NVFC Board of Directors

Steve Hirsch


Steve Hirsch is training officer for Sheridan County Fire District # 1, Thomas County Fire District #4, and Grinnell Fire Department, all of which are 100% volunteer fire departments. Steve is the chair and KS director on the National Volunteer Fire Council and is currently first vice chair of the Kansas State Firefighters Association after serving as secretary from 2000-2018. His father started a rural fire district in north central Kansas in 1963, the year after he was born, so he grew up in the fire service. Steve is also the county attorney in Decatur County in northwest Kansas. He has a private law practice and serves as city attorney for 18 cities in Norton, Phillips, Graham, Mitchell, Rawlins, Decatur, Sheridan, Thomas, and Gove counties.

Dallas Renfrew

First Vice Chair

Dallas Renfrew joined the fire service in 1985 and currently serves with the Seminole Volunteer Fire Department. He has held various positions and ranks, including training officer, firefighter, and CISM team member. He is also president of the Seminole Volunteer EMS Association, where he served as a paramedic. Dallas served as the State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas (SFFMA) Permian Basin District secretary/treasurer for eight years before being elected as the fourth vice president to the SFFMA of Texas in 1995. In 2000 he served as president of the SFFMA and currently represents the organization on the NVFC board as a director for Texas and 2nd vice chair. Dallas works for the Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service/Emergency Services Training Institute (TEEX/ESTI) as a fire service instructor and the extension program training coordinator.

Paul Acosta

Paul Acosta

Second Vice Chair

Paul Acosta is from Brush, CO, a town of 5,000. After serving in Operations Desert Shield and Storm with the U.S. Air Force, he joined the Brush Volunteer Fire Department in 1993. He has served in every position throughout his years of service, including fire chief from 2008 to 2012. In 2022 he also joined the Hillrose/Snyder Volunteer Fire Department to help with training. Paul has served three terms as president of the Colorado State Fire Fighters Association and joined the NVFC board in 2014. He was selected to serve on the Colorado Fire Commission representing volunteer firefighters and also served 12 years with the Morgan County Ambulance Service. Paul is a full-time teacher at Brush Middle School’s Secondary Campus and was appointed by the district superintendent as the coordinator for school safety.

Bob Guthrie

Bob Guthrie


Bob Guthrie joined the NVFC board in 2009, following in the footsteps of his father who once also served as the NVFC’s Connecticut director. Bob joined the Savin Rock Hose Co. 4, West Haven Fire Department in 1981 and has held the positions of secretary, treasurer, captain, and currently lieutenant with the company. A certified EMT since 1983, he also worked for a number of commercial EMS services from 1983 until 2004. Bob has been a delegate of the Firemen’s Benevolent Association for over 20 years, is a past-president of the Connecticut State Firefighters Association (CSFA), and is past chair of the CSFA Fire Service Hall of Fame dinner. In 2005, he was appointed by the governor to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Board. Bob is a 9-1-1 dispatcher, Fire-Police-EMS for the City of West Haven.


NVFC Committees:

  • Audit
  • Bylaws
  • Communication & Technology
  • Conference
  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
  • EMS/Rescue Section
  • Executive
  • Finance
  • Hazmat Response

  • Health, Safety, and Training
  • Homeland Security
  • Legislative
  • Membership/Awards
  • Mental Health Advisory Committee
  • Nominating
  • Recruitment and Retention
  • Standards & Codes
  • Volunteer Advocacy
  • Wildland


Board Directory

Alabama Firefighter’s Association
Curtis Shirley
C.R. Vaughan

Alaska State Firefighters Association
Sara Garcia
Dorianne Sprehe

Arizona Fire Chiefs Association
Bobby Apodaca
Joseph DeWolf

Arkansas State Firefighters Association
Rob Ingram
Jeff Jones

California State Firefighters’ Association
Richard Brown
Marty Creel

Colorado State Fire Fighters Association
Paul Acosta
Stephen Trujillo

Connecticut State Firefighters Association
Lew Clark
Robert Guthrie

Delaware Volunteer Firefighter’s Association
Willard “Bill” Betts
Norman (Jay) Jones

Florida Fire Chiefs’ Association
Tim Diamond
Robbie Whitfield

Georgia State Firefighters Association
David Bullard

Illinois Firefighters Association
Bill Offerman
Robert Reason

Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association
Jack Kerney
Jean W. Smith

Iowa Firefighters Association
Roger Bissen
Marvin Trimble

Kansas State Firefighters Association
Steve Hirsch
Dan Romine

Kentucky Firefighter’s Association
Pat Thompson

Louisiana State Firemen’s Association
Guy Bonin
Richard Parker, Jr.

Maine State Federation of Firefighters
Ken Desmond
Joseph Guyotte

Maryland State Firemen’s Association
Eric Bernard
David Lewis

Massachusetts Call/Volunteer Firefighters Association
Dr. Michael Goldstein
Joseph Maruca

Michigan State Firemen’s Association
Cliff Messing
Paul Wayco

Minnesota State Fire Department Association
Judy Thill

Mississippi Firefighter’s Association
Jennifer Williams

Fire Fighters Association of Missouri
Rob Erdel
Keith Smith

Montana State Volunteer Firefighters Association
Jerry Brothers
Mike Doto

Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighters Association
Joel Cerny
Justin Scamehorn

Nevada State Firefighter’s Association
Mike Heidemann
Steve McClintock

New Hampshire Association of Fire Chiefs
Charles Corey
Frank Fraitzl

New Jersey State Firemen’s Association
Brian Foley
George Heflich, Sr.

Firefighters Association of the State of New York
Brian McQueen
John P. Farrell, Jr.

North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
Tim Bradley
Quentin Cash

North Dakota Firefighter’s Association
Allan Klein
David Lautt

Ohio State Firefighters’ Association
Rodger Sansom
Gary Zehring

Oklahoma State Firefighters Association
Cliff Davidson
Sheri Nickel

Oregon Volunteer Firefighters Association
Steve McClintock
Jason Servatius

Firefighters’ Association of the State of Pennsylvania
Paul Lukus
Robert Timko

Rhode Island State Firefighters’ League
Kevin Quinn
Mark St. Pierre

South Carolina State Firefighters’ Association
Jack Kirlin
Keith Minick

South Dakota Firefighters Association
Charlie Kludt
Jeremy Walla

Tennessee Fire Chiefs Association
PJ Duncan
Melvin Martin

State Firefighters’ and Fire Marshals’ Association of Texas
Kendall Hunting
Dallas Renfrew

Utah State Firefighters’ Association
Brent Marshall
Lance Nay

Vermont State Firefighter’s Association
Robert Kilpeck
Bob Patterson

Virginia State Firefighters Association
Ken Brown
John S. “Pete” Kirby

Washington State Fire Fighters’ Association
T.J. Nedrow
Andrew Schaffran

West Virginia State Firemen’s Association
Thomas Miller

Wisconsin State Firefighters Association
Chris Klahn
Philip C. Stittleburg

Wyoming State Firemen’s Association
Eric Quinney
Lawrence Erdmann