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Keynote Speaker


Tim SendelbachTimothy E. Sendelbach is a 30-year student and educator of the fire and emergency services, currently serving as the Editor-in-Chief for Firehouse. He is responsible for the content and editorial direction of Firehouse® Magazine,, Firehouse Expo, Firehouse World and related products. He has served as an assistant fire chief with the North Las Vegas, NV, Fire Department, as the chief of training for Savannah (GA) Fire & Emergency Services and as assistant fire chief for Missouri City, TX, Fire & Rescue Services. He is a credentialed Chief Fire Officer and Chief Training Officer and has earned a master’s degree in leadership from Bellevue University, bachelor’s degrees in fire administration and arson and an associate’s degree in emergency medical care from Eastern Kentucky University. You can e-mail him at

CHIEF BRUCE BJORGE– Western Taney County Fire Protection District in Branson, Mo.

Topic: Beyond Hooks and Hoses

Bruce Bjorge photoBruce Bjorge is currently a paid-on-call Battalion Chief with the Western Taney County Fire Protection District in Branson, Mo. Prior to 2015, he served as the Assistant Chief of Training for seven years before deciding to semi-retire. In his 32-year fire service career, Bruce has held positions with career, combination, volunteer and military fire agencies, including the Logan-Rogersville Fire Protection District, the Springfield-Branson Regional Airport andBruce holds Training Officer and 1403 Live Fire Facility Instructor credentials from the International Society of Fire Service Instructors and he is a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Training Program Management course. He currently serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Missouri Fire & Rescue Training Institute and the College of the Ozarks Fire Science program. Bruce has been an active instructor and evaluator for the past 26 years.


2017-2018 IAFC PRESIDENT TOM JENKINS -Rogers, Arkansas



Tom Jenkins was appointed Fire Chief for the City of Rogers on January 16, 2009.  In his current capacity he is responsible for over 130 career employees in nine facilities.  Under Tom’s leadership, the Rogers Fire Department has become accredited by the Center for Public Safety Excellence (since 2011), Commission on Accreditation of Ambulance Services (since 2012) and earned an Insurance Service Officer Public Protection Classification of one in 2015. 

Chief Jenkins was asked to serve by Governor Beebe on the Trauma Advisory Council for the state, a post he held until 2016.  Governor Hutchison has appointed him to both the Firefighter Benefit Review Panel and the Safe Schools Commission.  Chief Jenkins has served as a professor for Northwest Arkansas Community College and Oklahoma State University teaching topics that range from leadership and administration to fire hydraulics and suppression tactics.  In 2015, Chief Jenkins was elected to serve on the Board of Directors for the International Association of Fire Chiefs as the Second Vice President of the 10,000 member organization.  In 2017, he was elected President and Chairman of the Board for the IAFC at Fire Rescue International in Charlotte, North Carolina.   

In addition to public service, Tom is recognizable face at nearly all fire and emergency medical conferences.  He is widely published, has presented at more than 40 conferences in multiple states/countries, taught graduate-level courses at several colleges and universities, and helped to write and edit the 9th edition of the Fire and Emergency Service Self-Assessment Manual and the Nurturing Leadership through Mentoring Manual for the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Chief Jenkins completed his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Oklahoma with an emphasis in Public Personnel Management and obtained his Bachelors degree in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering Technology from Oklahoma State University.  He has completed the Executive Fire Officer Program at the National Fire Academy and is a designated Chief Fire Officer and Chief Emergency Medical Services Officer from the Commission on Public Credentialing.  He currently serves on multiple boards and committees, including the: NFPA Standard on Organization and Deployment of Career Fire Departments Standard 1710, and the International Fire Service Training Association Board of Directors.


 FIRE CHIEF KINGMAN SCHULDT – Greater Naples Fire & Rescue, Naples, Florida


Chief Kingman Schuldt

Topic: After the success of last year’s conference lecture Chief Schuldt is returning again this year to continue his lively and light-hearted discussion on Millennials.

Kingman Schuldt currently serves as Fire Chief and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Naples Fire Rescue District (GNFD) in Collier County, Florida.  GNFD is the result of the merger of five independent fire districts since November, 2014.  Together these mergers created the formation of the largest independent special fire district in the state of Florida.  GNFD responds to more than 20,000 emergency incidents and performs over 6,000 life safety inspections annually.  The District is comprised of 221 fire, rescue and life safety professionals operating from 19 facilities, serving more than 160,000 residents and seasonal visitors within the District’s 1,512 square miles. GNFD also serves as fire marshal to Collier County and Everglades City, providing oversite to the life safety plan review processes, and manages an agreement with the Florida Department of Transportation to operate a Public Safety Center serving 55 miles of interstate highway through the Florida Everglades.

Kingman holds a Bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from Barry University and Associate of Science degree in Fire Science Technology from Broward College.  He is a graduate of the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Services LEAD program at the University of Virginia and the Florida Fire and Emergency Services Foundation Emergency Services Leadership Institute.  In 2005, Chief Schuldt received designated as Chief Fire Officer from the Center of Public Safety Excellence.

Kingman currently serves as President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs, Chairs the NFPA Florida Sprinkler Coalition, and is a member of the Florida EMS Advisory Council.

Kingman is owner and Principal of Emergency Services Management Group, providing professional development programs including interview and promotional preparation, leadership, and organizational development.

In July of 2013 Kingman was recognized by his colleagues as the Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association Fire Chief of the Year, and in 2014 as the Florida State Fire Chief of the Year.

General Session Info: Those born between 1980 and 2000 are often described as helpful, civically oriented young people who want to save the world. Others argue the opposite, that Millennials are entitled, self-centered, and uninterested in much outside their own Facebook page. Which view is right; Millennials, Generation We or Generation Me?  In the life of social media, reality TV shows and self-entitlement, are Millennials the most threatening or exciting generation to come along since the Baby Boomers. 

Join Kingman again this year and participate in a lively and entertaining discussion on how this generation is impacting our profession and how to effectively communicate with Millennials. Are you prepared to effectively lead our next generation of fire service leaders?



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Fire Chief Otto Drozd III was appointed Fire Chief of the Orange County Fire
Rescue Department on December 3, 2012.
Chief Drozd began his career with the Hialeah Fire Department in 1986.
During his tenure at HFD he progressed through all ranks from firefighter to
Deputy Chief before becoming Fire Chief in 2001. Throughout his career, Chief
Drozd was an active member of the department’s special operation teams and
served as a paramedic.
In 2009, Chief Drozd became Fire Chief of El Paso Fire Department and led the El
Paso Fire Department t o b e c o m e one of o n l y five Metro Department’s to
achieve international accreditation and an ISO Class One rating.
In 2017, under Chief Drozd’s leadership, Orange County Fire Rescue was awarded
the Congressional Fire Services Institute award for excellence in Fire-Based EMS
and improved its ISO rating from a Class 4/8b to becoming one of the largest
departments in the nation to receive a Class One ISO rating while maintaining
International Accreditation.
Chief Drozd is a frequent presenter on a variety of fire service topics, and has
recently presented at NFPA Summit on Independent Living, Fire Rescue
International, Firehouse Expo, Fire Rescue East, Indian Fire Conference,
Congressional Fire Services Institute, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Conference and
various local events.

 Bachelor’s Degree (Magna Cum Laude) – Florida Atlantic University
 Master’s Degree – St. Thomas University
 National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officers Program
 Fire Service Fellowship – Harvard University (2010)
 Senior Executives in State and Local Government Program
Leadership Positions:
 President, Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
 Past President, Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association
 Florida Fire & Emergency Services Foundation
 Florida Domestic Security Oversight Council
 Safe Haven for Newborns Board of Directors
 NFPA 1616 Technical Committee
 NFPA 3000 Technical Committee
 IAFC Unmanned Aerial System Task Force
 Central Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association
 Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association
 Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs
 International Association of Fire Chiefs
 Metropolitan Fire Chiefs Association
 National Fire Protection Association


CHIEF THOMAS D. KUGLIN – Marathon Petroleum Company, New Orleans, LA

Topic: Boundary-Spanning Leadership: Bridging the Gap between Industrial, Public Safety Agencies, and the Community

Thomas Klugin

Thomas is a 16-year emergency services professional in both public and private sectors.  He has served in large metro organizations to include Memphis, TN and Metro Atlanta, GA.

He currently serves as Battalion Fire Chief for Marathon Petroleum Company in Garyville, LA.  He is dually designated as Chief Fire Officer (CFO), Chief Training Officer (CTO), and Professional Credentialing Peer Reviewer through the Center for Public Safety Excellence.

Thomas has an Associate’s degree in Business Administration from Keiser University and a Bachelor’s degree in Organizational Leadership from Fort Hays State University.

He is an author, speaker, presenter, serves as Chair, Content Development Committee for the International Society of Fire Service Instructors; Board member International Association of Fire Chiefs Industrial Fire & Safety Section and John Maxwell Team Member.


 1 Smart Career Coaching and Leadership Training

Uniquely qualified to work with Fire Departments, Kelly has 20 years of experience in Human Resources with 10 years as an HR partner (partially imbedded) to a 350 person municipal fire department in Mesa, Arizona. She holds a Master of Education degree with a major in Counseling, is a certified leadership coach and mediator, and has worked in organizations as a recruiter, leader, mentor, trainer, coach, and strategist.

The development of future leaders and creating a culture of well-being for employees are at the cornerstone of Kelly’s expertise.

She has authored, and is featured as an industry expert in, articles published in the Wall Street Journal, Computer World, CEO Blog Nation, Huffington Post, and others.


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