Mentoring Program

The IAFC mentoring program is part of the IAFC's continuing efforts to expand professional development opportunities for company officers. IAFC membership is required to participate. Whether you're seeking a chief/chief officer or fellow company officer mentor, check out the bios below and contact the person who best suits your needs. If you have questions, please contact IAFC Member Services.

Chief & Chief Officer Mentors

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David Burke, Fire Chief

Duvall-King County Fire District

Mentoring Areas: Communications Skills, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Personnel Issues

Go to bio and contact info (IAFC member login required)

Preferred Communication: In-person, phone, email

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Larry Collier, Deputy Chief

Osceola County Fire Rescue and EMS (Fla.)

Mentoring Areas: Time Management, Administrative Issues, Communications with Superiors, and/or Company and Battalion Level Training, Changes in the Fire Service, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues, Strategic Planning

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Preferred Communication: Email

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Dan Griswold, Division Chief

Casper Fire-EMS

Mentoring Areas: Education and Training, Leadership Transition, Personal Advancement, Personnel Issues

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email

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Craig Haigh, Fire Chief

Hanover Park Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Education and Training, Managing Budgets, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues

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Preferred Communication: Email, in-person

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Jim Harmes, Fire Chief (Retired)

(formerly with Grand Blanc Fire)

Mentoring Areas: Education and Training, Managing Budgets, Personal Advancement

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Preferred Communication: In-person, phone, email

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Glenn Huffman, Battalion Chief

Eastside Fire & Rescue

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Community Outreach, Education and Training, Personnel Issues, Personal Advancement

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

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Tom Jenkins, Fire Chief

Rogers Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Communications Issues, Education and Training, Managing Budgets, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

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Steve Kuhlmann, Training Officer

Emporia Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues

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Preferred Communication: Email

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David Layman, Fire Chief

Hampton Division of Fire & Rescue

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email

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Steven Marovich, Battalion Chief

North County Fire Protection District (Ca.)

Mentoring Areas: Personnel Issues, Administrative Issues and Communications

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

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John Miller, Fire Chief

Ocoee Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Communications Skills, Community Outreach, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues,

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

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Al Rufer, Division Chief

Monroe Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Volunteer Recruitment and Retention

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email

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Nate Trauernicht, Fire Chief

UC Davis Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Changes in the Fire Service, Community Outreach, Education and Training, Personal Advancement, Staffing Issues

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Preferred Communication: Internet Phone (e.g., Skype)

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Susanna Schmitt Williams, Chief

Carrboro (NC) Fire Dept

Mentoring Areas: Communications Skills, Community Outreach, Education and Training, Managing Budgets

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

Company Officer Mentors

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Chris Divver, Lieutenant

Clifton (N.J.) Fire Department

Mentoring Areas: Personnel Issues, Administrative Issues, Company and Battalion Level Training

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Preferred Communication: Email, phone, in-person

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Mary Emge, Captain

O’Fallon (Mo.) Fire Protection District

Mentoring Areas: Personnel Issues, Time Management, Administrative Issues, Communications with Superiors, Company and Battalion Level Training

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Preferred Communication: Email

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Rob Frampton, Captain

Salisbury (Md.) Fire Department

Mentoring Areas: Personnel Issues, Time Management

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Preferred Communication: Email, phone, in-person

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Randall Hanifen, Lieutenant

West Chester Twp. (Oh.) Fire Department

Mentoring Areas: Personnel Issues, Administrative Issues and Communications

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Preferred Communication: Phone, email, in-person

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Demond Simmons, Captain

Oakland (Ca.) Fire Department

Mentoring Areas: Time Management, Company and Battalion Level Training

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Preferred Communication: Email, phone, in-person