Our Leadership Team Includes Lifelong Firefighter/EMTs & Public Safety Pros Driven to Create Dynamic Emergency Services Content, Commerce & Community Solutions

First Arriving and sister company Go Forward Media are led by Dave Iannone and Chris Hebert, lifelong firefighters who founded the original Firehouse.com and FirefighterNation.com and have pioneered across all facets of public safety marketing — fire, rescue, EMS and law enforcement.

We’ve spent our lives creating innovative content and marketing platforms, online communities and events that have made a lasting impact in public safety.

Our team includes some amazing content, design, technology and marketing professionals who all share a passion to create incredible solutions that our clients and partners love – and more importantly help them achieve and exceed their objectives.

We’ve worked with many of the fire service’s top companies and organizations over the last 20 years – It’s not just a business for us, it’s a major part of our lives. We live and breathe the fire & emergency services every day.

We are not just a service company – we want to be a long term partner in the success of your department, agency, organization or company.

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Dave Iannone

Co-Founder

Since the age of 12, Dave has been in love with the fire service. He’s spent the last (nearly) 30 years at the Hyattsville (MD) VFD where he, Chris and others first worked together on Firehouse.com, later taking on all of public safety and numerous other B2B, consumer & niche markets — from construction to security, medical to sports — in the digital & integrated media space. Dubbed a serial entrepreneur (and proud of it), he’s found many creative ways over the years to blend his passion for great content, the Web and the emergency services.

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Christopher Hebert

Co-Founder

Chris is from Upstate (the New York one) where he started his fire service career as a teen but made his home in Maryland where he met Dave, they started Firehouse.com and the rest is history. Chris is not only a creator of many things Web, he’s also a Firefighter/Technician with the Washington, D.C. Fire/EMS Department and Life Member of the Hyattsville (MD) VFD. He leads the way with our bloggers, content creation, WordPress and lots of other fancy technical things.

Team & Partners

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Matt Warner

Content Manager
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Tiger Schmittendorf

Chief Recruiter
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Dave Statter

Multimedia & Consulting Services
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Diane Giles

Marketing Support
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Nick Bailey

Recruitment & Content Manager
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Erin Ward

Content Manager
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Mike Smith

Rescue Editor
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Lori Dawson

Graphic/Web Designer