Annual Conference

The National Association of Emergency and Fire Officials (NAEFO) annual conference  provides board-level leadership education from the nation's leading experts.

In addition to the education program, network with other elected officials and vendors to solve the toughest challenges facing boards.

Click here for 2019 conference flyer and schedule.

Annual Meeting

During NAEFO's Annual Conference, NAEFO's annual membership meeting is held to conduct business, hear reports and elect officers (click here to read about the current officers and members of the Board of Directors).

Exhibiting at the NAEFO Conference

Exhibiting at the NAEFO Annual Conference raises your company's awareness and generates leads with elected officials who will vote on whether or not to purchase your equipment and services.

For more information about exhibiting at the NAEFO Conference, contact NAEFO.

For more information about becoming a NAEFO Sponsor, also contact NAEFO.

2019 Conference Speakers

September 16-17, 2019 — See below for online registration

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.

Conference Location and Lodging

Clark County Fire Department Training Center Las Vegas, Nevada

Orleans Hotel and Casino, 4500 West Tropicana Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89103

For reservations call (702) 365-7111 or click here and then click on stay, group reservations, enter code A8NAC09 and complete reservation.

Use NAEFO special room rate code A8NAC09

$45 per night + $29.57 resort fee & taxes = $74.57 per night

Have an idea for a conference speaker or topic?

If you have an idea for a speaker or topic at NAEFO's next annual conference, please contact NAEFO with details!

Click here for a look back at 2018 Conference Speakers