SHS Board of Directors Elections for At-Large Director will have a full slate with seven candidates running for office for the four open positions. Two incumbents have decided to step off this year Retired Chief Brett Bowman Manassas VA and Assistant Safety Chief Tracy Thomas Richmond (Virginia) Fire and Emergency Services Department. The Section will honor both at this year’s Section Meeting in Charlotte. Returning are Fire Chief David Daniels, Richmond VA Fire and Emergency Services Department and Assistant Chief Dan Kerrigan who was appointed mid-term to fill a vacancy in 2016.
- Chief David Daniels, Richmond (Virginia) Fire and Emergency Services Department
- Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Kerrigan, East Whiteland (Pennsylvania) Fire Department
- Chief Edward Hadfield, Rincon (California) Fire Department
- Chief Nicholas Hempel, Racine (Wisconsin) Fire Department
- Chief Paul Nelson, Port Neches (Texas) Fire Department
- Chief Albert Schlick, Huntley (Illinois) Fire District
- Chief Nathan Trauernicht, City of Davis & UC Davis (California) Fire Departments
Chief David Daniels, Richmond (Virginia) Fire and Emergency Services Department
As one of the founding members of the Safety, Health and Survival Section; its first chair and first international director; I continue to have an endless drive and unquenchable interest in continuing the forward momentum of this vital, lifesaving initiative. I believe that SHS is moving into a new stage of the evolving safety culture within the fire service while helping entire communities be safer places to live, work and play. I believe that these kinds of efforts can ultimately accomplish many of the SHS goals regarding reducing line of duty deaths and injuries. A safe fire service can be the catalyst for a safe jurisdiction and safe community with the leadership of the fire service not only fully aware but fully involved as well. I believe my work in the National Safety Culture Change Initiative; the NIOSH National Occupational Research Agenda Public Safety Sector Council; and the IAFC’s Bullying, Harassment, and Workplace Violence Prevention Task Group are not yet at an end and I ask for your vote to continue moving the SHS section forward into new territory. I would like to see the Safety, Health and Survival Section continue its leadership in:
- Facilitating cutting edge safety and health research
- Advocating for strong safety and health-related standards, policies and best practices at every level
- Developing tools that help fire services leaders better manage safety and health programs in their respective organizations and beyond.
Finally, I believe that the example I set in my home jurisdiction the City of Richmond, VA, where I serve as not only the Chief Safety Officer but the Fire Chief; gives me the opportunity every day to demonstrate the goals and purposes of the section in a unique fashion. In the Richmond Fire & Emergency Services Department, “safety is not everything, it is the only thing.”
Deputy Fire Marshal Dan Kerrigan, East Whiteland (Pennsylvania) Fire Department, MS, EFO, CFO, PFT
I am a 30+ year veteran of the fire service, Deputy Fire Marshal/Health and Fitness Coordinator for East Whiteland Fire Department (PA). A staunch advocate for the tangible improvement of firefighter health and safety, I have worked tirelessly on a personal, organizational, and national level to raise awareness on the health-related issues facing the fire service today.
As a current SHS Section board member, I serve as the section PIO, working daily to:
Promote our section’s efforts in improving firefighter health, safety, and survival
Increase section and IAFC membership
Encourage section member involvement in SHS projects
As part of the annual Safety Stand Down leadership team, I work with board members and stakeholders to continually promote our initiatives and improve reach, content, and participation.
I am proud to be a national speaker and presenter on fire service health and safety initiatives. My commitment to firefighter health and safety increases daily, as I focus on mentoring those I come in contact with to become champions of firefighter health, fitness, and survival with the overarching goal of reducing line-of-duty injuries and deaths, increasing longevity, and ensuring healthy retirements by:
- Advocating for annual NFPA 1582 physicals for every firefighter
- Increasing access to firefighter functional fitness programs
- Increasing access to behavioral health resources
- Increasing cancer awareness throughout the service and promoting measures to reduce occupational exposure
- Serving as member and panelist on the NFFF Heart to Heart Firefighter Cardiac Health Project Team
- Participating in the NFFF Fire Service Research Agenda Symposium, serving on the health and wellness workgroup
Working alongside the SHS board on other projects as directed and assigned I am humbled to represent you on the SHS board and pledge to work tirelessly on your behalf advancing our mission. I would be honored to have your support.
Chief Edward Hadfield, Rincon (California) Fire Department
Ed Hadfield is the Fire Chief of the Rincon Fire Department. Prior to his appointment in 2015, he was a Chief Officer in charge of Operations for the City of Santa Maria, CA. Fire Department. As a Division Chief for the City of Coronado, CA. Fire Department; Hadfield was responsible for leading, managing, and transitioning his and other are departments in rezoning and regionalized approach to service delivery in the San Diego region. Before that, he served as a Fire Captain in the City of Huntington Beach, CA. in the operations and training command.
Hadfield is a 30-year veteran of the fire service in the southern California region. During his tenure, he has served as a Chief Officer for 11 years in a variety of operational and administrative commands. He established regional fire command programs, mentoring models and health and safety programs, which upgraded and professionalized his agencies. Hadfield further applied data-based management of risk models at the regional level to achieve continual improvement and data tracking of specific objectives. He participated in Underwriter Laboratories and NIST Studies aimed at improving firefighter safety nationwide, which has led to firefighters using risk management models far greater than ever before. Hadfield has been a primary instructor at statewide and national fire service conferences focusing on leadership and fire command operations and is regularly recognized in Fire Engineering magazine, Firehouse Magazine, The Orange County Firefighter magazine, California Fire Service magazine, and Fire Engineering’s on-line training programs and Blog Talk Radio shows.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and a Associates in Fire Protection Administration from Santa Ana College. In 2017, he received Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from California Coast University. He is also a Certified Chief Officer, Fire Marshal and Safety Officer with the State of California.
Hadfield is married to his wife, Rhonda. They have two children and reside in the community of San Marcos, CA
Nicholas Hempel, Division Chief Racine Fire Department
Nick (Nicholas) Hempel Division Chief City of Racine (Wisconsin) Fire Department. I have spent 33 years in the fire service, serving in the US Air Force, USDA as a wild-land firefighter and almost 27 years with the City of Racine FD. I believe I possess the professional qualifications for this position, including a Master’s in Public Administration, B.S. in Fire Science, CFO and CEMSO designations, but the educational achievement I am proudest of is the IAFC’s Fire Service Executive Development Institute. I cannot recommend it highly enough. I have extensive experience at the Board of Director level, currently serving as Board President for two non-profit organizations locally. I have presented on behavioral health in the fire service locally, within my state and nationally. I work daily on improving the safety, health, and well-being of our firefighters. There is no nobler a calling in our profession than reducing the deaths, diseases, and conditions that afflict our firefighters.
Safety, Health, and Survival have long been a focus of mine. It seems merely surviving your career in the fire service without injury, anguish or worse is the best we can hope for, I cannot accept that. We freely and selflessly give of ourselves, and many of us end up scarred, both physically and emotionally.
I would like to advocate for the mental wellness of our firefighters. PTSD, suicide, anger and depression has plagued the fire service long enough. I will work to eliminate the stigma associated with mental and behavioral illnesses, end the bullying culture of our service and to increase the research, treatment, and acceptance of mental health in the fire service. I support physical fitness for our men and women. Physical wellness for firefighters is as important as physical fitness is for a professional athlete, additionally; physical wellness has a direct positive effect on mental wellness
Chief Paul Nelson, Port Neches (Texas) Fire Department
Paul E. Nelson, MS, CFO, EFO Fire Chief/EMC
As a member of IAFC and SHS for many years, I felt it was time for me to step up and serve the Association and my fellow brothers and sisters, by submitting my name for a Board of Director – At-Large position in the upcoming elections.
If elected, I bring over 30 years of extensive experience in the health and safety field in a wide range of occupations and professions. This experience includes a Bachelor of Science in Occupational Safety and a Master of Science in Industrial Health (Industrial Hygiene). I have worked as both a safety professional and industrial hygienist in foundries, automotive industry, national laboratories and refineries, in addition to the fire service profession. Additionally, I have served as Region V Advocate for Everyone Goes Home from 2011-2015 and currently am a Texas Advocate. I also served as Western Director for the Fire Department Safety Officer’s Association from 2011-2014. Although these are national level organizations, I have also been involved in the state and local level by helping to organize and chair the Safety Section of the Wisconsin State Fire Chief’s Association and serving as Association President from 2014-2015.
These experiences have allowed me to participate in other critical fire service safety and health activities, such as the Tampa II conference, where I assisted with the Company Officers breakout. I have taught numerous Courage to Be Safe Courses, LACK and FDSOA Incident Safety Officer and Health and Safety Officer courses, both within my home state of Wisconsin and nationally.
Thank you in advance for your support in the upcoming election for the SHS Section. I feel that I can be a beneficial asset to the organization and the fire service as part of the Board. If anyone has questions about me, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Deputy Chief Albert Schlick, Huntley (Illinois) Fire District
My name is Albert W Schlick III, and I am seeking a position on the Safety, Health and Survival Section’s Board of Directors. Currently, I am a member of the Huntley (IL) Fire District serving as the Deputy Chief of Administration. In my twenty-nine (29) years in the fire service, I have been fortunate to witness the incredible adaptability of our service as we made safety a part of our culture. While we acknowledge that we have come a long way we must recognize that there is much more to do. From accidents to mental health and everything in between the work of the Safety, Health and Survival Section will never be complete. I am continually amazed at the progress the Board has made, and now I want to do my part to keep the section moving forward. I have been fortunate in my career to serve in both career and volunteer departments and have a sound understanding of the issues facing each when it comes to safety. Additionally, I have spent a considerable amount of my time in the fire service involved in training and believe I have the experience necessary to help bridge the gap between the latest science and the aggressive tradition of the American Firefighter. The Safety, Health and Survival Section’s Board of Directors is a group of like- minded fire service practitioners and I would consider it an honor to serve among them. I believe that we are in the right position, at the right time, to make a positive contribution to our fire service and I am eager to get to work.
If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact me directly.
Chief Nathan Trauernicht, City of Davis & UC Davis (California) Fire Departments
I started my career, like many; in a fire explorer program then progressed to become a volunteer firefighter, then to leading career/combination department operations, training, and prevention bureaus as I worked through the ranks from Firefighter to Fire Chief. I’ve been afforded the opportunity to intimately understand, the challenges and risks faced by the brave men and women of volunteer, combination, and career departments having worked in all three. In my fire service career, it has never been enough for me to simply be a bystander in this job; I’ve wanted to make a difference – a positive change. There is no topic more important than Safety Health and Survival and no group in the industry doing more in the field than the SHS Section. I believe I bring a large network and diverse experience base that will complement the efforts of the Board and help push the Section’s initiatives into the future. Firefighter Safety is at the center of everything we should be doing for ourselves, our loved ones, and the communities we serve. Science, technology, and research have never played a more instrumental role in changing our culture than they do today. The work of FSTAR, NIST, UL, the University of Illinois Fire Service Institute and countless others is making it harder not to embrace changes that help us all survive and thrive. But there is still more to be done. As a board member, I look forward to working to connect firefighters to best practices, research, techniques, and tools that will help ensure that everyone goes home. Cancer prevention, cardiac health, responder fitness, suicide prevention (PTSD), anti-bullying, and firefighter burn prevention are the causes closest to my heart and issues that I hope to add to our Section’s continued progress.