MarcAloan is a career Captain with the West Columbia (SC) Fire Department, volunteer Firefighter with the Hephzibah (GA) Fire Department, and creator of The Fire Inside blog. He started his fire service career in 2001 as a volunteer for his hometown in upstate New York. He became a career firefighter in 2007 after separating from active duty in the U.S. Air Force. He speaks nationally with courses on culture, leadership, and professional development. His writing has been published in Fire Engineering magazine, Firehouse magazine, the Firemanship Journal, and the Fire Department Training Network Newsletter. He serves as Second Vice President of the South Carolina Society of Fire Service Instructors. He also holds a B.S. in Fire Protection Administration from Eastern Kentucky University and a M.A. in Organizational Leadership from Waldorf University.