Speakers

 

 

Gordon Graham is a retired 33 year veteran of California Law Enforcement. During his tenure as a police professional, he was awarded his Teaching Credential from California State University, Long Beach. He was later graduated from University of Southern California with a Master’s Degree in Safety and Systems Management.

Subsequent to this he was graduated from Western State University with a Juris Doctorate. His education as a Risk Manager and experience as a practicing Attorney, coupled with his extensive background in public safety, have allowed him to rapidly become recognized as a leading professional speaker with multiple areas of expertise.

 

Alan Brunacini joined the Phoenix Fire Department in 1958.  After serving in every rank, he was promoted to the position of Fire Chief in 1978.  He earned a degree in Fire Protection Technology from Oklahoma State University, a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science and a Master of Public Administration from Arizona State University.

He is the past Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NFPA, the former Chairman of the NFPA 1500 Committee on Fire Department Occupational Safety and Health and NFPA 1710 Committee on Career Fire Service Deployment. He is the recipient of Governing Magazine’s Public Official of the Year.  He has also been awarded the NFPA’s Paul C. Lamb Award for his leadership in the standard making process.

 

Fire Chief Otto Drozd III was appointed Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire Rescue Department on December 3, 2012. He began his career with the Hialeah Fire Department in 1986. During his tenure at HFD he progressed through all ranks from firefighter to Deputy Chief before becoming Fire Chief in 2001. Throughout his career, Chief Drozd was an active member of the department’s special operation teams and served as a paramedic.

In 2009, Chief Drozd became Fire Chief of El Paso Fire Department and led the El Paso Fire Department to become one of only five Metro Department’s to achieve international accreditation and an ISO Class One rating.

In 2017, under Chief Drozd’s leadership, Orange County Fire Rescue was awarded the Congressional Fire Services Institute award for excellence in Fire-Based EMS and improved its ISO rating from a Class 4/8b to becoming one of the largest departments in the nation to receive a Class One ISO rating while maintaining International Accreditation.

 

Jim Crawford is the project manager for Vision 20/20.  He is a member of and former chair of the NFPA technical committee on professional qualifications for fire marshals.  He is the author of Fire Prevention Organization and Management published by Brady and writes a monthly column on fire and life safety for Fire and Rescue Magazine.  Jim retired from the active fire service in 2010 after 35 years, ending his career as the Deputy Chief and Fire Marshal of Vancouver, WA.  He is a fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, past President of the International Fire Marshal’s Association, and a life member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs.  Jim has been awarded the R. Wayne Powell Excellence in Fire Prevention Award; the Fire Protection Person of the Year in 2011 from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers; the Dr. Anne W. Phillips Leadership in Fire Safety Education award from the International Fire Service Training Association and the Congressional Fire Services Institute; and the Percy Bugby Award from the International Fire Marshal’s Association.

 

Chief LeGette has been a firefighter since 1990.  He began his career with the St. Andrews Fire Department and rose through the ranks to his current position as the Deputy Chief of Operations.  He has attended the University of South Carolina, Trident Technical College, as well as local and national schools for career development in the fire industry.  He teaches leadership oriented programs and is an instructor for the South Carolina Fire Academy.

As a supporter, contributor, and stake holder for the regional concept of firefighting among the local departments, including the consolidated dispatching center, LeGette has played a substantial role from its foundational development. This opportunity allowed him the unique experience to be subjected to, understand and work through the challenges associated with this paradigm shift. He has helped forge many positive organizational relationships beneficial to the fire service and continues in those efforts today

 

M. Kyle Minick, CFO, EFO, is deputy chief of operations for the City of North Charleston Fire Department. He has been an active member of the fire service in South Carolina since 1996, starting his career as a volunteer firefighter with the City of Newberry Fire Department. Kyle entered the career service in 1999 with the Town of Mount Pleasant Fire Department, rising to the rank of company officer before accepting a position with the James Island Fire Department as deputy chief. He moved to the City of North Charleston Fire Department in 2008. Kyle holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Criminal Justice, a Master’s Degree in Management and is a graduate of the inaugural South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association Leadership Institute (2011). He currently serves as president of the South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, is instructor with the South Carolina Fire Academy, a past president of the Charleston County Fire Chiefs’ Association, past chair of the South Carolina State Sprinkler Coalition, and member of various other professional associations.

 

Dennis L. Rubin was first appointed as a Fire Chief in December of 1996.  Chief Rubin’s experience spans more than 35 years.  He has served as a line firefighter, company officer, command officer, and chief of the department in several major U. S. Cities. 

In 1994, Rubin was the President of the State Fire Chiefs Association of Virginia.  Chief Rubin hosted the 1999 Southeastern Fire Chiefs Association Conference held in Dothan, Alabama.  He was appointed to several committees with the International Association of Fire Chiefs, including a two-year term as theSafety Committee and Program Committee Chair.  Rubin is the Ad Hoc Chair for the Wingspread VI Conference.

 

Dave Downey is currently the Fire Chief of Miami-Dade Fire Rescue. He is a 35-year veteran of the fire service working through the ranks as a firefighter, company officer, Battalion Chief, Division Chief, and Assistant Fire Chief.

Prior to his appointment as Fire Chief, Chief Downey was the Chief of Operations and previously served as the Assistant Chief for Technical Services, EMS Division Chief, Chief of the Training & Safety, and an Operations Division Chief. Chief Downey currently serves as the Southeast Regional Director for the Florida Fire Chief’s Association, the Deputy Coordinator for the Statewide Emergency Response Plan, the Fire Representative to the Executive Board for the Southeast Regional Domestic Security Task Force, and the Sponsoring Agency Chief Representative for DHS/FEMA’s National Urban Search and Rescue Response System.

Chief Downey has an Associate’s degree in Fire Science from Broward College, a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Nova Southeastern University. Chief Downey is a designated Chief Fire Officer by the Commission on Professional Credentialing.

 

Dr. David A. Greene has over 25 years of experience in the fire service and is currently the Deputy Chief with Colleton County (SC) Fire-Rescue. He holds a PhD in Fire and Emergency Management Administration from Oklahoma State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of South Carolina.  He is a certified Executive Fire Officer through the National Fire Academy, holds the Chief Fire Officer Designation, holds Member Grade in the Institution of Fire Engineers, and is a fire service researcher, practitioner, instructor and student. 

 

Chief Dan Eggleston began his fire service career in 1978 as a volunteer and is currently the career Fire Rescue Chief with the Albemarle County Department of Fire Rescue, a 700 member combination department that serves a 723 square mile urban/rural area.

Chief Eggleston has an AAS Degree in Engineering, a BS degree in business, and a MS degree in Emergency Management from the University of Richmond. He is a graduate from the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program and received his Chief Fire Officer Designation (CFO) and Chief Medical Officer Designation (CMO) from the Commission on Fire Accreditation International.

Chief Eggleston is a Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Fire programs adjunct fire instructor and is a Board member with the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Virginia Fire Chief’ Foundation. He has published many articles and research papers relating to fire and EMS administration and emergency management and has lectured and consulted throughout the country.

 

Tim Sendelbach (is a 29-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Firehouse. Tim is responsible for the content and editorial direction of Firehouse Magazine, Firehouse.com, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World, and related products.

Tim previously served as the Editor-in-Chief for FireRescue Magazine and FirefighterNation.com. Tim is a past president of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and has served as an Assistant Fire Chief with the North Las Vegas (NV) Fire Department, as the Chief of Training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services, and as Assistant Fire Chief for Missouri City (TX) Fire & Rescue Services. Tim is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer with the Center for Public Safety Excellence (CPSE) and has earned a master’s degree in Leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in Fire Administration and Arson, and an associate’s degree in Emergency Medical Care from Eastern Kentucky University.