J. Robert “Rob” Brown, Jr.
Assistant Executive Director of the International Association of Fire Chiefs
"Can IAFC Help Support and Grow NAEFO?"
Just prior to rejoining the International Association of Fire Chiefs, Rob Brown served for two years as the Chief Regional Coordinator for the Virginia Department of Emergency Management, overseeing emergency management and homeland security in Northern Virginia and the National Capital Region (Washington, DC) for the Virginia Secretary of Public Safety and Homeland Security.
Brown served as Fire Chief of the Fresno City Fire Department, where he managed a $60 million budget, leading 360 personnel serving over 550,000 people over 325 square miles from 24 fire/rescue stations, in the City of Fresno, CA, California’s 5th largest city; the Fig Garden Fire District; the North Central Fire District; the Fresno-Yosemite International Airport; and contracted areas in the Fresno County Fire District (Cal-Fire).
Western Regional Director, Emergency Services Consulting International
"Moving Forward or Falling Back: Planning for your Agency’s Future "
Lane Wintermute served as a Fire Chief in Oregon and Washington State and has a wealth of experience in both large and small fire departments and is knowledgeable about fire and emergency medical services planning and cooperative service delivery subjects.
Congressional Fire Services
"Fire service victories this year, despite partisan gridlock, and the importance of grassroots advocacy by NAEFO members"
Bill has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI) since 1995. In his capacity as Executive Director, Bill works closely with members of Congress and fire service leaders on developing federal legislation and enhancing federal programs designed to improve the readiness of our nation’s fire and emergency services.
Sauvie Island Fire District, Oregon Fire Chief
"Setting Direction for a Diverse Organization"
Norvin Collins was selected as Sauvie Island Fire District's first paid Fire Chief in 2011. Sauvie Island Fire District is a combination department with 40 members including combat, support, and cadet members, serving approximately 36 square miles of predominately rural and Oregon State land including 4 public beaches with 1,600 full-time residents and over 1.5 million annual visitors
Director of Fire, Fuels and Aviation Management, Pacific Northwest and Alaska Regions - US Forest Service and Oregon/Washington Bureau of Land Management
"Land Management Considerations for Wildland Fire Management"
John Giller has lived and worked in the Pacific Northwest most of his life, working in various fire, fuels and aviation management positions in the private and public sectors, including the US Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Rural Fire Department and Klamath Fire, Incorporated. Over the last 37 years, John has gained extensive knowledge and experience in multiple aspects of Fire and Aviation Management and served in many leadership positions throughout his career.