The National Interagency Prescribed Fire Training Center (NIPFTC) has always been an interagency collaboration. This includes the staff. The USFWS has supported the Director position since the second year of NIPFTC’s existence. The USFS has supported the administrative staff, which has fluctuated in the number of positions over the years. Currently there is an Administrative Specialist. In the past the Operations Specialist position has been filled by The Nature Conservancy and National Park Service personnel; however, it is now filled by a USFS person. The Training Specialist was once provided by The Nature Conservancy and is now filled with a Tall Timbers employee.

Greg Seamon - NIPFTC Fire Training Specialist

Greg Seamon has been involved in prescribed fire and wildfire since the 80s, working primarily in the Southeast. Greg began his career in 1980 as a biologist with the National Audubon Society at Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary. He then went to work for The Nature Conservancy I southern New York before moving back to Florida where he worked 15 years as The Nature Conservancy’s Northwest Florida Director…

Carolyn Detwiler - NIPFTC Administrative Specialist

Carolyn started her Forest Service career with the National Forests in Florida in January 1978. While working full time she completed her AA degree at Tallahassee Community College. During her 38 years she started in Administration and transferred to Planning in 1987 where her main focus was budget/analytical work. 

Robert Trincado - NIPFTC Director

Robert’s passion for prescribed fire and training has very deep roots. His career as a wildland firefighter started in 1998 with the Florida Division of Forestry. The nine years he spent with the State of Florida led to many opportunities to learn about leadership and fire. Robert took that solid foundation of learning to his next chapter; Everglades National Park. 

Mark “Mav” Ploski - NIPFTC Operations Specialist

Mav started his career with the Forest Service Extension Office through West Virginia University from 1991-1993 on Gypsy Moth Projects on the George Washington National Forest. In 1997 he started as Biological Science Technician for the USFWS at Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge working with Red-cockaded woodpeckers and wood duck banding. He moved to Mississippi Sandhill Crane National…

Aubrey Saunders - NIPFTC Training Coordinator

Aubrey started her career with the US Forest Service (USFS) as a Wilderness Ranger in SE Alaska back in 2015. Her fire experience began in her hometown with a Women in Wildfire Training Camp out of the Los Padres National Forest followed by a four-month prescribed fire internship through The Nature Conservancy in Mobile, AL. She has since regularly served as a R10 fire militia FFT2, FFT1-trainee…

Tim Garity - NIPFTC Training Specialist

Tim started his fire career in 1995 as a volunteer firefighter while attending the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It was here that his interest in training began while interning at the Maryland Institute of Emergency Medical Services Systems. But it was his love for the outdoors that lead him to a career with the US Forest Service (USFS) in the year 2000 on the Boise National Forest.