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Todd Canale

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Todd Canale is the Chief, Fire Emergency Service (FES) Flight for the 355th Civil Engineer Squadron, Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Arizona. The DMAFB FES is one of thirty internationally accredited Air Force fire departments within the Department of Defense through the Commission on Fire Accreditation International. Chief Canale is directly responsible to the Base Civil Engineer for determining the resources required for the installation’s overall fire emergency services program. He manages and oversees all aspects of the flight to include: fire protection & prevention, aircraft and structural rescue firefighting, hazardous materials response, mutual aid, initial emergency medical care, confined space rescue and mass casualty events. He Directs $20M in fire emergency service resources and supervises a flight of 65 Department of Defense career firefighters, both military and civilian, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. He is also the co-founder and managing member of an Arizona real estate holdings company. Additionally, he continues to serve in the Air Force Reserve as Arizona's Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer with 1AF/NSEP. As a professor, he teaches both fire science and leadership at Columbia Southern University and Pima Community College, where he has been affiliated since 1999. Chief Canale started his fire service career in 1988 with the California Department of Forestry in Riverside, California. His work experience with the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Fire Department spans four decades dating back to 1989 where he served as a firefighter in the United States Air Force Reserve. After being mobilized for both Desert Shield and Desert Storm he moved to Tucson permanently in 1991. Since that time he has served in every capacity of the department up to his current position as Fire Chief. Chief Canale is the Chairperson for the Military and Federal Firefighter Section of the International Association of Fire Chiefs and the Department of Defense's Commissioner on the Center for Public Safety Excellence's Commission on Personal Credentialing. In addition, he serves on multiple committees to include the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, Arizona and Pima County Fire Chiefs Association, Arizona State Fire Marshals Training, Pima Community College Fire Science Advisory, and Pima County Inter-agency Training Committees.

Jan 15 – present, Fire Chief, DMAFB, AZ
Nov 03 – Dec 14, Assistant Chief of Training, DMAFB, AZ
Jul 99 – Nov 03, Fire Inspector, DMAFB, AZ
Nov 98 – Jul 99, Crew Chief, DMAFB, AZ
Jul 98 – Nov 98, Acting Battalion Chief, DMAFB, AZ
Nov 95 – Jul 98, Crew Chief, DMAFB, AZ
Dec 92 – Nov 95, Program Analyst, DMAFB, AZ
Jan 91 – Dec 92, Fire Protection Journeyman, DMAFB, AZ
Sep 90 – Jan 91, Fire Protection Journeyman, Nellis AFB, NV
Jul 89 – Sep 90, Fire Protection Apprentice, DMAFB, AZ (USAFR)

2020 Air War College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2020 Senior Executive Fellow, Harvard University, MA
2013 Masters of Military Operational Art and Science, Air University, AL
2013 Air Command and Staff College, Maxwell AFB, AL
2009 Masters of Fire Service Administration, Arizona State University, AZ
2008 Squadron Officer School, Maxwell AFB, AL
2001 Academy of Military Science, McGee-Tyson ANGB, TN
2000 - 2004 Fire Officer IV/Fire Instructor III/Fire Inspector III (IFSAC)
1999 Masters of Management, Troy State University, AL
1997 Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration, University of Phoenix, AZ
1996 Noncommissioned Officer Academy
1995 Associate’s Degree in Applied Science, Fire Science, CCAF, AL

Commissioner, Center for Public Safety Excellence, Commission of Personal Credentialing, 2016 - Present Chairperson, International Association of Fire Chiefs, 2017 - Present
Chief Fire Officer Peer Reviewer, Center for Public Safety Excellence, 2016 - Present
Past Chairman, Pima County Inter-agency Training Committee, 2007 - Present
Member, Institution of Fire Engineers, 2012 - Present
Member, International Fire Chief’s Association, 2011 - Present
Coordinator, National Fallen Firefighter’s Foundation, 2011 - Present
Member, Arizona Fire Chief’s Association, 2006 – Present
President, Arizona State University Alumni “Old Pueblo Chapter”, 2010 - 2016
Secretary/Coordinator, Arizona State Fire Training Committee, 2006 - 2018
Member, Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, 2005 - Present
Member, Pima Community College Fire Science Advisory Committee, 2006 - Present
Member, Northwest Fire and Emergency Service Commission, 2006 - 2008

2019. Defining Your Role in Today's Fire Service. Center for Public Safety Excellence
2018. The Gold Standard: Are you Ready to Shine? International Fire Chiefs Association
2016. Review of Criteria to Initiate Emergency Ops Center Procedures on DMAFB. National Fire Academy 2013. The Next Generation of Firefighters: How We Lead Them? Air University (USAF)
2009. An Evaluation of Retention for First Term Airmen in the United States Air Force. Arizona State University

Arizona’s Second Congressional District First Responders of Distinction Team Award/DM FES (2017)
Air Combat Command Fire Department of the Year (1996, 2011, 2017)
Air Force Outstanding Civil Engineer Manager of the Year (2017)
Air Combat Command Fire Instructor of the Year (2014)
Civilian of the Year 355th Fighter Wing (1998), MSG (1998, 2003), CES (2003, 2006, 2007)
Civilian Performance Award 2003 – 2017
Meritorious Service Medal w/ 2 Devices
Air Force Commendation Medal w/ 1 Device
Air Force Achievement Medal
Air Force Outstanding Unit w/ 1 Device
Air Reserve Forces Meritorious Service Medal
National Defense Service Medal w/ 1 Device
Humanitarian Service Medal
Air Force Longevity Service w/ 1 Device
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ Device
Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon
AF Training Ribbon w/ 1 Device

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