FLSS Election

Voting begins April 18 for two at-large director seats.

The elected at-large directors will serve three-year terms, beginning at FRI 2021 in Charlotte, NC.

The 2021 FLS Section election will be run exclusively online; the voting period opens on April 18 and ends May 17.

Your ballot will be sent to your email and come from elections@iafc.org via surveymonkey.com. To assure it arrives safely in your inbox, make sure that surveymonkey.com is whitelisted (approved domain) with your email provider.

For general election questions, email elections@iafc.org or phone 703-273-0911.

Proposed FLS Section bylaw changes: Available here (pdf)

Uncontested Elections

The following positions were uncontested:

  • International Director, Fire Chief Michael O'Brian, Brighton Area (MI) Fire Authority
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Fire Marshal Robert Marshall, San Mateo (CA) Consolidated Fire Department

Meet the 2021 FLS Section Board Candidates

Candidates appear in alphabetical order by last name.

Assistant Chief Mike Carsten
Mike Carsten, Tucson (AZ) Fire Department
Assistant Chief of Business Services/Community Risk Reduction

Assistant Chief Mike Carsten has proudly served at the Tucson Fire Department (TFD) since 1998 and has been in the fire service since 1991. He currently serves as the Assistant Chief of Business Service and Community Risk Reduction. With the Business Services Bureau his responsibilities include direct oversight of Fire Prevention, Logistics, Accreditation, as well as IT/Technology. He promoted through the ranks of Firefighter, Paramedic, Captain, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and currently Assistant Chief. Assistant Chief Carsten has served as adjunct faculty with Pima Community College since 2002. He is an instructor in the Public Safety and Emergency Services Institute, teaching Strategy & Tactics. He has served as a representative for the Fire and Life Safety Section on the program planning committee for Fire Rescue International (FRI) since 2016. In addition, he serves on the program planning committee for the Community Risk Reduction Leadership Conference sponsored by the IAFC as well as a steering committee member for Vision 20/20. In his current role as Assistant Chief and formerly as the Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal of the Fire Prevention Division, he has been strongly focused on reducing injuries, life loss, and property loss through focused attention on Fire Prevention and Community Risk Reduction Initiatives. He is a strong supporter and driver of the Tucson Fire Department’s Community Risk Reduction (CRR) efforts, which includes a collaborative working relationship with not only TFD employees, but also all other City of Tucson Departments and many community partners. 

EMT and Fire Lieutenant Jessica Lochart
Jessica Melton, Nevada (IA) Fire Department
EMT and Fire Lieutenant – Specializing in Community Education and Outreach

I have a Bachelor of Science degree from Iowa State University in Community and Public Health. I have served on the Nevada Fire Department for almost 7 years. My Lieutenant duties have an emphasis on community risk reduction practices as well as public education and outreach programs. I have my Fire Instructor 1 certification as well as I graduated from the National Fire Academy as a Juvenile Firesetter Intervention Specialist. I also am an American Heart Association BLS Instructor. Community risk reduction is something I am passionate about as well as interacting with the community and educating all age groups on how they can keep emergencies small and stay safe and healthy. In Nevada we are currently working on community risk reduction programs and better educating our community members on what they can do to help prevent fires and keep themselves safe. The past few years I have been a part of implementing Stovetop Firestops in every apartment in a complex that we used to receive numerous calls for stovetop fires that were related to unsupervised cooking. We have hosted hands-only CPR demonstrations open to the public at the Fire Department and are currently working to register every public AED in our community on Pulsepoint. I look forward to continuing my involvement with risk reduction and education in the future including volunteering on the planning committee for the CRRL conference in 2022.

Scott Moore
Scott W. Moore, Battlefield (MO) Fire Protection District
Fire Chief

My name is Scott Moore, I am running for an At-Large seat on the FLSS Board. I proudly serve as Fire Chief of the Battlefield Fire Protection District in Southwest Missouri. I also have 22 years of law enforcement and eight years of Emergency Management service. I have a Bachelor’s in Emergency Management and will graduate in 2022 with a Master’s in Public Service and Safety. I have proudly served my community for more than 27 years. In that time, my diverse experiences created a passion for Emergency and Risk Management.

I found appreciation for the IAFC while coordinating the Missouri Valley Division conference in Springfield, MO, in 2016. This collaborative experience created an opportunity to learn from peers and share experiences to serve our communities better. I am now on the program planning committee for the Community Risk Reduction Leadership conference and serve on the IAFC Emergency Management Committee since 2017.

My intention for election to this position is to address challenges organizations face from the ever-changing world of risk management. We battle limited resources with collaboration and networking. I will strive to bring new perspectives to the section and provide resources for every agency to impact their mission. I will work to keep the FLSS committed to our mission to advance leadership and vision for the fire service and work to stay relevant with the U.S. fire service into the future. 

I am honored to have your support for the FLSS board of directors. 

Richard Roberts
Richard Roberts, Honeywell Fire Safety
Senior Industry Affairs Manager

Twenty-five years of experience in the installation, system design, commissioning and product development of code compliant commercial fire alarm and signaling systems. Twelve years involvement in the development of codes, standards (C&S’s) and legislation seeking to enhance life safety. Currently serving on:

  • Member of the IAFC/FLSS
  • Fifteen NFPA Technical Committees
  • Two UL Standards Technical Panels relating to carbon monoxide detection
  • Numerous ICC Fire Code Action Committee Working Groups relating to fire alarm, carbon monoxide, mass notification systems and in-building emergency responder communications
  • Member of the NASFM Model Codes Committee
  • Board of Directors and Co-Chair of the C&S’s Committee of the Center for Campus Fire Safety

My position at Honeywell allows me to enhance the safety of the public and emergency responders through involvement in C&S’s and legislation. Even though I have never been a member of the fire service, I wish to contribute to the mission of the FLSS as well as being a resource for issues relating to fire and life safety systems. I assisted in the development of a series of FLSS online fire alarm training videos and provided input for the FLSS smoke alarm position paper. I have a long history in collaborating with the fire service on changes to C&S’s. It would be an honor and privilege to serve on the Board of the FLSS.

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