Gary Seidel is a 34 year fire service veteran, serving 26 years with the Los Angeles City Fire Department and rising to the rank of Assistant Chief and also served as the Fire Chief for the Hillsboro Fire Department in Oregon for 8 years. He also has served on several Incident Management Teams as an Area Commander, Incident Commander, Operations Section Chief and Planning Section Chief. Some of these noteworthy IMT responses include: BP Oil Spill, World Trade Center, Salt Lake City 2002 Winter Olympics, Northridge Earthquake, Los Angeles Civil Disturbance, Los Angeles Academy Awards, Sacramento Floods, Eugene and Rainer Police Officer Line of Duty Deaths, Oregon International Air Show, TOPOFF 3 & 4, Columbine High School Shooting, as well numerous wildland incidents.
Gary has had the opportunity to speak on an international realm on numerous fire service topics; specifically command and control/strategy and tactics, urban search and rescue, swift water rescue, weapons of mass destruction, emergency management and incident command courses. He has also served as a contract instructor and course developer for the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency and the National Fire Academy.
Gary is also an Advisory Board member for Fire Engineering Magazine’s Fire Department Instructor Conference. He is a published author and course developer. He also serves as a member of the Steering Committee for the Pacific Northwest Wildland Coordinating Center. Gary has an Associate of Arts Degree in Fire Science, Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Biology and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He is also a graduate of the National Fire Academy’s Executive Fire Officer Program, as well as a Chief Fire Officer Designee from the Commission of Public Safety Excellence & Professional Credentialing.