Who Are The Hazmat Guys?
Bobby Salvesen is a loving husband and father of two with a passion for teaching. His firefighting journey began in 1994 when he joined the East Meadow Volunteer Fire Department. In 2000, he was hired by the FDNY. He spent a short time in Ladder 159 before moving over to Squad 288 after 9/11, where he remained for the next 13 years. During this time, he became certified in high angle rope rescue, collapse, confined space, rigging, extrication, diving, shoring, and firefighter removal. After his tenure in the rescue branch of the FDNY, he transferred to the Hazardous Materials Command and in 2015, he attained his Hazardous Materials Specialist certification.
Currently, Bobby is a member of the NY-TFI FEMA resource as a specialist. He’s been a Deputy Chief instructor for the Nassau County Fire Service Academy for the last 9 years and has taught everything from Hazardous Materials to Confined Spaces. His volunteer career is ongoing and he’s gone through the company level ranks 3 times. Most recently, he went through the ranks as Chief of Department of a Department with roughly 300 members.
Mike Monaco is a loving husband and father of three with a gift for teaching dry topics and making them interactive and entertaining. He joined the fire service in 1997 as a volunteer firefighter for Mt. Sinai Fire Department. Eventually, he became a career firefighter with the FDNY, as well as an A.L.S. (Advanced Life Support) provider in 2002. For two years he served in Engine 233 until joining Hazmat Company 1 in 2004 where he became a Hazardous Materials Technician. In 2008, he started teaching and in 2012 he became a local instructor with the International Association of Firefighter (IAF).
In 2013, Mike became a Master Instructor with the IAF. He currently teaches multiple courses in various jurisdictions. He also does private classes as well as industry-based hazmat. He holds a degree from SUNY Stonybrook University in Neurological Physiology (the study of the nervous system).
For over a decade, Victoria Gigante has been working with clients all over the world as a counselor and coach. In her spare time, she lives behind the scenes working with WordPress, social media, and website development. She brings her technical, organizational, writing and editing skills to The Haz Mat Guys, and occasionally (begrudgingly) appears on the show as a guest (for non-hazmat related topics!). Victoria holds a double masters in Psychology and Psychological Counseling from Columbia University. She spent over six years as the director of an academic counseling center at a federal service academy and served over thirteen years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. Victoria is a Certified Professional Yoga Therapist, as well as a Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and a master time manager.