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Since 2001...

The National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials (NAEFO) was formally organized in 2001 by the state association of Oregon, Washington, California and Montana. The organization was the result of years of collaborative meetings with elected and appointed officials from several western states who had banded together to work on issues at the regional and national level. NAEFO individual and state members have ranged from California to New York and Arizona to Missouri.

NAEFO Organizational Structure

The National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials is an membership-based organization of individuals who are current and former emergency services officials, state associations of the agencies represented by emergency services officials and other individuals or organizations affiliated with the emergency services.  The membership elects officers and at-large members of a Board of Directors. Each state association member appoints a member to the Board of Directors.

Meet the NAEFO Leadership

The National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials (NAEFO) is governed by the Board of Directors and Officers and run on a day-to-day basis by the Executive Director and Administrative Secretary

Candy McCullough

President

Candy McCullough

Candy is a Commissioner and Chair of the Vashon Island Fire & Rescue in Washington.

Kenneth Schmalbeck

Treasurer

Kenneth Schmalbeck

Ken is currently serving in his sixth term as a Director of the Black Jack Fire Protection District and was the founding President of the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts.

Cliff Avery

Director from Texas

Cliff Avery

Cliff Avery is the Executive Director for the Texas State Association of Fire and Emergency Districts (SAFE-D).

Cliff is the Principle of GCP Association Services, LLC--an organization that provides association management services and he earned his Bachelor Degree in Journalism at the University of Texas.

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Administrative Assistant

Jeanne Ernst

Jeanne is the Administrative Assistant from Vashon Island, Washington.

Robert Skaggs

Vice President and Immediate Past President

Robert (Bob) Skaggs

Bob previously served for 25 years as Fire Commissioner for Graham Fire & Rescue in Washington and is a past President of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association.

Kenneth Schmalbeck

Director from Missouri

Kenneth Schmalbeck

Ken was the founding President of the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts.

GerryGustafson

Director from Washington State

Gerry W. Gustafson

Gerry has been a Commissioner since 1994 of Graham Fire & Rescue in Washington and currently serves as the Chair.  Gerry is Past President of the Washington Fire Commissioners Association and also an elected member of the Pierce County Charter Review Commission.

David Burnett

Secretary and Director from Oregon State

David Burnett

Dave currently serves as an At Large member on the Chiloquin Fire & Recue Board of Directors and also serves as the Position #2 Director on the Oregon Fire District Directors Association Board of Directors.

Bruce Suenram

Director from Montana

Bruce Suenram

Bruce currently serves as the Board Chair of the Hamilton Rural Fire District and has also served as Montana's State Fire Marshal, Chief of the Missoula Rural Fire District, and as Chief of the Kelseyville, California Fire Protection District.  Bruce is a Past President of the Board of Directors of the International Association of Wildland Fire.

Orlanda Smith

Director-At-Large

Orlanda Smith

Orlanda currently serves as Board of Director of the Black Jack Fire Protection District in North St. Louis County. Orlanda is also an Executive Board Member of the North County Labor Legislative Club and Delegate of the St Louis Labor Council and a member of Coalition of Black Trade Unionists.

Monte Olsen

Executive Director

Monte Olsen

Monte is Past President and Honorary Life Member of the Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts.  Monte is an Adjunct Professor for the University of Missouri's Fire and Rescue Training Institute where he teaches the Certified Fire and Ambulance District Board Training course. Monte served as Vice President of NAEFO and is a former member of the National Association of Parliamentarians.

Meet the Committee Chairs

A number of committees have been created to involve members in the future direction of the National Association of Elected Fire Officials (NAEFO). Dedicated individuals play a crucial role in the effectiveness of NAEFO on one of the following committees: Bylaws; Communications; Conference and Workshops; Education; Legislative; Membership; and Sponsorship.

Click here to see Policy 5, Appointment and Authority of Committees.

Kenneth Schmalbeck

Bylaws Committee

Committee Chair Kenneth Schmalbeck

Bylaws Committee

Candy McCullough

Sponsorship

Committee Chair Candy McCullough

Sponsorship Committee

Bill Eckroth

Communications Committee

Committee Chair Bill Eckroff

Bill is a Commissioner for Central Pierce Fire & Rescue in Washington.

Gold

Legislative

Committee Chair Vacant

Legislative Committee

Candy McCullough

Education and Conference Committee

Committee Chair Candy McCullough

Education and Conference Committee

Gold

Membership Committee

Committee Chair Vacant

Membership Committee

How can you help NAEFO?

The work of NAEFO is done by many people--how can you contribute?  Volunteer your expertise or ask, "What needs done?".