Chief of the Champaign (IL) Fire Department and president and chairman of the board of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. He has 42 years of fire, rescue, and EMS experience. He started his career with the St. Louis (MO) Fire Department, rising through the ranks and retiring as the chief paramedic after 25 years of service. He has also served 10 years as deputy chief for the Memphis (TN) Fire Department. He has a master’s degree in business and management and has been a licensed paramedic for more than 40 years. He has written more than 500 articles for professional fire and EMS publications and is the author of three books. He has won numerous awards including the James O. Page EMS Leadership Award from JEMS Magazine in 2014 and the IAFC EMS Section’s James O. Page Achievement Award in 2018.