Emergency Response Team
Owner and Emergency Response Technician of US Fire Pump
US Fire Pump was founded in 2014, by Chris to explore new possibilities in firefighting and emergency response equipment that will protect the lives of the public and firefighters while minimizing property loss. By leveraging his experience and vision with dependable materials and technology, Chris has developed a new line of firefighting equipment that has exceeded standard performance ratings by far.
Proof of his innovative development was put to the test in 2019 at the petrol chemical fires in Deer Park, Texas and Crosby, Texas where Chris and his US Fire Pump Response Team were instrumental in the extinguishments.
Chris has been in the firefighting industry for over 30 years, both as a fireman and as an innovator. He began his career as a pipe fitter in the petrochemical industry. Chris went on to establish Ferrara Fire Apparatus in 1982, selling fire equipment and doing major service work on fire apparatus. The company launched its own line of new, custom fire apparatus in 1988 and has been building fire trucks for the last 30 years that are in service all across the world. Recently he was the recipient of the 2019 “Red Adair Award” for industrial firefighting.
Chris is a graduate of Redemptorist High School, as well as, a graduate of Local Union 198 Plumber and Pipefitters; Apprentice Program 198. Chris and his wife Angela have three children; Kate, Christopher, and Connor.
Proprietor of Signature Series Foam and Emergency Response Technician of US Fire Pump
Coming out of retirement, Dwight is proud to announce his involvement with developing new products and training with US Fire Pump and Perimeter Solutions. He has been working diligently with all parties to develop a Signature Series Foam Concentrate that will outperform any on the market today. Dwight has always thought outside-the-box and is continuing to develop new products that reduce risk, minimize exposure and save life and property.
Dwight has over 100 successes in the extinguishment of storage tanks, pipelines, ships and barges at sea and inland waterways including flammable liquid vapor control emergencies preventing fires in such areas.
Dwight served his country in the United States Army in 1966 and graduated basic training as an expert marksman. His military service included Infantry Officer Candidate School, Airborne School, Jumpmaster School and commanding a Special Forces A-Team.
In 1980, Dwight started Williams Fire & Hazard Control and revolutionized the industrial firefighting industry which earned him worldwide recognition as the leader in the field of Flammable Liquid Firefighting. In September of 2011, Tyco purchased WF&HC and Dwight Williams choose to pursue other specialty sights for pistols and rifles, DW Battlesights.
Dwight and his wife, the love of his life, reside at their ranch home in the Texas Hill Country.
Technical Sales Director and Emergency Response Technician for US Fire Pump
Bob has over 30 years in the municipal fire service and industrial fire service, serving as Assistant Fire Chief for one of North America's largest refineries. With his fire service knowledge and experiences, he bridges the technical side and sales side to bring the technical knowledge to the customer and assist them in an informed decision from the US Fire Pump product portfolio or training services.
Bob is a certified IFSAC Instructor II/III through the State of Indiana and holds numerous other national certifications. Through his fire service career, he has extensive training in Confined Space Rescue, High Angle Rescue, Hazardous Materials Response and Flammable Liquids Firefighting. Bob has an advanced level of training in the Incident Command System and has served as On Scene Incident Command during emergent situations in many industrial and municipal settings.
Bob holds a Bachelor’s of Education from the University of Penn State. Bob and his wife, Susan, have two children, Parker and Camdyn.
Emergency Response Technician for US Fire Pump
Doug has been in the firefighting industry for over 39 years. He began his career with Magnum Fire & Safety in the production of firefighting equipment as the Operations Manager where he ensured technicians were qualified in skills required to produce the quality for industry, tracking and prioritizing production schedules and inspecting all fabrication prior to shipment to end user.
In the early 80’s, Doug began working with Dwight Williams and was hired by Williams Fire & Hazard Control, Inc. to manage their fabrication facility where he ensured all standards were exceeded and met. Doug worked very closely with Dwight Williams and their Engineering department pushing innovation in the design of firefighting equipment.
Doug also was key in supporting emergency response worldwide, to include assisting Dwight Williams in successfully extinguishing the largest flammable liquid storage tank fire in June of 2001 at the Orion Refinery in Norco, Louisiana. Doug also supported and instructed at several Williams Xtreme Flammable Liquid Fire Schools.
Doug graduated from Port Neches High School, which included Vocational Building Trades and attended Lamar University Blueprint Courses. Doug and his wife, Bette have three children, Austin, Andrew and JoAnna Marie.
Chief Engineer and Emergency Response Technician for US Fire Pump
With over 25 years of product development and engineering in the fire equipment/apparatus and specialty vehicle fields, Ryan was the right fit to bring Chris Ferrara innovative ideas for US Fire Pump to take to market. Ryan oversees the product development and engineering of the US Fire Pump product portfolio and worked closely with Dwight in the development and testing of the Signature Series Foam.
Ryan also has an extensive background as a firefighter with over 20 years of experience in the municipal fire service working with Union Grove Fire and Rescue Department and Engine 3 / Hazmat Team for the City of Statesville, North Carolina. He has completed extensive training in Flammable Liquids Firefighting, Hazardous Materials Response, Confined Space Rescue, Advance Level Command, National Incident Management System, High Angle Rescue, and Pump Operations.
Ryan is also a certified Instructor II/III through the State of North Carolina, an IFSTA and ProBoard recognized state, with specialties in firefighting, emergency vehicle driver, hazmat, pump operations and advance EMT. The firefighting back ground allows him better insight to the engineering and development of new firefighting tools.
Ryan holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Carolina. Ryan and his wife, Sherri have two children, Amber and Callen.
Chief Ron Sommers
Business Development and Emergency Response Technician for US Fire Pump
With 34 years of Fire Service Experience, Chief Sommers started as a Firefighter at the NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. He has progressed through the Chief ranks in Various Municipal and Industrial Fire Departments while serving all over the world in challenging environments from -60 degrees below to 110 above.
Chief Sommers has been a refinery Fire Chief and served as Channel Industries Mutual Aid (CIMA) Zone Representative in Pasadena, Texas, Fire Chief for Chevron Phillips-Pasadena Plastics Complex, Asst. Fire Chief for ARCO Alaska/Phillips Petroleum in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, and Fire Chief for Southern Company-Mississippi Power.
Chief Sommers holds a Bachelor’s of Science in Occupational Health and Safety Engineering/Fire Protection from Columbia Southern University and is working on his Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) designation. Ron and his wife, Kathy have two children, Ton and Sara.
Commendations: US Navy/Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Medal of Valor, Angolan Fire Service Excellence Medal, Meritorious Service Medal and the Red Cross Industrial Hero Award./p>