Born to a father in sales and mother in education, I was fortunate to move frequently throughout my school-aged years. Living in Florida, Alaska, and several states in between, I realized the importance of culture, perspective, education, and influential relationships early in my life. With nearly twenty years in the professional fire service, I rose through the ranks in a metro-sized department, spending roughly half my career in positions such as an inspector, investigator, strategic planner, CRR practitioner. I always fought for evidence-based best-practice service models to focus on producing measurable community outcomes.
Today, I am the Deputy Fire Chief serving the Charlottesville (VA) Fire Department, driving community risk reduction. I believe the value of our industry today is not in primary emergency response, but in building a more resilient community through risk assessment, developing partnerships, and matching resources to needs. The IAFC Fire and Life Safety Section Board exhibits an excellent opportunity to help departments and individuals produce positive community outcomes.
Over the past years, I spoke at local and international conferences to influence our industry toward models of community risk reduction, focuses on outcomes, and leveraging partnerships. In addition, I worked with departments to identify solutions for sustainability, political support, and community success.
I respectfully request consideration for nomination to the IAFC FLSS board position. I believe I can leverage my experiences and knowledge to aid the board in achieving positive change. I look forward to the opportunity, and thank you for your consideration.