Board of Directors
Chair: Deputy Fire Chief William Hyde
Vice Chair: Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher
Secretary/Treasurer: Fire Chief Gregory Barton
Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc (Canadian)
Battalion Chief Curvin Wolfgang (Eastern)
Vacant (Great Lakes)
David Daley (Missouri Valley)
Fire Chief Steve Murphy (New England)
Assistant Chief Brad Hall (Southeastern)
Assistant Chief Chad Roberson (Southwestern)
Fire Chief Robert Jarvis (Western)
Assistant Chief Jo-Ann Lorber (Immediate Past Chair)
Fire Chief Trisha Wolford (NFA Liaison)
EFO Section Board of Directors' Bios
Chair: Deputy Fire Chief William Hyde
William Hyde is the deputy fire chief of Special Operations & Training for the City of Rogers, Arkansas. He began his career in 1998 with the City of Bentonville, where served as division chief. He also served on the City of Centerton Volunteer Fire Department. While in Centerton, he served the community as a paramedic and as the department's chief of training.
Chief Hyde is a graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program. He received his Bachelor of Science in Public Safety Management from Franklin University. He also holds Associate Degrees in Fire Science Administration & Paramedicine. He is currently pursuing an MBA with emphasis in Leadership & Ethics at John Brown University.
Vice Chair: Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher
Joe Pulvermacher is the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the City of Fitchburg (WI). He is a 2014 graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program. He holds his Bachelor of Science in Fire Service Management from Southern Illinois University and received his Associate Degree in Fire Science from Milwaukee Area Technical College.
Chief Pulvermacher is proud of his 30 year history in the fire service. In 1988, he started as a volunteer firefighter for the Village of Butler (WI). In 1990, he enlisted as a Fire Protection Specialist in the United States Air Force. Later, he became a career firefighter with the City of Oak Creek (WI) where he, ultimately, became the Training Chief. In 2016, Chief Pulvermacher was sworn in as Fitchburg’s Fire Chief.
Currently, Chief Pulvermacher is the Vice President for the Dane County Fire Chief’s Association, he serves on the Wisconsin Alliance for Fire Safety committee as a representative for the Wisconsin State Fire Chiefs, and he is involved in the Safe Kids Coalition of Madison.
Chief Pulvermacher is personally and professionally involved in strengthening the fire service’s response to active assailant incidents and improving response to firefighter critical incident stress events. He sees the need to continually evaluate training requirements in order to address a constantly changing profession (affected generationally by a regularly changing workforce) and is motivated through positive impacts in work force development, succession planning, and organizational ownership.
Secretary/Treasurer: Fire Chief Gregory Barton
Greg Barton is the Fire Chief for the Beverly Hills Fire Department. He has been with Beverly Hills for over 20 years and has held positions including Firefighter, Fire Inspector, Fire Captain, Fire Marshal, and shift Battalion Chief. Chief Barton has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree, a Master's degree in Public Administration, and is a 2012 graduate from the United States Fire Administration's National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer program.
Chief Barton earned his Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation in 2012 and is a certified Chief Officer through the California State Fire Marshal's office. He is a Certified Emergency Manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers. Greg served as a cadre member on the California State Fire Training Chief Fire Officer curriculum development committee and is an instructor for the California Fire Service Training and Education System. Greg serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Maple Counseling Center and is an Executive Team Member on the Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Committee.
Director At Large-Canadian: Fire Chief Ken Uzeloc
Ken Uzeloc is the Fire Chief of Kamloops Fire and Rescue in the City of Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada. He was a member of the Calgary Fire Department (CFD) for the past 30 years working though many ranks including firefighter, rescue specialist, hazmat specialist, hazmat officer, assistant deputy chief, deputy chief, and interim fire chief/director of emergency management. Chief Uzeloc earned a Bachelor of Applied Business in Emergency Services degree with distinction from Lakeland College, a Master’s certificate in Municipal Leadership from York University, and is a 2018 graduate from the United States Fire Administration’s National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program.
Chief Uzeloc was conferred his Chief Fire Officer designation in 2012 from the Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs (CAFC). Chief Uzeloc is deeply committed to the betterment of the fire service and dedicated to continuous improvement and lifelong learning. Chief Uzeloc sits on the Diversity & Inclusion and Dangerous Goods, Infrastructure, & Industry Committees of the CAFC and represents CAFC on the NFPA 472 Technical Committee on Hazardous Materials Response Personnel.
Chief Uzeloc also volunteers in the community and has sat on the Board of Directors of the Calgary Drop In and Rehab Centre for seven years with the last four as the Board Chair.
Director At Large-Eastern: Battalion Chief Curvin Wolfgang
Chief Wolfgang started his fire service journey in 1989 as a volunteer firefighter in a rural Pennsylvania town. After graduating college, he continued to volunteer in fire and EMS service while working in the private sector. In 2008, he became a full-time career firefighter, and over the last fifteen years, he ascended the ranks, currently serving as a Battalion Chief with York Area United Fire and Rescue, Pennsylvania's first regional combination fire department.
He has a Bachelor's degree in Fire Science from Columbia Southern University and a Masters' degree in organizational leadership from Waldorf University (spring 2023). In addition, he is an accredited Chief Fire Officer ( CFO) with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and a certified NFAP 1001 Fire Officer IV through National Pro Board. He is also an accredited instructor with the Pennsylvania State Fire Academy and an adjunct instructor with the Harrisburg Area Community College.
Along with his education and experience, he graduated from the Executive Officer Program in Spring 2023. The EFO program has had a significant impact on his career and, more importantly, on how he performs as a leader in my organization and community.
Director At Large-Great Lakes: Vacant
Director At Large-Missouri Valley: David Daley
David Daley, accreditation manager, South Metro Fire-Rescue Authority (Colo.), is a 10-year veteran of the IAFC and serves on the Safety Health and Survival Section and EFO Section Board of Directors. He holds a B.S. in finance (Magna Cum Laude) and an MBA from the University of Colorado. He is a 2011 graduate of the EFO program and is also a chief fire officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence and a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. David has served as a fire marshal, training chief, battalion chief and is currently serving as the authority's accreditation manger.
David is currently the president of the Denver Metro Fire Chiefs Association. He was part of the team that developed the DHS Target Capabilities list and is a board member of the Denver Urban Area Security Initiative. He was part of the team that developed the state's homeland security strategic plan in 2008 and assisted the roll out of the capabilities assessment as well as the strategic plan.
Director At Large-New England: Fire Chief Steve Murphy
Chief Steve Murphy has served as the Fire Chief and Emergency Management Director for the Hingham MA Fire Department since 2018. He began his career with the Hingham Fire Department in 2000 and has held positions including Firefighter/Paramedic, Lieutenant, Captain, Deputy Chief and EMS coordinator. He has been a Paramedic since 1993 and serves on multiple state and local organizations.
Chief Murphy has earned a paramedic certificate from Northeastern University, a Bachelor of Science (Biology) from the University of Maine, and a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Anna Maria College. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy Executive Fire Officer Program and is a credentialed fire chief for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. He has been an instructor for the MA fire academy since 2013.
Director At Large-Southeastern: Assistant Chief Brad Hall
Brad Hall is a twenty-four year veteran of the fire service and second-generation firefighter, serving both as a volunteer and career firefighter. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Operations for the Spartanburg Fire Department, which is an Accredited, ISO Class One department located in upstate South Carolina. Chief Hall holds a Master of Public Administration in Fire and Emergency Services from Anna Maria College and a BS from Clemson University.
Chief Hall is a 2015 EFO graduate and has attended numerous EFO Symposiums. He holds a Chief Fire Officer and Fire Marshal designation from the CPSE CPC, and is also a member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. He is the current second vice-president of the South Carolina Chapter of the International Association Arson Investigators and has previously served as a board member. Chief Hall serves as an adjunct instructor in the fire service program at Columbia College (SC) and has previously worked as an adjunct instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy.
Chief Hall spent twelve years of his career as a deputy fire marshal and fire marshal and has a strong background in community risk reduction, with special emphasis in elderly fire and fall prevention and youth fire setting intervention. He also holds extensive training and experience as an IAAI-Certified Fire Investigator, investigating hundreds of fires over his career.
Chief Hall is married to his wife, Emily, and has three children. In his spare time, he serves as an assistant scoutmaster with Troop 2 and enjoys restoring classic cars.
Director At Large-Southwestern: Assistant Chief Chad Roberson
Chief Chad Roberson is a 30-year veteran and assistant fire chief for the St. George Fire Protection District in East Baton Rouge Parish (LA). Roberson has a master’s degree in Executive Fire Service Leadership from Grand Canyon University as well as a bachelor’s degree in history from Louisiana State University (LSU) and an associate degree in fire science from Louisiana State University Eunice (LSUE). Roberson graduated from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer (EFO) Program, the International Association of Fire Chiefs Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) program and has been awarded the Certified Fire Officer (CFO) designation from the Commission on Professional Credentialing and the MIFireE designation from the Institution of Fire Engineers, United States of America Branch. Roberson currently serves on the Emergency Management Committee and the Urban Search & Rescue (US&R) Committee for the International Association of Fire Chiefs and is a current executive board member of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Foundation, the Southwest Division of the IAFC serving as the Louisiana VP and the Louisiana Municipal Association. He is also a Past President of the Louisiana Fire Chiefs Association.
Director At Large-Western: Fire Chief Robert Jarvis
Chief Jarvis has 36 years of experience as a firefighter and fire officer, as well as 34 years as a paramedic. He currently serves as the fire chief of Whetstone (Arizona) Fire District. Prior to serving Whetstone, Fire Chief Jarvis served both Coolidge and Christopher Kohl’s Fire as fire chief.
Chief Jarvis earned a bachelor’s degree in Public Safety Administration from Grand Canyon University, and his associate’s degree from Pima Community College with an emphasis on paramedic. He completed the four-year Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy. In the past, Chief Jarvis was president of the Pinal County Fire Chief’s Association, regional representative for the Arizona Fire District Association, a member of the AZ Department of Health Services, Protocol, Medication, and Devices Committee.
Chief Jarvis is active in the community currently active with the Lions Club. He was a member of the Southern AZ Rescue Association (volunteer search & rescue), founding member of Southwest Rescue Dogs (K9 S&R), development team for the Artisan Village of Coolidge, and board member of the Coolidge Performing Arts Center Foundation. Chief Jarvis enjoys spending time with his wife Mary, and hunting with family. Other hobbies include amateur radio, photography, and competitive shooting.
Immediate Past Chair: Assistant Chief Jo-Ann Lorber
Jo-Ann Lorber is an assistant chief/emergency manager for the city of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. She has been with Fort Lauderdale Fire-Rescue since January 1996. Chief Lorber holds an associates' degrees in liberal arts and fire science technology, a bachelor of arts degree in public management and a master's degree in public administration from Florida Atlantic University.
Chief Lorber is a 2006 graduate of the National Fire Academy's EFO Program and was an Outstanding Applied Research Award winner in 2004 for her paper, Drowning…The Silent Killer of Children. Lorber has been awarded CFO designation. Additionally, she is a member of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM), Florida Emergency Preparedness Association (FEPA), the IAFC, Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA), National Society of Executive Fire Officers (NSEFO), American Society of Public Administrators (ASPA) and the South Florida Regional Domestic Task Force (RDSTF). Additionally, she will have her Certified Emergency Management designation by July 2014.
Jo-Ann has written many articles on leadership for Fire Chief magazine and the Florida fire service.
NFA Representative: Fire Chief Trisha Wolford
Chief Wolford was officially sworn in as Chief of Department on January 28th, 2019. Chief Wolford is the 12th Fire Chief in the 54-year history of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department. This appointment is a homecoming for Chief Wolford, as she started her fire service career in Maryland with the Anne Arundel County Fire Department in January of 2006.
Chief Wolford operated as a firefighter/paramedic until her assignment to the Fire Marshal’s Office in 2011. She spent seven months training at the Anne Arundel County Police Academy and was sworn in as a law enforcement officer in May 2012. She was then assigned to the Fire and Explosives Investigation Unit where she promoted to Lieutenant in 2014. With her law enforcement and paramedic background, Chief Wolford was a part of the Anne Arundel County Tactical Medic program for four years, providing medical attention to the Anne Arundel County Police Quick Response Team.
In December 2015, she accepted the position of Deputy Fire Chief/Fire Marshal with the Bozeman Fire Department in Bozeman, Montana. The Bozeman Fire Department is comprised of three fire stations and 51 firefighters. She was responsible for administrative services, public education, code enforcement, fire investigation, fire inspections, company inspections, and city Fire Marshal duties.
In 2017, Chief Wolford joined the Spokane Fire Department as the Assistant Fire Chief overseeing full operations of the department. She directly supervised Deputy Chiefs managing Operations, Training, Support Services, Human Resources, and the Fire Marshal Division.
Chief Wolford received her Bachelor’s Degree from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV in 2000. She is completing her Master’s Degree in Management and Leadership from Western Governor’s University. She received her Paramedic certification from Anne Arundel Community College in 2009 and continues to be a Nationally Registered Paramedic. She is a graduate of the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and a graduate of the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute (FSEDI) and holds a CFO and CFM designation from the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE). Chief Wolford is a member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs Human Relations Committee, Chair of the Professional Development Committee and the National Fire Academy Liaison for the EFO Section Committee.