Martin grew up surrounded by military veteran relatives who also volunteered for the local fire departments. He later married the two careers and became an Assistant Fire Chief at Homestead Airforce Base in 1984. Continuing to serve in the Reserve Services until July 2002, Martin was hired with the City of West Palm Beach Fire Rescue (WPBFR) in 1985, where he met his future wife and business partner, Tina Palermo. During his 27 years with WPBFR, Martin served with the Special Operations team, conducting dark water dives and hazmat training. Martin became a lieutenant in 2003, earned his AS degree for Emergency Medical Services (EMS), promoted to Captain in 2006 and finally retired as a Battalion Chief in 2012. Alongside his wife, Martin served as co-president of Health Career Institute until 2013 and joined her newest business ventures, MCA and HEAT. As the Fire Science Coordinator, Martin cultivates a positive relationship between the education centers and the local fire departments, ensuring students receive hands-on training through ride-times and clinicals.
With two career firefighters for parents, Katelyn grew up among the jargon and culture of the fire service, so it is unsurprising that she has been enlisted in the administration of H.E.A.T., though her education and experience lend towards veterinary and medical research. Katelyn graduated from the University of Florida in 2014 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science. While applying to graduate school, she worked at the UF Large Animal Hospital as an Animal Care Technician and then as a Veterinary Technician. In 2016 Katelyn was accepted to a Master of Science program with the Brooks Equine Genetics Laboratory, from which she graduated in August 2018. Her research focused on tracking the evolution of a gene expansion noticed in domesticated horses via DNA analysis. As of December 2019, she works as a Medical Laboratory Scientist III with the Florida Department of Health in Jacksonville, Florida while remotely assisting with the family Fire Science business. Email: KPalermo@heatedu.org
Jeremy Hurd is an EMS Captain and has his Fire Instructor 3, Fire Inspector 2, Fire Officer 1 & 2, Fire Investigator, and Incident Safety Officer. He is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's Executive Fire Officer Program and has a Master's Degree in Executive Leadership and Disaster Prepardness. He writes for Fire Engineering, he teaches at many fire conferences, and he has a monthly radio show on Fire Engineering entitled "Chaplain's Corner".
Captain Thomas C. Fucci, B.Sc., IAAI-CFI, IAAI-CI, IAAI-ECT, CFEI
Board Certified Fire Investigator
Captain Fucci has been a Fire/Arson Investigator since 2002 with Palm Beach County Fire Rescue in West Palm Beach, Florida. He has been a law enforcement officer for 24+ years and currently leads the team of Fire/Arson Investigators for the Palm Beach County Bomb/Arson Task Force. As such, they carry firearms and also make arrests when investigating the origin and cause of fires, explosions and any fire-related incident.
Captain Fucci has been the lead investigator in over 1,300 fire/arson/explosion scenes and has FL certifications as a Fire Investigator, Firesafety Inspector I and II, and Fire Instructor III, as well as, an NFPA certification. He has been teaching fire investigation and inspection courses since 2005 for several colleges, universities and academies. He has guest lectured a number of times for conferences, seminars and meetings specifically relating to fire science, fire dynamics, and fire investigation, just to name a few.
Captain Fucci is a member of several organizations and has testified as an expert witness in both Federal and State Courts. He has a B.Sc. degree in Applied Professional Studies and an A.Sc. degree in Fire Science Technology specializing in Fire Investigation.