Andy Speier is the special operations battalion chief for the McLane-Black Lake Fire Department in Olympia, Wash., and a member of their special ops rescue team. He has worked for several departments over the past 32 years and recently retired as a captain with Fire District 1 of Snohomish County, Wash. Prior to working in western Washington, Speier worked for the FDNY, assigned to Ladder 4 and Engine 54. He is a voting member of NFPA 1670, a lead instructor for the Peak Rescue Institute and a partner in Spec Rescue International. Contact Speier at [email protected] or 206/784-5272.