Demond Simmons, Oakland (California) Fire Department
Demond Simmons is a 25-year member of the fire service. He first began his career with the Burlingame (CA) Fire Department. In 1999, he was part of the first firefighter-paramedic recruit class in the history of the Oakland (CA) Fire Department. Throughout his career, he has served as firefighter, firefighter-paramedic, engineer lieutenant, captain, and battalion chief. He is currently assigned to the department’s Training Division as the chief of training.
Throughout his career, Demond has been an active member for several fire service affinity groups including the International Association of Black Professional Firefighters, International Society of Fire Service Instructors, International Fire Service Training Association, Alameda County Training Officers Association, and the International Association of Fire Chiefs/Company Officer Section. He has been a part of the IAFC/COS since its origin as a committee. Additionally, Demond is an adjunct instructor for the National Fire Academy, California State Fire Training, Golden Gate University, University of Cincinnati, and Merritt College.
Demond’s passion includes all aspects of fire service training/education, company officer professional development, and training/education for aspiring fire service personnel. His continued interest with the IAFC/COS is rooted in its mission of providing professional development opportunities for current and aspiring company officers!
Demond’s current involvement on the IAFC/COS board has focused exclusively on designing and offering professional development opportunities for current/aspiring company officers. Because the company officer position is the most important and influential position in the fire service, Demond will continue to remain an active participant on the board with a keen focus on professional development offerings! Equally important, he will continue tirelessly to recruit new members to both the IAFC and its Company Officer Section.