First Elected Term:2000
Current Elected Term Ends: 2014
Douglas Cline is a 32-year veteran and student of the Fire Service serving as Assistant Chief of Operations with Horry County Fire Recue.Cline, a Former Fire Chief, is a South Carolina Fire Academy Instructor, North Carolina Fire Instructor, National Fire Academy Instructor and an EMT-Paramedic Instructor. Chief Cline is the President International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), Immediate Past President of the Southeastern Association of Fire Chiefs (SEAFC), a member of the South Carolina and North Carolina Society of Fire and Rescue. Cline serves on the FEMA grant criteria development committee, Congressional Fire Service Institute (CFSI) National Advisory Committee and peer reviewer for the Fire Act Grants.Cline was honored in 2000 as the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), George D. Post International Instructor of the Year. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Social Services with a Minor in Education from Concord University. Cline is a well-known international speaker presenting dynamic power packed programs on instructor development, officer development, rapid intervention team training and firefighter safety and survival. Cline also is a highly published author in these areas.
First Elected Term: 2008
Current Term Ends: 2014
Steve Pegram was appointed as Chief of Goshen Township Fire and EMS in 2009. In addition to his duties as Chief in Goshen Chef Pegram is active in both local and national fire service organizations. Chief Pegram currently serves on the Board of Directors of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) as the First vice President. Chief Pegram is also an active member of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Safety and Health section, and currently represents this organization on a National Fire Protection Association (IAFC) task force reviewing the design and implementation of a safety and training program for firefighters on hybrid and electric cars.Chief Pegram was born and raised in Brooklyn NY however he started his fire service career in the suburbs of Philadelphia Pennsylvania while still in high school. Soon after high school Chief Pegram moved to New Jersey where he attended college and served as fire inspector for Princeton NJ as well as Fire Chief in Pennington NJ. In 1997 Chef Pegram moved to Mason, OH where he was the Deputy Fire Chief until October of 2000. From 2000 - 2007 Chief Pegram served as the Training Officer and Shift Commander for the Loveland Symmes FD in Loveland, OH and from 2007 – 2009 he served as the Deputy Fire Chief for the City of Xenia Ohio. Chief Pegram has an Associated Degree in Fire Science Mercer College in Trenton NJ and a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Management from Wilberforce University and is starting to pursue a Master in Public Administration. Chief Pegram is a 1998 graduate of the National Fire Service Staff and Command School, and he has completed multiple courses thru the National Fire Academy. In July 2012 Chief Pegram successfully obtain the Chief Fire Officer (CFO) designation for the Center for Public Safety Excellence making him one of eight hundred and eighty CFO’s in the world. Chief Pegram also served on the editorial board for Fire Rescue Magazine for ten years, has published more than 25 articles pertaining to fire service operations and teaches locally and nationally on fire and EMS related topics.
First Elected Term: 2008
Current Elected Term Ends: 2014
Devon Wells is the Fire Chief of the Hood River Fire Department in Oregon. A 20 year veteran of the fire service, Devon began his career as a Volunteer Firefighter with the Odell Rural Fire Protection District. He worked his way through the ranks of that agency, serving as Lieutenant and Captain, as well as being the Training Officer for 8 years. He spent four years with the Corvallis Fire Department as a Resident Volunteer and Fire Prevention Specialist while earning his Bachelors of Science degree from Oregon State University. After college, Devon started as the Fire Marshal for the City of Hood River. He served in this position until he earned his Paramedic certification and progressed through the ranks of Lieutenant and Captain. He was promoted to Assistant Chief in 2005 and Fire Chief in 2009. Wells is also a team leader, rescue technician, and Public Information Officer for the Crag Rat Mountain Rescue team, providing mountain and wilderness search and rescue on Mt. Hood and surrounding wilderness areas. Wells is a Division Supervisor/Structure Protection Specialist for a Type 2 Incident Management Team for the USFS and a Wildland Task Force/Strike Team Leader for Hood River County. He is the 2nd Vice President of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI) and speaks at various fire service conferences across the Country on topics relating to safety, training management, and leadership. Devon holds many professional certifications including NFPA Firefighter 2, Fire Officer 2, and Rope and Water Rescue Technician, and International Code Council Inspector 2. He has been awarded the Firefighter of the Year Award, Engineer of the Year Award, and Outstanding Leadership Award. Wells is currently a member of the International Society of Fire Service Instructors where he is one of two Western Regional Directors, the Oregon Fire Instructors Association, the Oregon Fire Chiefs Association, and the Mountain Rescue Association. Devon is pursuing a second Bachelors Degree in Fire Service Administration from Eastern Oregon University. He is also in his fourth year at the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program (EFO). He created and served as the coordinator of the Columbia Gorge Training Association’s regional Firefighter 1 Academy for five years. He also owns and operates a private training and consultation business.