Attendee Information

Thank you to all those who participated and made the 2022 NAEFO Annual Conference a success! As soon as details are finalized for the 2023 NAEFO Annual Conference they will be made available here.

Please explore the 2022 Agenda and Speaker Bios below.

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 officials of emergency services organizations and vendors to solve today’s toughest challenges.

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

2022 Conference Agenda

Monday, September 19

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Welcoming Remarks

Candy McCullough, President

9:15 - 10:30 AM

Choosing the Right Chief for Your District

George M. Dunkel, Administrator, Special Districts Association of Oregon Consulting Services

10:30 - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Using Your District's Website for Citizen Interaction

Maria Lara, Community Manager, Streamline

12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:15 PM

Save Time & Money With Cooperative Purchasing!

Cooperative procurement has become a widely accepted practice to help local and state governments save time and money.

This practice has evolved to cover many products and services emergency services organizations need to purchase. This means officials such as trustees, directors, commissioners, chiefs, administrators, etc. have another tool to save money and reduce overhead while ensuring they get the products they want for their organization.

Learn how cooperative procurement programs work and how they can be utilized.  (vailable cooperative purchasing options will be reviewed during the webinar).  Topics covered include:

  • Public procurement trends
  • Defining cooperative procurement
  • Understanding how cooperative procurement works
  • Best practices in cooperative procurement

Crosby Grindle, President, Cooperative Services, LLC

2:15 - 2:30 PM


2:30 - 3:45 PM

The 20’S Are Roaring: 21st Century Legal Issues & Care And Feeding of Your Fire Chief

The 20’S Are Roaring: 21st Century Legal Issues

The 1920’s had great art, great literature, and fantastic jazz. For our Roaring 20’s we have Covid, mass misinformation via social media, and humans behaving badly. Our ever changing world keeps churning up new challenges for public safety.  From social media challenges to the weaponization of records requests and beyond, each brings its own legal issues before, during, and after the fact. Understanding pitfalls and developing proactive strategies are keys to keeping your organization out of the headlines.

Care And Feeding of Your Fire Chief

One of the biggest challenges facing elected officials is the relationship with the fire chief. Not every elected official speaks nor understands the language of the fire service and any territorial behaviors, lack of mutual understanding, and general distrust between a board and a chief can trickle down to the organization and cause numerous issues.  Understanding, along with knowing the signs of standard pitfalls may aid in mitigating those challenges and keeping your organization moving forward.

Carl Scarborough

3:45 - 4:00 PM

First Day Closing Remarks

6:00 - 7:30 PM

Reception in Hospitality Suite

Tuesday, September 20

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Second Day Opening Remarks

9:15 - 10:30 AM

Picking Up Where We Left Off: A Legislative Update from CFSI

Although the pandemic imposed many challenges in communicating with members of Congress and their staff, Congressional Fire Services Institute and the other national emergency service organizations have remained active on Capitol Hill engaging our federal legislators in discussion on issues benefiting our nation’s emergency services.  A featured speaker at our annual conference, CFSI Executive Director Bill Webb will join us once again to deliver an update on federal legislation and programs that impact our nation’s emergency services organizations.  He looks forward to taking your questions and hearing your thoughts on the information he will share with you.

Bill Webb, Executive Director, Congressional Fire Services Institute (CFSI)

10:30 - 10:45 AM


10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Reduce Costs and Save Money While Promoting a Positive Work Environment!

Emergency services organizations are under pressure to find ways to reduce costs and save money without sacrificing services—especially with reduced reimbursement rates for those providing ambulance services.  One way to reduce costs and save money while promoting a more positive work environment is to reduce workers compensation claims and litigation by implementing a comprehensive injury prevention and injury management program. During this presentation, you’ll find out how to set up a Return to Work-Light Duty Program that is job specific and also reduces employees’ time off work—while promoting a positive work environment!

Margie Sammons, MAS Consulting Services, LLC

12:00 - 1:00 PM


1:00 - 2:15 PM

Saving More Than Just Lives in Your Community

An emergency services organization like a fire district will on average only provide direct services to about 1% of its population; however, about 87% of homeowners and businesses buy hazard insurance on their homes and busineses.

Therefore, leaders of emergency services organizations need to  understand their community’s ISO® Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating so that it can improve the PPC rating to save their community tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars EVERY YEAR!

Most community leaders deal with an ISO® PPC audit only once in their career, if at all, so they can’t possibly be expected to understand the complexities of the ISO® PPC auditing process.

Even if a community leader has been through an audit, the rules change all the time. The criteria of an ISO® PPC audit from 10 years ago are much different than they are today.

The fact that over half of all communities in the U.S. are rated a class 7 or worse demonstrates how widely misunderstood the ISO® PPC.

Skip Starling, Director, National Fire Service Organization

2:15 - 2:30 PM


2:30 - 4:00 PM

Annual Meeting

2022 Speaker Bios

George Dunkel | Speaker | NAEFO Conference

George M. Dunkel

Administrator, Special Districts Association of Oregon Consulting Services

As a strong proponent of cooperation between various disciplines and agencies, Retired Fire Chief George Dunkel is

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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.

Crosby Grindle | Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Crosby Grindle

President, Cooperative Services, LLC

Crosby Grindle, is President of Cooperative Services, LLC and is on the Board of Directors for the Fire and

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Emergency Manufacturers and Services Association (FEMSA). He currently works with Sourcewell to lead their public safety cooperative procurement initiative. Formerly, he served as the President of NPPGov, a national cooperative procurement organization and served on the Board of Directors for the National Cooperative Procurement Partners (NCPP).

He has held several leadership positions in public safety association management including Director of Professional Development for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC). His local government career began in the fire service where he served as a chief officer and project manager for city administration.

Crosby received a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree from the University of Virginia, a Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from Virginia Tech and completed the four-year National Fire Academy Exec

Maria Lara | Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Maria Lara

Community Manager, Streamline

Mari Lara is the Community Manager for Streamline–an online communication and collaboration tools provider for

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special districts.

Coming from a medical background in San Francisco, Maria’s previous work includes clinical and laboratory research, web development, marketing, and project coordination. Previously, at the University of California, San Francisco, Maria led the National Institutes of Health RO1 study called the Developmental Epidemiological Study of Children born through Reproductive Technology. She also started a nutrition program for the Glide Foundation and served on the board for Sacramento’s local Imani Clinic. Her goal to support technological advances for local government and health care systems.
When Maria is not working, you can find her exploring Sacramento with her puppy, Kaya, learning new ways to work out and stay fit.

Carl Scarborough |  Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Margie Sammons

Margie Sammons has nearly 40 years of extensive experience in Emergency Medical Services, over 17 years as the Chief of an Ambulance Service, during 

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which time she established a Model Return to Work-Light Duty Policy.  Furthermore, Margie held a board seat on a worker’s compensation Board of Directors for several years, and has served and continues to serve on a multitude of boards within her community. Margie is a Paramedic and BLS and ACLS Instructor and a Member of Missouri EMSA and NAEMT.

Carl Scarborough |  Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Carl Scarborough

Carl Scarborough began his fire service career in 1990 as a volunteer fire fighter and in 1993 he began a career as a full time fire fighter with the

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Central Jackson County Fire Protection District, working as a fire fighter/medic, Inspector/Investigator, Captain, and finally, Assistant Chief of the Training Division. In 2016 Carl took over as Fire Chief of the Sni Valley Fire Protection District, where he stayed until retiring from the fire service in 2020.

Carl now combines his experience and passion for the fire service and law through the Scarborough Law Office/Firehouse Legal, focusing his practice primarily on fire service issues. Scarborough Law Office represents several fire districts on an ongoing basis, as well as being counsel for the Missouri Association of Fire Chiefs, the Fire Fighters Association of Missouri, the Missouri Fire Fighters Cancer Trust, and serving as a municipal judge.

In 2022 Carl launched the blog, as a way to reach departments and fire fighters across Missouri, and the country, and is currently in the middle of the “Fire Chief’s Legal Toolkit” series.

Skip Starling | Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Skip Starling

Director, National Fire Service Organization

National Fire Service Organization’s Skip Starling, started out as a firefighter in Guyton, Ga. more than 30 years ago. Skip

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worked his way up through the ranks, serving as a paid Fire Chief, Fire Marshal, Public Safety Director and Emergency Management Director. During his career, Skip acquired an understanding of the impact that a Fire Department’s PPC rating has on a community’s property insurance premiums. He realized through his own experience as a Fire Chief that the ISO® audit was very complex and widely misunderstood. He discovered that the majority of fire departments in the country had poor PPC ratings and reasoned that it was because of the complexity of the ISO® test along with the fact that Fire Chiefs have very little experience with ISO® in the course of their career, so they are ill-prepared when ISO® comes calling. Skip saw there was a problem but also envisioned a solution. He set out on a mission to gain a better understanding of the ISO® auditing process and through years of diligent study and research, Skip ultimately developed what has become an unequaled knowledge and understanding of the ISO® audit.

This journey led him to eventually create the National Fire Services Office, a company who’s sole mission is to help communities score the best they can on the ISO® audit. NFSO now deals with ISO® issues every day and oversees at least a hundred inspections per year. Over the past 17 years communities across America have greatly benefited from the service that NFSO provides.

Bill Webb | Speaker | NAEFO Conference

Bill Webb

Executive Director, CFSI

Bill Webb has served as Executive Director of the Congressional Fire Services Institute in 1995. Throughout his career at 

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CFSI, Webb has worked with members of Congress, Administration officials,  and other national fire service leaders on a broad range of issues that address the health and safety of our nation’s firefighters and emergency services personnel.  He has written numerous articles that have published in the major trade publications and conducted presentations at state and national public safety conferences.  His message often focuses on leadership and advocacy.  With over 35 years of experience working in Washington, DC, Webb possesses a unique understanding of the legislative process and an ability to build consensus in order to advance fire service issues on Capitol Hill.  He looks forward to sharing some of his insights on the issues that CFSI is addressing on Capitol Hill at our conference.