Experienced, Dedicated, Trusted, Results Oriented Leadership
Past Presidents of the IAFC
Rhoda Mae Kerr
Austin Fire Department
IAFC Past President (2015)
Chief Al Gillespie
IAFC Past President (2011)
Chief Luther Fincher Jr., IAFC Past President (1999),
Chief Otto Drozd is an excellent example of a committed, knowledgeable fire chief with the Fire and EMS skills/abilities needed to by the IAFC to assist us in developing solutions to our growing problems. He can represent all of us with Congress, USFA, NFA, and all other departments of the Federal Govt. He has an in depth knowledge and understanding of all the current challenges facing the Fire Service. His is uniquely qualified to lead all of us with his honesty, harmonious and cooperative spirit, loyalty, and his integrity is beyond reproach. He is committed to all Divisions, Sections and IAFC members.
Richard A. (Smokey) Dyer
Fire Chief (Retired)
Kanas City Fire Department
IAFC Past President (1998)
Chief R. David Paulison
Former FEMA Director
IAFC Past President (1996)
Gives "full support and endorsement"
Company Officers Section
I'm honored to receive the endorsement of the Company Officers Section of the IAFC that is charged with growing company officer engagement within the IAFC while helping company officers develop leadership skills and prepare to be chief officers.
Missouri Valley Division
Honored to have earned the endorsement of the Missouri Valley Division of the IAFC Board of Directors. The Missouri Valley Division represents the states of Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, South Dakota, and Wyoming. I'm looking forward to working with the Missouri Valley and all IAFC members toward the betterment of our great fire service.
Western Fire Chiefs Association
I'm excited that the IAFC's Western Division representing - Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and the Pacific Territories, has voted to support my candidacy for IAFC 2nd VP.
Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
Highly honored and humbled to received the endorsement of the Metro Section of the IAFC through unanimous vote of the Board of Directors.
Southeastern Division of the IAFC
Honored to receive the endorsement of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs. The Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs a Division of the IAFC represents members from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.
Honored to have the Board of the National Association of State Fire Marshals vote to unanimously endorse my candidacy for IAFC 2nd VP.
Washington Fire Chiefs
Honored to receive the endorsement of the Washington Fire Chiefs for IAFC 2nd VP. I'm grateful for their support and confidence as we seek to improve our great fire and emergency services.
California Fire Chiefs Association
Honored and grateful to announce that the California Fire Chiefs Association - Board of Directors has voted to support my candidacy for IAFC 2nd Vice President. I look forward to representing the best interests of the CFCA and all IAFC members.
The Kentucky Association of Fire Chief's voted unanimously to endorse my candidacy for IAFC 2nd Vice President. I'm grateful and humbled by their support.
Colorado State Fire Chiefs
I’m honored to announce that the Colorado State Fire Chiefs voted to endorse my candidacy for IAFC 2nd VP. I’m extremely appreciative and humbled.
The Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs represent the fire chiefs from across Alabama. Our primary goal is to reduce fire deaths and other fire related injuries in the fire service as is evident with our “Turn Your Attention to Fire Prevention” campaign. We feel that you are the individual that can help us carry this message to the highest level. We have followed your career as Fire Chief in Hialeah, Florida, El Paso, Texas and Orange County, Florida. We also know of your association with the Metro Fire Chiefs, Florida and Southeastern Associations of Fire Chiefs. As such, we feel that your leadership style and problem solving skills align with the purpose and mission of the Alabama fire chiefs. Therefore, the Alabama Association of Fire Chiefs is honored to endorse your candidacy as 2nd Vice President of the IAFC. We know that you will continue to provide the needed leadership for this great profession.
Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
Highly Honored to receive the endorsement of our friends from the Great State of Tennessee!
Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association
Chief Otto Drozd has been a true mentor and calculated leader in the fire service and friend of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association for over twenty years.
FFMIA has a membership of over 1500 members and Chief Drozd has extended a willingness to work through issues whether legislative, operational or instructional. He is a true advocate for the fire service and we feel he would be a tremendous asset to the IAFC.
The FFMIA Board of Directors have vote unanimously in favor of this endorsement. it is therefore without reservation that we endorse Chief Drozd candidacy for 2nd Vice President of the IAFC for 2018.
Treasure Coast Fire Chiefs Association
Your leadership skills are above reproach and you have always encouraged open communications to achieve mutual understandings. You display a high degree of recognition, acceptance and prestige in dealing with others which will make you a great fit for the position.
The TCFC is honored to support your candidacy and know you will continue to lead the fire profession with dignity and passion.
Fire Chiefs' Association of Broward County
Honored to receive the unanimous endorsement from the Fire Chiefs' Association of Broward County
Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association
Honored to receive an endorsement from our friends at the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs Association
Collier County Fire and EMS Chiefs' Association
On January 24, 2018 the Collier County Fire and EMS Chiefs’ Association voted unanimously to endorse and support you during your candidacy for the International Association of Fire Chiefs 2nd Vice President. The Fire and EMS Chiefs are proud of your many accomplishments, leadership and commitment to public safety and those who serve.
Florida Joint Council of Fire Service Organizations
An organization made up of the Florida Fire Marshals and Inspectors Association, State Firefighters Association, Florida Professional Firefighters, Florida Training Directors Association, Florida Forest Service, Florida Society of Fire Service Instructors, Florida State Fire Marshal, Florida Emergency Preparedness Association and the Florida Fire Chiefs Association.
Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
At FFCA's Winter Conference and Expo - Fire Rescue East, I was honored to received the unanimous endorsement by vote of the membership that includes over 2200 career, volunteer, and combination members.
Orange County Association of Fire Fighters - IAFF Local 2057
On behalf of the 950 members, 10 Executive Board members, Staff and 5 Principal Officers of the Orange County Fire Fighters Association, IAFF Local 2057, I am proud to endorse Fire Chief Otto Drozd III for the position of the IAFC 2nd Vice President.
As the Fire Chief for Orange County, FL since 2012, Chief Drozd has led our 1,100 member workforce through the processes of becoming Internationally Accredited and improving our ISO rating to a Class 1. In doing so, he has not forgotten the importance of our health and safety. Some of the recent programs implemented include removing ice machines from apparatus bays, issuing bullet proof vests for every seat, installing vehicle exhaust extraction systems and issuing every firefighter a second set of bunker gear. The recent addition of drone technology will also aid in firefighter safety and reduce fire related losses for the citizens of Orange County.
As the current President of the Metro Fire Chiefs' and the Florida Fire Chiefs' Associations, he has focused on the mental and physical health of firefighters locally and across the world. He has led the initiatives to implement educational components of PTSD and cancer awareness with the IAFF and has proposed legislation in Florida in attempts to solidify these initiatives as a standard in our fire academies.
In the words of our Mayor Teresa Jacobs, "Chief Drozd represents the exceptional quality of leadership we have among Orange County's public safety management team ..." and I cannot think of a candidate more qualified for the position of IAFC 2nd Vice.
President Andre Perez and the Principle Officers
Central Florida Fire Chiefs Association
I am humbled and honored to have received the endorsement of the Central Florida Fire Chiefs for IAFC 2nd Vice President at there January 2018 meeting.
California Metropolitan Fire Chiefs - "Our Association is aware of your long-term commitment to the fire service, and we are confident that you will take your passion and deep commitment into the role of IAFC 2nd Vice President and serve as a highly effective advocate for the best interests and well being of all IAFC members."
Fire Chiefs Association of Palm Beach County - Honored to receive my first endorsement from our good friends of Palm Beach County.
University of Alaska Fire Department
Western Fire Chiefs Association
Derryl O'Neal, MPA, CFOD
Madeira Beach Fire Department
Director of Governmental Affairs, NFPA
Assistant Director National Program, IAFC
U.S. Fire Administrator, DHS/FEMA
Fire Chief (Retired) Virginia Beach Fire Department
Oakland Park Fire Rescue
Oakland Park, Florida
William K. Northcutt
Alachua County Fire Rescue
John G. Wood Jr.
Deputy Commissioner/Fire Chief Retired
IAFC New England Division
William (Shorty) Bryson
Fire Chief (Retired)
City of Miami Fire-Rescue
Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Honored to have the endorsement and support of my good friend and mentor Fire Chief Shorty Bryson.
Seminole Tribe of Florida
Fire Rescue Department
Please accept my endorsement of your candidacy for Second Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chief’s. Your leadership and commitment to the Florida Fire Services and the departments in which you served are a testament to your personal character, achievements and integrity.
It is my preference and pleasure to support your candidacy, as I’m certain you will honorably represent and serve us all as a strong voice for the fire rescue services.
Orange County Fire Rescue
Chairperson, Professional Communications Human Resources Committee (ProCHRT) Florida, APCO
It is with extreme pride and honor that I endorse Fire Chief Otto Drozd, III for the positon of IAFC 2nd Vice President. He is a man with a true sense of duty, respect and integrity and the epitome of a servant leader.
Gina Y. Sweat
Director of Fire Services
Memphis Fire Department
Assistant Chief, Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue
Oregon Governor's Fire Service Policy Council
Oregon Fire Chiefs Association Past President (2016)
I had the distinct honor of serving with Chief Drozd on the Florida Fire Chiefs Association Board of Directors and then working with him as I served as the Director of the Division of Florida State Fire Marshal. It has been a true pleasure to watch his highly successful Fire Chief career, and have no doubt that he will have our nation's fire service best interest in heart. It is with great confidence that I endorse Chief Drozd for IAFC 2nd Vice President.
Foy Jenkins II
Town of Morrisville Fire Rescue
Morrisville, North Carolina
Assistant Fire Chief
Lexington Fire Department
Lexington, North Carolina
Fire Chief (Retired)
Sandy Springs Fire Rescue
Sandy Springs, Georgia
Herman W. Brice, Fire Chief (Retired) Palm Beach County Fire Rescue
I endorse Chief Otto Drozd for the position of IAFC 2nd Vice President. I have known Otto for 35 years and he represents excellence in his professional career. He is a man of integrity with a commitment to Fire Rescue.
Anthony Rios, Division Chief, Orange County Fire Rescue Department
It is with great honor and tenacity that I endorse Otto Drozd III, Fire Chief to the position of 2nd Vice President for the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC).
As a current member of several fire professional bodies and Division Chief for the Orange County Fire Rescue Department, my support for a visionary advocate of public safety is cemented. The qualities of a leader are measured in the standards that guide their moral actions. Having the privilege to work alongside Chief Drozd over the past five years has provided insight that serves to identify predictors of how the prospective 2nd Vice President will contribute to the leadership team of the IAFC.
Chief Drozd has demonstrated leadership virtues of ethics, inclusiveness and competency-based values that correlate with his commitment for equal representation of all Divisions, Sections and IAFC members. He is a validated and trusted leader with incredible communication ability to bridge the fire industry’s needs to a national audience. He is respected for his result oriented leadership style and fortitude.
Orange County Fire Rescue has been served well by having a contemporary leader that respects tradition through advancing practical solutions to confronting change.
Chief Dennis Compton (Ret.)
Phoenix and Mesa, Arizona Fire Departments
Past Chairman of the Executive Board of the International Fire service Training Association
Past Chairman of the Congressional Fire Services Institute's National Advisory Council
Chairman of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Board of Directors
Co-Chairman of the Fire-Based EMS Advocates Steering Committee
Joseph R. Fernandez
Broward Sheriff Fire Rescue
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
Fire Chief (Retired)
City of Miami Fire-Rescue
Fort Myers Fire Department
Fort Myers, Florida
Seminole County Fire Department
James D. Large
St. Petersburg Fire & Rescue
St. Petersburg, Florida
James Cunningham, Fire Chief, North Collier Fire Control and Rescue District
Chief Drozd is a proven leader in Florida and we would be fortunate to have his determination and dedication on a national level.
Neal de Jesus, Fire Chief, Delray Beach Fire Rescue
I am honored to offer my endorsement and full support to Fire Chief Otto Drozd for the position of 2nd Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. I have known Chief Drozd personally and professionally for some 30 years and he has consistently demonstrated a level of commitment, dedication, integrity and professionalism that exemplifies excellence in the Fire Service. As a former City Commissioner, Interim City Manager and current Fire Chief, I am confident that his combination of training, education and experience in dealing with a multitude of diverse issues will prove to be an invaluable asset to the leadership and membership of the IAFC.
Frank Babinec, -Fire Chief, Coral Springs - Parkland Fire Department
Your years of experience combined with your dedication to the men and women of the fire service contribute to your being the ideal candidate for this position. Your support of the safety and health initiatives for emergency service personnel is recognized, appreciated, and will help us to protect the lives of our members for many years to come.
John M. Miller
City of Ocoee Fire Rescue
Julie Downey - Fire Chief, Davie Fire Rescue
It is my honor to fully support Fire Chief Otto Drozd for the position of 2nd Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chiefs. I have worked with Chief Drozd on several projects, the main project being the NFPA 3000 Standard for Preparedness and Response to Active Shooter/Hostile Events. Chief Drozd spearheaded the effort to have the NFPA form a diverse committee following the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting incident in Orlando. Chief Drozd saw a need to have a broad based technical group prepare a single set of requirements to be used by the whole community approach such as the public (Stop the Bleed), fire departments, EMS, Law enforcement agencies, hospitals, mental health professionals, medical examiners and emergency management. It has been my pleasure to work with him on the NFPA Standard and see his dedication and determination to get the document to come to fruition.
As his campaign motto states he has the experience, the dedication, is a trusted Fire Chief and definitely has a result oriented leadership.
Jeff Moral MPA CFO FCO FM TLO MIFireE
Assistant Fire Rescue Chief, Tamarac Fire Rescue
I would like to take this opportunity to share my endorsement of Chief Otto Drozd. Chief Drozd has my full support for the IAFC 2ND VP position.
Matt McGrew - Fire Chief, Winter Garden Fire Rescue Department
It is with great confidence that I pledge my support for Orange County Fire Chief Otto Drozd III for the position of IAFC 2nd Vice President. In my nearly 40 years in the fire service, I have met only a few fire chiefs that have the level of passion and drive demonstrated by Chief Drozd. This is evident in his work on procedures and initiatives dealing with terrorism, active shooter, firefighter safety, mental health, and cancer. Chief Drozd is not someone who merely talks about an agenda; he has a proven record of moving our industry forward to be a better prepared, better equipped, and safer fire service.
Fire Chief Carlos Aviles, St Augustine Fire Department
Chief Drozd has a proven track record of professionalism and success. His high standards and commitment to excellence reflect great credit upon himself, his organization and the fire service.
Christopher J. Weir MBA EFO CFEI CFSI-III
Retired Deputy Fire Chief, Port Orange Department of Fire & Rescue
I am proud to endorse Otto Drozd, Fire Chief for the Orange County Fire-Rescue Department. I have known Chief Drozd since his initial days at the City of Hialeah Fire Department where he developed his leadership skills from Firefighter to Fire Chief. I was proud to work with Chief Drozd on numerous projects with the Fire Chiefs Association of Broward County, and the Florida Fire Chiefs Association. Chief Drozd's leadership, and his impressive people skills have proven to be most stellar not only as a great fire chief, but an all around leader in the Fire service. I have no doubt Chief Drozd is ready to hit the ground running when he is elected 2nd VP for IAFC. I certainly look forward to his election and I urge all active and retired chief officers, to vote for this leader who will take his position to the next level of global fire service excellence.
Kingman D. Schuldt, Fire Chief Greater Naples Fire Rescue District, 1st Vice President of Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs endorses Chief Otto Drozd for IAFC 2nd VP
Faith, Family, Friends, and Fire Service. If you know Chief Drozd you have heard that before. A true professional who cares greatly about the service and the men and women who serve. I cannot think of a more compassionate and competent fire service leader in our great nation. I stand proudly at the side of Chief Otto Drozd with his candidacy for IAFC 2nd VP 2018.
Fire Chief, Retired
Tarpon Springs Fire Rescue
Florida Fire Marshal and Inspectors Association, Past President
Joint Council of Florida Fire Service Organizations, Chairman
"Chief Drozd leads by example with enthusiasm and professionalism!"
City of Apopka Fire Department
Fire Chief (Ret)
St. Petersburg College
Retired Fire Chief Palm Harbor Fire Rescue
Former President of the Pinellas County Fire Chiefs' Association
Former President Florida Association of Special Districts
Jim Walls, Fire Chief City of Kissimmee Fire Department
It is my distinct honor to offer my full endorsement and support to Chief Otto Drozd III as the next 2nd Vice President of the IAFC. As a member of the Florida Fire Chief’s Association, as well as the Central Florida Fire Chief’s Association, I have been able to witness both the dedication and commitment that Chief Drozd displays to the betterment of the fire service.
One such example is his work on an active shooter standard, which developed into the current NFPA 3000 initiative. I have heard Chief Drozd speak on this issue many times as he looked to get input from various stakeholders across the nation and build a consensus. If elected, I have no doubt that Chief Drozd will bring that same energy and passion to the role of 2nd Vice President of the IAFC.
Livermore Pleasanton Fire Department
City of Orlando Fire Department
Ben May, Global Director Corporate Alliances, The Walt Disney Company (Retired)
I had the pleasure of working with Chief Drozd to support his leadership in launching a new organizational plan and structure for Orange County Florida Fire and Rescue.
Chief Drozd has taken this department of 1,400 fire fighters and officers to the highest levels of achievement and efficiency for its citizens and fire fighters. It is now a leading, innovative department nationally thanks to Chief Drozd.
I have worked with many fire service organizational leaders and chiefs around the country for over 20 years.
Chief Drozd is one of the finest I’ve seen. He balances intelligence and empathy in working with individuals and groups in his organization. He is tough on the issues and very caring with his people. He is an outstanding leader with depths of experience.
I highly recommend and endorse Chief Drozd for Second Vice President of the IAFC.
Tony McDowell, Fire Chief, Henrico County, Virginia
The IAFC will benefit from the perspectives that Chief Drozd brings from his decades of experience in a variety of fire service roles. His exposure to the challenges of operating a major metropolitan all-hazards fire/EMS agency, his leadership in the Accreditation program, and his vast experience in building relationships will all culminate in the kind of leadership that will benefit the fire service. He has my full endorsement.
Todd J Leduc, MS, CFO, FIFirE, Assistant Fire Chief, IAFC Safety Health and Survival Section Secretary, and 2013 CPSE Ambassador of the Year
Grateful to received the support of a staunch advocate for the Safety, Health, and Survival of the men and women that serve our communities with compassion and integrity on a daily basis.
Gary L. Weiss, EFO, CFO, CEMSO, FM
Village of Germantown Fire Department
Florida Division of State Fire Marshal
Director Halas lends full (personal) "support and encouragement"
Marcos De La Rosa, MPA, Fire Chief, Coral Gables Fire Department
I respectfully submit my full endorsement and support of Chief Otto Drozd III as the next 2nd Vice President of the IAFC. Knowing Otto for over 20 years, both personally and professionally I have witnessed his dedication and commitment to the betterment of the Fire Service. Amongst Chief Drozd’s strongest attributes is his ability to gain results through consensus building and collaboration, working with all stakeholders to achieve optimal resolutions. Otto has a proven track record taking on matters that require challenging decisions, consistently seeking innovative solutions that set the benchmark for the Fire Service as a whole. Chief Drozd is a result driven individual who will assume the role of 2nd Vice President with the same passion and commitment he has displayed throughout his career.
West Metro Fire Rescue, Greater Denver Area
President of the Colorado State Fire Chiefs
Dan Azzariti, Fire Chief, Plant City Fire Rescue
and Immediate Past President of the Florida Fire Chiefs' Association
Chief Drozd is one of the most outstanding leaders in the fire service today. His dedication and commitment to whatever mission he works on is amazing. His support of association projects, legislative initiatives and strategic planning insured completion of the goals and a smooth transition that lasts longer than one person’s term as President. He has served as Fire Chief in Hialeah Florida, El Paso Texas and is the current Fire Chief in Orange County Florida. He is the Current President of the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association and the President of the IAFC’s Metro Section. Everywhere Otto has served, he has left it better than he found it. He has worked diligently to improve firefighter health and safety throughout the State of Florida and across the Country. He has worked hard to turn tragedy into lessons learned so that others can provide the highest level of service from the safest possible vantage point. One such example is his dedication to move forward an active shooter NPFA standard. As a result we now have the NFPA 3000 initiative that is receiving input from interested parties well beyond the fire service.
If elected, I am confident that Otto will do a great job and prove to be an outstanding 2nd Vice President of this great Association.
Battalion Chief/Assistant Fire Marshal
Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue
EFO Section Chair of the IAFC
City of Houston
Dave Downey, MPA, CFO, Fire Chief, Miami-Dade Fire Rescue
Please accept my full endorsement for Chief Otto Drozd, III as the next 2nd VP of the IAFC. I have known Otto for over 20 years and have witnessed firsthand his strong leadership and incredible ability to work through the issues to reach consensus. Chief Drozd is a proven leader and is passionate about our fire and rescue services. He is not afraid to take on the tough issues and has proven that he will see an issue through the end, regardless of any hurdles he may encounter.
Timothy Mossgrove MPA, EFO, CFO, FM, MIFireE, Fire Chief - Haines City Fire Dept.
A great leader who is trusted and leads from the front.
Ron Parrish, Past President FFCA, Senior Member FFCA, IAFC Member, Metro Fire Chief Member
It is with my sincere honor and pleasure to stand in line with some of the most influential, dedicated and committed individuals in support of Chief Otto Drozd III candidacy for the position of 2nd Vice President of the International Association of Fire Chief's.
I have known Chief Drozd for the past fifteen years and watched him make his mark on our profession in such a positive and compelling way and in which he continues today to make these differences. I was able to follow him as the Southeast Regional Director for the Florida Fire Chiefs Association (FFCA)and it was because of his influence, efforts and commitment to and with the Florida Fire Chiefs Association and our profession that I chose to carry on those commitments as an Executive Board member and eventually becoming a President of the FFCA. Chief Drozd had a tremendous opportunity to take the helm of the El Paso Fire department in Texas and he continued his initiatives of professionalism, education and safety in our profession. Some years later the Florida Fire Service was fortunate enough to have Chief Drozd join the Florida Fire service again, and he didn’t miss a beat. Chief Drozd hit the ground running and became actively involved again in the FFCA and has brought forth health and safety issues and concerns as well as collective efforts and solutions to some of the challenges we have faced in our profession. Chief Drozd is a get it done leader and will be a tremendous asset to the leadership of the International Association of Fire Chief’s, its members and the profession. As stated earlier it is with a tremendous amount of honor and pride that I support Chief Drozd III endeavors to be the next 2nd Vice President of the IAFC.
Mike Murphy, Fire Rescue Chief Marco Island
In my 46 years in the Fire Service I will say that Chief Otto Drozd III is the real example of a true outstanding leader. As our IAFC 2nd Vice President he will bring his proven: leadership, integrity, drive, enthusiasm, communication skills to the IAFC Board and will get our job done.
Chris Christopoulos, Jr., MA, CFO
Lebanon Fire Department
Lebanon, New Hampshire
President - New England Division of the IAFC
Milwaukee Fire Department
Billy D. Hayes
It is my honor and privilege to endorse Chief Otto Drozd in his campaign endeavor to seek election for the position of 2nd VP of the IAFC. I am confident he will serve with integrity and professionalism.
David Dyal, Fire Chief, City of Stuart Fire Rescue
I fully support your appointment to IAFC 2nd VP position. Your continued work with all facets of fire rescue services truly qualify you to represent fire rescue and its challenges in today’s environment.