Bio:Dave Newcomb has been associated with IFSI since 1987 and has taught more than 200 classes. In 2011, Dave was advanced to Ag Rescue Program Manager and has overseen its growth with additional classes and topics and an expansion of on-site training in grain bin rescue. He is a regular spokesperson on agricultural rescue training and has made numerous presentations and participated in numerous media interviews. In 2013, he was instrumental in bringing Large Animal Rescue Awareness Training to IFSI. He is certified at the Technician level in Trench Rescue, Confined Space Rescue, Rope Rescue and Structural Collapse Rescue.
Dave began his fire service career in 1976 with the Edge Scott Fire Protection District in Urbana. He joined the Urbana Fire Department in 1980 and in 1992 was promoted to Lieutenant. During his time at Urbana, Dave was an Emergency Medical Technician and served on the committee that formed Urbana’s Technical Rescue Team. He retired from the Urbana department in 2011 after a total of 35 years in the fire service.
Besides serving as an instructor and Program Manager for IFSI, Dave is active in farming nearly 2,200 acres of corn and soybeans in Central Illinois.