2019 Conference at
The Orleans Casino & Hotel & Clark County Fire Department Training Center, Las Vegas, Nevada

2019 Conference Agenda       2019 Membership Meeting Agenda

2019 Conference Speakers

Dale Lyman

Dale Lyman

Fire Chief, Greeley, Colorado Fire Chief

“Alternative Response Vehicle Program for Non-Emergency 9-1-1 Calls”

Dale Lyman is a 33-year fire service veteran who is the Fire Chief of the Greeley Fire Department located in northern Colorado. He is a National Fire Protection Association Certified Fire Protection Specialist. An experienced incident commander, he served on the operations side of the fire department as a company officer, a battalion commander and the Emergency Manager of the City, and was the Public Information Officer for the Fire Department for 14 years. He has also served as the Fire Marshal prior to becoming the Fire Chief.

Greeley Colorado has a diverse population of approx. 110,000 and is experiencing tremendous growth. Greeley Fire is a municipal, 120 member organization, delivering service out of 6 fire stations, and answering approximately 14,000 9-1-1 calls per year.

Dunkel George

George M. Dunkel

Administrator of the Special Districts Association of Oregon Consulting Services

“Roles and Responsibilities of Governing Officials”

As a strong proponent of cooperation between various disciplines and agencies, Retired Fire Chief George Dunkel is currently working as the Administrator of the Special Districts Association of Oregon (SDAO) Consulting Services Program. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Fire Chiefs Foundation.

Known as a very engaging speaker and for his practical approach to solving organizational “brush fires” Chief Dunkel has developed many outreach programs.  He regularly assists special districts and fire organizations with consulting on board member roles and responsibilities, risk management, strategic planning, human resource administration and organizational assessment.


Bill Webb

Congressional Fire Services
Institute (CFSI)

“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.

Riddle Ken

Ken Riddle

Public Consulting Group

“New Revenue Sources!”

With over 20 years’ experience, Ken Riddle is uniquely qualified for a broad range of public safety consulting projects, focusing on assisting others with an interest in US fire service issues and fire-based EMS issues both on a pro bono and fee for service basis.

Riddle retired from Las Vegas Fire and Rescue as a Deputy Fire Chief after 28 years of service. He was an executive level leader for 13 years, serving in every Division of the Department, including emergency operations, administration, fire prevention, and medical services. Riddle initiated a fire-based ambulance transport program and an in-house medical examination program for firefighters.

As part of the Health team for Public Consulting Group, Ken assists in enhancing their fire and EMS consulting services as well as marketing their current GEMT and ambulance supplemental payment services to eligible ambulance providers.  He also currently serving as the Executive Director for the Nevada Fire Chiefs Association and Vice President of Operations for Mobile Healthcare Network, LLC.

Dunkel George

George M. Dunkel

CEO/Chief Recruitment and Hiring

“Life Cycle of a Chief”

Retired Fire Chief George Dunkel regularly assists special districts and fire organizations with CEO/Chief recruitment and hiring.

Chief Dunkel began his fire service career as a volunteer firefighter with Scappoose Rural Fire District, and was later hired as a career firefighter by Washington County Fire District #1 (now Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue). As Fire Chief of St. Helens Fire District Chief Dunkel managed the merger of the Rainier Fire District and St. Helens Fire District forming Columbia River Fire & Rescue.

Chief Dunkel’s genuine enthusiasm for the fire service is evident in his high level of professional involvement. He is a recent past Board Member and past Chair of the International Fire Service Training Association Executive Board and past member and chair of the Special Districts Association of Oregon Board of Directors.

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