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

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

David Burnett

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.

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.

Bill Eckroth

Vice President

Bill Eckroth

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

State of Missouri Seal

Director from Missouri State

To Be Named

The Missouri Association of Fire Protection Districts will be naming a State Director.



Mark Kreutzer

Mark currently serves as the Vice President of the Columbia River Fire & Rescue Board of Directors, previously serving as President. Mark has also served as a firefighter at the City of Beaverton, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue and Rainer Fire District. Mark has served on the Oregon Fire District Directors Association Board of Directors and is Past President of NAEFO.

Barry Orth


Barry Orth

Barry is a Commissioner of Benton County Fire Protection District #2 in Washington.


Director from Washington State

Gerry W. Gustafson

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


Administrative Secretary

Jeanne Ernst

Jeanne is the Administrative Secretary from Vashon Island, Washington.

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.

Monte Olsen

Bylaws Committee

Committee Chair Monte Olsen

Monte is the NAEFO Executive Director



Committee Chair Mark Kreutzer

Education Committee

Bill Eckroth

Communications Committee

Committee Chair Bill Eckroff

Communications Committee

Barry Orth


Committee Chair Barry Orth

Legislative Committee



Committee Chair Candy McCullough

Sponsorship Committee


Conference Committee

Committee Chair Mark Kreutzer

Conference and Workshops Committee


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?".