About Us

Our Hero Mission

To create a ruckus...a rescuer-revolution --if you will.

Hero School Creator- Captain Dave Merino

25+ years on California fire engines until several work injuries forced his (reluctant) retirement.

15+ years as Captain

20+ years as Paramedic
Expert in fire service testing (hiring / promotions / probation)
MBA-Human Resources
Chief Officer Certified (CSFM)
Fire Officer Certified
Fought against unlawful employment practices (FFBOR/PERB/EEOC/TitleVII-CRA actions)
President/VP/Sec/Treasurer (union leadership roles)
Campaign Manager (local ballot/candidate)
Candidate/Ballot/Special-Purpose PAC (leader/treasurer)  
Has been bitten by a rattlesnake and forgave (literally and figuratively)

Using his background to benefit the next generation of heroes, Captain Dave created The Hero School as a way for women and men to get fire service mentoring.

"All great people had mentors; they're inseparable nor hard to spot. It comes down to being either

1. the uncoachable-loner who never impresses, or

2. the highly prized & Prepared One. Don't suck at it: get a coach." Captain Dave

His skills as a first-out emergency responder in northern California encompass all aspects of the fire service including bargaining unit representation, disciplinary defense, elections and unlawful employment practices up to--and including--PERB citations, workers' compensation injuries, Federal Discrimination/Harassment lawsuit filings, grievances and even lobbying against guns in fire stations.

If you want to be in the fire service, The Hero School is your best choice. Are you ready?

The next generation of Heroes is on me.