instructor National Fire Academy
  • Recipient California Fire Instructor Of The Year
  • Recipient Distinguished Service Award: Fire Service Training Institute
  • Recipient Outstanding Training Officer Of The Year: Firehouse World Conference


  • Associate of Arts Degree, Fire Science.
  • B/A Degree in Management.
  • Master Instructor California State Certified

John Mittendorf

John Mittendorf is a 30 year veteran of the Los Angeles City Fire Department and held the rank of Battalion Chief until his retirement in 1993 when he was the Commander of the In-Service Training Section that was responsible for the training of 3,700 members. He has been a member of the National Fire Protection Research Foundation on Engineered Lightweight Construction Technical Advisory Committee, provided training programs for the National Fire Academy in Maryland, the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA), and the British Fire Academy in England. He has acted in an advisory capacity for five college fire science advisory boards and is the author of numerous fireground articles (that focus on the many facets of structural firefighting and command) for magazines in the United States and Europe. In addition to his writing background, he has conducted workshops for most fire service conferences in the United States and selected European fire service conferences. He is the author of three best-selling books, “Ventilation Methods and Techniques”, “Truck Company Operations”, and “Facing the Promotional Interview” that are published by PennWell and distributed globally. He is a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Fire Engineering magazine, and received the Lifetime Achievement Award at Fire Department Instructors Conference in 2008 that is awarded for “extraordinary contributions to the fire service.”

Past consulting cases include Washington D.C., Seattle WA, New York NY, Pittsburgh PA, Anaheim CA, Everett WA, Brea CA, Oak Park IL, Airway Heights WA, Humboldt County CA, and Josephine County OR.

Steve Maiero

Steve Maiero has over thirty years experience in emergency services in public, private, and combination organizations.  Currently a Battalion Chief with the Contra Costa County Fire District, Chief Maiero has served 13 years as a Chief Officer.  His tenure includes time in Suppression, Administration, and he served eight years as the Chief, Fire Emergency Medical Services.  Chief Maiero has a B.A. in Management, an A.S. in Fire Technology, and is a graduate from the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.

In the field of Emergency Medical Services, Chief Maiero served as a licensed paramedic for twenty years.  He served as a member of the California State Firefighters (CSFA) EMS Committee for 18 years, and was an active member of the California Fire Chiefs EMS Section for 10 years, leaving as a Deputy Branch Director.  Chief Maiero served nine years as a Governor’s appointment on the California Commission on Emergency Medical Services, spanning both the Pete Wilson and Gray Davis Administrations.  On this Commission, he represented the interests of both the CSFA and the California Professional Firefighters (CPF).  He has been an active lecturer on EMS legislation, regulation, and health care concerns.  He has expertise in all areas of pre-hospital emergency medical services in both the public and private sector.

Paul Radomski

Work Experience with Santa Monica Fire Department (July 1982 – July 2012)
• 25 years as a Firefighter Paramedic
• 14 years as Vice President, Santa Monica Firefighters Local 1109
• 3 years as a New Construction and Licensed Facilities Senior Fire Inspector
• 3 years as a Residential Fire Inspector
• 6 years as a Fire Investigator


California State Fire Services Training Certificates
• Fire Marshal
• Fire Investigator II
• Plans Examiner
• Fire Investigator I
• Fire Protection Specialist
• Fire Prevention Officer