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Lives in:
Marana, Arizona
Northwest Fire Rescue District
Division Chief
Years of public service:
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Top issues in your department:
Tax initiatives on the November ballot that may cause more budget constraints.
Designing a new training facility.
Shift battalion chief re-assignment to place more BC's in administrative assignments.
Professional Qualifications:
Division Chief of Training for Northwest Fire Rescue District
Fire Officer I & II
President of the International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services
Field staff instructor for the Illinois Fire Service Institute
Topics you provide training for:
First-in company officer training, strategy & tactics on the fireground
Areas of expertise:
Recruitment & retention of women in the fire service
14 years service with Urbana Fire Rescue Department in Urbana, Illinois, as a firefighter and company officer.
2 years service with Northwest Fire Rescue District in Tucson, Arizona, as shift battalion chief and currently Division Chief in Training.
14 years as a field staff instructor for the Illinois FIre Service Institute
Three year board trustee for I-Women (formerly Women in the Fire Servie)
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Leadership Conference at FRI in 2010

The International Association of Women in Fire & Emergency Services is partnering with the IAFC to present our 2010 Leadership Conference in conjunction with FRI in Chicago.

RFP's will be posted on the iWomen website soon:

Posted on August 6, 2009 at 12:51pm

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At 7:34pm on January 9, 2009, Denise Smith said…
Hey Cheryl,
Good to hear from you.
Things are going well here - busy as usual.
Let me know if you would like to do an interview. It would be good to talk to you!
I do hope our paths cross at FDIC. Maybe we can find time for a cup of coffee or something.
At 11:29am on November 17, 2008, Rick Fritz said…
I'm doing well, as I can, after a stroke and forced retirement, hope all is well with you! I'm jealous you living in Arizona! I'll be there before 2009 is out, just a few loose ends to tie up, then moving to Tombstone!
At 6:49pm on November 16, 2008, Rick Fritz said…
Hi, Cheryl, its been a long time.
At 4:00pm on November 14, 2008, Mary Robbins said…
At 15:02 on November 14th, 2008
Cheryl: Missed you at FSWI. It was a good time. Great Article in FireWork!!

Be Safe,
Mary Robbins
At 1:24pm on July 3, 2008, brenda farlow said…
Hey Cheryl,

Nice Job on the podcast. Sorry I missed you at Fire College this year. Hope to see you in October at FSWI.

At 11:16pm on June 26, 2008, Art Zern said…

G******** from Illinois. We have plenty of extra water around here we can send down to sunny, dry Arizona. I just returned from the Unified Area Command in Quincy this PM. Many members of the Illinois IMT have been deployed to assist in managing the flood response and recovery.

You are missed by your friends on the FSI field staff, glad to hear you are doing well. I joined your group and will participate after a little rest.

Best Regards,

At 7:39am on June 22, 2008, Rudy Horist said…
Cheryl -

I enjoyed listening to your first podcast with Colonel Jaehne this morning. Keep up the good work, I look forward to more podcasts.

Stay Safe,
Rudy Horist
Elgin, IL
At 11:20pm on June 18, 2008, Drew Smith said…
Hi Cheryl!
Just got back from TRT validation today and we are starting the second go around of teams. It's neat to see how the pound and props have grown over the years. Take care.

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