Chief/Emergency Manager, Kittitas Valley (WA) Fire Rescue/City of Ellensburg/Past President, International Association of Fire Chiefs
Chief of Kittitas Valley (WA) Fire Rescue and emergency manager for the City of Ellensburg, in Washington State. He has spent the past 43 years learning the art and science of fire suppression, EMS, emergency management, management of projects, and leadership of people. He has held the positions of firefighter, paramedic, lieutenant, battalion chief, assistant chief, deputy chief and chief. He is the past president of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (2016-2017) and has been involved with the EMS Section for 20-plus years. He has served on the Advisory Board of Fire and Emergency Television Network (FETN), the Advisory Board for Tacoma Community College and Central Washington University’s Paramedic Program, and the Board of Directors for the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technicians. He represented the fire service on the National EMS Advisory Council and served as the chair. He has worked with the American College of Surgeons Hartford Consensus I and II and assisted the Department of Homeland Security and Centers for Disease Control with their Bystander Response Project.