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Current TERC USA Judges



Wally Byers
"Lead Judge"
Limited Pit


Wally Joined the Brighton Fire Company in 1968. As an active Firefighter he has also held many positions 1968. These positions included Lieutenant, Captain, Assistant Chief, Chief, Master Mechanic and Rescue Leader. Wally currently serves as a Fire Commissioner for the Brighton Fire District since 2006.  Wally was employed at the New York State Thruway Authority and  retired in 2008 after 37 years as a Highway Supervisor.  He started to attend extrication events in 1993 and began to participate in 1994. He was fortunate enough and has traveled to many events in the USA and Canada. He served as the teams Incident Commander in 1999 when Brighton won the International Event in Coral Gables.  Wally then began to shadow judge, moving to a Regional Judge and finally to an International Judge within the TERC organization.

“I have been extremely fortunate to meet and learn from many Brother and Sisters from all over the world”

Cecil Dixon
"Technical Judge"
Limited Pit

Cecil joined the Enfield Volunteer Fire Department in 1979. He first became involved in Vehicle Extrication in 1998 at the first Atlantic Regional held in Nova Scotia, Canada. Since then he has competed & judged in many competitions across North America including Dallas, Texas, Calgary, Myrtle Beach, New York and Eastern Ontario and Atlantic Canada.

He has helped host many Atlantic Regional Competitions and was Chairman of the Committee that hosted the NAVRC in Enfield in 2012 and 2017. He was Head Judge for the 2019 NAVRC held in Halifax, Nova Scotia. He also participated on the Extrication Team in the 2022 Holmatro Rescue Challenge lnterschutz held in Hanover Germany and placed 5th in standings. He currently holds the currently holds the position of Safety Officer with the Enfield Volunteer Fire Department and Vice-Chair of TERC Canada.

Richard Chung
Unlimited Pit
"Technical Judge"


Richard has been employed with Miami-Dade Fire Rescue for 27 years
-Currently Bid in on MDFR’s Technical Rescue Squad /Rotator
-MDFR Technical Rescue Technician since 2001
-MDFR Driver Operator since 2001
-MDFR Marine Firefighting Instructor since 2006
-MDFR Technical Rescue instructor since 2005
-Florida Task Force 1 member since 2001; Currently serve as a Search Team Manager
Miami-Dade Fire Vehicle Extrication Team in 2012-2015; Extrication Technician and Incident Command
2012 Dania Beach (BSO)
-2013 : World Rescue Challenge Clearwater
-2014: World Rescue Challenge Moreton -in-Marsh UK
-2015 Florida Regional Englewood
-2015 World Rescue Challenge Portugal
-2017 NAVRA National Competition Judge(Extrication)
-2018 Mexico City Regional Competition Judge (Extrication)

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Neil de Jesus
Head Judge

Chief Neal de Jesus began his fire service career 40 years ago as a Firefighter in Sarasota County, FL before moving on to Coral Gables where he held ranks ranging from Firefighter Paramedic to Fire Chief. After retiring Chief de Jesus spent several yea rs serving as a City Commissioner and President of The Diversified Group Consulting before returning to the Fire Service as Fire Chief and Executive Director of the Broward Sheriff's Office Fire Rescue and Emergency Services. After leaving BSOFR, Neal took helm as the Fire Chief for the City of Delray Beach Fire Rescue. After a year of serving as Fire Chiet Neal was appointed Interim City Manager for 13 months before returning to the position of Fire Chief. One year later he was asked to assume the role of Interim City Manager once again, this time for 14 months before again returning to Fire Chief. Chief de Jesus retired with 40 years of public service and has resumed the role of President and Managing Partner of Diversified Group Consulting, LLC,. The firm exists to provide professional support to city, county, state, and federal governments as well as Fire Rescue, Emergency Medical, Emergency Management, Law Enforcement and Detention, agencies in the areas of, but not limited to: Company Officer Development, Chief Officer Development, Leadership Development, Technical Rescue, Tactical Medical, Vehicle Extrication, Administrative Services, Human Resources, Organizational Assessment, Contract Negotiations, and Contract Management Additionally, as the principal of Diversified Group Consulting, Neal represents business owners, contractors and developers with Government and Fire Rescue related matters as well as policy development, vulnerability threat assessments, all hazard plans and risk management. Neal has served as Chair and member of many local, state, and national, committees, including: the State Emergency Response Team (SERTt the Florida State Fire College Technical Rescue Curriculum Review Committee, the Florida Fire Firefighters Employment Standards and Training Council, the International Association of Fire Chief1s (IAFC) Transportation Emergency Rescue Committee (TERC), the World Rescue Organization (WRO) the Broward County Ethics Commission, and the Broward League of Cities Training and Education Committee. the Broward County Planning Council, Broward County Consolidated Communications Committee, the Florida Bar Grievance Committee and the Management and Efficiency Study Committee. As a member of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association, he served as Southeastern Regional Director, 2nd Vice President, 1st Vice President. Before retiring, Chief de Jesus was elected to President of the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and as the President of the Fire Chiefs Association of Palm Beach County. Additionally, Neal is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs, the Metro Fire Chiefs' Association, Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs and the National Society of Executive Fire Officers. Neal has attended Miami-Dade College, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Maryland, and the National Fire Academy where he graduated from the Executive Fire Officer Program in 1999. Neal has facilitated multiple courses on behalf of FFCA for the Emergency Services Leadership Institute throughout the State of Florida. He has also served as an Adjunct Instructor for Miami Dade Fire College, Miami Dade Medical College, Broward Fire Academy, and University of Miami Medical Training and Simulation Lab. Neal is also a presenter on leadership and organizational development at local, state, national and international conferences and symposiums in addition to teaching as a contract instructor for the Florida State Fire College.

Dave Dalrymple
International Judge


David Dalrymple, AIETecRI is a Rescue Consultant/ Educator for RoadwayRescue LLC. He has been involved with Emergency Services for 41 years.


Dave has been actively teaching transportation rescue topics for over 27 years. He is the owner of Roadway Rescue LLC, a dynamic educational team for transportation rescue training. In 2007 he received the coveted Harvey Grant award for excellence in rescue education. Dave is also a member of the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) task force on Hybrids & Electric vehicles for first & second responders for the past 12 years.


Dave is the former Education Chair for TERC-US, a group who are tasked with providing educational guidance and assessment for extrication challenges in the United States. He is certified as an International level extrication assessor and has taught and assessed in North America, Europe, UK and South Africa.


Dave is actively involved in emergency response at performance rally events with American Rally Association. Dave is a member of the International Council on Motorsport Sciences. He has developed the Rally Safety educational program series.


Dave has developed & delivered educational programs, seminars as well as published articles on transportation rescue topics on a local, regional, national and international level. Dave is a contributing author for the Penwell Firefighter I & II textbook and has authored 3 seasons of extrication training minutes for Fire & has authored a 3 DVD educational series on vehicle rescue from Fire Engineering Books and Videos.

Howie Tse
Unlimited Pit
"Medical Judge


Howie is a career firefighter with over 18 years experience. He is currently the Captain of the Special Rescue Truck with Markham Fire and Emergency Services, with a specialty in Auto Extrication. Howie also has a background in Technical Rope and Water Rescue.

Howie has been part of the Markham Extrication team since its inception. He has held the various roles within the team and he is currently the team manager and trainer. As a life long learner and teacher, he is always seeking new and innovative ideas and practices. Howie is also the TERC USA Regional Representative for Canada!

Chris Lunt
Limited Pit
"Medical Judge


Captain Christopher Lunt is a Fire Rescue professional with an 11- year tenure in the City of Oakland Park as a dual certified firefighter paramedic. Captain Lunt established and captained the fire department's extrication team, known as Team Carnage, and worked hand in hand with his medic utilizing his many years’ experience on a rescue truck to showcase the best patient care possible. He not only operates as the current Southeast Regional Rep for TERC but will also be functioning as the Medical Assessor for the limited pit in the upcoming invitational.

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Ricky Fernandez
Lead Instructor/Shadow Judge Coordinator/Alternate Judge


Ricky started his Fire Service Career in Monroe County in 1988. In 1993 he joined the ranks of the Coral Gables Fire Department. He has worked in many different capacities during his Career. Rescue,  Fire Prevention, Training and EMS Capt.

It is vehicle rescue that Ricky has focused on  most of his Career. In 1994 he joined the Coral Gables Fire Departments Special Response Team. During his time on the team he worked in all capacities, medic, tech, IC and team coordinator.  In 1999 he began Assessing for TERC as a Regional, National and International Assessor. In the Early 2000’s he joined NAVRA and the WRO assessing many challenges both nationally and internationally.

In his spare time he works at Miami Dade College Medical campus and Fire Academy teaching minimum standards and EMS and he owns Interamerican Firefighters inc. a training and consulting company that provides training and donated equipment to brother and sister firefighters from all over Latin America.

Ricky is looking forward to helping with Shadow  responsibilities during this years TERC Southeast Invitational and will also be the Lead Instructor and Alternate Judge.

Alex Garces
Unlimited Pit
Lead Judge


Alex is presently a Battalion Chief for the City of Coral Gables Fire Rescue Dept in Florida. He has served as a Firefighter/Paramedic since 1992. He has worked his way through the ranks from Driver Engineer, Assigned Rescue Paramedic, Fire Lieutenant, Assigned Rescue Lieutenant, Fire Captain, and presently in his position as a Battalion Chief. Alex was also  a certified Reserve Police Officer and was a member of the Coral Gables Police SWAT team from 1994 to 1999. Alex has been a State Certified Vehicle Extrication Instructor since 1997 and is presently a VMR Tech/OPS instructor. Alex continues to teach vehicle extrication operations to his Fire Department personnel as well as other firefighters from across the state. Alex also served as a State Certified Fire Service Instructor and was the Fire Recruit Instructor for the City of Coral Gables from 1999 to 2003. Alex was an active member of the Coral Gables Special Response Team (SRT) from 1995 to 2003. Alex competed in the role as a technician and eventually moved into the role as the teams Incident Commander. As the IC for the team, The Coral Gables Fire Rescue SRT team won the 2001 WRO World Extrication Competition In Johannesburg, South Africa. Additionally, Alex was also awarded the “Best IC” in that competition. Alex served as a TERC  USA assessor from 1999 to 2013.  In his tenure with TERC USA, Alex assessed numerous Regional and National competitions. Alex has been a NAVRA assessor since 2019 and WRO Assessor since 2023 in Lanzarote Spain.


Michael Fargione
Safety Officer


 Hagerman FD Junior Firefighter 2005 - 2010


* Hagerman FD Explorer 2010 -2013

* Hagerman FD Class A Firefighter 2013 – Present

* EVOC Qualified Driver

*1403 Certified Burn Instructor 


* Hagerman FD Auto Extrication Team Member


* Hagerman FD Technical Rescue Team Member


* Associate Auto Extrication Instructor 


* South Country Ambulance Member 2015 -2023


* FDNY EMS 2022 – Present (EMT)


Being born into a firefighter family it has been my passion to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather and great-grandfather to carry on the family tradition and to hopefully one day become a great firefighter and carry on the family legacy. 

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