Tom ZimmermanTom Zimmerman, Immediate President (2014-2017)
Retired Program Manager, Wildland Fire Management Research, Development, and Application Program, Rocky Mountain Research Station, U.S. Forest Service

Tom has worked at multiple federal land management agencies, including the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service, and US Forest Service. His permanent assignments include positions as Forester, Fire Control Officer, Fire Management Officer, State Fire Management Planning Specialist, Regional Fire Management Officer, Fire Technology Specialist, Fire Science and Ecological Applications Program Leader, Regional Director of Fire and Aviation Management, and Wildland Fire Management RD&A Program Manager. Tom has conducted training in the United States, China, Canada, and India, and presented papers, either in person or virtually, at conferences in the United States, Canada, Italy, South Africa, and Cyprus.

Wildland fire and emergency response constituted a major focus area and Tom has over 30 years of involvement in incident management team operations including service as an Incident Commander and Area Commander on wildland fire incidents and all hazard emergency responses across the country.

Dan Bailey, Past President (2012-2013)
International Code Council
Washington, DC, USA

Dan Bailey is Executive Director for National and International programs dealing with Wildland Fire, Natural Resource, Environmental and Natural Hazard Programs for the International Code Council™.   Dan was a staff assistant to Senator Wayne Morse (Oregon) before moving to the USDA Forest Service where he was involved with land management, forestry and wildland fire programs in Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Arizona and Washington, DC. He served as a National Incident Commander leading efforts on more than 200 of the largest wildfires, hurricanes and other disasters.  Prior to retiring from the Forest Service, he served as the National Program Manager for Wildland Urban Interface (WUI) Fire and Firewise programs.  Dan was also the founder of the National Firewise Communities Workshop series.  He served on the NFPA Board of Directors, and founded the NFPA Wildland Fire Management Section, serving as chair for 8 years. He has served on the Boards of the National Wildfire Foundation, the United Nations, International Wildland Fire Alliance, and the World Forestry Alliance.

Chuck Bushey

Chuck Bushey, Past President (2007 - 2011)
Billings, Montana, USA

Charles Bushey was the President of the IAWF from 2007-2011. He is President of Montana Prescribed Fire Services, Inc. performing duties as fire ecologist, prescribed fire specialist, fire behavior analyst, and fuel mitigation specialist. Previously Chuck worked at the USDA Forest Service, Missoula Fire Sciences Laboratory and later Systems for Environmental Management, Inc. on fire research topics dealing with post-fire effects, fire use, wilderness fires, fire behavior, and smoke management. A few of his fire qualifications have included Fire Behavior Analyst, Wildland Fire Arson Investigator, and Strike Team Leader (Engines). Chuck has an MSc from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale, and has authored over 50 publications and reports.


ManganDick Mangan, Past President (2004 - 2006)
Missoula, Montana, USA

Dick is the principal of Blackbull Wildfire Services. He retired from the U.S. Forest Service Technology & Development Center in Missoula, Montana in 2000 with more than 30 years wildfire experience. He served as an advisor to the NWCG Safety & Health and Fire Equipment Working Teams, and was Chair of the NFPA Technical Committee on Wildland Fire Protective clothing and Equipment (NFPA 1977) from 1995-2000. In the wildfire suppression world, Dick is qualified (red carded) as an Operations Section Chief, Safety Officer and Planning Section Chief, and has been involved in suppression operations across the U.S. He has both written and spoken widely on Fire Safety and Equipment issues, both across the U.S. and internationally, including Australia, Spain and Siberia. As a past president of IAWF, Dick remains an active member of the Association, as well as the National Fire Protection Association, and the National Association of Fire Investigators. In April 2001, he was awarded the GEICO Insurance Public Service Award for Fire Safety.



Bruce Suenram, Past President (2000-2003)

Bruce Suenram has worked in the field of fire protection and prevention since 1969. He is currently a Deputy Chief of the Fire & Aviation Bureau of MT Department of Natural Resources and Conservation. He administers the preparedness activities of the Bureau such as training, fire prevention, fire investigation, GIS, assessments, information technology, and equipment development.

Bruce served as Montana's State Fire Marshal (1992-1997), as chief of the Missoula Rural Fire District (1980-1992), and as the chief of the Kelseyville, CA, Fire Protection District (1974-1980).

Bruce was on the original code development committee for the Urban/Wildland Interface Code and on the International Fire Chief's Association Urban/Wildland Interface Committee. He acted as the liaison for the National Association of State Fire Marshals to the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's Urban/Wildland Interface Advisory Committee.

In addition, Bruce has taught courses for the National Fire Academy, the Northern Training Center, the Montana Fire Services Training School and the Montana Law Enforcement Academy.

He served as an Incident Commander for a Type II Incident Management Team for 8 years. Bruce is also qualified as a Type 1 Planning Section Chief.

Bruce received a bachelor's degree in biological sciences from California State College Stanislaus in 1973.

Bruce is currently serving as the National Association of State Foresters representative to the International Association of Fire Chiefs Wildland Fire Policy Committee. Bruce is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors of FireSafe Montana. He is also the MT State Coordinator for the Montana Chapter of Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry.

DeGroskyMichael DeGrosky, Past President (1998-1999)

Chief Executive of Guidance Group, Inc. a consulting firm specializing in the human and organizational aspects of the fire and emergency services. He is an experienced wildland and municipal fire professional with an emergency service background spanning more than 30 years. Mike is an alumnus of the University of Montana, School of Forestry and Fort Hays State University, College of Business and Leadership, where he earned a master's degree in organizational leadership. He is currently a PhD candidate at Northcentral University, where he is researching training transfer from leadership development programs