Erich Roden Battalion Chief, Milwaukee Fire Department Erich Roden is a 21-year veteran of the fire service and a battalion chief with the Milwaukee (Wis.) Fire Department assigned to the Fire Academy. He has been a H.O.T. instructor at FDIC for more than 10 years where he also delivered the 2014 FDIC keynote speech, and is a lead instructor for "Urban Essentials." He is also an instructor for the Milwaukee Area Technical College's Fire Science Program and has an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin-Stout. He is an online editor-in-chief for FireRescue Magazine and is a co-founder and editor of Urban Firefighter.