About Us


Balefire is structured to extend professional services beyond the "safety program in a box" offerings prevalent in the marketplace today. With Balefire, you're treated as an individual and our services are tailored to meet your unique requirements.




Meet the Team

Dan Cerkan, President

Balefire Safety Systems is owned and operated by Dan Cerkan, President, MAS, CRSP, LtCol (ret). Dan is a former USMC Naval Aviator that served with distinction as the Aviation Safety Officer (FW/RW) for the Marine Corps, Director of Safety and Standardization or 3rd Marine Aircraft Wing, and White House Aircraft Commander at HMX-1,
the Presidential Flight Detachment.

  • Master of Aeronautical Science (MAS), Dual Concentrations in Aviation Safety Systems & Human Factors
  • Certified Registered Safety Professional (CRSP), International Society of Safety Professionals, 2016
  • MS, Aviation Safety Program Management, Safety Risk Management Trainer Certificates, U.S. D.O.T. (Transportation Safety Institute), 2013
  • IS-BAO Auditor, IBAC, 2013
  • HAI Accredited Auditor, 2015


“Paradise Helicopters began working with Dan in December 2015 to complete the International Standard of Business Aircraft Operations accreditation. Prior to our auditor’s arrival they quickly reviewed our answers to standards and challenged our responses. Their ability to challenge and provide external feedback helped us to improve on our company procedures and implement further safety initiatives. Their hard-work was evident in their extensive final submission to the International Business Aviation Council.  In January 2016 Dan completed our Helicopter Association International Accreditation Program of Safety. With his help, Paradise Helicopters was able to be the first organization in the world to complete the accreditation process. Being the first quickly brought several shortfalls in the accreditation process but were quickly resolved by our auditor, Dan Cerkan, who worked with HAI staff to correct errors and prepare a better product for
future organization.

[Balefire] is by far an outstanding organization to use for SMS related audit opportunities. Their professionalism, commitment to excellence, and driven attitude are exactly what you want when working toward accreditations.”

Daniel Malakie

Paradise Helicopters