David Phelan is a 21-year veteran of the Bergenfield (NJ) Fire Department, where he is a firefighter and safety officer. He is a certified fire officer I and fire protection specialist. He has an extensive background in fire and building code enforcement. His private sector experience includes loss analysis and fire investigation; he was admitted in Superior Court as an expert witness. He teaches fire protection at local colleges and presents continuing education programs on various topics. He is also employed by a professional engineering firm that provides aerial apparatus inspection and testing services; he is certified as a nondestructive testing technician in the liquid penetrant, magnetic particle, and ultrasound methods.