“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

Benjamin Franklin

Cutting Edge Planning and Training Inc was established in 2010. Mathew Marshall took his first hazardous materials class in 2004 and was hooked on learning more and eventually teaching on the subject in 2009. He knew immediately he wanted to continue to educate on this subject. Along with his family’s support and finding the best of the best people to work with, Cutting Edge Planning and Training Inc was founded. We pride ourselves on having the greatest instructors out there!


Chief Mathew Marshall, Vice President/Lead Instructor

Battalion Chief Marshall has been in the fire service for over 20 years, most of which has been of service for the Cape Coral Fire Department – where he currently serves. Chief Marshall is very knowledgeable when it comes to Hazardous Materials and is committed to constantly furthering his education as well as others on the subject. After teaching for other companies, Chief Marshall wanted to be a larger influencer for HazMat education and hence developed a great quality education program in the industry with second to none, instructors equally as passionate about HazMat. Cutting Edge Planning and Training, Inc. was established in 2010. Chief Marshall is also a certified Paramedic, Fire Officer 2, Live Fire Instructor, Fire Service Instructor, and Task Force Leader. Chief Marshall is also the only certified trainer for E-Plan, an online copyrighted software database for hazardous materials developed and maintained by the University of Texas-Dallas.

Danny Rouah

Danny Rouah, Director of Training/Lead Instructor

Instructor Rouah has a background in the Hazardous Materials field for over 10 years and currently serves on the HazMat Response Team for the Cape Coral Fire Department. Instructor Rouah is a State of Florida Hazardous Materials Technician and has spent countless hours enhancing his knowledge by attending classes, conferences, symposiums and other events to continue his education. Instructor Rouah has taught numerous different courses throughout the State of Florida including preparing and delivering different presentations at different events. Instructor Rouah has certificates and special training in Advanced Monitoring, HazMat Street Chemistry, U.S. DOE CTOS courses (Radiological/Nuclear, WMD), as well as CPR Instructor, Fire Officer 1, Apparatus/Hydraulics Pump and Aerial Operations.

Charles Boyd

Lieutenant (ret) Charles Boyd, Instructor

Lieutenant Boyd started his HazMat career as a student at the University of Miami. Working for Home Depot in the early 1980’s, Lieutenant Boyd was instrumental in the organization of the company’s requirements to provide MSDS paperwork at the individual stores (Right to Know 40CFR). Lieutenant Boyd entered the fire service in 1984 and retired in 2014. Throughout the last 3 decades, he has been very active in both the public and private sector, providing hazardous materials response training, post incident clean-up, HazMat & WMD training and is also a consultant for instrument manufactures. Prior to retiring from the fire service, Lieutenant Boyd has been employed by the National Nuclear Security Administration’s Counter Terrorism Operations Support (NNSA-CTOS) TS II SME and continues to both train the private and public sectors as well as consult for manufacturers of chemicals and detection devices as well municipal and state governments.

Steven Kofsky

Lieutenant Steven Kofsky, Instructor

Lieutenant Kofsky currently serves for the Naples Fire Department. He has worked for NFD for the past 19 years. Lieutenant Kofsky has a passion for furthering his training and education, especially when it comes to HazMat. In addition to being a HazMat Tech Officer for his department, Lieutenant Kofsky is also a Live Fire Instructor, Instructor 2, Fire Officer 2, Inspector 2, State Safety Officer, and ARFF. He also enjoys being a part of Nascar events serving as a Nascar Fire Fighter in Daytona Beach.


Lieutenant Alex Klein, Instructor

Lieutenant Klein has 16 years in the fire service and currently serves for the Cape Coral Fire Department. Lieutenant Klein has extensive knowledge in hazardous materials and is currently a State of Florida certified Hazardous Materials Technician for CCFD as well as a certified Paramedic and Boat Operator. Lieutenant Klein is also a certified Rescue Diver.

Doug Cainas

Lieutenant Doug Cainas, Instructor

Lieutenant Cainas has been working for Cape Coral Fire Department for 14 years. For the last 10 years he has been a part of the Special Operations team as a Hazardous Materials Technician Officer. He is currently a Fire Field Training Officer (FTO) and a Paramedic FTO. He is assigned to Station 3 and rides on Engine 3, overseeing an Engine, Rescue, Marine Unit, and Brush Truck. Lieutenant Cainas currently has his Fire Officer 2, Fire Instructor, and AS degree in Emergency Services Technology. Lieutenant Cainas loves to train and is always looking to improve and learn from those he comes in contact with us as an instructor for CEPT Inc.


Chief Barry Ashaman, Instructor

Chief Ashman, provides assessment center tutoring to candidates aspiring to move up the ranks in the fire service. Chief Ashman works with two different
assessment center companies located in Florida. His methods are proven by the candidates that have been promoted after being tutored by him. Chief Ashman has extensive experience dealing with the assessment center processes and has administered over four hundred tutored scenarios. He has competed in four different assessment centers and has scored #1 in all four assessment processes. Barry provides one-on-one tutoring for tactical scenarios including, citizen complaints, written projects, subordinate counseling, instructional activity, and in basket exercises. Chief Ashman uses digital simulation software and role plays to make scenarios as life-like as possible.