In 2008, Darley launched our first ever Defense Advisory Board to assist us in growing our newly formed Defense Division. Over the years, we have learned extensively from this amazing group of veterans including admirals, generals, command sergeant majors, captains, etc., from all branches of the military who have helped to guide us over the years.
While we have served the world’s fire services over 100 years, we thought it prudent to form a Fire Advisory Board (FAB) to help ensure we are best serving the needs of our core firefighter customer base. Informing the FAB, we wanted diversity in the board members. Darley’s leadership put together a preference list that included innovative early adopters with a cross-section of traditional but progressive and seasoned fire service leaders. Remarkably, everyone who was approached agreed to serve!
Our team consists of Chief Otto Drozd III (Former Orange County FD, FL), Caleb Holt (Former Texas A & M alum), Captain Kirk McKinzie (Cosumnes FD, CA), Chief Bobby Halton (Editor Fire Engineering magazine), Commissioner James Joyce (Retired Chicago FD), Chief Tim Sashko (Former Executive Director Illinois Fire Chiefs and Chief of Mundelein FD, IL), and Chief Brian Brown (Former South Metro FD, CO).
Our first meeting was held in Chicago on September 12-13, 2019. The meeting included a fire service needs assessment, review of new fire and rescue technologies, along with the formalization of Darley’s next five-year strategic plan.
All board members chose to have their stipend paid to a charity of their choosing. We are humbled by their willingness to help Darley and those we serve.