Federal & Military Fire Services

The Federal & Military Fire Services Section of the IAFC strives to meet current and future challenges and act as a strong voice for federal fire and emergency personnel worldwide. The mission of the Federal & Military Fire Services Section is to promote and support regulations and legislation that will result in greater safety to life and property and to better conditions for fire and emergency services personnel. The organization will provide federal and military fire and emergency services personnel with state-of-the-art technology, training, education, and information so as to reduce the loss of life and property from fire safety hazards in communities.

Section candidate -Uncontested Election

Fire Chief Barry J. Shughart

Fire Chief Barry J. Shughart

Chief Shughart is a thirty-year veteran of the fire service. He began his career as a volunteer firefighter in Mount Holly Springs, Pennsylvania in 1992. Over the last three decades, Chief Shughart has served local, state, and federal while serving in almost every rank of the U.S. Fire Service.

In 2006, Chief Shughart started his career as a Federal Civilian assigned to the Department of Defense. His first assignment was to Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Where he served as a Paramedic responsible for providing pre-hospital advanced life support care to the soldiers, families, civilians, and visitors of Fort Bragg. In September 2006, he fulfilled a lifelong dream of becoming a career firefighter when he was appointed as a Firefighter/Paramedic at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Cherry Point. In March 2007, Chief Shughart transferred to Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna, New Cumberland, PA, where he served as a firefighter/paramedic until he was promoted to the rank of Captain in 2010. In March 2013, Chief Shughart was promoted to the rank of Assistant Fire Chief and subsequently transferred to MCAS Beaufort, Beaufort, South Carolina. Where he served as the department’s first Chief of Training and EMS. In April 2015, Chief Shughart was laterally transferred into the department’s operations division as an Assistant Chief of Operations. In November 2016, Chief Shughart accepted a temporary duty assignment to Okinawa, Japan where he served as a District Chief for Marine Corps Installation Pacific Fire & Emergency Services. Upon completion of his tour in Japan Chief Shughart returned to MCAS Beaufort and resumed his role as an Assistant Chief of Operations. In March of 2020, Chief Shughart returned to the Defense Distribution Center Susquehanna as the DLA Installation Management Susquehanna Fire Chief.

Chief Shughart has a Master of Business and Public Administration from Columbia Southern University, a Bachelor of Science in Public Administration from Shippensburg University, Associates in Arts in Fire Science Technology, and is a graduate of the 2001 Paramedic Program from Harrisburg Area Community College. He is credentialed as a Chief Fire Officer and a Chief EMS Officer and holds the following professional certifications Fire Officer 4, Fire Instructor III, Critical Care Paramedic, Rescue and Hazardous Materials Technician, and Type 3 Incident Commander.

Chief Shughart is the son of MSG(R) Barry L Shughart (USA) and Susan L. Shughart of Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is an active volunteer with his hometown volunteer fire department, a board member of the Bell Flying Club, a Center for Public Safety Excellence peer assessor, and the Chief Executive Officer of Practical Survival Solutions, LLC. Chief Shughart is an avid aviator and outdoorsman who enjoys spending as much free time as possible with his family and friends outside flying, hiking, camping, hunting, fishing, and SCUBA diving.

To order the IAFC Federal Military Section Commemorative Coin please visit the IAFC Foundation's website.

Section Documents

Board Meeting Minutes

Annual Section Meeting Minutes


Todd Canale
DAFC Chief, Fire Emergency Services
Davis-Monthan AFB, AZ

Jonathan L. Mattingly
Fire Chief, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD

Staff Liaison
Kevin McGee

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