Blaze Emergency Equipment Sales Staff
James Schwartz – Sales
Serving Burlington, Camden, Atlantic, Ocean, Monmouth
James has been an active fireman in Ocean County for the for the past 13 years. Currently he is serving with Stafford Township Fire Company as an Engineer. James served with the Whiting Volunteer Fire Company for 10 years and held the positions of Vice President, and Lieutenant. James is also a Fire Fighter with the New Jersey Forest Fire Service. With James’ vast background in the fire services and expertise in apparatus, he can help you design the finest fire truck for your fire company.
Joe Quather – Sales
Serving Gloucester, Salem, Cumberland, Cape May & Atlantic Counties
Joe has been an active Fire Fighter since 1972 with the majority of that time being served with the Alloway Township Fire Company (Salem County) where Joe has held the positions of Fire Chief and Assistant Chief for over 20 years. In addition to his actual fire service time, Joe has over 27 years of experience as a fire apparatus sales representative having worked with multiple departments in Southern New Jersey (many on a repeat basis) from initial apparatus concept development through delivery and more importantly post-delivery customer support on all types of apparatus. As a Professional Project Manager and Engineer, Joe has the abilities to help a Fire Department effectively manage the purchase of a new apparatus from inception through delivery in a deliberate and detailed manner.
Charles Ferrante – Sales
Serving Morris, Somerset, & Hunterdon Counties
Charles is presently a career firefighter for the past 16 years with the North Plainfield Fire Department. Charles has been an active member of Bernardsville Fire Co for 30 years where he is currently a Captain and is an Ex-Chief. He is a veteran of the USAF and served active duty for 4 years as a firefighter. In the USAF he trained in Aircraft firefighting and rescue. Charles is also a qualified fire instructor. With this extensive fire career background – Charles brings to the table vast knowledge of the fire industry to help assist your department in finding the perfect truck.
Frank Beshears -Sales
Frank joined our sales team in 2021. He has been selling fire trucks and ambulances in New Jersey for 11 years. Frank has an extensive career in emergency services that spans 37 years of experience in police, fire, EMS, fire training, fire prevention and fire investigation. With his incredible background we feel Frank would carefully listen to our customers’ wishes and concerns when helping them to design and purchase their emergency vehicles. Frank lives in Ocean County.
Joe Cocco – Sales
Joe joined the Silverton First Aid Squad in Ocean County NJ as a Cadet in 1972. He went on to attain credentials as a NJ DOH & SS Emergency Medical Technician, American Heart Association & American Safety & Health Institute First Aid & CPR BLS Instructor and other EMS related credentials which he still holds today. Now a Life Member, he served as an active EMT riding an ambulance for well over 40 years holding positions of Engineer, Captain and later Squad President. During his Career working as an Engineer on the Commanding General Staff at Fort Monmouth NJ, he also led the Fort Monmouth Volunteer First Aid Squad/EMS as Chief, retiring with 30 years of Federal Civilian service in 2011. Joe’s EMS tenure included being a Volunteer EMS Coordinator, participating on ambulance design & specification committees, assisting Wanamassa First Aid Squad in Monmouth County with startup of a per diem EMS unit, Security & Emergency Services Officer at Seabrook in Tinton Falls NJ & early on working in the EMS Supply & Emergency Equipment sales industry.
Being a part of and supporting Emergency Services organizations like yours is not a job to him, but a passion.
As a member of the Blaze Sales Team, Joe stands ready to share his EMS knowledge & experience with our dedicated and future clients in an effort to deliver the best product & service, a safe and efficient ambulance designed & built to fit your EMT’s needs.
Kevin Todd– Sales
Serving Essex, Hudson, Union
Keith Oberlin -Sales
Serving Middlesex County
Keith has actively been a volunteer firefighter since graduating in 2008 from the Ocean County Fire Academy. During that time, he was an active member of Manchester Fire Company. For the past three years, Keith resided in Carteret and was an active fireman with Carteret Fire Department. Now living back in Manchester, Keith currently serves as Lieutenant in the fire department. Keith has a great background in working in an industry with a competitive market, let him show you why a Sutphen should be added to your fleet. He knows what it takes to provide his customers with the best knowledge and customer service in today’s fire industry.
David Seip- Sales
Dave retired from Plainsboro Fire District No.1 after 25 yrs of service as the Departments Engineer, also sat on the truck Committees of all 5 major apparatus. Dave is an active member of Hightstown Engine Co. #1 for over 20 years where he is currently the Asst. Treasurer and is a past Assistant Chief and were co-Chair for the department’s aerial and supply engine committees. He is a veteran of the USAF and served active duty for 6 years as a firefighter. In the USAF he trained in Aircraft firefighting and rescue, Assisted in design of the P23 CFR truck, as well as the Coordinator of Rescue and Recovery of the Space Shuttle Program. With this extensive fire career background – David brings to the table vast knowledge of the fire industry and truck design to help assist your department in finding the perfect truck design and layout for you
Ron Hill -Ambulance & AED sales
Ron is currently Captain with the Lakewood Fire Dept. and has been in the fire service since 1995. Ron works for The Lakewood Twp. Dept. of EMS and has been an EMT for the past 18 years. While at work Ron’s performs multiple duties such as vehicle extrication, tactical EMS, and commanding scenes. Ron’s duties have allowed him to have the knowledge and experience of what is really needed to build your department’s emergency vehicle.