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Nevada Fire School
Fire Science Academy names new director
Volume 25, No. 4

EderDenise Baclawski, executive director of the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy (FSA), announced July 15th the appointment of Wayne Eder as the new director of the Fire Science Academy in Carlin, NV.  Eder will replace Gary Zunino, who recently announced his retirement from state service as of July 26, 2010.

Baclawski commented, "Wayne is an exceptional leader who is highly respected in the fire service.  Wayne brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and experience to the Fire Science Academy and is a great addition to the FSA management team.  He will succeed Gary Zunino who has done so much to make the FSA the success it is today.”

Eder brings 28 years of increasingly responsible fire service experience with federal, state, county, fire district, tribal and private fire agencies to the FSA.  A graduate of the National Fire Academy’s four year Executive Fire Officer Program, Eder holds a masters degree in business administration; a bachelors degree in fire protection administration; an associate degree in fire science and upper division college certifications in fire protection and hazardous waste.  He has an extensive background in structural, wildland fire/emergency management and command, industrial/refinery, aircraft rescue and firefighting, fire training, prevention, public education and investigation. Eder has experience and certification as a community college fire-science adjunct professor throughout California.  He has published articles in national fire journals and through industry-specific internet sites.  Eder is a certified National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) fire officer I and II; fire instructor I, II and III; fire prevention officer I; fire investigator I; hazardous materials incident commander; specialist; instructor; and technician in California and Oregon. 

“As a graduate of the FSA, I have always respected the staff and the mission of the academy. It is an honor to have been appointed as Director, and I believe that our team will be able to take the academy to a new level of excellence,” said Eder.  “My family and I look forward to relocating to the Elko area, and I look forward to serving the residents and visitors of the State of Nevada.”

To learn more about emergency response training at University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy, email,   call (775) 754-6003 or 1-866-914-0015, or visit .

Recognized as one of the most comprehensive emergency response programs and facilities in the world, the University of Nevada, Reno Fire Science Academy has been training and preparing organizations, businesses and government agencies in emergency management, hazardous materials containment, rescue operations and industrial fire fighting for more than 30 years.


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