Doug Mummert served over 36 years with the Phoenix Fire Department, retiring as a Division Chief. He also served as a firefighter, EMT, Paramedic, Hazardous Materials Technician, Engineer, Captain, Public Information Officer, and Battalion Chief. He is an original member of both the FEMA Urban Search & Rescue (USAR) Task Force (AZTF-1) and the department's All Hazards Incident Management Team (AHIMT). He also served on the FEMA USAR Incident Support Team (IST) and as a subject matter expert for the Department of Homeland Security. Doug is also a proud military veteran of the United States Air Force.
He enjoys serving on the board and as an officer for several professional & non-profit organizations, including The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences & the Academy’s Foundation, Phoenix Fire Foundation and the Arizona March of Dimes. Doug served as the fire department’s Community Service Fund Drive (United Way Campaign) Liaison and on the Executive Committee from 2002 until his retirement. He was honored to serve as the city’s Campaign Chairman in 2008 and 2013. Both campaigns raised over a million dollars each for local charities.
With the help of many, he created the program, Phoenix Fire Works in 1998, which would ultimately fill a void in educating and informing the public about topical fire department related issues. Thanks to an excellent, collaborating production team, the program won critical acclaim and has been awarded or been nominated for many major awards, including the Rocky Mountain Emmy. He authored several articles for various magazines and later in his career, Doug hosted Phoenix Fire’s weekly radio program, Valley Watch, which can be heard on several radio stations throughout the area. He is also widely known as the “father” of Samantha, the synthesized voice heard dispatching incidents over Channel One on the radio and in the fire stations.
During his career he was awarded the department’s Medal of Honor, The Alan V. Brunacini Award of Excellence, The Stephan A. Jensen Media Excellence Award, The Lifetime Achievement Award and multiple Awards of Merit & Unit Citations. He has also received two City of Phoenix CSFD Chairman’s Awards, multiple Telly Awards and was nominated for several Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards.
In retirement Doug is staying busy, he volunteers for the department on such programs as the Rides for Toys charity events and still produces the radio program. He also heads up the department’s charitable arm, the Phoenix Fire Foundation.
Rick Salyers has been a member of the Phoenix Fire Department since 1981. Rick has also served 33 years both active duty and reserves in the United States Marine Corps. With his most recent assignment which was in Iraq with I Marine Expeditionary Forces as Counterintelligence/HUMINT Officer. His primary mission was focused on combating insurgency and terrorist. He just retired from the Marine Corps as a CWO5 on 1 August 05.
Retired from the Phoenix Fire Department after 33 years 2014, Rick held the position of Captain/Paramedic assigned to the City of Phoenix Homeland Defense Bureau serving as Intelligence Program Manager. Rick’s other past assignments was Director of Terrorism Liaison Officer (TLO) for the State of Arizona. This position encompasses all Law Enforcement and Fire Department TLO personnel for the State of Arizona on Staff at the Arizona Counter Terrorism Information Center (ACTIC).
Currently Rick continues to work as a volunteer at ACTIC where he put together a classified weekly terrorist summary.
Lawrence “Chip” Gleason began his career with the Phoenix Fire Department in 1986. In 1992, he was the first Program Manager for the FEMA Urban Search and Rescue team (AZTF-1). These responsibilities included writing the program manuals, and being very familiar with the roles and responsibilities of the Canine Search team. Chip also has deployed with AZTF-1 on numerous deployments around the nation in operational and Command and General Staff roles. During his 32-year career with the PFD, Chip held the positions of FF/Paramedic, Captain/PM, Battalion Chief, Deputy Chief and Shift Commander. His assignments included working on Engine Companies as a FF and as a Captain, 2-1/2 years as the Lead Recruit Training Officer at the PFD Regional Training Academy, Battalion Chief in several Battalions, Shift Commander for 8 years, responsible for the shift operations for all PFD battalions and on-duty operations, and Deputy Chief in charge of Special Operations. Chip retired from PFD in August of 2018. Chip also holds a BS degree from Ottowa University and a MST in Industrial Management from Arizona State University.