Chris Lombard, Assistant Chief of the Seattle Fire Department

Assistant Chief Chris Lombard has been active in the fire service for more than 30 years. He has responded to multiple significant incidents, including New York City on 9/11, major landslides and hurricanes throughout the Atlantic/Gulf of Mexico/Pacific - all in support of incident communications and information management.

Nationally, he is chair of the US Department of Commerce’s FirstNet Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC); vice chair of the Department of Homeland Security’s public safety advisory group, SAFECOM; chair of the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) Communications Committee; and serves on the National Fire Protection Association 1225 committee.

He has helped with development of multiple national documents, including the U.S. National Emergency Communications Plan (NECP), the IAFF/IAFC/FEMA Communications Best Practices guide and the evaluation of statewide communications interoperability plans (SCIPs).

Chief Lombard has a B.S. in Geography from Oregon State University and has lectured and taught Emergency Response classes at Dartmouth College and at Texas A&M University. He has testified before Congress on national, first responder and communications-related needs/issues.

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